Date for your diaries!

I am a huge illustration book fan, working with artists and stocking their work has been one of my favourite parts of running the gallery space. I am really looking forward to ELCAF 2013 which will bring together the best talent and some great independent sellers all under one awesome roof in London.





Weekend +






Spring is here and we travelled to East Sussex to visit Lewes Castle. A happy and relaxed weekend was had by all.

Im just starting back at working on my toys again and have been hard at work on a beautiful range of cats and bears. They should be available soon at the wonderful Flo & Stan boutique.

toy fox

Foxy Toy by Ooh la Lapin



Friday oh yeah!

Yes it’s the end of another week! A hard fought and won week which saw me visit hospital twice, nearly lose my house and spend most of it feeling crappity crap.

However today I am going to make cinnamon buns, finish sewing my next batch of toys for Flo & Stan and you can kick back and enjoy the video my boyfriend made for Southsea Coffee Co.



Image and recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Makes 18 buns. Note I did not say “servings”. That’s between you and your buns.

1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (from 1 envelope yeast)
1 teaspoon salt
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of salt

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For full instructions go over to Smitten Kitchen


Im also loving these beautiful toys from Adantine on etsy.


goose bunnybrooch greywhale

Off to market.

We all do it, spend wistful hours window shopping on the net. Im moving home in the next few weeks to a much bigger nest and cant wait to find new homes for all my precious tat. By this I mean my bunny and owl ornaments and charity shop paintings.

I also get a studio which I have to reluctantly share with my super organised photographer boyfriend. Half each, so guess which side is going to be wall to wall colour and kitsch?

Here is some lovely stuff I would like to buy, if I had money!


Urban Outfitters Toadstool £75

Inside out Mid Century Lamp, Folly and Glee £65

Crochet Hook Roll, Blue Rabbit House £21

 Bertoia chair and footstool, Lovely & Company £449

Boxed Soap, RE £5

Blanket Tote, Bonjour Johanna 80euro

Should we be buying and collecting art?

It has been on my mind for some time that buying and collecting art is something I should do more. If we really believe that art is valuable and that people who make it should be supported then we should spend a bit of money on it.
I’m not talking hundreds of pounds, a limited signed print can be picked up from anything as little as £10 – £50 and if you have a keen eye who knows how much your humble screen print could be worth in 5 years?
Alternatively you shouldn’t just buy a piece because you think it will accumulate in value, buy it because you like it.
I have no wealth, my family has no wealth, I won’t be inheriting any antiques, property or nest eggs any day. I do however like the idea of using my lifetime to amass a collection of art, my legacy I could bequeath to my family or a museum or gallery.
I hate the idea that it would all be split apart, end up in various places, thrift shops, house clearance or people having no idea of its history, relevance or value.
As morbid as it is to think of my own demise I would like to know my art would be looked after and cherished.

What would you buy? Are there any artists you really love?


Artist crush: Angela Chick

Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to Angela Chick a talented illustrator who is leaving the beautiful seaside city of Brighton to come and reside in Portsmouth. Portsmouth is my hometown and I guess its not as awesome as Brighton, we still have a long way to catch up with Brighton’s vibrant creative personality. We are getting there though and the more lovely creative people who move here the more we are able to increase our reputation as an artistic hub especially my neighbourhood Southsea which has a great reputation for such goings on.

image of Southsea beach courtesy of: Often Hover

Here is a little bit about Angela:

Angela has experience with print and illustration, and has produced works including limited edition prints, accessories, soft furnishing textiles, and illustrations for magazines – as well as writing and designing two books on introducing art in early education. Most recently, Angela has launched a line of children’s wear featuring her playful illustrations.

It is so exciting to see fellow female artists and makers doing what they love, making it work and being successful!





You can find Angela’s work for sale online in her store or via Not on the High street.

All change.


It is with regret I announce I will be leaving my post as manager of the Gold Room Gallery at the end of this month. I have had so much fun and learnt a great deal but it’s time to move on.
I have some other projects I want to work on as well as devoting more time to my toy making.
I am also planning on writing a book about raising a child with severe autism, not a sad weepy book but a kind of creative guide.


In other news we are planning on moving house as our landlord is selling in June so it’s all systems GO! I do hope I find a nice home to move to. As always life is filled with changes, disruption and chaos, I think I have learnt that is what life is, it never seems to be peaceful and stable. Acceptance has become the buzzword of the Lapin household.


Here is a list of things making life a bit brighter at the moment:

The music of Best Coast, Pavement, Real Estate, Harlem, Thee Oh Sees, King Khan and the BBQ Show, Metronomy and Grimes.
Cherry Cola
Fab Lollies
Oh Comely magazine
Tie Dye clothing
Vintage fabric
Homemade Pizza
Watching Mad Men, Arrested Development and Game of Thrones.