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‘Coming Home for Christmas’ A Sneak Peak At The Products

‘Coming Home for Christmas’ A Sneak Peak At The Products – Author Amy Mcdonogh

Over the summer, Samantha and I have been working really hard on creating patterns for unique, good quality Christmas products. We have been focusing on creating carefully detailed Christmas designs. I can now reveal what products will be released for you.   

Our “Coming Home for Christmas” collection will include dog collars with matching leads, notebooks and cards and will be released in two batches. In the first batch, the dog collars and leads, four notebook designs and matching cards will be sold. The release date for the first wave of products will be on the 5th of October.

In the second batch we will release other notebook designs. But these are a surprise for now.  

These products will be sold separately as well as in gift sets to give you more options.

Dog collars and Leads

There will be dog collars with matching leads for two of your favourite dog breeds…. The Golden Retriever and the Dachshund! We have made the collars even more Christmassy by using red webbing for the inside for the Dachshund, which Sam hand dyed herself. We have sourced a skilled local seamstress which Sam uses for her other dog accessories who is based in the south of England. This supports our commitment to ethically sourced, eco-friendly and high quality products.  

Key Features of the Dog Collars:

  • Fully adjustable
  • Made from 100% Cotton
  • All fabric is dyed using water based dyes
  • Antique brass D ring, side release buckle and adjustable slider
  • Cute Dachshund and Golden Retriever patterns.

Key Features of the leads

  • Length is 110cm
  • Made from 100% Cotton
  • D ring and swivel clip
  • Strong durable webbing which has been hand dyed

First batch of notebooks

We will be selling the superior slim lined A5 notebooks in four different designs. Two repeat designs and two placement designs to give you more options to mix and match for gifts.

You can use these exclusive products for making your Christmas present or card lists, keeping a record of your favourite Christmas recipes, guest lists or the never ending Christmas “to do” lists. Let us know what you use yours for!

I previously created three repeat designs and we asked your help as to what design you would most like to see in our collection. It was a VERY close call, but the winning design is shown to the right. Thank you for your input in this project!  

Christmas Cards

We will also be selling these four different card designs, each with one of your most loved breeds. You can mix and match designs or buy the card with your favourite dog breed on. These cards will come in Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Black Labrador and Beagle. All 4 are designed to match the notebooks which will be sold as gift sets. The perfect gift for loved ones this Christmas.

We are so excited that these products will be available soon. If you want to be in the know and to be kept in the loop for when these will be available, click the link below to sign up to Sam’s newsletter.

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Coming Home For Christmas – Starting The Design Process

Coming Home For Christmas – Starting The Design Process

Mine and Amy’s project is coming along nicely and we are well into the design process. In this blog post I will share with you the design decisions we have made and why and where we are up with creating this fab collection for Christmas 2020!

The main colours are a light grey and a dark chic blue with pops of red and green

Designing the main pattern

At the beginning of the process, we divided and conquered. This was the best way as we were still in Lock down at this point so it was impossible for us to be in the same room to work on this together. We have however had great communication throughout through Skype!

We both did our own patterns but in a similar way to how I do my main collections. We chose to mimic my signature style – the grid formation I do in all of my designs. As we developed our collection, we thought it would be interesting to have 2 different patterns within the collection. One by Amy and one by me. I think because we are both strong textiles designers and because of the current situation with COVID and working separately, we wanted to both have a go at a designing a print.

What unifies the patterns is the composition, the colour palette and the similar elements. I am pretty chuffed with the colour palette. The main colours are a light grey and a dark chic blue with pops of red and green. A classy chic Christmas collection is born!

Developing the Collection

After we created the main pattern, we took elements from it to create accompanying placement designs and other patterns. It really has been great so far, as we have had so much time to play with developing the collection, which is not always a luxury!

Now that we have the main designs, we started this week to think about which ones will look great on the products we are going to produce. We have decided to do a range of notebooks and cards alongside dog collars and matching leads! We are so excited to be doing dog accessories, especially as they will be Christmas themed. Your dogs are going to look fabulous!

Above, you can see the designs for the dog collars. We decided to do the most popular breeds out of the 4 we chose, the Golden Retriever and the Dachshund. The designs are taken from the main patterns and then placed into a stripe to form the shape of the accessories. Me and Amy are really happy with these and we can’t wait to get them made.

In our next blog post, we will talk about our final design decisions and we will start to reveal what you will be able to buy in October!

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Amy Lynne Design- Painting the four dogs for Coming Home for Christmas

Amy Lynne Design- Painting the four dogs for Coming Home for Christmas

For this blog post I am going to pass you over to the amazingly talented Amy Lynne as she talks about her painting process and why we have chosen the below dog breeds for our new collection!

About the four dog breads that will be in our collection

Me and Sam together decided on four dog breads to feature in our collection. We made this choice after finding out what the nations top 20 favourite breads were! loyal Labradors, gorgeous golden retrievers, endearing dachshunds and loving beagles were our final choice. We chose four images to paint that would show the compelling natures of mans best friend!

The beagle below is actually my cousins sons dog called “Tonks”. Like all dogs, Tonks is full of character and brings us all so much joy! I felt this was the perfect opportunity to include her in our collection.

What is my painting style?

Detail, detail and lots of detail!


Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by the minute components that make up an object or living thing. I believe there is so much beauty in the detail of nature that I aim to reflect this in my artwork. 
I aim to capture the personality and expression of an animal or person in my paintings. I believe that all humans and animals have been uniquely made with their own character.

What materials have I used to paint the dogs?

I have used Windsor and Newton professional watercolours to paint the dogs. The pigmentation in these watercolours are high, resulting in stronger colours. I love using watercolours as it is such a versatile medium that allows me to blend colours together and also add fine detail. 
I also use Windsor and Newton series 7 Kolinsky Sable brushes and Arches 100% cotton hot press watercolour paper. I find these materials help to create beautiful results!

What is my painting process?

I begin by doing something called “stretching the paper” and taping it onto a board. Secondly, I sketch out the image using a faint pencil line. Thirdly, I paint a base layer of the lightest colour and whilst the paint is damp I blend darker tones in. When that is dry, I finish by adding in detail with little paint and a very small brush! I tend to paint small sections at a time to allow me to focus in on different areas. 


Keep up to date with the development of our project on this blog and social media! She is incredibly skilled and it’s a joy to be collaborating with her 🙂