Saturday, 11 July 2015

Botany, E5

As I'm now a card carrying, mortgage paying Hackney resident, it seems only appropriate for me to delve into the ever expanding collection of creative shops right on my doorstep. So today I took a trip to Botany, the loveliest, leafiest shop on the excellent Chatsworth Road.

It only opened last year but this plant inspired lifestyle store has already made its name as the go to destination for beautiful plant pals, gifts and a bit of botanical inspiration.

I even picked up a lovely new addition to my plant family while I was there...

Friday, 12 June 2015

Manmade: Crafty Fox Market, E1

The excellent Crafty Fox Market are celebrating something you don't see enough of in the designer/maker world - Men who Make - with their first Manmade market. 

This weekend Crafty Fox, the always awaited seasonal designer/maker market, are teaming up with the online resource for crafty excellence Etsy. The idea was dreamed up by Crafty Fox regular, the talented textile designer Sam Wingate, to gather the lesser spotted the top male makers from London's craft scene with super stalls, talks, a bar and a barber. It's manmade but there's nothing synthetic about this! 

Open tomorrow Saturday 13th June , from 11-8, so head on down to the Truman Brewery, tis free entry. I saw an ace talk from inspiring design duo Mini Moderns on branding but there's even more tomorrow including the fantastic king of cross-stitch: Mr X Stitch

Here's a couple pics I grabbed and my own attempt at screenprinting (nailed it obvs):
Sort letter press products are not just ace, but you can also letter press your own for just a pound!
Too cute wooden toys from Greenmade:
Loved I am Acrylic's clever designs (the makers were bigger in real life...):
Beautiful bespoke furniture from Biggs & Quail
And a whole load more people I was too busy chinwagging with to snap like: Jimbobart, Ray Stanbrook Prints, Postcode Prints and Bent Copper (extra points for the brilliant name choice!).

There's also some man led crafts to try out. I turned my hand at screenprinted with the help of Mr Wingate (and the very helpful Justine Ellis too - thank you!). I think it went pretty well actually (brushes off shoulders). 

Obviously it started with some dutch courage: 
Shape getting cut...
Printing time...

Ta daaa!
Whadda you reckon?!
Head on down to day two of Manmade tomorrow if you have a chance. Ladies more than welcome :)

Friday, 29 May 2015

Hastings #GatheredCheerSocial

A tiny peek into a lovely day: Ruth Garner, the super sweet lady behind the Gathered Cheer blog, has come up with a generous idea: Gathered Cheer Socials. A new kind of casual, no strings attached meet up for fellow bloggers to explore a new (and blogger friendly obvs) area. Gathering likeminded folk together with no pressure and no brand involved, just to hang out, explore a new place and enjoy a bloody jolly day out! 

So over the long weekend Ruth paired up with another blogger pal Jeska Hearne the creative mind behind the ever-beautiful Lobster & Swan blog (oh and the excellent online shop The Future Kept too) to give a happy gang of bloggers a tour of her home town: Hastings! 

Now I clearly had *far* too much fun to snap as happy as I'd planned (and could easily have snapped more but there was lots of chatting to be done instead...). But here's a little look into the fun we had taking a turn around the charming, creative (and quality antique shop heavy!) winding street of Hastings, its seafront and beautiful old town.
Some top shops include: Hendy's Home Store - wonderful vintage kitchenalia and homeware. I may *ahem* have done a bit of shopping here...let's just say enamel pans and Wood's Ware and leave it at that...

Wayward Haberdashery - the most beautiful, varied and (oh my) tactile! selection of fabrics, trimmings, ribbons and so many buttons. A must for anyone who has even looked at a sewing machine...

Bobo Flower and Garden Shop - there were flowers here that I've never even *seen* in a flower shop before - foxgloves, lupins and the biggest blousiest beautiful peonies ever...
Bobo flowers modelled here...the only way the wear them dontcha know :)

If you'd like to find out more about these Gathered Cheer Socials, Ruth lists upcoming events up on her blog and follow the hashtag #GatheredCheerSocial to see more from the great bunch of ladies I had the pleasure to hang out with in Hastings.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Flat snippets

The flat, it seems, is starting to come together nicely. Still lots to do, but it very much feels like home already. So I thought I'd share some snaps of bits I'm already happy with (just wait though...the pegboard is coming soon!).

Every home needs a spanner lamp :)
Shelves, books, plants - all things that make me happy: 
As does this little guy:
Legs eleven: 
Cheese plant pal (four months old and actually still alive!):
And big thanks to the lovely folk at Out There Interiors for donating this super hanging planter to the new flat:
Its succulent friend is settling into its new home nicely too I think.

Out There Interiors planter available here and plant (I think it is maybe an aloe vera?!) from good old Columbia Road Flower Market.  

Monday, 4 May 2015

French mini break

A very Bridget Jones title. But no turkey buffets or ill-advised bunny outfits here I promise.  Just snaps of the beautiful Midi-Pyrenees area in late April. Heavy on wisteria, doorways, hidden cats and lovely luscious greenery:  

And c'est moi:  

A bientot! 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Picture of the day: (Easter) Monday 6th April

Today I started with: A quiet bank holiday. Time to browse to find the perfect pattern. A ream of the lovely Liberty Tana Lawn fabric from the Styling The Seasons event back last year. A bit of sewing machine practice. 

And I ended up with these: 

Sunday, 5 April 2015