Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Time for a tidy up

I have neglected my office recently and today I had a quiet afternoon on my hands, either eat mince pies and chocolates or have a good tidy up. Tomorrow I will add the finishing touches......

Monday, 24 December 2007

Nearly time for Santa

It's nearly time for santa and the last finishing touches are being done around the house.
Little home made cross stitch stocking's hanging on the tree.
one for Faye
and one for me.....

Thank you to all for suporting Cavania through out this year and Merry Christmas to you all and warm wishes for 2008.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

What's New?

Here is our latest advert that is now featuring in trade magazines and it has some of our new designs scattered throughout. Pop back soon and more will be revealed.

Strictly Come Dancing

We are all Sitting in front of the TV waiting for the results of this years 'Strictly Come Dancing'. I am a total fan and wish I had all the gorgeous gowns to float around in. After watching last years show Cavania launched it's vey own 'Let's Dance' range of cards.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Merry Christmas

I decided to start work on a Christmas card range for 2008 last night and screen printing different xmas shapes on to different yummy boards. I love screen printing and got completely carried away and suddenley I had made lots of images and these I am sending out today to family and friends as their Christmas cards. A Cavania original and a little clue as to our first Christmas card range to come....

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Bye Bye Easter Hello Christmas!

OK I know it's mean but it's a Saturday night and there's nothing on telly. Let's face it bunny had spent far too long in the cupboard and had to give his life for the greater good. Yum Yum.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

A gift from Fresh

Fresh magazine is featuring three of our photo albums as a subscription gift. The albums worth £24.99 are being given away free, one with every new subscription. The magazine is full of scrumptious recipes and gorgeously styled photos.

Go on treat your self.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Flower Power Greeting Cards

Flower Power a colourful and chic Spring 08 range was launched at this Autumn's trade shows and was an immediate hit with all. A range of 12 cards each with a co-ordinated fun pattern printed on a mat card which has be mounted under the pearlshine die cut girly image and finished with a hand made satin corsage. Giving the card multi layers and on the satin flower lots of tiny sparkling diamontes for a touch of glamour.

Leather clutch bag and leather corsage's are by London

The full range of Flower Power is now available in all the John Lewis stores.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Afternoon tea anyone

A lovely surprise arrived today in the post, 6 gorgeous mugs from Hudson & Middleton. Our popular 'Blush' range of cards have been licenced and turned into these charming bone china mugs. I just heard the kettle calling, afternoon tea anyone?

Monday, 3 December 2007

A Fairy Tale wedding

A snap shot of the special day.
Congratulations Carolyn & Justin x

Album originally posted on 17.11.07

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

It's T time

I wanted to send some presents out to Australia to my family and 'what' was the question. So after a little brain storming the idea of T-Shirts sprung to mind.

Happy Days Boat with Robbie the dog as look out.

Ripping a wave at Gnaraloo.
It has been something that I have wanted to do for Cavania and this was just a little experiment, well I was pleased with the results and the recipients were delighted.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Relax your worth it

I recently exhibited at the Spirit of Christmas in the fabulous Olympia building in London and it was great to meet many of you and thank you for all your support. I had for sale a selection of original works and I was surprised and delighted when virtuality all sold. It was the first time I had displayed any original work as I have always kept them protectively hidden in a corner of my studio never to see the light of day after they had gone to print. With many of you requesting more, more, and more I have gone through some more of my works and will be displaying them for sale. So if you see one you would like to give a home to simply email.

Here is a picture of a girl relaxing reading a book, it was painted with brush and ink and comes complete with a cream painted wooden frame. Painted in 2007 and the image will be appearing in a greeting card range spring 2008. Frame measurements 53x42cm. £85.00.

Above is a picture of a girl kneeling, it was painted with brush and ink and comes in a cream painted wooden frame. Painted in 2007 and the image will be appearing in a greeting card range spring 2008, frame measurements 53x42cm. £85.00.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Messgae from Pretoria

I had a surprise email in my inbox this evening all the way from South Africa which I have copied in below. Having looked up Pretoria on the internet I was delighted to see many beautiful pictures but this image of blue Jacaranda tree's lining the streets was one I just had to share. If you have come across our cards in near or far places in the world, please do drop us a line we would love to hear from you.

Hi Karen! I must congratulate you on all the beautiful cards that you come up with! My name is Dawn von Wielligh, I am 38 years old and stay in South Africa, Pretoria, which is close to Johannesburg (in case you were not sure!) I walked into a shop called Willowbrook a few months ago and saw your beautiful cards, I found it so classic and beautiful I bought the whole bunch! Now I feel too sorry to use them, unless for a very special friend or family member! I contacted your agent in South Africa because this shop does not have any more stock?! I hope to find more of your products or stockists in Pretoria soon, well done on this wonderful venture! Good that someone do believe dreams can come true!

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Carolyn's Wedding

My sister-in-law Wendy emailed me from Australia and asked if I would paint an album for her sisters wedding, me paint a wedding could I refuse. What girl doesn't love to play with pretty pictures of wedding dresses?
So I spent the day in my studio and this was the result a gorgeous red satin gown for an enchanting December wedding. I cant wait to see the photos from the day, hopefully Wendy will email me one and I can post it to show you all.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Simply Divine

The party season is fast approaching and the Cavania studio has been very busy this week and here is a sneaky peak at what has developed so far. A range of cards called 'Simply Divine' gorgeous gowns and gold sparkly butterfly shoes to dance the night away in, what more does a girl need?

The range should be available for our stockists in the next couple of months, we will keep you posted as to who gets the first shipment and where you can get you party shoes.

The square canvas (central) has now been SOLD, if you are interested in any originals you see on the site please do email me. 19.11.07

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Goodbye Summer

What a beautiful day today, it was a reminder of what little summer we did have this year. Here a few photos I took of some glorious poppies I have in the garden that come up and flower each year. They are so perfect they look as though they are made of tissue paper. Nature what a wondrous thing.

Friday, 28 September 2007

Calling all Cavania Shops & Stores

If you would like to have your shop or store featured on the Cavania Blog. Please drop us a line with a few words and some pictures would be great, a photo of outside and if you have an in-house display that you are particularly proud off. Email, I look forward to recieving them.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Cavania goes to Hollywood

Our first entry on the Cavania Blog and what a title 'Cavania goes to Hollywood' .
Great news today Cavania has made a sell through the Etsy site to a very lovely lady in Hollywood. A pack of 6 wedding bouquet notecards are now winging their way over the pond. I hope you enjoy them Sadie, I can't tell you how exciting it was to be writting a post label out for Hollywood.

The Etsy site was set up so we could reach the States as we don't have an American distributor yet, so if you would like to purchase some of Cavania's stationery & greeting cards just click on the link in the left hand coloum Etsy - Cavania.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

About Karen Sanders

Cavania was created by Karen Sanders back in 2003 born from the love of stationery and crafting. Having spent 18 years working and developing two wonderful gift stores with her mother Janice, Karen decided to set up her own design company.

"I spent hours making cards and hand painting children's furniture and these were selling faster than I could make them for our two stores and a small collection of other gift shops. I printed my first range of greeting cards called 'Fussy Pots" based upon my daughter Faye who was then 9 and our cat Mimi. It was very long hours assembling the cards and packing the orders but I was so delighted every time the phone rang or the fax machine sent in a 'love letter" as I call them. The Cavania stockist are so encouraging and their loyalty has pushed me on, I am so thankfull and still feel incredibly lucky to be working in an industry that I love."

"In 2004 I left the family business and concentrated on Cavania full time and have never looked back, Mum retired a few years ago and sold the stores as a going concern which I still supply with Cavania products. In 2005 Christian my husband left his job and joined Cavania we work together every day and it's wonderful. I am surrounded by a lovely family, my very creative daughter and my husband Christian runs the business side of things and my Mum even works part time for me as an agent."

Thank you all for your amazing support, I love you all