Thursday, 26 February 2015

Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the 'Liebster Award' by the extremely talented Katy over on her blog thank you Katy! The Liebster Awards are basically a platform for new bloggers to share a little bit about themselves & the rules are as follows...

Link back to the person that nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 11 bloggers that have less than 200 followers and notify them.
Make a list of 11 questions for them to answer.

1. What inspires you?
photography- I just have a need to photograph and document even the little things and more often than not i use my photography to inspire my design work, street style is also a big inspiration coming from Bristol everyone is very arty with an eclectic style and of course travel!

2. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted a place to document life in our first home , I see this blog as an extension of my many sketchbooks, mood boards and collections, I wanted a place to document the design of our first house from start to finish I see it as a place to hold photographs and document the pretty things I make and collect, inspirational things I see and memories I do not want to forget.

3. What new skill would you most like to learn? I would really like to do an interior design course, as studying textile design and having a huge interest in photography I love putting together themes and colour stories for interior ideas and think it would really interest me to take up an evening or internet interior course.

4. Favourite place to visit? Thailand was the place that inspired much of my first ASOS collection with its colourful sunsets and markets, New York is also one of my favourite places to visit but without having to travel far my day to day favourite place to visit is my family home, now that I have my own home I appreciate my family home much more and love to visit as it still feels very much like home. 

5. What do you hope to accomplish this year? 
I would love for us to finish renovating our home and to just enjoy living in it , continue to create and design new fashion , jewellery and textile collections and begin to plan a really pretty wedding!

6. What is your favourite piece of jewellery?
I am an avid jewellery collector and love vintage costume jewellery but my favourite piece has to be my engagement ring, it is literally the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I have not stopped staring at it since George proposed in Disneyland Paris last year.

7. Share the Blogs you most enjoy reading.  - I just love Georgias style it is pretty similar to my own with her baggy crops and high waists. Her outfit photos are also really pretty!  - Because it is just beautiful! and has the nicest DIYs

8. Summer or winter?

I love a mix of them both , I love winter for layering up knitwear and hot chocolates but I love summer for picnics and cocktails

9. Do you speak any other languages? I studied French, German and briefly Latin! but cannot speak any well!

10. What makes you happy? I am happiest when I am working in my home studio on new designs.

11. Favourite quote. 'if you can dream it, you can do it' I wish I would of listened to this quote sooner than I did but you really can do what ever you put your mind too, the only thing stopping you is you!

I nominate-

Questions -
1- Why did you start your blog?
2- When you were young what was your dream job?
3- What makes you happy?
4- What are you most proud of ?
5- What do you hope to accomplish this year?
6- Describe your ideal weekend
7- Favourite quote
8- what is one of your beauty secrets?
9- A random fact about you
10- What is your signature dish?
11- Current favourite trend?

Thank you to katy for nominating me , it was really fun to do and hopefully we will learn some more about each other! I look forward to seeing your leibster award posts :) 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Dressing Nook

I am really not a big make up fan , I literally sit in my bed half a sleep and use a little mirror to apply mascara and some bare minerals! Someone teach me how to make up!
So really for me a dressing table would be quite a waste, so I came up with this little nook in one of the alcoves in the bedroom. I collect lots of things but when it comes to vintage bags I have a crazy amount and I do actually use most of them! For this DIY we used a huge Ikea mirror which is perfect to see your whole outfit without cutting your head or feet off! Two shelves which george made and painted to house my favourite and go to shoes of the moment.

Down one side of the mirror I bought a waterfall photo frame and put some old photos in which really cheers me up if  I am having a I have no clothes , I look terrible grumpy morning! But also is a really cute display idea. 

I really like the two vintage rose hooks we attached , I use these to either hold some of my bag collection, to outfit plan or just to display pretty dresses like this one from motel rocks so I can just look at it all day and its not hidden in my wardrobe.

I hope you like my little dressing nook as much as I do! Id love to see your shoe/ bag displays or lust over your dressing tables :)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Home Goals

A Little pinterest round up of ideas I want to try in our new living room. I'm going on a grey and white colour scheme with pops of yellow and turquoise mixed with different textures and patterns in  handmade fabric, a mix of artwork and unusual display ideas.

Lighting - I have already bought this large vintage globe bulb and am currently on the look out for the perfect statement surround, I really like the cage style which will really make a statement while still showing off the globe bulb. I am also looking for a oversized silver or brightly coloured floor lamp like the middle photo above, I think it would look great in the little reading nook I am planning.

There are lots of different shelving ideas I want to try in the living room , one being the corner tiered floating shelves for the reading nook which will display colourful art work and pretty books, I can just image sitting under the pendant light on a cute little chair reading! Next I want to try making a little shelve for about the radiator cover which will be a sort of mini welcome area. I like the rustic look the middle image has mixing wood and rope. 

Bringing the outside in is a lovely way to add colour but also make the space feel really relaxing. I am really loving the little cacti and air plants at the moment so will be incorporating those into my design.

Designing a small space can be difficult when the room has many different uses, our house is really little but really cute! the living room also doubles up as a little dining room and welcome area, so when decorating the room I really want all of the decor and furniture to flow together well but also have separate uses. The dining area for example, The final image in the collage above is perfect for space saving, George being a joiner means we can make our own table and bench and I can find some old vintage chairs to upholster, and the table can be pushed back to create space or pulled forward to use.

As we are going for a colour palette of greys and whites , injecting some colour through accessories is going to make the room all come together with a quirky style, I love the pops of bright yellow and mix of art work and textures. Not forgetting our beautiful turquoise door which is painted turquoise both outside and inside! so it is a really statement within the room.

I am so excited to put these plans into action! we just have to get the boring stuff like ripping the fireplace out and changing the boiler before we can make it look pretty :)
I would love to here what you think and if you have any ideas!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Valentines Palm House

I thought I would share a couple of photos taken over valentines weekend, This is our seventh valentines together and our first as an engaged couple! 
 Over the valentines weekend we took a trip to Oxford mainly to visit the botanical gardens as I am starting to research for my next print collection, but also to roam the pretty streets of Oxford which are full of independent boutiques and cute little cake shops. The gardens are so pretty even at this time of year, the palm house was my favourite and as you can see from my photos it was pretty dreamy. I am excited to see how my lomography film has come out too!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend :)

Monday, 9 February 2015

Embroidered Textile Art

I recently saw this DIY on the blog a beautiful mess and fell in love!
Collecting together wool in the colour scheme of my living room I set about creating these graphic pieces of art.I love how the wool will add texture to my living room and bring the colours together, its really easy and super versatile as you can create any design you like!

- Plastic canvas, I chose a 10 mesh which you can find here
- Wool in various colours
- Photo frames
- Scissors
- Large needle

1- I stitched the wool randomly to create my pattern but you can plan and block out spaces on your canvas to what ever design you like.

2- Stitch the wool through the canvas and tie behind and just stitch shapes and patterns however you wish!

3- Once complete add a frame. I choose two with a 3D surround to add to the graphic look.

Below are a couple more photos of possible display combinations I may try out when the living room is complete! The feather print was another little DIY :)

There you have it!!
I am excited for the reading nook to be finished in the living room so I can place these on the little shelves. I am thinking of trying a herringbone design or adding fabrics and pom pom trim on my next piece. 

What do you think?

Monday, 2 February 2015

Insta Week

Insta week will be a weekly round up of everything I have been getting up to that week. I find instagram to be the perfect tool to not only share my new designs for my boutique where I can share customer photos and product shots but a way for my customers to get to know me too! which is another reason for staring this very blog. 
Anyway on to the instapics!

1- A photo of my jewels of the day, I love to layer up jewellery and this is one of my favourite combinations at the moment. The turquoise beaded necklace was a present from my mum, the 'emma' necklace was made for me by a cute little Spanish man whilst on holiday and the crystal quartz can be bought via my website :) ASOS

2- A photo of a few orders I was posting out including Pom Pom trim tie dye socks, glitter ring and opal quartz.

3- A product shot of my ring designs for ASOS marketplace

4-Bens cookies my all time FAVOURITE.If you haven't tried them yet you must!

5-Two images from my blog post on Notting hill layering which went live a couple of days ago.

6- A Little inspirational image for my next spring summer collection

7- On Saturday I barely moved from the sofa and spent the day in my PJs so this quote was perfect!

8- Another image from my Notting hill layering post featuring the cutest little turquoise house, the streets in Notting hill are just so perfect!

9- A customer photo wearing the crystal quartz necklace, I really loved the simple high turtle neck jumper combined with the quartz.

10- Another snack photo this time in the form of the greatest popcorn that has ever been made.

11- A little image to show the new cute packaging for my rings.

12- A blustery selfie taken near London bridge from last weekend when visiting a friend.

I love stumbling across pretty insta feeds and learning a bit more about the people behind the blogs I read.Or just to admire pretty photos, comment below with your instagram accounts :)