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Dreaming on a Star featured in Sligo Now Magazine

Hello everyone! Dreaming on a Star has been featured in the March issue of Sligo Now magazine. Would you like to have a look inside my home? You are welcome inside!

Dreaming on a Star in Sligo Now magazine

Dreaming on a Star in Sligo Now magazine

I had a lovely interview with Cliodhna McGowan where she asked me lots of questions about my design business and took photos of me in my home and studio.

If you want to find out more about the face behind Dreaming on a Star, have a look at the interview in the magazine (available in local newsagents).

Tina of Dreaming on a Star doodling in her living room

Tina of Dreaming on a Star doodling in her living room

I’ve included some photos of me at work (the one above wasn’t included in the magazine). This is a picture of me doodling with a nice cup of tea! Can you spot the Wonder Woman mug? That was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. Some of the cushions on my couch are hand-made by me – they are very wonky, I hadn’t really got the hang of a sewing machine when I made them! The black-and-white picture on the wall (in white frame) is a really cool picture from Microcosm – it’s a sketch of different LP covers. I love collecting CDs, you can see some in the picture. I’ve been collecting since 1995 and really love album artwork. The other piece of artwork on the doors (top right of picture) is by my 5-year-old nephew. He’s so talented, I might hire him in future!  Oh yes I love twinkly lights – it’s like Christmas all year round!

Tina of Dreaming on a Star in her studio

Tina of Dreaming on a Star in her studio

This is a picture of my studio. I used to do all my work in a little corner of my living room but all my work started to spill over onto chairs and it became messy. So I moved everything up into a spare bedroom and I’m so glad I did. This room is south-facing and the light in here is so uplifting and conducive to work. I turned the bed on it’s side, covered it in wood and I have so much room now. I really love my black cat curtains from IKEA. I am very drawn to black cats for some reason. The little jukebox on the shelf is a printable from Claudine Hellmuth. I love her retro designs. Can you spot R2-D2 on the shelf too? I am a big mad Star Wars fan too. Oh look – more twinkly lights!

Dreaming on a Star's studio (all tidied up!)

Dreaming on a Star’s studio (all tidied up!)

This is my studio all lovely and tidy! (It looks a bit messier now! :p ) I love this room so much – it’s so light and airy. When I worked downstairs, it was very dark and cramped.
I have so much space now and I get to look out onto my back garden when I work. The spare bed is hidden away on the right. I actually started to doodle on the wood as there was too much white space. The light box was a gift from my sister-in-law. I have book shelves at the other end of this room, with all my design books.

I am in the middle of renovating my back yard and I also have plans for my bedroom. I might blog about them in the future.

I hope you liked having a small peek inside my home and finding out a little bit about me. Thank you for reading. 

Greetings Cards

Hi everyone, I have been busy designing new Greeting Cards for all occasions – Birthday, New Baby, Wedding, Love, Thank You & Christmas.

Greeting Cards by Dreaming on a Star 2015

Greeting Cards by Dreaming on a Star 2015

I really enjoyed making these. I love designing typography and drawing quirky doodles. Read more…

Lifestyle Photos of Personalised Pictures

Hi everyone. I’ve been busy getting lifestyle pictures taken of my work. I think the white provides a beautiful, pure canvas for my Personalised Pictures.

New Baby Personalised Picture by Dreaming on a Star

New Baby Personalised Picture by Dreaming on a Star

It’s been a joy to get these done. It shows off my work in an uncluttered, zen-like way. Read more…

Dreaming on a Star’s New Baby Announcements!

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been busy at the markets. I’ve also been busy making Personalised Baby Announcements.

Baby Announcement for a Girl by Dreaming on a Star

Baby Announcement for a Girl by Dreaming on a Star

It’s so wonderful to celebrate the arrival of a beautiful baby with a gift that can last forever. These Baby Announcements are popular with new parents, grandparents and as gifts for New Babies and Christenings.

Small Baby Announcements by Dreaming on a Star

Small Baby Announcements by Dreaming on a Star

The Baby Announcement prints come in two sizes – 8.5 x 10.5 inch and 5 x 7 inch and come framed in a beautiful, heavy, white frame.


Baby Announcement for a Boy by Dreaming on a Star

Baby Announcement for a Boy by Dreaming on a Star

I plan on adding new designs and also more personalised prints for Weddings and other Occasions. Watch this space!

If you would like to order a Personalised Baby Announcement, Click here to go to Dreaming on a Star’s Online Shop ♡

Dreaming on a Star at the Markets!

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has been at the markets!

So far I’ve done four markets – three at Strandhill People’s Market and one at the Sligo Flea Market in the Model Art Gallery.

I love interacting with customers. Hearing someone compliment your work or making someone smile is a special thing.  I love making that connection – it’s both a joy and a privilege.

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People's Market

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People’s Market

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Dreaming on a Star’s Designs Licensed with Keka!

On 30, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In business, career, devices, illustration, Licensing, my work, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. I have been meaning to write this blogpost for quite some time! In March this year I signed my first licensing deal with Keka – makers of fabulous iPad & Kindle covers (and soon clip-on cases for smartphones).

Dreaming on a Star for Keka

Dreaming on a Star for Keka

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In business

By Tina

Busy, busy, busy bee!

On 08, Jul 2013 | No Comments | In business, career | By Tina

Hi everyone. I have somewhat neglected my blog and I apologise for this. I have been so busy with things, working on new collections, finishing up my Business Start Up course, adding new items to my Etsy shop.

I have also signed up for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I’ve been sketching away and playing with the brief. Looking forward to sharing my designs with you very soon.

I managed to sneak in a 2 day break to the medieval city of Limerick. I love all things medieval – perhaps because all the old fairytales seemed to be about Kings and Queens in medieval castles. I’ll post up some pictures soon of all the lovely places I visited.

In the meantime you can have a peek at what I’ve been up to in May, thanks to Sam Osborne’s feature on me.

I apologise I haven’t posted any Animal Love Day‘s in a while. Once I get on top of things I hope to post more of my favourite creatures. Watch this space. 

Dreaming on a Star - Month in the Life

New Etsy Printable Shop!

On 03, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In business, crafts, design, etsy, greetings, inspiration, my work, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’ve opened up my new Etsy Printable Shop and I have some lovely printables for sale there.

Everything is instantly downloadable!

I have some pretty gift boxes for party favors, wedding favors, gift boxes or you can use them just to store things in! Print them out and assemble them, put them on your desk  and fill them with all your stationery and craft bits and bobs!


The boxes come as a high quality PDF with templates for two coordinating designs and full instructions. This one is called French Fairytale.

Plum Design-Pretty-Gift-Boxes

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Happy Birthday Dreaming on a Star!

On 27, Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | In business, career, my work, typography | By Tina

Hi everyone. Today marks the 6 month birthday of Dreaming on a Star! I’d like to take this opportunity to see what I have achieved in those 6 months. I’d also like to reveal some news about Dreaming on a Star!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

 Dreaming on a Star founded on August 27th 2012 (Website, Facebook and Twitter set up).

♡ Designs professionally printed on homewares, kitchen-wares and greetings cards. 

♡ Interest from established giftware shop to stock Dreaming on a Star products. 

♡ Number of sales made of products.

 Website has had over 4600 visitors (over 3500 unique visitors) and almost 10,000 page views.

Visitors to Dreaming on a Star

Visitors to Dreaming on a Star’s website

 Facebook page has 282 likes and Twitter has 282 likes. SNAP!

Asked by Tigerprint to blog for their Youblog venture.

♡ NEWS: Asked by Decorque to guest blog for them. (Have a look here!)

♡ My work has been featured on several blogs and websites including Business Boom Collective, Card & Gift Blog and Artsy Fartsy Courier.

♡ NEWS: Dreaming on a Star was approached by a UK independent film to feature some of my products (apron, ovenglove, bags and Christmas cards) in their film (More news to follow).

♡ Finished Module 3 of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design.

♡ Part of an outstanding online group of Surface Pattern Designers.

Started a Start Your Own Business course and hope to grow Dreaming on a Star as a brand.


So this is what I’ve achieved in my first 6 months. I have lots of plans for the next 6 months, namely to print my designs on fabric and look into manufacturing home and kitchenwares myself. At the moment, I am working on small gift items  that I hope to stock in my shop soon. I also want to get my work featured on more blogs. And my main priority is to get representation, freelance work and to secure licensing deals.

So I have a lot to work on and I will be busy in the next 6 months! I hope you join me in 6 months time to see what I’ve achieved! 

The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers

On 10, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In ABSPD, business, designer, inspiration, my work | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’ve had such a lovely week’s holiday with my family and spending time playing with my niece and (brand new!) nephew. I will tell you all about them in a few days but for now I would like to tell you a little bit of what I’ve been up to.

I am involved with a fantastic group of Surface Pattern Designers, most of whom took part in the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls.

One of the members, Gill Eggleston of Pattern Addict, organised an EFUTO Envelope Project a number of weeks ago. (You can read my post about the EFUTO project here). She painstakingly compiled our EFUTO envelopes into a database entitled The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers.

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It’s a fantastic idea and a one-stop shop for finding new design talent. Here is my entry, which can be found on page 51.

Copyright 2012 Dreaming on a Star

Copyright 2012 Dreaming on a Star

Take a peek through the database, here and see the talent that exists in this amazing group 

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