The Catkin Boutique Blog

Hello, my name is Nicky. For as long as I can remember I've loved designing and making things.


This blog is my online sketch book for my shop , showing how my ideas and products develop from inspirations, through the making process, to the final item.


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Lord knows I love budgies, this is brilliant!


A lot of people have messaged me about the 30 Day Challenge list. I hadn’t realized the link on my old post was down, so I’m reposting it now, as well as letting you all know for the next 8 weeks I’ll be posting every Monday with animated illustrations. Hopefully I can brighten up your otherwise dry work week Monday!

UPDATE: Sorry I fixed the list. There was bunch of dummy text in there. It’s all good now

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This Sunday I was at the Bath Artisan Market. It was my first stall there and I set up shop in this cute little hut! I’ve walked through the Old station many times as I’ve got friends and family who live near there. Its a very pretty venue, out side and yet covered from the elements by a glass roof, a perfect mix of inside/outside atmosphere! (Although I imagine it’ll be horribly cold in the winter!!)
 The day was a bit slow for customers and other stall holders who were regulars commented on how unusually quiet it was. So I will be back in Bath to try again. This was also the first outing of my cushion display trunk, which I was very happy with. Happily all the colours matched on my stall. :D

My desk a few days ago. I’m working on some nice colourful illustrations, all this sunny weather has got me into rainbows!

I’m lino-cutting my way through the rainbow, using animals as a motif. Next up a green lizard!

I wanted to try and do simple images to make screen prints that were detailed and printed in just one colour, so I could make tote bags and cushions a bit cheaper. (multiple colour prints are more likely to go wrong and take much more time so are more expensive.) However I started with lino cuts of my ideas, so they’re less detailed (no feathers drawn in ect) and I’ve highlighted the beak in black, I may have to do a bit of black in each design so they all sit well as a collection, and to add a bit of depth to each print.
This design was printed on textured paper which works well with the lino, looks like feathers!


ホルベイン×ヒグチユウコ★コラボ マスキングテープ 原画と商品です。 ヒグチユウコ Yuko higuchi

Oh my Gawd, Would love to find out where these come from!?

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One thing I could do with my blank ceramics is turn them into little characters! The egg cups especially look like the head neck and shoulders of a person. Here is a collection of porcelain I’ve had my eye on for a while. Just adding a few lines and dots to a mug can turn it into a little person. So cute!

<a href=”">1: Mr & Mrs Face Coffee Cups.</a>
<a href=”">2: Collection of Hand drawn plates </a>
<a href=”">3: Hand drawn pot with Face</a>
<a href=”">4: Heart cheek cup & saucers</a>
<a href=”">5: Cold to Hot Face Mugs</a>
6: My own photo of Japanese orange drink, so happy!
<a href=”">7: Three layers pot</a>
<a href=”">8: Girl bathing in cup and saucer</a>

I’ve started a new project. For a while now I’ve been gathering the items for painting my own pottery. It’s a great way to jazz up some old mugs or make a unique set of items for your shelves (great for gifts!) I love home accessories that are pretty and quirky and I’ve been wanting to put my own designs onto ceramics for a long time! This is the cheap and domestic way of doing it.

I’ve got some plain white egg cups, tea pots and mugs to start practicing with, but when I get more confident I’ll buy some fancy cups and saucer to decorate. Charity shops are a good place to buy cheap cups and things to start decorating, as well as supper markets for the plain white items, or even craft shops.

The pens I’m using to decorate with are ‘Marabu Porcelain Painter’ pens, in a small range of bright colours. They’re ideal for me because you can let them air dry over a few days (no baking or kilning!) and then they’re ready to use and dishwasher safe.

Now what to put on them…