Wednesday, July 9, 2014

H O L I D A Y S

Off on another little trip tomorrow, Greece for a week. Staying on the Mamma Mia island, Skiathos. Aparently there are Mamma Mia boat tours and they show it 3 times a week on the open air cinema.

Not sure I am the biggest fan of Abba, will be by the time I get back though I'm sure! See you in a week. 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pots!

So they're finished! I love them!

Unfortunately the blue was meant to be more of a minty blue but never mind, its warming on me!
Can't wait to get all my beads back from the kiln, I'll be sure to pop them up here when they're done!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pottery update....

Wednesday was pottery day.... our pieces had been fired ready for painting. I painted my pots and a few of my beads. Will go back this week to collect them and paint the rest of my beads.

Might even have time to make some clay pretzels.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Glittery weekend

At the weekend I went to a friend of mines afternoon birthday craft thingy. It was really sweet, we all sat round in groups making each others crafts that we had bought along with us. One girl bought wine glasses, glitter and some Hodge Podge glue.

We made glittery wine glasses. It's not normally something I would have thought to have made but I really loved doing it. It was so simple but yet looks really great. One layer of glue, one layer of glitter. Do that twice, finishing off with a layer of glue.

Looks great amongst all the other bits and pieces lying around!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pottery // week two

This week at pottery my beads had not been fired and were not ready to paint yet, so I decided to complete my pots instead of starting something new. Some of you may recognise these but I decided to make my own version of Atelier Stella pots. I'm a massive fan of her work and I keep missing her shop launches. On her site it says her next launch is the 17.06.14 so I am going to be trying my darn hardest to get myself one of her pots.

In the mean time these fellas are going in the kiln and then they're just going to hang out with some plants. Pretty excited to see them finished.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Blog Hop

Last Monday I was tagged by the lovely Sarah-louise from Lapinblu. The aim is to 'hop' from one blog to another, finding pretty ace blogs along the way. I've been a big fan of Sarah-Louise's blog for a while now and she has also been kind enough to feature me on her blog too! So sweet. Please pop on over and check her blog out and read her answers also!

If you're a regular to my blog, you're probably aware that I don't tend to write too much so I am probably going to keep my answers fairly short. Hope thats ok?

1// What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week?
This past week I have been working pretty hard on a craft tutorial, unfortunately I can't say too much about it so thats no fun for you! You'll find out in the Summer.

I've have been figuring out how to use my new (second hand) loom I bought from ebay recently. This is my third loom! I definitely do not need 3 looms but I love to have more than one weave on the go. I have a habit of starting a project, leaving it a few months then coming back to it!

I have also been catching up on my blog posts, I have neglected my poor blog for a bit, but back with it now with some exciting things to post.

2// Where are you currently finding you inspiration?
I think I find my inspiration from most places. Morocco was really inspiring, all the colours and textures were great. I really like to take small trips away to get away from the day to day jobs. I always come home with a long list in my head of things I want to make! Most of them never get done, but its always nice to have the ideas.

I also think Pinterest is a major source of inspiration. I do try to limit myself on there though as I sometimes find myself spending hours on there and then not actually creating anything. I have found some wonderful blogs and artists on there though.

3// How important is being creative to you & how do you blend this with your work/life/family balance?
I think for me its really important. I have grown up in a creative family! My sister is also a Graphic Designer, my Mum crafts (taught me all her skills) and my Dad can pretty much create anything out of wood if you asked him. So yeh, its a day to day thing in my life. Most of my friends are creative also and we all help each other out or collaborate together. Its real nice.

Oh so it seems I mostly surround myself with creative people!

Well that's my questions done, if you want to pop on over to these lovely folk next Monday to carry on the hop! They're all local Brighton lovelies so please do say hello!

Debbie Hill
Debbie's blog is a wonderful mixture of craft, illustration, ceramics and pictures of her amazing holidays! I've know Debbie since University and its nice to live in the same town and meet up to do some sewing or knitting of sorts.

Amy Phipps
Amy is one half of the dynamic due of Super + Super but also runs a rad craft blog Miss Amy Phipps! Amy has taken up a new challenge of making her clothes, I'm excited to see what she comes up with. This is something I always say I will do and never do!

Claire Culley
Claire is the other half of the dynamic due of Super + Super but in her spare time also runs a craft and fashion blog 'She's Called Claire'. Claire often finds really great charity shop treats and features them in stylish outfits. Pretty jealous of people who can do that. Claire also creates lovely little craft tutorials.

Please hop on over xx

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Morocco part two

I wanted to do a post based purely on the artwork that was dotted around the Taghazout villa that we stayed in. Unfortunately I don't have any information on the artist who created the paper collages other than that he was called Jack. If you know him or of him, please send me a link so I can credit!


There were various hand painted pieces that I instantly loved. Especially the tea box above!!!



This peacock was painted on the wall in the local town, I couldn't leave this one out. Look at the colour! I really want to visit Morocco again, next time Marrakesh! Maybe next Summer, I couldn't get over how much colour there was. It makes the grey buildings of England not so exciting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pottery Wednesdays

Last Wednesday Rosie and I took part in a two and a half hour pottery session. I had previously done a few tasters in pottery but not really got into it that much. Last Wednesday was different. Rosie had found this great little pottery studio on the outskirts of Brighton called Circle Studio.

I already had a vague idea of the kind of thing I wanted to make and Barbara the teacher was more than happy to pass on her knowledge. She gave advice on which clay would be best for the pieces we wanted to make and instructions on how to create them. I made a fair amount of beads, ready to be painted and glazed this week I hope. I also started a pot and am really looking forward to finishing it this week. I'll keep you updated!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Morocco part one

A few weeks ago my sister and I stayed at the beautiful Surf Maroc, its based in a small town called Taghazout just outside of Agadir, Morocco. We took part in their week long package holiday which consisted of a morning of surf lesson and then an evening session of yoga – Girls Surf Maroc

We stayed in the beautiful villa which housed all the girls together. We woke at about 7.30 each day for breakfast and then quickly all piled into the mini buses where they took us to the nearest and best waves for us to try out our new surf skills. We had three teachers who looked after us, Rosie, Ema and Fatima. They really understood our fears and what we wanted to achieve in the week so they were really encouraging and helped us catch the best waves.

They took us on a day trip in the middle of the week where we visited a beautiful place called Paradise Valley. On our way there we stopped by to learn how they made Argon oil and to make some small purchases. My favourite was a lip balm made from Argon oil and prickly pear cactus. It definitely healed my burnt split lip. When we reached Paradise Valley we walked down a dusty natural path which led us to some natural springs. We stayed for the morning swimming and jumping off the rocks. It really was beautiful. When the temperatures started to near the 40s we left and headed off to a souk. With my sisters help I bartered for a really pretty pendant.

On the Thursday evening they put on a BBQ for all three of the villas to have some great food and listen to some traditional Arabic music. The food throughout our stay was amazing. They provided us with full breakfasts, each day with an added extra treat. My favourite was the pancake day. We also had packed lunches that we took to the beach with us. Again, so good. But my favourite meal of the day were the dinners. Its making my mouth water just thinking about it. We had a selection of traditional Tajines, fish skewers and various other great dishes.

Before dinner we would do an hours session of yoga. I think for me this was the best part of the day. I felt spoilt having the above view when we were doing our yoga moves. The platform overlooked the sea and as it got a lot cooler it was so nice to stretch out after the day at the beach. The yoga sessions alternated between Ashtanga yoga and Yin yoga. I miss those daily sessions.

After the week was up I felt a mixture of sad, bruised and tired. I was happy to be going home but I felt a massive pang of jealousy for the life that the lovely folk who worked there had. I would love to go back and do their yoga retreat... maybe one day. I better start saving.

I'll be back with a post purely on the art around the villa. It was great!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Surfy Sundays > 12 days

A day late... oops. Really not long now!!!!

All images via my Pinterest.