Friday, 17 April 2015

Instagram...

A few little snippets from the first months of 2015 over on instagram.
Lots of new reads, gorgeous flowers, cable and cotton lights were finally purchased after agonising over colour choice, happy painting days and a succulent obsession begins
You can follow me here...


x x x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Succulents succulents everywhere...

I've had a little obsession building for a while now, and it's all about succulents.
They've been popping up around blog land and pinterest in beautifully styled images for some time now, so the idea of having a lovely little display of these gorgeous little succulents has been in the back of my mind.
I've only read a little about them but they seem incredibly easy to look after and need minimal care and attention, only requiring a tiny amount of water every month or so. 
As long as they have plenty of sun to soak up, they're happy little things. 
There are so many varieties of succulents in beautiful colours...no wonder they appeal to the less green fingered among us (the boy has the green fingers in our household)
Here are a few I'm loving...




















 And here are some articles you may find helpful for caring, growing and general maintenance of your succulent garden;

The obsession continues...

x x x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Colour crush...

I thought I'd start the week off with a colour crush post.
A nice bright, fun, colourful selection of images, yum.
Have a good week!


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

(clockwise from top left)

x x x 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Something for the weekend...four ways with eggs

Having had our fill of the chocolate egg variety last weekend, why not fill your lazy Sunday with one of these yummy egg recipes this weekend?
Eggs in a spud, who knew?
And I'm loving the look of that asparagus eggy toast, mmm
Give one a go, enjoy!


Bacon and scrambled egg grilled cheese sandwich here
Cottage cheese eggs and pesto veggie scramble here
Scrambled egg and roasted asparagus toasts here 
Eggy spuds here

x x x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

This & That...

This beautiful selection of tester paints
That beautiful selection of coloured telephones


x x x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Beautiful Bath...

We recently had a little drive to Bath, and beautiful it is too.
It's been a while since we were last there so it was nice to go back and have a day out meandering around the the little side streets, looking up in awe at the stunning architecture of the Cathedral and having a browse in a few shops.
It was such a lovely day, glorious blue sky and pretty warm for March too.
We took the fluffy one and he enjoyed exploring around outside the Abbey 
and meeting other fluffy ones.
The Cathedral is so beautiful, covered head to toe with ornate details. 
I couldn't resist taking a few pics...







 (all above images are copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Friday, 3 April 2015

Lovely (Easter) links...

Seeing as it's Good Friday today and we've got a lovely long weekend to look forward to, I thought I'd do a lovely links post dedicated to some Easter yumminess...


Free printables from Sinnen Rausch blog to hang delightfully on Pussy Willow, beeaauutiful

How fun are these Mr and Mrs Eggs?!
And such gorgeous easter styling with cupcakes and bunny ears
Both found on Fraulein Klein blog

Lovely little tags from Liebesbotschaft blog

Adorable little hanging eggs styled beautifully on twigs in a simple glass jar..perfection
Found on Ma Maison Blanche blog

I want some dipped glittery eggs to hang!
Seriously gorgeous, found on the blog by Elisabeth Heier

x x x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Colour crush...

Got a thing for dreamy...sugary sweet pastels, opaque and pearlescent loveliness, with gorgeous soft colour washes?
I've got just the thing for you in todays colour crush post...yummy!

And it's officially spring so all is good in the world; 
April's here, the clocks jumped forward last weekend, which means longer lighter evenings, and a four day easter weekend coming right up, happy days.


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(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 30 March 2015

Things that made me happy in March...

Here's a little bit of March happiness...
Buys, wants, reads, bakes and more!
There have been some lovely things going on in instagram land this month; some new follows and shares here and there so I thought I'd round up some faves...
Check out these accounts for some daily eye candy!


Following...
@liefsvanmaantje
@inge_ceramics
@emmajayne_designs
Listened to...
Ed Sheeran - Sia - Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds
Adam Lambert - Fleetwood Mac - Estate - Laura Marling
James Bay

Feasted on...
This chicken and broccoli mushroom stir fry
A yummy roast dinner with these glorious yorkshire puddings
Jamies Chilli con carne (made by the boy and a good job he did too)
This gnocchi with creamy tomato and spinach sauce

Discovered...
Beautiful lifestyle/ home accessories brand Broste, Copenhagen

Loving...
the idea of having a summer garden studio, aaaaaah bliss
this photo-shoot with a teeny tiny door..intriguing

Buying...
New books that fulfilled the brief of looking extremely pretty on our new bookcase 

and classics I want to read again or discover

Wanting...
lots of things from the house doctor catalogue, ooooooh my...
this gorgeous book
to make these very very soon

Sharing...
the prettiest Jamie Oliver magazine cover I ever did see

Crushing on...
these gorgeous colours

Reading...
The Miniaturist

Watching...
Game of Thrones season four (ooooooh)
A walk among the tombstones (Liam Neeson can do no wrong really)
Jack Reacher (pretty good)
Mockingjay part one (yes yes yes!)
Hangover III (worth the watch for Bradley Cooper alone)

Inspired by...
these beautiful colour combinations...greys and yellows, yummy

Wishing...
I was little again, and having this

Dreaming...
of travelling somewhere lovely and sunny this summer; this would do very nicely thankyou

Laughing...
at this

Baking...
Lemon curd cheesecake from the April issue of Red magazine
(the best cheesecake ever)

Enjoying...
pinning lots of lovely images to my 'nest' board
time with lovely friends when it's been too long...

Favourite things that happened...
Taking some time off with my boys, filled with days out, painting the hall and buying new furniture.
A chilled, relaxed Mothers Day with one very special lady, and the men in my life.
Being featured on Emma Jayne Designs blog
(Thanks Emma!)

So, that was a round up of my month,
how was yours?

x x x

Friday, 27 March 2015

Etsy shop find...a chat with Jane Ormes!

I can't even remember how long I've admired the work of Jane Ormes...
a good few years, let me tell you.
I'm really excited to be able to share her work with you today as part of the etsy interviews.
Jane is a designer and printmaker from Bristol and produces the most beautiful, 
whimsical artwork that she sells in her etsy shop in the form of gocco prints, 
wall art, brooches, pocket mirrors, etc...
She is also part of a collaborative called Fig, which is a shop in Bristol selling her own work alongside other craftspeople.
Jane is really well known and her handwriting style so distinctive, so I'm sure you're familiar with her work, but let's get comfy and get to know a little more about the super talented Jane Ormes...


(above image from www.boxbird.co.uk)

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background...

 I loved art at school , even if we did only ever draw onions and goats skulls.
I did an art foundation, and went onto Leicester Polytechnic to do Fashion and Textiles, where i specialised in Surface Pattern Design. 
I was lucky to be sponsored by the Design Council to show as a promising Graduate at Fabrex ( a large textile trade show ) and then started working freelance for a greeting card company . 
I had my children and then drifted back to work and moved into a shared studio . 
I rediscovered my love of screenprinting then and concentrated on producing prints that I wanted to hang in our new house with all its white walls! 



2. Where do you work? Describe your studio/work area...

At the moment I have a very small studio at home , but am just about to move into our loft extension to have about 4 times the space. 
I do my actual screen printing at Spike Print studio in central Bristol. 
It's great to be part of something bigger and to work alongside other printmakers who work in a variety of ways.
I've been lucky enough to have some amazing commissions; Marks and Spencer 
(I illustrated their easter packaging), Ikea, English Country Pottery, and I've just finished my first childrens book. 
I often work with an interior designer for the BBC, and my work has featured on DIY SOS several times. 



3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I work primarily in collage. 
I make marks, textures and patterns and then cut and arrange them until I am happy with a composition. 
Quite often I'm inspired first by a phrase or sentence and the image comes second. 
Once I'm happy with my image I then create stencils for the screenprinting stage. 
Each colour must be separated out. 
It's sometimes the most laborious element of the process. 
Those stencils are then exposed onto a screen and the printing begins! 



(above image from www.mulberrytreegallery.co.uk)

4. What are your top three blogs?

I'm not a huge blog reader to be honest. 
I dip into Print and Pattern every now and again. 



5. Do you have a favourite book from your childhood?

I've always loved Brian Wildsmith and have built up a collection of his books. 
One of my favourites is The Circus; and there's a a beautiful book of his featuring just fish, which inspired my degree show work. 



6. Who is your design hero/ heroes and how do you stay inspired?

I love Marimekko, Orla Kiely for pattern - I'm really excited by childrens books of the 60s with their flat and limited colours.
As a designer it's very important to keep looking, collecting, cataloging images, scraps of colour, drawing and keeping sketch books.
I don't think you ever switch off as a designer - inspiration can come when you least expect it! 


7. What are you currently passionate about/ fascinated by, 
and how is it influencing your work?

I am currently working on a big hospital commission which is based in it's very rural grounds and surroundings. 
It has been lovely to design images with specific plant life and flora and fauna and to research the hospitals history.
I am also finding much inspiration from Poldark, 
especially the actor that plays him (snort).




8. I literally cannot pick a favourite item for sale in your shop, there are sooo many gorgeous things… but I do really like your gocco prints. 
Do you have a favourite? 
And whats the most popular item?

I am lucky to have a little gocco printer and those prints have been very popular. 
I still like the birds I did first when I was experimenting with it; the quail, 
the bluebirds, etc..



9. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?


I subscribe to Elle Decoration and Living Etc; 
I always buy interiors magazines when I'm abroad. 




10. How would you describe your work/ style?


I will always love retro illustrations and work that has pattern and texture within it. 
My screenprints are a combination of strong composition, texture and flat colour.
Hopefully they often raise a smile.


(above image from www.mulberrytreegallery.co.uk)


11. Tell us about a typical day for you...

The children leave for school at 8, I tidy around for a bit then have a big bowl of tea 
(it has to be a bowl - no idea why!).
If it's a screenprinting day I'll get to the print studio as early as I can. 
Expose the images on to the screen, cut my paper, mix my inks and then start printing. 
I ve worked an 18 hour printing day a few times when there were nasty deadlines and I wouldn't recommend it as it's exhausting! 
If it's a design day I'll be working from home, listening to radio 6 
(my faves are Radcliffe and Maconie). 
Quite often one of my elderly cats will wander in and sit right on top of what I'm working on.

I'm also part of a cooperative and we have a shop on our local high street in North Bristol on the amazing Gloucester Rd,which is known for its large number of independent shops. 
I work there one day a week, serving customers, getting design work done and sorting out orders or wrapping work for galleries.



12. The best things in life? 
Can you list 5 things you couldn’t live without?

My family and friends ( technically 2 things but I m cheating ) 
Cocktails 
Chocolate 
Hand cream 
Beautiful pens to draw with


Thanks so much to Jane for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview.
You can follow her, and see more of Janes lovely work here...


(all images above, unless stated otherwise, are from Janes etsy shop and are copyright of Jane Ormes)

x x x


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Midweek moodboard...

Happy hump day!
Time for a mood board me thinks...

I'm loving these colours at the moment.
I think its a sign of spring being just around the corner.
These gorgeous images show off the nice, fresh, sugary pastel shades so well.
I'm collecting all those jam jars ready to do no.5... how nice are they!
And the prettiest of pretty spoons, yum.


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x x x

Monday, 23 March 2015

This & That...

An ode to the strawberry in todays post...
This yummy looking strawberries and cream no-bake cheesecake
That gorgeous strawberry print


x x x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Swiden...

As it's a happy Friday kinda day, I thought I'd share a lovely brand with you...
Swiden creates beautiful homeware and accessories, 
from cards and giclee prints to silk scarves and quilt sets.
The designer behind the brand, Charlotte Swiden, utilises hand printing, drawing, cutting and pasting within her work and creates a lovely playful feel to the products.
The colour use across the designs is gorgeous too!
Here are a few of my faves from the website and Facebook page.












 (all images above are copyright of swiden)

x x x



Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Cable & Cotton...

I've been wanting some Cable & Cotton string lights for some time now, and every time I check out their website, I fall down at the 'pick your own colours' hurdle.
Sooo much choice, soo many colour combinations!
Too much choice for someone who clearly can't make decisions lately.

Do you own a set of these wonderful lights?
Which colours did you opt for?

I'm going to do it... 
at the weekend, 
I WILL decide on a colour combination or four and order some.













x x x

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