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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas Baubles

I imagine for most people the best part of the run up to Christmas has to be decorating the tree. I love looking at the decorations I've collected over the years and the memories they hold.

Each year it's a challenge to find new decorations to add to my growing collection or to give as gifts but there are some great finds out there if you have the time to look.

Here are a few of the best I've found

Why not up the ante and go for baubles all over the room! I definitely want a snowflake filled one where i can dance to the tunes of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

It's been a while

There's no hiding it......... I've been feeling swamped lately so there hasn't been much action on here.

About  month ago I decided to go to a mixed Martial Arts Club to take up boxing as my 'must get fit' sport of choice. I didn't realise just how hooked i would become!

I can't recommend it enough. If you're feeling brave give it a go, it's a lot more fun than you can imagine and you won't ever have to get in the ring with Rocky only your own ego.

Whether I'll ever be brave enough to unleash my inner tiger and actually get in a ring to fight has yet to be seen, for now I'm just trying to perfect my punches and look less like a flailing chicken.

Nicola Adams and her Gold Medal are going to be safe for the foreseeable future

Saturday, 25 August 2012

10 Things

10 Things you may not know about me.....

1. I adore old music boxes and automatons

2. When I move house the first things I have to put up are my paintings and art work

3. I have Gypsy Feet and a very strong wanderlust

4. I'm currently saving for a new arm chair

5. I sometimes feel alienated from myself and by those around me

6. I would love to make a living from Fashion Styling and through my Paintings

Painting by 'TwigArt'

7. I'm more of a dog person than a cat person

Photograph of Henry by 'TwigArt"

8. I adore (and have started to collect) Silk Kimono's

9. I miss my grandparents and afternoons of watching old Spaghetti Westerns with Mam David

10. I am beyond excited at my up and coming trip to Rome - I've wanted to visit the city for so long I can't believe I'm finally going!

What do you wish people knew about you?

Sunday, 12 August 2012


I've been thinking about the past a lot recently. I'm not sure why my mind keeps wandering backwards but it does so there I am.

Specific events that have come to shape my life play back like clips from a late night movie. Atmospheric and hazy; i wonder how much the images may be distorted, like looking into a flea market mirror that has rusted with time.

Image courtesy of leoraandhartley

Browsing through text to experience the past musings of others I found this poem by Abraham Lincoln. I think it is beautiful so I copy it here for you to enjoy

                                          Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
                                               from My Childhood-Home I See Again

                                                   My childhood's home I see again,
                                                       And sadden with the view;
                                               And still, as memory crowds my brain,
                                                        There's pleasure in it too.
                                                    O Memory! thou midway world
                                                       'Twixt earth and paradise,
                                             Where things decayed and loved ones lost
                                                         In dreamy shadows rise,
                                                  And, freed from all that's earthly vile,
                                                    Seem hallowed, pure, and bright,
                                                 Like scenes in some enchanted isle
                                                         All bathed in liquid light.
                                                  As dusky mountains please the eye
                                                       When twilight chases day;
                                                     As bugle-tones that, passing by,
                                                           In distance die away;
                                                   As leaving some grand waterfall,
                                                      We, lingering, list its roar—
                                                      So memory will hallow all
                                                 We've known, but know no more.
                                              Near twenty years have passed away
                                                       Since here I bid farewell
                                             To woods and fields, and scenes of play,
                                                     And playmates loved so well.
                                                Where many were, but few remain
                                                           Of old familiar things;
                                                  But seeing them, to mind again
                                                     The lost and absent brings.
                                                The friends I left that parting day,
                                                 How changed, as time has sped!
                                    Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray,
                                                      And half of all are dead.
                                                  I hear the loved survivors tell
                                              How nought from death could save,
                                                  Till every sound appears a knell,
                                                      And every spot a grave.
                                              I range the fields with pensive tread,
                                                  And pace the hollow rooms,
                                               And feel (companion of the dead)
                                                     I'm living in the tombs.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

A Crazy Few Months

You will have noticed i haven't done much posting lately; it's been a busy and happy few months.

Since going full-time at LK Bennett (which is one of the most enjoyable jobs i have ever had) I've celebrated a birthday, a visit from some Oxford friends and from my sister and brother-in-law (no mean feat given they live in Virginia America), a school friends wedding and various other things in between.

Here are some of the highlights

My sister and Brother in law enjoying the tuppenny nudger

Everyone hard at work doing some birthday ceramics

Cutting the cake - spot the super long candle!


The results of the birthday ceramics

A very cool cafe i got to visit along the way

My 'Dear Hearts' illustrating how small i am

The wonderful wedding of Mr and Mrs Storer

And finally, my beautiful bespoke necklace made by the very talented Claire Trevor (check her out on Folksy)

I think it's about time for a cup of tea!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Co-ordinating with the tea cup!

It seems my obsession with all things orange might have got a bit out of control.

Wanting to share my love of an up-turned trouser leg i was busy taking some photos on Saturday only to realise my choice of footwear was co-ordinating with my tea cup!

(Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, Trousers: Espirit, Tea Cup: Habitat)

Talking of shoes i will be in my new work uniform very soon. My shoes choices are



Sabira (In Taupe, Latte, Black or Steel)

I'm veering towards the Cleo at the moment on the principle that if you are going to go for it you might as well go all out. What would your choice be?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Swan Lake

A couple of weeks ago I finally got to see Swan Lake.

It was a small production at the Pavilion here in Bournemouth but it was magical all the same. Of course I couldn't go in jeans so I decided on the classic black dress

Coast halter-neck dress

Alexander McQueen scarf

Kew red leather belt

Zara shoes

Seeing the dancers filled me with awe. The grace and power combined is really something to marvel at.

I also started work at a new concession this week, LK Bennett. It's a great concession full of beautifully tailored pieces (which will appear regularly in this blog I'm sure!). It's situated in House of Fraser here in Bournemouth so if you are in the area pop in and say hello.

Here's a take on my classic ballet outfit taken from their collections and currently selling on-line

Harriet Dress

Pia Scarf

Poppy Belt

Danny Sandal

Have a great week and if you can, dance at least once like no one is watching!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

A little love for 'Made.Com'

So Spring has finally sprung out of it's slumber and I'm itching to get the flat finished.

I'm 60% there on the interior decoration since moving in last August but there are still some key pieces that i have my eye on to finish the over all aesthetic.

I've done plenty of shopping around and research to find the pieces i want and to be honest 'Made.Com' is the best site that I've come across.

Here are some of their pieces on my wish list

Take a look and tell me your favourite pieces

I've also been working on some new art projects, some for the flat and some to sell. I'm not quite sure where the motivation has come from but I'm glad it's there, after quite a long dry spell it feels good to have pen, pencil and brush in hand once more.

Stage 1

Stage 5

This requires a lot more work yet but it's moving in the right direction

Experimenting with a new idea. This one is rough round the edges as a draft but i like the concept so i will be doing more of these.