Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Walk Around Manchester

I love taking photos.  I use them like momentos of places I've been and people I've met, but I also love taking photos of my home city.  It's beautiful and I see new things everyday.  Most recently I've been documenting the more industrial aspects of home.  Suprisingly colourful and beautiful.    Here are a few snaps from some recent wanderings around my beautiful city.


 Bees in the window of Northern Flower.  The worker bee is the symbol of the city



Stephenson Square

Stephenson Square

  
Old painted shop sign.


Victoriana at Piccadilly.
 
Happy little fella.

Anthony H. Wilson, Stephenson Square.

Try taking a camera out in your city and documenting details.  I know you'll love it.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Little Round-up of My Week

It's been a busy week in my little corner of the world.  The Manchester Craft and Design Centre where my studio is has been preparing for a new exhibition along with events for Manchester After Hours and our annual Future Makers event.  Oh, and I got some new flowers for Studio 25, very important you know.

 Setting up the Mezmerised exhibition.

Beautiful tactile metalwork by Rosie Booth.

These little paper barnacles light up at night.  Part of the activities for Manchester After Hours this week.
 

New flowers!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Island in the Sun

A couple of weeks ago I took a little trip with some friends to the beautiful island of Tenerife.  Black sandy beaches, green forests, volcanic mountains...and the most incredible sunsets.

 Pretty cacti and blue skies at the Parque Nacional del Tiede

 Rows of boats at a quiet town on the coast.



 Black sand from the lava that makes up the island.


 The volcano Mount Tiede.

One of the many beautiful sunsets we saw.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Popular This Week

Here are some of the items posted to their new homes this week.  I love my customers :)



Monday, 4 May 2015

Making Plans

Now it’s officially Spring (welcome, May blossoms) I feel a little kick to be more organised.  I love the immediacy of social media and use my blog, twitter, facebook and instagram accounts regularly, just not with any particular structure.



Starting this month I’m aiming to follow a proper plan along with my other regular posts.  Monday’s will be my news-y blog post day; Tuesdays is for indulging in instagram and generally looking a lots of photos, Wednesday for Work In Progress (the hashtag #wipwednesday is a lovely one to search as a lot of crafters tag their work); on Thursday’s I’ll be featuring new and favourite stock pieces and Friday’s will be a nice little round up of the weeks news for my blog.

If you have any tips on this, particularly for small business crafty types, I’d love to hear them.

Busy Bee Organiser from Asking for Trouble.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Little Treats

I do love a bit of a potter around and a bit of a treat.  Small pleasures like taking photos on a sunny day, fresh flowers, and vintage books.  Here are some of my recent small pleasures.

Beautiful roses in a jar.

 Graphic seeds on a vintage book cover.  

 Handmade tiny star planter and petite succulent to live in it.
(From Oh No Rachio).

   
Pretty pins.

 
Tea in the sunshine on my Wedding Anniversary (five years has flown by).
(Pretty china at Tea Hive)


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

New Jewelery for Spring

I've been working on some new, fresh designs.  Mixed metals and simple shapes...now, which one to choose?
 



More new things in my Etsy shop.