Workshop Sundays at Quill London

A Petal Unfolds

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So I feel slightly embarrassed I’ve become one of those people who has a blog linked to their website and has only updated it once since the start of the year!!! ARGHH! Its one of my pet hates, as actually this blog has become a visual diary and somewhere I can just speak about work, life with no pressure and is in someways is kinda therapeutic. I can only say having a 14 month old is a full time job, as well as working and trying to have some sort of life. And life is what I want to talk about or my creative life.

I’ve been a big fan of Quill London for quite sometime, I love their monogram stationery and classic taste and about 2 years ago I attended their modern calligraphy workshop which I loved. So when I thought about breaking out of my bubble and just doing something for me, I looked at their workshop diary.

I love Esther from Origami Est‘s IG feed and had bought her book when it was released but hadn’t had chance to sit down and focus, so I thought this was the perfect workshop to start my creative journey and it really didn’t disappoint. A fab group of people, Esther was a dream and I was thrilled with my final mobile, even though I left it on the train home when I was trying to juggle a just walking Martha!! Oh well the few hours I did spend doing something just for me really started me thinking about new skills and how quickly time flies when your making.

So the addiction started! And before the end of July I had booked myself into another workshop at Quill  and one of my favourite IG feeds, a petal unfolds. Susan was an amazing teacher and her IG feed is soooo beautiful, most importantly I didn’t need to juggle a baby on the train so I actually have my beautiful peony in a vase on the mantlepiece and I’m just a little bit proud of myself. Susan is definitely one to watch, she was chosen to be part of the Etsy/John Lewis roof garden pop up shop and is creating an incredible window display for Quill as part of the LDF which I’ve earmarked as a must see during my trip to London.

Next on my list is watercolours with Emma Block as I’m just a little bit in love with her Etsy shop and did you see her beautiful illustration in last months Mollie Makes? If you’d like to while away a Sunday afternoon at Quill learning something new check the workshops link and dont forget to take your purse as there are some unique stationery supplies to buy, I’ve never left without a little something.

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Tea and a Chat with Katie Jones

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Hello!! Its my first post after my radio silence and its a good one! Last month I had the chance to photograph the fab Katie Jones in her studio in London for a wonderful feature in this months Mollie Makes and I loved every minute of it. Katie is so incredibly talented, not to mention colourful, and her work celebrates woven textiles in it many forms. Each collection, the last of which was displayed in the windows of Selfridges, was incredible to touch and see first hand. If you’d like to read the full article Mollie Makes is available in most supermarkets and I’ve actually found it in most good newsagents. Happy reading and viewing! Look at that amazing cactus!! Eye JOY!

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12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

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I’ve worked with loads of fab clients this year and thought I’d collate just a few in my Christmas Gift Guide. Thanks to everyone for their continued support and wishing everyone a wonderful festive season.

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From top line, left to right – Dust and Things, Hello Ruth, Sarah Hamilton Prints

2nd line, left to right – Kelly Connor Designs, BeGolden, Sheila Bownas Collection

3rd line, left to right – Williams Handmade, Outshine Art, Hunkydory Home

4th line, left to right – Berylune, Alice Shephard Ceramics, Search Press, Immediate Media

Thread @ Farnham Maltings

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It was a lot of fun to head off to Thread at Farnham Maltings last weekend, not only as I was leaving my 3 month old daughter  with her dad for a few hours (it was the first time eek!) but also as I could immerse myself in fun and friendly crafting world again. I managed to pop along to see Great British Sewing Bee’s Guthrie Gandhi at work, teaching a purse making workshop. Visited the Alice & Ginny workshop space, as well as perused the beautiful stalls which including Beyond Measure and Sarah Waterhouse Printed Textiles and finally purchased some pretty amazing liberty fabric to make some bonnets for my daughter from local shop Stitched By You.

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I want that giant ruler!!……………. Cherry Press Letterpress Stationery

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I’m a little bit in love with David from Cherry Press letterpress stationery, his work is beautifully made with super detail orientated design and just bloody different! With the resurgence of traditional printing methods over the last 5 years, love of craftmanship, this is a hard thing to do, but David does it with bags of style. So enough of my bigging the boy up and showing off my wonderous photography and his incredible stationery. You can now actually visit him and his lovely wife Amie, at their own shop/studio in Chipping Campden. How cool is this place? I want that giant ruler!!

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And a just a few more of Davids beautiful wedding stationery designs…..

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