Tuesday, January 31, 2012

91 Magazine - Issue 2

Well, so far this January I have managed to break one of my New Years resolutions, which was to blog more! I really miss blogging, but with all my other hair-brained ideas, its getting a little waylaid! I promise to do better! Basically January has been taken up mainly with preparing the 2nd issue of 91 Magazine! I haven't just been sitting on the sofa eating chocolate! So I hope it will make up for the lack of blog posts, as it is packed full with beautiful things!
From a beautiful Etsy shop selling vintage French homewares, to a feature on four London tearooms and their interiors, a look inside the Cole and Son wallpaper factory, some gorgeous Easter craft ideas, to the lovely homes of Kate Jenkins and Tif Fussell.  I hope you will find lots to feast your eyes on!
 There's 78 pages, so dive in! And do let me know which are you fave features! 

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Matchbox Challenge

One of the most lovely creative people I've met over the years through blogging, is Jeska from Lobster and Swan. She has a beautiful blog, lives in Hastings (which I love!) and has two very pretty kittys! If you haven't already heard, she is doing an exciting little challenge for February, which, if I had more time, I'd love to join in!

She is planning to create a tiny art work from a matchbox every day of February, containing a special little object! Each matchbox will have a different theme, and they will then be sold on Etsy to raise money for her husband's London Marathon fund! What a splendid idea! Creative and charitable! :)
She's inviting everyone to do the same, and you can loosely follow the daily themes which are listed on her blog. Then upload photos of your matchboxes to the flickr group here

I'm excited to see what Jeska creates and what everyone that joins in does too! I can feel a matchbox obsession coming on.....!

Find out more about the challenge on Lobster and Swan

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I Like it Here: NEW online shop

I have mentioned before that I am a bit of an enamelware addict - especially when it comes to pastel coloured enamelware! So these lovely images from new online shop I Like it Here had me swooning....

Check out the full range on this new website here These are a few of my other favourite picks:
Georgetown Blanket - £238
Amherst Tea Towel - £14
Green Stag range - from £14

Friday, January 13, 2012

Crafty Critters

Today I came across this sweet little website, where you can download (for a small price) templates to make these little paper animals! Great for the kids on a rainy afternoon....
Also in the shop, they have these great teatowels, which can be transformed into a lion! there's even a video you can watch to see how to make him....
I'm also a fan of these prints for a kids room, cute and educational....
and for the adults, these lovely tile transfers will spruce up plain tiles.... very retro.
Check out the full range of products at www.mibo.co.uk

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bursts of Colour

at this time of year when its so dark and drab, I am always drawn to bright colours, and I am loving this home found via miss-design.com - originally from www.husohem.se
I love the white backdrop of the house, with the bright bursts of colour coming through in the furniture, accessories and artwork...

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 in pics

Happy New Year!! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and new year! At this time of year I always like to look back on the last 12 months and have a little review.  It makes you remember all the (hopefully!) nice things that have happened and what you've achieved.

At the start of this year, I relaunched the Patchwork Harmony website which I hope is now much easier to use, looks prettier, and I hope you've liked some of the new items we've had this year.
In March a friend and I took a lovely day trip to Hastings, on the hunt for junk! One shop that we found which I wish was a bit closer to me is Butlers Emporium (2nd pic)... see more pics here
Another month, another south coast town to explore! This time, the other half and I took a little drive to Rye.  We ate ice cream in the sun and sat on the beach, in April! Again, another fab place to go if you love a junk shop or two! Plus lots of pretty houses and cobbled streets to explore.... see more pics here
 April also seen the Royal Wedding, what a great day! We had a few friends round, ate lots of British food and drank Pimms! The sun even shone for us and for Kate and William! :) See the project for making mini bunting and flags here
 April was the month of long weekend's in 2011, so we also managed a lovely day to see the bluebell woods in Surrey.... stunning.

 The 2nd half of 2011 was looking busy so we took a little break to Santorini....

I even managed to find an antique shop! oh yes! 

Straight back from hols and we held our first event with Y.E.S! London to raise money for Dress for Success London.... I faced one of my fears of speaking in public, although can't say it got me over those fears!
 In August I took a little trip to Glasgow and visited a friend in her lovely flat, we did a LOT of car booting and junk shops that weekend, as you can see from our haul! (some of which are on my shop website) see more pics of my friends flat here
 At the start of October I turned 30, and went for a lovely weekend of pampering in Suffolk.... I was spoilt rotten! and no trip away in Britain is complete without a good junk shop rummage (of course!) and a cream tea!

I don't think I've ever worked as hard as I did in the last 4 months of the year.  I had an idea earlier in the year, and at the end of August, with lots of support from some amazing creative people, I decided to go for it and launch an online magazine. At the end of October, 91 Magazine went live.  I was overwhelmed by the support, and was truly touched by so many lovely comments, and the turn out to my little launch party! Thank you again, and I'm working on Issue 2 as we speak, so I hope you will come back at the start of Feb for the next installment!

 In November, we held our 2nd event with Y.E.S! London, the Merry Magpie Christmas Boutique, with 17 stallholders, where we raised just under £300 for Dress for Success.  thanks again to all our lovely stallholders! :)  more pics here

 And after a crazy few months, we took ourselves off for a little day trip over to Bruges! Only 60 miles from Calais it really is a lovely place to visit to get yourself in the Christmas mood!
 So there you have it, my highlights of 2011! Its been a busy one, but looking back on its been a pretty great year! And thank you to everyone who stops by to read my blog, I do hope I can post more in 2012. Blogging is where it all started for me, and through it I've meet some fab people, found lots of great little businesses and I can say I now feel satisfied creatively, which was the goal right from the start! :) Thank you readers, and here's to a fantastic 2012! xxx
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