Friday, 8 June 2018

Claire's Tiny Treasures window film

I love this set of step by step photo's of some Tiny Treasures window film being installed.

  These pics are from Claire at the marvelous Hawksbys shop in Haworth and the window film is in their new workshop space.

These last three are a good illustration of how the design changes in different lighting.

It looks great. Thanks so much Claire x

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Wendy House

This is Wendy's summerhouse, aptly named the Wendy House (guarded by her dog Elvis). 

Wendy Leat lives in Devon and she has just moved to a new house with an old summerhouse in the garden. She got in touch last month, before it was painted, for wallpaper and fabric samples as she had big plans to do it it up. It was exciting to watch the whole thing unfold in her Instagram stories @thefindinteriors.

 She IS a force of nature. Everyday she was on to the next bit, no messing! She shingled the roof, she painted the outside that lovely teal, she wallpapered the walls and the ceiling with Tiny Treasures, reupholstered the chairs with Paper Meadow fabric and she made roman blinds.

No ordinary blinds either. They were double sided - kraft on the inside and teal on the outside!

And she did it all in such a short space of time!

My Tiny Treasures book has found a nice spot!

 It's altogether lovely and I'm inspired by her energy. She has moved on to doing up the house now but I hope she finds some time to relax in her lovely new Wendy House.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Writing desk makeover

For a long time I have thought it would be a good idea to do up some furniture with my wallpaper and maybe inspire a project or two but I haven't ever got round to it!

So I was really happy when Jo from Jolaru got in touch to ask for some wallpaper to do just that. 

She gave this little writing desk a whole new lease of life.

I love how she has papered inside all of the compartments. It's so sweet.

Jolaru have just opened their brand new interior design showroom and shop up in Newcastle and it looks really gorgeous indeed. If you are up that way, they will be able to show you my wallpaper samples alongside the rest of their collection.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Up to the meadows

 Hebden Bridge is at it's most luscious and green right now. The leaves are fresh and young, the bluebells are blooming and the meadows have their first dusting of buttercups. 

This is the time we conveniently forget about the long harsh winter we just had and remember what we love the most about living here. 

This morning I had a 'before work' walk up to the fields above Nutclough woods to see how the meadows were doing. There are many ways to get to these woods but this time I took the snicket called Bankside to the left of Stubbings School (you can see the school above St George's Square in the centre of town).

Bankside is steep and cobbled and it is a quick way of getting up to Birchcliffe Road. 

I love it because it cuts up between a terrace of Hebden houses and their gardens and these gardens are particularly beautiful. I didn't take photo's but I loved having an appreciative peep. Hebden Bridge hasn't got many gardens as there are so many houses stacked on top of each other so it's lovely to see the lucky ones take good care of them.

 The path brings you out at the post box on Birchcliffe road. Turn right and walk a little way up the steep road and take the first left up Sandy Gate.

 Sandy Gate was lined with Welsh Poppies.

These ones gifted me their poppy seed heads. I featured these in my Tiny Treasure's book so they are close to my heart.

I was very excited to see some of my window film on my friends beautiful yellow door. It's lovely  to find it here because this is the way to the meadows that inspired the design! 

 Sandy Gate is also good for allotment inspiration.

They are looking full of promise. 

You can get into Nutclough woods by following a little path just at the end of the beautiful terrace after the allotments. It will take you into the woods and over a bridge. The clough is so beautiful with it's deep gorge and flowing stream. It looks here like its covered in Autumn leaves but it is actually lots of sticky brown beech blossom!

We stopped to listen to the sound of the waterfall and the birds singing heartily.

Just after the bridge on the right hand side look out for a yellow arrow marker post near the graffiti'd shed. This is the path that will take you up to to the meadows. It's hot work getting up this steep path on a summers day but it's worth it for the views!

At the top of the path is a stile over to the meadows. Hooray! We made it!

They were looking good today with a mixture of grasses, bistort, plantain, pignuts, sorrel, clover, dandelion clocks and LOTS of buttercups.

They are going to get much taller in the coming weeks.

This cow still managed to hide in the grass.

We followed the path to the left of the stile and then walked through three fields with Old Town Mill up on the right and then took the first footpath on the left, down past the lovely garage with a grass roof and onto Hurst Road.

We turned right down this road for a little bit and then took the little path on the left which goes down the side of the terrace with the red roofs and drops into the woods.  

This is a steep path down and can be a bit slippy but its really nice in these little woods.

I loved the mix of yellow poppy and the blue of the bluebells.

Follow the path back down to Keighley road and then you can wander back down the hill into town.

 This is the beauty of living around here. The centre of town is so close an abundance of nature. It doesn't matter that we haven't all got garden of our own because we have all of this on our doorstep 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Full moon in the Highlands

We watched the full moon rise into a cloudless sky.

It woke me in the early morning shining through the slats in our Venetian blind and I got up to find the house illuminated by moonlight and a thick band of mist in the valley bottom.

I had to go out.

I crunched down the gravel driveway praying I wouldn't wake the three big dogs that lived in the next house. 

Nobody stirred. This horse was already awake munching the frosty grass.

 It was so still and quiet.

The moon was setting on one side of me 

 and the sun was rising on the other. 

It made some beautiful silhouettes.


and it lit up the frosty cobwebs and grasses.

I woke all the sheep on the way back up the lane. I think they thought I was the farmer bringing their breakfast. These tiny lambs had very big voices!

With the moon nearly gone behind the hill I went back to our cosy cottage and snuggled back into bed all full of magic.

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