Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Jubilee fever

Just back from London having pounded the aisles at the fabulous PG Live, I've succumbed, finally, to Jubilee excitement :) We've got two street parties to go to (one our own!), bunting to put up and cakes to bake. Our tiny village opens it's new jubilee toilets, dubbed Jubiloo, on the same weekend, we have calves in the field at the back of the house, and we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel on the house renovations. I've put together some of my favourite Jubilee designs, hope you like them too :)

Tea towel by To Dry For
Tea Towel by Victoria Eggs 
Tea Cosy by Ulster Weavers
Mugs by Emiloumakes on Etsy

Friday, 18 May 2012

Artists and Illustrator profile

I thought I'd share with you two of my latest discoveries. First is Disney illustrator Mary Blair. I can't believe I've only just discovered her and her work. She looks like a pretty fab lady doesn't she? Her work and use of colour are amazing, and you can see how this style has influenced contemporary illustrators.

Also artist Karla Gerard has caught my eye. Her work is a riot of colour and swirling shapes. A real celebration of life, nature and shape! Her work reminds also has a textile quality about it. Enjoy!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Crafty stuff

Wow where's the time gone? I've been away from my blog for too long, very unhealthy for a blog addict like myself. Busy with unbloggable work and the near completion of the living area of the house (only skirting, blinds, curtains and lights to install - oh and new rug and cushions) I can only share my latest inspirational discoveries on Pinterest. I shouldn't say 'only', as there's some just gorgeous stuff on there.

I'm currently still inspired by hand paint and craft influenced pieces. Here's some of my faves for you to enjoy :) oh and the new set of gouache paints I've bought will be opened soon...happy days x
 Creator unknown

 Illustration by Alyssa Nassner

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Julie Dodsworth

I've just come across the lovely homely work of Julie Dodsworth. Julie's work is inspired by her canal boat, and she's taken traditional canal boat styling and given it a fresh twist by limiting the colour palette. It's a lovely design success story. Julie says the 'the designs are a celebration of true living English industrial heritage and a reflection of the many things I love' You can catch her story on her website:

Expect to see her products popping up in gift stores near you :)