About emilythepemily


emilythepemily is quirky little online shop owned and run by Illustrator Emily Boyd {that's me}

By day I'm supposed to design and hand print stuff but sometimes I procrastinate. Writing this 'about me' is another form or procrastination.

I'm 28 and I've been married for 3 years to a bloke that I met at a bus stop in Camden 6 years ago. {In reality its not as odd as it sounds} When he talks about PR, American football or Brentford FC I like to think about illustrations, current art exhibitions, how to kill the slugs that ate my vegetables and different ways to make it look like I'm listening. I sometimes think about the awkward & cringe-worthy moments I've had throughout the years but I distract myself by listening to the hubbo talk about the rubbish he likes.  We both have a mutual love of 70's rock , charity shopping and food, so we have enough to talk about for a few more years. We'll probably have kids soon but our neffs and nieces are more than enough for now.

Sometimes I need to be surgically removed from Google Reader and Bloglovin' 
I love Radio 4, Homes Under The Hammer, Location Location Location & other mindless rubbish. My mother is the best cook ever and my dad is quite good at pointing out different stars in the night sky. I have 2 brothers, 2 brothers in law and a sister with 3 spawn... they are all spread across the country...thank god!

My biggest achievement was passing my driving test at 26 with 3 minors. I cried when I told my husband. It meant I was free to buy a campervan and travel the world. I'm yet to leave Britain in a car.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Why are you such a selfish brat?
Just because I didn't like something that you would like to do, doesn't mean I'm selfish or a brat. I'm actually a very nice person when you get to know me.
How did you get your work experience at Alexander McQueen?
I applied for a position and both my portfolio and I were scrutinized for 40 minutes.

You had a terrible time at McQueens, should I do work experience? 
YES! Just because I had a rubbish time it doesn't mean it wasn't one of the most valuable experiences  of my career  to date. I learned that I didn't want to work for anyone else and set up emilythepemily instead! My huzball has done loads of work experience and every single placement {minus the Daily Express newspaper} was really positive. Some of my friends are in the full time jobs they did as unpaid work experience.

What is the inspiration behind your illustrations?
Everything around me. I love tea drinking, the royal family, Quirky Britishness, Rock n roll music, proverbs, politics and anything that makes me laugh.

What's a 'Pemily'?
*sigh*  'Pemily' doesn't mean anything. My dad used to call me emilythepemily when I was a child and it just stuck. It could've been worse... my husband calls me Teds or Pooks and my sister calls me Spemlay.

Where are you from? Where are you based?
I was born in Bedford, raised in Northampton, moved to Camberwell and Peckham for university,  Moved to Richmond-Surrey, Hounslow- Middlesex, Brighton and temporarily live in Mid-wales but soon...very soon... settling 'oop north in Manchester.

What vegetables do you grow?
Whilst in Wales I grow peas, broad beans, runner beans, potatoes, courgettes, squash, lettuce- including spinach, rocket etc, herbs, tomatoes, beetroot, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberry, sweetcorn, & aubergine in 3 large...hand- dug patches.

How do you kill the slugs that ate your vegetables?
Slug pellets, copper strips, stamping on them, throwing them towards the trees...please let me know of any other methods to kill the swines!

We're doing a giveaway and would love to use your products, will you oblige?
If I like you, and your site I may say yes...please ask before you do the giveaway.

Do you wanna swapsies?
If I like your swapsies then just try and stop me! If I don't, then why not swap your money instead?

I wanna sell your stuff in my super cool and profitable shop, how do I go about it?
Just email me at emilythepemily@hotmail.com with your shop website or address and I'll sent you my line sheets.

I want to comment but I'm too scared of being ignored and laughed at?
I actually read all the comments on this blog and I  love hearing from nice like minded people. Please comment... even if its just to say Hello!

How do I  find out more about the emilythepemily products?
Here are my other capitalist outlets:


 or email emilythepemily@hotmail.com and I'll explain. 

Do you have a mailing list?
Yup http://eepurl.com/909Q

All designs, images and photographs are subject to UK Copyright Laws.
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