Hi everyone. It’s World Stationery Day! As a child I loved notebooks, matching pencils, little cute erasers. In the 1980s I had adorable ‘Bobby & Kate’ stationery from Tokyo, awesome rainbow & unicorn goodies too.
As an adult I visited Tokyo and it’s a magical, wonderland of cute & quirkiness & stationery heaven. Today I never thought I’d be designing my own stationery! It’s a dream come true! So little did I know back then that I was researching for my future job!
If you have been following my design career, you may recognise the above bunny print. I designed it a few years ago but I am very fond of it and turned it into a notebook. It’s professionally printed by a third-party printing company and is printed on both sides in brilliant full colour with a smooth finish. I was so delighted to get these professionally printed and I designed the little matching cards that can be used as bookmarks!
This pattern is also a few years old. I entered a design competition and came up with a Carousel Horse theme. Have a look here at how I came up with the idea. I made a repeating pattern of the design and always liked the magical quality of it. People seem to like it too as it’s a best-seller for me.
If you would like to see more of Dreaming on a Star’s stationery Click Here. I hope you enjoy World Stationery Day and have lots of pretty things to write on! ♡
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!
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. Read more…
Hello everyone! December was an exceptionally busy one for Dreaming on a Star with 11 Christmas Markets!
But I managed to find some time to create an Advent doodle a day and here is the result. I challenged myself by using a limited palette and my influences were modern Scandi. I hope you like it!
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas full of love and joy and the best of well wishes for a fantastic New Year!
Let’s bring more smiles and happiness into 2017. May all your dreams come true…♡
Hi everyone. I came across this beautiful Jules Verne quote only a few weeks ago and had to make my own version of it.
It really captures the powerful & spiritual hold the sea has over us. It’s hard to believe this quote is almost 150 years old. But it’s so relevant today to have a connection to nature in an increasingly disconnected world.
“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”
Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has a new Etsy Print Shop! I opened this shop last month and have been slowly adding items to it. I am delighted to say I have made 3 sales so far. This shop is a labour of love for me. I put my heart and soul into every piece I design for it.
So far there are super cute magnets, pretty mirrors, quirky badges, inspirational wall art and lovely greeting cards. I plan on adding professionally printed notebooks soon.
I hope you like my Etsy Print Shop. Keep checking back as I will be adding lots of new items in the future!
EDIT – Dreaming on a Star also has her own Online Shop – Click here ♡
Hi everyone, I have been busy designing new Greeting Cards for all occasions – Birthday, New Baby, Wedding, Love, Thank You & Christmas.
I really enjoyed making these. I love designing typography and drawing quirky doodles. Read more…
Hi everyone. I’d like to share some Comp shopping I’ve been doing these past few months. Comp shopping is when you buy items from your competitors. (Although to be honest I don’t like to see them as competitors. They just work in the same field and there’s enough work for us all!)
These are some of the lovely treats I’ve bought!
This is a tiny folder containing sticky notes in different sizes. I adore the illustrations – so cute and bright. Read more…
Hi everyone. Apologies that there was no Animal Love Day last week. I was swamped with work for my upcoming shop. Anyway welcome back to another fabulous Animal Love Day, showcasing lovely animal pattern and illustration.
As you know I will firstly show you a new illustration/sketch/pattern from me and then a lovely showcase of fabulous designers.
The animals covered will include birds, fish, insects, extinct creatures and mythical creatures, and this week marks the first mythical creature – The Unicorn!
I actually had a dream about a Unicorn last week! I dreamt a friend visited me and we went outside to my back garden. Of course, in dreams things aren’t as they seem, and my back garden was different. There was a low wall and behind that was a woodland.
Well what happened only a Unicorn jumped over the wall just as I was about to look over it! Apparently it was my pet, because I told my friend just that!
The Unicorn wasn’t tall, like you see in films, but a tiny creature, smaller than a shetland pony. It was chestnut brown and scuttled about my garden, so I couldn’t catch up with it!
So I would like to say a magical welcome to this beautiful, mystical creature – The Unicorn!
I associate unicorns with rainbows and clouds probably because they’re mythical creatures. I am also influenced by My Little Pony from my youth. Read more…
Hi everyone. Welcome to the 5th Animal Love Day. (Wow the weeks are flying!) As you probably know by now it’s a weekly feature where I showcase some lovely animal pattern and illustration.
I pick a different animal each week and firstly do my own illustration and then I showcase some fantastic animal patterns and illustrations by other designers
The animals covered will include birds, fish, insects, extinct creatures and mythical creatures.
Today’s guest star is such a pretty little thing. An inspiration for centuries, there are 175,000 species (including moths) and the only continent they can’t be found is in Antarctica.
So I would like to welcome the beautiful butterfly!
I created this design for Dawn Clarkson’s Butterfly Showcase for World Lupus Day on May 10th. You can see a sneak preview of the other designs further down this post.