Monday, 6 July 2015

New Stock

There's some pretty new things on my site at the moment; little vintage fan charms, delicate minimal necklaces and blue beaded eye charm bracelets.

Take a peek at the full range.

 
 
 
 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Staying Cool


 


Manchester is having a heat-wave!  Or Summer as most people call it, tee hee.  Here are some ways to stay cool while the sun is shining.
  • Eat ice cream for main meals
  • Buy a cute paper fan (mine is from Oklahoma), or make one by folding paper in a concertina.
  • Run cool water over your wrists
  • Keep a reusable bottle or jug of water in the fridge.  Add some fresh mint for flavour (also try lemon, cucumber, berries, watermelon and edible flowers
  • Open a window.
  • Make coffee ice cubes for perfect iced lattes.
  • Get your tootsies out!  Wear some bright nail polish and cute sandals.
…and of course…wear sunscreen, drink water, look after your animals and be safe little magpies.


Monday, 15 June 2015

Lovely Levenshulme

Living in Manchester I'm spoilt for choice if I fancy nipping out for something tasty.   But I have a few favourite places that I return to time and time again.  Levenshulme has some gems...

Breakfast in the lovely Trove Bakery. We also took a loaf and some jam home with us (rhubarb and bay leaf).  It's almost impossible to leave without a loaf, I've never managed it yet.

Trove's avocado on toast.  The finest in Manchester!
 
 Pretty flowers at the door.

Just across the road from Trove is the Levensulme Antiques Village, a number of shops housed in the old Town Hall.  I was so very tempted by the beautiful books, old cameras, tiles, typesetting letters and little bottles.

 
I loved the name of this shop.

 The little green gem is my treat from my visit. (Framed bee from The Manchester Bee Co. )

Just behind the railway station, hides the LevensulmeMarket.  They have themes each week and showcase crafts and food from small local suppliers.

 
Colourful macarons and matryoshkas.

 
 
 Colourful chalk on the railway arches.

...and through the arches we go home with all our goodies.  See you soon Levenshulme!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Morse Code

I take custom requests for my morse code necklaces. This one says 'love', but what would you choose?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Work in Progress

Current projects this May include....

 
 Filling my diary with lots of plans including events in November and December, eek.

 

Making these lovely things, into these lovely things...
 

 ...and re-reading this amazing book in anticipation of a new release.

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!