SHOP TALK: NEW PRODUCTS


Being an artist and illustrator is something I've always wanted to be. I grew up painting and making messes, drawing and soon I grew an interest in other artists, obsessing over pens and fine watercolour paper and stationery. This eventually grew into creating my own little online independent shop called Printed Forest. I've always been one to have lots of artistic hobbies so I never really wanted my shop to have niche items and instead I wanted to created lots of different things such as notebooks, lino prints, digital prints, stamps and soon ceramics and screen-prints! I'm still trying to find my feet and have only made a few sales but I did go to my very first market last Christmas. So although I love to blog about  travel and coffee shops I would also like to blog more about my shop, art, things I create and maybe tips on illustration and printmaking. For now I would like to share with you a few new products that have come to the etsy shop Printed Forest.



Original Afternoon Tea Lino Prints - A3 { £20 }

Each lino print is a one off original print made with love and care. It was really fun creating these as I got to experiment with colours and watercolours. I love the textures shown. 


Patterned Faux Leather Notebooks - A5 { 6.95 }

There are four patterns which were each hand illustrated by myself before they were scanned into Photoshop where the image was engraved onto the faux leather. I was really inspired my nature and mid century designs and I can't wait to create more.



Beach babes notebook - A5 { £5 }

This is the most recent item I created with one of my most favourite digital designs that I illustrated called beach babes. Inspired by my love of the seaside and my travels. I love the fun mix of colours.


Prints - A3 { £12 }

I love creating prints inspired my mid century designs, my travels, fun colours and textures. 


What kind of illustration posts would you like to see on the blog? Tips? Processes? I would love to know.

MY GUIDE TO PARIS


It's been almost three weeks since I left for Paris and I was so excited to visit a place I had never been before. Although I only had a short stay I did do a fair amount of walking and exploring and found countless of charming cafes, street art  and shops that I loved and admittedly I'm sure there is a lot more to explore but I would like to share with you a few of my favourites. So if macarons aren't enough for you here are a few places to visit, shop and eat at in what I've dubbed as 'Becky's guide to Paris'.

Where to Stay

Hotel Axel Opera

We stayed at Hotel Axel Opera by Happy Culture for fours days and enjoyed the scrumptious breakfasts including mini crossiants and au pain chocolat and the afternoon tea where we treated ourselves to pastries, mini meringues and coffee. We booked our hotel on secret escapes and although the room are basic they had very good air conditioning and all the things you needed. 


Where to eat & drink

Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole

A very quaint and cosy restaurant just near Notre Dame. It had the most beautiful restaurant front that was adorned with wisteria, colourful purple chairs and the odd toy bird sticking out of the windows. We just went for coffee but also they offer yummy food.


Le Creme to Paris

This is the last place we ate at before we headed off home and it certainly didn't disappoint. With the most beautiful interior and neon sign it is definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed a chocolate Nutella crepe with vanilla ice cream which I ate up in a second where as my aunt opted for the same but with coconut and banana. With a relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff we enjoyed our crepes over good conversation.


Cafe Soucoupe

A ten minute walk from our hotel lied a cute cafe / coffee shop selling cakes, sandwiches and coffee. With a simple interior and beautiful and charming exterior this is a great place to come for a laid back breakfast or lunch. 


Le Brebant

Although a little on the pricey side Le Brebant is worth visiting just to see the beautiful interior of the restaurant. The ceiling was adorned with plants, wicker lights and birds which merged with the charming (oh I love this word if you can tell) wallpaper and seating. We each sipped on a Pina Colada whilst enjoying the sunset on our first day in Paris and although tasty as can be we only had one as it was so damn pricey. 


Where to shop

Lavrut

As we walked through the passageways I came across a lovely shop called Lavrut which sold all types of arty stuff including basics like pens and watercolour pads to cute notebooks, greeting cards and even cacti patterned paper cups! Lavrut is a great place to go if you love being creative or just want something cacti related! 


Herve Chatlain

I had to add  Herve Chatlain to the list as this cute little florist sells the coolest mini succulent, cacti and plant pots as shown below and as I have an eye for unusual ceramics I had to take some pictures.


Where to sight see

Eiffel tower - Noitre Dame - The Lourve

Last on the list but definitely not the least is sight seeing. What is even the point of visiting Paris is you don't visit famous monuments. So here are some pictures I took whilst I visited them. 
Also I would definitely suggest going on a river cruise as it's an easy way of seeing all the sites from afar and has breathtaking views. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my guide to Paris and I'll see you soon for another blog post.

P.S. If you fancy a macaron or pastry whilst in Paris you may want to check out my guide to my favourite patisseries in Paris here.

WEEKLY QUOTE #3


You will never regret being kind. The third installment of inspirational quotes. - Becky x

6 OF THE BEST PATISSERIES IN PARIS


It's Official...Paris is one of my most favourite places to visit. It's probably not surprising with all the charming buildings, cute cafes (we'll talk more about that another time) and the beautiful river Seine. I had a long list of places I wanted to visit, some that I never saw and found places that are what only dreams are made of. Of course, if there is cake, coffee or macarons in site then I'm their. Along with visiting famous monuments and walking endlessly until our feet ached we did visit a far amount of patisseries where sometimes we sat and had coffee as our mouths watered over the vast collection of treats available. So, today I would like to share with you a mini guide on my favourite patisseries in Paris. For if you ever visit Paris then at least you'll know some amazing places for treats.

Le Valentin

30 Passage Jouffroy, 75009

Although the first on the list Le Valentin was the last Patisserie / cafe we stopped off at before we headed home. I don't have a sense of smell but I can just image the smell of sweetness in the air as I walked in. It's a very small cosy patisserie with seating to eat your treats. So I got my coffee and my aunt got her tea as always and I sat down to devour my pink macaron and raspberry tart with cream. 
Yummy is an understatement. 


Angelina's

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Angelina's was an a very extravagant patisserie full of beautiful artisan cakes, pastries and of course macarons! There was also a little cafe where you could enjoy coffee or tea with your choice of treats. Although a bit on the pricey side it is definitely worth visiting to gaze at the beautiful artistic treats that are almost too good to eat!


La Boulangerie Julien

24 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004

A small patisserie very near to my hotel. I thought I would add this one in as this is where I found the cheapest macarons and trust me, I was very happy! They were at 0.95 euros each. Still pricey when you think you can buy a chocolate bar for the same amount but it's very cheap for Paris! I also eyed up the larger macarons which looked absolutely scrumptious. 


R Canelle Patissier Traiteur 

31 rue d'Aboukir, 75002

I was very happy for the rest of the day when I went passed this patisserie and saw I could get a bag of cute coloured mini meringues for only two euros. They also had tarts, wonderful cakes and macarons in cute boxes. 



Laouz

136 Rue Saint Honore, 75001

If you love everything that is cute and miniature then you will love Laouz. They had mini sweets, cakes, and marzipan fruits...which were my favourite.


Christophe Adam Patisserie (L'Eclair de Genie)

32 Rue Notre Dame des Victories, 75002

A whole patisserie just for artisan eclairs...yeh! Not only is the decor great with brick walls and vibrant artwork but the counters were adorned with artistic and beautifully designed eclairs in little doily paper wrappers. Too good not to eat.


So I hope this blog made your mouth water and made you want to go to Paris as you totally should go one day if you ever get the chance. I'll see you soon for another guide on Paris! Have you ever gone to Paris? What patisseries do you like?


WANDERING THROUGH PARIS - A PHOTO DIARY

Day 1

I arrived in Paris just before Lunch after having the best breakfast, an emmental and mushroom toastie. We walked from the station through the bustling Parisian streets and had lunch before arriving at our lovely hotel, Axel Opera Hotel. I had a much needed nap after waking up at 5 in the morning before we arrived in the lobby and were treated to afternoon tea...mini meringues, raspberry tart and mini pastries. We then walked through the streets until our feet ached taking photos until we arrived at the beautiful The Louvre. After we enjoyed the view we were exhausted and walked back to the hotel and later went out for dinner. We then enjoyed a lovely pina colada and Le Brebant. 

The next three days were full of aching feet from walking to much, visiting the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and eating way to many croissants.

Day 2 

After having au pain chocolat's for breakfast...what a treat! We made a list of the places we wanted to visit in Paris. We decided to visit The Louvre again and walk endlessly around the streets so that we could explore the city. We walked over the bridge looking over the River seine. 

Day 3

We started out day off with croissants and Nutella before taking the Metro ( we didn't get lost thankfully) and took a river cruise across the River Seine seeing all the sights. We then visited the Eiffel tower which was amazing and I bought Macarons! I then ended the night eating pizza ( My fave thing) from Nick's pizza near our hotel.

Day 4

On the last day we walked through some of the passage ways which had beautiful tiled flooring and cute cafes. We then took the metro and went to the amazing Notre Dame before having coffee at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole. We eventually ended up at Le Valentin Patisserie where I enjoyed a raspberry macaron and latte. I then ate at La Creme to Paris and had the yummiest crepe before we headed back to the station.


See you soon for another post on Paris. Have you ever been to Paris?