Today we welcome Rachel Castle to the Guest Blog! Lucy and I are super excited that Rachel will be sharing a week of ‘Things To Do’ at Castle HQ!  Castle really is an amazing place, and we’re thrilled to get a little peek behind the scenes. We’re starting the week with a closer look at Castle Bedlinen. – Jenny x

Fellow bloggers, good morning! I am an e-tailer who works from home selling bedlinen and various bits and bobs that I make, including screen prints and felt artworks. I love the internet. I love music. I love magazines. I love TV. I love any form of pop culture and my work is inspired almost solely by it. I loved it as a kid and I love it as an adult, like a pop culture cougar. Nice.

My guest blog will concentrate each day on one of the 5 main areas I work on. Today let’s start with bedlinen.

Thing to do #1

Monday excites me no end. I always wear my best clothes on Monday. Bedlinen is good for Monday because like any great love affair, my relationship with bedlinen has its highs and lows peppered with points of adoration and anxiety and despair and hope all in one. Monday is a good day to be clear headed on it all.

About half of all the Castle business is bedlinen. I am developing a new range of velvet quilt covers for sale around the end of May. I personally FREEEEEZE in winter so for lovers of warm this one is for you! Velvet both sides, in combinations of baby blue /yellow, and watermelon/yellow.  Left side of the bed one color, the right another, divided by a white heavy cross stitch so it all works back with the existing white cottons. Trying to get some gold in there somehow… will work on that today. Love velvet, love its color and feel and it washes and tumbles like a dream with no shrinkage at all. Here is our ‘sticky taped to the wall’ storyboard.

Last week we did a shoot with Shop Til You Drop for kids. Here is a pic they will feature with the velvet single quilt in their April edition, on sale May 7. Look at that spunky kid, go Lucky!

Check out that new Castle velvet quilt cover – fantastic!!

Thing to do #2

Call from Nadia one of our printers in Melbourne, we need to get the Mahon & Band screens finalised for our new pillowcases. David Band was an old friend who passed away last year. We had talked for years, at length, about doing some products together but never got around to it. Today I will phone David’s partner Fiona Mahon to talk about the final sizes and colors for the artwork she and David designed together a little while ago which we are making into pillowcases. Here are the designs…. we have decided to do the plane in the grey, train in the blue, angel in yellow, and the butterfly in fluro orange.

Mahon & Band designed pillowcases for Castle

Thing to do #3

So with winter bedlinen seriously sorted today I need to think about summer. We love our current spots and flowers, but its time for a new addition. So I am thinking this gorgeous little tree print. I did a screen print of it late last year and everyone really loves it…. here is the print and  some colors I will brief into the printer today for summer. Watch this space.

Love a 3 Leaf Clover screen print – available from Castle

New Castle print patterns

Thing to do #4

Sort out the children, they are tired and hungry.  Oh and have a watch of this, she is just the best dancer ever.

Janelle Monáe – Tightrope

- Rachel x