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Chooing Over The Year

So 2011 was Pennychoo’s first full year of trading (we’ll be 2 in May!) so I thought I’d do a quick visual summary of the year – just some random images showing where we went, what we saw, what we liked, who inspired us etc.  Where possible, I’ve put images alongside the designs they helped inspire. No doubt I’ll have missed some credit where it’s due so apologies now if that’s the case – feel free to fill in any gaps. Click on a picture to enlarge, and here’s to a creative 2012!
(La Terre by Double Merrick) 


Mummy, dearest…

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With Mother’s Day just round the corner, I thought this might be an opportune moment to take a look at a few cards through the ages… Mothering Sunday started off as a religious celebration, honouring the Virgin Mary and your … Continue reading

Nokia Nonsense

Ah, so here we are again, dear reader!

I had thought I might open up a discussion this week about the epitaxial growth and structure of metal overlayers of oriented substrates and how I might visually represent this in a commercially viable range of birthday cards…  But then I started to notice that my phone’s been getting quite heavy of late, and a bit of exploration revealed that I’ve got loads of photos on my memory card! Seems the pesky blighter starts storing them there when The Other Place It Stores Them gets full – and I had no idea!

So I’ve just spent an amusing half hour downloading and sorting through them and I thought it might be good (ie very easy) for me to post a few of the more ‘interesting’ ones and call them ‘a blog entry’!

There is some method in my laziness, however, as I do tend to snap stuff that I find mildly interesting and/or stuff that will give me ideas, so assume the brace position, and prepare yourself for a visual trip into the (frequenly mundane) mind of the phone-wielding retrophile…

A typeface that quietly suggests 1930s officialdom and all the tedium and restraint inherent therein. Take a letter, would you Miss Flange....?

From the sublime to the ridiculous: not sure who does Ridleys packaging design, but I wish it was me. I'd buy the empty box.

Bought this for my first trade show.

Then I bought this one aswell. I was a bit nervous.

Midwinter dinner set - £20. Yes, you may hate me. I understand.

Sauce boat... very sculptural... gorgeous colour... yes, yes, I did say £20... yes, for the whole lot...

Pattern detail. Okay, I'll stop now.

Appalling photo, sorry, of a great logo on the sole of a shoe in our local cobblers.

Pete playing Russian roulette with a lovely vintage tie and a very contemporary fry up.

Not at the end of the pier, sadly, but at the end of a field at a hotrod event last summer.

It's only just occurred to me that I didn't go on this, and I can't for the life of me imagine why..

And last, but definitely not least – I spotted this fantastic wallpaper in a shop window and have no idea what it is. Anyone?

So there you have it – and if you found those boring, you should see the ones that ended up on the virtual cutting room floor, including one of a nasty blister, one of some comfy-looking Clarks shoes (no connection with the blister one, incidentally) and about 18 of the floor/my shoes/my lap, etc.

Thanks for looking! Be sure to drop on by again, y’hear?