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Etsy Favourite Finds #2

March 17th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Etsy Favourite Finds #2

Whoa! It has been over an year since I shared my last Etsy Favourite Finds post! It was in my plans, one year ago, to keep supporting small businesses on Etsy and sharing the love on this blog once in a while, and although I’ve kept buying from my favourite creatives, I only recently realized a blog post about them was a bit overdue by now!

So here I have a list of three more favourite creatives that sell on Etsy totally worth checking out if you’re a lover of handmade!

Etsy Favourite Finds #2
Petite Mila

Freelance web designer Caroline founded Petite Mila in 2013 with her first collection of 12 unique tote bag designs and then expanded with the production of pouches and art prints, all with her beautiful signature style and all produced in the south of France with organic cotton!

I’ve already bought a good amount of pouches from her shop, one for me (because the Cat Pouch seemed to have my name printed all over it) and others for gifts, and they’re the prettiest: Caroline surely knows what she’s doing on the design front because each pattern is very unique, simple but always interesting. The cotton is the softest and each bag is beautifully made as well!

Can *not* suggest her products enough, really, but please just don’t buy them all because I need them for my gifts, OK?!

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Etsy Favourite Finds #2
Etsy Favourite Finds #2

Oana Befort

I’ve been following Oana since a very long time on all kinds of social media (and I’d leave it there or you’ll think I’m a tiny bit creepy..!), but she really is one of the most inspirational creatives online to me! She founded her business back in 2010 after giving birth to her adorable Sammy and decided to start selling her illustrations in stationery and prints form on Etsy.

She illustrates with watercolour and has the most unique, beautiful, detailed style I’ve ever seen! She focuses on nature, both flora and fauna, and if I was asked which one between the two I love more I wouldn’t be able to answer! She sells beautiful paper goods like postcards, prints, notebooks and also temporary tattoos (need to have them all.) and, although she is based in Romania, she ships from the US but her shipping costs are actually very small and each order from her shop comes with a beautiful envelope & re-usable thank you card (but I won’t spoil you the surprise!).

Just check out her blog to have a look at her beautiful, inspiring work!

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 Season Paper

After popping one of their beautifully designed notebooks in my Spring Wishlist last month, I decided to actually buy the notepad version of it because it was too pretty to not to!

Based in Paris, Season Paper designs and produces beautiful notebooks, notepads, cards, tote bags, planners and much more and… it’s pattern heaven. Please pop over on their shop or website if you happen to be able to appreciate a fairly huge amount of astoundingly equally *amazing* patterns. Just do yourself a favor, OK?

I have bought my notepad a few weeks ago and now I’ve just checked their shop once again to write this post and already want to do a new order because… so many new beautiful patterns in there!!

Etsy Favourite Finds #2

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That’s it! Three of my favourite Etsy shops!
Would love to check out your favourites if you have any! Share the love! ♥

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November Calendar | Free Printable

November 4th  •  Posted in Design

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Hope you enjoy the November calendar free printable! I had so much fun designing it and am so excited for the month ahead! Get your free download by subscribing to the mailing list through this form here!

P.S. For more hand-crafted printables check out our La Papeterie! x

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4 Skillshare Classes You Need To Check Out

October 16th  •  Posted in Tech

4 Skillshare Classes You Need To Check Out

As I’ve already mentioned in my latest monthly favourites post, I’ve only recently made the switch to Skillshare‘s premium membership, and I’ve been in love with it ever since! Skillshare is just the perfect place to go where I want to learn something new or different. Especially on the desig front, there’re so many creatives and awesome teachers ready teach you a new skill from zero. And I don’t know about you, but to me learning and trying my hands at something new is always so fun! Thanks to a couple of Skillshare classes I’ve found my way into the beautiful world of calligraphy, which is something I’ve always wanted to give a try to.

I’ve tried and tested a few too many classes since purchasing my premium membership, and I thought it could be nice to gather up four of my favourites. You should really check these ones out!

Adam Whitcroft’s Icon Design – This one, I’ve really loved. Adam Whitcroft is an amazing teacher and makes something I’ve always thought to be so difficult, actually look very simple. Icon design is something I’ve always wanted to give a whirl at: designing websites on a daily basic, I often feel the need to have an icon set of my own, something personal and different from any other. This class will guide you through the process of putting together a cohesive icon set using Illustrator and Photoshop, and in the end you’ll be left with a beautiful, handcrafted set ready to appear on the web!

Jamie Bartlett’s Dry-Ink: Smart Texturing In Photoshop – This class is pretty quick but so very smart and useful. I love to learn new Photoshop tricks, and a dry-ink texture, let’s be honest, always comes handy and looks lovely on texts. This class is very intuitive and easy to follow, great for beginners too!

Bryn Chernoff’s Calligraphy I – If you want to try your hands at calligraphy once in your lifetime but can’t really take part of any of those so-aesthetically-pleasing classes with tea and cupcakes served alongside, you should totally give this class a try. You’ll be guide through the whole process of picking your calligraphy tool, start writing for the first time and finally learn how to write small paragraphs and phrases. In less than 2 hours! With worksheets too! You can’t really go better than this.

Belinda Love Lee’s Digitize Your Own Calligraphy – Following her on social media, I was very excited when this class came out. I loved taking a sneak peek at her design process. This class is great for learning how to quickly digitize your own calligraphy and a little bit more about paper and letterpress, which has always sounded so appealing to me.

Any other fans of Skillshare? What about your favourite classes? x

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