nice and cute

A midweek pick of whats cute and nice…

Zap The Bad Things poster print About £18.00 on etsy by corduroy

Upcycled orange fox scarbble brooch. About £12 by sweettrash on etsy.

Ahoy Sailor! Vintage Button Ring  This super little nautical ring is made from a vintage gold coloured anchor button reworked onto a gold plated adjustable ring band.

Handmade by Blanche & Lola.  One of a kind! x

Howling on the wind t-shirt £22.50 by Bonbi Forest

Bored of Southsea tote bag keepin it local with this Bored own brand tote £7.00, bargain!

Rose lamp and shades by Folly and Glee £22.00, I’m a big fan of F&G and have one of there patchwork shades in my boudoir.


little adventures, happy heart

So the weekend was a great time to be with my flock and feel loved. Just what I need! I also locked myself in my studio to make lots of new toys for Flo and Stan read a lovely post about it here on ‘Me old China’.

Why not drop into Flo and Stan in the next week or so and see if you can spot one of my toys!

Here are some pics done recently for a little photo shoot in my studio!




This beautiful deer made from vintage fabric will be availible in Flo and Stan.


Sir Wolfy the knitted wolf



We also had a lovely Fathers day on Sunday!

Blueberry pancakes, coffee and cuddles in bed


The kids made homemade pizza for supper!

A walk to Southsea Castle.


Dad puts his feet up at the end of the day

time out

Well things have been very busy recently to say the least!

In case you dont know I have two children, one is 4 years old and the other is 6, my 6 year old is severly disabled with a profound kind of autism and learning difficulties.

He cannot communicate, is in nappies and makes the slightest thing that most families take for granted incredibly complex for us.

So if I have been rather ‘absent’ of late and a bit slack its because I’m trying to work, be a wife and be a Mum to a very special little boy. To be honest I am exhausted, utterly exhausted. I will be having a wee rest to regroup and spend lots of time in my studio just making lots of lovely things. So I will be reposting soon once I emerge from my little break!

My lovely boy.


a reminder…

anti art school

Come down to Like a Tea Tray in the Sky next Friday for the first of our anti art school drawing nights.

It gives you a chance to draw in a relaxed environment with unusual models, this is not a life drawing so models are not nude. The models have been picked however for their alternative appearance, character or hobbies.

So far we have a local  Roller Derby girl courtesy of the Portsmouth Roller Wenches and a gorgeously gothic grrrl with full black wings back tattoo.

The price for the class is £4 on the door to cover our costs, Uni students get a third off.

Some drawing materials will be availible on the night but please bring sketchbooks or boards etc.

pretty places to stay

Im having such a hectic time at the moment I am looking for potential places to visit and here are a few that have caught my eye. All places are on a budget…


First up is the Garden Hideaway in the New Forest. Not far from home but seems like a world away, pretty vintage interiors and in a sweet garden setting. Only £30 pp per night on the weekend!

Up next is the quirky and adorable Vintage Vacations on the Isle of Wight, Im so gonna do a holiday with them, just me and hubby I thinks. From 1950’s airstream trailers to Sail makers cottage in Cowes, they are finished beautifully down to the last in vintage fabrics and treasure.


La Rosa Hotel is up next, the owners also have a campsite which is equally charming. Below is a snippet from the owners website that sums it all up, visit the website and also the camping one as it has to be seen to be believed.

It is housed in a beautiful early Victorian building on West Cliff in Whitby with amazing views out to sea. Number 5 East Terrace is ‘blue plaqued’ as the place where Lewis Carroll resided during his many visits to Whitby. The hotel is furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions, flea markets and car boots.

anywhere that makes a feature of toadstools is a must


A picture from the sister campsite…

Rooms at the hotel start from £80 a night or £60 for a campervan!



Models wanted

Hello, I’m looking for anyone who would like to model for drawing/paint class on the 24th June. Dont worry its not in the nude unless you want to be naked thats cool.

Its an anti art school night so its very informal and friendly and just an opportunity to draw in a relaxed environment.

Im looking for models to break down barriers and preconceptions, who offer texture, alternative looks, tattoos, burlesque and different body shapes.

If your interested in modelling please email






learning is good

Hooray Buttons and Pearls have announced all the classes coming up between now and October. I am one half of the teaching team and I am awfully proud of the program Georgina and I have put together. Every detail down to the beautiful vintage tea shop we teach in is carefully thought out.


The classes really are very good value if you compare our prices to other textiles/art workshops, this is due to a small amount of over heads we have, not a lack in quality and service.

If you have any issues about paying for workshops please contact us about part payment schemes, we want to make learning and creating available to all.

here is a list of workshops:

  • anti art school sketch class
  • rug making
  • vintage homestyle
  • fabric/tshirt  printing
  • crafternoon tea
  • mini quilt
  • free hand machine embroidery
  • felt making


We really hope you can support this emerging local business, so please spread the word to family, friends and work colleges.

Lou x

daily read

Ooh I’m so in love with so many blogs at the moment, so if your flagging a bit a work/home today try these lovlies for some escapism:

Behind the Seams, Hawthorne Threads Blog get the heads up on all the latest fabrics from the likes of Anne Marie Horner and Micheal Miller.

Sweet Paul is just the absolute darling of online style/craft/food mags and the summer issue will be released in the next few days. Me excited?eek

ish and chi is really sweet with lots of Home and Fashion ideas.

Haus Maus is about an American living in North Germany, it reminds me of my 3 and a half years spent in Germany, cant believe I have been back in the UK 2 years now!

Meet me Mikes is a real treat for the eyes and makes you long to just go make something. We are also stocking the new book in Aspex Gallery shop at the moment so drop in and pick up a copy its AMAZING!