Friday, 21 September 2012

The last of the sunny days?

Hi Southampton
I went to Southampton for the first time last week, to speak at a conference. We snuck in a wander around the docks before hopping back on the train and I snapped a few photos whilst drinking in the sea air.
Looks like the summer is on its way out! Autumn is my favourite time year so I hate to say it but I'm not sad to see the back of the summer at all. I'm roasting potato's and planning soups and stews from here until eternity and can't wait for cape weather! I did a little victory dance yesterday when it was cold enough for ankle boots.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Popping up!

I've been Mia for quite some time and don't have much time to explain why! but here's one of the reasons
If you're around this evening come and say hi and have a few beers on us! The shop is looking super good and we plan on having a good old boogie to celebrate!

Friday, 24 August 2012


I've been meaning to upload these since we got back, seems like a million years ago already!
I checked the forecast before going and it was due to rain all week but I guess there was some kind of mistake as it was still 30* at 9pm
most nights. I absolutely love prague- so so beautiful, not a stag do in sight just beautiful architecture as far as the eye can see, and
lashings of pistachio ice cream which always helps!
We trekked out to the bone church in Kutna Hora there's something so much more magical about travelling by train in europe we got on
so many cute trains - plenty of wood panelling and little cabins with mirrors and old luggage racks. I don't know what it is but I'm such a
sucker for that kind of thing!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sometimes coming home from new cities can be tough
but not when your saturday shapes up like this

Prague is beautiful
but so is home!

Saturday, 28 July 2012


I really want to learn to make brushes, I think it all started with my grandparents house, they had a little sideboard halfway down the stairs with a little silver tray with a clothes brush on top, maybe a mirror too but I don't really remember. Then there was this on one of my favourite blogs. I started bookmarking my favourite examples and saving images of beautiful brushes.
At HAY in Copenhagen I almost splurged on some of the beautiful brushes they stock
& then just a week or so ago, or more like a month now (who's keeping track anyway?)at New Designers I saw the work of the very talented Sharon Adams and was captivated once again!

Then I discovered that as well as being beautifully made that Iris Hantverk brushes are in fact made in Sweden by visually impaired craftsmen, so incredible
iris hantverk brush rack
So this is it - I'm gonna make some brushes- you heard me. I said it out loud and into the ether to now I have to make it happen!
and my parting gift to you, THIS guy!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Esther Stewart

I stumbled upon Esther Stewart a couple of weeks ago and fell a bit in love with her work, her colour palette is perfect and the idea is so simple but the execution is beautifully done. I guess she's considered a fine artist but this series appeals to my product and furniture love. I have the perfect lofty style apartment to put these in (well in my head I do) SO SO GOOD!
I've been trying and failing to find her official webspace, so if anyone knows of its existence please yell! There's a bit about her here

All images Lucy Feagins

Sunday, 1 July 2012

On longing

For the countryside
For the Seaside
For a workshop, a bonfire, a chicken coop

Herriott Grace from Supplemental on Vimeo.

I just watched this film about Herriott Grace for the second time and it's just as beautiful as I remember. I love getting caught up in the city- don't get me wrong. Getting lost, squashed in the crowd, finding my way home again. But sometimes I really miss the sea and I miss Wales and I miss dog walking and skimming stones. Today, well today just happens to be one of those days. One of those Sundays.

A nice reminder of how therapeutic the lathe is, and how much I really need to invest in one! It's only been about a month since I waved goodbye to the one at school but it feels like forever ago already!