Category Archives: Design

British Flowers

Over the past couple of weeks the garden seemed to linger hoping for one last burst of sunshine before sliding into its dormant phase. Just before total winter shutdown I cut an armful of foliage and flowers. Over at Common Farm Flowers … Continue reading

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London Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Having spent impossibly long hours staring at blank walls in hospitals with a friend waiting for his appointments with doctors, craving distraction from where we were I couldn’t miss out on going along to a couple of events celebrating London … Continue reading

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Making Home, Home

There’s  been a whole lot of shuffling around and reorganising going on at home, much tweaking of the interior and finally with lots of cushion cover making it’s all just so. But jiggling around with the visuals only goes partway to … Continue reading

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The Gala, Kingston

  The Gala, is a huge box like Art Deco building dating from the early 1930’s, a factory to entertainment from the pre telly era. Designed by Robert Cromie one of the foremost cinema architects of the time it’s an … Continue reading

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Finishing Touches

Finishing touches, can make or break a creation, I have always had a passion for mother of pearl buttons, a Pearly Queen at heart. As I grew through childhood my mother moved the buttons from one dress to the next, … Continue reading

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Valentine Heart For My Love

The idea for these heart patches is to sew one on the inside of a jacket or coat so it lies against the heart, a little piece of secret love to give courage all through the day. No I’m not … Continue reading

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Margaret Howell Supporting British Manufacturing

How timely to start the new year hanging up the Margaret Howell calendar for 2013. Each month is a meditation on a traditional British clothing manufacturer. Though it highlights clothing that’s been around a while, traditional doesn’t mean stuck in the … Continue reading

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Making Christmas Traditions

Christmas brings a shift in the house, tidying up, putting up the decorations, making ready for the celebrations, an audit of where I am. Time to welcome back old familiar traditions and there’s space for new as well, it’s fun. Arranging the table, it’s … Continue reading

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Bay Truffles at Rococo Chocolates

With its sweet shop associations it’s easy to think chocolate’s only there for a quick sugar hit. But there’s much more to it than that, I’m only starting to scratch the surface of understanding the complexities of chocolate. I want … Continue reading

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Devizes, off the Beaten Track

Devizes for the weekend, a chance to catch my breath and soak up the atmosphere. The date was in the diary for months having booked tickets for a talk on Eric Ravilious by James Russell at The Wiltshire Heritage Museum. Long ago I loved his … Continue reading

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