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Father’s Day

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The day is fast approaching when dad’s everywhere are forced by law to have a lie-in, get served endless mugs of coffee and hog the TV remote control for the entire evening. Yes, it’s Father’s Day. A special time to celebrate these unsung heroes of the home, because as Homer Simpson once explained to Bart: “Fatherhood isn’t easy, not like motherhood”.

So we have donned our thinking caps to search for some Chocovenyl ways to honour our dads. We have scoured the land to look for the perfect gifts. Something to put a smile on their faces and let them know that they are the bestest.

Here are some  well designed free prinables to get you started from the wonderful Hello Lucky blog and a Card Tie created by Ruban Collectif: DIY Father's Day

Check out our Father’s Day Pinboard at the wonderful design land of Pinterest packed with ideas: Father's Day Pinterest

We particularly loved the back-rub t-shirt and there’s a super cool idea for wrapping a Father’s Day gift in the style of a short and tie.

Father’s Day with Chocolove

Two areas started to emerge as perfect for our Chocovenyl designs; presents which can only be for a dad and presents which will help add coolness to their dad ‘cave’. This is what we came up with:

Top Dad

What better way to thank most deserving gentleman of the family than with this rather fine vintage poster emblazoned with the words “Top Hat For The Top Dad”. This can be personalised to include the dad’s name along with a short message. It’s guaranteed to add a bit of refinement and sophistication to any study or dad room. Top Hat Wall Sticker by Chocovenyl for Fathers Day

Dreamy Skylight

Finding the perfect gift requires blue sky thinking and that’s the inspiration behind this magical skylight. It allows dad’s to add a virtual window to their study or room – a window which, every time they gaze into, will be reminded of how much he means to you. This allows you to have a personalised message around the outer border, such as our own choice, “Love you to the sky & back”.

Scrabble Tile Stickers

Why should fridge doors have all the fun when it comes to leaving daft and touching personal messages, clever word of the day or just about anything he can come up with. The stickers are moveable.  This is everything dad needs to write his own stylish graffiti on the walls of his room. It could be an inspirational message or a memorable football score. It really is one of those gifts that keeps on giving.

 Silly Walks Wall Sticker

If there’s one thing dad’s are great at it, it’s being silly. And there’s no better way to celebrate this than a classic Ministry of Silly Walks sticker for the study or wherever dad goes to hide. The cross-stitch style also gives it the feel of a retro computer games for that extra wallop of cool. We hope there is something here which is just right for your dad. And if you’re a dad who’s secretly reading and itching for something we’ve shown, you just have to keep browsing this page and coughing loudly until somebody notices. Or you could always attach some post-it notes to the monitor – but maybe that’s a bit much.

Scrabulous!

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The wonderful world of Scrabble has been bringing friends, families and lovers together for years; grandparents and their grandchildren have played over steaming cups of cocoa, whilst couples have thumbed the tiles thoughtfully in front of roaring fires.

Scrabble Fabric wall stickers, wood design
Scrabble has travelled around the world; it has entertained children on aeroplanes, pupils on school coaches and squabbling siblings in the back seats of cars. Families have played round campfires, in snow topped chalets and on sandy beaches across faraway shores.

SCRABBLE for iPad By Electronic Arts
And still the Scrabble journey continues to grow… It’s even gone high tech; people ponder Scrabble words with strangers over the internet, with friends on Facebook and those delightful little tiles pop up on ipads, netbooks, smart phones and kindles. One thing’s for sure: this timeless board game knows how to stay connected.

Scrabble Pinspiration

At Chocovenyl we were tickled pink to discover how this trend has grown in new and gorgeous forms. Our Scrabble pin board is full of inspirational trends that left us in a Scrabble spin!

Scrabble Inspiration Pinterest
The invitations are utterly adorable for a child’s birthday party, and they are so pretty they will double up as a beautiful keep sake.
And for the grown-ups? Well we are itching to get a cup of espresso out of one of these little Scrabble cups, but only if it comes with a Scrabble cupcake or Scrabble cookie!
Scrabble Inspiration Pinterest

But our favourite Scrabble find was ingeniously using Scrabble tiles as place settings- fabulous for a fancy dinner party or a special occasion.

Letter Tiles PVC free fabric wall stickers by Chocovenyl

We are delighted to introduce our very own Letter Tiles wall stickers that have had our heads spinning with all the wonderful ways we could use them. They come in classic wood or contemporary cool denim. We are selling full sets in small or mini size or we can offer individual letters.

Fabric wall stickers scrabble denim wood

We think they would make a perfect gift for Father’s Day or just any other day. The beautiful PVC free fabric means they will compliment any surface and like all our stickers, they are movable, so the fun is endless! We’re thinking cuties notes, clever and witty phrases, and special birthday messages – even wedding proposals!

Fabric wall stickers scrabble mini by Chocovenyl

The list is endless because they are utterly Scrabulous!

Interview with Jillian Phillips

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We have a very exciting blog post for you today; the first in a series of interviews with artists. We are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Jillian Phillips, graphic designer and illustrator to the blog.
Jillian is the artist behind many of our beloved wall stickers, including Dino Fun, Apple A Day and Owls.

Owls PVC free fabric wall stickers by Jillian Phillips

Jillian creates whimsical worlds that transform any plain wall into an endearing wonderland of colour. You can find all of the wall stickers designed by Jillian here.

Owls, Rainbow Toys, Dino Fun wall stickers by Jillian Phillips for Chocovenyl

Today, Jillian talks nature, Tokyo and tips for illustrators.

How did you find your way into illustration as a career?

I did a work experience placement for 3 weeks with a design company as part of my college course, and enjoyed it so much I knew that was what I wanted to do from then on!

What inspires you?

All sorts of things! I travel to Tokyo and NY, visit museums, flea markets, vintage stores, read other design blogs, inspiration is all around you.

Who are your favourite contemporary artists?

I am a huge fan of Camilla Engman, as well as many Japanese illustrators whose work I discover on my research trips.

What is your favourite subject matter to draw?

Nature really inspires me, I especially love creating fun animals, and I find myself drawing tons of girl characters!

What is your fondest career memory?

Walking into Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and the Moma shop in New York on the same day and seeing my work in there! It was an amazing feeling. I never ever dreamt I would experience that.

Do you have any tips for budding illustrators?

Work really hard and put the hours in (to really get good at this job, you need to spend hours and hours practising, trying new things out, and creating new work). Develop your own style and spend as much time as you can on a Portfolio you can show to potential clients.
It can take years to really get your career going, so don’t feel deflated when things don’t happen immediately. Write to everyone, send a sample of what you do (copyright it!) and show how much you want that job! And lastly, write a blog, it’s a great way for people to find you and see what you do, especially if you can’t afford a website in the early days.

Where can our readers see your work?

I work with Paperchase, Marks and Spencer, Galison, Madison Park Greetings and many more, and my website  and blog

Thanks so much Jillian!

Children’s photos by Barbara Decre.