28 July 2010

summer picnics

We've already had several summer picnics and are lucky enough to have some of them on the beach. Unfortunately our picnicware was nowhere near as cool as this selection from Retro Retreat. Love it!

12 July 2010

beside the seaside

some of my cards with a summery theme.

très chic

Velorbis bicycles via Oh Joy

11 July 2010


At a time when we are all being encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle, it seems that upcycling is particularly fashionable at the moment. Well, it's nothing new to me. I've been getting my hands on other peoples cast offs and giving them a second chance at being loved for as long as I can remember. It all started with my Mum coming home one day and saying she'd seen a nice little bathroom cabinet in a skip up the road. I've still got the cabinet, although it's due for a repaint and somewhere to live so I haven't posted it here.

This little set of drawers was next which has seen several reincarnations and is currently enjoying life as a bedside table with smart new handles.

This kitchen cabinet was saved from a farmhouse which was being renovated. It began life painted an insipid yellow but is now ivory with mismatched knobs for a bit of fun. The cupboard underneath was made by my (clever) husband and the solid beech top was from the same farmhouse kitchen.

I got this table through Ecycle – the Guernsey equivalent of Freecycle. The door is reclaimed and the painting is by me.

And a friend gave me this chair when she emigrated to Canada. I made the striped cushion from a pair of curtains that I picked up in a charity shop and the little tapestry number was also from a charity shop.

Last but not least, this handy box came from the local recycling yard. A little light sanding and a coat of polish was all that was required to make it a useful place to keep DVDs.

I'll be posting other rescued things at a later date, so keep visiting.

Woo Hoo!

I'm very excited to have WON the Tigerprint competition 'Christmas Typography'. You can see the design below in a previous post and the judges comments here.

Thanks very much!

04 July 2010

gorgeous camping equipment

My 8yr old has just spent the weekend on his first cub camp. Rain on Friday night meant that everyone got a thorough soaking but the tent held up and the sun came out for the rest of the weekend. He came home with only one pair of shorts missing which is not too bad going...

So, it's the camping season and I don't think you'll find a more stylish set of camping equipment than these lovelies by Anorak.

1. kissing rabbits junior sleeping bag 2. kissing stags toiletry bag
3. kissing stags picnic blanket 4. kissing robins sleeping bag.

02 July 2010

tigerprint competition

My entry for the latest Tigerprint competition - Christmas Typography.

01 July 2010

cow parsley

The hedgerows and cliff paths are absolutely breathtaking at the moment and a great source of inspiration. Took a walk yesterday along the cliff path armed with my sketch pad and camera. There was a heavy sea mist and it was so still and fresh - fantastic after the recent hot weather.
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