Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kelanjo Designs Etsy Shop

"From tiny acorns mighty oaks do grow"

My etsy shop is now up and running (link here). I have worked so hard on this and I'm so unbelievably proud of myself for doing this. What started 18 months ago as me dusting off my calligraphy pen and brushing up on my lettering skills has developed into something rather wonderful resulting in me starting a little side line and opening an etsy shop. 

If you follow me on snapchat (username kellycpeel) you will have seen me pondering doing this for months, talking about my hopes and dreams but feeling too scared to do anything about it. I had so much self doubt whether I was good enough to do this but after a lot of hard work and dedication here we are. 

There was so much more involved than I anticipated, researching printers, different types of papers, designing my logo, learning photoshop, figuring out how to sell on etsy. I work full time in a demanding office job and I've been working on my shop on my lunch break, after work and weekends. But the hard work is now done and I'm really happy to be sharing this new adventure with you all. 

There are 5 prints in the shop at the moment with an option for a custom print. Now that the shop is all sorted I will have lots more time to get back to doing the part I love the most and that is creating the prints. When I am doing my calligraphy and hand lettering time stands still. One Saturday I had breakfast then sat working on hand lettered prints all day without eating, drinking anything until 7pm. I didn't even realise the time until I noticed it was getting dark. 

I would absolutely love it if you could head over to my little shop and have a look around and give me any feedback or idea's for prints that you would like to see. If you could also share my tweets I would be eternally grateful. 

Who knows where this will lead - I'm already so proud of myself for what I've achieved so far and I have such big dreams. Over the coming months I will be adding hand lettered wedding envelopes to the shop as well as designing hand lettered blog logos and whatever I earn from selling my prints will be reinvested so I can start holding modern calligraphy workshops.

If you believe it you can achieve it and I hope you all have the courage to follow your dreams.

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Five Things

1. I just can't get enough of fresh flowers at the moment. White tulips and pretty pink hyacinths are really doing it for me. They completely transform a room and make for a mean instagram post too. I buy mine at Aldi and they last really well and are very affordable. 
2. If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat you will know that I am going to be launching an etsy shop selling my hand lettered prints. I am so excited about this and I will let you know as soon as it's up and running. I will also be doing custom orders as well as wedding envelopes and much more but I will be starting small and adding more items as I go along. I started this journey almost 18 months ago practicing my faux calligraphy, then learning brush lettering and finally learning how to do my quotes digitally on my iPad Pro. You can look back to my post a the beginning of last year here and look at what my lettering was like when I first started. It just shows what a little perseverance and practice can do if you really want to do something. I'm still working out the logistics of running my etsy shop but I'm hoping to have it open ASAP so watch this space.
3. I'm trying to get a bit healthier as we move into May. After our gym flooded in the Boxing Day Floods I haven't had access to a gym and regular exercise has well and truly gone out of the window. I also haven't been making the best food choices and I've been snacking on all the wrong things. I've been lacking in energy, having headaches and just feeling in a bit of a slump so I've joined a huge health centre just along the road from where we live and I'm booked in for a "Health MOT" this evening. Pray for me. 

4. I am well and truly on board with Netflix these days. If you havent already watched Reign YOU NEED TO. Its like French Court meets Gossip Girl and I've been obsessed for months. I recently started watching another series called Once Upon a Time which is all about Fairytale characters in the real world - I've only watched a couple of episodes and it seems ok so far but nothing amazing. Also for any Game of Thrones fans who are up to date and saw the first episode on Monday night - I'm just going to leave this link here *insert side eye emoji* 

5. Last but not least I am completely in love with the new parrot range at Paperchase. Think big palm leaves, bright colours and lots of birds. Its so gorgeous and I want it all. I had a £5 voucher on my "Treat Me" card (Paperchase's loyalty card which is totally free and you get lots of discounts and vouchers on your birthday) so I used it to get this dreamy pencil case. Its so fun I just love it! They also have a leather palm print pencil case that would also double up as a cute little make up bag too - roll on payday. 
I hope you have a great bank holiday weekend whatever you get up to :) 

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