Monday, 18 August 2014

Shop Watch - Moss & Mountain



If you caught my previous post about life here in the Camargue, I'm sure you'll understand why I'm smitten with the beautiful designs in the new-to-me kid's store

Inspired by the 70's and Country & Western culture, the two Arizona mama founders offer an original selection of rompers, vests, overalls, pants, tanks, caftans and accessories, all handmade in the USA.

 I love this relaxed bohemian look and the gorgeous fabrics used in their bolo dresses.

One to watch me thinks!

(All photos by Joseph Maddon)

Back In The Saddle


Yes, I'm back.
It was party time in our small village in the south of France la semaine dernière.
A week of white horses, bulls racing through the streets and dancing into the early hours of the morning.
There is much to be said for living in the country where there is a strong sense of community and a desire to celebrate and maintain local traditions.

Eh oui, 
The Camargue feels like home too...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Home Now

I've been waiting for this special moment for such a long time.
Tomorrow we're are going 'home' to Ilkley in West Yorkshire for my sister's wedding.
I am as giddy as a kipper, I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight.
You can follow me on instagram if you're curious to know how it goes, otherwise, have a fabulous weekend, and I'll see you all on Tuesday!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Blue Thread

It's a while since I shared my favourite finds, so here's a few lovely prints and patterns that came under my radar last week. Some of you may recognise PEPE's pretty paperwork, which I also featured in my post for HandmadeCharlotte. This fledgling Czech brand has just opened an etsy shop for international customers, so do take a peek (link below)!

Colours, patterns and textures is one of my most interesting boards on pinterest. Are you following me there yet?

Thanks for the inspiration:
(in French so use an online translation tool).

Sunday, 3 August 2014

A Spot of Local Colour



Our weekily trip to Sommières market is always a treat but it's much more special and lively in the Summer.

All the local villages are celebrating traditional Camargue culture at the moment, decorating the streets with colorful handmade garlands, organising open air balls and, of course, bull-themed events too (no bull fighting I hasten to add).

I hope you enjoy these few photos from Sommières on Saturday. I love seeing these cowboys in traditional attire. Guess I've fallen in love with this area after all...

Monday, 28 July 2014

Shop Watch: Mamabu

Time for a bit of colour and fun on the Kickcan & Conkers blog!

It's been a while since I came across an Eastern European shop as inspiring as Mamabu.
Offering a varied selection of kids' fashion, décor, books and toys, all made by upandcoming Polish brands, I'm pretty sure you'll find something new here. I love their wooden toys, soft toys and cardboard playkits in particular (so very K&C, don't you think?), all very reasonably priced.

The Mamabu site is in Polish but any online translation tool will do the trick. Send them an email if there's anything you fancy. The Mamabu team speak English and I'm sure they'd be happy to hear from international readers, customers or even potential buyers...