Monday, 23 August 2010

Time away

I am going away for a few days with the husband, on the Eurostar Explorer train, to Lyon. I am so excited to be visiting somewhere new and can't wait to eat my way around another great french city. If any of you have been to Lyon and have any ideas of how we can best spend our time, please let me know. I will be back at the end of the week to share my time away with you.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

something for the weekend

Inside the parcel was the perfect clutch bag, that completes my outfit for tonight on the tiles, I ordered it from Liz of lovely shop Seven Poppies, you can catch up with her and all the shop goings ons over at the Seven Poppies blog too.

All images Seven Poppies.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Haunting blues

Thursday. A quick walk to town for white cotton thread to finish some garlands that have been patiently waiting on my work table, turned into the unexpected treat of coffee with a friend. The sun even showed up for the afternoon.

I came home to find an eagerly awaited parcel, then sat down with a cool drink, flicked through the new Toast catalogue and ate my lunch. The cover is beautiful haunting blues and mauves, all the colours of my dried Hydrangeas. Things are looking up.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Tomorrow I bake

Thanks for your comments after my Monday post. This week has been the greyest week of the summer, it could be Autumn, it could be November. There is one stream of sunlight breaking through a murderously black sky and landing on my shoulder as I type. Work has been hectic and stressful with added drama and I have been suffering with rage.

So I am gladly using this mid week hiatus for a little me time, to catch up with domestic chores in solitude and nearing the completion of the cushions which have been laying about in my work room half made for months. Tidying away my earrings to a safer place and finding cheer in this painting that I picked up fro £2 in my favourite junk shop. Tomorrow I bake.

Monday, 16 August 2010

more cheerful

Two reasons why I hate today.

1. It looks like November outside.
2. I have to go to work now.

Be back later and 10 times more cheerful.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

I have a friend who can draw good

I am rubbish at drawing so naturally I am way excited that I have a friend who is so good at it. Meet Mitch Blunt.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 13 August 2010

J'adore Dior

Although I love Autumn, it seems to have arrived decidedly early. Murky skies and a cold wind, the need for a scarf to keep the chill from my decolletage. Maybe it is just how this week is going to go and the sun will return again, but I just get a feeling.
These catwalk outfits from the Dior AW 2010 couture collection retain the vibrant colours of high summer with opportunity for adding cosiness with woollen wraps and jackets, and no one loves to layer up with a cardigan fastened shut with a corsage or vintage brooch more than me.

All images

flutterby findings

Have been scouting through the Etsy blog this morning and happened upon this beautiful jewellery collection fit for a fairy kingdom by Derya Aksoy owner of the etsy boutique Jewelera. I had to stop and post about her work, maybe you have seen it before but I just had to share. I especially love the image of Derya's studio/workspace.

Find out more by visiting her shop shop and blog.

All images Jewelera.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Something Shiny for thursday

Adore these F-Scott Fitzgerald book jackets by senior cover designer at Penguin Books Coralie Bickford-Smith found via 100 Layer Cake. Adds a new flourish to one of my favourite books-The Great Gatsby, I can't wait to get a copy or maybe the whole set.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Design democracy

I have been nominated by one of my lovely readers as one of the best UK design blogs to enter the Design Democracy Awards 2010 in conjunction with the London Design Festival.

Hmmm what does design democracy mean to me? I never asked myself that before but I guess, the freedom to design, create and inspire no matter who you offend or how much approval you receive. Design democracy leaves the door open to shock and to please. What angers some elates others.
Acceptance. I appreciate everyone has an opinion but now we are not at school anymore no one should be able to bully us about our choices. I have always had quite a strong sense of self and style and it took a lot of will when I was younger to not run with the pack and be the same as every body else. When at age 10 all my friends had the newest technology and teased me as I clung to my vintage camera that took square photos I knew I was on a different path. The difference was I didn't try to make them feel bad for all being the same.

Anyway back to the point, if you think I deserve it please vote for Lobster and swan.

Thank you!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


How sweetly pink and turquoise go together, like best friends from the colour wheel. Threaded with subtle candle light, this inspiration shoot from Tara of Dixie Pixel for Southern Weddings really made my morning.

All images Dixie Pixel.

Monday, 9 August 2010


New catalogue pages from House Doctor and naturally I love everything.

Pink hydrangeas

Trying to de-pink the house a little, I get the feeling my husband feels like the florals and pretty pinks are caving in on him. So I re-jigged the linens and found some blues a little more wood. But somehow a bunch of pink hydrangeas made it in through the front door!


I have an article in the current issue of Artful Blogging.

Thank you Jennifer.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Noa Noa for Autumn

Noa Noa's new Autumn collection is a patchwork of thunder cloud greys, greens and dark dusky layers with accents of vintage sparkle and berry colours, ready to view online now.

All images Noa Noa.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

A black liquorice door.

Every time I walk up towards my house, freshly painted pale grey like the British sky with white icing around the windows, I can't help but wonder how fabulous it could be in pink, a huge hunk of pink birthday cake with iced windows and a black liquorice door. Cream puffs for shrubs and sugar flowers in the garden. I have been awake since five this morning and as I'm sure you can guess, baking since six thirty. My brain is addled from all the lemon frosting and chocolate cake batter.

With the frill off an old dressing gown, some fabric flowers, vintage french ribbon and a roll of pretty making tape from the lovely Lynne of Papermash I decorated the corner of the kitchen to accommodate my makeshift cake stand. Then popped in to town to deliver the cakes to my colleagues as an afternoon cheer up, had some lunch and made it home between the summer showers.

Monday, 2 August 2010


Watching Marie antoinette over and over and . . . I am looking for a pretty tiered cake stand and found these great images for inspiration over at Wedding Magazine.