Sunday, 5 December 2010

Lobsterandswan.com



The Lobster the Swan and I have moved to Lobster And Swan.com This blog will remain but to see all new posts just click the image above or follow the link to visit me in my new home now.


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Jeska x

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Moving day


Right, are you with me? Today we have to pack our bags and prepare to move to my new blog. So grab your best dress and shoes then fill your suitcase with tea, biscuits, candles, cushions and anything else you will need to settle in. What are the things you like to unpack first when you move?

Looking forward to see you over there, links to follow later in my final post x


Lovely images from The Light Fantastic.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

No nutcracker

Thanks so much for all your well wishes for my poor old husband trapped on a train for over 12 hours, he made it safely back home at 1.30 pm this afternoon.

But away from the chaos, I have had a lovely day. We got the coveted window seat in our favourite cafe as not many people had made the journey into town, had lovely warming meals and frothy cappuccinos, later we drank hot chocolate and shared a brownie before heading back out. With all the snow falling we embraced the season and did some christmas shopping then struggled home with our bags full of gift wrap and my best purchase of the day, a huge net of shiny mixed nuts in their shells. Slight problem. No nutcracker in the house.

Now the snow is really coming down but it looks perfect for a evening winter walk, I love the silence that the snow provides, so we are going to get out there to take advantage of our very own Narnia. While the snow is untouched. Stay safe x

Snow days

So I was going to move over to my new blog today, but with a husband missing for 14 hours trapped on a train in the snow in some far away town, we will all have to wait a few more days for the final tweaks to be completed. At least he is with a whole train full of people, may have even made some new friends? I do love to look at the snow but now I jus want him home. I have been house bound for a couple of days now so I will brave the outside to meet a friend and have a nice hot drink and a piece of cake in a nearby cafe whilst I await my favourite persons return. I hope you are all okay wherever you live x

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Outdoors indoors

The things that made up my weekend.

Monday, 29 November 2010

What did you do?

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, what did you do? I had such an amazing response to the cabbages and roses giveaway, thank you so much for all your comments.

I won't keep you hanging on any longer the winner is the super talented Emma from Vintage Magpie. Congratulations Emma! I can't wait to see what you make with a metre each of the Ships passing, Metro and Scoopy black fabrics. I am very jealous! hehehe

As another special thank you Cabbages & Roses are offering free postage to all their blog and Facebook friends on web orders over £100. All orders placed online from November 26th until December 11th are eligible – no matter where you are in the entire world!

Their sales team will contact you after you have placed your order to tell you if your items are in stock, so please make sure your email address and all details are correct. including your Country, area code and address.

Please quote CABBLOG when they contact you to redeem this offer.

Friday, 26 November 2010

the last of Autumn

I was woken early this morning by my door buzzer, loud and continuous like a swarm of angry wasps. I scrambled out of bed and grabbed my oversized cardigan to appear slightly decent as I ran down three flights of stairs to catch the postman before he left me a collection card instead of a package. He's fast that guy, only too keen to walk away rather than wait a couple of minutes.

Well it was worth being up with the lark to receive my perfect surprise parcel. It was my Autumn swap package from Liz at Hey we made it.
Sofia runs this swap every Fall. And I love taking part. I wonder if my partner has received hers yet?

Inside were brown paper writing pads, beautiful soft Alpaca wool, traditional string, yummy spiced tea and the highlight, a bar of Mast brothers chocolate. I have been wanting to get my hands on some since I saw it on design sponge ages ago, to receive such a thoughtful gift really has made my week. Thank you so much Liz.

Little things


Super cute reusable party picks from Cox and Cox

Image Cox and Cox

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Relish

I am meeting a friend for coffee this morning and whilst pondering what to wear, I happened upon this great look from The Sartorialist found via Victoria.
I have been known to over accessorise but with this girl as inspiration I will descend on my jewellery box with relish.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Festively winter

I thought I would end today with the best dressed trees, aglow and twinkling with tiny white lights, I can't stop looking at these photographs by Irene Suchocki. Available in Irene's Etsy shop

Curious

I love this new fabric range by artist-designer Emily Sutton for St Jude’s, it is another beautiful feather in the cap of their amazing fabric collection.

Inspired by the relics of a bygone era and afternoons immersed in the contents of the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh, Emily recently graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art and combines her love of drawing, painting and crafting in her work. The fabrics will be available from tomorrow.


All images St Judes

Monday, 22 November 2010

Chocolate souffles

I have a small addiction to GU chocolate souffles, light as air and rich with the flavour of the darkest chocolate. As a result I end up with lots of the glass serving jars they come in, I reuse them for serving butter and dips, holding toothpicks and olives, but still have stacks in the cupboards.

So to give them yet another purpose I gathered some scraps of lace and favourite twine to wrap around the glasses then trimmed them with some berries, gold beads and silver sparkles. Now they are tea light holders. Glowing and twinkling on the kitchen table.

Float in to next spring

Once upon a Monday, I saw these beautiful dresses by Alberta Ferretti. I get so inspired by sheer fabric and lace overlaying. Billowing chiffon with beautiful details. Clothes so delicate they look as though they might pale to dust in a strong wind. Just the kind of thing modern fairy tales are made of.



All images Style.com

Saturday, 20 November 2010

November 20th

Winter cupcakes

Jessica is hosting lots of yummy cosy winter and holiday recipes over at her blog Way Side Violet including my winter orange and amaretto cupcakes.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Cabbages and Roses Giveaway


Hi there, today to celebrate the launch of Cabbages and roses newest ranges Hobury and Gilbert I am one of four blogs hosting an amazing giveaway. Along with Maria, Tracey and Melaine I will be giving away a metre of each of the fabrics shown here. Be sure to go and check out the alternative designs that they are giving away for four times the chance of winning.

Being a long time devotee of Cabbages and Roses and their dreamy, vintage aesthetic, I really am passionate about these fabrics that are screen and roller printed in the UK and designed in London. All in delicate colours that suit all seasons and will effortlessly add a vintage layer to your interior. Living on the East Sussex coast the Ships passing fabric would look so perfect as cushions in our house. I can't wait to make some. I am also counting the days until I can visit their new Avery Row store too. My husband will have to drag me out by my ears.

So, I will be giving one lucky winner a metre of each fabric swatch pictured here from the beautiful Gilbert Range, 'Ships passing' 'Metro' and 'Scoopy'. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me what you would make with the fabric if you were to win. The winners will be announced on Monday the 29th of November. If you are the lucky winner I would love to see what you create at a later date.

You can also get an extra entry if you post or tweet about the giveaway and comment back with a link to the post here. Good luck and don't forget the other prints available at Dreamy Whites, French Larkspur and My Sweet Savannah.

Have a happy Thursday, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are today.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Staying warm.

Hi, how are you? Did you find lots of great things to make in the Sweet Paul Magazine?

Today for me has been spent staying warm, wrapping an Autumn package and eating all my favourite things.

Stay close as I have another super exciting giveaway tomorrow. x