Monday, 18 April 2016

The Beautiful Jurassic Coast

So one of my aims this year was to explore a little more , so this weekend we packed up a picnic and the beach blanket and headed for Lulworth Cove, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. It's not a million miles away from where we live, but somewhere I haven't been since I was a child. Luckily the sun was shining so we definitely saw it at its best.

We did a little exploring when we got there, the parking was in a small valley so we walked up one side to take a peek at  Durdle Door, which is another gorgeous beach, that has a limestone arch, its pretty stunning. My two girls were a bit pooped after the steep climb though so we didn't make it down to that cove. We walked back down to Lulworth Cove where we were stunned at the gorgeous-ness of it. It's a lovely pebble beach, with crystal (but chilly) clear sea, you could be abroad, when the sun is shining. There was a little boat taking people out for trips around the bay, and a kayak group stopped off on the beach for lunch. The perfect lunch stop ! People were chilling out, kids were collecting stones and looking for fossils, one nutter went in the sea in her bikini !! You always get one !!

There are several little cafes and pubs there, as well as a fossil shop, a traditional beach shop and an old fashioned sweet shop. Just as we were leaving we spotted a man known as 'The Shell Man' , he's been going there for years apparently and paints lovely shells to sell. It really is worth a visit if you are in Dorset, well definitely be going back , its such a beautiful coastline, takes your breathe away. Here's a few pics

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Other Side Of January

So its been a while since my last blog ( blimey sounds like a confession), anyway the reason being I have been busy creating design work for my new studio. Its going well so far with a few sales so I'm hoping this year is gonna be 'My' year.  This week I have been working on Spring/Summer 2017 and also doing some doodling about my dreams and goals for this coming year. I know its a bit late for resolutions, but felt it was a good way of getting out of my comfort zone and draw things I don't usually include in my work. Have a nosy at what I have included I wonder how may of these I will achieve this year?

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Christmas Cards revealed....and some exciting news!!!

So I have been working on my Christmas designs for a while, back when it was still here they are, including a little personalised option. They are available in some local shops here in Southampton, at my pop up shop I am holding in my dining room on Friday morning and in my Etsy shop go and order some and get yourself sorted for Christmas.

 In other news I have been asked to work with a design studio in New York!!! I am very excited..what a fantastic opportunity, so if I am quiet on here for a while that'll be why..I'll be head down , bum up designing!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Autumn Days

Hello everyone, sorry I have been a bit vacant from my blog this month, I have been a bit busy preparing some little projects before the kids finish for half term. Next month as I put in my previous post I am running a small sewing workshop so I have been prepping for that. Also I am having a pop up shop at home next month as a way of getting my work seen a bit more , I'm offering cake and coffee to entice people in. Preparing for that has been great fun, I have been working hard on my Christmas designs , even creating some hanging decorations and wrapping paper using my design work so hopefully it will appeal to people and get them festive. I will post pictures of that next time as it still feels a little early to me to be posting too much Christmas stuff, even though it is everywhere in the shops already!

Also I have been producing some packs of blank cards to go into the local shops here that stock my cards. I am rather pleased how they have turned out..they're cute little fellas. 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Sewing Workshop

Hello , a few exciting things are happening at the moment, including a sewing workshop I have been asked to hold. It is going to be in The Songbird, which is a local cafe and creative space here in Southampton. I am very excited about it  and will be teaching a group of lovely people how to make their own cosmetic bag. It will be great to encourage people to fall in love with sewing (fingers crossed). It really is the coolest thing to be able to make your own things.
If you are interested and live near Southampton, book your place on my workshop through The Songbird Facebook page or e mail It will be held on Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9.30 and costs £15.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Good Morning

Morning all..its a bit of a funny time of year isn't it..not sure whether to wear summer clothes still or be snuggled up in cardigans and thick socks. 

I've been busy down in my studio working on Christmas designs and some nice colourful floral work , you can see below. I have also been doing some dummy runs of a few little products I am hoping to start secret for now but will share soon if they work out ok. ...fingers crossed. 

Have a good day x

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Big Feastival

So as I mentioned in an earlier post, last weekend we went to Jamie Oliver and Alex James's Big Feastival on Alex James's cheese farm on the edge of the Cotswolds.. In fact this time last week we were probably sat outside our caravan, in the sun eating our breakfast. I didn't know what to expect as we haven't been to a festival with our children before. We had the most amazing weekend!!

The festival is full of independent food stalls ( a majority of them handing out samples), unique customised vehicles selling street food and drinks, cookery demonstrations, stages where musicians played great music and lots more. There were some great stalls to buy from too, including Jools Oliver's Little Bird, Joules, a vintage clothes stall and a few selling gorgeous handmade products. For children there was a farm area where they could pet animals, art and craft activities, bread making, knitting, seed planting and of course the traditional fun fair. Most kids seemed happy just jumping around on the hay bails and throwing hay at each other.Also Mr Tumble performed on stage , I was stunned at what a crowd that man can draw!

The whole festival had an amazing atmosphere, and we felt safe and comfortable the whole time. I am a paranoid Mum when it comes to our girls, but even I felt relaxed, it really did feel like a massive fun party. There were lots of highlights for us, here are a few of them:

  • Dancing  in The Cheese Hub to Alex James playing some indie classics. (not quite sure our kids got it, but we certainly appreciated it)
  • Eating Churros with chocolate dip late at night.
  • Our girls were super happy with their inflatable pink flamingos!
  • Watching Jamie Oliver cook...he seems such a lovely guy. 
  • Witnessing our girls raving to Example ( this was hilarious, and a little worrying what  the future held for us as parents??)

As a family we came home feeling so happy and a little sad that it was over. We will definitely go next year and would certainly visit the  Cotswolds again, what a beautiful location!.