Wednesday, 3 November 2010
... and yes, I still can find some orange face paint here and there :-)
Friday, 8 October 2010
My personal Giddy Kipper favourite has to be this gorgeous heart
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
I've attended several workshops at the Make Lounge and I just adore it there. The venue is wonderful, the company is great, I always learn something new and I just love, love the tutors!
Below the fruit of my labour. I love the dress, even though my 4 year old proclaimed 'mum do you have a new night dress'. Erm, 'no'. But she is not that far off, as I used a vintage sheet to make the dress :-)
And actually browsing for the link of the Make Lounge, I saw that they now offer a book binding course. And I am very happy to say that I am signed up for a course in July :-)
Monday, 28 June 2010
While sales were a little on the low side and temperatures on the hot side, I had a wonderful and interesting day and connected with some wonderful other designer makers.
My polkadots & blooms stall, in the main hall
Next to me was the lovely Jo with her new Milk Two Bunnies label - Gorgeous baby wear and accessories made from Liberty fabric
In our little square of stalls was also one of my favourite illustrators Belle & Boo. I could not resist getting these little dolls for my little madams :-)
My absolutely favourite stall was 'Share the feeeling' and their fantastic gift bags.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
The girls loved it and our holiday started from the word 'go'.
Below some pictures from the crossing.
Wir sind gerade aus einem schönen Urlaub nach Dänemark und Deutschland zurückgekehrt. Dieses Jahr hatten wir uns entschlossen die Fähre nach Dänemark zu nehmen; dies stellte sich als gute Wahl heraus, wenn man das Luftreisechaos bedenkt.
Sogar das Wetter war uns wohlgesinnt und wir haben viel Zeit draussen verbracht :-)
Unten nun unser Reisetagebuch in Bildern.
There is something special about flags in the wind on a boat.
The girls loved jumping about on deck ....
... the fab children's entertainment
... and a visit to the bridge
I sneaked out a few minutes to enjoy the glorious sunset
Friday, 23 April 2010
The workshop was run by the lovely Fiona Howard with the support of two excellent Sanderson and Zoffany designers. The designs were first drawn, then copied onto lino and cut out. I had done lino design before, but the huge amount of painful cuts had rather put me off cutting lino! Today the cutting went without a hitch and the need for a bandaid :-)
Everyone had a fantastic day, that passed by far too quickly. Below some pictures to show the process and some designs.
By the way the museum is a little gem and worth while a visit if you are interested in fashion and textiles.
1. Cutting the lino (some of us had some really intricate designs)
2. Printing the designs onto paper
3. Finished designs
4. My own handy work
Monday, 12 April 2010
I was positively surprised to bump into Robyn of RoseLullabyDolls, who makes the most amazing art dolls, which hopefully will adorn my daughters rooms at some stage :-). I met Robyn at Liberty's Open Call event earlier in the year. We stood next to each other in line for hours (totally frozen by the end of it) before we were seen!
In good old etsy fashion I was able to trade one of my vintage fabric cat purses for this beautiful Red Wire Rose Ring by Emily Mah
Emily is also an author of science fiction and fantasy no less. Check out here blog.
I also had the pleasure to meet the lovely Monika and her husband of MaaPstudio. Monika's porcelain jewellery is out of this world, I just can't stop looking at her beautiful creations.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next event. (As a bonus I also booked myself onto a print workshop at the Design and Textile Museum :-)
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Firstly there is the wonderful Hayley of Ruby Wren Designs, celebrating her first year in business full of successes but also struggles. Her heartfelt acknowledgement of realities when you run your own business very much ring true with me, as it probably does with many other people running their own business.
Secondly a blog entry by Seth Godin that exactly expresses what I think and feel about handmade and mass products, but that my rather limited rhetorical abilities would never be able to bring onto paper (or the screen): ".... The new trend in spending money is to buy things that are painstakingly hand built instead of efficiently mass produced. It might not be a better price than what you could buy at Target, but the very fact that you can pay for an artisan to create it, an artist to design it, a talented worker to bring it to life--that act makes a powerful statement about what you can afford and what's important to you..." (Posted by Seth Godin on April 06, 2010 http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/)
I think for years I have chased after something that I thought I wanted and needed but that was not really me. Now that I have rediscovered my creative side, my ability to craft and create, I finally have the feeling that I am arriving somewhere I belong. And that is a wonderful feeling and a very happy place to be :-)
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Ich bin begeistert. Ich habe einen Platz in der 'We Make London' Austellung in Chelsea London bekommen. Bitte sagt 'Hallo', falls Ihr am 26 Juni in Chelsea London seid. Adresse: Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE Zeit: 11.00 - 15.00
Friday, 19 March 2010
Der Frühlung ist jetzt auch bei mir, in meinem Süd-Londoner Vorgarten eingezogen. Die Zwergosterglocken blühen und ich muss immer lächeln, wenn ich an ihnen vorbeigehe.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Mein Vintage Stoffportemonnaie war in dieser wunderbaren Etsy 'Treasury' eingestellt. Ich finde die Farben ganz toll und auch das Thema 're use re gain' (wieder benutzen, wieder gewinnen)
The treasury was curated by floweredskybeads who sells amazingly beautiful pendants and other treasures!
Die 'Treasury' wurde von floweredskybeads zusammengestellt, die sehr schöne Anhänger und ander Schätze verkauft.
Monday, 8 March 2010
One of the girls having fun in the waves and on the beach.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Now, the fun bit is to look for room decorations, and to be honest I did not even think that I would be looking for decorations. But here we go, my list of beautiful adornments is growing by the minute and I probably required 2 or 3 rooms if I wanted to accommodate them all. Here is a first selection of my finds:
1. Siblings Silhouettes Wall Decal by lepapierstudio
2. Custom Name Design by englishmuffinsshop
3. Coatrack by GLANZeffect
4. Paper Cuckoo's clock by petie
5. Vintage Wallpaper Birds by Inke Heiland