Thursday, 19 March 2015


My wonderful friend Ayla brought me these matchboxes back from Japan. I particularly love the sweet, block-colour simplicity of the vintage ones (top).

That vegetable? fruit? in the bottom one intrigues me - if anyone can let me know what the type says to shed some light on what it might be I'd very interested!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

More patterns!

After Sunday's post, I went to my etsy favourites and these were the top three new items from my favourite shops. Hows that for synergy, eh? Matchy mismatchy. This is pretty much my project in clothes and home furnishings...

1, 2 and 3.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Work in progress

Some patterns I've been creating for a current project, which will hopefully be finished soon. Here's a clue to the subject: white soup. That's all I'm sayin'...

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Oh, where have I been all week??! It's been so busy, but in a very good way. Please, then, forgive these lazy instagrams...

A couple of pics from my birthday on Saturday (such a great day!), plus a new print in our bedroom from shedquarters (lovely little shop, check it out).

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Just kidding! Happy Valentine's day, if you're into that, and happy Saturday, if you're not!

(PS, feel free to print and give to your loved one...)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Buddy & Bear

Those of you with little ones - or little ones' gifts to buy - how cute are these?! That babygro is so smart, even if it's carol-based it'd make me smile all year round (plus such great type!). All from Buddy & Bear.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015


Some experiments with stitches and shapes, part of a new little project which began here.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau

I sent myself an email in May (MAY!) of last year with a link to this fascinating book, meaning to share it here because it's so beautiful and, well, OLD. Here we are, eight months later, and I am finally getting round to it!

This wonderful thing was painstakingly put together by a Dutch artist called A. Boogert in 1692 - almost 800 pages of handwritten and handpainted investigation into the precise mixing of colour and pigment. It's just the sort of thing that pushes my buttons! Colour blocks... so simple (and familiar to us now) but so visually pleasing.

All of the pages have been made available to view here (what a fantastic resource, no?) and there's some good information on it in this post by medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel here. Thanks to this post for reminding me!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Nevermind those January blues!

Motto for the year... let's do something wonderful!

Handbound notebook, in the shop

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, Ode a la Bièvre, 2002

The other day we popped into Tate Modern (trying to make best use of all these beautiful days off work!) to see the free display Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper. I've long been a fan, so I was interested to see her prints, drawings and books. However, the piece that really grabbed my attention wasn't on paper at all. Ode a la Bièvre is a cloth book, stitched with many different techniques by a seamstress that the artist knew. The cloth comes from various old textiles, long stored by Bourgeois, that had meaning for her. 

I love this, idea and execution, and although not much else of the display grabbed me I came away feeling pretty inspired. I've been remembering lately that what I really loved at uni and college was making artists books, and am slowly returning to this... Perhaps a good way to bring together natural dyeing and embroidery, two skills I've been meaning to get back into this year?

Below (equally intriguing), Ode â l'oubli

{Image from here}

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I wish you all an excellent 2015! Any resolutions?
I don't usually go in for them, but this year I am going to try to stop over-thinking things. Just go with it. Oh, and do more exercise!

Sunday, 28 December 2014


Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time! Above are some instas from a very peaceful, merry time at my parents' house. The cats are such characters, I had to restrain myself from taking constant photos of them!

Now we are looking at the new year, and I wanted to let you know that from now until the end of January you can receive 10% off anything in the shop using the discount code SDNEWYEAR.
Wishing you a very happy 2015!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Looking back

Please forgive me... what follows is a bunch of instagramz from our trip to Lisbon in November, because I still somehow haven't got round to getting the real photos off my camera! Anyway... aren't the tiles just beautiful? I was a total tourist pain in the ass, stopping every twenty steps to take yet another photo of the beautiful intricate azulejos that kept grabbing my eye. I'd love to get all the patterns together and make a beautiful sourcebook.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Full Christmas, yeah?

This year, I have been feeling VERY Christmassy, which seems to have manifested itself in a multi-layered paper/bauble decoration extravaganza. I'd be embarrassed to admit how happy it makes me to see all this shiny pretty nonsense and fairylights lighting up our living room. It's a truth universally acknowledged that a pack of gold crepe paper can banish most blues, especially if you also have a batch of fresh lebkuchen to munch.

{ PS great paper bauble image tutorial here }