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A little update…Top Drawer SS17 & hobnobbing with celebs!

Hi Guys,

I’ve been super busy and haven’t managed a blog update for a while – so I thought it was high time I filled you in on what’s been happening here at TM HQ…

Last week I headed to Olympia in London to return to Top Drawer for their SS17 trade show.

 

 

 

 

Top Drawer – Adventures in Design for Creative Retailers 

It was a brilliant few days – it was so nice to chat to loads of potential and current trade clients, as well as tons of other fabulously creative retailers. Anyone who has ever been to Top Drawer before will know that it can be a bit of a whirlwind experience, absolutely exhausting (especially when you’re a preggo like me!) but totally worth it!

I was blessed with lots of orders, commissions and bespoke commissions – which means you’ll be seeing 25 new prints between now and baby Cross’ arrival in May – no rest for this pregnant lady!

Excitingly, this season’s Top Drawer turned out to be a star studded one too – with the lovely Rick Stein visiting my stand and admiring my brand new Padstow print. It was really brilliant to chat to him, as I have admired his cookery programmes and restaurants for many years…coincidentally I had posted a personalised Padstow print to him just the day before Top Drawer, and he was chuffed to learn one would be winging its way to his flagship restaurant The Seafood Restaurant within a few days.

Padstow, Cornwall

As well as Mr Stein I also had a visit from Anthea Turner who showed lots of interest in my work and very kindly said “These are really beautiful, well done!”…I may have blushed just a little bit…and had a little pregnancy-related hormonal cry on the way home!

So folks, I’ll be giving the autumn/winter Top Drawer a miss in September as I’ll be knee deep in nappies, bottles and baby grows, but I’ll be back at Top Drawer in January 2018, so I hope to see you there!

In the meantime, make sure you sign up to my mailing list so that you don’t miss my updates, and give me a follow on my social media platforms too!

Tabitha x

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New prints, Top Drawer, MK Handmade & Vintage, PLUS exciting Press Coverage for TM!

BRAND NEW PRINTS….

Tower Bridge London Print by Tabitha Mary
Tower Bridge London Print by Tabitha Mary
Shoalstone Lido, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Shoalstone Lido, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London by Tabitha Mary
Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London by Tabitha Mary
Fishcombe Cove, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Fishcombe Cove, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary

 

Berry Head, Brixham, Devon by Tabitha Mary
Berry Head, Brixham, Devon by Tabitha Mary

I’m so excited to introduce 5 new prints to the Tabitha Mary range this week…

Tower Bridge – London
Shoalstone Lido – Brixham, Devon
Pembroke Lodge – Richmond Park, London
Fishcombe Cove – Brixham, Devon

and finally,

Berry Head – Brixham, Devon

I hope you love them as much as I do – they’ve been so fun to create and do watch this space as there’s more newbies on the horizon…!

HANDMADE & VINTAGE FAIR – THIS WEEKEND! 

MK Handmade & Vintage Sept 2016MK Handmade & Vintage Sept 2016

Mr Tabitha Mary (Paul) and his lovely Mum will be holding the reins for me at this weekend’s MK Handmade & Vintage fair (10th & 11th September) in Middleton Hall in the MK:The Centre shopping centre, opposite John Lewis.

Be kind to them won’t you?

I’ll be busy in London at Top Drawer, Olympia…

TOP DRAWER, OLYMPIA

Top Drawer Olympia London
Top Drawer Olympia London

I’ll be exhibiting my prints at the fabulous TOP DRAWER in Olympia, London from Sunday 11th-Tuesday 13th September.

You can find me on stand SP220 in the Spotted section of the show!

I’ll look forward to seeing some of you there!

IN THE PRESS…

The Lady, 12th August 2016
The Lady, 12th August 2016 – featuring my Rio print!

 

 

 

My Rio de Janeiro print has been getting all the love recently…it was featured in the 12th August edition of The Lady magazine!

Oooh er!

Living Edge RIO print sept 2016
Living Edge RIO print sept 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rio de Janeiro print was also featured in this month’s LIVING EDGE MAGAZINE… How exciting!!

WE HAVE A WINNER…

#mytabithamary winner post
#mytabithamary winner post

We have a winner for our latest #mytabithamary prize draw!

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to @JoMidgley72 who has been notified and will be claiming her prize soon.

Thank you to everyone who has been shouting about their Tabitha Mary purchases online, keep up the good work everyone and don’t forget to use the hashtag #MYTABITHAMARY to be entered.

THE COUNTY MAP PRINTS ARE BACK!

And there’s a new kid on the block…
North Riding of Yorkshire

As well as the old favourites:
Dorset
Buckinghamshire
Anglesey
Bedfordshire

North Riding North Yorkshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
North Riding North Yorkshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

Dorset County Map print by Tabitha MaryDorset County Map print by Tabitha Mary

Buckinghamshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
Buckinghamshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

 

 

 

 

Anglesey County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
Anglesey County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

 

 

 

 

Bedfordshire County Map by Tabitha Mary
Bedfordshire County Map by Tabitha MaryThat’s all for now folks…
I’m off to finish prepping for Top Drawer and MK Handmade & Vintage this weekend! Busy! Busy!
TM xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exciting news – digital prints and frames for all my prints…

THERE’S BIG NEWS AT TM HQ…

I’m pleased to announce that I can now offer all of my prints in a standard digital printing format at a lower price than my higher quality signed Giclee prints. This means that my prints are now affordable for any budget. The digital prints are available at any size, and start from just £16.00 (A4).

As well as the new digital prints, I am also now offering a framing option on all of my prints at every size (A4, A3, A2, A1).

You can choose between beautiful white, black or oak high quality box frames – meaning that your Tabitha Mary prints can now be delivered ready to hang! Perfect.

white black or oak box frame
White, Black or Oak Box Frame Options

WHAT’S ON?

I’ll be at the Linslade Canal Festival
THIS SATURDAY 30th July 11am-5pm

Leighton-Linslade Canal Festival Logo
The Linslade Canal Festival this weekend (logo designed by yours truly!)

Do pop by for arts and crafts, canal boats, rural crafts and live music/entertainment. It should be a great day out for all the family.

I’m proud to have designed the artwork for Leighton Linslade Town Council’s recent rebrand, including the logo and typography for the canal festival.
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Linslade Canal Festival from 11am-5pm THIS SATURDAY 30th July

 

Bedford Proms is NEXT WEEKEND!!

Bedford Proms Commemorative Print
Bedford Proms 2016 – 20th Birthday. Commemorative print on sale now online, and on the night.

Bedford Park Proms are celebrating their 20th year of holding this fabulous event and have commissioned me to create their flyer and this commemorative print to help celebrate.

The Proms are to be held in Bedford Park on 6th August with a spectacular classical concert, fireworks and laser finale. The London Gala Orchestra, Bedford Choral Society and Brit award winners Blake and Soprano Rebecca Newman.

Tickets can be purchased from www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk Adult tickets £31, Children £5.

I will be there on the night of the proms selling the commemorative prints in person.

Pavilion At The Park – Exhibition 

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Head to the Pavilion (Bedford Park) to see my current exhibition…

My work is currently on display at the wonderful Pavilion At The Park, Bedford in the heart of Bedford Park.

Tabitha Mary Exhibition at Pavilion, Bedford
Tabitha Mary Exhibition at Pavilion, Bedford

The exhibition is on display until the 19th August.

I’m chuffed to pieces with the reaction to the exhibition so far, do pop in for a peek – and why not grab the best brunch in Bedford while you’re at it!

Brunch at the pavilion bedford
Brunch at The Pavilion, Bedford

NEW PRINTS!!

I’ve launched three brand new prints this month…I’ve been doing lots of research, asking you lovely people what designs you want from me over the coming months – these were some of my top requested designs and I was only too pleased to oblige.

Introducing:

The Needles, Isle of Wight
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
St. Ives, Cornwall

Watch this space for loads of new designs coming your way soon…

The Needles, Isle of Wight, Travel poster print by Tabitha Mary
The Needles Print by Tabitha Mary
St Ives, Cornwall Print by Tabitha Mary
St Ives, Cornwall Print by Tabitha Mary
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Print - the perfect memento for #Rio16
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Print – the perfect memento for #Rio16

And finally…

#I’mLoving JULY

I’ve been loving lots of things this month…

All the things I'm Loving in JULY
All the things I’m Loving in JULY

 

– My trip to Berlin (Berlin Bear & Bratwurst ‘n’ Chips!)
– Succulent plants
– The build up to #Rio16
– Little Low Cards
– The Leighton-Linslade TC #CanalFestival
– Rifle Paper Co. artwork of LA & San Francisco (our upcoming honeymoon destinations – eek!)
– My new copper/glass photo frame
– Clever marketing ideas
– Baking
– Breakfast at the Pavilion (Bedford)
– Drinks that come in fruit
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What have you been loving this month?
TM
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Launching my #SummerSale & expanding my ranges…

Launching TODAY…
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY!!
20% Off EVERYTHING on my website when you use the code HAPPYDAYS16 at the checkout

Now that’s what I call a #SummerSale 🙂
(code expires 7th July)

Summer-Sale
Tabitha Mary Summer Sale

It’s been a manic few weeks here at TM HQ…

I’ve been super-busy with events and sales – from the Castle Quay Weekender, to the Bedford High Street Showcase: it’s been awesome to get out and about locally, interacting with customers and seeing their responses to my new prints, magnets and tea towels.

There’s such a great community vibe at events in Bedford, these two events in particular were filled with many great designers and a hugely supportive public who help to keep small (but mighty!) independent businesses like myself afloat. #lovebedford

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Tabitha Mary at The High Street Showcase, Bedford

New prints on the horizon…
I’ve started lots of research into popular UK landmarks, tourist spots, architecture, holiday destinations, castles, historical houses, Points of Interest and natural beauty – my ambition is to expand my print collection to ensure I’m utilising the most popular locations for my customers. Watch this space for works in progress, and also please do send me any ideas you might have…I’ll be running polls over on my Twitter page as well as asking opinions across my other social platforms.

The hope is to have hugely expanded my range in time for Christmas and the Top Drawer event, where I’ll be in the “spotted” section! So, do be sure to check back for all your Christmas shopping needs… 🙂

Get your thinking caps on lovely people – I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas…!

Tabitha Mary Poll on Twitter
Keep an eye out for polls like this one on my Twitter feed…

NOTH Make, Do & Meet…

As a seller for Not On The High Street – I was recently invited down to London (to an awesome venue called The Brewrey) for NOTHS’ annual Make, Do & Meet event – where I got to meet lots of fellow creatives (who also sell at NOTHS), catch up with the gorgeous Beds/Bucks/Herts sellers group, as well as be truly inspired to make my little corner of Not On The High Street as brilliant as possible. It was such a fun day…

NOTH Make, Do & Meet event 2016
Fun times at the NOTH Make, Do & Meet event

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New look on my website…

My time at the NOTH Make, Do & Meet day really inspired me to give the photography on my website a proper overhaul – it was long overdue, and although hard work (I worked some 12 hour days!) I’m so chuffed with the finished result, and love the fresh, modern vibes my product photos now have.

Head over to my website to see them all, but for now here’s a little peek…

Tabitha Mary new product photos
A little selection of some of the new product photography on my website…

Wedding season is upon us…

With the wedding season now in full swing, don’t forget my bespoke wedding commission service, which is available in two styles (see The Chantry and St Bartholomew’s, Wigginton prints below).

I can also personalise my St Bartholomew’s, Wigginton church print with names, dates and wedding colour schemes for other couples tying the knot in this beautiful church.

wedding commission by Tabitha Mary
Style 1 – The Chantry
St Bartholomew's Church, Wigginton
Style 2 for wedding commissions

And finally… 

My next event is the Bedford River Festival on the 16th-17th July…do pop down to this fun riverside extravaganza and check out my prints, magnets and tea towels…I look forward to seeing you all there!

Bye for now & happy shopping in the summer sale, enjoy lovely people!
TM x

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5 Reasons to Visit the Seven Sisters Country Park, Sussex this bank holiday weekend!

Having grown up in Sussex I have often visited the Seven Sisters from a young age. Here are my top 5 reasons to visit the Seven Sisters country park this bank holiday weekend:

  1. Free geography lesson! My siblings and I ALL visited the country park whilst at school to learn from its varied landscape; the meandering Cuckmere river and see what you can find on the shore in the shallow rock pools. Fun for the kids and educational!
  2. Push yourself physically and try the coastal path walk from Lewes to Eastbourne. I did this route when I was training to climb Kilimanjaro. A solid 26 miles, it’s a tough one. A full day with many hills! Tough work but the views are spectacular! IMG_5993
  3. Choose your mode of transport; you don’t just have to walk around the country park! There are options at the park entrance to hire bikes or canoes! This also includes an easy access flat path to the sea, suitable for buggies and wheel chairs! Everyone can enjoy this stunning place.
  4. There’s ALWAYS an ice cream van in the car park! After that lovely flat or hilly (you choose) walk treat yourself after to a cooling ice cream.
  5. With 280 hectares of land it’s a wildlife fanatics ideal spotting ground. Get those binoculars out and see what you can see!

For more information on visiting this gorgeous part of the South Coast visit the Seven Sisters Website

For a lasting memory to so many happy times spent on these chalk cliffs I created this print for my parents.

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

Tabitha Mary x

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Behind the scenes….

Today we’re taking a little sneak peek behind the scenes at Tabitha Mary…

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As well as designing my own prints and doing the day-to-day jobs behind running a business I freelance. This sometimes comes under the Tabitha Mary umbrella and may be a commission, collaboration with a cafe or a companies branding work in my Tabitha Mary style. And other times its completely disconnected. The most unconnected contract I have at the moment is with a company based in France that produce Insulation Boards! I work on all their branding and marketing material. I have to admit, my french is awful and hasn’t improved since working with them!! Apart from I now know the french for all measurements and a bunch of technical terms!!

The newest print under development is of Burgh Island, someone at the Handmade & Vintage market in Milton Keynes mentioned this location to me as a possible print… and that’s that! I listened!

I recently attended the Creative Bedfordshire Conference and had an amazing and wonderfully inspiring day. Whilst there I met Emma Garrett, owner of The Pavilion in the park, Bedford & Kiosk at the park, Russell Park, Bedford. I’m very excited with a new project we are working on together to design a print of each location, a limited edition version may be available of each and we’re hoping for a launch party to coincide with their 1st anniversary! EXCITING STUFF! I’ll keep you posted here on updates….

Some jobs I can’t talk about as they’re secrets! sssshhhhh….! or for companies that are not yet officially launched and want to keep it all under wraps until the big day.

And some jobs get interrupted by this little madam….

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She is a pickle!

On top of all of this! I’ve just been hired by ‘Love Arts and Crafts’ as their new after school Art club teacher!! I can’t wait to start teaching after the Easter Break!

So there’s a little sneak peek into the very busy world of Tabitha Mary. They’ll be more to come. I’ve got SO many plans for the next year and I’ll be blogging about it all regularly… until then!

TM x