Wednesday, 28 September 2011

pins and needles

I know how to live the high life. A new pair of shoes? or a manicure? Nah! when I want to treat myself I stick to haberdashery. I couldn't resist the grey pearly tops of these pins. I don't know what it is with pins, I lose them like they are socks so its just as well they don't come in pairs. Where as needles I seem to keep forever, I have only ever bought one pack, well now two, and I still have a couple of them.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Sneek Peek

Im currently working on a project for a friend who has recently set up his own company with a few other friends. I love working with other people and making their ideas come to life in fabric. As most of you can tell this is a cross stitched design, I haven't really done any cross stitch for a few years and I am soon becoming a little addicted to it, I like repetative things.

If you are looking for a company to help you with your branding, advertising, marketing or webdesign then I urge you to check out Hatched, they specialise in working with smaller companies and have a real understanding of how to bring out the best in an independant business or designer.

I will show you the finished article when it is finished and framed.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Kitty Sabotage

I am currently trying to get a little healthier, or fitter anyway. Although someone in my house is not really encouraging

Working out is not so easy with a huge black cat sleeping on your mat. He's not bothered by me jumping and flailing next to him, unlike my other cat who leaves the room straight away. I don't blame her, I would probably do the same if I wasn't the one flailing.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Going round in circles

 Busy week prepping for WeMakeLondon at The Craft Trail and making new stock for HannahZakari. It is become apparent that I have a slight addiction to making circular things in multiples. 

Also trying to find time recover a 60s dressing table stool which I bought in April at an antiques fair. My pride is making me do it as my OH says that I will never get round to it and I just love proving him wrong. I am photographing it as I go so that I can share it on here. I am one of those people who love to have their feet up, infact I find it hard to sit with my feet on the ground. My last purchase of a beautiful indian patchwork pouffe was quickly stoled by one of my cats, as you can just see from the photo above, so this stool is planned for use by me and just me.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Craft Trail

Only a week to go before the kick off of a weekend of fun and frolics at The Thames Festival along the river in London. I am having a stall in the We Make London area along with many talented designers as part of the Craft Trail which is a new addition to the festival.

The festival and the Craft Trail are on for the whole weekend of Sept 10 - 11 from midday until late. There are many crafty events and workshops which I am hoping I might be able to pop to some of if I can get someone to man my stall for a few minutes.

The Festival itself is a celebration of London. There is something for everyone from Jive to a night time carnival to barge races to a feast of food on Southwark bridge. All topped off with a firework display.

If you are in London or fancy a day trip then pop along and join in the party. Make sure you pop along and say hi.

Friday, 2 September 2011


It was so nice today so I decided to make the most of the last drop of summer sunshine and take a walk into Blackheath village to get some supplies from the health food shop (im on a health kick at the moment) and have a sit on the heath.

But look what my lovely postie had dropped through my letterbox when I arrived home!!

The long awaited Hannah Zakari lookbook along with an adorable Gemma Correll Edinburgh postcard. And wasn't it worth the wait! I love a catalogue or lookbook and have a collection of them from when I used to work in a small boutique and this is one of the more lovely and succesful. I know I am a little biased as HZ stock my work but really it is wonderful. It gives you a great feeling of what Hannah Zakari is really about, great design, well made products and fun!

The first page is probably my favourite, what a brilliant image. I love that Rachael, the owner of HZ, is not afraid to do something a bit different and humorous.

Followed in a close second by the mix of necklaces by Uncommonly Beautiful. Simple but effective, how can you not love that mix of colour, wood and metal.

And of course I cant miss out the image titled Other Things We Sell which along with one of the sweet Lou Lou and Oscar Cat People shows some of my rosette brooches and fabric stud earrings (just had to get that one in there). This shot makes me want to go and visit the shop and have a good rummage.

Well done Rachael, it looks amazing and make me very proud to be part of the Hannah Zakari family. I'm sure that this book will be coming out year after year for me to have a good flick through.