Monday, April 20, 2015

Bright and Beautiful

"Man needs colour to live;
it's just as necessary an 
element as fire and water. "
               ~Fernand Leger

   I have had a bad bug the last week or so which hasn't been fun. I seem to be catching everything that is going around this year! C'est la vie. I have a few random pictures I took in between feeling rotten. Some of them are of the pretty vintage treasures on my Grandmother's dressing table. I was visiting her not too long ago and the light was pouring through her bedroom windows and everything was just sparkling. Hopefully I will be back on my feet soon and I can go outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and whispers of spring! 

You can find the china bowl, fabric flowers and ribbon work heart in my Etsy Shop

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Outings and Romantic Homes

"Never lose an opportunity 
of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting."
          ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I am so excited to have been featured in the May issue of Romantic Homes Magazine! They contacted me early in the year wanting to do a small piece about my handmade lace Gillyflower brooches and I was thrilled! Romantic Homes has been one of my favourite magazines for many years. The issue came out this week and I was so surprised to find a beautiful two page spread inside it with my photos! Thankyou so much to all the lovely people who have sent me sweet messages about the article! Your support is so encouraging!

This is a gorgeous issue with so many beautiful articles! Be sure to have a look! 

I have been to some lovely vintage shops lately and I thought I would share a few snapshots. The first pictures are from the prettiest flower shop that I have ever seen! It was full of antiques and beautiful displays. The second little group of photos are from a vintage clothing store that I visited today. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Beauty of Words

"A book is a dream that 
you hold in your hand."
            ~Neil Gaiman

   I have always loved books. I think everyone in my family does! My Mum and Dad are never without a book and my sister, well she has more bookcases than anyone I have ever known and every special occasion is celebrated with a large parcel of new additions to her collection. I always have a pile in my bedroom that I am making my way through (It never gets smaller!). My Nana gave me some of the books she loved when she was a little girl and I adored them all growing up. Girl's annuals, Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at School (my favourite - I read it five times!), Polly, Agatha Christies and so many more! I had copies of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess that I still have today, even though the pages are a little yellowed and the covers are creased. They are treasures! My Grandad had an enormous library and when he and my Nana recently moved into a smaller home the larger portion of his books had to be given away. Some of the books had dates around the 1860's! I had to photograph the few that found their way to my house. The illustrations are so exquisite! Words are beautiful and magical and this post is my little homage to them...