Wednesday, 6 August 2014

summer bunting


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..


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. 


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


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Saturday, 26 July 2014

endless summer


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.


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


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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Thursday, 12 June 2014

pretty projects


A few pretty projects I've been working on lately, which are all looking very summery and fresh.

Some vintage lace brooches that I'm just starting to stitch beads and pearls on to. I love making these, each one is always different depending on what beads and vintage bits I have at the time. 

A vintage plate full of mother of pearl buttons which are looking lovely on my work desk at the moment.

A new batch of handmade business cards. I need to get some others printed too, but I like the fact that these ones are handmade using snippets of fabrics that I've been working with.

When ever I go to London I always visit Liberty, it's compulsory! I spend ages in the haberdashery department looking through patterns and fabrics. I came home with a pattern for this lovely blouse and some Liberty cotton fabric. I can't wait to get started. I might practice on some old cotton first, just in case it all goes wrong.

Finally one of my favourite things about selling my work online is making pretty packages to send them in. 
Here are a couple of my vintage lace brooches wrapped up in pink tissue paper and tied with silver string. 

I hope your week is going well. What have you been up to lately?

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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

matisse cut-outs


I wanted to visit Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern as soon as I heard about it.

One of my all time favourite exhibitions was back in 2005, Henri Matisse 'His art & his textiles' So I was pretty excited about this exhibition.

It certainly didn't disappoint. The exhibition was amazing, there were over 120 collages on display throughout the 14 rooms. It was wonderful to see these familiar images in the flesh; the brush marks, the tiny pin holes, the torn edges, but what strikes you most is the pure colour and vibrancy of his work, just stunning.

'it's no longer the brush that slips and slides over the canvas, it is the scissors that cut into the paper and into the colour'

There are also some wonderful films of Matisse cutting out coloured shapes and directing his assistant on the final composition. 

I can really recommend a visit, the exhibition continues until 7th September 2014. 

Thanks to the Tate Modern for my ticket.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

late afternoon

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A late afternoon walk when the sun is low and golden, across the meadow full of buttercups, cow parsley and old oak trees, off to the pub for a drink. 

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