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We Are Open April 21 2016

Here at I Love Mel, we've been rushed off our feet for weeks! And it's almost time for the big unveiling.

Open is our very own shop to house gifts, cards, colouring books and more. We'll be bringing in a coffee & juice bar, a selfie room, a colouring-in table - come and see for yourselves. We like to think it'll be so much more fun than the normal shopping trip, and you'll be able to feast your eyes on all our books and gift ideas first-hand. 

We are Open as of 29th April. Don't miss out - come down, take a selfie, take a load-off, have a frolic, revel in books, paint the town red - or the colouring books, at least. Buy a pen, or two, observe the surroundings, check out the array of gifts, gaze upon the jewellery table and say hello to our dog, Poppy. She's quite a delight. 
@ 19 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea. We'll see you there.

We Are Open April 21 2016

Here at I Love Mel, we've been rushed off our feet for weeks! And it's almost time for the big unveiling.

Open is our very own shop to house gifts, cards, colouring books and more. We'll be bringing in a coffee & juice bar, a selfie room, a colouring-in table - come and see for yourselves. We like to think it'll be so much more fun than the normal shopping trip, and you'll be able to feast your eyes on all our books and gift ideas first-hand. 

We are Open as of 29th April. Don't miss out - come down, take a selfie, take a load-off, have a frolic, revel in books, paint the town red - or the colouring books, at least. Buy a pen, or two, observe the surroundings, check out the array of gifts, gaze upon the jewellery table and say hello to our dog, Poppy. She's quite a delight. 
@ 19 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea. 
We'll see you there.

Mother's Day February 26 2016

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Sunday 6th March, in fact... Uh-Oh. Have you left it until the last minute again? Well do not worry. Help is here.



If you're looking for something especially amazing for your amazing mum this year, look no further. We've made the perfect list of gifts that are sure to put a smile on her face.

 

1. Not In Service bus brooch 

 Let your mum have day off with this Not In Service brooch. 

 

2. Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That by Susie Hodge

Hodge looks at contemporary art and notes how there is more to it than what meets the eye. An interesting, eye-opening book on the meaning of modern art. 

 

3. Cat Nap cotton pillow cases pair

Mum's absolutely love bedding. There is no question about it. So, who would say no to snuggling up with these two? 

4. NO FUCKS GIVEN enamel pin

Everyone has had times where they want to lay down and ignore the world. But with this pin, it can be done in a much more fun way. What mum wouldn't love this?

5. The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams 

Williams' book on interior design and the slowly created home space is perfect for any mum. Whether it's for inspiration on decorating their own home or as an interesting, colourful read, you can't go wrong here.

6. Tom Hiddleston necklace

Tom is a very much loved, household name, especially for all the mums out there. And why not? He is very lovable. If your mum is a fan, she'll be an even bigger fan of her new necklace!

7. Famous by Thames & Hudson

Coffee-table styled book filled with celebrities and photographs which is perfect for your fabulous mum. 

 

8. CHUPPON grow your own

Grow your very own clover, basil, wild strawberry or mint. They are perfectly easy, all you need to do is add water! And in no time, the plant will bloom! 




Browse the shop for more fabulous gifts for your fabulous mother.


Bowie in Colour January 12 2016

Yesterday, whilst rummaging around for my gloves or a woolly hat, I was stunned at my husband's announcement that David Bowie had died. "He can't have! He just brought a record out and it was just his birthday!" I exclaimed (or something along those lines). And I think that many of us had very similar reactions. Somehow, Bowie seemed invincible: well his music, artistry and the mark that he made on British pop culture certainly is.It will last forever.

Someone on twitter mentioned yesterday that Bowie ought to have been in my Colour Me Good Record Sleeves colouring book. Well he used to be. The previous version of this book featured Bowie and many other greats, and when I had to re-make this title (due to legal reasons) I filled it with a completely different set of artists so as not to piss off people who bought both copies. I have a feeling that David would have liked being in this colouring book. When he came across my Bowie paper doll, I received an email from his assistant asking if they could mention it on davidbowie.com and of course I said "Hell yes!"

Anyway, to cut a long blogpost short, here is the David Bowie colouring page which you can print out and colour in whilst listening to your favourite Bowie tracks. If you'd like to share your efforts on Instagram and Twitter, use the hashtag #bowieincolour as I'd love to see them.

David Bowie by Mel Elliott for Colour Me Good

 

 

 


COMING TO AMERICA November 03 2015

Hey y'all!

I LOVE MEL has just returned from a very exciting business trip to Austin, Texas in order to set up I LOVE MEL USA. Yes, very very soon all you lovely American and Canadian customers will be able to buy from an American-based site, in dollars, with super fast, super cheap shipping! Books will be printed in Austin, on American-made paper (that is kind to trees obvs).

I LOVE MEL USA will be selling the usual UK stuff as well as a few new goodies. The new website is very close to completion so please hold off on your Christmas shopping for now (unless you're spending £50 or more, then just use the UK version as your shipping is FREE and by courier anyway!)

Austin is a fantastic place, their motto being 'stay weird' and I look forward to heading back there as soon as I can.

Whilst there, my daughter Pearl and I were delighted to see her biography, Pearl Power in Austin's huge, brilliant bookstore 'Bookpeople'!

Pearl and Pearl Power in Book People

Austin's signage is incredibly creative, well-executed and makes this city quite unique from others. I am determined to head back with a really good camera and capture every single bit of it.

 

The food is AMAZING! And the restaurants love to feed you... a lot. Before each and every meal, you are brought huge baskets of tacos with dips, sometimes twice... and then they wonder why you don't manage to eat all your dinner. Most of the days we were there, we managed on one meal. ONE MASSIVELY BIG MEAL. The cocktails are also awesome and I'm afraid Britain has a thing or two to learn about making a decent Bloody Mary, the one pictured here is from Benji's where I had one the best Bloody Marys like ever and a fantastic Sunday Tex Mex buffet. Best meal of my hols!

Benji's bloody mary

Pearl tucks into the pre-meal tacos

 Our trip wasn't all stuffing our bellies though, we had business to do: printers to commission, order fulfillment to find, packaging to source and lots of much more businessy stuff that I won't bore you with. Here's me testing paper to find the perfect colouring book material whilst Pearl contemplates jumping in the deep end.

Clampitt Paper Co.
We just had time to pop to Houston to have lunch with an astronaut before heading back to the UK and we got to see THE actual mission control. I'm not even into space stuff but even I found this absolutely mind blowing and couldn't wait to watch Apollo 13 as soon as we got back (which was difficult to do with a tonne of jet lag.
Astronaut Ken Cameron
I highly recommend a visit to Austin if you're looking to head to the States and want something a bit different and hey, if you're there this Saturday (7th Nov) you can catch one of my favourite bands, The Charlatans at Auditorium Shores !
Here's a pic of their lead singer and I LOVE MEL supporter, Tim Burgess wearing my unisex FEMINIST t-shirt.
photo credit: Tim Burgess's friend with a camera
I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I LOVE MEL USA is live, watch this space...
Mel x

 


GIFTS FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING October 21 2015

Some people can just be difficult to buy for. Usually, we find it's because they have everything they would want or need. So what do you buy for these people?

We've chosen the best gifts from the I Love Mel shop for your special someone so you can finally buy them something NEW & DIFFERENT for that complete collection of theirs.
They won't see it coming, and they'll be amazed with receiving something they haven't got for once!

Take a look... 

 

Seeing Double playing cards by Mel Elliott

A memory game also known as pairs, these cards are stylishly illustrated with people, cars and objects.
Can be played alone as memory practice or multiple players including the whole family. It's a fun filled game that can go on for hours.

£14.50

 

DEAD SLEB card game by Wicked Step Mum

This macabre parlour game will be a sure-fire hit with anyone a bit dark and celebrity obsessed!

£12.99

 

 

 

 

 

Beachball Lights by Toby Sanders

A seaside design to add a touch of style anywhere in the home.
They would work great in a children's bedrooms, with the original beach ball in white, yellow, red and blue. You'll still feel connected to the beach even on a rainy day.

£70

 

 

SMARTPHONE VR VIEWER by I Love Mel

This can be a gift to an film fan to turn your phone into an instant 3D viewer. To immerse yourself into a game or animated film. 

£19.99

 

Trust Me pencils by I Love Mel

These pencils are great gifts for someone to add to their pen collection.

Professions include, ESTATE AGENT, DOCTOR, ARTIST and DESIGNER.

£4.00

 

 

 

Mad Men character graphite pencils by I Love Mel

If you think the show is stylish you can now get your very own stylish pencil set too!
These are essential for any Mad Men lover.

£4

 

PENCILS THAT ROCK colouring pencils by I Love Mel

Twelve pencils that look great and read great. Each one has a rock song to go with the colour. Choose between Pretty in Pink, Purple Rain and Big Yellow Taxi.

They're pencils that rock!

£9.95

 

 

 

Colour Me Good '80s by Mel Elliott

E.T. or Madonna? What reminds you of the '80s?
This colouring book can be a great gift to help someone reminisce on many famous and iconic images of the era. Or you can use this to show what was 'a big deal' in the '80s.
Colour in a retro pair of rollerblades and the famous cassette players.

Bring back the '80s.

£7.50

 

Colour Me Good Swooooon colouring book by Mel Elliott

This activity book is packed with heartthrobs to colour in to your heart's content. Get swooning, as there are plenty of hunks inside for all.
This is a wonderful gift to keep busy on an afternoon or to colour your way through in the evening. It has 128 pages so is packed with many, many heartthrobs.

£9.99

 

Colour Me Girl Crush by Mel Elliott

This is a perfect gift to someone to colour in the women that women love! It's packed full with 128 pages, you can find your idol inside or discover a new one. And you even get to colour them in the way you like! What more do you need?

£9.99

 

 

 

 

EMOJI temporary tattoos

Wear your favourite emoji and your arm or your back or even your backside! Each pack comes 6 tattoos as well as instructions.

£5.50

 

 

Zoo Prints by Yago Partal

The Zoo Portrait series is a collection of giclee prints created to spread awareness of animals by humanising them. These portraits can both support animals and be a wonderful addition to your decor.

 

£35

 

 

Hand-drawn maps by Jenni Sparks & Evermade

These handmade and beautifully illustrated maps are great ways to explore the cities. There are four to choose from: Berlin, New York, London and San Francisco.  

It can be the perfect gift for the gap year student or even the traveller who thinks they've seen it all. These maps include the in-the-know places to go and things to see and highlighting the neighbourhoods and streets that make these cities so great.
These are a traveller's must-have.  

£75-£100

 

 

 

 

 

NOT IN SERVICE Brooch by Garudio Studiage

 This brooch will keep any unwanted stranger away. It's the perfect gift for someone who likes to be avoided, or just to be worn as a funny, witty accessory. 

 

£6.00

 


GIFTS FOR KIDS October 21 2015

Here in the I Love Mel shop we've selected a few gifts which are unique, different and won't be found in the supermarket. 

From quirky lighting for the kids bedroom or a stylish set of cards, we've got what you're looking for. Think fun, exciting and will keep the kids happy for the whole afternoon!  

Feminist T-shirt by Mel Elliott

The fashionable FEMINIST unisex T's are screen printed here in the UK on fairtrade t-shirts that are 100% organic cotton. These bold t-shirts carry a great message on gender equality. They are for all ages and they look great!

£22

 

Pearl Power storybooks by Mel Elliott 

This is the first book in an upcoming series by Mel Elliott. This is a wonderful story of how Pearl overcomes gender inequality. This is aimed at 4-8 year olds highlighting how girls are just as good as boys. 

Buy both PEARL POWER and PEARL POWER AND THE TOY PROBLEM together for a discounted price of £14. Books can also be signed by the author & illustrator for that special someone.

£14

 

LIKE A GIRL graphite pencils

These tongue-in-cheek pencils are not just for girls but they do promote confidence in girls and diminish the once derogatory term "like a girl". Let's hear it, girls are great, and let's show everyone that we know it.

£4

 

 

Junior crumpled city map

There are three maps to choose from: London, New York, and Paris.

These junior maps are durable and 100% waterproof. They can be scrunched right up and stuffed into little pockets and are easy to navigate with bold illustrations. Travelling with your kids has never been easier.

£8.99

 

 

 

Five Monster Bookmarks by Noodoll

These cute, friendly-faced bookmarks can be fun to use when reading long books. Never lose your place again. They're great ways to get your kids reading more!

£3.95 

 

 

A Hippo Paper Mobile Kit

Get crafty and create your own hippo mobile with this kit. They're easy to make, fun for kids and are great additions to your child's bedroom.  

 £7.50


 

 

Beachball Lights by Toby Sanders

A seaside design to add a touch of style anywhere in the home.
They would work great in a children's bedrooms, with the original beach ball in white, yellow, red and blue. You'll still feel connected to the beach even on a rainy day. 

£70

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing Double playing cards by Mel Elliott 

The well-known game 'pairs' has taken a stylish turn with colourful, bold images of people, cars and everyday objects in Seeing Doubles. It's a fun game that will keep the whole family busy for hours, perfect for birthdays, Christmas and Sunday afternoons. 

£14.50

 

 

 


GIFTS FOR THE CREATIVE TYPES September 23 2015

Buying gifts for the creative types can be a challenge. If you need some help we've got just the list for you.
Check out below the top gifts for your special someone. 

'Seeing Double' card game by I Love Mel

A memory game also known as 'pairs', these cards are stylishly illustrated with people, cars and objects.
Can be played alone as memory practice or multiple players including the whole family. It's a fun filled game that doesn't go on for hours!

£14.50

 

 Colour Me Good Modern Art colouring book by I Love Mel

This colouring book features drawings by Mel Elliott of some of the world's most iconic art works. Featuring pieces by Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol, Jame & Dinos Chapman, and many more. This colouring book is all you need for an arty-farty felt-tip party!

£7.50

 

 

Trust Me I'm An Artist pencils by I Love Mel

These pencils are a great gift to that artist friend of yours.

Every good artist needs a great pencil set. 

£4.00

 

 

 

Optrixx: camera shaped looking eyes

It looks exactly like a camera and when you look through this Optrixx your view will be distorted in a kaleidoscope effect.

View the world through different eyes.

£6.25 

 

 

Sunography: Solar Powered Photography

Place an object onto the sunography paper and expose it to sunlight. After rinsing, your image will be in a bold, rich blue print. This is quick and easy, a great way to create cool art. It's safe to use so can be a brilliant way to show the kids the basics of photography.

£9.95

 Colour Me Good Chairs colouring book by Mel Elliott

A collection of drawings on interesting and unique chairs, giving a description of each one. This is a great gift for any colour-inner. Featuring iconic chairs that furniture geeks will know and love.
Get your felt tips at the ready, it's colour time!

£7.50

 

 

We go to the Gallery by Miriam Elia

This book sees John and Susan visiting an art gallery with their mother's help to identify the meaning of many of the exhibits. It uses simple English to explain the meaning behind the galleries art. The book interprets death as being final, looking at images in a unique perspective.

£19.50

 

 

HOW TO MAKE ART by Mel Elliott 

A book of ideas, inspiration, theory and practice, by I LOVE MEL front-woman, Mel Elliott.

Learn the know-how to screen printing, font designing, sketching, finding inspiration & more. 

£11.99

 

Mad Men character graphite pencils by I Love Mel

If you think the show is stylish you can now get your very own stylish pencil set too!
These are essential for any Mad Men lover. 

£3.50 

 

 

PENCILS THAT ROCK colouring pencils by I Love Mel

Twelve pencils that look great and read great. Each one has a rock song to go with the colour. Choose between Pretty in Pink, Purple Rain and Big Yellow Taxi.

They're pencils that rock!  

£9.95

 

 

ART V CRAFT unisex t-shirt

This unisex screenprinted t-shirt by Modern Fairytale Club is very very cool.

£10.00

 

 

 

 


INSTA-WIN! September 03 2015

Okay, every week I'm going to give one of you lovely Instagram users a free colouring book of your choice (from the I LOVE MEL collection of course!)

All you have to do is Instagram a picture of yourself with one of your I LOVE MEL books from the COLOUR ME GOOD range. Hashtag that picture with #ilovemel #wincolourmegood and then the title of the book you'd like to win. Every single week, one of you will get that book absolutely free!

To follow I LOVE MEL on Instagram, go here.

Just like this...

Or this...

 


JACK GETS A "KIMYE" MANICURE (a photo love story) September 02 2015

Here at I Love Mel, we sell an array of brilliant nail transfers. We have flamingos and pugs and pineapples and fast food and all sorts. But as soon as we saw these "Kimye" version, we just had to use them! So here is Jack getting a little manicure, 'Jackie photo love story' style!