Friday, October 21, 2011

Where We Do What We Do...& A Picture Of Us

 We were asked for some pictures of our studio's for some new advertising...between the both of us we don't have a super snazzy camera so our good friend Vicki (who's rather lovely and talented and who also has the sweetest little boy in the world) came over and took some snaps for us...we thought you might like to see??

This is where I do my machine trusty sewing machine is hidden behind the tower of Giraffes In Scarfs.

This is where I do all of the planning, pattern designing and cutting...(its a bit like a jumble sale but I like it...I know where everything is believe it or not) The pom poms hang down from a light in the conservatory (I put them up for one Chirstmas but got too attatched to them so they are there to stay now.

This is where I keep all of my creature making essentials.
This is where El does the designing and printing of all of our packaging...its often prone to swear words when the printer won't print properly. She got the giant Woody and the balloons from up when she worked in the cinema (we both used to work there dont'cha know...infact our respective other halfs still do!)

And this where El does the sewing...that wonderful creation you see on the desk is Nina...she's a legend in her own fact this part of El's studio is also often prone to swear words...when Nina refuses to sew. The platypus picture (top right) used to be up in our bricks and mortar shop...back in the days.

And here's El's Inspiration board/place where she sticks things up that she likes...the gold cuckoo clock used to hand in the shop too.

And here's us...gross i know but we were assured that people like to know what the people who make things look like...soo this is what me and El look like...Thats me on the right in the blue top and thats El on the right with the Scrabble neclace on. We often (as in at least once a week) get asked if we're sisters...we're not but its kind of funny that people think we like we are.
Right...I think thats enough for today...hope you enjoyed your little tour around our studios.

P.S. I'm sorry about the unevenly spaced gaps between the pictures and the paragraphs...i've been trying to get the picture to go in the right palces for the last half hour and Bloggers not playing so this is the best I could do.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pictorial Review

These guys have been sentenced to the wicker basket until I list them on Etsy and Folksy.
Coffee break during a supply buying mission...note the delicious lemon yoghurt cake.
Noticed these ridiculously large meringue's whilst grabbing a coffee before going to see Simon Garfield talk about his book Just My Type.
...which you can see five books in from the grumpy looking owl.
And he signed it for me...he said that Bex was the most interesting name he had to sign yet...

Gorgeous mini cooper-esque vintage car parked down one of Cheltenhams leafy streets.
After another literature festival event we went to a bar which  had these lovely labels on their bottle of tonics.

I'll be back soon with some pictures of Human Bean Christmas decorations...until then I'm off to apply Savlon to my damaged sewing finger! (a slither of rather sharp metal got stuck in it...ouch!)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

We have a winner! (or two)

You need wait no more dear followers! The give away has been drawn...the Autumn sunshine must have put us in a good mood because we decided to draw two names out of the vintage mustard yellow Le Creuset saucepan which I knew would come in handy one day (I love it too much to risk it getting burnt so I just keep in on the side and lovingly look at it from time to time;) But that's enough fawning over a pan (even though it is truly wonderful) onto the winners!
I like writing so instead of going for one of those random number generator gizmo's I wrote out the names of the the right of this picture you can see the evolution of a Giraffe in a Scarf
You cant blame me for this really is a wonderful pan!                                                                                                 
And here are the names of the winners!

 So, if Littlebirdy Designs and Gill could get in touch via email ( we will set about sending your Human Beans out to you!

All of this give away excitement has gone to my head, I'm off to sew snowflakes and make a button necklace!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Following the funk I found myself in earlier this week (thank you for your lovely advice!) I decided to just crack on and get over it! It seems to have worked, I've spent my day cutting and pinning fabric for some more Giraffes In Scarves.

 Also been playing around with some spotty fabric and lace in the hope of coming up with some Human Bean Christmas you think it matters that in terms of Christmas stock we mainly have decorations (& Christmas cards...coming soon)? I wonder if we should have other products as well?
Whilst snipping and pinning I took some (rubbish) pictures of my notice board...its a bit of mess but I like the bits and pieces that are up there...there's a few old family pictures, and some other bits and pieces which I've pinned up due to my magpie like tendencies!
The picture on the bottom left is of my mum and dad before they were married, it always makes me smile.

Anyway...I'll be back soon hopefully with new/ more Giraffe's In Scarves.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pictorial Review.

I found this plastic wolf and 25p whilst sweeping up at work.

El made this rather good pineapple cushion/plush for a friends birthday.
Appealing barrells waiting to be taken away.
Gorgeous pearl cottons (which unfortunately had to be left behind due to insufficient funds, I think I may regret it for the rest of my life.)
Giraffe in a Scarf, they will all look like this I think.

Feeling distinctly down in the dumps today and have not a lot of confidence in StuffedNonsense's work...only temporary I'm sure.

Don't forget the give away...if you fancy it.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Face Lift.

 We thought it might be an idea to go for a little bit of a freshen up for Autumn, hence the new font and also the new banner...what do you think? El did it the other day (she's super clever with the old illustrations and what not!), I think the Human Beans look super up there! In fact we think they look soo super we're going to give one of you lovely followers the chance to win one. Just leave a comment on this post (making sure there's a way for us to get in touch if lady luck should favour you) before next Saturday (that's the 15th) and we'll pop your name in! I've come over quite giddy with excitement!

Just a sample of some of the Human Beans we have hanging out in our studio at the moment.
The internet shops are now full to the brim (or will be by the end of the day) too...and the etsy one has a big 'ol 20% discount coupon running at the moment! Just type in autumndiscount1 at the checkout! Perfect for you highly organised peeps who are buying christmas presents all ready methinks??

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Inspired by this super clever lady and her most recent blog post ,I thought I would share some pictures with you of my current obsession...
My name is Bex and I'm addicted to planting Succulents in pretty china cups and dotting them around my home.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Have You Head Of...

Lo Cole??
 I'm sure that there are many of you Illustration savvy types out there who have.
 I recently discovered his work whilst doing a 'shop local' search on etsy (I was trying to find other creative types in Cheltenham.) 
I'm a little bit in love with his work! Some of you may know that I do enjoy pictures of birds so a fair bit of Lo's work is right up my street. I look at his work and I'm reminded, a little bit of Charley Harpers style.
Very Early Birds can be found here.
Night Birds can be found here.

Natural Order can be found here.

I really like the simple style of his work and the colours he uses are wonderful. (I do apologise for my rather lacking descriptions of his work...I tend to clam up when I try to explain why I like something)
Anyway, you can find more of his work over here on his website.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Recently Listed...

I've just finished listing the Christmas Decorations I was going on about earlier this week...(it feels rather peculiar to be listing things with snow flakes on when its super hot outside but hey ho!) You can find them in our Etsy shop and also in our Folksy shop

What do you think??
I've also been tinkering away on the Giraffes In Scarves and I think I've got the pattern sorted, so hopefully they will be up for sale some time soon!
P.S. watch out for some money off offers coming up soon too!