Saturday, 26 November 2016

Above the misty valley

Hebden Bridge was shrouded in a thick fog this morning and it was hard to imagine we would see the sun today. 

But it did burst through late morning giving us one of those crispy blue sky days. 

The sun doesn't touch the deep valley bottom for long in the winter so if you want to see the sun you have to climb.

 I set off in a big coat, hat and scarf but by the time I reached the top it had all come off and it was so lovely to sit on a rock and feel the winter sun on my face.

It's was different world up there.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Country Living Christmas Fair

After twelve years of being in business I should know how busy November can be but it still takes me by surprise. The clocks change and suddenly people are seeking out the cosy glow, sometimes for themselves and sometimes to pass on to their loved ones at Christmas.

This year is made busier because I'm exhibiting at the Country Living Christmas Fair next week. It's in Harrogate at the International Centre on the 1st - 4th December. I'll be there with my lamps, candle covers (like this new mistletoe one), wallpapers, fabrics and hopefully my new printed canvas bags if they arrive in time (keeping everything crossed!). We'll be on stand C76. More info on their website.

I hope to see some familiar faces :)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Daisy Meadow fabric has arrived

There has been excitement in the studio this week as my latest Daisy Meadow fabric arrived. 

It's been made even more exciting because I had this BIG cutting table/fabric storage unit made for the studio. Until now cutting fabric has been hard to find the space for. Now it's much much easier. I feel a little more ready to be selling and sending out fabric.

It's made it much easier for us to cut wallpaper samples too. Anyway, back to the new fabric.

First the lovely warm golden yellow. All the daisies, stitchworts, grasses and shepherds purse look lovely on the fine woven texture.

It's sunny and warm and I am really looking forward to getting my next chair upholstered in this fabric! You can order a sample here.

And here is the sage green. It matches the sage wallpaper well.

 It's still fun to see my name on the selvedge.

You can find a sample here.  

And here is the moonrise

Is it grey? Is it blue? It's hard to say really. It's just really lovely.

 It's almost a bit like denim. Find a sample here

It's all now on my website at £55 per metre.

I'm really looking forward to seeing who makes what!

Monday, 26 September 2016

By the mountains and the big big sea...

We wanted to go on holiday...somewhere new that neither of us had been to before.

We wanted golden sands and mountain in the distance.

We wanted sparkling waves to swim in.

We wanted nature to soak in.

And we wanted to get on one of those chuggy turquoise trains that we had seen in New Street station bound for Wales.

Dean googled something like 'mountains, sea, wales, holiday,' lol and discovered Barmouth.

What a little gem of a place. It's on the coast in the Snowdonia National Park. It has huge sandy beach with grassy dunes overlooked by Cadair Idris and the Rhinog mountains.

It's on a beautiful estuary and has the quaintest wooden bridge a mile long which crosses it.

 And that little chuggy train we fancied would be going all the way there.

We found the cutest place to stay, just up the coast in a place called Llanaber. A tiny shepherds hut made for two. Two spoons, two mugs, two plates, two chairs...

Somehow, despite being teeny tiny Llwyndu Farm Hut has a huge bed, a beautiful little wooden kitchen with a hob and a belfast sink, table and chairs and a shower and toilet. 

But the best thing was the view right out across the bay.

We were treated to picture book sunsets

which turned our faces golden,

to pink skies

that lit up the hills on the Llyn Peninsular,

 to the full moon setting over the bay in the early morning AND one morning whilst sitting in bed having a cuppa we saw two dolphins swimming across the bay. Pure magic.

We hired bikes and cycled the Mawddach trail.

Miles and miles of estuary and misty hills.

We loved cycling over the bridge to get there.

We took the Ffestiniog steam train and thought of Ivor The Engine.

'Give us a little toot of your whistle Ivor!'

It had beautiful old wooden carriages and it sounded so wonderful as it filled the valley with it's clickety clacking.

There she goes...

We walked in the woods.

We said hello to Welsh snails.

We climbed big hills

and took in vast views.

And we just hung out by the bay watching the comings and goings.

It was kind of hard to access the beach near the Farm Hut because of the railway track so we often had it all to ourselves.

I had some moments with that big old setting sun.

I can still feel the warmth of it on my face and feel the freshness of that sea air deep in my lungs. 

We had so much fun together in this magical place. I think we found somewhere we will visit again and again.

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