Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Christmas in July

Oh yes! 
Perhaps in between sunny picnics and frollicking in the park you'd like to take a little break to treat yourself to something nice? Then roll up, my friend! I'm please to announce a great big summer sale in the shop as part of 'Christmas in July' on etsy.

Everything, yes EVERYTHING, is 20% off. Plus, if that wasn't enough, you dear readers can get a further 20% discount by using the code SUPERJULY20. I know, mental!

Feast your eyes:

You can browse sale items here.
Thank you!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Verena Michelitsch

I'm really impressed by this project, Reflections, by Verena Michelitsch and Tobias van Schneider. They photographed layers of plexiglass, plastic, paper and things like that, and then with a little digital manipulation they have these very beautiful images! They're available as prints and I'm sorely tempted, especially by that first one.

Via It's Nice That

Sunday, 22 June 2014


A few weeks ago I mentioned a copy of Show me how to sew, a 1947 Good Housekeeping booklet. This is a poster I've made based on one of the best pages from it (click on the top image for a closer look). It's A3, printed on watercolour paper.

I'm fairly pleased with it - it has the slight offbeat oddness of the original, just a little cleaned up. What do you think?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Metallic leather arrows necklace, in the shop.

Can't believe it's Tuesday night already, where did the start of the week go?!

Sunday, 15 June 2014


A bag of coloured leather scraps from ebay - which make my eyes so very happy indeed. I like them so much that I'm having trouble making my mind up about what to do with them!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Rosemary hair

I noticed lately that my usual conditioner didn't seem to be working so well anymore; my hair was getting heavy and greasy much more quickly than usual and wasn't as healthy looking as usual. So I've decided to take a break from chemical conditioners and use a natural rosemary and cider vinegar hair rinse for a bit... I've used it before to very pleasing results so I feel confident in recommending the recipe. I've forgotten where I first found it, but there are a great many available around the internet.

This is so easy, basically you just:

1. Pour boiling water over several sprigs of rosemary and leave to steep overnight
2. Remove the rosemary and mix the remaining (quite dark coloured water with oil visible on the surface) infusion with cider vinegar in the proportion 1 part vinegar to 9 parts rosemary water.

When washing your hair, simply apply it after shampooing. It's best to leave it in, if you're feeling brave (it goes without saying that you would do well not to get this in your eyes...)
Don't worry, the vinegar smell goes once your hair is totally dry!

I find it leaves my hair feeling properly clean and light. Apparently it's better for brown hair than otherwise, but I'm not sure about this, and would be interested to hear any feedback.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Holding pattern

Really loving this brilliant tumblr of airport runway satellite images.

All images via Holding Pattern/google maps

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Oh, how my heart aches for this beautiful beautiful quilt from gypsya. Maybe one day I'll get around to making something like this! It would never be quite as nice though, I bet. That fabric!

Monday, 2 June 2014


I'm collecting up tins for an exciting new project - a big one, that will take some time. It's exciting, it's started well, and I hope to show some previews of it here before long.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

{ RINGS! }

Now in the shop, here and here.

Oh yes.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Bank Holiday Baking

A weekend of baking for birthdays and picnics -  a cake made with the vodka-soaked damsons left over from a jar of this, and scones with jam and yoghurt (preferable to cream, somehow, for me). Not a bad weekend, in all...


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Show me how to sew

Some other bits from my market trip a couple of weekends ago - a bracelet, and this fantastic sewing tutorial booklet. Published in 1947 by Good Housekeeping, it's full of charming step-by-step illustrations and lovely, though very old-fashioned and really rather patronising, text. The contents list gives such page titles as 'Thimbles need not be a Nuisance' and 'Does Tacking Save or Waste Time?'.

The very best bit is the back cover (click last image to see better), which has a beautiful illustration of all the types of stitch covered in the booklet. It's inspired a little poster project, which I shall show you soon...

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Luke Bishop

At the weekend I went to the Handmade in Britain Spring show at Chelsea Town Hall. The stand-out exhibitor for me was Luke Bishop, who makes this absolutely lovely collection of pots and bowls with such a joyful, graphic sense of colour. Many are inspired by the shapes and function of lachrymatories, which is interesting. See more of Luke Bishop's work here.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

At home

Some peeks around the flat (not as tidy as it might have been...).
We've been living here for a while now, and I feel good and settled in, which is nice.