Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thank you

This is my final post of 2012. I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported Susse Collection this year. I appreciate you take the time to visit my blog and read it. I hope you come back next year. I wish everyone a safe peaceful Christmas and awesome New Year. That you still continue to find the time to add fun to your lives next year.

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Add fun to your New Year
Hello I know most of us are still rushing around getting ready for holiday celebrations me included.
So I am finishing up for the year on my blog. School holidays start later on today so I am going to be in Mum mode for the next few weeks enjoying the holidays with my family and friends. Here is a little Happy New Year gift for you to make. Two party hats to bring in the New Year and I hope that you all have an awesome 2013.

Easy to make just download the templates and print onto some light weight card.
Follow the shape and cut them out.
The party hat you just make a cone shape and glue the side and add some stretchy elastic thread to attached to your head.

The party crown glue the two sides together you might need to adjust to fit your head and trim any excess card at the top and sides.
You can add some glitter and rhine stones to add some New Year sparkle.

P.S If you make the hats send me a photo it would be nice to see andI can put them on the blog next year.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yo Ho Ho Gift tags

Yo Ho Ho more free printables from Susse Santa.
Our newsletter signs up got these tags first but I thought it woud be nice to share these with you.
I guess your running around getting those last minute holiday touches finished.
Or your just waiting for the big rush next week. Here are some  Susse tags to print
and add to your pressies. You can use them as decorations around the house to.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

From my desk this week

Hello from my desk this week. The year is coming to an end soon.
I thought I would share some of the books I have been reading this year. They have helped move things along with my business and life. I might have mentioned some of these book in my blog already.
There is no harm in talking about them again. Maybe give you some last minute inspiration for gifts for someone you know or for yourself. I am in planning mode for next year. I am been sick again with another cold so I am feeling like I am walking through thick mud dragging myself to the finish line of the end of the year. Planning and reading is giving me a new refreshing perspective and feel ready for new starts and challenges for next year. I can focus on having a cracking good time in the holidays.
Kindle has been my friend this year making a quick read here and there far more accessible. You know those long bus journeys, dentist waits or in a cafe waiting for a friend to turn up.  Sorry this is not a plug for kindle or Amazon I just use the two services a lot. You can find these book elsewhere too.

Here is my list of books I have found helpful this year.

The Right Brain Business Plan- by Jennifer Lee

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

A Field Guide to Fabric Design : by Kim Knight

Blog Inc: by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Mom Inc : by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Creative Inc : by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

How to do Everything and Be Happy: by Peter Jones

Making it all Work by David Allen

The War of Art : by Steven Pressfeild

Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton

OK so I have had  lots of theory next year it's time to take action.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fun Friday Shop Windows

Joseph store windows

Joseph store windows

Joseph store windows

Joseph store windows

Hello just a bit of fun on the streets of Christmassy London. Jarrod and I had a rare date day recently. We had fun hanging out over at the posh side of town. Scoping out potential Christmas pressies. I love these window displays at Joseph.  The best I have seen so far.  Visit their blog to see more.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

From my desk this week


Hello from my desk this week. I had a bit of a wake up call this week. Apparently I am stressed?
Like most of us out there. You think I am fine, I am not stressed life's good, why should I be stressed?. I guess the signs where there all the tiny health issues throughout the year. The answers always is your stressed. So I have decided to take responsibility for my  health and self care. A common mistake Mums make all the time. To busy making sure the rest of the world is fine.
I have restarted practising Yoga and also not feeling guilty taking an hour out of  my day  twice a week for myself and to take a class. I guess it's the start of a new resolution or habit. I am reading the Seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen R.Covey and learning some good lessons along the way.

This is my message to you busy parents, self business owners or busy busy people.
Don't ignore your tiny health issues and make a point of taking your self care a priority. You won't busy busy anymore.
Start the year 2013 in good form ready to take on the next challenges and goals you will face through out the year.
Bye from a less stressed ready to create some great things Susse XX

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Susse Holiday Paper crafty ideas

Hello feeling in a holiday mood? If not here is a lovely A4  happy holidays sheet to print off and add some Susseness to your holiday celebrations. Here are three ideas you can try over the weekend. 

1. Mini paper chains
2. Mini presents for your tree.
3. Mini gift tags.

If you make anything send me your photos I will post them up on the Susse Collection facebook.

Stay warm and dry bye for now.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Add fun to your year

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Hello wow!! Nearly December. How are your holidays plans going. All good?
Happy Thanks giving to our US readers. This is the last calendar page of 2012 enjoy.
Did you use any of my calendar pages?  Let me know?

I had fun making the calendar pages I might make more pages next year.
Have a good weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Holidays List

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The Holiday craziness is starting to happen in our house now. Rocket has made his first list to Santa last week. Interesting reading : ). Lots of questions where is Santa's house? When is he coming to our house?

So this inspired me to get ready early this Holiday season. Avoid long queues in the post office. Avoid battling the streets of London with big shopping bags and avoiding the big queues waiting to collect parcels at the post office. Here is a little Susse list I made for you to download and start making lots of shopping lists, card list ,food list etc.

Happy list making..

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Friday and our winner is ..

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Hello we are proud to announce our winner for our recent competition.

It is Chiyoko from Osaka in Japan.

Well done !!! I hope you enjoy your prize.

Your package is wrapped up  going to the post office today.

I am sorry for those who took part in our competition I hope your not to disappointed but the good news is we will be sending you a promo code to shop at the Susse shop next week.

We will be having more competitions in the future.

Thank you again for your kind support and reading my blog.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello from desk this week. This is a short one today. A quick view from my desk this morning. It's all about textures this week steaming on with my course this week making some summer surface pattern designs.Really getting into using the computer now.The designs will be on my portfolio page very soon. Don't forget we announce our winner for the wild woodland collection tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last Chance to win

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Hello this is the last reminder I promise.  Have you signed up to our new newsletter mailing list yet?
If you haven't yet you still have a chance to win all this. A set of Limited edition prints and a tote bag from the Wild Woodland collection.

So hop over here and sign up and you might have a chance to win all these Susse goodies.
We will be announcing our winner on Friday 16th November 2012.
Have a great week.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello I am back. I have had busy week last week with Rocket. We had a great time around the city doing lots of Halloween things.  It always takes me few days to get back into the swing of things. I am back working on my e-course having fun. Although I am trying to fight of the first winter cold ahh. Echinacea is doing the trick. I am been zooming about the Internet looking into the future for  trends. It's been fun. I have discovered this useful tool through one of the other members of the course called mood share. If your designer you will find it useful. I have been using Ever note but this is better tool.

I have also joined the Pinterest community. Hopefully getting some inspiring imagery up there for the world to enjoy. You can follow me here.

Off out in the city tomorrow for some live field research so I will try to take lots of pictures and
share with you whats going on in  the streets of  London right now.
Bye for now have a lovely week.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fun Friday Halloween things

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Hello Halloween is just around the corner. Here are five fun things I found around the web for some Halloween ideas for the kids. It's half term holidays here in London so I will be having a blog break next week. See you back on 5th of November.
Have fun with your Halloween celebrations.

Found  some lovely ideas via Bloseme Kids

Great ideas for DIY costumes and party ideas here at Oh Happy Day  I love this blog.

This fun new jewellery shop  by designer Patricia Nicolas that's just opened up a few weeks ago in London's East End has great jewels to wear to a Halloween party.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From my desk this week

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My patterned Life around the house:

Hello how are you? I am busy working on new patterns for my portfolio just now. I am currently working on a self study course over at Pattern Observer. I am really enjoying the process just now. It has been a refresher in pattern making and designing.  Helping me to be more focus too : ). I don't want to give to much away about the actual course.
Here are some photos above from an exercise I had to do. Really look at my environment the things I wear and surround myself with. Look at my doodles in my sketchbooks. I had a eureka moment doing this. even if your not intending to design something it's quite interesting to take random pictures of your belonging's and see your style laid out before you.  If you are interested in making surface patterns or need a refresher like me then I recommend you check out Pattern Observer and the great courses and resources they have on offer.

I might share some more of my design eureka moments next week.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Add fun to your year

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Hello nearly November. The nights and morning are getting darker and winter is just around the corner. Here is the second last calender page of 2012 for you to enjoy and download for your wall.  Keep warm out there .

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fun Friday Competition time

Enter to win the Wild Woodland Collection 

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Hello welcome to another Fun Friday. I have some  good news today I am launching a competition here at Susse Collection. To celebrate the launch of the new limited edition print collection Wild Woodland at Susse five things store you now have a change to win the entire set of prints and comes in a special Tote bag. Nice prize for you or a nice gift for the holidays.

This all you have to do to enter is sign up for our mailing list and we will pull your name out of a hat on Friday the 16th of November  we will announce the winner. Don't worry for those of you have recently joined our new mailing list you will also be included.

Good luck : )

Have a fun weekend.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello and as you can see I have been busy updating my products for my  Susse 5 things shop. My original plan was to bring 5 things every month but I guess I was not really thinking about the time I really have so I have decided to go with each season now.  I am sorry it's taken so long to update the shop. Here it is my new collection of limited edition signed prints.  I have been really inspired by son's little stories he makes up on the way to school. One in particular the black bear living in the woods.  My son says he is sleeping in a particular tree on route to the school. He has a great imagination just now. I took the idea further and created Wild Woodlands. It's time to put on your woolly hat and scarf and take a walk in the wild wood. You might just meet a flirty fox or a big bear. You might find a nice gift for someone. On Friday I will be announcing a competition so see you then.

Talking a walk in the woods Susse Ltd ©
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Wild woodlands Susse Ltd ©
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Craft Night Halloween trick or treat

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Whhoooooo hellooo. So it's not long till Halloween night. Here's some  two projects you can do with your kids on a cold Autumn night with  this Susse download.

Project one: Halloween party Garland

You can print the images onto card and cut them out and with a needle and thread sew through the card and make a some cute bunting to hand up for a Halloween party.  Or hang them individually around  the house from the ceiling.

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Project Two: Trick or Treat Bag

You can print the download onto some transfer paper for T-shirts. I used transer paper  for Dark fabrics. You can find dinky party bags here at The clever baggers and they are great  gifts and can be recycled for next year. I decided to add some extra stitching to my design.
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It would be great to see your finished pieces. If your a member of our Facebook page you can upload them there. Happy Trick or Treating.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fun Friday calm mummy

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Hello and I hope your having a fun Friday. OK so time keeping and organisation might not sound like a fun topic but I wanted to share with you my new discoveries on time keeping and keeping organised.
Hopefully becoming a calm mummy.
As a Mum going back to full time work has been a bit of challenge and especially when you have your  limited  time slot of school hours during the day are so precious.
We call it prime time in our house. Pre- kido I wonder what I use to do with my time?
Working for yourself it easy get distracted and the day is gone you lost your focus. Making time up in the evening is not the solution either. You end up tired grumpy and very unproductive and anti social.

Here are five apps that I found really useful and hopefully make me a clam mummy.

Save your browsing on-line articles of interest and then read them at night or at time you have free. i.e maybe having a coffee break somewhere.
Not using your precious prime time surfing and getting distracted.

 I am a huge fan of this technique read up more here You can find some simple Pomodoro timer apps.
The idea is you give a task it's 100% focus no surfing! no flipping through magazines ! no checking mail! no texting! no cleaning up the office ! Just sit down and do that task. The alarm goes off and you have a break for 5 minutes. Get up walk around have a glass of water. After 4 sessions of Pomodoro you have a 15 minute break go out side have a walk or dash to a coffee shop. 
Once I have dropped Rocket off to school it's sit down and get going on a task and it really kicks my day off.

I love this application and it works on all your devices and synchronises with them all. I am a the queen of unfinished note books. My husband laughs at the pile of note books I have. I am have to mentally stop myself when I am in stationery shop.  I think Oooh!! I need a new notebook. Not any more. I can have them all digitally at my finger tips. To do list making is easy now. 
So far I am feeling organised  and calm now.

Another great application that works on all your devices and synchronises. I love that I can store all my documents and photos and if you lose your lap top and phone everything is still there. No tears.

Great for browsing and finding new blogs and articles that are trending on-line. I love to save the articles to Evernote or add to pocket. Saves on all those paper mountains and PDF files on your computer.

Do you have any fun ideas on time keeping and organisation. Keeping calm when using your prime time?

Have a fun weekend see you next week.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From my desk this week

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Hello from my desk this week. My Holiday shop is now open.  If you are starting to think I need some cards or gifts for the holiday season.Visit society6  there's lots of great things to find there. A wealth of artistic styles to suit most peoples taste. Find that special gift that's a little different.

Here's  a selection  of  some of my own designs for the Holiday season. Prints cards, and cases for
i- phones.

I had fun making theses designs I hope you enjoy them too.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Craft Night Tulip cushion

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Hello and welcome back this week. Here is another little craft night project I wanted to share with you.

Things you will need:

  • One cushion cover
  • coloured wool felt grey,yellow,black I bought my felt from here 
  • printer
  • template
  • scissors 
  • hand sewing needles
  • pins
  • iron
  • sewing thread
  • embroidery thread in white and hand sewing thread in yellow,grey and black.

This is an easy project to do. Just requires some hand sewing skills. I made the cushion cover using this tutorial here at sewing in a straight line  it is about 30 cm square made of organic cotton but you can just buy a plain cover and decorate it yourself.

Download and print the template cut out your shapes.  Trace around your paper template shapes .
Cut out your coloured felt shapes and arrange and pin them on to your cushion cover.

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First hand sew your shapes along the edge in matching thread. Then remove pins and randomly hand sew some spots in white embroidery thread on the grey leaves.

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The randomly straight stitch on the yellow flower head in straight stitch in random sizes.
Press it on the reverse so you don't melt the felt and there you have it a Sunny tulip cushion to add some fun to your bed ,chair or couch.

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