Please forgive us we’ve been BAD bloggers!

We’ve been sooo busy with new designs, markets and websites that we have neglected our blog 😦 We promise to try and get our blog back on our agenda, but in the meantime if you want to find out what we’ve been up to please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/marthaandhepsie

Martha and Hepsie xx

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Blog and Buy Summer Wishlist 2013

Wow!! We’ve had not one, not two but three design chosen for the Blog and Buy Summer Wishlist!  Our Mr Brown Bear notebook, Swoop the Owl print and Urban fox notebook all look awesome on this amazing design list of talent.

Here’s more about the Blog and Buy Wishlist ….

The BlogAndBuySale Wish List is a curated list of the very best creative products available online.

Make sure you get what you really want this year by browsing the Wish List, sharing with friends and family the products you can’t live without.

There are so many brilliant things getting sold by independent artists and designers, but the problem is the public doesn’t always stumble upon them. It is our job to point you in the right direction to find that perfect gift, while also making sure the artist / designer fully benefits from every sale! Prepare to have your spotty socks blown off by the amount of talent on show! * above copy taken from the Blog and Buy website.

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Fingers crossed we win a prize!

Martha and Hepsie

Bank Holiday Blues

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What a difference a day makes, it was ‘grim up north’ and down south yesterday, but amazingly at the start of the Bank Holiday weekend blue skies have appeared! So here’s a smorgasbord or blue beauties to inspire ……. And … Continue reading

Sheffield Market time!

We’re pleased to announce we now have a few Steel City Market dates booked and in the diary….yipee!

We’ll be hitting things off at the FORGE market on Sunday 23rd June held at Creative lounge, Workstation, Sheffield.

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FORGE is a contemporary art, design and craft fair raising money for Sheffield’s youth housing charity – Roundabout and Hallam Roses WI.. The market will run from 11am-4pm and entry is free so come and say hi and help raise some pennies!

The next dates in the diary are for the weekender event  on 29th and 30th June, organised by the lovely guys from Knife and Folk.

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The event will be held at The Riverside Pub and will feature an array of some of Sheffields best live outfits, a collection of arts and craft stalls, workshops, clothe swaps and much more…. so make sure you come down and enjoy the delights by the river, we’ll be there all weekend!

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We also have some more dates penciled in so will update you on these when they’ve been confirmed.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday and enjoy the ‘sunshine’  🙂

M&H xx

The Wonderful World of The Web

With Martha based in Sheffield and Hepsie in Devon the wonders of the web are crucial to the future of martha and hepsie ltd, with this in mind we decided that our flagship store http://www.marthaandhepsie.com needed a little updating!

Being a small business with big dreams our budget is limited, but what we do have is our own personal skills, time and determination; so with many long distance conversations,  one ‘proper meeting’ and many hours spent in front of a computer screen, we took our designer and marketing hats off and put our computer geek hats on to build and relaunch www.marthaandhepsie.com !

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We champion the industry of handmade, and have transferred this to the digital arena to put our website together with our own fair hands! We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to produce – yep we know there are layers of ‘geekyness’ we need to dive into to make the most of our web presence (which we will try to) but for now we hope you like what we’ve been able to put together with our ‘provisional website build driving license’!

Martha and Hepsie xx

Ideal Home Show Wallpaper of The Year 2013

Well, what an exciting Monday morning we’ve had this week!

We found out my Owl Flight wallpaper design was in the final 5 of the Ideal Home Show Wallpaper competition 2 weeks ago, 14 days of nervous anticipation and then the big day finally arrived.

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I arrived at the show on Monday morning and reported to the press office where I met with one of the other finalists, Wendy kendall. It just so happens she was also a graduate of the e-course I had recently taken, run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nichols (Of which I can’t recommend enough! Take a look on their website for more details: The Art and Busines of Surface Pattern Design)

We got chatting and I was some what comforted that Wendy shared my anxiety and nerves (neither of us warmed to the fact we had to go on stage infront of an audience, appear on the big screens and even worse….speak on stage!!) I was glad I didn’t feel alone in my fear for public speaking 🙂

After chatting to both the lovely Wendy and Kat from Wallpapered.com I started to feel calmer…that was until Laurance Llewelyn Bowen walked into the room! Slightly star-struck and reminiscing about the days of Changing Rooms I introduced myself, we shook hands and briefly talked through the plan of action for the awards presentation. I hope he didn’t notice me pinching myself.  ( I was stood next to LLB-eek! )

Wendy and I were then escorted to the stage where we were met with our designs displayed in a line on the big stage for all to see, It was actually really nice to see them proffessionally printed in true scale, It really brought the designs to life and I felt proud 🙂

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Unfortunately 2 of the 5 finalists were unable to make it to the show, one of which was another fellow ABSPD graduate- the lovely Laura Escalante Mora who’s design ‘Blue Blossom’ looked fab on stage!

After engaging with the audience and giving a few hints and tips about feature walls, Laurance called us up on stage (hello shakey hands and knotted stomach!) and we each said a few words about our wallpapers and the thought process behind our designs.

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I can’t actually remember exactly what I said but I think I managed to keep the nerves under control and managed not to let the stage fright get to me too much.

The moment then arrived to announce the winner…..and the prize goes to…….

Wendy Kendall for her Petite Street design!

Wendy’s design is gorgeous and very commercial with the cute little houses, trees and triangles…it would look ace adorning the walls of a children’s bedroom. A well deserved winner! Keep an eye out for Petite Street and more of Wendy’s designs available to buy on wallpapered.com very soon!

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After the winner was announced we were all treated to a glass of champers and even LLB joined us in the celebration, sharing more hints and tips about our designs and his industry knowledge.

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It really was a lovely day out and despite not winning I am extremely grateful to everyone that voted for my entry, I’m  very proud of my fellow graduates and also to be able to call my self a finalist 🙂

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And if you liked my owl wallpaper, you can get your hands on the design in the form of our new little martha and hepsie ltd notebooks. Just right for lists and doodles (or signatures of interior designers and Changing Room stars!)

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M x