Monday, 29 April 2013

I don't wear trousers.

It's true, I don't wear trousers... most of the time. I wear dresses and skirts and shorts because it means you can get two items onto your bottom half, which means LOADS MORE COLOUR!

I don't know if you've noticed, but I have a lot of tights. I post them on instagram, and I started doing this because I wanted to record all the tights I'd had. Some pairs are a one wear only before they get a ladder!

I never wear tights with ladders - infact I totally hated that trend where people were pulling holes in their tights on purpose. Those poor defenceless tights! I also don't wear plain black tights. I hate them, they remind me of school and it defeats the object of adding colour to an outfit.

I hope that nobody takes offence to anything I'm saying, I really don't mind what you wear.

Anyway, I was going to do a bit of a round up of my tight collection so far as I realised I have over 70 pairs of tights currently in circulation...

So there they are, that isn't all the pairs, or even most of them, but just some of them, and if you enjoyed that you should follow me on instagram... if you didn't enjoy it then still follow me on instagram so I can show you sneak peeks of new designosaur products and the awesome commissions we do!



Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Out takes!

So we recently took photos for the new SS13 designosaur collection with Bob as photographer and Amelia as model. (See that post here)

Obviously we aren't very serious people so there are some funny out takes... I thought I'd share them with you!

Amelia is really not going to appreciate this post, but ho hum, lets see if she finds it! (she can't be too angry because there's some pretty silly ones of me!



I am now a Brighton Etsy Team Leader!

So this week I have been appointed as a Brighton Etsy Team Leader, don't know what this means? Let me explain!

So this blogpost is more for our fellow crafters than our customers, although I think the two overlap greatly!

"Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies"

We have an etsy shop, you might have been to it before! 

Etsy is an invaluable tool for crafters/designer makers to get their products out there into the reach of potential customers. Although we have been on etsy just over a year, there is so much more we could learn about it, and use this information to optimize our shop.

My role in the etsy team is to "learn and share more information about Etsy"

Hopefully this role will help us to utilize every bit of our etsy shop and then pass that information onto other Brighton based etsy sellers!

I know that there are etsy emails, other teams and other ways that people find out about etsy, so I apologise if some information has already been brought to your attention, if it hasn't then I will feel knowledgeable and great!

So here's the first thing I want to tell you about, with some rules (not written by myself)

Every TUESDAY and THURSDAY between 8-9pm we will be having... 


This is a great time to engage with shoppers, promoting your own shop and everyone elses aswell.

★ Include the tag #uketsyhour AND include @EtsyUK somewhere in your tweet if you can. Bringing our shops to the attention of admin may result in selective retweets.

★ Don't over do it. Try not to bombard your twitter followers with too much promo in these hours. 5-10 tweets [including retweets] may be a good number to aim for.

★ Reasons. Don't just tweet 'Here's my shop, go look...' Give them a reason to look, maybe you've added a new colour choice/design/new item, point out your best seller, stock you're running low of, limited editions, sale items etc

★ Tweet another team member, but again, be subtle. Have you recently bought from another team member? Flash your transaction and link to your shop. Are you shopping aswell at that time of night? Point out what you've got your eye on in another shop. Make a point that you've got a wedding to go to, and you're looking for a new bag/tie/shoes etc be chatty, but don't over do it.

★ Click on the tag #uketsyhour and see what other team members are talking about, select a few to retweet, try and pick out ones that would relate to your customer base if you can. Also by clicking on the tag, you can see other shop members and follow them if you aren't already.
★ Please remember that this may not generate sales straight away, it's about putting your shop out there and gaining interest, which may lead to sales eventually. You can't MAKE people buy from you, but you can show your shop off and get your brand out there : ) 

You can join the Brighton Etsy Team here, and follow the team on twitter and facebook too! The Team has meet ups, the next one has not been organised yet, but check the above locations for details!

Let me know if this is helpful, if you think my role is a good idea, and let me know if there is anything in particular you want to find out!

Karli x

PS Sorry this post isn't more visual... BIG BLOCKS OF TEXT SCARE ME! But there weren't any photos to go with this post...

Monday, 15 April 2013


Our LUCKY DIP boxes are back and better than ever!

You may remember that a few months back we sold a limited number of lucky dip boxes full of designosaur goodies! This time round, they are still limited but they now only contain DINOSAUR items!


You can get your designosaur dinosaur lucky dip box here!



Monday, 8 April 2013

SS13 from designosaur!

The new SS13 from designosaur is here! If you follow us on Twitter or have liked us on facebook then I am sure you have seen all of these pieces already. If you have however been living under a pile of dinosaur bones then here you go!

Natural History Pieces

Darwin the Dodo is a very happy chappy

Then there is Matilda the Mammoth

and finally Quentin the Pachycephalosaurus, yes we know that's a bit of a mouthful!
Lichtenstein Inspired Pieces

 We love Pop Art, and with the Retrospect at the Tate currently on show, we thought it was the perfect time to give a nod towards an artist we love.

Yellow Heart Necklace
If you haven't been to the exhibition yet, you should go, it is AMAZING! There are so many pieces that I have never seen before, and I went to the last huge exhibition in the Hayward Gallery and have seen his pieces in the MoMA and all over the world... (big fan). Some of his Art Deco influenced sculptures are simply beautiful and it is from these that the structure of our pieces come.

Art deco Inspired Mirror Sculpture

Lichtenstein is most famous for his Benday dot designs so we have incorporated these into the Collar as well as the brooch and ring of the same design. The red heart is also inspired by these tiny hand painted dots too.

Lichtenstein Collar
Lichtenstein used to copy from comic books, and in some cases painted direct copies of work onto HUGE canvases. This is the true essence of Pop Art to me, taking something everyday (POPular culture) and making it art. I am fascinated by tiny replicas of everyday objects and huge bright paintings of famous people. Hopefully this comes through in our jewellery... well it does in this collection!
Lichtenstein inspired Brooch, Ring of the same design

Green Heart mainly inspired by Lichtenstein's Mirror Paintings
Let us know what you think of the collection, and what your favourite pieces are!



Tuesday, 2 April 2013


Today we have launched our brand new shiny website which you can check out at:

Not only do we have all of our new collection Lichtenstein pieces, Dodo's and Mammoths on it, but we also have HUGE DISCOUNTS!

We are offering a limited discount on some of your favourite designosaurs! So head over now and take a look!

We are currently ironing out any glitches, and open for suggestions... within reason! So let us know what you think of the new designosaur shop!