A selection of slightly frightening drawings

I’m so so excited to let you know I’ve got my second exhibition! From the 29th of August until 28th November at the Art of Tea in Didsbury.  You are invited to the celebration launch night on the 29th August.  If you’ve not yet visited the Art of Tea you’re in for a real treat… stop by from 7:30pm for a few beers, some delicious pizza and sweet music by Laurence Boot.  I’ll be there and so will my selection of brand-new-never-before-seen- merchandise.  Oh, and some drawings by me on the walls 🙂

Go to the Art of Tea blog for more info.  Really really hope to see you there ♥  Lots of love x x

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Virgin to cleaning

Posted in Outings by nicolarowlands on July 28, 2010

So I am embarrassed to say that after complaining three times to  Virginactive gym on Deansgate, Manchester I am still a member of the gym.

Back in April I was lying down in the ‘ab’ area and started to notice the amount of dust on the pipes that hang down from the ceiling.    I then moved one of the mats over slightly to find clumps of dust and hair in the crack between the mat and the mirror.   I decided to fill out one of the ‘suggestion’ cards on the gym floor and point out these easily rectifiable issues.  I also mentioned that the womens shower area had four showers sectioned off with a dirty sheet… and wondered whether the changing area would return to the full amount of showers I was offered when joining the gym.
After the complaint card was left I received a phone call from the head cleaner who gave me a few reasons why these areas were dirty.

Well this head cleaner must have been just calling for a little chit-chat because there wasn’t actually any difference the next time I went to the gym.

Feeling this head cleaner dude had insulted my intelligence I went to make another complaint- this time via email- to the Virginactive customer service centre.   I received a phone call from the Deansgate gym manager who provided me yet again with excuses and reasons:

The ceiling is quite high for us to reach” and “The cleaning team weren’t aware they had to clean in between the mats” !!!

Ah, ok… thinking maybe they could hire some monkeys that may be better at reaching the ceiling I sat back and let them take their time REACHING the goddam dust.

You guessed it…still no result- so I emailed the ‘customer service team‘ once again.  I received a phone call from the VirginActive ‘customer satisfaction’ team on April 19th.  I was told by this fellow that if he lived in Manchester he would clean the gym himself but he didn’t so he couldn’t. Not sure what good this does for me? He  also explained that sometimes his OWN gym was also dirty, and the reason why is because if the staff is only male then the female changing rooms won’t be able to be cleaned.  Not sure what he was trying to achieve by the phone call… to make it clear it wasn’t his fault??

There is still centimetres of dust in the changing room.  Even inside the lockers! It’s crazy, not sure why they don’t just clean it?!

So I was on the treadmill the other day, headphones plugged into the Virgin treadmill music player, and I felt an electric shock in my ear.  And another.  Deciding my headphones were over a year old, I bought a new pair in effort to avoid any possible inner ear damage.  I returned to my gym, new headphones in tow, again ready to run on the treadmill and felt more electric shocks in my ears.  Worried about carrying on and possible embarrassment from ear/head combustion, I let the front desk know and after weighing up his options the virgin active team member let me know I should just run without headphones because they’ve never had this problem before! Nice one.


Posted in Outings by nicolarowlands on June 15, 2010

I’m off on a road trip down the west coast of the USA.  I won’t be answering any emails for two weeks! Catch you on the flipside!

Cheap Affair and Sounds from the Other City

Posted in Etsy, Graphic Design, Illustration, Outings, People that are good, Things to buy by nicolarowlands on April 28, 2010

Come along on Sunday!!  I’ll be there selling cards, pillowcases, and prints.  Other people will be there selling awesome stuff.  For more info go to the Cheap blog

Scratch this down in your filofax

Posted in Outings, Things to buy by nicolarowlands on January 16, 2010

Next year!

Posted in Cheap Affair, Outings, Things to buy by nicolarowlands on December 15, 2009

In case Santa leaves you pining for more goodies, lucky for you January 10th marks my second Cheap Fair.  I’ll be selling (non-Christmas) cards, pillowcases, and other Nicola goods.  Put some of your spenders away for 2010!

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Posted in Cheap Affair, Outings, Things to buy by nicolarowlands on December 6, 2009

If you’re lost for something to do today get to the Islington Mill Christmas fair.  It’s on 12-5.

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Things are good

Posted in Design agencies, gifts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Outings, People that are good, Things to buy by nicolarowlands on November 27, 2009

What could make today any better?  The postman this morning delivered not only an advent calendar from the World’s Best Mum but my fabric from America ready for pillowcases on sale next Sunday at the Cheap Affair!! I also shared a nice cup of coffee with the super kind Ady Bibby of True North and when I returned home with wet feet my spectacular other half had conquered the objectionable and loathsome shelf which has taken a shameful place on the floor of my studio for over two months.  It’s now happily attached to the wall, above my desk, supporting my expensive camera… Go shelf go!!

Not only have I a new range of fabrics for the xmas fair at Islington Mill but a new range of Christmas cards as well.  I’m not sure if I will save their premiere viewing for next Sunday or if I will provide a sneak peek here.  If you’re desperate to order cards, get in touch.

Time for a break

Posted in Outings by nicolarowlands on November 7, 2009

I’m away for a few days.  It’s time for a very much needed break… can’t wait.


Posted in Outings by nicolarowlands on October 21, 2009

Ryantoon, originally uploaded by What Katie Does.

Note to self: must go to Columbia rd market before middle of November. Photo by What Katie Does.

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