Daisy Lowe at the GQ Men of the Year awards (handsomely accessorised by Matt Smith).
Sadly, I'm not sure I could pull off top-to-toe stripes and I definitely don't have the cheekbones for that sleek bun/oversized bow combo. I am, however, seriously considering adding a bold splash of red to my mostly-neutral autumn wardrobe.
Anything you want to recommend?
As a fabric-obsessed child of the seventies, it turns out I'm entirely powerless to resist the print-y, retro loveliness of the kit, and had way too much fun playing and experimenting, dressing up a few seventies kids of my own to make these cute cards.
As they'd have said back in the calico-loving seventies, groovy.
Currently winning my heart:
this patchwork bedspread from Urban Outfitters,
this cool technique and tutorial by the ever clever Julie K, these two wallet-scorching Orla Keily lovelies, this beautiful image (by Terry O'Neill, via Glamour A-Go-Go)
and Upon a Fold, one of the prettiest and most inspiring blogs I've found in a while.
If you’d have told me back when I started this whole blogging business that, one day, I’d be sitting down to wax lyrical about a shop in my tiny home-town, I’d have laughed at you, scoffed, and then laughed some more. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the place where I grew up – quite the opposite – but it’s hardly a shopping mecca. Small, sleepy and determinedly rural, the high street mainly consists of pubs, estate agents, banks and places to buy tourist souvenirs.
The tourists come because it’s old and pretty; they don’t generally show up for the retail experience. But there’s a chance, on a small scale at least, that might be about to change. The last time I went back to visit my family, I ended up in one of the loveliest shops I’ve ever visited. Packed to the white-painted rafters with Scandinavian designed and inspired goods, it was the kind of shop I’d be thrilled to stumble upon here in London, let alone back in quiet little Ledbury.
The even happier news, for those of us who don’t live nearby (and, with the exception of my sister and her sweet friend Yvette, I’m guessing that’s you, me and very nearly everybody here), is that you can now shop at Hus+Hem online. They sell all sorts of deliciousness, from furniture and homewares to fabric, books and paper goods.
See what I mean? Completely beautiful. That fruit cushion in particular has my heart. Whether it’ll also have my hard-earned savings when I go down to visit in a couple of weeks remains to be seen. I'll keep you posted.
Saints alive, that was hard work! My two hours of post-purging yesterday ran to something more like four, and by the time I’d eventually whittled 5327 down to ), the warm glow of blog-loving had well and truly gone cold. By 6 o'clock yesterday evening, I'd have been perfectly happy to never clap eyes on another blog again.
Today, though, I’m back to something near normal. That lovely, round ‘0’ of unread posts has already morphed into a ‘26’, but it seems a much more manageable number. Inviting, even.
One thing that really hit home yesterday was how overwhelming so much inspiration in such a short time can be. Skimming through post after post of beautiful images and clever ideas, all put together by super-talented artists actually made me feel more inadequate than inspired – like I should give up making stuff here and now because I’m not, and will never be, that good or even good enough. That’s really not how it’s supposed to work. In small quantities, the wishing and hoping to maybe, possibly, hopefully come somewhere close is what drives me. In bigger doses, apparently, it’s more likely to cause drowning. Lesson learned, order (thankfully) restored.
So, what of the favourites list I promised? Clearly, there were way more than twenty noteworthy posts in such a huge pile, but I’m nice – I’ve done some hardcore honing, so you’ll hopefully have a much easier time of things. These are a few of the things I especially loved:
1. As a girl who never leaves the house without a hat during the winter (and misses them like crazy when it's too warm), it was inevitable this post would catch my eye as I skimmed through the super-inspiring sfgirlbybay.
6. Scrapbook layouts by two of my favourite artists, Amanda Johnson
7. . . . and Kara Haupt.
11. Remember this? I love assemblage, and am really itching to try another piece, but it would never have occurred to me to make assemblage jewellery. I’m pretty sure Katie Runnels (The Constant Gatherer) is a genius.
16. This post (by Larissa Holland from mmmcrafts) probably made me smile more than any of the others. I am the biggest fan of Lauren Child, and Larissa’s 3-d adaptation of her Pippi Longstocking illustrations is just perfect.
20. Last, but most definitely not least, crochet (obsessed much?). Yvestown’s Yvonne always uses colour – whether it’s paint, fabric or yarn – in the dreamiest way. Plus, look closely at her pretty post, and you'll also find a link for a free pattern. I'm smitten.
I'll thank you kindly to keep your mitts off mine (unless you're handsome and offering to carry my shopping), but you can score one of your own, either in her Etsy shop, The Green Gables, or from Not On The High Street. Lots more prettiness on her blog, too, from handmade to vintage, eco to edible.
Maker friends are the best, don't you think?
…but I’ve missed you. So, here I am, at almost 2 in the morning, checking in for a really quick catch-up before I head for bed. I still have proper things to share – a few pics, a tutorial and maybe some fun news in a week or so, but deadlines and packing are snapping at my heels on an hourly basis. I’m managing to Tweet, but blogging…not so much. Thinking I might try a few of these shorter posts and see how we go.
How about three random happy things from this week?
KI Digi – itchy fingers, twitchy brain just thinking about the possibilities.
Coraline – finally opening in the UK two weeks from now.
Isak – wondering how difficult it might be to convince Mr P that we need a bit of birdy wallpaper in the new house.
All of which should surely be enough to guarantee a sweet dream or two.
I know I've been neglecting you just lately, but please understand it's not because I don't love you. What with the whole moving house thing, and working on a project that's sapped every last ounce of my creativity, life has got pretty blurry. But I've decided enough is enough. It might be a few weeks before I'm back to posting wordy epistles or inconsequential tutorials, but in the meantime, I'm thinking we could compromise on some pretty pictures and scintillating links. Like this t-shirt I posted over at Banana Frog.
Or some deliciousness from the new Cath Kidston range.
And if you feel like a bit more conversation, you could always go and hang out at Julie's. She's both talented and, in the nicest possible way, accommodating, and she makes inspiring things like this.
Just make sure you don't get really loved up with anyone else. Because, y'know, I'd miss you, too.