Friday, 20 March 2015

dancing eyes

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We've had a few nice sunny spring days around here. I get really excited, making plans for our little garden. I'm hoping to grow lots of herbs again this year; dill, parsley, chives, basil, mint...I have lists..
We have two vintage white Belfast sinks, given to us by our neighbour, to grow them all in.

 I can't wait to get started on that, but for now, I've just potted up these pretty pink flowers in terracotta pots to go on the living room window sill and then with a cup of herbal tea I sat enjoying the sunshine and admired my easy hard work. 

These words by James Seaton of Toast sum up everything...

I was sorting through all my books the other day to take to my local charity shop when I found this one by Sophie Dahl- The man with the dancing eyes,  I had forgotten how nice it is, love the illustrations by Anna Morris, Definitely a keeper.

Enjoy your weekend

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

postcards from Ascoli

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Ascoli, Italy....just for a few days, The winter sun was shining, we lived off freshly made pasta and coffee. Pottered around the old towns Medieval streets and piazzas, stepping inside beautiful churches, people watching in little cafes, drinking espressos standing at the bar like the locals. honey coloured buildings, turquoise, pink and marble, huge arched wooden doors, fountains, snow covered mountains and birdsong.

Back home and Spring has arrived....still thinking about Italy..

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Year of Moments-Romance

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I'm joining in with Candy Pop and Lobster & Swan's Year of moments. It's such a lovely idea to capture an inspiring moment each month throughout the year. This months theme is 'Romance' so I've sorted through my treasures and found this beautiful handwritten French letter and envelope, vintage roll of pale blue taffeta ribbon and the tulips were a valentines gift from my boyfriend. 
Anyone can join in, there is a different theme each month, just upload your images to Instagram with the hashtag: #ayearofmoments_romance

I hope you have fun joining in with this months theme...what will March bring?

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

my space

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There has been a lot of sorting and tidying going on round here, especially in this room, where I make and sew.

I've been finding my work space a bit uninspiring, full of too many boxes of fabrics, lace and buttons, sketchbooks and notepads. So I decided to go through each area, only keeping the items that I really love right now and not keeping things just in case they become useful later, that's how I ended up with all this stuff.

I've been getting lots of tips from my lovely friend Natasha on the subject of decluttering. There must be something in the air at the moment, as I notice lots of people are adopting the less is more approach to life. It's quite addictive, once you get going.

I've tried to do this before, but seem to always end up rearranging my stuff, but not actually getting rid of anything, but not this time. It took quite a few sessions, but in the end I've donated over half my fabrics, buttons and lace to my old primary school, for the kids to use in their latest project, making puppets, and the rest I either recycled or it just went in the bin.

It's so important to have an inspiring, uplifting, uncluttered space to work in..and live in..

Other inspiring things lately have been...

Listening to this podcast from the Natural History Museum ( I love Monty Don)

Visiting the Love is Enough exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

Walking in the winter sunshine.



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Friday, 23 January 2015

rolling along

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The sun was shining and the sky was clear blue, so we made some coffee and headed outside for a walk down through our little village to the river. Passing frosty Cow parsley heads shimmering in the sunshine, hedgerows silhouetted against the winter sky, Long-tail tits (possibly the cutest birds ) playing follow my leader, darting from branch to branch, sheep quietly grazing in the field,  it is all happening in the countryside! It's nice to have the time to notice all these little things.We stopped on a mossy covered stone bridge for a spot of coffee, not many wild flowers about this time of year but I'm dreaming of spring. 

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

new starts

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Happy New Year! Here's to new experiences in a happy, healthy 2015

It's a time for new starts, I don't like to have resolutions as such, just a few general goals for the year ahead...

I love getting out into the countryside, it makes me so happy, so I plan to make more time for countryside adventures, walks, picnics etc

I've been practising ten minutes of meditation a day for over a month now and I'm really enjoying it.
So one goal is to carry on with this. I'm using the Headspace app which is so easy to use, I started with the 'take ten' day trial....great for calming the mind, and as I'm a bit of a worrier this is perfect for me.

I have a pretty healthy diet, but like most people this time of year, I'm trying to cut down on sugary/processed foods..I'm a big snacker, so being organised with healthy food is really important or I will just eat the nearest biscuit/cake/chocolate bar.

I've started making my own granola bars, bliss balls, banana bread, hummus and pesto, they're all so delicious you don't feel deprived at all. It's real whole foods all the way for me. It's amazing how your taste buds change. * I can't promise that I will never eat a chocolate bar again.

I would like to start on a new range of work but I'm not quite sure what yet so it's definitely a work in progress. I need to get inspired again and the first step is to sort through my sewing/making room, having a rearrange always helps with creativity.

Do you have any goals for the year ahead?

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Friday, 5 December 2014

grey skies & festive bunting

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Hello! How are you all...feeling festive yet? It's an icy cold day here in Oxford, the sky has been a bright sheet of grey all day, but I kind of like it. Winter is here. 

If you have been following me on twitter you may have seen that I've been making more of my Festive Bunting. Sewing and sticking beautiful pieces of vintage sheet music, lace, antique buttons, silver bells, glitter and silky ribbons. 

They look really pretty strung up over mantle pieces, windows and mirrors to add a bit of vintage charm.

I have a few for sale in my Folksy Shop and I can also give you a special code for 10% OFF purchases. Just add the word: sewingroom at the checkout.

I'm planning on making spiced ginger bread biscuits for Christmas gifts this year, I've got my tree biscuit cutter and I'm very excited about making handmade packaging to put them in. I just need an easy recipe..so if you have a family, tried and tested ginger biscuit recipe I would love to know. 

Keep cosy and warm x 

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