Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello Resolutions!

The end of the year!

WOAH! Where did it go?

I wanted to review my new years resolutions and to let you know that I really didn't do that badly!
I said that I was going to blog once a week every week and OK I missed a couple of them BUT I did blog most weeks. The big question for me is, did anyone read them? Did you enjoy them? And do you want me to blog some more?

I have found it really difficult to judge how much you guys have enjoyed my blog posts and which topics you like most.

I asked out on Twitter what they'd like to see of my blog and my blogging New Years Resolution for 2015 is to do some more outfit posts let's say I'll do a total of 5 minimum next year.
Also we were asked to do some process posts so let's say I'll do 5 of these too. (I like winning so I'm keeping the numbers low)

Anything else you'd like to see let me know in the comments and I'll add it in, if I think it's good obvs.

Oh and obviously I'm going to keep up the blogging once a week as once a week is stressful enough. My upload day is Tuesday, did you even know that? Probably not so I'm going to make that an actual regular day that I upload. YES I AM. I CAN AND DO THIS.

What's your new years resolution? Oh and don't forget to help me out with any other blogging related resolutions!


not at all related to the post, here's a picture of my face...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Come and see us at Crafty Fox this weekend!

Our last face to face selling event of the year is the Crafty Fox Market this Sunday.

We are very excited to be offering you a range of dinosaurs and other shiny things at the Dogstar in Brixton alongside some incredible designers.

These are my top picks! Who are you looking forward to getting something from?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Craftaganza - This weekend!

Christmas is a crazy busy time for any designer maker and we are at another handmade market this weekend. You may have been to Craftaganza before but if you haven't come along as you're in for a treat!

Here's a teeny tiny sample of what's on offer!


hello DODO

i Like CATS

In The Making

Rock Cakes

Super + Super

I bet you're excited to come and buy ALL THE THINGS!

See you there!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Selling at Renegade Craft Fair this Weekend!

This weekend we are going to be at Renegade Craft Fair with ever AWESOME hello DODO and we will be competing for the prize of most colourful stall ;)

Oh and we will be selling everything you can find in our Etsy shop, slightly cheaper than it normally is (it's always best to buy from us at craft fairs!)

If you're London based or just in London for the day come and say hello, we'd love to meet you!

Here's some of the awesomeness you can get your hands on!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Brighton Etsy Pop Up Shop

I didn't have time to blog last week, so I apologise if you missed your weekly dose of inane rambling.

However this is slightly justified as we have been crazy busy organising the Brighton Etsy Team Christmas Pop Up!

There are 25 designer makers taking part including ourselves. The shop is in 16 Brighton Square which is where Chubby Chops the dog cafe was (if you're local to the area) and where the dolphin fountain is in the South Lanes.

We launch this Saturday 8th November with an all day party and everybody is welcome, there will be live music, refreshments and free workshops.

For more details have a look at the Brighton Etsy Team Blog and also join the Facebook event.



For more Press information please email brightonetsyteam@gmail.com

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Meet our Stockists! Pyramid Gallery

We mentioned before that we have around lots of stockists all over the place and we have started to interview them for our blog, the last one we did was about Jolly Brown Vintage and this time we have gone further north to York! Meet the guys at Pyramid Gallery!


Describe your shop...

Terry has owned Pyramid Gallery for 20 years, and his fun, eclectic and soulful taste has kept the shop a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Here, you will find work by important British artists like Peter Blake rubbing shoulders with jewellery sourced from British designers [such as designosaur] and the most exquisite objects d'art. Our shop is a 400 year old Grade 2 Listed Building with no straight lines and far too many stairs. People love to shop here because they are after something unusual, well made, a whimsical; many of our customers are creative themselves so the shop acts as a sort of hub for local creatives.

Which designosaur design do you personally like the most?

Fi - ALL OF IT but particularly the dodo necklace, of course
Ruth - I'm partial to the Cockatoo necklace
Terry loves the brooches

Which designosaur piece do your customers love?

They all get a lot of comments, Fi tends to be wearing a piece every day so people often have a look at the cabinet once they are told they can get them here. We have a very mixed demographic here at Pyramid and there's really something for everyone in this shop. Customers are often captured by the shiny cockatoo.

How did you find out about designosaur?

Fi has been a customer for a long time, having been gifted a beautiful T-Rex for a present back in 2012 which she wears (almost) daily and gets LOADS of comments about. Ruth got the bug after meeting the team filming the Etsy advert [hello from Moth and Magpie!]

Have you done anything particularly creative/ different with the way you display our products?

We've given flight to the Pterodactyl (see photo) and we've used your packaging within our display. If it was up to Fi, there would be a full Jurassic scene with sand and mountains but I don't think the boss would approve of that.

What do you hope will come next from designosaur?

We have so many ideas, this is great fun!
A moose would be amazing, or a sloth on a branch. Foxes, stags and birds/bird cages are super popular here in York, we could sell those a million times over! We love your Brighton Pavilion necklace, but it's not appropriate for York... Minster could be a bit far fetched but maybe other buildings could work. Ruth has just said GODZILLA - of course! And then there is one of my favourite mythical creature of all time... the KRAKEN! Please release the Kraken, it would make me very happy.

Thanks to Ruth and Fi for answering our questions, what do you hope will be next from designosaur? Let us know in the comments!


Photos taken by Ruth and Fi.

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Blog Hop!

We have been nominated by our uber colourful, wonderful crafty partners in crime hello DODO to do the 'Blog Hop'

Jam and Ali from hello DODO and Jacques when we were at Renegade last year!

What's that I hear you say, well I said yes I'd do it before I even knew what it was but luckily it's nothing too crazy! I just have to answer three questions and then nominate two other people to do the same. Easy peasy.

So here goes...

What have you been making at your desk this week?

If you don't know about us here at designosaur, it's me Karli, and I  do all the blogging, social media, answer your emails and manage our shop. Jacques does the designing and we both do all the creative brainstorming to come up with new designs. It is very much team work as we both did Product Design degrees but have different strengths when it comes to running a small business!

One of 4 ROARball designs!

This week we are resting after having just launched the new ROARballs! We are getting a lot of custom requests so are working on designs for these commissions, but we can't say much more about that! Our stockists have started to place orders for Christmas so we have been making lots of stock for them. There are always a lot of George's to assemble 'cos he's a popular guy and it's been fun to make some of our newer designs such as the sabre tooth tigers and toucans.

George - Photo from hello DODOs instagram

We have a collaboration in the pipeline which we don't know whether we will be able to get out before Christmas :S and we also have a new product to launch in the next couple of weeks which isn't laser cut! (yes you should be excited!) 

It's always very busy at designosaur HQ will a million projects running side by side working all hours of the day and night. Jacques and I talk nothing but plastic and dinosaurs, Jam from hello DODO even commented about how strange our conversation was when I told Jacques in the pub to be careful when we got home as the Sabre Tooth's eyes were laid out on the table"

Putting together some Sabre Tooth Tigers!

Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

Inspiration comes from everywhere and anything, Jacques is very good at reading my mind, if we come up with a concept together then usually what I have in mind is what Jacques then draws. We love going to museums and exhibitions and are out and about whenever we can be. 

We have been working on several collaborations recently, you will have seen the ball of yarn rings which we created with Claire from Yellow Bear Wares and we are working on other secret collaborations which you will find out about soon so our inspiration comes from the people we work with too, it's great to get a new perspective and there's plenty of creatives to bounce ideas off in Brighton!

Ring from our Yellow Bear Wares Collaboration

How important is being creative to you, and how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?

Being creative is important but it's not something that we need to think about to make it happen. If we aren't designing for designosaur then we are being creative in a heap of other ways. I'm pretty into what I wear and I get to be creative in that way. Jacques is a maker, and a problem solver, he's creative by making or fixing things around the house, we have several laser cut lamp shades as Jacques has broken the previous ones, and Jacques is very proud of the custom mud guard he has made for his bike (it's the small things in life ey)

Rocket Lamp Jacques designed and laser cut (photographed
 in an oddly none colourful area of the house! :S

Everything falls into place balance wise, it probably isn't very balanced but we are having lots of fun!

Passing the Blog Hopping Baton

Now I'm nominating some others, I hope they get involved!

Rockcakes - I have been fangirling over Rockcakes since I came to Brighton in 2007, learnt about her awesome husband LOMOKEV and found out about her incredible jewellery. This is one clever lady, not only does she make fantabulous precious jewellery, I have her diamond bracelet and TV ring, she also makes a heap of fun laser cuts too!

Rockcakes TV ring and designosaur unicorn ring

Woah The Pickle - Vicky is a linocut printer, her designs are fun, intricate and super awesome, I have several of her troll prints and they all have iridescent hair. They are AMAZING.

All the trolls, photo from Vicky's Etsy shop!

Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments if being creative is important to you too!


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ROARBalls are back!

Back in 2012 we released our very first Christmas decorations. There was one dinosaur design (which is now part of the new collection) and three other Christmas designs. The dinosaur design was by far the most popular the design and now for Christmas 2014 we have four dinosaur designs to adorn your tree, house, or dog* with!

Brachiosaurus' chilling under a steaming volcano

Santa Claws and his flying Triceradeer

a 2012 original, the Stegosaurus buying his Christmas tree

A Plesiosaur swimming in the lake whilst the Parasaurolophus' quench their thirst!

yup same design, different colour! There are five colours available...

They are available in sets of six, with the sixth bauble being FREE! Yup that's right, completely FREE!

Want to get your hands on six awesome new Christmas decorations? You can here!

Let us know what you think in the comments!


* We don't actually recommend or condone you putting Christmas decorations on your dog.

Monday, 29 September 2014

We meet Kirstie Allsopp - The Handmade Fair

Last weekend we found ourselves getting up at 5am to get the train to Hampton Court Palace to go on a #kirstiesafari...

Well maybe that's not quite true! We arrived at the Etsy Marketplace to set up residency for the next few days, we were in great company sandwiched between Rose from Chamby and Cor and Anna Wiscombe.

New stall layout and display items, all made by us!

I didn't actually take any photos of anybody else's stalls which is a massive fail on my part but do go and look at their awesome Etsy shops!

Alice wearing her new designosaur toucan and showing you her own Day of the Dead toucan
Louise from Spin City spent all weekend spinning wool from her favourite sheep Ebeneezer whilst Alice from Birds in Hats told us copious amounts of bird facts and threatened to start a twitter account for a heron she saw in the grounds. Sophie of NEONLDN's stall was beautifully bright and shiny, honestly go and look at her Etsy shop... I'll wait....

SEE wasn't that awesome? Don't you feel overstimulated? Did you buy everything?

Chairs waiting for people eager to listen to me ramble!
Not only was the tent full of awesome Etsy sellers but there were also a heap of talks to drop into. I did a talk on the Friday and the Saturday about setting up a successful Etsy business. I think it went well, did anybody come and listen? If so let me know what you thought!

My talk on the EtsyUK Instagram account!
There were talks on social media, how to set up your Etsy shop, a photography one by Lyndsey James of Photocraft and a sellers workshop where we threw difficult questions at the admins about how to be better sellers on Etsy (and therefore provide a better buying environment!)

Sarah and Susannah chatting all things Etsy

As well as all the serious stuff there was a whole heap of ridiculous things too!

Toby from i like CATS came to visit on the Friday and we did a LUSH wrapping workshop, there was also a bunting photo competition and obviously the #WORLDPOMINATION record attempt!

Toby and a new doggy friend

Toby "being the bunting"
We had a great weekend, lots of you bought designosaurs, we rocked our new stall layout and we drank a few alcoholic ice teas...

...OH and I nearly forgot, I SPOKE TO KIRSTIE ALLSOPP! Most exciting moment of my life. Alice Tams and I chatted away to Kirstie whilst she was having photos with other fans, before she was whisked away (she spent the whole weekend whizzing around on a golf buggy trying not to get mobbed by people like me).

Hijacking conversations with Kirstie
So yeah a pretty good weekend! Let us know if you chatted to Jacques or I in the comments, would be great to put avatars to faces!

Our new stall display!