Thursday, 7 January 2010


Embroidered card found in Oxfam

Lovely dolls by Jess Brown, seen in Selvedge magazine...

Crafy Goodness

I have a massive stash of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is possibly the most gorgeous yarn ever! I made it my mission to crochet a beret from all the colours over the Christmas Holidays and I pretty much succeeded. This is not all of them, as I have 15 balls in different colours.

Also over Christmas a new stash of fabric arrived. I have used some, but still have plans for the rest.

Went trawling the local thrift shops today and found a treasure. A box of embroidery threads, in loads of colours that will be perfect for my pinafores. I was told by the lady in the shop that they belonged to a friend of hers who died. She loved to sew, and I am glad that I can make use of them. I thank that lady wherever she may be and am glad to give her treasures a home.

Brazilian Illustrators

These fabulous artists came to me via a tiny paragraph in World of Interiors and I love their work.

Bruno Kurro

and Eduardo Recife

World of Interiors.....

The glossy magazine that is World of Interiors is like a naughty secret, like another type of glossy mag that one hides away guiltily. I cannot afford any of the things in WOI, it is not about people who live like I do, they are in a league of their own where one can contemplate curtain fabrics that are over £100 per meter, and french antiques are mixed with paintings by de Kooning and persian rugs.

I am though an addict, I have been taking this magazine for years and I have whole shelves dedicated to these volumes because I cannot throw any of them out. I love the pictures of chairs and the colours and the articles about strange and wonderful craftspeople or eccentric artists who have decorated their whole house with pictures of shells or something.

It is an inspiration for drawings, patterns, colour schemes and my own home in it's own modest way. So here are some of the lovely things that have caught my eye in recent months.