Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Challenge is set...

I've always found writing a blog the hardest of tasks! I'm usually sat, coffee gone cold, looking at the ceiling hoping something really clever pops into my head! But there is hope... I like to doodle... infact I like to doodle so much I made it my job! And after a light bulb moment I thought what better to blog about than my current Doodle A Day challenge! So here's how it began...

One rainy February Morning in the Lavender Tree...  sat on my computer pretending to look very busy (Looking at holidays), Emma, (Yes another Emma it may get confusing), set me a challenge! To design a Card a day for 14 days!

So to catch up, here are the designs...

So far up to Day 5! I will be blogging tomorrow with Day 6! And remember "Doodle A Day" is the emsOriginal way!

Day 1... Castle in the sky

Day 2... Digby the Lovely Dinosaur

 Day 3... From the Zoo

Day 4... For the Little Princess

Day 5... For the Little Pirate

Keep tracking the emsOriginal Doodle a Day challenge!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Long time, no speak...

Its been a whirlwind of activity for emsOriginal ever since the big move to the Lavender Tree in Alderley Edge!

Its taken a few months but think we have finally found our feet, and slowly everything is beginning to look very emsOriginally in our new space!

Since the madness of Christmas has subsided we have been working around the clock to create new ideas, develop the gift range, re-open the emsOriginal etsy shop, and supply the best and most individual wedding stationery design!

Peas in a Pod are back and selling like hot cakes! Send one to your BFF today! £6.95

A new little idea from emsOriginal! A little pressie for someone special! £3.50
Guardian Angel wing frame! Perfect for New baby presents, christenings, or something just lovely! £29.50

Sometimes the hardest part of running a business is finding enough hours in the day!

We are always up to something creative so if you are nearby why not pop into the shop to see the latest creations! Or keep up with the latest news on our lovely new look facebook page /emsoriginalillustration!

Hope to see you there soon!

Friday, 23 November 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

A little bit of Christmas.......

We have been busy digging out our sparkles, twinkles and glitter and we are getting into the Christmas spirit here at emsOriginal!

If you are looking for something a bit special and bespoke, we are able to design and create for you personalised Christmas cards, which can celebrate a first Christmas as a married couple or your child's first Christmas! We also sell homemade vintage-style Christmas baubles, which again can be personalised to your liking. Orders are coming in fast for our personalised house commissions, a really great gift at Christmas time.

So be sure to pay us a visit soon to ensure you get your gifts in time for Christmas!!

Personalised Christmas baubles

.....add your child's name

Vintage-style handmade Christmas baubles

Personalised Christmas cards and commissions

Look forward to seeing you soon! Why not pop along to share a mince pie and glass of bubbles at The Lavender Tree for one of our Christmas evenings: Wednesdays from now until 12 December 5pm to 9pm.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Autumn is here!

Well it felt like the summer washed away with the rain and before we knew it the crisp autumn air is upon us here in Cheshire. And with the Autumn comes some big changes for emsOriginal. For those who don't already know we have been busy moving studios, hence the very bad updating of the blog! eek!

But emsOriginal does have a new home at the lovely Lavender Tree in Alderley Edge. Its is a really very unique shop. Specialising in bespoke interiors and beautiful furnishings and gifts for the home. And now I am here as an in-house designer to create personalised gifts and frames!

So heres what I have been up to....
I now have a new lovely home for the studio come and see me soon!!
I am at the Lavender Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

New samples and ideas for new babys and childrens rooms!
Come and look at the lovely vintage suitcase lined with Mother Goose, perfect for any childs room to house all those books and teddies!

A new idea for a new born baby gift - Original illustration, framed £45.

Autumn Wedding ideas!
 Hope to see you all soon!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The European Tour continues...

So emsOriginal took a little time to re-evaluate ideas and decided the best way to do this was Paris. Champagne, snails (Yes i tried one!), and the Mona Lisa was calling!

What a place to go and i really did feel like the girl who finally got to go to Paris! It seems its the home, the beginnings of all things beautiful. From sauntering down the Champ Elysee's to wandering around Montmarte, feeling every bit of the bohemian past. The little winding streets and the amazing views across Paris from the Steps of the Sacre-Couer just echo the bohemian ideals of beauty, truth, freedom and love. I really do love Paris!

I had a fab time! And feel those Parisian vibes are currently flowing through my veins and can't wait for a little downtime in the autumn to begin on a new body of artwork!

The Art of Parisian food!

The Parisian Patisserie!
Love Locks on the Bridge by the Notre Dame
View of Paris from the Montmarte
The Girl who finally got to go to Paris!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

All good things....

The Cherry Tree girls x
 What a month for emsOriginal! As many as you may have heard, the lovely shop 'The Cherry Tree' in Knutsford will be shutting its little door for the final time soon, a mixture of reasons including the difficulties faced in these economic times and it really has struck a cord to how many of our lovely indie shops are being driven out off the high streets and advised to simply join the online world. I am a true supporter of the independents and it saddens me to think of a faceless brand moving into all our lovely little shops. Independent shops don't just exist to retail, but they provide expertise and knowledge of the products they are selling as the owners of these little shops have a real passion and love for what they do. It has been a beautiful shop and with the support of the owner Sara Hoodfar, it has been the stepping stone for my business and I will forever remember this little haven within the village I grew up in and in turn a shop that helped me grow my business to the success it is today! I am sure the owner Sara will go on to create and inspire more with her amazing eye for something beautiful and unique and her support for other graduates and artists just like me!

emsOriginal is taking the first steps into the big wide world! I will be moving from the Cherry Tree in the next few weeks and working from my humble abode till I find that perfect little studio in cheshire to operate from- as soon as I have news I will be updating all my lovely customers! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with orders during this time, I am offering a free postage and delivery service (in Cheshire) from Monday 16th July till the end of August to help during the big move so look forward to hearing your new design ideas soon and I will get creating! Please email - if you do require a design consultation and a meet that is no problem I can still meet in and around Knutsford and so will look forward to seeing you soon!

This year I feel is going to be a big year for emsOriginal, I have lots of ideas and I can't wait to get down to creating, and for all wedding customers there will be a few treats in store too!

Please follow the blog for more updates! Speak soon!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Where does the time go?!

Well I seem to have completely lost May somewhere, baffled to what I have done each day but it has flown by... but somewhere along the way finally found the sun!

At the beginning of the Month I had lovely celebrations of my Parents Ruby Wedding Anniversary - and lucky them they got an original emsOriginal illustration of there lovely lives together! hehe.

I'm really looking forward to this week, there's already a great atmosphere in the air in Knutsford as we head towards the Olympic torch run through on the 31st May, and then the Diamond Jubilee weekend ahead! We have been rolling out the bunting in the Cherry Tree Shop! I did have big plans for commemorative souvenirs but this got lost somewhere in the depths of the beginning of May! But i think now I will just soak up the weekend with the BBC coverage and perhaps a cheeky glass of something bubbly!

So what have I been upto! Well i have been really developing new ideas for emsOriginal and a new area of my business "Something Borrowed..." - I have a number of items I have been collecting for years, all back from the days I had big plans to become a tv&film set designer and now I'm finally refurbishing and bringing them back to life to become props for wedding and event hire! It all began with a little vintage suitcase, and a couple of bits and bobs I hired as extra's alongside my wedding stationery, but the ideas have really evolved and now I have a vintage sweetie cart, photo booth, croquet sets, boules, books and typewriters to hire! Just slowly updating the website with all props available ready for the autumn!

I'm really looking forward to June, I have finally got sometime to really push the new areas of my business I have been really keen to get to work on! And I will be having a little stand at the Plumley Village fun day on the 30th June so a good month to really get some new ideas and get creating with a nice day with family & friends and hopefully lots of customers on the 30th!

See you soon!