Hello! Ta muchly for stopping by!
I'm Michelle, the paper artist/designer/doodler/day dreamer and chief tea/coffee drinker around here. Ta muchly has been brewing in the back of my mind for as long as I can possibly remember. I can’t remember exactly when Ta muchly was first born in my head, because I actually can’t remember a time when it wasn’t!
So first off, what is 'Ta muchly' and how the heck do you pronounce it? "Tar-much-lee." Ta muchly is a casual and friendly way of saying cheers or thanks very much in the North of England where I'm from. Ta Muchly is all about saying thank you the people you care about, or congratulations, or I miss you, or hello.
It took me a very long time to figure out exactly what I wanted Ta muchly to be. My head was full of so many exciting ideas and designs that I just couldn’t wait to create, but I struggled for years to pull it all together in my head and determine exactly what this was all for; what it meant. Then as I was in the midst of preparing to upsticks and move my life quite literally to the other side of the World (more about that later), I found a card from my friend Sophie back in the UK. About 2 months after I arrived in Dubai she had sent me a card just to say ‘hello’ and inside was a tea bag. Nothing extravagant or over the top, simply just a card to let me know she was thinking of me, and a cup of English Breakfast. To this day that cup of tea was still one of the best I ever had. And I have kept that card for over 6 years (and counting) because actually it means more to know someone is thinking of you just because they want to, than because they forgot your birthday until Facebook reminded them and they feel guilty!
Over the years there have been various obstacles stopping Ta muchly becoming a reality, mainly it’s hard to follow your dreams with a day job (I spent 15 years as an Interior Designer, check out the blog for some of my interiors inspiration coming soon). It’s also equally as hard to follow them WITHOUT a day job! However, as I’m sure most of my friends and family would tell you, I’m not very good at being told I can’t do something, and so although I may have taken the long route, I have finally made those doodles and daydreams a reality! And I couldn’t be happier!
The other thing that has been lurking in my daydreams for a long long time was Canada. Now I do know exactly when this dream began, perhaps not to the day, but sometime a few days either side of Canada Day 2001. Aged 15 while on holiday visiting my family in Fernie, BC, I proudly informed my Aunty that I would make this my home one day. Well Lou Lou, it may have taken me 17 years (almost exactly), but I made it!
Along the way I’ve travelled to some amazing places (with hopefully many more to come). I’m a Brit born and raised; I lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for almost 5 years; and now I’ve put down my routes here in Calgary, Alberta (hopefully forever). Moving around has given me the chance to travel to explore places I probably wouldn't have been able to otherwise, and so I love to take inspiration from the various landscapes, cultures and places I’ve seen. (More on that in the blog later.)
You might wonder why I’m telling you all this, I mean what does it have to do with papercut maps and prints? Because quite simply, I have been planning this wonderful company for so long that I knew exactly what I wanted it to be, what to design, what to craft and make, that I wouldn’t settle for anything which doesn’t match the ridiculously high (and sometimes obsessive!) standards that I have had in my head from a young age. Which means each and every single product only reaches your screens if I’m 100% happy with it. I’m not about throwing up any old product just to make more stock, or worse, to make money. Each piece I design and make gets my full attention before I will even consider selling it to you lovely folk. Meaning that anything you purchase from Ta Muchly you know has been personally designed with love, and a little piece of my heart and dreams thrown in.
Ta Muchly is about celebrating life’s special journeys. From the once in a life time trip, to the perfect honeymoon, memories of your home town, that gap year abroad, or wherever you put down roots.
Celebrate the special moments, big and small. From weddings, to birthdays, bon voyage gifts, or simply just saying hello to a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. Our travel themed home decor gifts are the perfect way to bring the world home.
I hope you find something here which helps you share that dream with someone special.