Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

New Baby Card Ideas!

May 29, 2010

Hey everyone,

I’m often asked whether I have a card for someone who’s just had a new baby, and as of yet the answer’s been no. Until now!

So today I’m here to show you my two latest card designs! I’m dying to know what you guys think. So do let me know which your favourite one is. Now you may love them both, and if this is the case – that’s ok. You may not like either of them, and if this is the case – keep it to yourself! Hopefully you’ll like at least one of them anyway.

Here you go:

new born baby card

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new baby card design

Thanks for coming, see you again soon.

Joe

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Other words for wife…

February 5, 2010

Hello people,

cheesy stock photo dictionary

Today I want to speak to you about words. You see I don’t like to refer to Jenny as my ‘wife’ (though so far that’s what I’ve been doing), and not because I’m not completely proud and grateful that I’ve achieved such an amazing thing in my life – marrying her – but because it makes us sound much older than we are really. Surely there are other ways of saying wife? and husband? We’re still very young and thus I’d like to find some new terms to replace these ones. I mean, we’re only in our mid-twenties! We’re babies I tells ya!

babies in love - cute as hell.

Jenny doesn’t like ‘other half’ very much, and does it really say ‘husband’ or ‘wife’? The ‘ol’ ball and chain’ is horrible really as she’s not a ball and chain at all and she’s certainly not old! She’s more of a young…helium balloon(?) or something, in the sense that she is not old and makes me feel joyous, light and just plain lovely (balloons are amazing at making you feel this way I’ve found). So really ball and chain is definitely not an option.

real ball and chain

I actually used to own a ball and chain just like this one (seriously)

‘Partner’ doesn’t really say we’re married as such, so that’s useless (and I don’t particularly like it anyway) and so we need to think of something new.

I started by doing some research:

The thesaurus (linked above) offers me these synonyms: bride, companion, consort, helpmate, mate, monogamist, other half, partner, roommate, spouse.

Some of these are clearly hilarious and I’m tempted to use them just for that. I mean, roommate?! That isn’t a synonym for wife!! Helpmate is a good one as she’s often helping me do something or other, but I’ve never heard this term and I doubt anyone else has so it might take a bit of explanation everytime I use it. Monogamist is an interesting one, but a bit cold (and insane?) perhaps – and I’d be crazy to choose that.

Consort is definitely a contender as it would be very amusing to say to people things like – ‘Me and my consort Jenny went for a walk yesterday, only to find we weren’t wearing any shoes!’ The only problem is that people might not realise that I’m married to Jenny in this case, which really renders this term useless as a replacement. Damn.

sidekicks?

So if we go lower in the thesaurus entry it offers some synonyms for ‘partner’, a few of which I like the idea of. Sidekick is a cool one I think, and we’d feel a bit like superheroes perhaps! But Jenny might get a complex, or feel inadequate about being my sidekick. Unless I was her sidekick, but then – I like to wear trousers sometimes in this relationship and I would be conceding any chance of that if I became her permanent sidekick.

I like ally too but it’s one of those words that looks wrong when you write it so I’ve gone off it almost immediately.

It would seem that this is an extremely hard task and at this point I’ve not reached any definitive decisions. What do you think? Do you have any other ideas of words to use? Maybe you’ve got made-up words you could suggest, or just one’s I haven’t thought of? Either way I’d like to know, so let me know if you’ve got any thoughts.

Anyway, that’s my blog post for today. I will post another one soon, but entirely at my own whim. =D

See you again soon I hope,

Joe

Keyrings!?

December 7, 2009

I’ve been wondering what other ways I could sell my drawings while still using recycled materials and I have recently discovered a new one. The title sort of gives it away, so I won’t mess about. I’m talking about keyrings!

OooOooooOo...

I had the idea a little while back and had spent a fair amount of time searching for a company offering recycled keyring cases. I recently came across www.pinbadge.com who’ve got a few choices for recycled keyring cases, but usually specialise in promotional stuff for big companies. This means I have to buy in bulk which makes this whole idea a bit of an investment for me. So I need help.

Are they a bad idea?

I thought the best place to start with pondering this idea and it’s saleability is right here on my blog. I figured you could all perhaps help me and tell me what you think?

It looks very professional I think...

I don’t yet know what I’d charge for them, I’ve not done that sort of research just yet but I know that it’d cost me about £85 for 250 empty cases. I then have to fill each of them myself which will involve a bit of work. So what are your thoughts? Would you like a drawing of mine in keyring form? Or do you think other people would at least? Vote below!

Designing my own buttons

October 24, 2009

Hello everyone!

I’ve decided I should design my own buttons for my side bar, so that my blog can be even more personalised. =D So I got to work drawing some ideas a few days ago and I came up with some good ones I think. You might have already noticed, but if you haven’t then take a look over to the right hand side of this text and you will see my wonderful new buttons or whatever it is people call them.

I personally think they look great and I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out. I was going to do a poll (me and my polls =P) to help pick which ones I should use from the ideas I had. Instead of that though, I just went ahead and chose them myself (I couldn’t wait for you all to vote before I put them up!) and got them onto my side bar the first chance I got.

I started off drawing lots by hand on an A4 sheet of paper.

They started off quite rough...

They started off quite rough...

I then scanned that in and got it into photoshop to cut them out and size them correctly. I downloaded one of the Folksy buttons (that they offer on their site) to get an idea of size, made it a bit bigger (as the drawings could barely be seen so small) and then got to work tidying them up.

I already had favourites and Jenny helped me make the final decisions. You can see what I chose at the side (note that the computer in the folksy button actually has a screenshot of the folksy front page on the screen).

Here are the others that didn’t make the cut, and feel free to let me know if you disagree with my final choices.

This was my second favourite Twitter button

This was my second favourite Twitter button

I didn't want to suggest that I'd be afraid of you if you followed me so this was out of the question.

I didn't want to suggest that I'd be afraid of you if you followed me so this was out of the question.

This was my original idea for this button, but the other seemed funnier.

This was my original idea for this button, but the other seemed funnier.

The way that I got my own pictures to work as buttons is by firstly uploading the images (as .png files) to my webspace. Then I just changed the image links in the html for the buttons I already had on my sidebar, and otherwise kept it mostly the same. It was really much easier than I was expecting! (if that was all jibberish, get in touch and I’ll try and explain more clearly)

Anyway, that’s all for today kids. Thanks very much for reading and I do hope you are all well.

Love to you all,

Joe

Plans for a new banner

October 9, 2009

Today I am asking for your assitance dear readers!

I’m going to show you a few banner ideas I’ve created for my Folksy shop which include some of my circuitry sculptures and then I’m going to get you to vote. I’ve included my current banner as the first choice (just in case you think I should keep it the way it is) but otherwise they are all new.

Take a look below at the banners:

Please click the picture to see it full size. (it looks a bit crap here.)

Please click the picture to see it full size. (it looks a bit crap here.)

And now, if you will, take a look at the poll below and vote for the banner that you like best. I know it’s hard, they’re all quite unbelievably good, but just do you best to whittle it down to one and vote.

Thank you very much if you voted! If you didn’t then no thank you’s for you, you are so lazy! Oh and I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions if anything comes to mind so please feel free. =) Oh and also you can vote more than once if you found it hard to choose so please do so.

Anyway, lovely seeing you. Can’t wait to see the results over the next few days.

Speak soon,

Joe

Other tattoo ideas

October 8, 2009

I have a big list compiled of all the different tattoos that I plan on getting. The leg tattoo I got on my leg was just one of two David Shrigley tattoos I’m going to get, but the second one I still need to decide on.

I have narrowed the choices down and below are the various options that remain. To be honest I’m pretty much decided on one already, but it’s a good excuse to share some of David’s genius. These are from various books of his, all of which are just amazing. Check out his website and here’s an animation of his.

Have a look and let me know you’re thoughts.

The first choice

The first choice

I really love this drawing

I really love this drawing

I think this is the one I'd like permanently on my body...

I think this is the one I'd like permanently on my body...(and that's my thumb!)

I love this. Makes me want 3 (but that's just crazy)

I love this. Makes me want 3 (but that's just crazy)

This is hilarious but has a bit of a negative vibe so I don't think it'd fit with my overall positive asthetic.

This is hilarious but has a bit of a negative vibe so I don't think it'd fit with my overall positive asthetic.

So there you have them. I spent a few hours going through the 5 books of his that I own, putting little tabs of paper nest to drawings that I love and would be good for tattoos. Then I had to narrow them down in a big way as there’s so many I love.

As I said in the writing under the picture, the one I’m leaning towards right now is the rare star. Maybe in a few years I’ll get another Shrigley tattoo, but for now two should definitely be the limit. After that I’m getting one of my drawings tattooed onto me and I have many other ideas. I’ll post about them in the next few weeks.

Let me know what you think of these drawings and which one you think I should get tattooed onto me. It’s ok, I won’t listen to any of you. =D

Speak to you soon,

Nice seeing you,

Joe

A new background for my photos…

October 3, 2009

Jenny had a wondeful idea. I’ve always been a bit disappointed that my shop and products on Folksy always seem so boring compared to everyone elses bright, colourful stuff. That is the drawback of making things that are just black and white.

I could be lying for all you know. It could be grey or even pink!

I could be lying for all you know. It could be grey or even pink!

So the beautiful brain that is now my wife, came up with a very cool idea indeed. She said to me (and I’m paraphrasing here completely) “Perhaps you should make an interesting background for your photos. Then your shop would have a lot more colour like you want and it might make your cards look even cooler.”

We discussed it and it was decided that it didn’t want to be too colourful, but something interesting and something along the recycled theme that runs through all our work. Magazines were mentioned, but we decided they’d be too busy and too colourful to be a good background.

Then we rememebered the magnet display board I’d made in order to (you guessed it) display magnets at craft fairs.

It's very good isn't it?

It's very good isn't it?

This was done with old book pages from a copy of the ‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe’, which is part of the astoundingly brilliant Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy series of books. It’s missing chapter 3 or something you see (which is quite strange and ridiculous I know) and so I was able to use it without any guilt of wasting a perfectly good book.

It’s such an old book that the pages are browning so it’s got a really beautiful quality to it. It’s got a bit of colour but it’s also quite subdued and most importantly, it’s totally recycled!

So I got to work making the background sheet. I had a pva paste, pritt stick and a sheet of A3 paper. This process was not documented, so I’ve mocked these up to aid your imagination:backgroundmockup5backgroundmockup6backgroundmockup1backgroundmockup3

And so after an hour or so of efforts, eventually I had created a wonderful new background!

Isn't it just beautiful!?

Isn't it just beautiful!?

Now my shop looks just that little more interesting and inviting (at least I think it does, do you?). =D

Come and see it now! (And bring your piggy banks!)

See you again soon,

Joe

New drawings from the past month

September 20, 2009

I’ve done lots of new drawings over the past month or so and they’ve just been sitting in my computer collecting e-dust.

I’ve done some about things I’m interested in:

Seems fair.

Seems fair.

Aww

Aww

I drew this one for postcards that I can sell at local farm shops and such like:

Mmm

Mmm

I did a bunch based on things people are really into, like cats (two of which you’ve seen already in my previous post with the cat poll) computers and that sort of thing:

I like this one especially

I like this one especially

The office cat

The office cat

And finally some drawings just based on sayings I’ve heard in the past few months that invoked an image in my head and had me laughing quietly to myself:

He sure is...

He sure is...

I'm very spiritual me (I actually am really)

I'm very spiritual me (I actually am really)

I should've posted this yesterday seeing as it was Talk Like A Pirate Day! Silly me...

I should've posted this yesterday seeing as it was Talk Like A Pirate Day! Silly me...

And there you have it. There’s lots more really but this post would get ridiculous if I posted them all. I’d love to hear which your favourites are if you’ve got a minute.

Speaking of lots more drawings, my website is really starting to take shape. The gallery (which is the bulk of the site) is nearing completion and that will be up the moment it’s done for your browsing pleasure. It will feature all my official drawings to date, whether they’re badly drawn, not funny, completely offensive or just a bit disturbing. It’s very exciting as it’s been under construction for over a year now I think! Whoops! We’ve been very busy though, so it’s fair enough really. =)

Oh and just so you all know, I will be announcing the winner of my first ever competition in the next few days (perhaps even as soon as tomorrow evening!) so if you want to enter, scroll down and find the post and help me name my sculpture. There’s been some great ideas so you’ll need to come up with something good, but I have faith in you. I believe you can do it! The winner gets a magnet of their choice (I think that’s the prize…) so this is not to be missed!!

Anyway, lovely to see you all.

Good day,

Joe

My First Ever Competition: Name that sculpture

September 6, 2009

Hello all my lovely followers.

Hope things are going well with all of you.

I have a favour to ask of you all. I need your help. I have made a new circuitry sculpture and he (or she –  but I think it’s a he) needs a name. Whoever can come up with the best idea will win a magnet of their choice posted to them for free and will be featured on this here blog. So, get to work! Below are pictures and some guidance on the sort of thing I’m looking for.

He's a cutie isn't he?

He's a cutie isn't he?

It has to be relatively clever, and relate somehow to the fact he’s made out of circuitry scraps. Most of the sculptures are named with a pun or play on words so see what you can think of along those lines.

I need a different perspective you see.

I need a different perspective you see.

It can also relate more specifically to the particular bits he’s made out of if you like. The ‘wings’ are made of parts of a floppy disc. His body is made out of the main circuit inside a mobile phone (although no one will realise this from looking so it’s best to avoid using this as a starting point). Really I don’t know the names of any of the other parts so I can’t help you in that regard. Hmm…

From above in case it helps

From above in case it helps

The only other thing I had a thought about just now is that he’s kind of doing tiny jazz hands, so if anyone can think of a way of playing on that with something circuitry related then that would be awesome.

Basically though just be clever and creative and see what comes out of your brains! I’m excited to hear your ideas so please post them in the comments below. You could quite easily win so do it now!

I will announce the winner when I see fit! (You’ll just have to pay attention =P)

Good day to you all,

Joe

A card for my brother’s birthday

August 13, 2009

Hello again everyone!

Today I was stung by a wasp and it hurt so much it is madness. Just thought I’d share that as it’s still hurting now and it happened just before lunch (it’s midnight now)!

I thought, seeing as I haven’t even started sorting out the cat drawings at all, that I’d do a different post first. My brother is going to be 30 in a few days (on the 16th) and so I thought I should think of an idea just for him. It’s a big birthday and it needed some attention put into it so I got to work. He’s a computer game tester and general avid gamer so I was thinking along those lines initially.

I drew a few rough ideas and played around with some stuff, but to be honest it was only the second or third idea I had that I realised was a very good one.

The rough scanned in sheet

The rough scanned in sheet

So I got to work drawing a few different versions of it (this was originally at the garden opening so I had to pay attention for customers at the same time) and eventually I had some relatively good ones. So I scanned them in so I could make them a bit neater and turn them into a respectable card, and thus his card was born. See the final design below:

I turned out rather well I think

I turned out rather well I think

Hopefully he’ll appreciate the time spent, as it must have taken a good 3 hours work in the end. And it’s rather amusing I thought. I even looked up pictures of the NES and Playstation to make sure they were drawn accurately (to a degree).

Anyway, love to hear what people think.

Good day,

Joe