This week’s hump day happiness is provided by Pineapple Lobster.
Pineapple Lobster is owned and run by Sarah in Walsall (UK). I was drawn to her illustrations because they are full of sweet treats and bright colours. Pineapple Lobster illustrations have a magical child-like quality to them and alongside the cake, rainbows and unicorns is this Harry Potter inspired print which is definitely on my shopping list!
I will hand over to Sarah to tell you more about herself and her inspirations…
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Sarah, a happy little biscuit muncher, colour lover and mama of two little ones. I am an illustrator and the owner of Pineapple Lobster. In a former life I served 8 years in the Royal Air Force as a trained nurse. A far cry from the rainbows and unicorns of my current life.
How/where/why did Pineapple Lobster begin?
|It began about a year after I had my little boy. I left my career to be at home with my children and I really needed something to so for myself. I have always loved drawing and it became a little creative outlet for me. It all spiralled from there really, I decided to set up an etsy shop and here I am.|
What inspires your designs?
|I’m a big fan of pudding. Actually, I’m a big fan of anything sweet so food plays a huge part in my designs. I’m always inspired by pretty bakeries and anything food related. I’m also a bit obsessed with colour. I can sit and stare at pantone swatch and paint chips in the shops for hours.|
Who inspires you?
|My children are a huge inspiration. Their wonderful imaginations fuel my drawings which is why they have a fun, colourful, child like aspect to them.|
What tools do you use to create your designs?
|I use adobe illustrator and a wacom tablet on my Mac. I’ve never been one to sketch an idea first, I just get straight to it and see where my mind takes me.|
What is your favourite item to make?
|I love cakes. I could draw cakes all day long.|
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
|Be yourself! It’s so hard to look at other people and compare and think that you should be doing something just because everyone else is doing the same. I am 100% myself with what I do, you can’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’m really cool with that. I think my style and personality really comes through with my illustrations and that is just because I’m being me.|
Pineapple Lobster’s treasures
The first thing I had to buy from the Pineapple Lobster was the rainbow garland, how perfect are they for hump day happiness?! I couldn’t leave without the matching card. When the card arrived the “Happy” letters were embossed which was an unexpected detail I really liked.
I had to exert an enormous amount of self control when buying this macarons card. I almost came away with the matching garland… then, a few days after my items arrived, the Pineapple Lobster released their band new glittery ice creams. I need to find excuses and spaces for them all! This macarons (NOT MACAROONS as I learned on the Pineapple Lobster’s Instagram) card reminded me of my sister. My sister is obsessed with macarons. When we went to Paris, she took me to Ladurée which is full of amazingly beautiful sweet treats and macarons (Ladurée call them macarons too). The shop is well worth a visit to witness all of the beautiful sweet treats for yourself. She bought herself a box in the centre of Paris but had eaten them all before we got to the airport. Luckily for her they had a little shop at the airport so she could grab a few more before we hopped on our plan and left her beloved Ladurée behind.
Talking about beautiful snacks…. I had to buy this ‘biscuits’ card along with the stickers. I have a bit of a biscuit addiction. In my desk in work I have about four different types of biscuits on the go (it’s OK because I share them). I love to have one or two with a cup of tea and variety is the spice of life!
Each of the cards were £3.00 and everything arrived wrapped beautifully in yellow and white stripey paper bags. The rainbow garland was £7.00 and the stickers were £1.50. I am very happy with each of my purchases.
I hope you have fun browsing the Pineapple Lobster’s delicious work and that it brings you some hump day happiness.