Now, usually we reserve the Sticky9 Icon ‘crown’ for our very favourite photographers, but since today would have been William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and since he is one of the greatest artists in history, we’re bending our own rules a little bit.
This ‘Shakespeare selfie’ made us giggle. Happy birthday @billyshakes1564! :)
Carra Sykes is a graphic designer, artist and self-confessed creative kid who’ll never stop exploring. One of the areas she explores is her relationship with her mother. Borne out of jokes made by her uncle, Carra’s photographic series 'Mother + Daughter' is just lovely. Carra photographs herself - then photographs her mother in identical clothes, in similar positions and with similar expressions. The results are fun and playful but they’re also very, very touching.
To see more from Carra (and her mum!), visit her website at carrasykes.com
Now, you’re not forgetting it’s Mother’s Day on the 11th May, are you? Are you? We’ve 15% off the entire Sticky9 collection at the moment so - no reason for mum not to have a nice big smile on her face when her special day rolls around! To make sure your Mother’s Day gifts arrive on time, order on or before 25th April :)
The Luxton brothers set out to make a fun calendar to gift to their mum. Now their terrific ‘updated’ family album has turned in to an ongoing blog. With a little help from their family members here and there, the Luxton brothers have, as grown-ups, recreated a series of their favourite family photos. Needless to say, the results are sweet, funny - and wonderfully weird! You can see ‘Then & Now’ here.
We do love a family photo with a twist. This Easter, why not gather some of your favourite people together for a special portrait? Think of the fun you could have turning them in to Sticky9 gifts! Share your ideas with us! Tag your photos #Sticky9 on Instagram or get in touch via Facebook + Twitter. You can even drop us a line if you like. Say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org :)
If your Easter Sunday plans include decorating eggs, then you definitely want to hop over to our DIY post + get dip dyeing your own egg designs :)
And… no Easter celebration is complete without an Easter egg hunt, is it? Find and repin these 9 eggs for a chance to win a pack of Classic Large magnets :) They’re hiding on here on our Pinterest boards.
If you’re Instagramming your Easter fun (and we know you will be!) tag us in your photos. Add #Sticky9 so we can find you.
As many of us look forward to spending time with friends, family and loved ones this Easter, New York photographer Richard Rinaldi takes a rather thought provoking look at relationships and the way we communicate them in a physical way.
In his series, 'Touching Strangers', Richard invites complete strangers to pose as friends, lovers and family members to awkward, stark effect. Mesmerising!
It’s no secret we love Pinterest. Full of scrumptious recipes, great interiors tips, beautiful photography and stacks of creative inspiration, we cannot get enough.
Of course, we enjoy finding, pinning + sharing lovely stuff with you on our profile, but we thought it might be fun to bring some of those gorgeous Pinterest ideas to life. What do you think?
Every month, we’ll pick a Pinterest DIY and make it right here on the blog. We’ll share our efforts - then you share yours! Make the project then post pics with hashtag #Sticky9 and, well, it’ll be a whole load of fun :) Ready to get your DIY groove on and give it a go? Great!
Hard-boiled eggs (we chose white eggs to make the colours more vibrant)
A bright and cheery selection of food colouring
Plastic cups or similar containers (each one big enough to fit an egg!)
Protective gloves (unless you want rainbow fingers tips)
Paper/sheeting/plastic bags - something to protect your work surface
Step by step..
Before we begin, check your hardboiled eggs have completely cooled. You might want to let them float around in cold water for a while to make sure.
While your eggs are cooling off… prepare your craft area! Cover your work surface with a protective sheet/paper/plastic bags to prevent stray food colouring ruining your lovely kitchen. Lay out your paper cups/little containers. You’ll need as many containers as you have colours.
Now you’re ready to mix your dyes. First, fill each of your plastic cups with enough warm water to immerse an egg. Then add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to each cup. Next, add approximately 20 drops of food colouring to each cup. (The colours you use are totally up to you). Now stir!
It’s time to dip dye your eggs :) Wearing protective gloves, dip the end of one of your eggs in to one of your plastic colour cups. The longer you allow the egg to stay in the dye, the deeper the colour will be.
When you’re satisfied you’ve achieved the shade you want, remove the egg from the dye and gently pat dry with some kitchen roll. Once your dye has dried, dip the other end of the egg into a different colour cup. Again, once you’re satisfied the egg has been in the dye long enough, pat dry with kitchen roll.
Continue to dip your eggs - experimenting with colour combos and dipping at different angles. You can create some really beautiful effects.
Don’t forget to take some snaps of your finished results! We’re dyeing to see! (Apologies). Hashtag your photos #Sticky9 on Instagram so we can find you.
Source: Original DIY project by Oh Joy! via Pinterest + made and photographed at Sticky9 HQ by our girl Clare :)
Whether you’re gearing up for a fun holiday weekend, winding down for a much needed springtime rest or feeling a bit testy because you don’t have the luxury of an Easter break (boo!), we hope these gloriously cheerful photos by Dacian Groza will balance your brains and set you up with smiles for the next few days!
We’re definitely adding Portuguese fishing village, Costa Nova do Prado, to our (ever-growing) list of places we’d love to visit. With this amount of colour and pattern, it’d hard to feel sad - and just imagine all the marvellous Instagram photos you could take! Now that would be a lovely Sticky9 magnet collection ;)
Whatever you get up to this weekend, enjoy yourselves. We’re wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
In his series 'Poultry Project', London-based photographer Mitch Payne temporarily removes farm birds from the coup and positions them instead against sparse, colourful, high-contrast backgrounds to dramatic (and comedic) effect! Who knew chickens were so stylish and photogenic?!
It’s Easter in a matter of days and for many of us, this means Spring holidays and fun eggscursions! (Sorry). Whatever you get up to, keep your camera phone handy and be ready to capture those special moments spent with friends and family :)
Jeong Mee Yoon is a visual artist from South Korea. In her work, ‘The Pink & Blue Project’ she explores and photographs the colour-coded bedrooms and belongings of children across the world in a bid to better understand and visually depict how gender and gender stereotypes shape our identities from our early years.
Not only is Jeong Mee Yoon’s project insightful and thought provoking, it’s a visual feast of candy colours!
Oh, you are a creative bunch, aren’t you? Every week we find you using your Sticky9 magnets in fun and interesting ways. Makes us smile :) Your collections look GREAT. Here are some of our favourite #Sticky9 photos…
Let’s go Sticky9 Spotting > > >
@jonicamelanie has sent her Sticky9 magnets as super-cute card inserts/fun fridge mementos!
With our Classic magnet packs measuring 5cms x 5cms and our Classic Large magnets measuring 7cms x 7cms, your photo display options just got a whole load more playful! Imagine the patterns you can make combining both :) Show us what you get up to via Instagram. Tag #Sticky9 so we can find you!
You know what would make Monday more fun? A giant, inflatable, string jungle jim. Tell me I’m wrong.
Design collective Numen/For Use have have prototyped one! They describe their project as a ‘self supporting inhabitable social structure’ but we describe it as a big cube of fun waiting to happen. Look!
Talking about big fun, you definitely want to keep your eyes on Sticky9.com this week. We’ve something new for you and we think you are going to LOVE it. (And no, it’s not Instagram undies! Even better…)
To find out more about what Numen/For Use get up to, visit their website.
The Tartan Day Parade took place in New York yesterday launching Tartan Week 2014. We say ‘Tartan Week’, though we just read that last year, celebrations of all things Scottish/American continued for 21 days in April last year! :) We wish could have been there.
One of the many marvellous things about Instagram is the way in which, no matter where you are in the world, by just searching a hashtag, you can get a real feel for an event and get involved in the fun from afar.
Here are some of our favourite snippets of the #tartanday tag. Enjoy!
American friends! Are you celebrating the beginning of Tartan Week this weekend? We’d love to see your photos! Tag #Sticky9 on Instagram so we can find you :)
It’s time to take a little trip around the #Sticky9 hashtag and take a peek at what you’re getting up to with your Sticky9 magnets!
Let’s go Sticky9 Spotting…
We’re on the hunt for the most creative and fun magnet patterns. Hearts, words, shapes, animal silhouettes - however you choose to decorate your magnetic surfaces, we want to see! Share your photos with us on Instagram and tag #Sticky9 so we can find you :)
Instagrammer @imjustinobrien created a special doggy fridge display using Sticky9 magnets!
We LOVE to see the creative ways you display your Sticky9 magnets. Making shapes is definitely one of our favourite pastimes. Hearts, geometric patterns, animals, the alphabet… all sorts!
If you’ve created a clever pattern with your Sticky9 magnet collection, show us! We’d love to bring all those great ideas together in one place :) Post a pic on Instagram and #Sticky9 so we can find you or email your ideas to email@example.com.
If you were let loose in the world with a camera + a macro lens, what would you investigate first? We’d like to snap ice cream, sugar, a biscuit, bread and the bubbles in a fizzy drink. (Or maybe we’re just hungry!)
Your first instinct might be to touch it. Then eat it. Then roll around in it. The photograph it (of course!). Whatever it is ;)
French photographer Norman Szkop is the envy of Sticky9 HQ today. Norman’s 'Flying Over the Tulip Fields' series sees him, well… do just that! These wonderful aerial photographs of the super-colourful geometric patterns of blooming tulip fields below are just stunning aren’t they?
To see more of Norman’s beautiful aerial floral photos, click here.
Shall we take a little trip to The Netherlands now? :) The fields LOOK beautiful - imagine how they’d smell…
Yesterday’s big Sticky9 Photowear ‘product launch’ was our go at some silly April Fool’s Day fun :) You took us by surprise though! Lots of you really, really want to order our prank Sticky9 #FancyPants! Maybe ‘Photowear’ is something we should be looking into after all! What do you think?
Sticky9 pants, Sticky9 socks, Sticky9 bikini, Sticky9 pyjamas… If you could print your Instagram photos on ANY garment, which wearable would you choose?
Tweet us at @sticky9 and tell us what you think - or drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Tweet us at @sticky9 and tell us what you think - or drop a line to email@example.com :)
Meet the newest addition to the Sticky9 product collection! We are THRILLED to introduce… Sticky9 Photowear - the cheekiest way to keep your Instagrams close!
Sticky9 Photowear is available for men and for women and comes in 7 colourways - one for each day of the week.
Made from 100% cotton, Sticky9 Photowear is printed and stitched in the UK by our new team of Sticky9 apparel experts. We told you we had big plans, right? Well - this is just the beginning!
Each pair of fancy Sticky9 pants fits an average* of 14 Instagram photos. We stock a full size range XS - XL in both male + female styles. (We’ll post a full measurement guide on the site - don’t worry!).
Sticky9 Photowear hits the online store tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd April. We can’t wait for you to give them a whirl! Please post your pics to Instagram, Facebook + Twitter tagging #Sticky9 #Sticky9FancyPants so we can find you. Tell your friends! Sticky9 Photowear is coming :)
Firstly, Mondays are pretty dull so what better way to liven things up than by going on a Sticky9 Spotting trip? And secondly, today is the very last day of our big ‘3 for 2 / 5 for 3’ Sticky9 magnet promotion so, for inspiration, we thought you might enjoy snooping at what other Sticky9 friends get up to with their collections :)
Off we go! (Monday feels more fun already).
Some GREAT ideas in there, I think! We just love @bedford81’s Sticky9 magnet mirror and we’re SO jealous of @daydreamingmama’s collection (and her super-clean, super-chic kitchen) ;)
Just think what you could do with 27 magnets - or even 45 magnets! (That is a LOT of magnets). The 3 for 2 / 5 for 3 offer ends midnight tonight. Hurry, hurry!
An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds by Luke Stephenson
'An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds' is a marvellous compilation of photographs by Luke Stephenson. Luke started out on his project photographing budgies but soon found himself photographing an ever more varied selection of winged subjects!
These gloriously colourful beauties seem to rather enjoy their status as ‘Show Birds’ as they strike a pose for the camera! I could swear they’re smiling…
In 2007, when John Maloof purchased a stack of undeveloped film negatives from auction for $380, he probably didn’t expect to wind up in possession of some of the most celebrated street photography the art world has ever seen.
Having set about developing the films, John came to realise these pictures were no ordinary snaps and that they’d been taken by no ordinary ‘amateur’ photographer.
John was eventually able to identify the photographer and rightly attach Vivian Maier’s name to the photographs of 1950s/1960s Chicago + New York . He has been championing her work ever since.
Employed as a nanny for 40 years, Vivian chose to keep her talent and her ‘pastime’ secret yet her photographs are celebrated (sadly, posthumously) and her work exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oslo and Hamburg…
John has since made a documentary about ‘Finding Vivian Maier’. See the trailer below. The film opens tomorrow. Such an intriguing - and enchanting story!
When was the last time you popped a bubblegum bubble?
In the summer of 2013, photographer Emily Stein took portraits of children and teenagers in New York State blowing bubbles. Her series ‘Bubblegum’ is beautiful. A celebration of youth (with a nod to its knack of whizzing by much too quickly), Emily’s portraits capture precious little moments of spontaneity and individuality.
Why not add a smidgeon of fun and silliness to your Wednesday? Go buy a pack of gum.
Yes. A GIANT VINTAGE CAMERA CAFE. You read that correctly. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably experiencing palpitations right now.
When blogger Messy Nessy Chic happened upon a photo of this spectacular South Korean coffee shop on Tumblr, she was desperate to find out more about it. It’s thanks to her online sleuthing, we know about it now too! :)
You can find The Dreaming Camera website here. This family’s dream of building and owning their own camera cafe came true. Now let’s hope our dream of going there for tea comes true too!
Thank you all so, so much for taking part in our #Sticky9FOREVER photo contest on Instagram. With over 7000 photos entered, you really livened up the past 9 days and I hope you had a tonne of fun sharing the wonders of your world!
Here’s a little round-up of all 9 prize bundle winners…
Congratulations to (in no particular order, from top left) @abbyd, @babydollvm, @kategabrielle, @blustarzshivr, @chynnat0wn, @indyanna77, @kyaputen, @lexiiloo, @misslaula.
Baby, it’ ain’t over ‘til it’s over…
Your entries were SO great that as a little last-minute surprise, we’d like to announce 9 runners up! Runners up will each receive a Sticky9 magnet pack :)
Congratulations to you ALL. Since you seemed to enjoy this contest, let’s agree to have some more photo fun soon! If you have an idea or a theme for a photo competition, tell us! Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do :)
Brazilian artist Angelica Dass is taking inventory - a ‘chromatic inventory’ of all possible human skin tones. In her ongoing Pantone project, 'Humanae', Angelica aims to catalogue every possible human skin tone and subvert notions we have about ‘black’ and ‘white’, proving humankind is a continuum of colour (and that we look rather lovely!)
You might have spotted it? We couldn’t trace the image source on Pinterest back far enough to be sure we’d found the original creator/photographer - but never fear… The original creator found us! @miss_etc introduced herself via Instagram and we’ve been enjoying her feed in its entirety ever since! @miss_etc? You are this week’s Instagrammer of the Week!
If you would like to share your favourite Instagrammers with us or nominate a contender for Sticky9 Instagrammer of the Week, please do! Just drop a line to email@example.com or talk to us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter + Pinterest! :)
Now our transformation from StickyGram to Sticky9 is complete, shall we pack a picnic and head off on a wee Sticky9 Spotting trip? Yes. Let’s!
Thanks to @daniellevaluri for sharing this with us! Danielle’s family celebrated the arrival of Sticky9 in the best way possible :) Did you create a figure 9 display with your magnets? Don’t forget to show us! Tag #Sticky9 #Sticky9Spotting on Instagram so we can find you.
@valkyler has created a custom iPad cover featuring beautifully curated photographs of her darling dog. What a fuzzy sweetheart :)
This mouth-watering still life snap by @jchongstudio shows off her new Sticky9 magnet collection! Love it.
@mandi_louz_world’s #Sticky9Spotting photo is a real mind bender! Photo within a photo within a photo, within a photo… :) A Sticky9 HQ favourite.
Wheep! @miyabi_na’s family Sticky9 magnet collection is super sweet. We very nearly popped with glee!
@natsshelton has experimented with our new Jigsaw magnet template to marvellous effect. Isn’t this gorgeous? Have you made your own Jigsaw magnet yet? Show us! #Sticky9 #Sticky9Spotting on Instagram and maybe we’ll feature you in a future trip!
Yipeee! Hello Spring! Nice to see you again :) It’s been a while…
If you’re gearing up to get started on your Spring clean, then don’t neglect your fridge! Now’s the time to show it a little TLC and adorn it with 3 for 2 / 5 for 3 Sticky9 magnets :) Offer ends on 31st March. Boing!
Just pop to sticky9.com + create your magnets from your Instagram photos. Order 3 sheets and you’ll only pay for 2. If you order 5 sheets, you’ll only pay for 3. AND you can mix and match Classic packs with Jigsaw packs as you wish. I know! That’s what we like to call a dealio!
Fill your basket this Hump Day. You deserve a wee midweek treat!
And pssst! UK friends! You know Mother’s Day is coming up on 30th March right? Here’s your chance to wow your mum with an extra-thoughtful gift. Order by 24th March for guaranteed pre-Mother’s Day delivery :)
It’s official. This competition has to be the most fun-filled one yet! Your contributions have been AMAZING. Sadly, we can’t send you all prize bundles ( we absolutely would if we could!) but please believe us when we say your photos are making us grin and grin :)
To be in with a shout of winning a Sticky9 prize bundle featuring the ENTIRE collection + a Phoneography Starter Kit from PhotoJojo AND the A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book, just post photos of the wonders of your world to Instagram and tag them #Sticky9FOREVER. The contest closes at the end of 21st March!
Yip! Today could be your lucky day! Heck, you’ve got the Irish on your side ;) If e’er there was a time to enter our #Sticky9FOREVER photo contest, it’s surely now.
Want to get your hands on one of 6 stonking prizes? Sure you do! To be in with a shot, post photos of ‘the wonders of your world’ to Instagram and hashtag them #Sticky9FOREVER. If your profile is set to private, add @sticky9 too so we can find you + count your entry :)
Winners will receive the ENTIRE Sticky9 collection (that’s ‘The Classic’ magnet pack, ‘The Jigsaw’ magnet pack, custom phone case + iPad cover) plus the A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book AND a Phoneography Starter Kit by PhotoJojo. Pretty neat, right?
Get to it! We’ve 6 more Sticky9 prize bundles to give away between now and the 21st March :)
Is your St. Patrick’s Day partying over? Or just beginning? Either way, we’re pretty sure we can tempt you with a delicious corned beef hash slider, a giant bowl of colcannon and a shamrock shake, right?
We’ve been pinning a wee St. Patrick’s Day shindig + celebrating all things green over on Pinterest today :)
Congratulations to… @babydollvm :) You are our third #Sticky9FOREVER contest winner and shortly, you will be receiving a bumper Sticky9 prize bundle!
We’re picking a contest winner every day until 21st March. There are still 6 prizes up for grabs. If you would like to get your hands on the ENTIRE Sticky9 collection + the A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book AND a Phoneography Start Kit from Photo JoJo, post pics of ‘the wonders of your world’ to Instagram and tag ‘em #Sticky9FOREVER :)
Photographer Jason Lee has no time for fuddy duddy family photo albums. He’s too busy harnessing his daughters’ creative (and sometimes bonkers!) ideas to compile a remarkable, ever-growing collection of super fun and unique family photos. Here are just some of the results…
For more, visit 'Sisters' a photo journal for/by/about Jason’s daughters Kristin + Kayla. To see more of Jason’s photography work see his website.
Whoopeeee! It’s time to announce another #Sticky9FOREVER winner. This is so much fun. Maybe we should have a competition every day? ;)
Today’s winner is… Instagrammer @Chynnat0wn!
To be in with a chance of winning a Sticky9 prize bundle including our ENTIRE collection *and* photo goodies from A Beautiful Mess and PhotoJojo, tag photos of ‘the wonders of your world’ #Sticky9FOREVER on Instagram. We’ve 7 more winners to pick between now and the 21st March :)
We’ve got 8 more Sticky9 prize bundles to give away between now and the 21st March so get entering now! Just post a photo of the wonder(s) of your world to Instagram and tag it #Sticky9FOREVER to be in with a chance of winning :) Full details are here.
Congratulations to our first winner - and we wish you all good luck in the coming days!