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March 10, 2016

For Day 10 of #marchmeetthemaker I’m meant to share one of my favourite small businesses – but how can I choose just one?!

For Day 10 of #marchmeetthemaker I’m meant to share one of my favourite small businesses – but how can I choose just one?! There are so many talented folk out there doing and making wonderful things that I’m just going to have to pick a few!

First up is Detola & Geek’s fantastic handmade lampshades, made from African Wax Print Fabric.

MushyP’s hand crocheted kid’s toys and cushions are simply amazing! I have one of her fish cushions living on the sofa!

Another favourite small business is Green Shoes’ handmade footwear. They have the option of lovely vegan materials, and I’m saving up for a pair of their amazing lace-up boots!

And finally, I love LucyLou Designs’ beautiful handmade silver hares!

Of course there are many many many more, but I can only fit so many images in! I’d love to hear about some of your favourite small businesses? Check out more info here:

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
-Neil Gaiman
August 3, 2013

Susan O’Byrne



July 29, 2013

Shauna Richardson

Crochet animals by Shauna Richardson.

July 22, 2013

Annie Hutchinson – The Little Wren House Factory

June 10, 2013

Kathy Ruttenberg Sculpture


Explore the ethereal sculptures of Kathy Ruttenberg… they are utterly beautiful! I love the combination of woodland and human features together, reminiscent of old fairytales and folk lore.

June 3, 2013

Kyoko Okubo: Narrative Paper Sculptures


Take a look at the charming work of Kyoko Okubo‘s Paper Sculptures… these little beauties are immaculately constructed from washi tape, and feature self portraits and reflective imagery. I found a fascinating artical here for those who would like to find out a little more!

April 22, 2013

Feeling Foxy

As many friends and regular readers of my blog can tell you, I have a great fondness of foxes. Every time I stumble across fox-related crafts I make a mental note to return to them, but when it comes to it I can rarely find my way! So I’ve started making a list of fox crafts on a few pages of my blog, partly for my own records and partly to share some of my favourite foxy things. Enjoy and please let me know of any of your own fox finds!

Plains Fox Pocket Pillow by Coral and Tusk

Winter Wolves by Mister Finch

Magpie Dusk Wildlife Cake Tins designed by Tom Frost

Red Fox Art Toy – Kay Whelan Illustrations

April 8, 2013

Lovely Colourful Things

Spring is on the way, and it is time to share some of the bright and colourful things that I love right now:

Snuggly knitted blankets by Seven Gauge Studios.

This giant patchwork floor cushion by Big Bird’s Boutique.

Stunning quilts by The Family Love Tree.

lavender bag pile

Illustrated Linen Lavender Bags by Ceridwen Hazelchild Design.

These charming textile tea sets by Emma Dolan.

These handmade patterned notebooks by Brookfarm.

These illustrative dresses by Poppy Children. (Part of me wishes they came in adult sizes!)

March 26, 2013

MissPrint: Wallpaper and Fabric Designs

There is nothing like the oncoming spring to inspire redecorating. It goes hand-in-hand with that peculiar desire to purge the home of the dankness and darkness of winter, to clear the dust and evacuate the spiders from the corners of rooms, to bring light and colour and flowers inside. The annual Spring Clean urges us to make a fresh start, to clear our cupboards of the old collections from the last year and make room for new collections.

Whilst I’ve found time to do a little clearing this year, I have mainly been looking at beautiful decor to ring in the season – like the vibrant patterns by MissPrint, which adorn wallpaper, fabric, lampshades and more. I’ve had my eye on some of their beautiful screen printed fabric for some time, but am yet to find the perfect project for these perfect patterns! What I would give to have a house with walls like this!

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