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Making a name change today…

Today was a bit momentus, I changed the shop name from A Dog Like Sparky to ‘IN THE MAKING – aprons’. I’ve been pondering it for a while. The shop range has changed, focussing almost entirely on women/men creatives rather than children. Things came to a head when an apron/linens business lifted my entire tagline word for word, for their new denim apron’s Christmas social media campaign, then a magazine used my ‘Aprons for Makers’ title for a Christmas apron feature (really girly ones!). A change was needed, a shorter shop name that gives you an idea what I do!

It’s amazing how many changes have to be made across the Folksy and Etsy shops and social media…things that have been built up gradually over the last 4 years.

Shark in the Park Storysack finished…

I finally finished the Shark in the Park storysack!

I made the game quite a while ago (and posted about that), – but I had to sew hair on the Timothy Pope doll and make him some clothes, which was a fiddley job.

The other characters were scanned from the book and made into ‘lollystick puppets’.

Luckily I had some shark print fabric in my cupboard, which is just perfect for this Storysack!


Flavours of Spain No7

I delivered 2 custom aprons to ‘Flavours of Spain’ recently; the ochre coloured denim and red ties are perfect Spanish colours for their deli business. A dog Like Sparky basic No7 design was adapted with changes to the pockets and longer ties, plus a monogram A and T for Ana and Teresa so they could tell them apart.

Flavours of Spain have a spot at The Southbank Centre Food Market (Central London near Festival Hall etc), Brockley Farmers Market (SE London) and throughout August have run a pop-up at Number 57 in Brockley, Lewisham SE London, selling their fantastic cheeses, charcuterie, wines etc and freshly prepared tapas.




Plus Folksy


I upgraded to a Folksy Plus account recently, because it turned out to be more economical, but there are other benefits too. The plus account allows you to have  ‘Featured Items’ on the your shop – it makes quite a difference to the look of the shop so I feel a bit daft I didn’t do this before!!

Nipper Skipper t-shirts


Earlier this year, in collaboration with Nipper Skipper, I designed a set of t-shirts based on their very cute logo-mascot Pip (Penguin) – They went on sale yesterday!

Nipper Skipper sell sailing gear- safety gear and technical clothing for children who sail – age 0-10 years. The t-shirts are their first foray into Nipper Skipper branded products.

Rather than straight copy their Pip logo I went for a simplified, yet still very recognisable, strong line drawing of Pip.

Nipper Skipper felt strongly that their customers would be keen on organic fair trade t-shirts. After some research we settled on Stella and Stanley marl shirts, printed by 3rd Rail in Bermondsey London, using water-based discharge inks – which give a fantastic soft feel (no horrible plastic finish) you can hardly feel any ink on it at all.

Lastly, we thought about packaging. I’d had these gorgeous stripey candy bags on one of my Pinterest boards for ages, they come in a lovely range of colours and sizes. The yellow ones were perfect with the set of Pip stickers Nipper Skipper already send in their parcels.