Posts tagged ‘inspiration’


Well, the Ideal Home Show was utterly uninspiring. I’m glad the tickets were free!The only stall I was particularly interested in was one selling handmade wooden shutters. However the salesperson didn’t know how to open the shutters, or how many colours they came in, or anything else about the product! I’ve worked at a lot of large events and shows at Earls Court and Olympia and this was by far the most disappointing.

We had a quick wander round then promptly left for a much more inspiring stroll along Kings Road and lots of window shopping in Heals, Habitat, Zara Home and Anthropologie.

It was the first time I’d had the chance to explore the store and it’s just as gorgeous as I’d expected.  I wanted to move in, or at the very least buy some lovely china and glassware…

March 22, 2010 at 16:18 Leave a comment


hever castle show

My Grandmother made incredible quilts, every single tiny stitch was done by hand. My Mum makes incredible quilts and is currently in love with a kaleidoscope pattern and her longarm quilter. My sister makes incredible quilts which nearly always feature polkadots and the colour green. My Mother-in-law has been working on the same quilt for 12 years and has almost finished.

My quilting isn’t quite so incredible! I love to design quilts, and choose fabrics, but I’ll admit that I prefer to work on shorter projects with more immediate results. I get distracted far too easily when quilting.

I need to focus more than ever now to finish off the vintage style french braid quilt started last March which is still in strips, and the americana buggy barn crazy quilt which isn’t even in blocks yet before allowing myself to start on the navy and white french china inspired quilt in my head.

We had a great day at the Hever Castle quilt show last weekend and I managed to only buy a few fat quarters despite  wanting to buy several jelly rolls and books. So annoyed with myself for driving several hundred miles and forgetting my camera, so we’ll have to make do with iPhone pictures.

Unfortunately I now want to make a lovely lighthouse picture quilt,  a sampler, the library quilt I saw a few weeks ago,  new Christmas decorations, a Christmas table runner and an advent calendar in addition to the projects already started and planned!

In other news, we’ve sold our house again. Fingers crossed everything goes through this time and maybe we’ll be in the new house by Christmas with all my unfinished new Christmas quiting projects!

September 10, 2009 at 13:49 Leave a comment

Ode to autumn

 autumn days

Holly at Decor8 asked what our favourite things about September were. While October is my favourite month for so many reasons, I think these autumn odes really cover so many of my favourite things about both months. The song ‘Autumn days’ itself is one of my favourite things about this type of year and holds so many memories for me.

Ode to autumn, John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


Autumn days, Estelle White

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And a winter’s moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings.

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

September 3, 2009 at 14:25 Leave a comment

Image of the day

library quilt

Oh how I love the Elm Creek books. Jennifer Chiaverini makes me want to be one of thos people who can actually finish a quilt in less than two years, but then she distracts me with new potential projects like this one. Surely every home office needs a library quilt?

August 24, 2009 at 10:56 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

an iTunes genius playlist on Fatboy Slim: That old pair of jeans

Air: Alpha beta gaga
Fatboy Slim feat. Justin Robertson: Push and shove (acoustic version)
Morcheeba: Part of the process
Zero 7: In the waiting line
Chemical Brothers: Block rockin’ beats
Lemon Jelly: Nice weather for ducks
Faithless: We come 1
Air: Cherry blossom girl
Moby: Natural blues
Groove Armada: At the river
Basement Jaxx: Romeo (acoustic version)

August 21, 2009 at 09:50 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Simple Plan: Perfect
Green Day: American idiot
Fall Out Boy: Sugar, we’re going down
Good Charlotte: The anthem
Green Day: Wake me up when September ends
Hoobastank: The reason
Lost Prophets: Last train home
Pendulum: Slam
My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the black parade
Green Day: Basket case
Lit: My own worst enemy

August 17, 2009 at 09:09 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Ben E. King: Stand by me
Smokey Robinson: Tears of a clown
Aretha Franklin: I say a little prayer
Dionne Warwick: I’ll never fall in love again
Gladys Knight: Midnight train to Georgia
Bill Withers: Lean on me
Vonda Shephard: The end of the world
Gabrielle: When a woman
John Legend: If you’re out there
Marvin & Tammy: Aint no mountain high enough

August 14, 2009 at 08:59 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Carrie Underwood: Before he cheats
Dixie Chicks: Some days you gotta dance
Trisha Yearwood: I wanna go too far
Wynonna Judd: Girls with guitars
Stevie Nicks: Rooms on fire
Jo Dee Messina: Heads Carolina, tails California
Dolly Parton: 9 to 5
Gretchen Wilson: Pocahontas Proud
John Denver & Emmylou Harris: Montana Skies
Rascal Flatts: Love who you love
Taylor Swift: You belong with me

August 13, 2009 at 09:08 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

The Weepies: World spins madly on
Mika: Happy ending
Damien Rice: Older chests
Fatboy Slim: That old pair of jeans
India Arie vs Zero 7: Truth and video
Noah and the Whale: 5 years time
Jack Johnson: Banana pancakes
Rufus Wainwright: Hallelujah
Fountains of Wayne: Hey Julie
Take That: I’d wait for life
1 Giant Leap: Braided hair
Imogen Heap: Hide and seek
Groove Armada: At the river
RJD2: Ghostwriter

August 12, 2009 at 09:41 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Willie Nelson: Always on my Mind
Allison Krauss: Maybe
John Denver: Polkadots & Moonbeams
Patsy Cline: Walking after Midnight
Allison Moorer: A Soft Place to Fall
Dixie Chicks: You were Mine
Sheryl Crow: The First Cut is the Deepest
Juice Newton: Angel of the Morning
Carrie Underwood: Told you So
Randy Travis: Four Walls
Rascal Flatts: My Wish
The Waifs: Bridal Train

August 10, 2009 at 13:07 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Beethoven: Symphony No.6
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Alan Silvestri: Jonathan’s Obituary
John Williams: Schindler’s List Theme
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Chopin: Nocturne No. 2, Op.32
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor
Dario Marianelli: Dawn
Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Wagner: Tristan and Isolde, Prelude
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

August 7, 2009 at 10:42 Leave a comment