Monday, January 31, 2011

Fun & Quirky!

I love to draw & doodle & I just love using bright colours too, it's my favourite thing in the world:) Here are a couple of examples of my designs that demonstrate just that, hope you like them! x

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Company Magazine Feature!

Happy Saturday everyone hope you have a lovely weekend!

Today is just a little special one off Saturday post dedicated to the lovely, talented & famous chef Gizzi Erskine as she recently gave my products a lovely feature & write up in her monthly column for Company magazine (Feb 2011 issue) "On the look out for cool kitchen textiles, I stumbled across Rachael Taylor and her beautiful prints. In retro colours & outlandish styles, they'll bring sparkle to your kitchen".

I'm super chuffed & excited that she likes my work as she's someone who's quirky style I really admire. I also love her fun & brightly coloured website!

Thank you so much Gizzi x

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Valentines Day Hooray!

Hello! Some more Valentines Day keepsakes!  They are handmade and a great accessory for your wall, your, door or window. They come in 7 different colours and make a sweet and pretty gift.  Remember you can buy them online here.
Have a nice Thursday, Love Moni!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner & I've spotted some gorgeous cards, gifts & greetings dotted around in shops & online. We have decided to launch our own little range of handmade gifts especially for Valentine's Day! Hope you like them? you can buy them online here

Screen Printing Fun!

Hope everyone is having a good week so far!:)

I've been overloaded with the more boring side of my business lately (tax & paperwork) that I felt a bit drained & was feeling a bit less creative. I'm one for staying positive so I booked myself in at a screen print studio for the day to have a day of fun & experimentation. I didn't set out with a look or a brief in mind I just let things happen naturally (I seem to work best this way)

Here are a few snapshots of my prints which I'm now selling as a small limited edition collection online here

I went back to my old stitch & machine embroidery routes which inspired this small collection, I printed with the silhouette of some stitching I did a while back (that was purposely created in a loose, knotted style) Hope you like them!:) they are a bit more edgy & more spontaneous than my usual commercial work.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Irregular Choice!

Hello! It's Friday!
Last night I was e-window shopping, or should I say website shopping.   I looked into a new obsession I've got lately.
I know I know, girls and shoes, it's not an obsession but a normal state of mind, but these shoes are unique and different and special enough to create one.
Irregular Choice indeed! A bold choice but a definite character defining choice. All the designs you will see here are beautiful, colourful and special.  I love the mixing and matching of patterns and textures.
Have a look at their website or should I say, "Ethereal Dream Land" and we'll talk obsessions later.
Have a great weekend! Love Moni

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Recycled Teabags

Happy Thursday!
Have you ever wondered how many teabags you use a day, week, month? All that binned into oblivion!  This tablecloth is a beautiful idea created by designer Ximena Escobar.  Made out of recycled teabags of all sorts and flavours they blend together beautifully.  Finished with a screen printed decoration it supplies a new idea to embellish your table and be kind to the environment.  This wonderful piece was named one of the winners in a environmentally friendly competition.
If you would like to see more of  Ximena visit her website.
Great idea right? See you tomorrow,  Love Moni!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mati Rose McDonough

Hello everyone!
Today I would like to introduce you to Mati Rose McDonough.
This 32 year old artist from San Francisco has a fantastic style.  A bit childish at times with a dreamlike inspiration and some beautifully colourful results.

Check out her website.
Have a good day! Love Moni!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Hello Everyone! It's Moni here, I will be taking over the blogposts this week and will try to bring you some fun and interesting bits to inspire you.

Today I want to show you Wallypockets, the prettiest and greatest idea I've seen in a while for all of us out there with no garden space and no evident green fingers.
I like these for a number of reasons, first of all the modular living wall system is made of 100% recycled water bottles, second you can put them in any environment and they will be al right (see how they work here).  I also love the fact that the pockets can go on the wall, so you can create a living piece of art which is a different and lovely idea.
There are several indoor and outdoor, vertical or horizontal options, any way they are beautiful, fun and kind to the environment.
Take a look at their website  and get inspired. Love Moni

Monday, January 17, 2011

Week of workshops!

This week I'm off back to Liverpool to start teaching my surface pattern workshops for the Design Stars competition. I really excited & really looking forward to the challenge! I'll update the blog when I'm back & let you know how I got on with part one of the workshops. So this week I'm handing over the blog to the lovely Moni as she will posting daily & has lots of lovely inspirational stuff to share.

Have a great week everyone! :)

For more information about the project, please visit the website

Friday, January 14, 2011

Male & Boy Designs

Happy Friday everyone! thanks for following the blog this week:)

Today's little post is about male & boy designs, although I love working on female ranges across fashion & stationery etc I do get briefed & receive a lot of male style commissions. I'm more known for my floral handwriting but I do love a good bit of doodling & hand drawn typography when it comes to my my male styles. Here are a few I created for Tigerprint & Marks & Spencer, UK. To buy any of the below designs or to check out their fab personalised website simply click here. There is a huge range of cards to buy from the super talented team at Tigerprint.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dates for your diary!

Hello everyone, I just received a couple of posters through from the lovely people at They have a couple of dates coming up in Leeds & Ilkley. I love a good rummage through vintage stuff, so this is my kind of thing. I'm planning to go so hopefully see you there!:)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Greetings Today Feature

Just a quick blog post to say a huge thank you to the lovely Gill Davies & Greetings Today magazine for featuring us in their January issue, thank you so much for your continued support much appreciated! Greetings Today is a fab magazine, packed with inspiration, updates, artist features & general news about the wonderful world of greetings, so it's well worth a read! For a peek at the magazine simply click here to read their latest digital version.

ps I love GLEE! so I'm super excited that they are on the cover of the same issue!!!:)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


We have a product SALE! online at our notonthehighstreetstore we have reduced many items in the home wares range, so you can grab yourself a bargain! (while stocks last)

To shop online click here

Orla Kiely Book

I was really WOWED by this book! My lovely mum bought it me for Christmas:) I knew it would be good, but it really is FAB! I thought it would be more of a collection of images & a brief biography but it is so much more! It's a wonderful read & a great insight into the wonderful world of pattern & the huge stamp Orla Kiely has put on it. The writing is beautiful it's such an insightful book that is easy to read too & the pages are adorned with her gorgeous patterns & beautiful inspirational imagery.

Well worth buying! She's such an inspiration!!!

Here are some snapshots from the book. Every page is gorgeous...

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