Sunday 29 August 2010

Andy Waite's house

Andy Waite's three storey house is his gallery for the week of the Arundel Art Trail which is held every August in the town.
This picture shows one of the upstairs rooms and two of his abstract landscapes. The painting is confident filling huge canvasses.
And over the years I've noticed a particular shade of pink he favours. The rooms are painted soft matt colours, floors matching walls or slightly darker.
I went round the trail on Wednesday, particularly keen to see Gilly McCadden's work. So simple but so pleasing. Tansy Brown-Hovelt's work with crystals on copper was excitingly different.

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Friday 27 August 2010

Arundel shop display

This is my new jewellery pictured in Tricot Designs in Tarrant Street, Arundel.
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Monday 23 August 2010

In Tricot Too

My new jewellery displayed in Tricot Too, Petersfield. I will post some close up pictures later this week.
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Saturday 21 August 2010

Favourite things

I have owned these miniature ceramic vegetables for many years. They sit on a little handpainted plate with a badly mended break right across it. Old china pieces were always mended in our grandmothers' time weren't they. Nowadays if china breaks we don't think about mending it. It goes straight in the bin.
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Wash Board

On Wednesday Jane came to the second button making workshop at my house and she brought me this fantastic gift! I had mentioned at the previous workshop Jane came to ('Free Knitting') how I had missed out on the chance to own one of these. And kind and generous Jane saw one at Ardingly Antiques Fair and got it for me.
These old wash boards are perfect for making felt with. You rub the wool tops on the ridged glass just as our grandmothers and great grandmothers rubbed out stains and grime on them.
This photograph is instead of the all-important photograph of buttons made on the day which, as per usual I forgot to take.
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Catching Up

I have wanted to see this film for ages and my daughter and I have just watched it together in her new house. The film did not disappoint. Coco Chanel was way ahead of her time and her clothes look so timeless. Apparently there's a sequel out now.

I love the fabric on my daughter's chair. Anyone know what it is?
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Sunday 15 August 2010

Little Cash. Great style

I love this green glass. It's feels heavy. It cost £1 at Age Concern and Nina Campbell is written on the base.
This stands on the kitchen window sill next to green glass. With the light coming through the colour, which deepens towards the base, is glorious. Also £1 reduced at Tkmax.
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Saturday 14 August 2010

Painting bottles

I have been painting bottles for displaying my jewellery on at Tricot Designs in Arundel and Tricot Too in Petersfield. I used ordinary white emulsion (several coats) mixing the last coat with a little black, pale blue or green acrylic to give the soft off-whites. The worst bit was scrubbing the labels off the bottles. That's hard work!
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Thursday 12 August 2010

How to Make Buttons

Yesterday I held the first of two Button Making workshops at my house. It was great fun and everyone produced buttons (and beads) they were proud of. If you, reading this, want to join any future workshops on  'Making Buttons', 'free knitting' 'Handmade Christmas' or 'Glamorous Gift Wrapping' let me know. Email
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Sale pieces

In the window this week at Tricot Too are this French navy dress by Avoca Anthology and one of my necklaces both in the sale. Now that new stock is arriving (see below) my new jewellery collection should be in the shop sometime next week.
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New wardrobe

These are my favourite pieces from the new Myrine and Me range at Tricot Too, Petersfield. The top, above is actually blue/green stormy sea colours and so unusual. The grey dress below would be useful as a base piece for a whole new wardrobe for autumn/winter.
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Country Living

These twig hooks are featured in the current issue of Country Living magazine and made by my friend Chris. She also makes bread boards, serving platters etc. from English woods. Check out more of her work and how to buy on
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Thursday 5 August 2010


These are my dolls. The next time they will go on sale is at Makers' Market on September 11th in Petersfield. I'd like to make some more but right now I'm making lots of new season jewellery to go on sale later this month.
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Wednesday 4 August 2010

Yummy soaps

These new soaps at Tricot Too smell divine. £4 each
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Tuesday 3 August 2010

Jane's cushion

Jane Owens came on one of my 'free knitting' workshops and she loves the technique. Now Jane has sent in this photo of the attractive cushion she made after the course.
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