Springtime in October

I’ve been a bit quiet recently as I have jetted to the other side of the world and am on holiday in Australia! Still getting used to the time difference and having warm weather in late October.

Here’s a few snaps we’ve taken so far – more to come over the next couple of weeks from Oz and also New Zealand.

Boats on the coast near Coogee

Beautiful coastline between Coogee and Bondi

Work in the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition along the coastline

More Sculpture by the Sea

This scuplture reminds me of Spillikins – google it!

Clifftop sculpture

Sydney Opera House – how many photos are taken of it every day?

Thousands of tiles cover the outside of the Opera House

Sydney Botanical Gardens

Lovely planters by Angus & Celeste

Seahorses near Manly beach

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All I want for Christmas is…

I know it’s over 2 months away, but my thoughts have turned to Christmas as I’m going to be making a range of products, featuring my designs, to sell at a Christmas market.

I’ve had some greetings cards printed already, and will be making cushions, aprons and other bits & pieces with my own fabric – the patterns below, and more, will feature.

Watch this space for the time and date!

Greetings cards – these will be available for Christmas, and online.

Kitchen textiles in my Retro Jugs and Mugs design will be made by my own fair hands

And don’t forget you have 1 week left to get my cushion

You can find my cushion on the ohhdeer website. If I am lucky enough to be a competition winner it will go on sale in shops including the Tate Shop. If I don’t win I plan to get some fabric printed up and make my own.

Happy times

Just a quick post today to share 2 things that have made me happy this week.

First, I made a lovely new cover for my birthday kindle – I recycled an old skirt and freestyled the pattern and I am pretty happy with the result.

My kindle cover!

And secondly, one of my designs is available to buy! I entered a cushion competition with Ohh Deer, a company that makes clothes and homeware featuring work by contemporary designers. To help decide the winner, they are putting all the entries on sale for 3 weeks. So if you fancy adorning your sofa with an original piece of design, take a look at my entry – on sale for a very limited time.

Mellow fruitfulness

This weekend I spent a few days with family in Devon, and we visited RHS Rosemoor, near Great Torrington.

Summer might be well and truly over, but the gardens were full of amazing colours and the fruit and vegetable garden was bursting with life – check out the incredible hanging gourds below! The changing of the seasons is a great thing about living in the UK, although it does bring some torrential rain with it…

I look loads of photos of the colours and shapes – hopefully you will enjoy them and find some inspiration for yourselves.

West Country Wedding & vintage goodies

We were over in Bristol last weekend at a lovely wedding – and luckily they had a beautiful sunny day for it.

Before we headed home on the Sunday we had a mooch around Clifton, and I picked up some great 50s fabric (which will become cushions very soon) and took some pics of some nice ceramics in an antiques shop. One day when I have a big house I will snap up all the cups & saucers I like, but for now it’s photos only.

A big, bold print. Coming soon to a sofa near you

3 ducks on a wall… 3 birds on a cup

Fiesta crockery – this is very much my style – love it!

Lots of movement in this pretty design

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