lime light // the thinktree

limelight // the think tree

I love finding and blogging about new businesses and finds I come across in my travels across the internet. Especially handmade and clever clog-like businesses.

Like Laura from The Think Tree, who designs a range of cards, stationery and prints, all printed with an eco-friendly focus.

 I aim to create beautiful paper products that are friendly on the earth, a little bit fun and a pleasure to look at.

Be sure to pop over to her shop to grab some special Christmas cards in time for the festive season!

Introduction:

I’m Laura, a 27 year old graphic designer who after working for roughly five years in the industry, relocated from Melbourne to Brisbane with my partner’s job and had the opportunity to start my own home-based business, The Thinktree. I produce environmentally conscious paper products such as greeting cards, prints and invitations. They are all completely original designs and are printed locally (if not in my home studio) on 100% recycled paper and packaged using recyclable materials. I also undertake many custom graphic design projects and have a steady but growing client base.

Your inspiration:

I’m inspired by the environment, humour, puns, originality, simple & clever design, colourful patterns & textures, song lyrics and sayings and also by feedback & suggestions I receive.

Who you admire:

I admire people who are trying to make a difference in their everyday lives and businesses. People who support fair trade, shop locally & ethically and source environmentally friendly products where possible. I also admire people who work hard and follow their hearts, even if it means taking risks.

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lime light // jen from red parka and her new book

red parka book tour

Thrilled to have Jennifer Skelly from Red Parka Design talking about her new bookA Compendium of Collective Nouns.

Jennifer self-published her book via Pozible, and I jumped in and backed the project because I thought it was such a great idea. And imagine, a real, live book!

Today Jen is here answering a few questions as part of her book launch bloggy tour and I handed over the interviewing over to my two boys who have delighted in turning the pages and learning some new collective nouns and admiring the illustrations. The book has been a bit hit in the Lime Lane household.

red parka book tour

 What made you make the book?

I’m a word and animal lover and so of course collective nouns have always held a fascination for me. As an illustrator, I drew a parliament of owls one day and turned it into a print. This became my most popular print and made me think I should draw more. And so I did ~ soon after the owls came a smack of jellyfish, a parcel of penguins, an ostentation of peacocks and a flamboyance of flamingo.
These prints were very popular at my market stall and the idea of a whole book of illustrated collective nouns started to form. And eventually, I decided to do it!

What age group is the book for?

It’s hard to say – the book appeals to kids as well as adult so I’d say 1 – 100 perhaps?

RedParka-pack-of-dogs

Why did you make the animals different colours?

Some animals are naturally bright colours, such as rosellas or finches, so these were easy. But some animals are just lots of black or brown, and for these ones, in many cases, I added some variations in colour and some small splashes of pattern to brighten the final image up. Although I have a distinct style that means the book hangs together as one body of work, I did try to see each page, each animal, as a piece it it’s own right and therefore, if I felt, as an artist, that it was a good idea to use a bit of artistic licence with the colours then that’s what I would do!

RedParka_pod-of-whales

Whales are a favourite of Master 11

Do you have a favourite animal? What is your favourite collective noun group?

My favourite animal is the elephant, but I’m not sure what my favourite page from the book is – it changes all the time!

Did you get any help?

I did all the drawing by myself and also the layout and book design, although I did get some excellent help from my friend Kelly who is a graphic designer. Because I’m not so good at the technical side of things, she checked all my files and made sure that they were correct so that the printers would print as exact as possible.
Other then that, no. I did everything by myself.

RedParka-loveliness-of-ladybirds

Where did you get all the collective nouns from? Did you learn them or from the internet?

I did some research online to find out the correct collective noun. There’s a lot of resources but a lot of it’s made up. It can be very difficult to know what’s correct in many cases, and on occasions where I wasn’t sure which was the best way to go, I took the liberty of choosing the most interesting term.

How did you draw the pictures?

I draw on a Cintiq Wacom Graphics Tablet, which is my favourite thing in the whole world!! Then I use Photoshop for doing the colour and inDesign for layouts.

And a question from me: How does it feel to be published and to have an actual book you can hold?

It feels truly amazing! It’s been a dream of mine for so long and to finally see it and hold it is an incredible feeling. I was so nervous when the boxes arrived, I almost couldn’t open them in case they weren’t any good, but pulling out a book and feeling the beautiful paper and smooth cover and that new book smell … I honestly believe this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done! And I’m already dreaming about what my next book might be …

red parka book tour

You can buy the book here, it would make a great Christmas present! And follow Jen’s work on her blog here and her website.

 

lime light // rock ribbons eco gifts

lime light // rock ribbons eco gifts

Today I’m thrilled to to introduce you to an Australian store that I found out about after Deborah took advantage of an ad special via Facebook.

Rock Ribbons Eco Gifts is an Australian-based online eco gifts boutique, handmade and curated by Deborah Batchelor and located in Brisbane,

Bookmark this store now for beautiful, handmade eco gifts, accessories and homewares which are all eco friendly, unique, ethical and colourful, for your Christmas shopping.

Purchase an eco gift as a way to show your meaning for the person and planet, meaningful gifts for thoughtful people. Everything you see in store is infused with strong kiwi roots, an English sojourn, Middle Eastern escapade and finished off with exquisite Australian flair.

And right now, every purchase also receives a handmade large lightweight summer scarf.

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Find Rock Ribbons Eco Gifts:

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