I’m Nicola, the one in the shed or often referred to as “oh… you’re the shed lady”.
Creator of lovingly crafted stationery, prints and gifts inspired by and designed for life’s magical adventures.
Dreamer, believer, designer, maker, optimist, follower of rainbows and a smiley faced drinker of weird teas.
Mummy to a cheeky, energetic and strong willed 3 year old and two adorable chihuahuas, wifey, daughter, sister and aunty and known to my friends as ‘Smiley’. My friends and family are my world ♥
A little background…
After graduating with my degree in Graphic Design, I worked in some design and photography studios and freelanced to some local companies. After being made redundant I took the plunge and set up on my own in my shed at the bottom of the garden back in 2009 and have never looked back.
I started off with a much more corporate portfolio, designing branding, literature and websites, and built my way up to some large corporate clients as well as some lovely local ones. My work and style has evolved over the years bringing me right up to where I am now creating stationery, prints and gifts inspired by life’s magical adventures.
I have been creating invitations for many years, but over the past few it has started to play a large part of what I design. With friends and family getting married, having babies and hitting certain big birthdays, these magical adventures gave me some exciting opportunities to get creative and find my style.
There is something really magical about receiving a hand written letter or card in the post. In today’s busy and digital world it is a refreshing change to receive something more personal and heartwarming when we appreciate the time and thought that has gone into buying, writing and sending.
That’s what makes me tick. Creating those little moments of happiness you can only get through something real, something that you can touch, hold in your hand, feel and see as you open up something that has been beautifully made and lovingly sent.
Stationery Boutique now open and expanding…
After years of dreaming and talking about it, creating lots of beautiful designs and since taking a bit of time out to start my family, it recently felt like the perfect time for me to launch my very own online Stationery Boutique and share with you my lovingly crafted stationery, prints and gifts. My Stationery Boutique has launched on Etsy, it started with my striking Marathon Achievement Prints including Brighton, Manchester and London marathons, a perfect memento to celebrate those amazing finishing times. I have a couple of other print designs up too including my rainbow print and popular heart lyric print perfect for weddings and anniversaries. Please note, these are currently on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce social contact due to postage, but can be ordered locally for collection.
I am very excited to be adding many of my greeting cards to my boutique now, week by week, which are much more manageable to post at this time, and I will be excited to relaunch my other designs and many new ones over the months ahead so keep coming back to see whats new.
My designs will include both personalised and generic invitations, greeting cards, prints and gifts to brighten your day and treasure those magical adventures that life brings you.
My London Marathon Achievement Print (available again soon on Etsy)
Bespoke and corporate commissions…
I have loved creating so many bespoke commissions over the recent years, working mainly with couples to create their perfect wedding stationery. Whilst my daughter is still so young and I focus on getting my Stationery Boutique up and running, I will only be taking on a limited number of bespoke commissions this year, but please do get in touch to discuss your ideas with me.