Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hazel catkins


I took the macro lens out for a walk this morning.


I wanted to catch the beautiful yellow catkins that are saying 'spring is coming!'. 


Now as you know, I am someone who notices the tiny details


but I had never noticed the teeny weeny bright pink flowers growing out of the end of the buds before.


Once I had noticed one I saw that they were everywhere. They look like sea anemones.


I have learned today that this is a hazel tree and the yellow catkins are the male flower, heavy with  yellow pollen that's ready to be dispersed on the wind. The tiny pink flowers are the female flower ready to catch the pollen. 


It is here that a cluster of hazelnuts will grow! 


I'll be looking out for them in the Autumn.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Growing into the new year...


For a long time I've been longing for more time to draw and design. All small business owners know just what a lot there is to do in the everyday running of a business and although I make some time for drawing (I've obviously designed a few things lately haven't I) there is always so much to pull me away. 


But the message is loud and clear and I have known for a while that the next step is full time help in the studio but I've been a little bit scared of making the leap.



But I just did it. I have a wonderful girl called Emma who came to me as a student intern three years ago and has worked a couple of days in the studio through the last year of her degree in Surface Design at Huddersfield Uni and then through her MA. You may have met her at a show or in my studio. She is brilliant and I have always said I want to keep her forever! She has just finished her MA and so the time felt right to offer her a job as studio manager. She gleefully accepted!


So we have been making changes in the studio this new year and it all feels good. I have combined my 'office' space with my 'drawing' space and we have created Emma a work space of her own so we can happily and comfortably work alongside each other.


Emma is supporting my desire to draw more and we are finding new ways of managing everything together. 


I'm loving my new desk. I'm gathering ideas and sitting down to work on my next project which involves lots of tiny treasures....


I've been collecting


and arranging


and drawing


and dreaming.


Right then I'd better get back to the drawing board .....

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Winter solace


Winter solstice sunrise was a foggy one but the day after was clear and glorious.


I sat on a rock and watched the sun creeping up over the hill ready to cast it's golden rays on a sleepy, frosty Hebden Bridge.


Such beauty and solace in nature.


Happy Christmas everyone x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Foggy finds


After being indoors at the exhibition for four days I hadn't had much light or fresh air so yesterday we HAD to have a walk.


There was plenty of air but not a lot of light. A fog had come down and we climbed the hill into it.



But it made the silhouettes crisper



and the depth of field deeper


and because we couldn't see far was saw closer. 

LOOK what we found.


A perfect birds nest made from moss, sheep wool, tiny twigs and blue thread. It was exquisite and made my day.


And as we climbed back down the hill dusk was falling. Our little town was ablaze with lights twinkling behind the trees. 


It was magic.



Hebden Bridge was aglow. 

Dean was reminded of a little film he'd heard about called The Hedgehog In The Fog and we watched it when we got home. If you've never seen it before you must because it's the sweetest thing. Ten minutes of foggy gorgeousness.


Hannah Nunn at Country Living Fair


I just got back from exhibiting at Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate. 


 I took my lamps, wallpapers, fabrics and my new golden yellow  daisy meadow chair.


I enjoyed having some wintry foliage on my stand made by the lovely Sarah from Simply by Arrangement


Decorating my sign with the springs of fir and eucalyptus and all sorts of other bits that chose for me was my favourite bit of set up!


 Everyone who stood in front of my stand was bathed in the golden glow of my lamps and it was so nice to meet so many lovely people.


 I was behind the counter bathing in the glow of so many compliments about my work!


 I heard so many stories from customers about how they are enjoying my lamps. One lady said her 94 year old mother has one. She just sits in her chair all day but always asks to have the lamp switched on so she can enjoy it. Some people collect them and have bought over the internet but never in person. It was great to meet them.


Many people recognised my work from the Country Living article and said they read it word for word and were very inspired. I can't ask for more than that.


This show had the perfect audience for me and being among them for four days has really inspired me, reaffirming that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. That I am shining my light in the world and that people are feeling its glow. I feel very lucky. 

Thanks to everyone who came and said hello and said all those nice things to me and giggled like joyful children while we wrapped up their lamps. It's been lovely. I can't do the show next year but I hope to be back the year after!


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!

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