Friday, 30 November 2007

Lula and Amelia.

Great new issues of Amelia's magazine and Lula magazine out now. Both have such interesting articles with beautiful photography and illustrations. This issue of Amelia's is all about contemporary Russia, inspiring music, fashion, photography and art.
Lula has a virgin suicides feel to it with Kirsten Dunst writing about her world and dreamy photography with a seventies fashion twist. Both are such lovely publications, hard to choose one so it'll just have to be both. Another dent in my finances caused by paper!

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Little iccle rabbit.

Morning! Seeing these in another great etsy post by Holly over at decor8 reminded me of the "tweeter's" (pictured below) made by Abigail Brown. Each matchbox tweeter is delivered to you hidden away in it's little nest consisting of a vintage matchbox (that once belonged to an old mans matchbox collection) Each one is totally unique. Made from recycled and vintage materials. Thats why alas, they are all sold out at the moment! But there are lots of new items in the shop that are just as adorable, such as the Little iccle rabbit pictured here with his friends : )

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Departure lounge

Sunday morning we were driving through Dungeness nature reserve and I managed to catch these birds preparing to migrate. I noticed a few smaller groups of birds gathering in the fields we passed, and when we got to this amazing flock I had to stop and try my best to capture them. the patterns they make while soaring and swooping are so serene. Its a bit shaky but I found them quite hard subjects for my first short film!

The sartorialist

I love the detail shots from the Sartorialist

Monday, 26 November 2007

Sarah Young and the Russion doll.

Been catching up with designsponge today, where I read about these gorgeous folk style fabric kits. Designed by Sarah young they are available as Bertha the Russian doll or Marmaduke the cat. The muted Autumn colours are lovely.

Whilst roaming around looking at all the spectacular things the multi talented sarah makes, I was particularly moved by the details on the dolls. I think mum, you'll love the charleston lady, and my favorite is the bird lady (below).
There is also the blog to read.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

I'm sleepy. Nearly finished Lost series 3. Only one episode to go : ( Having given up binge drinking long ago and not being a subscriber to sky, the Lost box set has been a great source of entertainment for us (being recluses that don't hit the pub at the weekend.)
So it seems I have no excuses left and I can feel the work room casting an accusing look at me form my safe and comfy seat on the sofa! My friend Mitch says I better get on with the stitching revolution, world domination won't wait forever! Here is a girl who doesn't let her sofa rule her life! Abigail of Gloaming designs always seems to come up with such cute ideas and different ways of reusing vintage things. My favorite's are the pastel blue and silver Symphony note plate and Alpine Sky Tea Time Gift Set. Eyes sore now, must sleep.

Friday, 23 November 2007


Loathed as I am to do this (because I want them all for myself!) Hanne from heaven and earth has added these beautiful vintage embroidery silk packs to her etsy shop. Its like a candy store for grown ups, Pale and frosty collages from the series One Year Collages, and of course these scrummy vintage threads. Packed in cellophane with a traditional paper and string tag they look good enough to eat!
Obviously I have already ordered some, how could I not!

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Emma cassi.

The new Emma cassi collection is available. For this collection Emma has a contemporary look, using beautiful photos of Japanese student, Eiko. It's nice to see this vintage lace jewellery in a modern setting, mixed with street fashion.
Whilst reading Emma's blog I also found this video! I love the room and the flashes of sequins, fairy lights, tiara and especially the black polka dot net dress. Tomoko sounds like a right bitch. But she looks great in a shining body stocking!

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Feeling snackish

Etsy is making me hungry. I am happy that so many people are all about the baked goods these days! There is so much great stuff to buy, and all my favorites are calorie free too! These two beautiful blue linocut prints above are from the new adventures of betty turbo. I love that they are printed on old recipe pages. This is where it all went nuts! too many, too cute, too pretty! Clockwise from top left felted mini muffin from detailsstore, Plush Pink Frosted Cupcake from cherylasmith, Vintage chenille, lavender filled cupcake pin cushion from crazycakes, and delightful decorated French gateaux tags from Bluebirdlane.
Last but not least this yummy coconut Cupcakes mixed media plaque from jennysbakeshop. All the works in Jenny's shop are lovely. I think my sister will have her kitchen done out with the complete range when she buy's a place! If you love the coconut then you'll love the blog and the lady she's so cool!

Sunday, 18 November 2007

wild weather

The weather has turned wild outside. Moody, dark at 3pm and the tree's are being striped bare by the wind. Great excuse to stay indoors catching up with all my favorite blogs. Over at {frolic!} my attention was drawn to the new Megan Park collection.
The clothes are so beautiful. I am especially excited about the gold Floral Tulle Wrap. It is so delicate and sheer, with antique looking embellishments. Something like this would be perfect to go with my wedding dress and these shoes.
I also like this messily swept up hair style. Might need some extensions to achieve this look by june, my hair seems to have stopped growing.
Next, visiting My folk lover I discovered Gibbous an amazing world of intricate stitching, where the girls and boys also like to wear their hair in messy updo's.
Hope your sunday has been as pretty as mine!

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Thank you

Thank you love, montmarte for my beautiful print which arrived earlier this week. Have been trying to post about it for a couple of days but blogger hates me : (

I have been reading Montmarte's Sketchbook for a while now and find it so inspiring. So when the writer announced that she had opened an etsy shop I popped over and snapped up my favorite of the two prints she had designed. It is three little raindrops gocco printed in black ink on strathmore paper. I think it has such a quiet and delicate beauty.

Another new source of inspiration is acejet170 a blog all about Type, print and everything. I share Richard"s (I hope that's right!) love of typography, vintage book jackets, packaging design and most of all maps! So continuing the theme I found a vintage 1970's underground map in a junk shop a while back, and having just unearthed it again (it gets like that round here!) Thought I'd share it. It features the underground lines in different black on white patterns instead of colours. Maybe I'll get it framed? Its such an iconic design.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Hot chocolate

Well, lunch was good. Cold out, warm in, drank too much hot chocolate. Met up with a friend who's just recently launched her new company and website Stella Dore selling limited edition prints and original art. It's great. (of course!)
And once I'm out in the open and stray far from the safety of my home, I met up with other friends who kept me occupied for the rest of the afternoon. So no sewing. I am suffering from severe procrastination issues. Too much to do, can't prioritise, so I do nothing. If only I could make a living being a professional hot beverage drinker.
Oh well better luck today!

just one more thing

Monday, 12 November 2007


Its sooo cold right now. I don't want to get out of bed. It's hard to dress creatively when all you want to wear is the biggest snuggle jumper and thick wooly tights! My hands are going numb just trying to type. But its my day off and I have a craft fair to prepare for. Listen to me moan! I have polish friends that know full well I will never experience REAL cold in the UK!
Hope it's busy, being christmas and all people should be in the mood to shop. I really like the simple design of the poster.
Better get up now, I know an offer of lunch is coming and if I don't get making before that nothing will get done. Its hard to tear oneself away from a good girly chat in a warm pub on a chilly day like this : )

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Sketching and collage

More art. Today I found these adorable little pictures by VĂ©ronique LaFont (I hope) my french is extremely shakey much to my own disgust! Check out the blog and brush up on your understanding of french language if you dare, for more info and other delights.
I love this child like/naive style of sketching mixed with collage. Not too bad at the collage side, I will struggle on to try and improve my drawing skills but doubt I'll ever find my drawings this appealing!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Missemai Prints

Having a black and white moment, thanks to these amazing prints from Missemai
The artist Mia-Louise Mailund born and now based in Copenhagen, where the legacy of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales and stories greatly inspired her, but it was Andersen’s beautiful paper cuts, which have inspired her delicate and magical range of illustrations. Also available as cushions!

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

New notebook cover using a scraps of lace and paper, with my name in handwritten type from a letter I received. I like seeing my name written by different people. Especially when they spell it correctly!
More cute notebooks on etsy below.


Monday, 5 November 2007

Chilly monday morning and a new discovery to keep the cold away. Papa Stour is an online shop owned by designer and stylist Rosie Brown, which promotes and sells the very best products hand crafted in Scotland. The collection is a contemporary mix of unique home accessories, gift items and art. There are baskets, hand-bound books, cashmere blankets, wood turned bowls, scarves, feather nests (my favorite), silver spoons and much more. The artists and makers are from all over Scotland and show great talent and dedication to their cratf. They also have a holiday cottage available to rent, and its absolutely gorgeous. The croft has recently been refurbished using a mix of traditional and modern pieces. Which convey the Papa stour style ethic perfectly. I think a trip to here has to go on the wish list.
(Images from Papa Stour)

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Should be out enjoying the winter sunshine but before I get marched out of the house, had to quickly post about This home! belonging to Lynn Goldfinger-Abrams. I think its my favorite of all the apartments featured on apartment therapy so far!
Really love the red of these frames against the white wall.
Love that the white is mainly broken up by collections of coral, silver and antique metals, And extremely jealous of the antique french crown collection!

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Wandering again. This time my path via the beautiful Smosch has led me to the blog and work of Heather Smith Jones. Delicate images using spirograph, pinholes, and text from her grandmothers letters. I love the whiteness in these works so simple but so intricate. It's hard to find words worthy of describing them. But they made my morning : ) Heather also has a website showing even more of her lovely work.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Love this wire and flower shade.
Just popped over to Fred's and saw his lovely christmas banner Inspired by Caroline Zoob.
Thought I'd travel on to the caroline zoob website and found all the beautiful items pictured. I'll have to make do with just looking at these gorgeous mercurised glass decorations for a while, the boy doesn't like christmas to come down off the shelf till december the 1st at the earliest. He fears my transformation from normal(ish) young woman to frenzied festive elf!
Well I'll just have to get my early christmas treats reading Fred's blog as I'm sure there will be plenty more to come! (Until my curfew is lifted) Then its christmas ville all the way baby!