5MayOff

The A Team

Last week I spent a wonderful couple of days with key suppliers who totally make my business happen and in super-duper simplified terms it goes a little something like this...

James Cropper Paper Mill - who have a frankly mind blowing machine the size of a football pitch in the Lakes - Cropper's make all of the paper stocks I use - Cropper's, amongst lots of other activities - make papers exclusively for my wonderful paper merchants - GF Smith in Hull - who supply the paper I use to Century Studios in Nottingham who do my digital print and Foilco - who I use for my print finishing who have the most amazing space in Warrington that I could happily move into - thank you please.

It was epic. Beyond epic. It was really special. A huge shout out to Janet at GF Smith for making it happen.

I love that I know the faces of the people that make my product work and that I know what happens behind the scenes and that I can understand how each and every process adds to the end result.

But more importantly for me as an independent business owner - I understand my supply chain and know that every single product that comes out of my studio is 100% designed and manufactured in the UK ‪and I'm really, really proud of that.

If you want to work with the people who I consider to be part of my A Team (more about the other people that make it work in the future) - you can contact them below.

Janet at GF Smith / jstevens@gfsmith.com
Wayne at Century Studios / wayne@centurystudios.co.uk
Andrew at Foil Co./ andrew@foilco.co.uk

5MayOff

The Never Ending Month of April

I survived.

April was all kinds of crazy.

Work was hectic, home was hectic and lots of exciting but super time consuming projects got underway.

Here is a bit of a look - highlights included parties with the family in London to visiting my foil supplier, Foilco, and Paper mill, Croppers with my lovely paper merchants, GF Smith and digital printer, Century Studios. Total paper heaven.

Bring on a slightly more sedate May xo

10AprOff

April Showers

Well Hello April!

You have been very kind with your pretty light and long days - looking forward to spending the month with you but for now - I am off for the weekend.

Big Sunny Love xo

28MarOff

Spring Forward

March 2015. The month that totally changed my little business forever.

Wonderful, crazy, hectic, magical, intense, fun - it's been a whirlwind twinned with a beyond over-subscribed social diary.

Looking forward to saying Bonjour to April kicking off in fine style with a weekend sponsored by a small fluffy animal and chocolate filled break - but before then just a few more days of crazy.

11MarOff

Cath Kidston Key Note Speaker Paperfest 2015

So excited to have just announced that Cath Kidston is our Key Note Speaker for Paperfest 2015.

Literally cannot wait to hear her talk about the "Journey of a Brand" - Cath will be sharing her amazingly inspirational story from kitchen tabletop dreams to multi-national success, her vision and creative processes - eek!

Tickets available www.paperfest.co.uk

Big Paperfest Love xo

11MarOff

Life lately

Has been pretty hectic - lots cooking in the pot as it were.

Here is a bit of snapshot of March so far. Lots of work and lots of play.

Have an absolutely wonderful week.

Big paper love xo

5MarOff

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Join Imogen and Abigail for an afternoon Workshop of inky fun on 9th May at an Introduction to Modern Calligraphy.

The sessions will be led by the wonderful Imogen where you will learn about Modern Calligraphy, work on form exercises, practice the lower case and uppercase alphabet and play around with your very own style that will help you create your very own piece of original artwork with a phrase or quote.

You will receive a really fabulous kit including penholder, nib and ink and calligraphy practice pad.

The workshop is aimed at beginners or those with experience who want to update their style.

Fabulous, what's the date?
The date is Saturday 9th May.

Sounds great, what's the cost?
Cost is £45 per person and includes re-useable materials.

And where is the workshop?
Central Derby - DE1 - to be confirmed

And do I need to do any prep?
Absolutely nothing! You don’t need to do any prep at all and you don’t need to bring anything on the day, just your lovely self!

If you have an idea of a quote or saying that you want to create during your session then certainly bring it along.

Anything else I need to know?
If you could arrive about 5 minutes before the workshops starts - that would be great. We will be in touch a little closer to the time to remind you of all the details for our afternoon together.

Getting to Derby
If you are driving - there is a great car park close-by on Bold Lane or if you arriving on the train or bus we are very central and a five minute walk. If you hop in a cab - make sure you get a yellow cab and ask it to drop you by the Library.

Please note that your space is not refundable.

Book your space here...

This event is now S O L D O U T! more dates will be announced.

See you soon xo

26FebOff

Workshop – Pop Up Printshop

Well hello there!

And good afternoon to you, yes you - over there - I've got some news to put a smile on that pretty face...

I am bringing back a series of workshops for the Spring {more to come on the others next week} Never since Tony Hart graced our screens has block printing been so ruddy cool - think tattoo inspired birdies and anchors, oh-so-on-trend geometrics and {totally overdone but none the less still charming} moustaches and bow ties - you get the picture.

Like the sound of that? naturally, it's going to be a little bit special, learning about block printing techniques before trying your new skills to create your very own canvas tote bag and tea towel as well as creating your own ranges of cards and a print.

What is the date?
25th April 2015

What are the timings?
10.30 til 2.30

What do you need to bring?
Absolutely nothing, just your pretty self. Unless you like to wear expensive clothes - then maybe bring your favourite apron {or swap your Jacobs for Jaeger - don't worry, I won't tell anyone}. But seriously we do use inks so sleeves that roll up are a must and family heirlooms should be avoided.

Do I need a design?
We will have some template designs for you to choose from for the lino print and you will have the opportunity to create a design of your very own. If you want to be super prepared then prep a design at home, but remember block shapes with little or no detail work best, especially if it is your first time.

Where is the Pop Up Shop?
I've yet to confirm the venue but it will be central Derby.

What's the cost?

£45 per person which includes all of your materials including tea towel, tote bag and card and envelopes as well as a little goodie bag.

You in? cool, book your spot below*





*Sorry lovelies I can't reserve any spaces until you make your pretty little minds up if you can make it or not - we only have limited spaces, time is short and time is money - so you are either in or out.

A little bit of Small Print...

- Once your space is booked it is non refundable and non transferrable.
- If you could arrive 5 minutes before the workshop starts that would be fabulous.
- There will be a 30 minute break for lunch.

Want to see what we get upto in these classes? take a look at Pop Up Print Shops {and at Folly}, and the Christmas workshop here and a lovely blog post from one of the lovely ladies who joined us here.

I would love to see you if you are a beginner, haven't thought about paper cutting {except the painful type you get in the office} since school or if you just want to come and hangout and talk cheese and Fleetwood Mac.

Any questions? then drop me a mail hello@abigailwarner.com

Get crafty friends xo

{Picture by the fabulous Holly Booth at the equally fabulous Ink & Thread.}

20FebOff

This Is The Week

That my phone unceremoniously died. #sadtimes

Courtesy of those wonderful people at o2 I know have a Samsung phone the kind not seen since 1997. #sadtimesindeed

Add to that a MOUNTAIN of work and a studio move and you may get the picture of how my week has gone.

But no fear. Friday night is here. That can only mean one thing when we're in on said day. Fish and Chips.

Have a fine and dandy weekend y'all. I intend to drink my body weight in the pink stuff and have lots of fun.

Big-fishy-no-phone-Love xo

13FebOff

A Heart Felt Thank You

13FebOff

Love Is In The Air

The run upto Valentines is always a little hectic and this week has certainly been a whirlwind.

Yes siree.

But alas the weekend is nearly upon us.

Hurrah!

Big Valentine love xo

6FebOff

Pick, Pack & Repeat

I feel like that has been my mantra for a couple of weeks now, well it is that time of year.

But also found time for some pretty too.

Three cheers for the weekend. xo