BowlerBearDesigns – Happy Gifts & Colourful Cards

Guess who’s back… back again… back with a selection of happy and colourful gifts to share with you all. Yes, that’s right, it’s me. After six weeks away I am feeling refreshed and ready to update this space with some fun and funky things. And this post has it all, colour, fun, positivity and dinosaurs – yay x100! Let me introduce you to BowlerBearDesigns – I first discovered this cute and quirky brand when I received an awesome personalized print in my The YAY Makers – May Box. Then recently, the lovely Simone contacted me asking if I would like to review a selection of her latest products and I was like YAAASSS PLEASE!!! <3

BowlerBearDesigns are a husband and wife duo, with Simone (the artist) creating stunning prints and designs all popping with pretty pastels! I absolutely adore the amount of dinosaur-related goodies Simone has created, if you are a dino-fan you NEED to go browse the shop… it’s roar-some (pun fully intended). You can also get your hands on tote bags, badges, pins, postcards, letters, rainbows and tons more fun and fantastic gifts! Follow BowlerBearDesigns on Instagram to keep up with the latest colourful creations.

I was sent an fabulous bundle of colour: Yellow Dinosaur Tote Bag / B Alphabet Letter / Rainbow Shelfie / Dinosaur Pin Badge / Happy As Can Be Magnet / Tiger Postcard. So much awesome, thank you Simone! <3

Yellow Dinosaur Tote Bag: This is the most gorgeous sunshine yellow tote bag that reads: I’m just a girl who loves dinosaurs. How freakin’ cool is that. As we are now heading into Autumn, this would certainly brighten up the dullest of days and even if you are not a shopping fan, this dino bag will keep you cheerful.

B Alphabet Letter: These letters are such a fun idea! I especially love mine as it is in such a pretty shade of pink *heart eyes*. They are lightweight, freestanding, and look perfect on a desk or shelf – why not have an initial or spell out your whole name. They are also available is in a lovely blue shade if pink isn’t your thing.

Rainbow Shelfie: Rainbows and positivity – could this be anymore perfect?! Again, it’s freestanding and lightweight, so can sit on your shelf as a reminder to be kind to yourself. This would make such a cute gift for a loved one or just simply a little self-present to yourself as you are bright, beautiful & awesome.

Tiger Postcard: You can never have too many postcards and the more bright and colourful the better! Check out this gorgeous tiger with it’s pastel stripes – loves it! Whether you are a fan of tigers, or just cute postcards in general, then this is must-have for the collection. Go see the fab range of birthday cards too!

Happy As Can Be Magnet: This is such a cute and cheerful magnet! It is from a set of Mood Magnets where you choose the appropriate weather symbol to suit you mood, sticking it on the fridge for the whole family to see! Also available in dinosaur (‘extinct’ for a bad day) and plant (‘leaf me alone’) – brilliant.

Dinosaur Pin Badge: When I grow up I’m going to be a dinosaur… because why not?! This fun badge is a must-have for any dinosaur fanatic, or cool person. There is whole range you can collect, all with different dinos. I especially love the Dino Pin which was designed and inspired by mental health awareness week.

So there ya go! I hope you enjoyed seeing the cute and colourful treats I received from BowlerBearDesigns. I know they will be perfect for brightening up my desk space and reminding me to stay positive! A big thank you to Simone for sending me these lovely goodies, and don’t forget to head over to Instagram and give her a follow to add some pretty pastels (and dinosaurs) to your feed!

Which item is your fave? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! <3

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Pretty Pastel Pins

My enamel pin collection (obsession) started in March this year, when I teamed up with Innabox to share these Cute & Quirky pins. A couple of months later, in May, I blogged about this pretty cool range from Old English Company and most recently I found four more Cool Cute & Colourful Enamel pins from different online shops. I now have a grand total of 17 pins, which has been one of my greatest achievements of 2018, so far. Today, I am going to share with you a selection of pretty pastel pins I have picked up on my travels around the internet.

My first pretty pastel pin is from Laura Talanti, a freelance illustrator and designer, mental health worker, crazy cat lady & cat charity volunteer. Laura has an awesome range of pins including cool cat pins, which I was so tempted to get but I had never seen a cup of tea pin and tea is my life. I also received an extra metal rainbow pin to apologize for a small delay which I thought was such a lovely added touch (and I didn’t even notice the delay to be honest). The next pins I have my eye on in Laura’s shop are The Introvert Club and I’d Rather Be At Home With My Cat – both are absolutely brilliant.

Laura also makes earrings, cards, stickers, badges, magnets, pocket mirrors and patches ranging from the adorable to the motivational. I definitely need more goodies from here! Check out Laura on Twitter and Instagram for her latest updates and offers.

You may have already seen the awesomeness that is Whale & Bird before, as their designs are stocked in places like Paperchase and Scribbler. In fact, I picked up their Crumpet Of Courage postcard a few weeks ago for my Comfort Zone Challenge post. And going further back, Rebecca sent me their brilliant Home Is Where My Cat Is postcard last year when we did the Blogger Christmas Card Swap. Whale & Bird sell humorous, quirky and sometimes rude greetings cards, stationery and gifts from a range of super talented artists. This is the fantastic Triceretops pin by Anna Alekseeva.

Other favourites include the Be The Person Your Cat Thinks You Are and Stay Curious. You can follow Whale & Bird on social media to keep track of their fun and funky designs: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest

I spotted this cute Courage Potion pin on Instagram a few weeks ago and knew I needed it in my collection. My ongoing challenge is to push myself out of my comfort zone, be brave and try new things so this pin is the perfect reminder to that. Who doesn’t need a little bottle of courage every now and then. It’s made by the wonderfully talented Joanne Hawker, a Designer & Illustrator from Somerset who is a lover of stripes, tea, all things yellow, imaginary Frenchies called Frank and denim dungarees. She sounds awesome! Joanne has a whole range of fabulous things from cards, prints, pocket mirrors and of course, enamel pins.

I definitely need to get the Ideas Potion enamel pin to go with my Courage Potion as well as The Tools Of Mass Creation which is super cool. You can check out the latest creations from Joanne on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest

Last but by no means least, this is the perfectly positive Good Vibes pin. This is created by onr. who is Rachel Basinger, a designer, creator, blogger, vlogger and new mama (congrats!) who lives in the sunny South of England. onr. stands for OH NO Rachio! and it all started with Rachel’s love for creating handmade gifts for friends & family. Rachel now stocks fantastic cards, prints, stationery, patches, pins and washi tape (washi tape is another obsession of mine!). Every item is made with a lot of love and is cute and bursting with a positive message. 

Other favourites include Be Kind and the Plants & Cats pin. Make sure you follow onr. on social media for more colour and positivity: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest / YouTube

I hope you have enjoyed having a sneak peak at my pretty pastel pins. I’m excited to add these new additions to my ever growing pin collection. Are you a pin lover? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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