Monday, 13 April 2009

worlds in miniature


i'm forever blowing bubbles...

Friday, 10 April 2009

the sea, the sea...

a few photos from beautiful Cornwall


We're doing the bathroom! It's at the point of no return, we've totally striped it back to the bare walls and it already looks better than it did!!!

We're going to paint all the woodwork white and put shelves and a drying rail into the airing cupboard, that's todays jobs.
Then Mark, the new builder neighbour from across the road is going to re-plaster two walls. We're going to rotate the bath and put a mixer shower tap on it. then move the new loo.... and re-tilr the walls. I also want to find a big mirror for above the basin and a small chandelier, I've always wanted a chandelier in my bathroom since I was a small girl... not sure why... but I feel the time has come to do it!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

kerstin gavler

I was reading the post of Tiny Happy afew weeks ago when I came across her post about a book she had been given on Swedish Embroidery Design. I was really interested so found a copy of it second hand through Abebooks (if you haven't come across this site- it's a great way to find second hand books and often has more choice than the amazon used books).
The designer who really stood out to me was Kerstin Gavler. I love the images that she uses in her designs, particularly the little chicken birds. Unfortunately I can't find anything about Kerstin Gavler that isn't written in Swedish which is frustrating, so if anyone knows anything about her please let me know....

I've enlarged one of her designs and I'm in the process of cutting it out as a Lino print. It is taking quite some time but is enjoyable. It's one of those things that you just want to keep on going forever, like a good book! But I have plans for other designs in Lino once this is complete.

Baileys Home and Garden

Baileys is now located at Whitecross Farm just outside Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. They have a strong emphasis on re-cycling objects to use as contemporary furniture and also vintage european artefacts. Overall the sense I get from the place is of rustic minimalism. Their information sheets for furniture and lighting are hand drawn images with hand written and traditional type writer text printed onto brown paper.

I often visit to get ideas but seldom manage to leave without buying something. This time it was these paper cutout Henna Hands, they only sold right hands... I wanted to frame a pair but I think two right hands together looks a little strange.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

a few days away...

we've just been away for a few days... it's been lovely!
and I've just remembered that we had a conversation about something and we were going to google it when we got home. Now we are home and I can't remember what it was. To have remembered but not be able to remember is far more annoying than having forgotten to remember!
do you know what I mean!!!?