Friday, 10 October 2014

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A few snaps from a trip to Barcelona for my birthday..... we had so much fun exploring the city's different districts, getting lost in the old streets, finding lovely little squares to sit for coffee or a few tapas.

Our favourite areas were Gracia (where a lot of these photos were taken) with it's colourful old buildings, chic antique shops and cool cafes, and the narrow streets in the old Jewish quarter of Barri Gotic. 


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We hired bikes and cycled around the city's streets to the beach, where we drank fresh fruit smoothies on the sand, we found a great seafood restaurant and ordered mussels, prawns and calamari, all my favourites. Yum!

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This place served the most amazing selection of teas and cakes from around the world, we sat in their plaza drinking yogi chai tea with pistachio baklava, in fact I wish I was there now listening to the bustling streets drinking tea in the sunshine...

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We were staying at the beautiful The Five Rooms hotel and waking up in Barcelona on my birthday was very exciting, we visited the Picasso museum , explored La Ribera and in the evening we got dressed up and went out on the town for tapas and rioja.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

vintage florals - shop update

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I've been having fun this week, setting up these little photo shoots of my work. My mum found this vintage book on alpine flowers in a charity shop and it's made the prefect backdrop for my handmade purses.
It's a beautiful book, I love how the flowers, berries and leaves on each page match the colours in the fabrics I have used.

All these pieces are now for sale in my Folksy Shop, which I have been updating over the last few days. I'd love to know what you think?

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This bronze silk envelope purse is one of my favourites. I've been saving the vintage lace flower motif for something special, and when I found this beautiful bronze silk I thought it would be just right. I've embellished it with a few glass seed beads and pearls, I love the simplicity of this design. 

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Just to let you know, that my silver silk and vintage lace clutch purse has been featured in the online magazine 'UK Handmade', as part of their jewellery and accessories showcase which features gorgeous handmade products from designer/makers from across the UK, all very exciting.
Have a lovely weekend....


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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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