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Babies and business

On 16, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In Business Talk | By patternandco


Baby Bump is 10 weeks old!  10 weeks of gurgles, cuddles, nappy changes, smiles, sleepless nights and new discoveries for all of us!

Caring for a baby is a bit like caring for a new business, you nurture it, want to make the right decisions and worry over the details and you are constantly learning new things which I believe is the key, for me anyway when I design, to always learn, progress and adapt.

For instance, before Bump I had time, I didn’t realise how much time until the amount you can work is squeezed – now I doodle and learn new things whilst nursing (skillshare is great for this as the courses are video based) so far I am brushing up on my illustrator skills and reading business books (I am even attempting to study more German!)

When we are out and about I love to show Bump around, a simple walk through the park inspires me to draw as we look at the leaves and point out shapes, taking photos and gathering inspiration and when sleep time comes I get to throw some ideas around in photoshop and illustrator.

Things may take longer to complete and so they should I don’t want to rush away Baby Bumps years I want to enjoy every moment but I am more efficient and selective than before. I know how lucky I am that I have a job I love that allows me time to spend with my family and how in turn my family can inspire my work!

Here’s a few ways I have found working from home with Baby Bump:

– Nursing is great, almost hands free and allows time to read, watch, learn new things.

-Walking is another great passion of mine, I get some fresh air and Baby Bump gets to go out too, we can walk and talk and discover new ideas or just de-stress.

-Grab a camera if you have one and snap some photos whilst walking or if it’s warm enough and I have the chance I’ll sit down with my notepad and doodle!

-Drop some things – do you really need to flick through Facebook twenty times a day, or catch every tweet?

-The obvious one, when Bump sleeps, I take time to design!  Some days it may only be a couple of hours but I have to say they are much more productive and fruitful than before as I am focused and energized to work.

-The last thing I am putting into practice is to be flexible and adaptable, I was a planner before but now we go with the flow!  I have a very short list of things I need to do, compared to before (lists and lists of things that rarely if ever got done) and life is much more manageable and balanced.  Having a baby has made me much more focused, if there is a person or company I am interested in working with I contact them rather than wait until tomorrow….it’s all about using my time.

I’d love to connect to other working from home mums and if you have any hints and tips that you want to share please leave a comment, it would be great to hear from you

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House moving

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Looking at flats and apartments is an interesting journey here in Germany! Retreated from the stress with a bit of drawing for the #365patterns a day challenge!  This is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog and check out more of my patterns on instagram (patternandco)

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Painting a field of flowers

On 11, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


Sneek peek – For a new line of gift wrap and stationary.

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Horsey Horsey don’t you stop!

On 03, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


Horsey, Horsey don’t you stop. Just let your feet go clipity clop…..

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Inspired by……A Wooden Door

“Inspired by” a new series on the blog of images and ideas that I see on my daily wanders that inspire me to make patterns. Sometimes the pattern of brickwork can spark a design or the skeleton of a leaf that fell from a tree, a motif on iron railings, it maybe taken literally or develop into something very different.

Today’s pattern came from an old wooden front door,

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I love the way the diagonals intersect!

Below is my sketch, I added a few more lines to create more depth….

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…and then translated the pattern into illustrator to add colour and texture.

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Looks good on the final products.









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Let’s go camping

On 25, Sep 2013 | 2 Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


Brand new collection – let’s go camping!  Starting with retro caravans!



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Autumn leaf fall

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A most autumn feel today, with the leaves falling and turning shades of brown!

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Happy Sunday Colour Crush Pink, Peach and mellow yellow

On 04, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In Colour Crush | By patternandco

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Happy Sunday, a moment captured in the nursery corner, with the sun shining through, hanging pom poms of pink, peach and soft yellow……

……inspired a new collection of patterns – painterly roses.

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Printed cot sheets or paper lined drawers?  or maybe patterned pom poms 😀

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