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facebook giveaway

I'm very grateful to all the lovely people who like my FB page, comment, share, buy from me or just chat to me at fairs. But I am lagging behind a little with my Facebook likes, don't get me wrong I'm grateful for every single one but I 'm not spreading myself about enough! So, the 100th person to 'like' my Facebook page, will get this lovely cushion send to them for FREE!!! Hurrah!

It is handmade with organic & ethically-sourced fabrics" linen on the front and a multi-coloured bamboo stripe on the back, screen printed by hand with my cow parsley design in teal eco-friendly ink, edges finished with bright red pom poms, inner pad included, 30x30cm.

Just visit my FB page via the button on the right or here

Thank you & good luck!



We have been back form our holiday in Devon for a few days now, but with Hesper being ill all week and beyond, its taken me a few days to get back into blogging or anything really. Despite the weather taken a dramatic turn for the worse and an ambulance being called out for H. in the early hours of the morning we were due to go away...we still had a lovely time. We stayed in a timber lodge set within woodland by a fishing lake near Bideford, very private and scenic. Weather was sunny and rainy spells, and H. was well enough to enjoy herself. 

our holiday lodge (in the middle)
the woodland behind our lodge...gruffalo den?

Hesper on steam train ride at Woody Bay

the beautifully nostalgic Woody Bay train station
a miserable post-rain Hesper trying to avoid the seagulls

view of Lynmouth from Lynton above
Clovelly Donkey ride- her finest moment!
Clovelly harbour
Woolacombe beach

Woolacombe sand dunes

the lodge
feeding the duck outside our lodge one sunny morning
the AMAZING Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe
Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe
"Verity" by Damien Hirst, Ilfracombe
Best bits:
☞ Steam train ride from Woody Bay, with nostalgic station and carriages
(H was thrilled with this, especially when she got her old-fashioned ticket punched, Polar Express style).
☞ Getting transported from Lynmouth up a steep hill to Lynton, via a Victorian water-powered lift.
☞ The gorgeous Clovelly, Hesper's donkey ride and sitting in the sun with a cold pint by Clovelly harbour!
☞ Woolacombe beach, paddling in the warm sea and sliding down the sand dunes.
☞ Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe - Victorians carved tunnels through the caves which lead you to a black beach with natural swimming lidos, rock pools and a backdrop of rocks to explore which all make you feel like you are in another country (until a seagull stole my sarnie!)
☞ Feeding the ducks (and fish) outside our lodge in the sunny mornings and going for evening walks around the lakes and woodland.

I think we will be back to Devon again!


happy holidays

We are off on our holi-bobs! 
We have a lodge booked in North Devon, near Woolacombe. Please let it be sunny and all kinds of lovely! My Etsy shop is closed for a week, but will be opened once we are back. Need to get some packing done...


sun dress

WARNING: yukky ebay style photos coming up...

We're off on our holi-bobs soon & I wanted to post this quickly, so again, 'scuse the rubbishy pics. Must try harder.
I've been on the lookout for ages for a vintage sun dress & found some contenders but were either tiny, too big or too pricey. So after discovering how easy shirring is (when I was making an "Elsa" costume for Hesper - need to blog about this at some point!), I decided to apply this technique and make myself a sundress...ta-da:

It was made from some vintage fabric that I forgot I had squirrelled away, but is exactly what I had in mind. I followed this tutorial from Where the Orchids Grow, which is really easy to follow. It basically consists of two measurements, two rectangles of fabric and lots of shirring elastic. Just praying for sunshine now!

bird lamp

I want to try and source more vintage/customised lamp bases as a way to display and complement my screen printed shades. This was one recent find, a sweet but dated bird lamp which I had ideas for! As usual, I just got stuck in without taking any before/during after photos except for a couple of rubbishy iphone snaps... I will get my blog looking nice one day, promise. Anyway, here is it before minus dated shade and with a little tester paint that I initially tried:

 ...and here is after, once it had been masked, primed and sprayed with high gloss enamel in a turquoise shade. I specifically wanted a shiny clean look and not a distressed, hand painted effect so I opted for this enamel. It took several even fine coats for a smooth finish, but it is worth doing it in stages to avoid any drips or gloopy bits. The finish is a lovely high shine and the turquoise shade works well with my lampshades that are printed with teal ink.