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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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Introducing – Coming Home for Christmas. A Special Collaborative Project

Coming home for Christmas. How did it all start?

Coming home for Christmas all started when I met the lovely Amy, a student from Brighton Met College. She originally approached me for an internship but! I thought her art style was amazing and I just knew we could work on a project together that would be so special and unique. With mine and hers love for the environment and for man’s best friend, we just knew it was fate!

“I first heard about sams buisness from a university friend who got work experience with Sam and told me what a positive experience it was. Instantly I was drawn to Sams beautiful prints that are theamed around nature. Nature is a constant influence for me and features heavily in my work. Sustainability is something that is important to me and I respect how much Sams business is geared around running ethically. In January 2020 (before covid hit the U.K.) I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience with her later on in the year. In January I had an interview with Sam and got the position. I felt I instantly got on with Sam and was excited for this opportunity. We spoke then about possibly collaborating together in the future. Little did any of us know then that COVID 19 would change our lives! However that has not stopped us! Once I finished my second year of university,  I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience remotely and collaborate with her. We have decided to create a Christmas collection together that is going to be around an animal we both love… dogs! We are combining our styles together :)” Amy Lynne Design

Who is doing what?

With Amy’s amazing drawing skills and my pattern design knowledge we are hoping to create a beautifully cheesy Christmas collection. These patterns and drawings will be on a range of dog collars, leads, notebooks and cards, just in time for Christmas.

The main elements of the design are the gorgeous Golden Retriever, a Black Labrador, a Beagle and a Dachshund. All of these dogs have been voted in the top 20 of the nations favourite dog breeds. Combining all of your favourite breeds and Christmas, we thought it would be the perfect combination.

All of the drawings of the dogs are done by Amy. Beautifully painted using watercolours. She is an amazing artist and really takes her time to get the detail right. Resulting in very life like drawings! These combined with my complimenting elements showing less detail, our drawings work well together.

When is this collection available?

We are currently in the design process of this project and we plan to have the collection released for mid October. This collection will be available online, in shops and at the amazing Country Living Fair in London.

I can’t wait to see what we come out with and we can’t wait to show you. Keep an eye on my blog for updates to follow our journey!

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Designing My New Eco-Friendly Dog Collars and Leads

Designing my new eco-friendly dog collars and leads

I am so excited! I have started a journey where I am now designing accessories for dogs. For me, this really is a dream come true. Since I started the business back in 2017, It has always been on my mind but I just wasn’t quite sure how to approach the idea. There were a lot of unknowns like how do I find someone to manufacture all of these products? What sizes and designs do I do? Where do I source everything? Creating this range was a learning process and involved a lot of experimentation, research and taking the time to learn about the needs of our fellow companions.

Getting back to basics

At the start of the design process, I started researching all of the different types of collars and leads that are on the market currently. There are so many different products for sale in all different shapes and sizes but none that were all of the following:

Eco-friendly, affordable, beautiful and practical

I wanted to make sure that the end products achieved all 4 of these key elements. I think its so important now more than ever to make beautiful and affordable eco-friendly products accessible to everyone. With these key elements in mind, I dug out my sketchbook and began sketching what I imagined the products to look like.

Putting it all together

I decided comfort and durability were a big part of the designs, as these accessories would undergo a lot of daily wear and tear. With this in mind, I picked a tough webbing and a twill fabric that are made from 100% cotton. Making the collars and leads breathable, durable and strong. I have also added antique brass and silver metal finishes. These include the buckles, D rings and the tri-glade adjusters. The tri-glade allows for the collar to be adjusted so you can have the perfect fit for your dog. Ranging from 35-65cm, the collar will grow with your pet.

For the lead, I have added a great feature. A padded handle. We all know dogs love to pull, especially when there is food or a friend involved, so I decided to make the experience a bit more comfortable for you. I have used 100% cotton wadding and sustainable cork that is handmade in Portugal to cover the handle. I have also added a D ring so you can attach a poop bag, a bag of treats or your keys.

All of these great features make the products extra special.

When and where can I get the new accessories?

I will be making matching collars and leads for the end of August. They will be available in the Golden Labrador, Black Labrador, Chocolate Labrador and my favourite the Woodland pattern.

They will only be available in the one size for now but watch this space as I will be developing patterns, sizes and styles in the future!

*ENDED* You will be able to pre-order on my website soon. If you pre-order you will get 20% off the RRP. For information on when the pre-orders will be open sign up to my newsletter for more information.