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  • Plant your card and grow flowers!


    Feeling like doing a bit of gardening these days?

    Get your green fingers back with our seeded greeting cards to plant! Send a card AND some flowers in just one envelope!

    Our seeded cards are ordinary greeting cards with seeds embedded in the paper.

    You can turn your card into blooming flowers by simply planting it! In planting your card you can grow some poppies, English daisies, catchfly, sweet asylum and black eyed susan.









    Planting your card is simple and easy! Just follow the steps below.

    - Shred your card into pieces. Place the pieces into a bowl of water for a few hours, this allows the seeds to loosen from the paper’s fibre.

    - Plant the pieces into soil (a few mm deep), in a plant pot.

    - Water your plant pot regularly and ensure the pot is kept in a bright and warm place. It is very important not to let the paper dry out by keeping the compost moist, but make sure to not over-water.

    - With a little patience and sun, the seeds will start to grow and flowers will bloom. Enjoy!

     Get your cards here!


    Please not the seeded cards can only be sent from and to Europe.

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  • Summer market!

    Oolala Design is very happy to be part of Urban makers east on Saturday 23rd of July! 

    The Ecology pavilion in Mile End will host a lovely market with loads of great makers more details on their website. See you there!







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  • Bespoke product

    At Oolala Design we like to design bespoke products, it’s actually really fun!

    From wedding stationary to home-ware or jewellery, we’re on it!

    Here is an example of one of our bespoke product, a napkin holder shaped like a little boat. The client brief was very open, he wanted a piece of home-ware or tableware to put on the table that was related to the sea, literally anything! But it had to be made out of wood.

    First came in the mood board of the style he was after, then I sketched some ideas, a lot of ideas! The next stage of the process was to pitch him three of the best concepts, with either nice drawings or 3d renders. After a long chat and a few cups of coffee he decided on one of the concept which was actually my favourite (yay!).

    He wanted to use cherry wood as it reminded him of the beautiful old sailing boat he once used to sail on (once upon a time!).

    The boat had then to be properly 3d modelled with the appropriate dimensions to hold the napkins in place. A few technical drawings and mock up later the file was ready to become a physical product. The shell of the boat was cut by a cnc in two stages bottom and then top, the mast was then fixed in place. It was then oiled in order to protect the cherry wood, et voilà! 

    A beautiful piece of home-ware for an old sailor and sea lover!

    If you too fancy a commission please do get in touch here, we would love to hear from you!

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  • Photgraphy

    One of the most important things for me is to have beautiful photos that really give a feel about my brand and products.

    I work with the photographer Sam Bond who is a commercial photographer and also do some pretty cool music photography too. He has taught me a lot about composition and styling and made me really picky about the way my photos looks.

    Once you get all your products and props ready let the fun begin!

    I try to use props that are in line with my branding, not too big, small or colourful as I want to keep the focus on my products. I have a soft spot for toys they just work really well for me, and then I can play with them afterwards! Thinking ahead of colours, themes... for props really help the storytelling and then the photos.

    When I’m planning a photo-shoot I always start with a rough sketch of the composition I want to create, then tweak it according to what looks best visually.

    We really like the look of natural light, but because of the unpredictable weather in the UK (silly weather!) we recreate a very natural looking light by using very simple studio lighting, one light and a reflector to even out the light.

    Once the final composition and lighting is all set, we then take the photo! Afterwards the photos are imported into the computer make them look lovely and overlay any text that is needed. A bit of de-dusting later (bloody cat) and they’re ready to go!

    There is real value in using a professional photographer, the level of detail and styling and the quality of the photos are worth every penny! If you want to get in touch with Sam drop him a line!

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  • Spring markets!

    Come and meet all the dinosaurs from Oolala on the Sunday 5th of June. This is a free event but you must register online here.

    Guy's hospital, Great Maze Pond - London Bridge - SE1 9RT

    This is a special day to help, support and celebrate cancer survivors with live music,  a craft market, children activities, science lectures and more!


    The Crouch end festival will held a lovely craft market on Saturday 11th of June come and say hi! 

    Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre - Crouch end - N8 9JJ

    More on the festival here.



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  • Van Go Yourself!

    Bring the art to your home with Van Go Yourself!

    If you don't know what to do on a rainy day how about making a Van Go Yourself? Gather some friends, pick a classic paint, get into character and recreate some famous scenes! 

    We decided on some classic paintings, then the Oolala gang put together a few ribbons & accessories.  A few snaps later thanks to Sam Bond our awesome photographer we too became master pieces! 

    De La Tour - Le tricheur à l'as de carreau
    Rembrandt - La leçon d’anatomie
    Wilhelm -  Bella and Hannah
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