Tuesday, 26 August 2014

into the country

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I'm sat in my living room writing this post with a mug of peppermint tea, I can hear the rain on the window pains and I'm wondering if this is the end of the summer. It's been feeling very autumnal here recently. So it's even nicer looking back at these very summery photos of a weekend away last month. We were staying in a rambling old farmhouse near Ludlow. It's one of my favourite places to get away to...I love the countryside, so being surrounded by green fields, roses, willow trees, veg patches, old farm buildings and the sound of summer birds singing away..I'm one very happy girl.

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My boyfriend Pete, looking quite at home by the veg patch

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One of the things I love about going way is waking up and having a relaxed breakfast, all made for you, instead of rushing to try and catch my bus to work...

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Look at this amazing weeping willow tree, so beautiful, I felt like I was in a Tim Walker photoshoot!

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This was the room we were staying in, full of freshly cut flowers from the garden, vintage books, cosy blankets and pretty wallpaper. The bathroom even had a roll top bath, which was so nice to have a soak in after a long walk through the coutryside. 

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

summer bunting

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I've been in my sewing room, making lengths of spotty bunting for a garden party we are having for my grandparents. It's their 70th wedding anniversary and to celebrate we have arranged a vintage tea party for them. 
My mum and I have quite a selection of pretty vintage teacups, plates, teapots and handmade tablecloths which we are planning to use on the day.
If you have visited my artweeks open studio, you will know what I mean..

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I love looking through old black and white family photos and I found this tinted photo of them both on their wedding day back in 1944. My Grampy Fred looks very dapper and my Nanny Winnie looks so happy! Such a lovely photo. 

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Well, I still have more bunting to make before the party, so I had better get sewing...you can never have too much bunting!

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

endless summer

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It feels like a good old fashioned summer, the days are long and warm, time passes slowly, spent outside in the garden picking herbs and flowers for the house or on long walks in the countryside watching the swifts and swallows gathering high in the sky, circling rooftops. Weekends away visiting new places. All these bring inspiration for making cards with vintage snippets or sewing lengths of stripy bunting for a garden party. 

What's been making your summer?

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

escape to the coast

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We've been back from Cornwall for a couple of weeks now and it's really nice looking back at these photos.
We stayed in a lovely little cottage just a few minutes from the sea. The weather was completely gorgeous! We walked along the coastal path which was dotted with honeysuckle and wild flowers, down to secret coves and beaches.
Luckily there were a few local pubs on route to stop for a pint, crab sandwiches and mackerel pate on toast. Yum...

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This was one of our favourite beaches called 'cow beach' we spent a lot of time here skimming stones, the sea was so calm. 

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We carried on walking to a pretty little fishing village called Durgan and up to Trebah Gardens. which had it's own secluded beach. It was like being in the south of France.

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The next day we took a small passenger ferry to Helford Village and walked along Frenchman's Creek, which was so beautiful. You start out in the village then walk through the cool, damp, fern covered woods to a wild flower meadow which was alive with butterflies, birds and bees. There was a small art gallery and tea shop too, where we stopped for local apple juice and lemon cake, just perfect.. Then back along the creek to get the ferry back across the estuary.

I can't wait to go back already!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

the colour of summer

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I just love these lighter summer evenings. I seem to have a lot more motivation and energy to take photos, finish projects, go for a run and having dinner outside surrounded by our pots of herbs and flowers makes me so happy.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week and enjoying the weather. 

I've been gathering together inspiration for some new designs, which are now scattered across my work desk. I just love the lilac flower hair garland and I'm always inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Take care x


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