Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Ma dri gal - a beautiful collection of 8 accordeon books and box to make
by Eduardo Abel Gimenez and Cecilia Afonso Esteves*

Wooden Doll Chair - Makié

Inspiration Apples - La Pomme

It's hot, day and night
Homemade ices, lavender cordial & mint tea
Summer is here
Close the shutters
Another scorcher

Knitting Nellie

I can't say I'm a lover of gnomes but these little folks are something different, don't you think? Check out rougeau26/Knitting Nellie's little store, she's just back from hiatus and will be adding new stock regularly. I told you I couldn't resist a nice face!


Going, Going, Gone?

Hurry! Hurry!
If you like vintage children's books, games and prints.

Grain Edit added some beauties to their etsy store yesterday.

They'll be snapped up in no time...

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

My Turn!


OK, all eyes on me!

I've been tagged several times by some very talented ladies - Ange, Amy, Kylie, Hazel and Caterina, to name but a few. It's quite difficult trying to think of seven things to say about yourself, without giving away too much, but I thought I'd give it a go, to celebrate my blog birthday...
On m'a demandé de révéler sept choses sur moi-même à plusieurs reprises cette année. Ce n'est pas un exercice facile, si on veut rester discret, mais je vais essayer quand même. Après tout, je fête ma première anniversaire aujourd'hui...

1) I grew up in the North of England in the late '60s and '70s. Kids played street games then. I spent my summer hols playing hopscotch, skipping, elastic, rounders, kick-the-can and conkers. I love street games!
J'ai grandi dans le nord de l'Angleterre à la fin des années soixante et soixante-dix. A cet époque les enfants jouaient dans la rue. En été on jouait à la marelle, à la corde à sauter, à l'élastique, au "kick-the can" (une sorte de cache-cache) et au "conkers" (un jeu avec des marrons). J'aime ces jeux -là !


2) I was a "swot" at school and uni, an A-grade student. I have two degrees and have spent ten years of my life translating technical manuals, market reports and books for NGOs and telecommunications companies. Time for a change!
J'ai été la première de la classe à l'école et en fac, 'la boule'. J'ai deux licences et viens de passer dix ans de ma vie à traduire des documents techniques, des rapports et des livres pour des ONG et des entreprises de télécommunications. Un peu d'air ! J'ai besoin de changer !

3) Kylie's right, "Three is a Magic Number". (I love this song!) I have three wonderful children, and had my first one at thirty.
Kylie a raison. Trois c'est le numéro magique! (j'adore cette chanson). J'ai trois merveilleux enfants, et j'ai eu mon premier à trente ans.


4) Art is one of things that make me tick, but I guess you know that already.
L'art c'est une de mes raisons d'être, une des choses qui me fait avancer, mais je pense que vous le savez déjà.


5) I have a good eye, and I am watching you! However, I'm also as blind as a bat and can't see a thing without my contacts.
J'ai l'oeil et je vous regarde ! Cela dit, je suis myope comme une taupe et je ne vois rien sans mes lentilles.

6) I take after my Gran, Sarah Constance. Connie was a seamstress, had a house full of gorgeous fabric and used to take me thrifting at jumble sales. We have the same build and her black '50s jacket is one of my favourite items of clothing.

J'ai hérité beaucoup de ma grand-mère, Sarah Constance. Elle était couturière, avait une maison remplie de jolis tissus et m'amenait chiner. Nous avons la même taille et sa veste noir des années 50 et un de mes vêtements préférés.

7) I'm 44 in August, am starting to look like Dot (and a bit of a sad ole thing in this photo!) but I can still do the splits (no requests for photos please, you'll just have to take my word for it!).
J'ai presque 44 ans, commence à ressembler à Dot, mais je peux toujours faire le grand écart (non, ne me demandez pas de photos SVP, il faut me croire sur parole !).

So, there you go, I'm just an ordinary, bendy, art-loving, kickcan & conker playing mum of three who likes to thrift and blog!

Anyone else like to play? I don't know if they've already done this, but I'd love to recommend Anne, Ellen, Jenni, Carole, Lambert, Jay and Yumiko's blogs... Have Fun!

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Sol Linero

Sol Linero's ABC print just has to be my print of the day. I love everything about it.
Do take a peek at this Argentinian illustrator / animator's other colourful work before you rush over to L'Affiche Moderne to buy one!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Thoroughly Modern Mette

Eh hop ! Not one, not two but three smart, stripey dresses by Kristin Rasmussen, aka Mette.
Check out her lovely shop for more bright and bold designs, you won't be disappointed.

Trains and Boats and Planes

Where are you going on holiday this summer? We've left it really late and can't make up our minds where to go this year. We may just stay round here, enjoy the beautiful Espiguette beach 20 minutes away and make the most of all that this part of France has to offer (Montpellier, Nîmes, Avignon, Uzes,...). On the other hand, I quite fancy a week 'at home' with my family in Yorkshire, we'll see. How about you? Going anywhere nice???

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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Colour My Monday #5

Summer Solstice by Hanna Kanola

Good Morning!
It's Colour My Monday...

Bonjour! Bonjour!

Un peu de couleur pour commencer la semaine!



Dinos, Bugs & Butterflies

Will you just take a look at those dinosaurs! Cute with a capital C!
Biome Lifestyle's handembroidered cushions for boys and girls are fun, colourful and eco-friendly, made under fair trade conditions in South Africa. 100% linen and cotton, sustainable and stylish, Biome Lifestyle " is a small company, trying to do the right thing". Looks spot on to me!


Oh dear, I'm a little bit slow on this one...Did you know that Mar Hernandez, a.k.a. Malota, had opened an online shop? I love this watercolour entitled Celeste.

Five Faves #15

Love this idea from VTWohnen, via Les Bulles de Miluccia

Well, hello there! How's your weekend?
We are all enjoying the sun!
Savannah, Miles and Papa are camping in the garden tonight then tomorrow we're all off to the beach. Feels like the kids are on holiday already!

Want to see my Five Faves?

1) Favourite Vintage Find - 1930's Play/Swimsuit from Farfalla

2) Favourite Online Children's Magazine -Nie Tylko Dzieciaki
So pleased to see it go from strength to strength Agniezka!

3) Favourite Little Goat - what a Beauty! -EveryEskimo

4) Favourite House Tour -
I finally got the chance to meet the lovely family who own and rent out this beautiful house

5) Favourite Hiding Place for Two - La Cachette

See you soon!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Give Me Three

Nice links to start the weekend...

à bientôt mes amis!

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Jonna Saarinen

Yes, Summer's here at last!
Time to relax, enjoy the sun and visit
Selvedge's first Summer Fair

If you're lucky enough to be in or around London tomorrow, pop in and see Jonna Saarinen's work (she also happens to be sharing a stall with this talented lady, remember?).

Jonna Saarinen graduated from Central St Martins in 2009 and has just finished the first year of her Masters degree in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. She was born in Turku, Finland, and much of her work is inspired by Finnish folklore, architecture and her childhood memories.

Screenprinting is her first love.
She is committed to creating sustainable, non-toxic products and is sponsored by Permaset

Jonna also enjoys making wooden jewellry, some of which will be on sale at Selvedge's Fair tomorrow.

Another one to look out for me thinks!
Have fun!