Monday, 24 August 2015

Hexagon Love

Geometric, minimal, modern and with a nod to my beloved bees, I love my hexagon pieces...and so do Folksy.






Shop my hexagons at Studio 25; on Folksy; on WIAW; and on Etsy.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Summer Postcard Club

Everyone likes good post days!  So the lovely Marceline organised a Summer Postcard Club, where people signed up to swap postcards.  I've loved watching my little notes come through the letter box and I hope everyone involved had as much fun as I did.

Putting the final touches to my postcards for my swapees.

The first postcard that arrived was this fab vintage style tea themed one.  Perfect!

 More tea related ones followed.  How well they know me!  I love the little tea cup hidden in the 'A' of the graphic one, and the French postcard has a cat too.  J'adore!


Cute details on the back of the cards; Totoro, teacups and a little fox.



 This watermelon on the beach made me smile.  Note the little panda-man sunning himself.

Grrrr!  Vintage bear postcard with baby panda at the centre.

Search #summerpostcardclub on Twitter and Instagram for more cute swaps.

With thanks to Marceline; Heather; Nikki; Claire; Jo and Rosanna. x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Lomas and Lomas in Hayfield Village

My newest stockist is the lovely Lomas and Lomas, and this weekend saw the opening of their beautiful shop in the pretty village of Hayfield.  So I took a trip out into the hills on a sunny day to take a peek...spolier, it was gorgeous!

Lomas and Lomas specialise in modern country interiors, which translates as beautiful prints on cushions and lightshades, stunning photos and yummy candles.


 

The shop is right next to the old village post post office.  I loved the details of this old post box and stamp machine.



The stream behind the shop.  Home to a family of ducks, and a heron too.

 

Sunshine and bunting. 



Beautiful homewares and my pieces.
 


Top: cushions are made with vintage fabrics.
Below: cushions made with Lomas and Lomas designs.

 I treated myself to this amazing pheasant cushion and the most gorgeous scented candle.


 If you'd like to visit (and you really should) you can find them at:
The Old Butcher's Shop; Market Street; Hayfield; High Peak; Derbyshire SK22 2EU



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?