Monday, 15 September 2014

On The Tops

When you live in the valley bottom it's good to get out on the tops and yesterday my top dwelling friend Karen took me on one of her walks around Gorple reservoir.

Trudging and  talking is always a good way to catch up with a friend.

These weather beaten reservoir gate posts were such good colours.

There's not many tree's up there on the moors which made this big old beech tree stand out majestically.

 These stone pathways are so satisfying to walk on.

The heather was turning and the colours were awesome.

So many feathers along the way.

We made is back just in time for the sunset.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Liberty Open Call

Last Saturday I went down to London to The Best of British Open Call at Liberty. This is a rare opportunity for designers to go to the store to meet the buyers face to face and show them their work. 

People start queuing early with boxes, cases, furniture, clothing and all sorts and everyone is full of nervous excitement!  When I arrived at 7.30 am there were already about 200 people before me. When the shop doors open at 9 am the queue filters up and up the spiral stairs to the top floor where the buyers are waiting.

 It was lovely feeling like a part of this beautiful shop.  It is so polished and old and utterly beautiful, full of quality and craftsmanship. I visited the day before to have a look at the wallpaper department and I was happy that I thought my book would nestle in quite comfortably.

The buyers were so lovely and they liked my wallpapers a lot. I'm ever so happy about that as you can imagine :)

I'm looking forward to hearing from them again soon.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wallpaper dresses in the Yorkshire post

Remember my blogpost about the dresses that Victoria Robinson made from my wallpaper?

Well they made it into this lovely article in the Yorkshire post while I was away on holiday.

The lovely Victoria modeled them herself. 

Doesn't she look lovely!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Allium afternoon

 This afternoon I've been drawing and photographing last years Allium seed heads from my Mum's garden.

Such amazing structures.

With crazy seed pods.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A sweet gift from Japan

I had a visit from these lovelies recently. The two ladies on the right are sisters. Keiko (in the stripey dress) lives in the UK with husband Leigh and cute baby Sakura and Yoko lives in Osaka. They have both been readers of my blog and after they had read about my Japan trip they made contact and we talked for a while about how to get my lamps to Japan. 

Yoko surprised me with this lovely gift. She remembered my blog post about our Sunday morning trip to the most beautiful craft fair in Kyoto and how much I liked the chopping boards made by Babbo Craft


What a sweet thought. All the happy memories of our Japan trip came flooding back.

Yoko has recently started her own website called Momo selling Japanese Craft. There are lots of beautiful things to choose from, chopping boards included!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

All The Luck In The World

Amsterdam has the kind of shops that make me wish I had a shop... in the split second before I realise that I  DO have a shop! Oh good. Then it is time to be inspired :)

We were very taken with this one in De Pijp called All The Luck In The World. It's nice to learn that it is a mother and daughter duo. We were mother and daughter shoppers too and both loved it at much as each other.

We discovered it at night and waited until 1pm on Sunday for it to open. We had to leave at half past to catch our plane so we didn't have long.

It's a beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary homewares, linens, jewellery, lighting and furniture.

All gorgeous.

I'm so looking forward to visiting again...with an empty suitcase next time!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Maartje van den Noort

My favourite hour of our twenty-four-hours-in-Amsterdam was going to visit Maartje van den Noort in her studio.

I wrote about Maartje's work in Illuminate but I never got to meet her at the time. 

I wrote about her studio - an old sailors home on the dockside with grand stairs, high ceilings and huge windows. It was as lovely as I imagined.

Look how beautiful the light was.

I love her work. Her drawings excite and inspire me. She makes such beautiful lines.

It seems we are inspired by similar things and we had a lot to talk about.

It's always nice to talk with other artists about their processes and their dreams.

I could have stayed chatting and drinking tea for many hours but it was time for us all to go.

Maartje, thankyou for having us. It was a joy. I look forward to seeing you next year when you come to visit England.

Have a look at Maartje's lovely work on her website here.


On the way home from Middelburg we stopped off in Amsterdam.

 We only had twenty four little hours which really isn't long enough.

We found this lovely apartment on Air B&B (have you used this amazing service yet?) and our host, Stevie was a lovely singer from Louisiana.

The apartment was in De Pijp which was a whole new bit of Amsterdam that I haven't seen with lots of great shops (blog post to follow about them) and places to eat and drink.

We even saw cats on motorbikes. Two of them haha.

I would be happy to live in Amsterdam. I'd like to be one of the women you see on their bike going home with a big bunch of flowers.

We had the most lovely visit to Maartje van de Noort's studio as well (but that's a whole other blog post too).

 We had our tea under a tree...

and then walked around until the sun went down.

and all the lights came on

and our little legs could carry us no further. We wished we could stay for a week!
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