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I Spy, Artist Ben Lowe

Ben Lowe is a British artist who says that if he wasn’t an artist he wouldn’t be alive. That’s art speak for passion. And it shines through in his work which is all based on personal experiences. One of my favourites is ‘Seven Dollar Party Dress’  above, which was painted after Ben’s friend declared she…

I Spy – Sara Newman

It always makes me happy when I hear of talented people who turn their hobbies and their passions into successful ventures.  Isn’t it what we all dream of?

Sara Newman is one such person.  She started off making inventive presents for friends and family using recycled trinkets and it has…

Vanessa Conyers Ceramics

I’ve been a little in love with the work of Vanessa Conyers ever since I saw a couple of her pieces on the Mia Fleur website.

Via Mia Fleur
They are a combination of  glamorous deco-inspired nostalgia and wonkyness.  And yet they manage to convey a magical lightness and the gold…

Floral Confections from Sarah Horne Flowers

Back in 2011 I wrote about the Interflora Flower Course and the inspirational lady who was our tutor for the afternoon, Sarah Horne.

Well, Sarah not only does consultancy work, she also has a lovely florist shop in Royal Leamington Spa called Sarah Horne Flowers and an equally lovely website…

The New Sophie Allport Rose Collection

New for 2013 is this absolutely delightful collection from Sophie Allport.

A delicate pink English Rose that adorns a fine bone china collection including mugs, jugs, plates, bowls, a teapot, a tea tidy, egg cups, tea-cup & saucers, espresso cups and a jam jar.  All the china is hand decorated…

Cross Stitch in Time

I’ll let you into a little secret.  Once upon a time I used to have a bit of an addiction.
It was nothing harmful you understand.  Or life threatening or even marriage breaking.  Hypnotic, all-consuming and habit-forming, yes.  But ultimately it was very therapeutic and satisfying, and the results of…

Zoe Darlington New Sirens Collection

Anyone who reads this blog will know that I do have a bit of a penchant for anything unashamedly feminine.  I like curvaceous lines, bold florals, and colour.  If you can add in a bit of adornment.  A few frills or tassels, or even better, lace, then I am…

Trésor – Luxury Hand-Embroidered Towels

I have fallen in love with these hand-embroidered towels from Trésor.

Each towel has a band of delicate cross-stitched pattern.  Delicate and meticulous, the attention to detail is mind-boggling.  You just know that this could only be achieved by skilled and experienced hands.

The inspiration for the patterns comes from folk…