6 Goodies that Celebrate the Perfect Pairing of Tea & Books // Wish List


6 Goodies that Celebrate the Perfect Pairing of Tea & Books // Wish List

After cats, tea is probably my favourite companion to books. Here are a few wonderful products I've come across from small independent businesses that agree that tea and books are the perfect pairing. From C.S Lewis & Jane Austen tote bags, enamel pins, t-shirts, greeting cards & stickers, these make for perfect gift for any tea drinking bibliophile.

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For your Fave Feminist // Girl Gang Art Print, Badges, Mirror & Stickers


For your Fave Feminist // Girl Gang Art Print, Badges, Mirror & Stickers

Growing up in the 90s, I remember how girls were constantly pitted against each other. We were constantly taught that we should see each other as competition, and how other girls and women would back stab us if it was to their benefit. I even found myself adhering to it, looking down at girls who were different to me.

Over the past 10 or 20 years, with the most recent wave of feminism, I've seen this belief fade away as we who identify as female realise that it's by pulling each other up we achieve greater success. Division was a way to keep us down and it's only by ganging together that we could smash the patriarchy that hurts us all.

The term "girl gang" is one that was born of this revolution in feminist thinking. As an ode to the concept, I've adopted the term for my range of feminist products, and have also used it on a few products.

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Create Your Own Adorable DIY Cat Banner with these Printable Freebies


Create Your Own Adorable DIY Cat Banner with these Printable Freebies

It's freebie time again, and I thought I'd mix things up a little this month. I wanted to make some kind of cat-themed printable, and something that would be perfect for a crazy cat lady's birthday - or really any kind of celebration - party. So I thought a kitty cat banner with cat heads and bodies would make for a great decoration. The banners would be pretty easy to create with a printer, some tape and string, could be any length needed and would make a big impact.

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8 Beautifully Illustrated Books about Wonder Women from History // Reading List


8 Beautifully Illustrated Books about Wonder Women from History // Reading List

My niece's has just celebrated her 11th birthday. Almost every thing I've bought her since the day she was born has been one of three things: art materials, something related to Studio Ghibli, or books.

When it comes to novels, I've focused on buying her ones with strong lead female characters; the Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. And I've been including a few non-fiction books about feminism and forgotten female figures in history along the way. While searching for something new to add to her growing library, I discovered so many wonderful looking illustrated books that I thought I should share them here.

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Books, Cats, Life is Good - Stationery & Accessories for Cat Loving Bibliophiles


Books, Cats, Life is Good - Stationery & Accessories for Cat Loving Bibliophiles

Lately, as I've been planning a new collection of stationery and accessories to add to the store, I've been thinking of a ideas that straddle at least two of my sub-brands. Creating products that bring together feminism (the focus of my Girl Gang sub-brand) and books (obviously the inspiration for Book Nerd) so far has been an easy task, and I have so many ideas that I love in that area that are vast becoming new products.

 But another combination I'm loving is one that I've been doing since the start of A Rose Cast; cats and books. This idea was initially inspired by the Edward Gorey quote, "Books, Cats, Life is Good", and lead to one of my first products; a wooden brooch of a cat reading a book with the quote in calligraphy.

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Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

Hello, I'm Karen

I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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