Welcome to the my blog. My name is Lucy Farfort i'm a freelance illustrator & designer maker. This is where you can find out what i've been up to of late, read my attempts at a decent post & the rantings of a visual addict. Hope you like it. You can contact me to say 'hi' by email on lucy@lucyshappyplace.com
If you would like to take a look at my work (& i would very much like you to) please visit my site:

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Print, cut, pin, sew, done!

I've allocated the next few weeks to making some new items for two new stockists which i'm really pleased to have recently acquired in Newcastle and South Shields, North East of England.

My first new stockist is a cute little vintage shop called 'Buttons Vintage Boutique' in Newcastle city centre. From here i'll be selling my t-shirts and framed prints. I'll also be adding a selection of pouches and purses which have been made exclusively for the shop using some new fabric combinations.
The second shop is part of an art centre and gallery in South Shields. Here i'll be stocking some prints and pouches also made especially for the shop.

At the moment i've yet to put anything in as i need to get busy and make the new bits so it will be a couple of weeks before my pieces go to their new home. In the meantime i thought i would give you a sneaky peak at 4 new pouches i've created for this purpose as pictured above. I hope you like them.

Right, back to the sewing machine.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Dos thairbaytha por favor (two beers please)

Well the holiday is over and the gray skies of Newcastle Upon Tyne are back, but i knew it couldn't last forever and despite coming back to reality with a bump it was well worth it.
Had a fantastic adventure filled holiday where half the time was spent eating and drinking copious amounts of delicious food and fine wine and the other half i was Indiana Jones minus the bull whip.

The holiday was on the back of a friend's wedding in the beautiful historic town of Vejer in Sapin. We decided to extend our time away and visit the town of El Chorro to get in some crag climbing. The first day began with a 1 & 1/2 hour long traverse around a huge gorge on a "walkway"(in the loosest possible sense) called the Via Ferrata, most of which had crumbled away over the years and involved clipping onto a rope from a harness. This was followed with an unexpected and rather unpleasant knee high wade through a river. Once we'd finally reached our destination we spent a few hours climbing a limestone crag which was severely worn down and very slippery. On the way back we opted for a much shorter trek back through the gorge via the train tunnels. Phew!
Actually i do feel refreshed after the break and despite the clambering up and down rock faces i'm rearing to go....aside from a few aching limbs.

Rather annoyingly and stupidly i left my swiss army penknife complete with scissors and other useful gadgets in my hand luggage and this was swiftly binned by the airport security after being spotted under the x-ray - I'll miss that handy bottle opener and corkscrew :(

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Away for a...break?

That word.. er break. Whats that then?
Wow it feels like i've been non stop working since Christmas and i've almost forgotten what its like not to work.
However at last the time has come for this work-a-holic to have a holiday. My friend is getting married in Spain and me and my better half have decided to make it a holiday and go climbing afterwards in nearby El Chorro for 3 days.
We're off tomorrow, so any of you lovely folks entering my giveaway will experience a delay in receiving a confirmation email. I promise i'll reply once i get back around the 16th.

Thanks to everyone who has entered so far.
Bye for now x

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Super Giveaway and site updates

The prize draw is now open!
At last i hear you say. Thats exactly what i said in response to the fact its only taken me a solid month to finally sort everything out and launch my first giveaway :/

Still it was worth the wait i think you will agree once you see whats up for grabs. I was debating for a while whether or not keep the robot bag for myself, but decided that instead i'll just make one up in the future - in that parallel universe where i have lots of that thing er what do you call it again? Oh yeah 'time' . Ha ha.

Anyway to find out how you can enter and what you could win get yourself over to my website now and head to the prize draw page which i've made especially:

A well as launching my first prize draw you might notice a change to my opening page. In keeping with the cute i've done a new illustration entitled Lucy's Happy Place which is my new opening page as well as a very lovely (er yes i am biased) new note pad which you can see on the shop page of my site and i've taken a moment to add below:

I'm also having a big bag sale on my website shop to sell off the last few bags i have in stock. The bags on offer are all one offs, never to be repeated again as i'm not making bags as part of my product range anymore because they take an incredibly long amount of time to make.

The last little update is to let you know i have a new system in place for ordering items from my shop which means that people can purchase an item in the shop from a verified website such as Ebay or Etsy, as i understand that some people are a bit hesitant to buy an item from a relatively new site. To find out more see the delivery and order info section on my shop page.

Well thats all for now folks.
Thanks for watching and happy Easter break!