Ye Gads! Are you ready for a style and colour overload? I am aghast with the loveliness I have stumbled upon today whilst researching for a feature for Craftseller magazine. I write the best buys pages and was looking for summer essentials for crafters when I spotted Marie Perkin’s City Centre fabric – Oh how pretty! *see image above.
Further prodding about revealed Print and Pattern blog’s latest post on Brighton-based Sukie’s bloomin lovely postcard designs (below). As I am currently doing up the nursery for baby number two (due in August!) I think this would make a splendid addition!
Oh go on, one more….this foxy treat is by another home-grown talent called Scion – they are fabric desginers and I really like this little fellow!
I have been baking a fair bit recently particularly lovely healthy little cakes, muffins and biscuits that I can feed to Elsie – no sugar and lots of good wholewheat and fruit inside. But when I do bake, I get out my old apron and the other day I thought I might fancy getting a new one. Here’s my pick of the best ones out there!
First stop is Ulster Weavers – a great online shop for really reasonably-priced home-ware (mugs, aprons, tea towels etc) This Doris Apron is only £16! I also love the Teatime apron below.
Luscious, luscious Anthropologie sells so many pretty things. These gorgeous aprons are just too pretty to only wear in the kitchen. They cost £28 each.
And there are more aprons than you can shake a stick at over on Etsy but I like this Curvy Chole vintage apron by Dianne Designer Aprons ($29.95)
Ok, well this isn’t an apron but I thought it was great! These quirky oven mitts are something, aren’t they!They cost £25 from Hunkydory Home.
And lastly, here’s some dapper napkins to finish off the look! These come from Stitch Design Works – £14.95 for four. Happy baking and cake eating!
This rash of hot weather has put me in the mood for the great outdoors. So to help you all feel the spring time vibes, here are a few nice little finds from around and about…
First up, check out this great little site. Idyll Home . There is a lot of amazing stuff here, be warned, but I have picked out a few things that made me smile…
This super swish indoor outdoor plastic mat would look rather good in my little courtyard garden – it comes in a few colours, but I like the purple: £27.
Next another purple pretty: this kitchen storage box makes me want to spring clean my cupboards! £12.
Bring the springtime bloom into your bedroom with this stunning ‘Fluttering light’ curtain – but have a look at the other curtains in this range from Anthropologie…breathtaking!
I am a real fan of typography, and have blogged about this in the past, but I just wanted to share with you a couple of great finds – thanks to my all-time fave design magazine, Livingetc. for the heads up on these…
I actually bought the teatowel at the top of this post the other day – it’s from Tate Online and costs £8.50. It’s going into a frame and will take a space up on my orange wall of interest.
What about this! Another superb example of typog in action – this little beaut costs £75 unframed from Keep Calm Gallery. Pricey but worth it! I really like this one too – sums it all up in one sentence – and a great sentiment to hang on the kitchen wall too! A bit cheaper at £16 unframed – again from Keep Calm Gallery.
I love the Zsa Zsa the Cat & Kitten cushions made by Charlene Mullen – found them on Roost Living. They are 100% wool and Zsa-Zsa even has a little magnet in her to stop her losing her kitten – sweet! They cost £55.00. Or for £45 you can get the Fifi or Sissy Cat Cushions. I love the simplicity – and Roost Living is a great find. Just ordered the catalogue so I can browse at my leisure…
I admit it, they may be darn easy to knock up in a matter of hours (or minutes if you are a real dab hand with the sewing machine) but I am truly a sucker for a nice cushion. They actually excite me – sad isn’t it! Ienter a store and find myself making a bee-line for the wall of cushions, waiting for my magpie eye to pick out the one that makes me gasp and say, “Oooo! I love it!” simply to look at the price tag, gulp, break out into a sweat and pronounce, “Bah! I could make that myself!”
Still, I never seem to get round to it. So yesterday, during a customary trip to Habitat to pick up the latest catalogue and buy a few knick-knacks, I was bowled over by a beautiful cushion that actually, I couldn’t make myself…and I bought it! It was £35 – hand painted silk. So pretty! It’s no longer on the Habitat website so will try and get a photo of it up here soon. In the meantime, I have trawled the net in search of comfy, quirky cushions for your viewing pleasure. One day I will own them all and I will live in a house surrounded by my cushions safe in the knowledge that I will never again stub my toe…enjoy…
First cushion (top image) I didn’t find on the highstreet, no sir. Not on the High Street stocks some beautiful and unique cushions (and lots of naff ones too). This little lovely is by Clare Nicolson and costs £40 but it is made from vintage silk and is totally original.
Horses are quite fashionable at the moment, I’ll have you know, and I’ve taken rather a fancy to this little fellow. The Lakota cushion by Candy Mill is fab, simple and striking – £22.50.
Now if you are a fan of the new Tim Burton film: Alice in Wonderland then bag yourself one of these Alice-inspired cushions from London Kills Me. I found them on Rocket St George – 100% silk and an affordable £19. The London Kills Me logo is on the back.
Another RSG find is this quirky ‘Letsby Avenue’ cushion. See what they did there??? Hand-screen printed with a distressed look, these cotton cushions are desgined by Rebecca Oldfield and cost £49.95.
Ok, one more…this beautiful ‘love tattoo’ cushion is a real find and very popular – currently out of stock on Rocket SG but you can email them to order it in. £49.99 and worth every penny in my view!
Now, go forth and get comfortable!
Image found here
Ok, so to the untrained eye these bags look really cute and kitsch and pretty, and yes, anything that is stopping people using plastic bags is a good thing, but I was really disheartened to hear that Cath Kidston had been ensnared by Tesco to design these bags. Hot off the tails of Anya Hindmarch’s “I am not a plastic bag” for Sainsbury’s, CK has fallen into the old mass marketing trap. Alright, so perhaps as a money-raking business decision it’s a savvy one, but when it comes to integrity, Cath Kidston, purveyor of all things chitzy and responsible for single-handedly making kitsch, dare I say, a bit chavvy (I know, it makes me cry too) has sold out.
I know that people get up in arms about this – and yes I do like her fabrics, but what I protest to is the obscene diversification that her brand has undergone. You may have read a previous rant on this topic before but a recent weekend trip to Bath cruelly ripped open the barely- healed wound.
My sister is a fan of the incredibly over-priced hand cream (I roll my eyes and wonder why oh why can’t she buy some delicious L’Occitane or some good old Body Shop hand butter or even ‘old faithful’ aka Nivea?) and insisted we went into the shop: cue instant migraine. I balked at the price of her products – even the cheapy wooden doorstops you can buy in a hardware shop for 30p cost £2.50 plus VAT all because they have been slapped with a bit of paint that I daresay will chip off and the mere slamming of a door. But to add insult to injury, she is now selling old bits of tat that look to the world as though they were pulled from a junk shop as Cath Kidston goodies – I suppose I have to get her points for bare cheek!
My point, dear readers, is this. Clearly ethics and integrity play second fiddle to the pursuit of money and while Cath Kidston and her marketing people are rolling about in filthy lucre, I remain disappointed by the obvious sell-out – Kidston doesn’t need to increase awareness of her brand, it’s already saturated the highstreet, middle england, and is now taking up residence in chavs-ville.