Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Christmas gift guide!

Hard to buy for suggestions:

The Book Taster. Wonderful book box that isn't a subscription service! Allowes you to order a box for a selection of people (men/women/children/new mothers/yourself). Let them know the reading tastes of the recipient and they will hand pick a surprise book for you! (middle photo shows my book selection)
Where to get it: https://www.thebooktaster.com


Wooden Flamingo. A unique gift idea of a hand painted cassette tape! They make great home decor and would brighten any space!


The Novel Menagerie. Perfect range of gifts for people who's only interest is books!



Peach Panda Studio. Unique pins and badges, great for 

stocking fillers or secret santa!




Self care gifts: 


Bahari Blossom. Handmade Vegan Bath & Body Delights.



Happy Alice Candles. Handmade Soy Wax Candles & Wax Melts
Where to get it: https://www.happyalicecandles.co.uk



Lush Cauldron Brews. Totally unique lush inspired pins, scarfs and even a planner!


Stationery: 

Alice Millin Design. Beautiful stationery inspired by nature.

Levender Studio. Stationary, notebooks, art prints, greeting cards.


Blue Sky Creations GB. Cute cards and colourful stationery!



cwillbs Cards. Card maker from the New Forest, now based in Surrey.



Sophie Heywood. Quirky colour full illustrated stationery!

Where to get it: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sophieheywood






Jewellery: 

Velvet Design Co. Beautiful jewellery made using real flowers.
Where to get it: https://velvetdesign.co


Nuckfaye. Colourful, cheap and cheerful earrings!





Gifts for children:

Charlie And Nell Co. Contemporary Handmade Babywear and Childrenswear.



Rumpuspuss. Personalised puzzles!




Gifts for pets:

Rebridled. Upcycled bags and accessories made from your pets old accessories, be it horse tack or dogs collars. Or get a new bag using recycled leather pieces and horse tack. 
Where to get it: https://www.etsy.com/shop/rebridled/


Patchwork Paws Co. pet and human accessories some of which are made using my fabric designs! (second photo 

collielennox)

Where to get it: https://www.etsy.com/shop/patchworkpawsco


River & Co. pet accessories some of which are made using my fabric designs which is lovely to see! (second photo by myadventuresidekick )
Where to get it: https://riverandco.com.au


BK Mate DesignsHand drawn prints and personalised pet portraits



JM Creations. Adorable pet bandanas!

Where to get it: https://www.jmcreations.org





Home decor:

Hannah Wisdom Textiles. Textile art created in Plymouth, Devon

Tryst with Colours by Bindiya. Artist and illustrator creating beautiful wall art and bookmarks.



Art by Jana Birta. Beautiful watercolour designs, art prints and bookmarks.


TG Textiles - Gem Blastock. Illustrator & Pointillist creating beautiful home decor.







Christmas decorations:

Holly Emily Designs. Handcrafted gifts which can be personalised for any occasion.
Where to get it: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hollyemilydesigns/


Old Flour House. Beautiful Handmade Gifts


Gift shops:

Beezes, Devizes. Located in the Gunnel in Devizes.
Check out their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beezes.devizes/




Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Back to school essentials!




So you're heading back to school or uni, or perhaps you're starting a totally new school/uni. Ive got a list of everything you need to be prepared!

I was one of those people who actually liked school, mostly because I love stationery and lists... This is what I packed in my bag, so feel free to pick and choose, depending on your personal situation.

- Phone

- Phone case

- Charger 

- Hairbands/clips 

- Notebook(s)

- Pencil case

- Pens/pencils/rubbers (also known as erasers)/sharpener

- Snacks/lunch

- Chewing gum

- Sanitary products (plus little pouch for storage)

- Hairbrush

- Vaseline (or any lip balm)

- Books

- Water bottle

(check out below to see my product recommendations and links to items)




I always used to bring books with me, I didn't always get a chance to read, but really great for if you're waiting for the bus on your own, or when you need to have some down time.


Some book recommendations for your bag:

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Hormone Diaries but Hannah Witton

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard 

The Book Of Essie by Meghan MacLean

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 






Notebooks are essential for any school bag!

Links to products:

Whale phone case:

Whale notebook:

House notebook (no longer available, but check out Charlottes other work here): 

Floral navy notebook: 

Pencil cases: 

Sanitary pads from Always, but I'm currently loving re-usable cloth pads (thought they wouldn't look great in photos) follow the links to get your own: 

Hairbrush:

Bookmarks: 

Other stationery from Wh Smith and Paperchase.

(I have not been payed to promote or advertise any of these products)







Monday, 13 August 2018

My 100 day project!



Some of you may have noticed that over the past month I have been partaking in my own #100dayproject. I am a little behind as the official project actually finishes around the time I started, but I didn't feel like waiting a whole year and decided to just give it a go on my own.

I really wanted to create this project as I am enrolled on Victoria Johnson's floral design course, which starts in September. I have always been very keen on floral patterns, but I've never really had the time or skillset to focus on them. So I really wanted to get the most out of this course, push myself and explore florals fully in order to get the most out of this course!


This project has been a challenge! Making the time every day to sit down and create a whole sketchbook page can be difficult, and even more so in a subject matter that I am not that comfortable with, but I am so happy that so far (33 days in!) I have managed to stick with it.

In hindsight it may not have been so smart to have decided to start this at the beginning of the back to school season (I primarily make and sell pencil cases) as I am a little stressed and rushed off my feet, but so far I am embracing the chaos and have produced some images I really love!



If you would like to see my project in full you can find me on Facebook or Instagram below, or follow the hashtag: #100daysofwatercolourflorals 

https://www.instagram.com/elena_oneill/

https://www.facebook.com/ElenasArtDesign/

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Flamingo love!

Flamingos are still very much the bird of the hour, and I myself am a huge fan! Last months pattern suggestion winner was a flamingo design, which I chose because I have had a lot of requests for this recently, and I just really wanted to paint them! 

I have recently been looking for beautiful flamingo home decor and accessories as I am now a bit obsessed with them, so I thought I would share my finds with you all!

Here is my list of gorgeous flamingo items:


1. This beautiful set from Vibrant Home by Sarah Miller!



2. I am totally in love with this mug from Not On The High Street by The Little Boys Room!



3. I am so inspired to re-decorate with this flamingo wall paper by Len Arte Wallpapers from Etsy!



4. These are the cutest measuring cups in existence from World Market!



5. Flamingo wall decals! These are from the lovely Etsy shop: Colour The World Shop



6. As an avid tea drinker, this would be a dream come true! By Little Affairs on Etsy!



7. Stunning flamingo artworks by Colour Watercolour on Etsy!



8. This is my flamingo pencil case, which creating sparked my interest in these beautiful animals!


If you want to see more beautiful flamingo products and patterns, feel free to visit my flamingo Pinterest board here







Friday, 22 June 2018


How to create an intricate repeat pattern using Photoshop.

Hello! I get a lot of people asking how I create my patterns, so I thought I would create some written and (hopefully) clear instructions! 

1. Create your images, I use watercolour to create my original designs, which I then scan in. Arrange your icons into a pattern on photoshop making sure there is a white boarder all the way around. Fill it up as much as you like, but bare in mind that the less white space around the edge, the less you will have to fill in at the end. 



2. Create your guides. The ultimate goal is to split the pattern into quarters and then fill in the gaps. So you will want two guides. One horizontal, one vertical and both down the middle. 

So select: view- new guide. A little box will pop up, select 'vertical' and type in 50% and click 'okay'. Repeat this for the second guide, but select horizontal when the box pops up.


3. Then you will need to click 'view' and then 'snap'. This will help you to make sure you don't miss any pixels out when selecting further on.


4. Merge the layers. To do this use the mouse tool to highlight all of your layers then click 'layer' and 'merge layers'.


5. Now you only have one layer, consisting of all of your shapes. You need to duplicate that layer so you have four the same. To do this right click on the layer and select 'duplicate layer'.


6. This is where it becomes a little more complicated. Select the first of your four layers and using the  rectangular marquee tool, delete three quarters of the layer. 

The selection tool should snap to the guides you created earlier. Repeat this step until each of the four layers have only one quarter left. A different quarter for each layer, so the four layers together still make up a whole image. (I hope you are still with me...)


7. Using your mouse tool move each quarter into the opposite corner.



8. Your tile should then look like this, with each quarter in the opposite corner.



9. Fill in the gaps of your pattern and you will end up with a seamless repeating pattern! 

Tip, do not let any of your shapes lie outside of the tile on this filling in stage and do not touch any of the images that go off the page or you will ruin the seamless effect. All images added in after you have split the original tile must stay within the boarder!



I hope this has helped you! I would love to see any work created using this tutorial, please feel free to email at elenaoneill@outlook.com