Frank O'Hara

Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again. 


A happy customer.
Via the wonderful world of Instagram.
I love when my work goes to good homes, I feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

the festivities are looming

Seasons eatings!
Santa is on his way, and he's bringing heartburn and indigestion with him.
Hand collaged mini Christmas cards.
3"x3", blank inside with white envelope.
Available here.

because today was yesterday's tomorrow

Hand embroidered quote, using own handwriting, on small vintage cotton coaster.
I use Instagram a lot (@leighjennings) and no sooner had this photo been posted, it was on its way to a new owner.
The lovely quote is from an Irish poem that I think was actually used on a Guiness advert!

like a dog with two hearts

"I just can't make it through the day without thinking of you..."
Pups are always the most excited to see you, whether you've just gone to the bathroom or got back from a round-the-world trip, their tails are wagging and they make you feel like they've just not functioned with you gone.
A partner to the homebody cat illustration, this pup is feeling the love too.
Watercolour and pencil. A bit scruffy, but I think that's ok.
Available in the Etsy shop soon.



'Baby you da bestest'
3x3" hand drawn mini card.
Available here.

A great way to say thank you when your friend takes you on a late night burger run.
A great way to share the love and tell that special someone they're your number 1.
Or just a different way to say hello.
Either way, who said size matters?

don't bring us the figgy pudding.

I hate Christmas cake.
A mini Christmas card or gift tag.
3 x 3" with matching envelope, hand drawn, available here.

I'm going to use them as subtle reminders.
My mum has already made 5 Christmas cakes. Eugh.


Todays scribble.
Pencil and sketchbook.



please, use this service responsibly.


I find cats can be a little sneaky at times.
They're also renowned for picking and choosing their owners, skipping off to wherever the good tuna lays.
That's why this cat means it all the more.
Home is wherever I'm with you.
An A5 postcard sized print, from original watercolour, available soon.

to take the blues away,

'With deepest sympathy' card.
Hand drawn with red ink.
3 x 3 inches available here.

A little card made with a lot of love to show someone you're thinking about them.

I've never seen a diamond in the flesh

'the trailing beauty of forgotten joy'
Pencil scribble with a few blobs of watercolour.
I'll neaten this up somehow then work back into it with some embroidery.

Inspiration Sunday - Lauren Hom

A series of Daily Dishonesties and little white lies, that started out as a personal project, have been beautified with hand drawn lettering. Originally a typography project during college, Lauren Hom now sells these painfully honest, very true everyday thoughts and sayings, as posters, prints, tee shirts and goodies. You can purchase them via her blog and the cracking site Society 6. I encourage you, encourage you strongly, to visit Laurens blog because there's the best, most effective step by step guide to Photoshop and typography. So easy in fact, I wonder if my tiny brain might handle it.
There's at least 20 dishonesties I've found myself saying or thinking.

Good, huh?


I've accidentally started a collection.
I've accidentally drawn badly.

A selection of teapots and coffee pots, drawn badly (I often can't sing along to my favourite songs while scribbling) with a 2B pencil on rubbish thin paper.

However, I accidentally really like this.


An unknown person, a found disposable camera shot.
I have a bag full of film, undeveloped cameras and odd photographs.
Perhaps I'll work back into them with white pens and embroidery.

and I let you win

because you let me down.

October, 2011.
I found this scribbled in an old sketchbook.
I know why I wrote it.
I know who it's for.

and a reason for why,

'his secrets were hidden in the curls of her hair'
A little scribble and a sentence from nowhere. I'm fond of this though, perhaps I'll embroider it onto something and keep it for myself.
Pencil and paper.

somedays, always

'New home' mini card.
Hand stamped 'new' within a hand cut 'home'.
3x3" hand stamped mini card available here.

I've had to move back in with my parents (long, awkward story) and I'm half packed away in a shed, half unpacked on a desk.
I can't find my watercolours or favourite backless dress.

'Tell your heart

that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.'

 Paulo Coelho.

and with every second of eternity

Sometimes, it's good to get out of my head (and onto the wall. A lovely white wall).
An embroidered hanky, embroidered doily and little note.

and you know something?

Far from what I once was, but not yet what I'm going to be.
Hand embroidered using my own hand writing and a complimentary green thread.
Available here.

One of my favourite vintage hankies that I've come across in a while - and I found it in orange too!
Of course, as I love the handkerchief so much (the pattern just makes the most perfect frame, calling out for something to be emroidered in the center), I thought I'd embroider one of my favourite sayings.

Inspiration Sunday - Breaking Bad

Oh God, who was it that suggested I watch Breaking Bad? I managed to watch 3 seasons in as many days. I'm now caught up with everyone and sitting with my mouth permenantly a-gaped watching the fifth and final season.
The show's as addictive as (what I imagine) the Meth that they cook is. It seems everyone on Etsy sufferes with the same addiction.
Here's a few great Breaking Bad themed goodies:

and baby now you do

I kinda love you
A little reserved way in sharing those warm and fuzzy feelings you sometimes have.
I'll send one to my dog on one of her good days.
3x3" hand stamped mini card.
Available here.

I'm crazy, baby, I need you to come here and save me

"Kiss me and you'll know how important I am"   - Sylvia Plath.
I've been drawing more and scribbling quotes again.
Pen and postcard sized card.
There's some other ones available here.

in the meantime

There's always a new # (hashtag) craze on Instagram and Twitter and I thought I'd join the #drawaugust challenge.
I managed 3 days.
This was day 1.
Ah well.

I listen to everything you say,

After a little down time, an absolute gem of a friend simply said 'well, you know Leigh, some people's small problems just show their true problems'.
In that moment of clarity, I took a deep breath, realised life is too short but then found the time to scribble these wise words down.
Just ordinary felt tip pens and paper, but maybe a draft for a print in the future.

catch up, Ketchup

I've made and sold a fair few embroidered vintage hankies, doilies and linen recently but I've been too busy getting my stitch on to update you on the progress and process.
I'm half sorry, but half happy to be busy.
I'll show you soon, promise.
For now though, check out this guy.

KNIT ME - Inspiration Sunday

Dear Colleen have done it again. This is everything I could want in a sassy print; humour, beautiful font, a play on words and a twist on a rap classic.
Clever work, fun illustrations and everything you wish you'd thought of.
They also have a Ryan Gosling tea towel I plan on treating myself to as a house warming.

stitch & wish

I've over-done it on the skull embroideries.
Here's a bumble bee instead.
Vintage hanky & black thread only.

I also got a bumble bee tattoo with my little sister in mind, before she moved out to Oz.
Ever since she was little her nickname's been Bumble.

over the moon!

My bestie is pregnant! I'm super excited for her, she's going to be an incredible mum and after a horrible year, she's the most deserving of this little miracle. Of course, as long as the little sprout pops out happy and healthy, that's what matters, but fingers and toes crossed for a little girl - she'll be born in line for the most incredible vintage wardrobe.

Hand stamped and hand made card (I sent a yellow one, nice and neutral, just in case).

it's a curse

Not many can carry off a full on, thick and bushy beard. Heck, I know a few who can't even grow stuble (yeah, you). But it seems the beard is here to stay on the cool list, so obviously I made a scribble. It might make it to print. I've got at least 8 friends, and my dad, that have earnt a copy anyway.

Oh, honey

We all know one, God knows I love a good hashtag.
3x3" hand stamped mini card.
Available here.

Especially for Harriet!

Cheeky kitty collaboration.
The incredibly talented Harriet Gray let me have a play at turning one of her gorgeous cat illustrations into an embroidery. Aren't I lucky! This pretty kitty didn't take me too long (although I wasn't exactly taking notice of time, I was enjoying it too much) and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. In hindsight, I guess, I would have liked to 'go all out' and embroider the whole face but that didn't suit my 'sketchy' style and I wanted to keep as much as possible of the drawn lines that Harriet had made. I'm so happy Harriet is pleased with the outcome and I've enjoyed this idea of collaborating - something I hope to continue playing with. I've certainly caught the bug and will embroider bigger subjects, like portraits etc, but stick with the vintage handkerchief as a basis to play on.
And all through the magic of Instagram and email. Brilliant!


A few photos of the work in progress: