Thursday, August 29, 2013

MOYO Issue 5 is here / / The Anniversary Special!

MOYO Magazine is one year old, and we are celebrating with our biggest ever issue: Issue 5 - the Anniversary Special! Since we first dreamt up the concept when on a plane back from a trade show in Paris, we have loved developing, designing and publishing our very own online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design. We are hugely grateful to all our contributors, and to all our readers (over one million views in our first year!), and hope that you continue to find MOYO inspiring and valuable. Every issue we pack in a wide variety of content, from industry interviews and advice through to design briefs and trend information. And in this bumper 100+ page Anniversary Special we have really gone to town. Inside Issue 5 (which is completely free) you can find:

  • An exclusive interview with internationally acclaimed designer Clarissa Hulse
  • Insight into greetings from industry giant Hallmark
  • A DIY Celebration guide (make your party personal!)
  • The UKTI Guide to Exporting
  • Unveiling of our brand new directory site the MOYO Directory!

PLUS: A sneak peek behind the scenes at our weddings!

MOYO 5 cover

MOYO 5 Clarissa Hulse

MOYO 5 DIY celebrations

MOYO 5 UKTI Exporting

MOYO 5 Colour blue

MOYO 5 RT wedding

This is the party issue, and you are invited! Check out the latest issue of MOYO here.


MOYO is completely free and we want to delight as many people as possible with the wonderful world of surface pattern design. Please feel free to share the magazine on your blog/social media and tell your friends about it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gift Guide / / Desk Tidy

What do you buy for the person who already has everything? Well, I can think of a thing or two...

Welcome to the weekly gift-guide: I am delighted to be sharing with you unique, inspiring & significant gift ideas on Rachael's blog. This week I bring you ideas for the office with desk tidies. I hope these gift ideas inspire you. Enjoy, Hannah.

Colourful pencil crayons pot by GIFTPOINTstudio via Etsy.

Quirky hand-made joint pencil pots with striped & spotty paper by Iamtreeshop via Etsy.

Retro tape cassette desk tidy by When The Music's Over via Folksy.

Personalised wooden shed design desk tidy by Bombus via notonthehighstreet.

Large scale sharpener desk tidy by Suck UK via notonthehighstreet.

Vinyl record desk tidy by Vinyl Village via notonthehighstreet.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DENY Designs / / Fab New Rugs!

We are absolutely in love with the fabulous new rugs that DENY Designs are now offering & you can get them in all of our fun & colourful patterns! This includes some of our favourites like the 'Floral Umbrellas' or 'Contemporary' designs plus our brand new designs like 'Wheel of Wonder' & 'Shapes & Squares'!

They currently have 30% off all woven rugs but hurry as the offer ends today! Use code: rugsrock30

You can shop the rug collection here or shop our entire collection which includes fun shower curtains, gorgeous throw pillows & lots of other bright home furnishings!

Use code: rugsrock30 to get 30% off!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Today I wanted to share with you a selection of images from my inspiring trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I met up with a creative friend & we had such a lovely relaxing day out. Words can't describe how amazing this place is. To find beautiful art & sculptures dotted around & weaved in between picturesque scenery is just unbelievable. I only had the morning free so we only covered a small fraction of the outdoor park (it's a huge place!). I hope to visit again soon to see more of the captivating views.

The park & galleries are actually FREE! It really is a hidden gem.

Love Rachael x

Have you visited any interesting exhibitions or parks recently? Please leave your comments below, we love to hear from you.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Beauty Breakdown / / Marc Jacobs Fragrances

Good morning creative people! Welcome to a Beauty morning with me, MaJo :) Every Thursday I'll delight you with gorgeously packed beauty products (and every now and then, I'll even throw you a beauty secret). 

If I weren't 'intolerant' to fragrances (I get terrible headaches), I would wear perfume. I actually wish I could… I'd like to have my own perfume style like most women do, hehehe. It would also be nice so I could have an actual excuse to buy gorgeous perfume bottles (instead of just wanting to buy them because they are so pretty!) 

I'm a Marc Jacobs fan! He's among my favourite designers not only for his own brands (Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs), but also for the gorgeous designs he creates as Louis Vuitton Creative Director. His work is filled with humour, and that's what I love the most about it. Every time I take a look at one of his perfumes, I smile. Their packaging is so whimsical and happy; they really invite you to spray a bit on every morning for a fresh and perfumed new day (plus there's one for every mood and style). Please enjoy!

all images courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. See you next week with more inspiring designs. Have a great day, MaJo.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gift Guide / / Happy Camper

What do you buy for the person who already has everything? Well, I can think of a thing or two...

Welcome to the weekly gift-guide: I am delighted to be sharing with you unique, inspiring & significant gift ideas on Rachael's blog. This week I bring you ideas for the happy camper. I hope these gift ideas inspire you. Enjoy, Hannah.

Woodland animal theme jumbo storage bag for all your camping needs by dotcomgiftshop.

Stylish yellow floral printed flask by Orla Kiely via John Lewis.

 Contemporary anorak robin printed sleeping bag by Urban Outfitters.

Instead of a stereotypical striped pattern deck chair why not stand out with a red vintage floral printed deck chair instead by ByeBryshi via Etsy.

 Why not add some glamour to your camping trip with this bird printed enamel camping set by nkuku via notonthehighstreet.

Trendy spotty oilcloth to dress up the table by Oily Rag via notonthehighstreet.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Creative Review / / Viv Sliwka

I am thrilled to be able to share some inspirational art and design with you every Tuesday morning as Rachael's 'Art and Creative Writer'. This week, we're featuring the hand made art and accessories of Viv Sliwka.

Viv is a Shropshire (U.K.) based designer/maker inspired by American primitive art who loves collecting and repurposing vintage textiles, ephemera and haberdashery. She collages, appliqués and embroiders her work by hand to create one-off pieces of art and usable accessories including brooches, purses and bags which she sells online under the business name, Hen's Teeth.

Viv also teaches others how to create their own upcycled artefacts including wrist cuffs and keepsake boxes at workshops she runs at Weston Park. With my birthday coming up, I'll be adding one of these lovelies to my wish list and hope to get along to one of Viv's events soon. More gorgeousness next week! Justine x

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