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.

scones

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Owl Know How

Im so happy because the creations of Cat Rabbit are now in this beautiful book Owl Know How, I will be ordering a copy soon which Im sure I will delight in as much as my children!

 

You can find the book as well as many other wonderful things here on the etsy store and the Owl Know How site.

Kingbrown magazine issue 8

You can tell from the moment you pick up the brown paper bag King Brown is packaged in you’ve found something special. The bag is stitched shut which just adds to it’s mystery. Issue seven came with a great mini zine and sticker, so whats in store this month? An issue dedicated to artists with a defined link to skateboarding, a pop out card skateboard and rad sticker! As well as the usual selection of awesome artists, photographers and illustrators. I got hold of my copy from Aspex Gallery.

 

Just a bit excited!

Stack Magazine

I love the idea of Stack. I have subscribed to them and every month I get sent a mystery magazine, something well designed, indie and undoubtedly amazing.  I just pay around £4 a month via paypal. Considering most mags are this or way more now I think its a fair deal. I always hope I’m gonna find something in the shop I want to read, but apart from Oh Comely, Selvedge, Vice and Wired I’m normally a bit lost. So this is the way forward.

Titles stocked include…

 

Fire and Knives

Anorak

Delayed Gratification

Also good to see friend of Ooh la Lapin, Amy Twigger Holroyd on the Oh Comely blog as they big her up taking part in Made in the Middle.