Tuesday, 24 February 2015

jurassic seas

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Press launch of the Jurassic Seas at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

Hasn't envoled in millions of years, good going mate... what do you even do!

Not only did I learn that Brighton's aquarium is the oldest in the world at 143 years old but also that sea creatures that live deep in the ocean are red because red cannot be seen past a certain depth!

We visited the turtles too as they were being fed when we arrived and we climbed into every children's cubby hole too...

I missed the turtle kiss by a millisecond

Toby training the terrapins to follow his finger
Anyways that was all before we got into the exhibition!

Turtles are actually prehistoric and haven't changed much since the Jurassic period, well this is where things get awkward. It's called Jurassic Seas because it is about prehistoric animals including the plesiosaur but actually, plesiosaurs are Triassic and the megladon is Cenozoic but we'll let that lie -because it's a really cool exhibition!

Hearing dinosaur ROAR, followed by discovering crustaceans that have literally not evolved in any way since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Then leads you to a brand new interactive games section where you can feed a plesiosaur, remove a megladon's tooth and race an Olympic swimmer against Percival the plesiosaur!

You can feed the Plesiosaur! All the fun!
This is my favourite bit about the aquarium, how can you not love the rainbow lighting?
We were having so much fun we were asked to stop playing with it... Ooopps.

If you're already a fan of the Sea Life Centre or you have sprogs you need to entertain then you've going to love it!

Oh and that's why we designed our very own Penelope to come along for the ride!

Penelope is available in our Etsy shop!

Have you been to the exhibiton yet? Are you a fan of the sealife centre? Let us know in the comments below!



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

#btnetsy blog hop!

​Another blog hop! This time it's a Brighton Etsy Team blog hop, if you want to see all the blog hop posts I'll be adding them to this bloglovin' collection. We were nominated by Yellow Bear Wares, thanks Claire!

What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?

We didn't really plan to start a business, Jacques was working at a laser cutters and had been asked to create some children's mirrors. He brought them home to show me and amongst the designs was a Brachiosaurus. I held it up to my chest and suggested that it would make a good necklace and that was that. We started selling in Porta, Brighton and then some genius suggested Etsy. I don't know who it was, but I wish I did, as we had never been on Etsy before and we've got some thanking to do!

Throw back of Jacques when we first started designosaur... what a babe... hehehe.
 Photo | Bob Prosser

We're looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month, can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?

Blogging! You will have seen before on this here blog that I am threatening to blog every week. I've also promised to do 5 OOTD posts and 5 "behind the scenes" posts.

So far so good, let's see if I can keep it up once the summer gets here though!

What are you working on at the moment?

Some awesome crazy amazing new designs! Last week we released the now named Penelope the Plesiosaur and over the next few weeks we have lots of fun designs coming, a collaboration and a couple of products that aren't jewellery! I hope you are all as excited as we are!

If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own craft business one piece of advice what would you say?

Work hard and remember that building a business takes time! Everybody that started a craft business was in the same position as you at the beginning, they were choosing their name and listing their first products and it's been hard work and determination that has turned them into the successful business they are today! Oh and join an Etsy team, I hear the Brighton Etsy Team is awesome!

Blog hop complete, I nominate YUK FUN, hello DODO and i Like CATS.

I'm off to the Etsy UK office in London this week, to chat to some of the admins and wondered if you had any questions about the site or the Etsy community, if you do just pop them in the comments and I'll get as many answered as I can!



Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I've got mega talented friends - 4. Heather

I started a series of mega talented friends blog posts a while ago and I thought I'd bring it back. You can read about Bob, Matt and Hannah too if you like!

This is going to be a strange one, because my mate HBW is a grown-up now, she has a big city job being an 'Offline Editor', welllll that's the official line, I would say she's a 'TV Documentary Editor' because that makes more sense to me.

I have been stalking Heather on the internet to find some of her old uni work to show you, because it is awesome, and I thought you'd a appreciate it!

You might recognise Heather as she is also a designosaur model...

Heather collects vintage rulers, theatre binoculars and beer mats. Obviously if you ever go to Heather's house, don't use the beer mats, yes I know they are laid out like you should use them, but trust me, don't do it.

This is an awesome video, you should click through and watch it because I really enjoyed it!*

So what did you think of Heather's work? I'm quite excited as I think Heather and designosaur now have a little project we are working on, watch this space!

On a slightly different note this week we have been trying to think of a name for our followers you know how Lady Gaga has her Little Monsters, and TS has her Swifties and designosaur have their... (let us know in the comments)



*Heather said this video was from when she was "young and naive" when I showed it to her, I think she's trying to say her work has improved, but I'm sure you guessed that already!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

brighton etsy pop up - part two

Last week I asked if you wanted to hear part two of the Pop Up adventure so here I am writing it! If you missed that you can check it out here.

We soft launched the pop up on Thursday 6th November. I don't think we were even open when the customers asked if they could come in and browse! We spent Thursday running around pricing the last bits, and preparing for the Private View!

If you managed to visit the shop, you'd know it wasn't very big, but we did manage to pack it full of the designers and their family and friends! We had some drinks to celebrate opening our very own shop and then it was time to start thinking about our next big party!

Toby from I Like CATS werking the cash desk

We had so many people that wanted to come to the Private View that we knew we wouldn't have space for the Press to really get a feel for what we had created. That's what Saturday, our all day launch party, was for! Tori [Jasmine and Hobbes] who works in Events at her day job, and was a vital part of the pop up committee, planned a fun day to draw lots of people down for the grand opening.

We had a decoration and badge making workshop with Cheska [mooshpie], the USSU stage choir, local buskers performing and spiced Christmas tea for every visitor!

mooshpie setting up her workshop table

some of the clothing, including dresses by Dig for Victory, T-Shirts by hello DODO and Likks and upcycled pieces by Bettina Nem

Lola Hoad working the cash desk and Moosphie buying a Mrs Lovedays Emporium hat for minipie!
We had created a few press packs, and obviously the shop was open to all. In the end it was a really busy day first day! I'd like to say that we then went home to relax for the rest of the month but it was a lot of hard work from all involved running the shop!

I hope you've enjoyed hearing a little about our Pop Up shop, if you have any questions let me know in the comments.

Today happens to be our "Etsy-versary", we are three! If you are reading this on Tuesday then you can use WOAHNOW for 30% off until midnight!