Thursday, 23 June 2011

Rachel Allen Home Cooking...

I'm loving this book at the moment. 
Gradually working my way through some lovely recipes. 
It's a couple of years old now but I came across it in a bookshop the other day at a ridiculously cheap price and had to buy it! 
(There were too many yummy things in it it to turn down!)
Might just have to have a look at some of her other books...

I can highly recommend the 'Roast Tomato Soup' (with added roasted peppers) mmm.
And the potato cakes will be tried and tested tonight!
Some other 'soon to be given a whirl recipes' are 'Broad bean, mint and feta pasta sauce', 'Chicken casserole with cheesy herb dumplings' and 'Mushroom soup with stuffed mushrooms'.
The book is full of really good everyday, comforting and home cooked recipes that aren't too fussy and don't have endless ingredients lists, perfect for busy days!
It also helps when a cook book is beautifully designed with good layouts, and this won't disappoint with gorgeous title fonts, sweet shop striped pastel pages and lovely photography! 

What more could you want...

Rachel Allen Home Cooking can be found over on amazon


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Father's Day to all amazing Dads!
I'll most certainly be spending the day with mine!
(What would we do without them eh...)

Love you dad x


Saturday, 18 June 2011

Etsy love... The Fox and the Hare

Thought I'd do a little 'round up' post of a few Etsy shops I'm loving at the moment, (feeling the love for fox and rabbit related imagery, clearly!?) see what you think...gorgeous!

First up...

Fantastic Mr. Fox cushion by Kush Kush
(I think I actually love him!)

Bear and the Fox limited edition by Ashley Percival

Stewart Sunshine - The Woodland Fox by Sleepy King

Alice in Wonderland's Rabbit on a Bike - Dark cycle clothing shop

White Rabbit - Where's Alice Wallpaper background print by Corella Design
(love the sketchy floral background used here, beautiful!)

Make a Rabbit by Karolin Schnoor

If you want to see more of my etsy favourites, pop on over to Pinterest where I've got a little pinboard dedicated to all things lovely over on etsy!

x x x

Friday, 17 June 2011

They draw and travel...

Since blogging about the website 'They draw and cook' back in March, it's become one of the most popular  posts on my blog, so.........
I thought I'd do a little post on the launch of their new website 'They draw and travel'. It's ssoooooo good, it doesn't get any better does it, firstly celebrating food and design, and now travel and fabulous design... love it! 
Have a looksie here.
Below are a few of my favourites, but there are so many amazing designs over there, it's worth a pop on over!

Tel-Aviv, Israel by Natalie Shenker

Glasgow West End, Scotland by Alice Dansey-Wright


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Feeling ever so...purple

Mmmmmm...just have a look at these glorious purple hue delights....

Purple sweet potato and sesame marble cake -


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Laura Gurton

I've recently come across the beautiful work of Laura Gurton, and I'm sure you'll agree, they're stunning. I'm really drawn to these images...whether it's the colour, the composition, the 'floating' intricate blurred patterns or the look of unpredictability they evoke, I've no idea, but I know I love them!
You can see more of Laura's work here x


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Collier Campbell

A little bit of loveliness caught my eye in this months Elle Decoration....

Collier Campbell

Their iconic prints will be shown in an exhibition at the National Theatre in London and is on till Sunday 3rd July.

Time Out London says 'A retrospective of sibling textile designers Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, who have collaborated with design houses such as Yves St Laurent, Cacherel and Liberty. The exhibition marks the fiftieth anniversary of Collier Campbell and the relaunch of the company's fashion and home products.'

Their designs continue to be featured with many high street retailers, such as M&S...

Above images taken from the Marks and Spencer Collier Campbell collection.

Love these vintage florals and pretty prints in their collection at House of Fraser...

And these below images are taken from their website;

I've got to say, my favourite has definitely got to be the leaves and birds print at the top, gorgeous!
With all of the woodland and forest imagery around for AW12/13, it's a really nice take on this trend.
Amazing after 50 years, their prints can still look so current and exciting.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sorrento, Italy...

Wow... there are some absolutely gorgeous photographs of Italy floating around Pinterest at the moment, all of which take me back to a beautiful honeymoon the hubby and I spent in Sorrento back in 2007, amazing...
We managed to squeeze in visits to Amalfi, Ravello, Capri,Pompeii and many more. Here's a little sneak peek...
If you're considering a holiday anytime soon, I would highly recommend it x

 From top to bottom;

Beautiful Church - Sorrento
Trattoria Il Solitario - Anacapri
An abundance of Limoncello in Capri
Gardens in Ravello
The view in Sorrento
Colourful in Positano

x x x


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Anthropologie lust...

I'm just loving all the gorgeous finds in Anthropologie at the moment. I had a good little looksie in one of their stores whilst in NYC. There are sooooo many lovely things, I found I had to walk round multiple times just to make sure I hadn't missed anything!
Here's just a little selection from their website, happy days x

I love their 'Global Pattern' collection for the home...

So much of this eclectic ethnic look around at the moment, merging different looks and cultures, just gorgeous.
And then look at this fab lampshade, love the Ikat print!

And as for the fashion... well....

(beautiful print...)

and just a couple more

In love much?
Think so
Happy shopping x


Friday, 3 June 2011

Pinterest picks on a fabulous Friday...

I feel I've neglected the world of blogging for a while, (it was a busy May) firstly with being away in NYC for a week where Paper and Cloth appeared at Surtex (woo hoo!), then with the problems I had with blogger not letting me sign in, (ggrrr) and then just being generally busy designing designing designing, (yay!)
It also might have something to do with being absolutely and totally addicted to Pinterest!!!!
Oh my, the amount of loveliness being pinned is fabulous!
Here are just a few of my favourites in a little round up of this weeks gorgeousness, enjoy! x
You can follow me here

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, fingers crossed for some glorious weather x

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(the links above go directly to Pinterest pages, further links to the original sources can be found there)

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