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Meet the Maker: Old English Company

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Old English Co. are a homewares and stationery brand, originally established in London, with studios now based in Stamford. The team create unique and stylish hand lettered products with uncomplicated designs and messages that resonate with people. 

We have been stocking Old English Co. since the very begin of the shop 3 years ago.... 

Ben Treanor, built Old English Co. from the ground up, starting out by selling a few cards and prints on Etsy. Now with over 63,000 followers on Instagram alone, this is a shining example of a small business success story. We spoke to Ben to find out a bit more about his journey...

Meet the Magazine: DOG Magazine

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It is no secret that we are totally dog obsessed. The shop is more than dog-friendly, we love nothing more than meeting a new four-legged friend. So, naturally, when we discovered the awesome DOG Magazine, we had to have it on our shelves. Julian, from DOG, answered some questions for us, to give us a little bit of an insight into this incredible magazine.

Winter Workshop... Come & get creative with us.

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As we approach Christmas, Home byKirsty is super excited to be holding 3 wonderful Winter Workshops. Each session will be hosted by some of Cardiff’s best creatives and aim to give you an opportunity to learn new skills and add a bit of homemade into your festive season.

Read on to find out which HBK Winter Workshop is for you and this year have yourself a merry little, handmade Christmas!

24th November, 6:00pm - 8:30pm £60

Create a beautiful, seasonal wreath to take home, decorate your front door and show off to all those who visit you this Yuletide! 
With our Castle Arcade neighbour, ForbesField. With expert guidance from Beth, you will be able to produce the best lookng wreath.


1st December, 6:00pm - 8:30pm £30

Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Whether you’re a beginner or fancy a cosy Winter project, this is a lovely chance for you to learn how to knit a super chunky hat, with tips & guidance from top knitter - Elen Angharad.


8th December, 6:00pm - 8:00pm £35

A welcoming screen printing workshop, with illustrator Lucy Dickson. Spruce up your pressents this Christmas & print up some wrapping paper, cards. Have fun and get creative this winter!



Recive 10% off any purchases at HBK on the night of the workshop, lucky you! 

Birthday Workshops at HBK

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As we rapidly approach the shops 2nd birthday on the 21st August, Home byKirsty is super excited to be holding 4 new Workshops. Each session will be hosted by some of Cardiff’s best creatives and aim to give you an opportunity to learn new skills. The workshops will take place in store in Cardiff's Castle Arcade during the last 2 weeks of August between 6:00-8:30pm.

Read on to find out which HBK Workshop is for you.

WORKSHOP No 1 Learn to screen print

24th August, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

A welcoming beginner level screen printing workshop, with illustrator Lucy Dickson. Create some fun products to take home with a personal screen printed design, have fun and get creative!

£30 with all materials included. 

WORKSHOP No 2 Learn to crochet

25th August, 6:00pm - 8:30pm 


Join Elen Angharad for this fun and informal crochet workshop! Suitable for absolute beginners (experience is a bonus). Whether you're a beginner or pro, come & create your own cool crochet plant pots, keep you succulents looking stylish! 

£25, all material is included & a free little plant too!

WORKSHOP No 3 Make a terrarium


31st Aug, 18:00 - 20:30

Go green & make a goldfish bowl terrarium with Beth from Forbesfield. Join us for a succulent packed evening with Cardiff's best florist. Create & take home your own stylish terrarium.

£45 with all materials included. 


WORKSHOP No 4 Make a faux flower crown

1st Sept, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Make a glorious faux flower crown with Kat KB. Create serious faux flower envy with your own incredible flower crown with top tips from the fashion queen Kat KB. 

£30 with all materials included.

Book on quickly as there is only limited spaces available.

(P.S keep a close eye on Social Media for other birthday happenings!)



Desk space available at No.16!

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We've got a beautiful, light and friendly studio desk space available for a freelance creative individual to call home. Situated on the balcony of the stunning Castle Arcades, surrounded by independent businesses, shops and cafes. It is shouting out for an enthusiastic character to come and be part of the buzz. 

Shared with Kirsty Patrick, business owner and lighting designer, and Jon Llewelyn of Diagram Graphic Design Studio, there will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate and network. Studio16 industry nights are hosted downstairs in Home byKirsty, where there will be a chance to meet like minded people. 

A short distance from Cardiff Central train station (5 minute walk) and located right in the city centre it is easily accessible for commuters. 

If you think this sounds like a good fit for you & your business, contact either...

Kirsty - info@homebykirsty.com 


Jon - hello@diagramcreative.com




Meet the maker

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This time we're hearing from Sian Elin, an interior and textile designer who works from her studio in Cardiff. Sian is hugely popular with our customers, who love her use of colour, simple lines and shapes to create textiles & homeware pieces that will give any home a flare of fun and style. We wanted to know what gives Sian her inspiration to create such interesting designs and how she executes them so beautifully...

Location: Cardiff

Can you summarise your journey to becoming a designer in five steps?

• Studied Art A Level

• Undertook Art Foundation course

• Studied Graphic Design at University

• Worked as a children's book designer for publishing companies

• Set up Sian Elin in 2012, designing patterns for interior products.

What inspires your work?

The story behind my designs is a fusion of “East Meets West” – Eastern patterns rendered in hand-drawn graphic Scandinavian shapes, styling and colours. I discovered Islamic and Moorish architecture on my travels to India, the Middle East, and Southern Spain and was so mesmerized, I wanted to do something with them.

East meets west in Sian's beautiful collection of homeware

East meets west in Sian's beautiful collection of homeware

What is a typical workday for you?

I work from a studio in Cardiff which I share with a photographer. A typical day would include dealing with orders, answering many emails, working with sales reps, and currently finalising my new collection. 

Who is your favourite designer/maker?

Ooooh. So many! I think my all time favourite is the Marimekko brand.

Finnish design brand Marimekko

Finnish design brand Marimekko

What is your most treasured item of homeware?

I love my stripy teapot my boyfriend got me a few years ago. It's super functional but also very pretty to look at. It's a cylinder style teapot with a built in strainer.

Which of your own designs are you most proud of and why?

Erm, I think first collection, which includes my Horseshoe Arch, and Tress patterns. I think I'll always be most proud of them because they launched my brand and helped me garner lots of positive press and attention. 

Sian's Tress Pattern £48

Sian's Tress Pattern £48

We love the east meets west inspiration here, it really comes through in Sian's work and the way it is beautifully photographed. You can pick from a wide selection of Sian's pieces both in store and online! 

Meet The Maker

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We dropped Daniela a line to find out about the inspiration behind her beautiful and minimal works which include various products for the home, handmade with concrete and metal. Daniela is a new addition to the shop, we were hunting down some creations to house some spring greenery and we thought it really fit the bill! With some help from Beth of Forbesfield we have a new supply of Daniela's mini, medium and large pots including plants ready to take home. 

Baby Jo Marble £12

Baby Jo Marble £12

Location: London


  • Studied sculpture at Central St Martins
  • I used to work with concrete and metal when making huge artwork
  • I then decided to make smaller pieces
  • These then became home ware products
  • I like to think of them a small pieces of accessible art for the home



My big inspiration is Tao Ando, a self-taught architect who mainly uses concrete. My favourite building of his is Church of Light. The simplicity of his work is what I like. My other inspiration is my dad, an amazing carpenter. He gives me a lot of motivation.

Tao Ando Architecture 

Tao Ando Architecture 


Check my emails. Get into the workshop, create/make all day, get really messy and dirty. Eat lots. And drink loads of tea.


I look at artists more than designers. My favourite artists are Richard Deacon and Richard Serra. As they both manipulate materials in incredible ways. My favourite piece of Decaon's is the Laocoon. He steam bends wood to make it twist and curl like waves, the material completely manipulated by the maker. Richard Serra mainly uses steel in his works. I like the scale of Serra’s work, it dwarfs you and you are kind of controlled by his huge sculptures.



It would have to be my desk I made. With a metal base and concrete top. Simple design, the materials are what make it beautiful.

Which of your own designs are you most proud of and why?

My shelves, just because they are so simple and striking and look great on a white wall. And I love triangles, it is the strongest shape!

Daniela's shelf design

Daniela's shelf design

Thanks Daniela! Want to pick up a DR piece? Pop in the shop to see the whole collection and chose your favourite! 

Meet The Maker

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Brit Stitch

In this 'Meet the Maker' we spoke to Bek from Brit Stitch, a leather bag company which heralds from the beautiful Abergavenny. Brit Stitch pride themselves on creating items that are a lifetime investment, using traditional techniques and the best quality materials.


Can you summarise your journey to becoming a designer in five steps?

I was a child that loved to draw . I was always colouring in!
I LOVED art at school, and was always working with textiles and materials. As soon as I was old enough I took Textiles as well.
This is when I knew I wanted to design fashion. I studied Fashion Design in University of South Wales. It was a fantastic 3 years – showcasing in local exhibits, to Canary Wharf, to Graduate Fashion Week, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2011.
Once graduated I showcased my independent collection during LFW, selling my clothes at Spitalfields Market.
Straight after I graduated I also started working with Brit-Stitch on the launch of their new brand. This is a great brand to be part of- soon it became my full time job!

What inspires your work?

Here at Brit-Stitch we have such a strong heritage and roots in the leather industry. So there was so much inspiration. What we produce today, all stems from Toby, our local Milkman bringing back his leather cash bag in to have the strap replaced. 

  Milkman Toby


Milkman Toby

We could see the huge potential in this classic bag and the rest just grew from there. I have always had a love of minimal style, clean crisp lines and attention to detail. Our bags have a modern and fresh take on our classic.

  Toby's original milkman bag with todays version.


Toby's original milkman bag with todays version.

What is a typical workday for you?

This ranges from social media, dealing with suppliers and customers, managing production, quality control to developing new designs. I work from an office off the factory floor – a designers dream!


Who is your favourite designer/maker & Why?

I am always excited to see what Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang are going to showcase each. I am a huge fan of the conceptual styles of Comme Des Garcons and of course Alexander McQueen. I was in ore when I saw the Savage Beauty exhibition a few months ago!

  Comme Des Garcons 


Comme Des Garcons 

What is your most treasured item of homeware?

This has to be the vintage suitcase my Gran gave to me some years ago. It was hers when she was young. It’s a beautiful darkest green shade. It’s all worn and battered from its use over time, adding so much character.

Which of your own designs are you most proud of and why?

Our Half Pint bag! Super cute and definitely our style winner. But I am proud of every bag we produce – every one of our bags are made here in our factory in South Wales by our talented team. We have a bag for every occasion, super compact Half Pint to a Backpack to a Laptop bag.

Half Pint Leather Satchel

Half Pint Leather Satchel

Thank you Bek and everyone at Brit Stitch! We certainly share the same passion for well made, local goods that are created with love. You can find various brit stitch bags on our online shop and in store, so give us a visit!

Meet The Maker

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We asked Anna of Custom Made a few questions about how she developed her beautiful accessory brand and what led her to success. Custom Made create simple and contemporary jewellery to make a daytime outfit feel special or to glitz up in the evening. We love it and we know you will too!


Can you summarise your journey to becoming a designer in five steps:

My Mum teaching me to sew as a child.

Designing and making clothes for my barbies.

Drawing, creating & making from childhood to adulthood.

Education in fashion, finishing with a degree in fashion.

Starting my first job as a menswear designer.


What inspires your work:

My work is inspired by all sorts of things from lovely stationery to fancy fonts, bold pattern, space and science fiction novels, vintage photos of glamorous ladies. I’m a huge fan of the 70s and 80s and shows like Dallas and Dynasty. Looking at photos from that era, and of glamorous ladies from those shows influence my design.

  Lightning Studs £13.50


Lightning Studs £13.50

What is a typical work day for you:

Every day is different in the studio but I usually start with emails and planning for the day. I then sort online shop and wholesale orders ready to pack in the afternoon. The rest of the day can be anything and everything that goes into running a small business, which includes design, promotion, social media, production, customer service, range planning, paperwork and everything else I might have missed! 

Circle Triangle Necklace £25.50

Circle Triangle Necklace £25.50

Who is your favourite designer/maker:

I really like the Spanish brand Apres Ski. They make beautiful bead necklaces. Their use of colour is fantastic.

What is your most treasured item of homeware:

This is very boring and not design led at all but I have one of those Nutri Bullet blenders for smoothies and juicing and I use it everyday without fail. 


Which of your own designs are you most proud of and why:

The new Mizar necklaces. I had wanted to do something with cord instead of chain for sometime but it was all about finding the right components and design. I was a little unsure of the necklace at first but they are selling so well, I’m happy.


  Mizar Necklace £17


Mizar Necklace £17

Thanks Anna! Its great to have some insight into a designers mind. You can find a collection of Custom Made items both online and in store at Home byKirsty.

Meet The Maker

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We asked makers Georgie and Alex a few questions about their journey to becoming Pirrip Press, Bristol based printing studio. Pirrip Press produces beautiful, highly original stationary and paper goods, occasionally dipping their toes into textiles. Their work features big bold shapes contrasting with delicate details, keeping you intrigued. Such simple small goods to keep you smiling throughout a tough day at the office! 



Can you summarise your journey to becoming a designer in five steps?

Alex: We both did art-related subjects all through school and made tonnes of (probably useless!) stuff when we were little – pots, posters, scrunchies, necklaces, comics, masks, bags etc., and recently both remembered newspapers or magazines that we had self-published with our siblings or pals when we were about 10.  But the first print I remember was a butterfly print., made at my grandma + grandad’s dining room table. Where you make one half of the butterfly with paint and then fold the paper in half to squash (print!) the same pattern on the other side to make the two identical wings of the butterfly. Not sure what print method that is, but they were brilliant and smudgy and bold. Since then things gota little more sophisticated ;) We studied at university and each did lots of other jobs on the side. In 2012, I quit part-time other stuff to run Pirrip Press full time and we’ve grown little by little since then. 

What inspires your work? 

Georgie: We take inspiration from all sorts of places – books we read, things we see on our travels and anecdotes we remember. There’s usually a nature, science or history link somewhere along the line. There’s lots of youngster’s science books in our studio – they are a really good source of inspiration, and as the information they impart is usually in bite-sized bits for children, they’re easier for our non-scientific minds to comprehend! 

Summer & Winter Notebooks £5.50

Summer & Winter Notebooks £5.50

What is a typical work day for you?

Georgie: The way the day goes depends on what work we have on and what stage in the process it's at, sometimes we’re working at desks, sometimes on the computer, and the rest of the time in the silkscreen printing studio, but to give you an idea… 

We work in sketchbooks, drawing and painting and fiddling about and then things start to formulate into more solid ideas and images. Then we get the original drawn pages onto the computer and start playing around with layout, adding type, tidying up and testing colours and layers. We have both become quite practiced at separating things into layers in our minds and thinking through overlaps and shapes in our heads, ready for the silkscreen printing process.  But its always a treat when you get in the print room and get the second layer down for the first time in a print and you can really see it come alive.


Who is your favourite designer / maker?

Alex: We like lots of old printmakers and illustrators, both of us are Ravillious fans. And we really like the lithographs that Rosemary + Clifford Ellis made in the 50s and onwards, mainly commercial work for TFL and book covers, its really vibrant and beautiful – when colour was still quite new. Bet they’d have a good studio.

What is your most treasured item of homeware?

Alex: A big pot my grandma made when she took pottery classes in the 60s and 70s. It’s so handsome. It has been glued back together because it was smashed

Which of your designs are you most proud of and why?

Alex: We like to tell stories, and know that things have more authenticity if there’s research, thought and a narrative of some kind behind them, so there’s always a tale woven in to what we do.  Our work is pretty modern; we like simple and bold design and colours, and we like to laugh, so there’s often a lightheartedness and a wry smile present in what we produce. With all this in mind, we’re proud of everything we produce really! I like the stories behind the products, so the Zoo Quest bags came about after hours of old David Attenborough re-runs on YouTube, the Paris bags we thought to make when we were in Norway, the Christmas Dance cards we did in honour of my Grandad (who was a keen sequence dancer!) and all sorts of other bits and pieces. Sorry, not very concise!


Thanks Pirrip Press! We hope these lovely ladies inspire you as much as they inspire us.

You can pick up their goods online and instore at home byKirsty.

Meet The Maker

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We caught up with our mates at Tom Pigeon, consisting of Scottish husband and wife duo Pete & Kirsty Thomas (no not a bloke called Tom, who knew?!), to ask them a few questions about where they find inspiration and how they became such a well known british design studio. 

LOCATION: Cellardyke, Fife (a tiny fishing village on the East coast of Scotland.)

Can you summarise your journey to becoming a designer in five steps?

1. Loved art at school

2. Design Studies degree at University of Salford

3. Worked in fashion design and marketing

4. Set up Lovely Pigeon as a part time business

5. Tom Pigeon was born in 2014 when I merged the business and went into partnership with my husband Pete.

What inspires your work?

Where we live - landscapes, geometry of local harbours, ice cream colours, boat type, travelling fairs.

Mid-century design.

Minimalism and clean lines.

Totem necklace  £60

Totem necklace  £60

What is a typical workday for you?

Usually both in the studio by 9 but if the sun is shining we’ll go for a walk and usually discuss everything that needs done that day.

Spend most of the morning dealing with admin, orders, marketing, emails and if we’re lucky the afternoon might involve design meetings, working on new collections, sampling and product development.

Usually finished by 6 and try not to work after that (although that doesn’t always happen!)



Charles and Ray Eames - the diversity of their work, their constant fascination with all aspects of the world around them, their playfulness.

Ray & Charles Eames

Ray & Charles Eames

What is your most treasured item of homeware?

Family photos but I also have a little 1950s wall mounted ceramic deer head that I love.

Which of your own designs are you most proud of and why?

The Anstruther print....it was the first non-jewellery piece I designed for the collection and I love its clean lines. I also love that people seem to really like it and that it remains our best seller. 

Anstruther print £50

Anstruther print £50

Thanks guys!  

You can find some amazing british made items from Tom Pigeon both online and in the shop.

Small Business Saturday

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This Saturday, December 5th, we will be celebrating Small Business Saturday, because that is exactly what we are – a small business. We love our small biz status and proudly share it with other wonderfully unique independents in this city and beyond.

“When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself”,

J. Donald Walters.

Small Business Saturday gives shoppers an opportunity to shop small and discover the entrepreneurs behind the businesses. These shop owners, designers, café owners, florists, butchers, bakers, even candlestick makers all have something in common, they have taken the plunge and are working hard to make your high street a more creative place to shop and to give you a more personal shopping experience.

Products sold from small businesses are created with love and hard work – never mass produced. Each item has a story behind it and their creators would always enjoy sharing them with you. When you buy something from an independent business, your money does not go towards big scary corporate overheads, instead it stays in your own community keeping it a vibrant and interesting place to live and shop.

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we are offering 10% off all purchases over £30. All you need to do is quote “Small Business Saturday Treat” and we will apply the discount as a big Thank You for supporting us and this wonderful cause.

You can find other small businesses near you right here: https://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/small-business-finder

So this Saturday, whether you are out and about in your town or having a big Christmas shop online – take the time to discover some new, independent shops and take part in Small Business Saturday. Sometimes it may not be the easiest option, you may have to walk a bit further or scroll through a few more results pages on Google, but there are million reasons why your Small Business purchase would be far more meaningful and just that extra bit special!

Share your Small Business purchases online with the hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday #homebykirsty #shopsmall #supportlocal



Just a Card - Each Sale Counts

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Just a Card - Each Sale Counts

Just a Card - Each Sale Counts

If Everyone Who'd Complimented Our Beautiful Gallery Had Bought Just a Card, We'd Still Be Open." 

With Christmas approaching and Small Shop Saturday this weekend, we wanted to bring the wonderful Just a Card campaign to your attention.

The above quote kick started this incredible campaign which aims to demonstrate the impact that even the smallest purchases have on small, independent businesses. When you shop independent, not only will you be getting a unique product or gift, you can also take away the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you have directly helped keep that little shop going - completely free with every purchase!

Just a Card was launched by Sarah Hamiliton. She says, “As an artist and designer, I know just how valuable each and every sale is, not only to independent shops and galleries, but to their artists and designer suppliers,” says Sarah. “They need our support, and that is why we started our campaign Just a Card – to encourage people to appreciate just how invaluable every purchase is.”

Small, independent shops keep our high streets unique, creative and interesting and if it’s cards you’re after, then pop in and check out our ever-growing collection which has something a little different for every occasion.

So this Christmas, take a break from your usual route around town. Get to know the real people and stories behind these independent businesses. Explore arcades, look online, support the small shops and their suppliers and buy something - even if it is #justacard













Colouring for the young, the old and the wild at heart

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Colouring books were always a favourite past time of mine as a child. I still have old colouring books where each completed creation is signed off with my artist signature, my age and the date of completion.

Until recently, staying in the lines was an activity reserved for children. Lately, there has been a boom in the number of adults who are getting their own fix of colouring escapism and as a result adult colouring books have grown massively in popularity. Colouring has been proven to destress adults and is a great way to take 5 minutes just for you - and relax.

Here at Home byKirsty, we’ve just received a big bundle of our own goodies for colourists of all ages that will give you a chance to lose yourself in mindful moments of colouring bliss. Perfect for Christmas gifts, commutes, rainy days and spontaneous creative outbursts. Here are our favourites:

When We Were Wild - Llun a Lliw

This colouring book features page after page of Llun a Lliw's typically weird and wonderful line drawings. You are given plenty of space to colour, paint or even collage on each image so you can get as creative as you like!

Rolling, jumping, roaring, hiding - the children in this book have the ability to transport you to their wildest imagination and limitless play. 

With perforated edges, you can rip out your completed designs and frame them or maybe give them as gifts.

Available at Home byKirsty - £10


AnimalZ - Llun a Lliw

Think you know your ABC? This pocket sized colouring book will bring a whole new life to your alphabet.

With a Coatadium in the Cupboard and a Porpoise in a Pinny, Llun a Lliw has an alternative animal image for each letter of the alphabet and they are all waiting for you to bring them to life with colour.

This book is sure to put a smile on anyone's face and had us chuckling when it arrived in store last week.

Narwhal in a Nightie? Yes please!

Available at Home byKirsty - £12


Pethau Gwyllt / Gone Wild - Llun a Lliw

Llun a Lliw strike again - this time with an amazing book of postcards featuring whimsical images from her books "And Then We Were Gone" and "When We Were Wild".

With space for a stamp and address, what better way to show off your masterpieces than by sending them to a loved one.

A creative alternative to birthday or thank you cards.

Available at Home byKirsty - £8




Colour-In Advent Calendar - Pirrip Press


As the 1st of December will soon be upon us, we have found the perfect advent calendar for colouring enthusiasts.

Each day, you can decorate a geometrc Christmas decoration until your tree is full of festive colour ready for the big day! 

Each calendar comes with its own set of mini colouring pencils and is a healthier, more creative alternative to the usual chocolate ones!

Available at Home byKirsty- £5.50

So whether you are looking for Christmas gifts, stocking fillers or just fancy treating yourself to some artistic therapy, swing by our place and take a look for yourself.

We would love to see your finished pieces so make sure you share them with us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and use the hastag #homebykirsty

Happy colouring!