Things I like…

Every now and again it’s nice to think about whats currently inspiring you as a creative, I guess thats why Pintrest and Tumblr et al are so awesome. So I guess this is what’s making me feel rad at the moment and things to look forward to.

I really like listening to Plume Giant. Gentle, whimsical, poetic and perfect for staring out of windows too and cuddling up in a blanket. Also great to make stuff to!

 

Another favourite past time when I’m not working, running around after kids/dog or looking after the house is curling up with a good magazine. Two magazines I have fallen in love with recently are Flow and Lionheart.

Flow hails from the Netherlands (I love it there, so much beauty!) and is filled to the brim with inspiration, imagery, fabulous articles, recipes, creativity and each page makes you smile. The 2nd international edition is available now.

 

Lionheart magazine is perfectly handbag sized and is produced in the UK. I really enjoy the tone of the publication, its like going for a cuppa with a great friend who recommends ace places to visit and tells you entertaining stories and gives you enviable style advice.  It’s well worth £5 as it has a great coffee table feel with its thick paper and wonderful artwork, a real keeper!

 

I want to go and stay at the Flying Pancake B & B in Amsterdam. My partner and I are planning a trip to Amsterdam by train this winter and I think we have found the perfect place to stay and we have searched endlessly for the perfect mix of style, design and location. Just outside the hustle and bustle it will be perfect for the much needed getaway with a touch of romance. It will be my first holiday in three years and the first time I have spent more than one night away from my disabled son for a long time.

 

 

Autumn and winter food and drink!!!

Apple and Cheddar scones from Smitten Kitchen.

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Creamy Pan Fried Mushrooms and Poached Egg from Island Menu, truly wonderful photography and food!

 

 

 

Tiny adventure.

Around the Southdowns with the children, picking wild garlic, picnic and cider.

 

 

 

 

 

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12 hour guides.

What a fantastic idea, a 12 hour travel guide. Having kids means I don’t normally get anymore than the odd weekend away maybe once or twice a year (if I’m really lucky). So when I do travel I love to pack my trip with cultural, foodie and design highlights, sitting on beach is most definitely  not who I am.

About:

We love to travel. We also love design, and music, and fashion. And we were missing a website full of travel tips for people like us. Somewhere between the backpackers and the luxury hotels. With tips that aren’t about money, but about great discoveries from all around the world. So we built 12hrs.

   To keep it simple, we organized them in itineraries. 12 hours per trip. Sweet and short. With the best to see, do, eat, dance we could fit in one short stay. We ignored a lot of the usual recommendations, because we trust you that you will find the obvious tourist highlights yourself. You can follow our schedule, or you can just pick a few selected tips and ignore the rest. We won’t judge you. Let’s go on a trip together!

Check out 12hrs for their beautiful guides.

Show and Tell.

A wee while back I posted about the lecture I gave at Portsmouth University. I asked the very talented Billie Rae Photography to shoot the whole experience and was thrilled with the images I received yesterday. I do feel so blessed to know so many kind creative people and that we all support one another in our creative endeavours.

Billie is in her final year at University and I wish her all the luck in the world with what I am confident will be a very successful career in her chosen field. Also she is just all round awesome to boot!

 

Off up the road

Howdy, Im off up to Cumbria for the next few days to celebrate New Years in style. All cosy in front of a wood burning stove drinking some damson gin I hope.

Joel and I trekking down the road from Granny and Grandpa’s last year.

I just want to leave you with my highlights of 2011…

  • Having work in the Strong Island exhibition at The Round Tower
  • Being asked to join Strong Island as a blogger
  • Visiting the Natural History Museum in London
  • Spending heaps of time with my best friend Heidi
  • Meeting and making some wonderful new friends
  • Southsea Supper Club which couldn’t happen without Southsea Food Social
  • Ooh la Lapin just taking off so well and all the awesome support for it!
  • Becoming an aunt for the first and second time to Lara and Sammy.
  • Taking my daughter to the Andalucian countryside in Spain for a whole week and cooking amazing food.
  • Having my first ever jagerbomb
  • Going to France and Belgium with all the girls from the gallery and discovering I love Belgium.

Thanks everyone for a beautiful 2011 and here’s to 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Im back and better

Well what can I say that was the best trip I have ever been on La Malterie was awesome and Netwerk in Belgium blew my mind! Went to bed at 1am this morning and got up this morning and went straight to work at Aspex to have breakfast with the girls. I cracked on with transforming the staff room into an amazing creative hub. I made the ‘Narwhal’ a wall of ideas and sharing for all the staff.

 

 

 

Its a blank canvas at the moment, but will hopefully become a space to share art, ideas and random stuff. I also moved the furniture and cleaned it to make it a better space to hang out. Im doing the first communal supper this Friday too, something I learnt from Netwerk. Time to break down heirachy and make a happy gallery staffing team hurrah!

I also have a few pics to share from the trip avoila…