Friday, 7 October 2011

six new starter kits

six super kits

Now that things are pretty much back to normal, I have had a few quiet evenings to spend preparing new items for my Etsy shop - which was well in need of a restock.

The best bit about being busy creating, planning and travelling is that I have been able to save up lots of little pieces of interesting ephemera over the last four or five months.

So... I can happily report that there are now six lovely new Journal Starter Kits available in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

ten days in croatia

zagreb medley

On Monday 5th September Paul and I left for Zagreb as part of our honeymoon getaway.

The holiday began with an amazing few days in the Croatian capital. We stayed at 5-star Hotel Regent Espalande and they treated us amazingly, really going out of their way to make sure we had a fantastic stay.

When we mentioned it was our honeymoon they upgraded us to a Super Deluxe room, which had a lounge, study and both a bath and shower room - I had never experienced anything like it before! They also gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne and a tray of chocolate truffles which were bought to our room shortly after our arrival.

I was surprised just how small Zagreb was, it was never designed to be a capital city so getting everywhere on foot isn't a problem at all.

Items on our Zagreb itinerary were: the daily market; Zagreb Cathedral; the galleries, boutiques and bars of Tkalčićeva; St Mark's church; the Lotrščak (Lookout) tower; and the Stone Gate, which was more of a shrine marking a fire that took place there in 1731. The fire destroyed everything except a painting of the Virgin Mary. Walking through it, you are walking through a place of worship, even though it is technically a road and through-way.

zadar medley #01

From Zagreb, we travelled across Continental Croatia to the coast at Zadar. Here we enjoyed a perfect mix of culture, sight-seeing and relaxation.

Items on our Zadar itinerary were: St Mary's Church and treasury; the nightlife of Stomorica (Zadar's Student Quarter); afternoon lounging and evening red sky sunset cocktails at The Garden; the pretty old town port; coffee on the Roman Forum; and the Tržnica (open air morning market).

We also had day trips to the beautiful Krka National Park with it's breathtaking waterfalls and scenery, and the town of Preko on the island of Ugljan.

zadar medley #02

The highlight of Zadar though had to be the Sea Organ, an experimental musical instrument played by the sea.

Designed by Croatian artist Nikola Bašić, the Sea Organ is seventy meters long with thirty-five organ pipes built under the concrete. The musical pipes are located so that the sea water and wind movements produce the most harmonious sounds. Paul and I spent a lot of our time in Zadar sitting on it's steps just reading and relaxing.

More pics over on my Flickr.

Friday, 29 July 2011

space, stars, music: transmission_001


Myself, Paul and my brother, Lewis were lucky enough to get tickets for the first ever music event at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; home to the world's third largest radio telescope, the Lovell Telescope.

The line up for Live From Jodrell Bank: Transmission_001 consisted of OKGO, British Sea Power and The Flaming Lips. From the moment we boarded the organised bus from Manchester, there was a lovely festival feeling about the whole event.

The day could only be described as awe-inspiring. It has to be the best live music event I have ever been to! We were all incredibly impressed with just how good The Flaming Lips are live - and the setting next to the Lovell Telescope can only be described as jaw-dropping.

We were all left with goosebumps as they started transmitting the sound of far off stars and rotating the telescope around ready to project images off as soon as darkness fell.

A really amazing day in the middle of a highly enjoyable weekend in Manchester ...and I can tell you now that we'll be the first in line for tickets for Transmission_002 next year!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

green, red, blue and yellow

more starter kits

Things have been rather quiet over here of late. I can only apologise for my absence. Paul and I have been completely under it with wedding preparations recently. We only have 10 weeks to go now!

I do plan to share some of these preparations on here - including the wedding invites (which are going out in batches now), my ever-growing vintage doily collection and some of the place settings. I just need to get myself organised!

Amidst all the planning and preparing, I have been able to find a little bit of time to create a few more lovely new Journal Starter Kits (due to popular demand!) ...and I can happily report that these four are in my Etsy shop now.

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Instagram set #01

This has to be my favourite iPhone app of the moment, Instagram.

Perhaps I am a little late on the uptake of this one, but I am quite addicted!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

four new starter kits

four more kits

I have been very busy these last two evenings preparing these four lovely new Journal Starter Kits. They are now up for sale in my Etsy shop. Hurray!

Monday, 2 May 2011

somerset mini break

mini-break day 1

As a slightly spontaneous mini-break, Paul and I headed down to Somerset on Thursday for a couple of days of fresh air, relaxation, sunshine and sight-seeing.

The weather has been fantastic for the last month and we have had high summer temperatures pretty much all over the UK. There's been a party atmosphere over the last week or so too as much of the UK had 11 consecutive days holiday - for Easter and the Royal Wedding. I wasn't lucky enough to have all three days between the two four-day-weekends off work, but the one day I did have I made the most of.

We started by visiting Cheddar Gorge and completing the surprisingly tough 6.2km long walk up and down the inland cliffs either side. Rising to a height of 450ft above the gorge below, the route is pretty rocky and steep in places. We both felt a huge sense of achievement at the end.

We then visited Weston-Super-Mare, which I have to admit is a lot smarter than I had imagined. They have a new pier and have completely refurbished the seafront and promenade making it quite an attractive seaside resort.

Our base for the night was The Oakhouse Hotel in the very pretty Georgian market town of Axbridge, just two miles from Cheddar. We were back in time to enjoy a glass of wine in the last few rays of the evening sunshine.

mini-break day 2

Friday was spent looking around the majestic town of Glastonbury and marvelling at (and looking around) the number of witchcraft, healing, eco and herbal shops and cafes in the town centre. It was incredibly quiet - more people must have been engrossed in the Royal Wedding than we'd thought. It did feel quite strange though - being very aware of the wedding taking place (it was on on numerous shop radios and was impossible to ignore the patriotism dotted about in the form of Union Jacks and garlands), but not being a part of it. I felt oddly distant.

Whilst the wedding celebrations were taking place, Paul and I had made our way to Stonehenge in Wiltshire. It was probably the best time to visit - though at least 100 other people had the same idea as it was far from quiet!

Stonehenge was fantastic. I can't believe I hadn't visited before. I bought a book in the gift shop on the way out and read it aloud for the remainder of the journey home. What an incredible place - there are so many questions left unanswered though and much of the information in the book is speculation.

Photos from the trip can be found on my Flickr.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

paper girl oxford

paper girl miniture art #02

On Tuesday I posted off my artwork for Paper Girl Oxford.

Organised by Oxford Cycle Workshop, Paper Girl is "a celebration of art, bicycles and the act of giving". It is a community art project where anyone can submit arwork - from drawings and doodles to prints and paintings - just as long as it's 2D.

An exhibition is going to be held on Friday 6th May, then on Saturday 7th May Paper Girl is going to jump on her bicycle and starting from Radcliffe Square in Oxford, at 11am, distribute artwork for free all over the city centre! What a lovely idea!

If you are local and would like to take part, there is still time to submit your artwork (the submission deadline is Friday 29th April).

Sunday, 17 April 2011

featured on Moo

featured in the moosletter

At the beginning of the week, Moo approached me asking permission to use one of my Flickr images. Of course, I said yes, then didn't think too much more about it.

On Friday afternoon, I logged onto my email account and the number of comments on my blog, my Etsy, my Flickr and through my website had gone crazy! To my absolute delight, I had been featured not only on the Moosletter, but on the Moo website.

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been in touch. All of your lovely messages, thoughts and requests mean so much to me. If I haven't replied yet, then please bear with me, I do intend to, it's just that I could never have anticipated the amount of interest in my work that the Moo feature has bought me!

Friday, 11 March 2011

deepdale yurt weekend

Norfolk yurt weekend

Two weeks ago Paul and I travelled to the north Norfolk coast to spend the weekend in a Yurt. I really cannot recommend this experience enough!

I'd never visited this part of England before, so when researching into a mini-break for my Birthday last month, the idea to go to Norfolk seemed highly appealling. I had come across the concept of a Yurt holiday through the Enjoy England website last summer. After some further research, I discovered the eco-friendly Deepdale Farm Campsite. There was no doubt about it, we had to go.

The Yurt we stayed in was large enough to sleep eight; with one double bed and three double futons. It also had a wood-burning stove that kept us lovely and warm during our stay. The campsite itself was intimate and pretty - just like this part of the Norfolk coast (even in the Feburary rain). There was a café to have breakfast practically onsite (which sources all it's food locally - the organic eggs were from the hens across the road).

During our three day stay, we visited the market towns of Wells-Next-The-Sea, Holt and Cromer; ate lots of wonderful local food (including a meal in a Yurt restaurant!); relaxed and warmed in front of the wood burner; and watched the stars when nightime arrived. A perfect way to spend a weekend.

Friday, 4 February 2011

v is for vole

v is for vole

This little vole illustration was part of a series of items beginning with V that I put together for Emily as part of an Alphabet Swap that took place during November and December last year.

The swap is curated by Emily of Thoughts & Biro Sketches and I was lucky enough to have Emily herself as my swap partner.

"Alphabet Swap [al-fuh-bet swop] : A curious blog-initiated game in which partners are randomly selected and are given the same letter of the alphabet. They then have one month to assemble a box of little things related to that letter before posting or literally swapping their finds with one another."

More photos of the swap can be seen in the Oh for the Love of Swap group over on Flickr.

Friday, 21 January 2011

more journal starter kits

journal starter kits

2011 has really started with a bang! Wedding planning has moved into full swing, I have multiple projects on the go, and ontop of all the busyness, I want 2011 to be the year my Etsy shop fills up with all sorts of fun new goodies!

Okay, so my Journal Started Kits aren't exactly new, but they are fun. So, I have been busy over the last few days putting together four new kits. They are now up for sale in my Etsy shop!