Thursday, 15 December 2011

mimilove /  mimiforever / etsy

I approached mimi when I first got into embroidery on Flickr, I have always been a huge fan of her work, and she is a lovely friend to ask for advice and opinions.  I asked her if I could interview her for an online magazine I started up at university for a final year at university project to share her design experiences and to share a little bit more about herself, enjoy. 

What attracted you to illustration/design?
I’ve alway had a love of art from a very early age and alwasy painted etc but the sitching didnt really come along til many years later

I remember watching a programme on tv, way back in the mists of time in the 70’s about stitching, handicrafts and so forth; a kind of a *”Paint Along with Nancy” but with sewing! That whetted my appetite, then as time passed, pocket money increased and I was allowed access to sharp objects, I decided to stitch myself a bed cover. I had visions of flowers in all sorts of glorious colours, encrusted with jewels and sequins etc. Unfortunately I bit off a bit more than I could chew and alI I managed was a very ropey satin stitch “rose” and when push came to shove the pocket money invariably went on the latest Smash Hits or Jackie and that was the beginning/end of my stitching career until fairly recently!

So I’ve always had a love of embroidery/stitching but never actually got round to trying it again; I just felt a bit intimidated by it after the bed sheet experience!

But my nan and dad were pretty nifty with a needle, (my dad made some of my mum’s maternity clothes when she was pregnant with me so it could be osmosis!) and I’ve since found out that a great uncle was also a dab hand at embroidery, which was a surprise, so it’s in the genes...and jeans! :)

What aspects of design are you interested in?
Magazine design and publishing are what I’m most keen to keep on. Currently, I work for CrossStitcher magazine so I’ve had to immerse myself in the stitching side of craft, in particularly sewing and cross stitching. I’ve become increasingly interested in the design of lifestyle and home magazines, markets which as a stitching magazine we overlap into quite a bit with our decorative and contemporary home projects.

Who or what inspires you?
Other makers, bloggers, places I’ve visited and people I’ve met. We went to the Clothes Show last year and I met so many interesting stitchy people who totally inspired what I’m making today. I saw a lovely girl wearing bangles made out of knitting needles at the Stitch & Craft Show and all I could think about for the rest of the show was running home and digging out mine so I could have a go! I find websites such as Pinterest, Flickr and Etsy very inspiring. They’re great for sharing ideas and seeing what other people in the world are making right now.

Future plans and projects?
Because I work on a magazine, a lot of my time is spent designing, charting, blogging, attending shows and writing so there’s never that much time left for personal projects. At the moment I’m all about promoting my own little blog and keeping a small number of little projects on the back burner. I’ve been playing with some 3D paper birds in box frames and I’d like to learn to crochet too... but apart from that I think I’m going to concentrate on re-opening my Etsy shop and filling it with lovely crafty goodies from my blog. 

Best kept secrets for inspiration and supplies? 
Antique shops and Australia. There’s a huge world of second hand stuff out there, just waiting to be picked up and painted, varnished, cut up and re-used. Whenever I’m in Suffolk, I always make sure I visit as many antique shops as possible... it’s the best county in the world for second hand crafty goodies! I bought a whole stack of vintage sewing cards and bobbins for just a few pounds. Talking of the world, the Australian craft scene is alive and kicking with trendy magazines.

To see more check out /  mimiforever / etsy

Saturday, 26 November 2011

AW Style

Things I am loving this AW

I always see images I love and keep them on my desktop and forget about them.  These are a few images I have found stumbling upon blogs and I love. I especially like the fox hoddie I might have to make myself one of those. 

HJ's British Hairdressing Awards 2011

It has been so exciting at Daniel Gray Hair Salon this week, Hair stylist Verity Faichen is a North Western Hairdresser of the Year 2011 Finalist for HJ's 2011 British Hairdressing Awards.

The winners of the North Western Hairdresser of the Year will be announced at HJ's 2011 British Hairdressing Awards on Monday November 28th at the Grosvenor House. 

I started up Verity a facebook page so she can keep her fans and clients up to date with what happens at the British Hairdressing Awards! Fingers crossed for Monday! 

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


21st November New hair cut by Ky'Cut Wilson

The day before my graduation I decided to finally take the plunge and get my hair cut.  For 3 years now I have always asked Jina to cut and colour my hair.

Ky'Cut Wilson was brilliant with me, I had no idea what I wanted, Ky took into consideration my face shape, skin tone, and my life style. I have never had so many people commenting on my hair before, I am so please with the results.  I absolutely LOVE it and completely recommend going to Daniel Gray Hair Salon in Kendal and asking for Ky. 

Look on Ky's Website for a Step Step tutorial on a hair do he showed me, his website has some awesome step by step tutorials and also some fashion shoots he has been on lately.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Restaurant's I have been to in Ambleside

Gaeng Ped Bet Yarng - red curry, duck grapes and cherry tomatoes. 
Goong Broccoli Fai Daeng -Tiger Prawns, Broccoli

I must tell you about the wonderful Thai I had
It is A-MAZING food, definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. I was so worried encase it was going to be too hot for me, so the waitress helped us choose our order as we where first timers there. It was such a surprise seeing the rice come out in heart shapes.

1/2 Pork sandwich and 1/2 Steak sandwich 

Went on a little walk to the Drunken Duck near Ambleside, and I have completely fell in love with this pub. The food and the beer was amazing, I especially loved with the interior design. It is a proper country pub with taxidermy animals old signage on the walls and handwritten typography, which scored huge points in my book :) But honestly this might be my favourite pub in Ambleside for the food and how comfortable I felt there.

This was such a treat and such a surprise we won a 'Dine for Two' 

What has Rosie Geissler has been up to?

I have been on a 3 month internship at Copeland Borough Council 
as the 'Graphic Designer and Communications Officer' 
I will be uploading some projects I have done while being 
there so keep your eyes peeled on my Flickr and blog.

Now I am working at Daniel Gray Hair Salon in Kendal, as a 'Marketing Officer', working very closely with a very inspiring hairdresser Ky'Cut Wilson.

I have moved form Carlisle to Ambleside for the position at Daniel Gray. I am really enjoying living in the Lake District, been going on a lot of lovely walks.

I will be keeping you updated what I will be doing over November. 

Saturday, 1 October 2011

30th September 2011

30th September 2011, originally uploaded by Rosie Geissler.

Lilly wearing a "bat winged embroidered owl t-shirt" Doesn't she look great in it!

"I've bin putting this to good use" - Lilly Geissler

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Let Them Go..

Tyler Perry's Madea gives relationship advice in the Madea Goes to Jail 

Quick little design I have been meaning to design for agesssss..

This is for Kate Jackson my root in my Life.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

The Journey

I love this quote, and I feel this right now.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Roots in my life

"There are people who are like roots at the bottom of your tree. If you find yourself two or three people in your entire lifetime that are like the roots, then you are blessed. The roots don’t care nothing about being seen. All they’re there to do is hold that tree up, to make sure it stays in the air. It comes from the earth to give that tree everything it needs".

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Radio1 Big Weekend

I was lucky enough to go to Radio Saturday's Big Weekend!
It was AMAZING such a great time!

My favourite was JessieJ (not going to lie) she is amazing live! 

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Monday, 2 May 2011

Moroccan Style salad 'Boots Meal Deal'

Now I normally blog about my lovely meals in restaurants and pubs but I had to tell you a true story,
My sister LillyG and i were having a Boots 'Meal Deal'  (Moroccan Style salad for preparation of my Morocco holiday which was lovely) in the Metro Centre Gateshead, when a train drove by... 

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Sneaky Preview of *UNCOVER {Uncover Talent}

*UNCOVER {Uncover Talent} - a PDF Magazine that uncovers art and design from the talented individuals. - I got in touch with a number of illustrations and designers I wanted to interview and share with in my magazine -  I wanted to share my layout design stages with you.

Innocent smoothie annual report

A couple of pages from my new project 'Innocent Smoothie's Annual Report' (25 pages of it).  
Really enjoyed designing this, I have taken the photos from the Innocent smoothies website, and added  innocent companies quirkiness.  

It takes courage to grow up

courage , originally uploaded by Rosie Geissler.

The Prince Of Wales

We went to the Prince of Wales Pub In Sheffield this week, it is such a beautiful pub with drift wood illustrations on the walls, and handwritten type on  glass.  My favourite part was the sheep skulls up the stairs and hand painted fish on drift wood and of course our meal was delicious.  :)

We had Scallops for starter and for main Duck Pizza.

This is Aidy - he got some big boyfriend points

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Art Direction Playing in the Sun

Untitled, originally uploaded by Rosie Geissler.

Play Suit for Dorothy Perkins

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Topshop, originally uploaded by Rosie Geissler.

Been playing in the sun - art direction idea

embroidery idea

idea, originally uploaded by Rosie Geissler.
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