Monday, June 28, 2010

a sneakerist's sneaky peakery

psst! yes, you! look behind this here curtain to see a few items making their merry way through the door of the shop and appearing on a Bust Craftacular market stall very soon

ssshh ...

beautiful vintage crockery

wow! accordian playing card love notes ...

and ooh! vintage rent book message cards 


me xxx

Friday, June 25, 2010

modern day prophet

(thank you to 'the big one' off of Paper-Rock-Scissors)
me xxx


I find it funny when others use 'literally' in the wrong place.

I am allowed to laugh at said people because I too am guilty of littering my dialogue with the word
e.g. "I was LITERALLY run off my feet" etc.


Today, it was literally
(all systems go) 

Firstly redhead flatmate photographed all my products so that I can set up my etsy store in time for the BUST market. 
We spent 4 hours on it, and I am overly delighted with the results. So very exciting. It's nice to look at pictures of your work when you've spent so long 'making'. Sometimes it's hard to sit back and look at what you have created with any appreciation.

The etsy store doors are now a tiny bit ajar ... I just need to dust down, paint and stock the shelves.

Also I ordered my business cards. 

I used this image from today's session 

Sometimes beauty makes my heart crumble melt and explode all at the same time.

Thanks redhead.

me xxx

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


(photo via blog favourite citysage)

Do you think you'd get bored if you received one of these every day?

I don't think I would. Honest.

me xxx

Brighton part1

just a little day trip with jive chum and her sister

more photos to come

me xxx

Sunday, June 20, 2010


It seems these are very popular on many a design website ...

me, I have only just discovered them

I am in awe and in love and in lust

They are just too beautiful for words

I am sure you will feel the same

me xxx

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I love your BUST


Best chum My Pure Harte and I will be doing the next

We had so much fun and learnt a lot at Christmas (our first market experience) 
so we are overly excited about getting behind the stall once again.

I have been creating interesting little cards involving vintage rent booklets, playing cards and ribbons. I am actually really excited about them. Also on sale? Well, how about some grand national winners, teacups and thimbles? And some other randoms for good measure. A rabbit hole of content! 

So here are the details ...

I do hope you can make it

me xxx

Shop. Craft. Dance!

12 midday – 7:00pm
York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ
An indie shopping mall in York Hall! With DJs, drinks, DIY and an alternative food court of sweet and savoury treats.
SHOP: over 60 stalls of the hippest in handmade.
CRAFT: fashion a fascinator headpiece with The Make Lounge*; screen-print a tote bag with Mr Wingate; colour in your own jewellery with Tatty Devine.
DANCE: DJs include The A-Maisonettes, The Vinyl Vendettas, She Runs With Wolves (Ladyfest Ten); then learn to Lindy Hop, Charleston or Jitterbug with a special beginners class by Swing Patrol from 5.30 to 7pm.
Goodie bags for the first 100 through the door, raffle and more. Admission: £2. *Sign up for the fascinator-making workshops (1pm-2.30pm and 4pm-5.30pm) on the day, places limited.
Independently owned and operated, BUSTMagazine has been a leader in the crafting movement since 1993. Now in its 16th year,BUST continues to support and influence the handmade revolution though constant editorial coverage, sponsorships, and events such as the BUST Craftacular. Always on the cutting-edge, BUST is a revered and trusted authority in the DIY and crafting community.
York Hall is located just 2 minutes from Bethnal Green Tube Station, opposite the V&A Museum of Childhood. 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

another time and place that went before

Childhood memories ...
a red fiesta
a father playing drums on the steering wheel
 a sister consigned to backing vocals (sorry sister)
and (a shy and retiring old) me belting out 'be my baby' ...

me xxx

Erica Shires

Thank you to Frolic for introducing me to
Erica Shires and her photography ...

me xxx

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

seem and appear

On the outside I sometimes look like this

but on the inside I feel more like this

me xxx

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Urban Poetry

I was more than flattered and delighted when my chum 
asked for my assistance on interior decisions for her new pad.

The theme?
"Urban Poetry" says she. 

Funnily enough, I seem to think I know what she means.
I hope.

I have trawled my favourite blogs, and got terribly lost from one to the other via another, saving photos which I think fit the bill.

My first stop is the living area.
I have a few ideas.

I think it should be as airy as possible, the feeling of space, but with interesting nooks and crannies dotted about. 
Colour and vibrancy ('urban'), 
but elegant and mysterious ('poetry').

 A nice splash of colour here, with retro furniture but still managing to be fresh.

Storage in a most appealing manner. Tres cool.

not quite enough colour for my liking but just so well balanced and ordered even though all the objects are mismatched in shape and size

So elegant and chic. Love the exposed light bulb, the framed pictures and all those clean lines!

This little collection of images show how colour really can work, I mostly love the top left picture with the two armchairs. Very cosy whilst still managing to be interesting and fun. Definitely a corner for knitting?

A favourite of mine. It's very tidy isn't it?
I think it's a nice foundation ...

The first one is more of a workshop than living room, I know, but I just love the beautifully ordered clutter of these images. 
I think it's a balance between busy walls and clear surfaces. 
That must be how it works.

Love it. A snooker table and a beautiful armchair? Together? 
Yes! It works!

OK. So it's only a start. What do you think Paper Rock Scissors?

Am I along the correct lines?

me xxx

(thank you to all my favourite blogs for providing these images)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

portrait of an animal

via City Sage to Daydream Lily to Beatnik Bazaar to etsy ... 
I have discovered ... Sharon Montrose
A long journey, but definitely worth it ...

I am absolutely in love with her animal portraits -

so breathtakingly elegant

me xxx

beautiful bread

Excuse me, but ...
Just how wonderful is this?
on a scale of one to eleven?

me xxx


did someone get inside my head and take a photo????

me xxx

Friday, June 4, 2010


A nice dinner doesn't always have to be one that has taken a lot of preparation, or thought for that matter. 

My mother is a brilliant cook and as children we were spoilt with dishes from all over the world on a daily basis. 
However, she still maintains that eggs, chips and beans is her favourite meal.

I threw this plate of food together and it was just so satisfying.
Toasted ciabatta, roast chicken, rocket, basil, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and a (un)healthy amount of mayonnaise ...

I have been sans alcool for two years now, but a beer on a sunny day is a must. 

As I am a packaging junkie I bought this alcohol free beer purely because it was a nice bottle with a handsome horse on the front. Didn't taste bad either.

me xxx

sun filled corners

sometimes, around 7 o'clock, the sun hits my tiny kitchen and makes it all pretty.

me xx