Monday, December 08, 2014

A cold and frosty morning......

...I took another quick trip to London on Saturday and our wanderings lead us to VV Rouleaux, one of my all time favourite shops.  I would love to be locked in for a week so I could see everything. The outside was entertainment in itself, completely covered in sheep's wool.

Close up
Having been a fan of the Liberty of London tv series we went to have a look at the Christmas windows

 I thought this would make teatime exciting

 and of course just a tiny peek inside.

 It was only possible to squeeze into the Christmas shop for a few moments.
but we would have liked to take these two home with us.

There are always beautiful flower outside and these did not disappoint.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Ridge....

I found this on the  Curiosites de Titam blog.  Something that I would be too timid to do but am enthralled by this virtual journey. I could watch it over and over as there are so many images that appear and then vanish..

THE RIDGE from Camp 4 Collective on Vimeo.

And vis Curiosites as well this stunner. Odda in Norway.
via this site

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Disappointment and delight..........

Yesterday, a remarkably murky day even for London in November, I went to visit the  Finch exhibition at Anthropologie in the Kings Road, Chelsea.  The display was confined to one small room

and two windows,

 This mas me smile.

  Because of all the publicity it has had I think I was expecting a much larger exhibition so I left feeling vaguely disappointed.

I hopped on a bus to Harrods and found these,  in between the large window displays were these tiny
delights. Who knew what goes on under our feet.

If you click you should get a closer view. The reflections and the snow effect made them quite difficult to photograph and they were set quite high, we commented that they were above child height, which seems a shame.  So much fun and whimsy, massive congratulations to and envy of the people who made them.  I would love to go again.

On another note entirely, I have probably been living inside my head but this morning I found this magazine
Through our Hands,
 it is now on it's third issue and you can read it on line or pay for a pdf copy.
Thanks to Margaret Cooter for the link.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 back

Looked out of my kitchen window and found I was being watched.

Monday, November 17, 2014


...but I just had to share this.
The mill stockroom at located in Tal-y-bont, near Aberystwyth, Wales: the materials for weaving were kept to hand and sorted by fabric and colour
Cobwebs cover these abandoned yarns in the abandoned Lerry Mills. These pictures were taken by Dan Circa, 29, after he was intrigued by the mill, located in Tal-y-bont, near Aberystwyth, Wales
See the rest of the pictures of an abandoned mill in Wales here

Monday, November 10, 2014

My new friend.....

meet my boro bear...
I found these bears in Hobbycraft,  . "The Girls" decided we should decorate them. I covered mine boro style with pieces left over from my boro piece which I haven't shown yet. It was great fun to see how different they all were.
Here is Boro sitting in splendour uinderneath the Sep/Oct tree.
Can't believe a year has nearly disappeared and it is time to deck the tree in its' original Christmas finery.......did I say the look of the shop it must be very soon.  Christmas songs in M&S today!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Book completed......

I have finished assembling my book from the Cas Holmes workshop at Sew Not Strawberry Jam.

One of my (many) favourite things about SNSJ is the outside of the studio.
This was my main inspiration for the book with more than a nod to my native Lake District. This is a bit photo heavy but I am so pleased with the results.
This is the cover
These pages are a combination of pieces made on the day and old ufos.

 Rubber stamps (the first I ever bought in America)
A little rubbing and a piece of grass from the SNSJ garden trapped underneath a piece of painted ga

 This is, possibly , my favourite page.on the right the original sketch we made and on the left it is echoed by the reverse of stitching on a page on the back.  A gelli print and vintage lace complete the page.
This is the reverse side.  I love the boat/jetty/lake that appeared when layering papers.
It was difficult to photograph outside but I like what happens when I stand the "book" up.

Somewhere to explore.