Thursday, 17 April 2014

the ethicurean & barley wood walled garden

ethicurean

Last Sunday the sun was shining so my boyfriend and I went on a little road trip to the Ethicurean  restaurant and Barley wood walled garden near Bristol. We've wanted to visit for ages and as you can see it's a pretty amazing place. We spent the whole day wandering around the gardens and through the cider orchards, taking photos and drinking tea on the lawn and then enjoyed a delicious long lunch in their restaurant.

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Love this idea of vintage cutlery hung up with brown string.

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The best welsh rarebit...I could eat one right now..

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

my sewing room

sewing room

What a beautiful Sunday morning it is! I hope it's sunny where you are too. I can't wait to get outside for a run across the park, all the birds are tweeting away...it definitely feels like spring.

Here's a few photos from my sewing room which is now nice and tidy, I want it to be a practical space but also look lovely too. It would be great to have a complete change but as we are only renting our little cottage, it's difficult to change things too much.

These glass jars are perfect for storing bits of vintage lace and trims. The pinking sheers and china lady belonged to my great Aunt Lily who used to be a seamstress in London.

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I love working in this room, it gets all the afternoon sun. From my desk window I can see apple & blossom trees, farm buildings, fields of horses and one donkey. It really is lovely!

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

folksy shop update


folksy shop

I've been spring cleaning my sewing room, a job I've been putting off for a while now. I've sorted through boxes of fabrics,cottons & lace, jars of buttons and zips, old magazines and sketchbooks, keeping only pieces that I really love and have space for. I already feel more creative. I'll try and take some photos to show you all my hard work.

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A few new additions to my folksy shop, sweet smelling lavender bags in spring florals and vintage trimsI pop one under my pillow for a restful night’s sleep or tucked in between sheets and towels to keep my laundry fresh.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

wild flowers

handmade lace brooch

Pink lace brooch- listed here
 
wild·flow·er also wild flow·er  (wīld′flou′ər)
n.
1. A flowering plant that grows in a natural, uncultivated state.
2. The flower of such a plant.
 
It feels like spring is a long way off today, but in my sewing room I have colourful flowers everywhere. I've been drinking hot chocolate, sat at my computer adding lots of lovely handmade flower brooches to my ' found & sewn' folksy shop.

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Vintage lace brooch- listed here

handmade brooch


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Flower brooch-beaded vintage lace- listed here

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I have quite a collection of vintage wild flower books. I love learning the names of wild flowers like Venus's looking glass, Penny royal, Wild candytuft and Cloudberry.  I have already signed up to the Wildflowers count this year where you can take part in the UK's only annual national wild plant survey.

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Some handmade lavender bags, pin cushions and brooches on my sewing room shelf.

handmade brooch

Flower brooch- black beaded lace - listed here

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

saturday market

broadway market

My boyfriend and I had a rare Saturday off work last weekend, so we decided to take a trip to London's Broadway Market. It was one of those lovely cold and sunny winter days, perfect for eating and drinking your way around a new market.

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These smoke salmon open sandwiches were delicious....

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No market post is complete without a cute dog, this little chap looked very happy with his ears blowing in the wind...

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We stopped for a cup of hot apple juice which tasted like apple crumble to warm ourselves up as we did a bit of people watching.  
It was fun exploring a different area of London.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

to do lists

folksy shop

How's your January going so far? I know it's not most peoples favourite month, but I always think it's a good time to make plans, sort things out, make lists and look forward to the nicer months ahead.

I love buying new stationary and I've just bought a diary for 2014, I have so many notebooks it's ridiculous but I find I'm always jotting down ideas, places to visit, wish lists, new designs and general 'to do' lists, whether this makes me more productive, I'm not so sure...

I have just opened up a Folksy shop, have a look here. I'll be stocking it with lots more handmade items soon and I would love to sell more work online this year. Do you have an online shop, where you sell your own work? If you have any tips or advice, that would be great!

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

a new year ..

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Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves...
Yesterday I spent the day cleaning the house from top to bottom. There is something satisfying about starting the new year with everything looking fresh and clean. We had friends over for the evening and I lit tea lights around the fire place and we drank wine and ate lots of yummy food before heading to the local pub to see the new year in.

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I absolutely love this necklace and earrings from the vamoose, There are so many beautiful pieces on the website it took me ages to decide on these ones. The stone on the necklace is a pink opal which is my birthstone, so I felt it was made for me..I already have my eye on a few other earrings.

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Another beautiful thing is this Kinfolk Table Recipe Book which I'm reading from cover to cover. I have only just discovered The Kinfolk Magazines and have bought a few online. I find them so inspiring and all the photos are so simple but lovely.

Well here's to a wonderful new year ahead. It's been great sharing my 2013 with you all. Thank you xx

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