Etsy; Three Months & Counting

June 18th, 2014 by Macleod

Today we ‘cel­eb­rate’ three months on Etsy & as we showed you our pro­gress at two months, thought we’d con­tinue to let you know how it’s going.

116 sales : 88 admirers : 9 reviews.

Com­pared to our stats at two months — 52 sales : 62 admirers : 3 reviews.

We’ve also cre­ated a Pin­terest board of the Etsy treas­ur­ies our art prints & greet­ings cards have been fea­tured in. CM loves: etsy treas­ur­ies has 22 (11 this month) pins so far.

Our nine reviews are all 5*, so whilst not very many at least they’re all great. Here’s a taster…

A beau­ti­ful, touch­ing card. It made both myself and my best friend, who had just given birth, cry ! The qual­ity of the card was superb. Would def­in­itely recom­mend.”

Top qual­ity card. Brought back a few memor­ies for me (even for a ’79 er) . Excel­lent fast deliv­ery, well pack­aged. No com­plaints at all.”

Very easy to com­mu­nic­ate. Product looks bet­ter in per­son. Shipped promptly. So glad I made this pur­chase!”

A very unique and per­sonal gift, excel­lent qual­ity and promptly shipped and delivered. Over­all, extremely pleased.”

Father’s Day 2014

June 1st, 2014 by Macleod

Father’s Day is on Sunday, 15th June. Don’t for­get to give him a card.

Greeting Card made from recycled paperGreeting Card made from recycled paperGreeting Card made from recycled paper

Coulson Macleod Loves Industrial Shelving

May 27th, 2014 by Macleod

Today Coulson Macleod loves indus­trial shelving using the humble steel pipe.

Rather than scaf­fold­ing boards (like the ones in the 1st photo) we’d use reclaimed wood in keep­ing with our cur­rent shelves & frames we use for our prints. Love the fact you can eas­ily cre­ate your own shelving to fit any space. Click on the pho­tos below as some of them take you to diy sites with step-by-step instruc­tions on how to cre­ate them.

scaffolding board and steel pipe shelving by inspirit | notonthehighstreet.com - yeah right at £1200 could make my own for about £50!!

DSC03632c.jpgScaffolding Tube Coathanger making scaffold tube and fittings.DIY Industrial Shelving.Using scaffolding tubes. I<3it!Scaffolding Boards and Dark Steel Pipe Wall by inspiritdeco - https://www.inspiritdeco.compercival store berwick streethttp://www.houseandleisure.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/clothing-rail.jpg Adorable kids' desk area

Coulson Macleod Loves Vintage House

May 26th, 2014 by Macleod

Today Coulson Macleod loves Vin­tage House Dayles­ford, an 1860s miners cot­tage in Vic­toria, Aus­tralia, that’s avail­able to rent.

We’d like to move in per­man­ently. It’s been com­pletely restored to high­light the ori­ginal fea­tures & fin­ished with antique, vin­tage, & indus­trial fur­niture & art­work. We’d not change one single thing.

Interior design and Styling by Kali CavanaghKarli_0128.jpg

Vintage House Daylesford - Dining roomKarli_0400.jpgVintage House Daylesford kitchenKarli_0387.jpgAbove photograph by Armelle HabibAbove photograph by Armelle HabibMain Bathroom with oversized bath - photograph by Armelle HabibThe ensute in the 'white room' Photography by Armelle Habibvintage house daylesfordvintage house daylesford www.vintagehousedaylesford.com

Coulson Macleod Loves Chelsea Flower Show

May 22nd, 2014 by Macleod

Today Coulson Macleod loves RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which we vis­ited yesterday.

We fell for the little artisan gar­dens (far more than the grander show gar­dens). Of these it was hard to choose a favour­ite. Togen­kyo (below) fea­tured a water wheel, tea house, & knobbly moss patches. Inspired by a Japan­ese fable, Togen­kyo is appar­ently a place of such beauty that you instantly for­get your troubles. But you can never go back. We wanted to stay forever.

Togen­kyo

Very dif­fer­ent, but also utterly gor­geous was The Topiarist’s Garden (below). If this little brick build­ing was hid­ing at the bot­tom of our garden we’d be very happy indeed.

The Topiarist’s Garden

In the Great Pavil­ion there was, quite frankly, too many flowers. See­ing an over abund­ance of, say, bou­gain­villea or rhodo­den­dron bloom­ing in the wild can make you stop in your tracks. But on a stand in a tent they sort of lost their appeal. Weirdly, we found the cacti more inter­est­ing. It was like look­ing at coral.

We did love the fact you can travel round the world in a tent. From South Africa to Grenada.

South Africa

South Africa

Gren­ada

There was plenty of shop­ping oppor­tun­it­ies. Well if your budget or taste exten­ded to £10,000 garden sculp­tures or osten­ta­tious garden rooms com­plete with a shiny bar & room for giant tv screens or £5,000 seashell-covered dino­saur heads.

We only picked up three cards of things that we would actu­ally buy. The 1st were these gor­geous weathered-looking pots (below) from Dis­tinct­ive Garden. Each one is hand­made by skilled artis­ans mak­ing them all unique.

The 2nd was POSH Sal­vage. Their rat­tan bas­kets caught our eye, which are made by local com­munit­ies liv­ing in the rain­forest in Borneo. They are not made in a stand­ard­ised fact­ory pro­duc­tion sys­tem so the won­der­ful natual col­our vari­ations are pre­served & they are super strong & made to last. Plus all of their fur­niture is made from wood salvaged in Indonesia.

And the 3rd was Kadai Fire­bowls. Ori­ginal Kadais are up to a 100 years old each hav­ing their own unique indi­vidual char­ac­ter from years of pre­vi­ous use.

All-in-all a very civ­il­ised way to spend a day. There’s more Pimms & Cham­pagne tents than tea tents, which says a lot. You don’t have to be an avid gardener or hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist to enjoy Chelsea. If you simply love col­our or flowers or design or gar­dens or Pimms you’ll have a great day out.


Etsy; Two Months & Counting

May 20th, 2014 by Macleod

We’ve just (18th May to be pre­cise) cel­eb­rated two months on Etsy & thought we’d give you a little syn­posis so far.

screen grab of our Etsy storefront

52 sales : 62 admirers : 3 reviews.

From ask­ing other Etsy sellers this appar­ently is fairly good going.

We’ve also cre­ated a Pin­terest board of the Etsy treas­ur­ies our art prints & greet­ings cards have been fea­tured in. CM loves: etsy treas­ur­ies has 11 pins so far.

Can you spot all our prints & cards?

Coulson Macleod Loves Cards

May 15th, 2014 by Macleod

Just back from Pro­gress­ive Greet­ings Live. Our 1st ever greet­ings card-only trade show, which we can highly recom­mend to both exhib­it­ors & buy­ers. Some amaz­ingly cre­at­ive greet­ings cards show­cased in a very civ­il­ised environment.

PGLive is held in Islington’s Busi­ness Design Centre, which makes a nice change to the usual exhib­i­tion event spaces we nor­mally go to. And as it’s a smal­ler venue (& the stands are smal­ler) there’s none of that mad­ness that sur­rounds the usual build & break­down days. Plus, they provide free tea & cof­fee that’s trundled round on trol­leys hourly. Right past your stand. And if that wasn’t enough, they also provide a free two-course cooked lunch. Delicious!

What’s not to like?

Here’s a photo of our teeny tiny stand (with new reclaimed wood shelving to show off our greet­ings cards)…

As usual we came away hav­ing made some great new trade show friends…

Cardinky

Bexy Boo Designs

Judy Lum­ley Prints

The Typecast Gallery

Dia­lectable

Already look­ing for­ward to next year’s three day Isling­ton sojourn.

Progressive Greetings Live 2014

April 18th, 2014 by Macleod

Very excited that we’ve booked to exhibit at Pro­gress­ive Greet­ings Live — our very first trade show just for our greet­ings cards.

Pro­gress­ive Greet­ings Live is the only spe­cial­ist greet­ing card trade exhib­i­tion in the world. PG Live not only attracts greet­ing card buy­ers from over 40 coun­tries around the globe, but also the major UK retail mul­tiples, both spe­cial­ist & vari­etal, along with lead­ing greet­ing & gift inde­pend­ents — all of whom use the show to make their buy­ing selec­tions for the next 12 months.

You’ll be able to find Coulson Macleod on Stand 112 — just to the left of the main entrance in the Spring­board area.

Milestone Birthday Cards

April 7th, 2014 by Macleod

Our range of greet­ing cards are per­fect for all those mile­stone birth­days, such as…

50th birth­day card

40th birth­day card

30th birth­day card

16th, 18th or 21st birth­day card

New Animal Greetings Cards

April 2nd, 2014 by Macleod

You know our lovely vin­tage animal prints? Yep! the ones that com­bine vin­tage illus­tra­tion art (we’ve used 19th cen­tury zoolo­gical steel engrav­ings) with modern-day typo­graphy art.

Well we’ve only gone & pro­duced them as greet­ings cards.

Our greet­ings cards are prin­ted onto recycled paper. Naturally.


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