Hooray it’s Monday, whether you like it or not it’s the idea for a fresh week ahead with endless possibilities. I felt a little uninspired last week and didn’t get any art work done, I’m hoping this week I can knuckle down and get creative.
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THE MADONNA INN, CALIFORNIA.
MY VINTAGE BOOK COLLECTION
Im so so thrilled to at last have a studio space again! Its been over a year since I last had a work space to make in.
Our little dog Margot is settling in so well, she sleeps by my feet under the desk as I sew and embroider.
We have faced so many hardships over the past year as a family and I can at last try and have some peace, quiet and space to think and relax in. I don’t underestimate what a special thing this is.
British Sea Birds will be available next week exclusively from Southsea Coffee!
From amazing soft sculptures to beautiful illustration, Sian even has a fantastic book available so you can have a go at her designs yourself. I think the simplicity of the animals expressions and forms makes them so charming.
You can enjoy Sians blog here, find her etsy shop here and her main site here
3 tbsp olive oil
1 chicken, portioned into thighs, drumsticks, wings and breasts
10 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
4 baby leeks, chopped
600ml chicken stock (or water)
Salt and black pepper
1 handful each fresh peas and broad beans, podded and blanched
1 410g tin borlotti beans, drained
100g large green olives
1 small bunch each chopped fresh parsley and dill
A few tarragon stems, chopped
2 lemons, juiced
3 tbsp plain yoghurt
Parmesan, grated, to garnish (optional)
Heat a casserole dish, add the oil and, on high heat, brown the chicken all over for five to 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium, add the garlic, onion, fennel and leeks, sweat until tender, then pour in the stock, season and cook on a gentle heat until the chicken is cooked and tender.
Add the peas, broads, borlotti beans and olives, then stir in the herbs, lemon juice and yoghurt. Serve with parmesan, if you like, and perhaps some plain boiled rice.
(via The Guardian)
An enduring craft and easily workable into any home. From vintage to modern bright prints, paintwork, paper and plain burlap stitched round lampshades I really think there is a patchwork style to suit any interior.
With all this happy beautiful sunshine it influences how I work. I feel like using yellow, green and orange fabrics and paints. So even when the dark wintery weather returns you have captured some sunshine in your handmade items.
The weather really does effect shopping habits and I think I am far more drawn to bright colours. Well. actually I’m drawn to bright colours anyway being a totally kitsch colour lover!
Here are some beautiful sunny handmade pieces for you to enjoy…
Plush Fox Pillow by Laura frisk
Natural wood earrings by Redemption Shore
Seagull Print by Showler and Showler
Custard Cream Cushion by Nikki McWilliams
Backpack in Cable Cars by Ben The Illustrator
This week we got a miniature Dachshund puppy and called her Margot. The sun has been shining and the house is coming together too. I love my little owl ornament my friend Sarah gave me for my birthday and have been hanging out in the Southsea Coffee Co for the best coffee and pan au raisin in Portsmouth.
I also made a yummy roast vegetable and goats cheese pizza and teamed it with a colourful summer salad. Summer eating is so good and so is a great read like The Simple Things magazine. The article on the London Underground was wonderful and I really want to get hold of some of the prints of poster to display in my home. The London Transport Museum shop has a wonderful selection of posters and other deign pieces.