Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015


In the previous post I shared about being in a bit of a creative slump. I am going to carry on with sharing my un slumping story. Fresh flowers always pick up my mood and inspire me. I bought a bunch of Dahlias from our local corner shop and decided to work on some small compositions. I had a few 20x20 cm canvases in my studio which I painted in bright pink tones - trying to capture the ultra colour of the dahlias with a bit of fluro pink paint, creating backgrounds. Once they were dry I decided to fill in the negative spaces with a dove egg blue/grey sort of colour. I am quite pleased with the effect so far, almost abstract but enough form to suggest the flowers. This is still work in progress - I will get back to the paintings at some stage and finish them off but I have so enjoyed the process and am grateful to have my creative juices flowing again.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A slow start to my year.

I can't believe we are already in the third month of this year, my kids are at the end of their first term at school and I just haven't found my groove for 2015 yet... I have found myself in a bit of creative slump. I know it is pretty common to have creative slumps but I haven't had one go on for quite so long...anyway I have a plan to un slump myself; I have to push myself creatively. I have taken a few on line courses through which have been great and I have also forced myself to get away from the computer and into my studio. I have met up with a wonderful local artist who works from her home studio and we paint together. My plan is starting to work but I need a bit more time...which seems to be running away from me. When all else fails, I go in for a bit of retail therapy, I find fresh flowers and a new cushion for my home, always manages to make me feel a little brighter! Okay so even though it's already March - here's to a great 2015 everyone!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas at my house!

Christmas at my house in full colour - decorations from Poppies for Grace

Poppies for Grace were exhibiting along with us at the Big Design Market last weekend. They did the most impressive stall with a beautiful tissue paper backdrop in rainbow colours - and I thought what a brilliant idea for our Christmas decorations this year! Here are the results, what do you think?

A little Sweet William Christmas gift guide

Clockwise: Pale Mountain Journey print from $15; Camille Colouring in book $10; Wrapping Paper Pack $9; Sweet William mixed paper pack wonderful lucky dip $15; Miniature Camille in her match box home $16. Free shipping in Australia.

 How is your Christmas shopping going? If you need a little help and you live in Australia you have until Monday the 15th of December to get your orders in.  Unfortunately it may be a little late for international orders but of course you may still do some online shopping! Good luck with it all.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Brand New work for Markit at Federation Sqaure

Sweet William will be launching this brand new set of prints, entitled 'My Favourites' at Markit this Sunday. For one day only, Federation Square in Melbourne will become home to over 100 of Australia's best independent designers and makers, selling products ranging from ceramics to homewares, jewellery, fashion, stationery and prints. Admission is free! 10am–5pm. Pop in, get some Christmas shopping done and say hello!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brand New Christmas Cards

Pack of 6 recycled cards for $22 - from our etsy shop

We have just listed these brand new Christmas cards in our etsy shop they will also be available on very soon. Only 6 weeks till Christmas, wow! These cards are printed locally in Melbourne by a small family run business, on recycled card with vegetable based inks. Shop local and support small businesses this Christmas xxx

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Collaboration with Zaishu Studio

I am so excited to be part of this collaboration with Mathew from Zaishu and The Big Design Market. For Zaishu's ten year anniversary they have partnered with Melbourne artists to make up limited edition artisan stools to be sold exclusively at the Big Design Market in December. The artists involved are: Bridget Bodenham, Beth Emily, Stefan Gevers, Emily Green, Rowena Martinich and myself - Paula Mills. Thrilled!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Work to be launced at Finders Keepers Melbourne

Sweet William will be at Finders Keepers Market on Friday and Saturday at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne. We haven't done a market for a little while and we have lots of lovely new products to show everyone, so if you are in Melbourne come and say hello. Here is a sneak peek of some of the new work...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Finalist in the Etsy Design Awards - yay!

Circle Collage Illustration nominated for Etsy Design Award

I am most flattered to be a finalist in the Australian Etsy Design Awards! My illustration, entitled Circle Collage has been nominated as one of the finalists, amongst some amazing artists! You can vote for my entry here and be in with a chance to win a $250 etsy voucher for yourself, yay! Thanks so much everyone, Paula xxx

'View the 58 finalists to vote for your favourite item or Etsy shop. Etsy Design Awards celebrate the people who make a destination for great design. Entrants have the chance to win a trip to Etsy's headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, and be featured in the December issue of Inside Out.
Vote now and go in the draw to win a $250.00 Etsy gift card'

Friday, September 12, 2014

It 's all about flowers.

Sweet William Prints - available here

Messing around in my studio with my paints

Prettiness on my mantelpiece 

Sweet William Wooden Postcard available here

Prettiness on my kitchen bench

We have had a very long and cold winter here in Melbourne but things are looking up now that it is Spring! I just love Spring and celebrating all things new. So here are a few shots dedicated to Spring!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A little DIY in pastel pink

I am on a bit of a pastel pink mission. A few days ago I painted this little side table in my lounge room pale pink and am very happy with the result! I mixed the colour myself in my studio and applied two coats. What a quick and easy update! What do you think?

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Work in Pastels

I do love bright colours (as anyone who follows my instagram feed will see) but I am also very fond of soft colours, especially soft blush, pink, flesh tones which look lovely set against white... so I revisited some of my brightly coloured designs and gave them a bit of fresh pastel makeover, I love this grey and pink colour combination and I am pretty pleased with the result! These two brand new prints are now available from our Etsy shop.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lots of new goodies

It has taken a while but at last we have been able to upload lots of new goodies, including these lovely tags and wrapping paper into our etsy store. We are so very pleased with our brand new stationery range which we have designed, produced and packaged all in our Melbourne studio. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Brand New Cards now available!

Eventually after months of planning and production I am in a position to be able to offer these brands new cards for sale in our Etsy shop - enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweet William Prints in three sizes

We can now offer all Sweet William Prints in three sizes - A5, A4 and A3. Here is a shot of the three sizes framed - they would fit  5x7, 8x10 and 11x16 inch frames. All our prints are available from our etsy shop here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Group Exhibition

I am very pleased to be part of a group exhibition with 'Just Another Project Space' and Signed & Numbered in Prahan. I have this original collage called 'two worlds' in the exhibition. Opening Night Thursday, July 17th 6-9pm at 153 Greville Street, Prahran and 2A/127 Greville Street, Prahran (entry off Grattan Street). All welcome!