Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I bought a sewing machine in January with big ideas about the things I could make with it and so far it has remained in its box.  I have plenty of time on my hands so no excuse not to be using it so i got thinking about what i would like to make first and have decided on a patchwork quilt.  it's going to take me a while to collect enough fabric but I will post my progress on here.  To start with here is some lovely quilty inspiration.

 The search for fabric begins.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh my!

I need this bean bag in my life.

 It's $159 plus $30 delivery from this Etsy store

I need it! 


Donna Wilson's Spring photo shoot

I just found these great pictures from Donna Wilson's Spring photo shoot.  I am a huge fan of Donna Wilson so these are very exciting.

Check out the cookies in the second photo.  Incredible!

you can see more of photographer, Gareth Hacker's work here and you can buy Donna Wilson's wonderful ceramics here.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sprout says Hello


Beg Bicycles

I have a small obsession with Vintage style Bicycles and own a Victorian style Dawes diploma so I was excited to discover the new British Bicycle company, Beg.
Their classically designed sit up and beg Bicycles are something to be admired and for those of us who don't need another bike, they sell lovely accessories that can be added to your current ride.

Betty Bike £725

Bella Bike £675


 Billy Bike £675

Bertie Bike £725


Porters crate £85

Handlebar basket £45 

Take a look at their website here


Monday, March 21, 2011

The holy grail of vintage.

On Saturday my boyfriend and I went to St Albans.  I had never been so I did a bit of research and found something very exciting.  Fleetville Vintage Emporium and Scally Dog antiques and collectables. Basically they are two different warehouses full of everything old, in the same place with different names but owned by the same people. Slightly confusing!
Of course we had to go and have a look so we parked up in their free car park and had a good browse.  We both found Scally Dog's had the most covetable treasures but Fleetville Vintage emporium housed its fair share of vintage beauties too.
Sadly I didn't take my camera because it is a behemoth but here are a few pictures from the interwebs.

Scally Dog's 

Fleetville Vintage emporium 

Sadly we walked away empty handed as the things we wanted wouldn't fit in our flat.  In Scally Dog's we found an incredible but huge metal trunk for £55, a gorgous 1920's art deco dressing table for £70 and a 1950's television but I don't remember how much that one was.  

If you are in the St Albans area then I urge you to go and have a look.

You can find more info here and here


P.S They have a Tea room too.  We had a huge pot of earl grey for £1.80. Bargain! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

❤ Illustration Love ❤

Owen Davey is super talented.  I love his use of colour.

 I particularly love these portraits of Bon Iver and Devendra Banhart.

Make sure you check out more of his amazing work on his website here


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Merchant & Mills

I have discovered something very rare indeed and I am practically drooling.  I spend a lot of my life browsing the Internet for decent sewing patterns and kits that aren't outdated (in a bad way) or age inappropriate.  My dreams have quite literally come true with Merchant & Mills.  They are a drapers from the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye and these are the reasons I have fallen in love with them.

Number 1: beautiful Patterns.

 Number 2: Brilliant bag kits.

 Number 3: Unbelievably good packaging. (check out that typography)

 Number 4: Lovely dressmaking fabrics (so difficult to find)

Number 4: Good quality and good looking notions.

Number 5: Really good photography.

All photos sourced here 

I would also like to mention how beautiful the website is and how good their short courses sound.

Have a look at their website and read their blog

I'm sorry for this mammoth post but I think they deserve it. Phew!


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