Thursday, 26 April 2012

Featured maker - Pumpkin Sputnik (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Ok I'll admit it. I have a thing for notebooks. I think that maybe they make me feel organised. I have loads of them, but I still want more. And the more gorgeous they are the less likely I am to want to write in them. Is it just me? (Really?)


Anyway, when I was browsing Folksy recently I saw these breathtakingly beautiful notebooks on Folksy (yes, I know, I'm gushing. Okay so I like stationery) and I couldn't wait to show you.

Emma who runs Pumpkin Sputnik has very kindly agreed to do an interview for the blog, AND has offered ....wait for it....not one, but two notebooks for a giveaway!!!!

Excited is an understatement. I just wish I could enter! Plus she also likes Sigur Ros, best thing out of Iceland since The Sugarcubes.

Read on, giveaway details at the bottom..... but in the meantime over to Emma....

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Hi, my name is Emma Wilson and I live just outside Glasgow.

I make notebooks, sketchbooks and cards printed with my photographic designs of trees, plants and flowers. I’ve always loved stationery and used to make my own notebooks and sketchbooks while at art school.


I began making the notebooks back in 2005 when my youngest child went to school, I had been a jewellery designer-maker before I had children and studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen for my degree in 3D Design.

Making stationery was something I was able to do at home while looking after my two children and meant I could indulge in my love for photography and Photoshop. My designs are influenced by my surroundings here in Scotland. Trees and flowers feature heavily and in particular my last two collections have featured Hydrangeas – my favourite flowers.



I began selling my work at local craft markets in Glasgow and online on Etsy, I now sell through Folksy and Big Cartel and various shops and galleries around the country.

I have some new designs in the pipeline, some new photographic designs and some completely graphic designs inspired by school books. I also taught myself to crochet last year and am hoping to have more time for that this year.

Floral Snaps - cards

My other job is being Mum to my two children and keeping my husband in clean clothes

I do love paper in all its forms, my main range is made with watercolour card and lovely creamy cartridge paper which is great for drawing on. The watercolour card has a gorgeous texture which complements the designs perfectly and I recently switched to linen cord to bind the books together which has a lovely quality to it. I can’t think of anything I don’t like about paper, I do get frustrated with my equipment though – my printer has a tendency to play up and my guillotine is currently broken “sigh”.

I usually listen to 6Music in the workroom, but often when I have a huge pile of paper to fold I put Sigur Ros on – the perfect music to work to.



The house we are in just now has a converted loft so I work up there, it’s a bit cold but at least it’s away from the rest of the house – and any distractions!

My favourite design at the moment is one of my new ones call Betty (see giveaway at the bottom), it has a bit of a vintage vibe to it and has lovely golden and blue hues. The best seller is probably Vintage Hydrangea though.

Thank you Emma!

Some wierd stuff going on with linking the pictures today so you'll just have to click on the links below to see the shops.... sorry 'bout that folks. 


Links:
www.pumpkinsputnik.com
www.folksy.com/shops/pumpkinsputnik
http://pumpkinsputnik.bigcartel.com/

So.... the GIVEAWAY bit...

Emma has offered 2 Pumpkin Sputnik notebooks to the lucky winner. An A5 and A6 size in her favourite design, Betty.

Here they are...


The giveaway is open until next Friday 4th May, midnight GMT. I will draw the name on Saturday.

All you need to do is comment below and let me know you'd like to enter and your name will go in the hat! Simple.

However,.....If you'd like to up your chances a bit you could do any or all of the following - just remember to come back and let me know!!
  • One extra entry per tweet of the following  "Fab giveaway on the @bpearcedesigns blog http://www.redbirdjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/featured-maker-pumpkin-sputnik-and.html- pls RT!" But please max 1 tweet per day, we don't want to get all spammy now do we? While you're there why don't you follow Emma @pumpkinsputnik ( https://twitter.com/#!/pumpkinsputnik/)
  • One extra entry if you blog about the giveaway and link to it on your blog. Post the link here in the comments so we can all come and check out your blogs too!
  • Last but not least, one extra entry if you go and like my facebook page (let me know if you already do, and I'll include you too) http://www.facebook.com/RedBirdJewellery
Phew. Good luck. And please spread the word about this fantastic maker.

94 comments:

  1. I love your new designs Emma -;) Gx

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  2. I too love notebooks, I hoard them, unfortunately I am always too scared to ruin them by using them

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  3. Chantal, Emma ha.s a great tip for those of us too scared to start new notebooks! She suggested to me that I draw a diagonal line through the first page, then it's started and there's no going back. It worked for me :-)

    Love the new designs, such lovely colours.

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  4. Gorgeous notebooks - I can't believe I haven't spotted this shop on folksy before now! Great post too.

    I'm already a Redbird/Becky Pearce Designs liker on facebook.

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  5. Just liked the Pumpkin Sputnik FB page. Off to tweet now (can you tell I would love to win one of these notebooks?!)

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  6. Really lovely notebooks - I adore gorgeous stationery, yes please pop my name in the hat!! Will head over to facebook and find you both now, really nice to see a collaboration between 2 people making such lovely stuff.

    Michelle :-)

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  8. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/TimeWasting/status/195612089279197184

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  9. Lovely notebooks - so pretty. Please pop my name in the hat x

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  10. Just found your blog from the link on Folksy. You make some lovely jewellery. And what a lovely giveaway, thank you to you and Pumpkin Sputnik. I'd love to have a chance of winning - I've liked you both on Facebook too :-)

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  11. OK, I'm smitten. Love the notebooks, esp. with the watercolour paper, it's what I draw on in charcoal, Bockingford 130gsm. To cap that, my alter ego is Ericaceous!

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  12. Love these notebooks. Am sharing with others on FB and twitter! Tenille

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  13. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  14. I love those notebooks! very cute desgins! : ) please enter me also! : )


    teresa.giveaway@gmail.com

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  15. I love the notebooks, please enter me!

    sammybigtoesure at gmail dot com

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  16. I would love to win! I adore journals and these are just too awesome!

    Romi Foster
    contact dot romif at gmail dot com

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  17. I'd love to enter the giveaway!
    carizzatabobo@gmail.com

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  18. liked pumpkinsputnik on facebook!
    carizzatabobo@gmail.com

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  19. liked your facebook page!
    carizzatabobo@gmail.com

    wonderful giveaway, those notebooks are lovely.

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  20. darling! hope i win. :) lindsreardon at gmail.com

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  21. Gorgeous giveaway Becky, as you know I love a bit of photography and I am like you with my stationery fetish lol. Please pop me in the hat x

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  22. I 'like' your page (well love it actually :-)) on fb x

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  23. I have 'liked' pumpkinsputnik's page too x

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  24. Blogged about it here:
    http://tunderilonka.blogspot.com/

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  25. i love it i would like to enter

    nadoxie@gmail.com

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  26. i like Pumpkin Sputnik facebook page as nada nadox

    nadoxie@gmail.com

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  27. These are gorgeous!

    Devin
    dbwais at gmail dot com

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  28. Wonderful notebooks!

    Please count me in. Thanks a lot.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  29. Plese, include me in your giveaway :).

    uula027@gmail.com

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  30. I like the Pumpkin Sputnik facebook page.

    uula027@gmail.com

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  31. https://twitter.com/#!/DarlingUla/status/196233148592439296

    uula027@gmail.com

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  32. i liek your FB page :).

    uula027@gmail.com

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  33. Enter me please!
    niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

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  34. I would like to enter. Thanks for the giveaway!


    sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

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  35. Man, those are lovely nootbooks! Wow! ambrerose at(aol)dot(com)

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  36. I would love to win this!
    kgn1588@gmail.com

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  37. Count me in please. Love the name Pumpkin Sputnik, truly unique and memorable.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  38. I would love to win!!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  39. Thanks for the giveaway!
    iluvpolkapie at gmail dot com

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  40. I would really really love to enter this giveaway!! such a pretty notebook :)!

    barienn at gmail dot com

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  41. Oh wonderful, please enter me, thank you!
    Kimberly
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

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  42. I'd like to enter ^_^

    I also liked Pumpkin Sputnik facebook and yours as BeeZeeArt

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  43. These are lovely notebooks, please put my name in the hat. Twitter @7hippopotamus

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  44. I have liked the Pumpkin Sputnik Facebook page. Jane Townson

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  45. I've tweeted the comp Twitter @7hippopotamus

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  46. Hi, I'd love to enter please! And I've liked both of your facebook pages xx clare.pitts@sky.com

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  47. These are fabulous!! Thank you very much for a fantastic giveaway! <3

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  48. I love these! So cute!

    kcindyloo at gmail dot com

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  49. I tweeted the contest here:

    https://twitter.com/#!/kcindyloo/status/196731493765230592

    kcindyloo at gmail dot com

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  50. I'm a Facebook fan!

    kcindyloo at gmail dot com

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  51. I liked you on Facebook!

    kcindyloo at gmail dot com

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  52. I'd like to enter to win :)
    lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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  53. I'd love to enter!
    So very neat!

    hrfarley at gmail.com

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  54. Wow, her pieces are lovely! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  55. thanks for the giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  56. liked on fb
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  57. Love the designs. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  58. I would love to enter, these are beautiful notebooks!

    Caroline
    coolwhip715 (at) hotmail (dot) Com

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  59. I would love to win the lovely notebook for my lovely daughter! Thanks for the chance.
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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  60. Beautiful notebooks!
    I liked the FB page as well.

    asphyxiant@live.com

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  61. I've tweeted again

    https://twitter.com/#!/TimeWasting/status/197341260472795136

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  63. These are absolutely delicious. Beautiful work.

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  64. Who doesn't LOVE books huh! I even make them myself and would still love to have more. MORE MORE MORE! I'd love an entry - helloooo!! ♥♥♥

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  65. Those notebooks are so sweet! Please enter me :)

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  66. LIKED pumpkinsputnikpapergoods on Facebook!
    Angela Martin Goodwin

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  67. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/AngiesMusings/status/197704712374599682

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  68. Following @pumpkinsputnik on Twitter!
    @angiesmusings

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  69. Liked RedBirdJewellery on Facebook!
    Angela Martin Goodwin

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  70. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance, please enter me. -Erin Kirchner kirc0109@umn.edu

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  71. I like the Pumpkin Sputnik facebook page.

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  72. My name is Kimberly, please pop my name into the hat. :)

    just-jkt@hotmail(dot)com

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  73. I liked both Facebook pages (Kimba Ly)

    just-jkt@hotmail(dot)com

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  74. Lastly, I follow you on Twitter. @Eignourt x

    Thanks for the giveaway hun!

    just-jkt@hotmail(dot)com

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  75. Tweeted again today

    https://twitter.com/#!/TimeWasting/status/198030861399109632

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  76. These are beautiful please enter me!
    Kendraco22@yahoo.com

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  77. I would like to enter!
    jane@marketingmavenpr.com

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  78. Final tweet from me:
    https://twitter.com/#!/TimeWasting/status/198329364780290048

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  79. Loved your notebook. I would like to join your giveaway.

    Czar

    czarllenos7@gmail.com

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  80. I liked those 2 FB pages.

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  81. I followed you also in twitter and tweeted this:

    https://twitter.com/#!/peachydear/status/198392929293828096

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  82. I like these notebooks.


    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. I would love to win so please enter me! I love journals and handmade books! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  84. I'd love to enter too!

    kiss_shani(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  85. Liked on FB as Shani Smet

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  86. I would love to enter thank you :)

    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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  87. Iwant! I want! :)

    mmdluis@gmail.com

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  88. i'd like to enter!
    gshimokawa(at)highplains.us

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  89. I would love to add these to my collection!

    sandy dot hardman at gmail dot com

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  90. These notebooks are amazing! Beautiful designs!

    iluvstuff23@gmail.com

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