Salvage: A perfect brunch

I left the flat this weekend! Only briefly and under a certain amount of duress but I went, despite it being freezing and the flat being lovely and cosy and a place to hide until Monday. I went under one condition though, that we could go to my favourite place for a coffee, that also happens to be just round the corner!

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I love it! There are so many things to look at and to wonder at. I love the fact you can pick one of the jumbled table and chairs, place your order and then sit and admire the wonderfully  eclectic mix of new and old and bought and made items on display. Ladders adorn the walls creating storage for a selection of records, dried roses hang from branches suspended from the ceiling, stained glass pop art hangs in the window whilst spoons can be found in the ornate glass panel in the door. Trumpets are used like embellishments to cover the walls whilst the counter is covered in glass cloche’s revealing enough cakes and treats to meet almost anyones dietary requirements.   Continue reading

Finding balance: work & life &…

So I am finding this increasingly hard! I wake up with the best intentions to be productive and get things done with regards to the blog and my etsy shop. I drive to work thinking about all the amazing things that I could do and try and the bits and bobs that I would like to get done today. I then arrive at work and throw myself into being productive for other people.

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By the time lunchtime hits most of the ideas for the blog and my creations have disappeared from my head, although I make a note of each and everyone in my notebook that I keep to hand because my memory is not that great even at the best of times!

17:45 arrives and all enthusiasm for being productive and getting stuff done has gone. To be honest I don’t even think about the things I wanted to do, it’s not even really like I am procrastinating, it’s as if all my ideas have been wiped from my mind. By the time I arrive home all I want to do is eat dinner, shower and wait for sleep. Continue reading

Let’s go away: Winchester

Sod it, let’s go away!

Last minute trips are not usually something that I indulge in, as quite frankly I normally book around 12 weeks ahead for various trips, visits, activities, life chore weekends – which I often refer to as ‘time to potter about about’.

So out came the phone and before I could think my thumb was already hovering on the Airbnb app.

“Where shall we go?”…”Winchester!” I answered my own question. Continue reading

Reclaiming space

New fun activity, wait for it….de-cluttering! Not as glamorous or fun as you know, print making or gem hunting for jewellery, however surprisingly fun or cathartic or both. Less fun at the start – addictive by the end.

Lets set the scene, this time last year I found myself in the fortunate/unfortunate position of having to leave my flat/cave. The abode I had lived in for just over three years and the place/cave (I say cave as there were many times when I went into the darkness and disappeared for days on end. No signal pass the threshold and no heating for 9 months of the year it was my cave haven) I had begun to call home. Until this time last year that is, when a series of events set in motion the need to get out and get out now! I was then fortunate to discover, over a bottle of wine or three, sat on my living room floor that one of my amazing friends had a solution for me. Continue reading

Print making: Patterns

Make, make, make. I actually did it! After one melted lunchbox and a very steamy microwave later I was able to marvel at the genius that is the art of hand dyeing.

After deciding a few weeks ago to try my hand at textile printing to combine my love of patterns and all things textiles I set to work investigating how to go about it. After many blogs, websites and pieces of advice from fellow crafters I decided to settle on some easy carve lino blocks. This way I could work quickly – I’m not the most patient – and also skill level required was beginner to basic! I decided to buy a kit to get me started as this then provided me with the lino discs perfect for stamp making, lino cutters of various shapes and sizes and a handle that I could fix the lino discs on to, to make the printing easier…and in theory less messy. Continue reading

PaTtErNs

So I’ve been thinking about what else I would like to have a go at, what interests me and what I like doing. As recently I have found myself making things for me (bracelets is a case in point!), which is great for my wrists and for gifts for others but it’s not exactly a new hobby…more of an old obsession that I have knowingly indulged in!

So I’ve taken inspiration from things I own and things I love and I’ve come up with the idea of patters. Yes, I know, patterns is a very broad and vague ‘thing’. However when I look around at items I own, or even think about how I visualize things in my head, patterns is what is apparent. Continue reading

NEW: boho bracelets

Hello 🙂

If you read my previous post Autumn Ready you will know that I have added some new bits to my etsy shop. I was perusing shops whilst on my mini travels over the summer – as who can resist shopping – for a new addition to my arm weights…also commonly known as bracelets. Continue reading

Autumn ready

So, it’s been a while….but i’m back! Back from a summer of crazy amounts of running here, there and everywhere. Now I don’t want to give the wrong impression that I spent all summer at festivals and sunning my self in exotic locations as that is very much NOT the case (I did go to Majorca but it was a very laid back affair and not one bit extravagant). However the summer months seem to affect my attitude towards all thing social and I make plans after plans for visiting and hosting everyone I can think of. I arrange coffee dates, drink dates, weekends at home in Somerset, weekends hosting in Brighton, trips with friends and bbqs on the beach – I just can’t help myself! And it has been wonderful! But I have slipped on the “making and doing” front. So as we wave goodbye to September next week I already find myself settling down and getting cosy for the autumn to take over and winter to slowly return. Continue reading

“Grand” opening: etsy shop now open!

The “shop” is finally open!

Having spent months and months doodling and fiddling and crafting and knitting I decided it was time to reclaim some order in the chaos. So today I finally opened the shop I started setting up many months ago. Continue reading

I don’t do birthdays 

I like to celebrate.

That is a statement of fact and a personal mantra. Birthdays, Christmas, new jobs, babies, weddings, new friends, old friends, moving home, coming home, holidays you name it i’ll find a away to celebrate it. So as August approached I knew it was time to start planning. It wasn’t a milestone or an especially important one, but it was a birthday and it was our first together. On top of that, I am with the ultimate anti birthday individual on the planet. I have never met someone who takes such disinterest in the one day of the year you can be a tiny bit “me!” So I decided that he needed reeducating….with a week long birthday! Continue reading