Friday, May 26

{ happy friday }

Ten lovely things that caught my eye this week.

{ 1 } Such cuteness all in white.
{ 2 } Such loveliness By Ninรฉ.
{ 3 } Happy Garden.  Delightful flowers by delighted patterns.
{ 4 } Happy shoes.  Cute flower shoes by AMuse Leather Co.
{ 5 } Etsy find of the week.  May Contain Glitter.  The loveliest paper blooms.
{ 6 } Happy journal. And a lovely, happy quote too.
{ 7 } "Gardens are not made by singing 'oh how beautiful' and sitting in the shade"
        Sadly you are correct Rudyard Kipling, but oh how lovely if they were?
{ 8 } Note to self.  Make the most of all this lovely sunshine.
{ 9 } The loveliest image for last weekend's hashtag project #whpreflections.
{ + } The prettiest flowerfetti cake.
        The perfect treat whilst watching the highlights from this weeks Chelsea Flower Show.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, May 22

{ Bloom & Grow }

This year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show open's tomorrow, and once again I will feel that dull ache of regret, of once again not having bought tickets.  Thankfully the coverage on tv, and undoubtedly on Instagram will provide oodles of floral inspiration.  In the meantime I'm creating a little floral inspiration of my own with a Monday moodboard, before popping out to buy armfuls of flowers to make me feel a little less regretful.

{ have a Blooming day }

Friday, May 19

{ happy friday }

{ 1 } Dolls with their own dolls are just the most darling.
{ 2 } Rabbits & Racoons.
{ 4 } Poplin. And a collection inspired by Degas and dance.
{ 5 } Oh. But to be little again ♥︎
{ 6 } Etsy find of the week. ebenotti. Pretty pots for pretty plants.
{ 7 } So I may be a little too old for the pram. But these look just my size.
{ 8 } Sunshine on my mind.  So that's where it's disappeared to?
{ 9 } The first meeting of The Little Book Club happens tomorrow #brunchandbooks
{ + } A rainy day calls for cookies.  And chocolate.  Or just chocolate cookies.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, May 15

{ four I adore . flowers of instagram }

On Friday's there is a popular hashtag on Instagram, #fourIadore, where people share four accounts they particularly love.  Because of my happy friday posts, it's not a hashtag I tend to join in with.  However, I felt it was a lovely prompt for a series of posts right here on lily&Bloom. And what better way to start than with four of the most floral instagrammer's I follow.  Oh, and this is probably a good time to mention that I have a strong suspicion that flowers are going to take over all my posts for May. 
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Laura is the photographer behind @circleofpines, and is also the author of another favourite hashtag, #littlestoriesofmylife.   As deputy editor of 91, the quiet aesthetic of the magazine is reflected in Laura's IG feed.  She also finds the most gorgeous, and perfectly fitting, quotes to accompany all those photos. 

I will admit to having a touch of the green eyed monster whenever I see one of Emily's posts.  Not only does she live in the lovely Derbyshire countryside, and manage to forage the most beautiful wildflowers, she has the most amazing collection of vintage goodies, not to mention a rather cute dog, the Harry of @harryandfrank.  Luckily she does share those vintage goodies, selling at local fairs and markets.  So for that reason, we will forgive her her envy inducing life!

I found Rebecca's feed after discovering her at her Etsy shop, and though she may be a recent addition to my IG crushes, she has quickly become one of my favourites.  When I tell you that her signature hashtag is #seeingthepretty, I think that will give you a very good idea how very lovely her feed is.

My final floral crush is niina, of @lillalivetandme.  This account has a beautiful simplicity about it, unfussy, yet able to capture light, and shadow in the loveliest of ways.

I'd love to hear about Instagram accounts that you adore, the ones that make you want to step into that world, ones that make you look at your own life, home and community a little differently?

{ have a happy day }

Friday, May 12

{ happy friday }

Ten lovely things that caught my eye this week

{ 1 } This week my Instagram feed has been full of lovely lilac. Note to self.  Buy Lilac Tree.
{ 2 } Beautiful in blue #1.
{ 4 } Beautiful in blue #2. 
{ 5 } This week's new fashion find.  nobonu.  Women's, children's, and some adorable clogs. 
{ 6 } My favourite hashtag of the week.  #simplenaturefinds.
{ 7 } Folksy find of the week.  KT Robbins Ceramics. How much do I love these?  Lots.
{ 8 } Wise words.
{ 9 } Tea with Ruby + artist Jessica Zoob = words and pictures to delight.
{ + } Celebrating #RealBreadWeek with this lovely Fig & Walnut Bread.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, May 8

{ inspired#14 . frida kahlo . fiesta . & . flowers }

. inspired#14 .
I paint flowers so they will not die
clockwise from centre
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A moodboard for Monday, inspired by Frida Kahlo, Fiesta and flowers.  I feel I should be writing this post whilst adorned with a floral crown.  Unfortunately that's not so.  Messy hair, don't care, might be a better quote for today, but I can dream can't I?

For a little more fiesta, flora and frida pop over to my { inspired.#14 } Pinterest board.  Then pop off and make yourself a floral crown.

{ have a happy day }

Friday, May 5

{ happy friday }

Ten lovely things that caught my eye this week.

{ 1 } Etsy find of the week.  Salt and Sail.  Beautiful things for baby made in Birmingham.
{ 2 } Loving these lovely ruffles.
{ 3 } Loving this darling dollhouse.
{ 5 } #themagicofchildhood๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ
{ 6 } A little inspiration for my next CCC event.  Great British Teatime Treats.
{ 7 } Fabric goals ♥︎
{ 8 } Or skip breakfast and eat cake all day?
{ 9 } Yarn goals ♥︎
{ + } The Queen's favourite cake, and the one I'll be making for tomorrow's cake club.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, May 1

{ hello May }

. hello may .

{ have a happy day }

Friday, April 28

{ happy friday }

ten lovely things that caught my eye this week

{ 1 } Daydreaming about how lovely these lights would look in my studio.
{ 2 } Thinking just how lovely is this shade of clover green?
{ 3 } When life gives you lemons then wear your matching Littlehorn lemonade dress!
{ 4 } Beautiful dresses for the adults amongst us, from little one's brand Little Creative Factory.
{ 5 } Etsy find of the week #1.  George and Willy. *pops the cute daily roller onto wish list*.
{ 6 } Etsy find of the week #2.  Jord Home. *pops the lovely Isa rug onto wish list*.
{ 7 } Daydreaming about how lovely living on a farm would be.
{ + } Just as soon as I've finished writing this post I'll be baking this lovely lemon drizzle cake

{ have a happy day }

Wednesday, April 26

{ my april }

Another month so very nearly over.  This one has fled by in a flurry of Spring blossoms, bunnies & Bank Holidays.  I still have a few things left on my month's to do list, but there is a satisfying number already ticked off.

{ knitting }
The month of March had been all about the planning.  And April was all about the knitting.  It has been both exciting, and scary, ordering lots of yarn and knitting needles, and my first foray into jumbo knitting has been a fun one.  In a way it's taken me back to those childhood days of learning to knit, when the yarn & needles felt a little clumsy and unfamiliar.  And then you settle into that routine;  needle through the stitch, yarn around the needle, make new stitch.  The pile of swatches of different stitches, and different yarns, has grown, and things are slowly starting to take shape.  It still feels too early to reveal much more, though I think this may be the last month I allow myself to say that, but I think there may be a couple of posts coming next month to give you a bit more of a peek into the plan. 

{ reading }
My reading list this month has been a tad impressive, mainly due to being laid low by a virus at the beginning of the month, and reading being the only thing I had the energy, or the inclination for.  Somewhat ironically, I began the month reading Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending a book that has been on my bookshelf for a while, but never read.  A book about memory and history, about re-examining events of the past from a different perspective; "I need to return briefly to a few incidents that have grown into anecdotes, to some approximate memories which time  has deformed into certainty."  

Something a little less serious next, and my next Agatha Christie, The Man in the Brown Suit a book of murder, mystery, intrigue, in the usual Ms Christie style.  Eager to find out Who'd Done It, I was quickly onto the book I've just finished, Anna Hope's The Ballroom.  I've just had a quick read through some of the reviews for this book on Goodreads, and by no coincidence do the same words appear;  beautiful, anguished, simple, slow, heartbreaking.  Set in an asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, the story is told from three person's viewpoints, inmates Ella and John, and one of the doctors, Charles.  To call it a love story would be to simplify the narrative, as it's so much more than that.  This isn't the book to pick up if you are looking for something to lift your spirits, you are more in danger of being left feeling slightly bereft, but a wonderful read none the less.

{ making }
Easter provided a lovely excuse to make a few little treat boxes to send out to friends.  Unlike previous years, I didn't do a lot of Easter baking this year, but did try my hand at making mini Easter eggs.  A little trickier than I thought they'd be, I have a new found respect for all the chocolatiers of the country.  Slightly easier to put together were these little gift boxes, each complete with their own Easter bunny, guarding those chocolate eggs.

{ watching }
Spring may have officially arrived in March, but I always feel it's April that it really begins to arrive.  Despite the British weather's best efforts to thwart the spring blooms, it seems there's been enough sunshine to bring out all the beautiful blossom, and to start making good in the garden.  Two trips already to the local nursery, with a few more to come I'm sure, though with the temperature having plummeted once again, this box of blooms is safely tucked inside the greenhouse for now.

At the moment the calendar looks very quiet for May, leaving plenty of time for more knitting, more reading, and more gardening I think #slowliving.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, April 24

{ local ♥︎ . meeting makers at the Spring Market }

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The sunshine on Saturday reminded me of the sun that shone on the April day two years back, when I first visited the Spring Market at the Bond.  Several visits to Market later, it's become a much looked forward to event on my calendar, and even more so when the forecast is for a dry, bright, sunny day.

There were lots of familiar faces;  the very cute Cocktail Caravan, facing off against the Bus Bar, amazingly tempting aroma's from the many food vendors, and indoors an array of delights from local makers and bakers.  I think one of the things I like most about these Markets is realising how much creativity there is happening on the doorstep.  On-Line marketplaces like Etsy, and makers own websites have made it easier to be an independent maker, but there is something so lovely about being able to see, and pick up, and chat to these people in person.

I think I had my favourite five picked out before I was even home.  Those makers whose products linger in the mind, and leave you wishing, "I really wish I'd bought that"!  I have seen Currentstate Studio's before, and love their print work.  On Saturday they debuted a new range, Love Letters, which I fell a little in love with.  Typographical illustrations with a wonderful charm, they were showing the first letters they'd worked on at the Market.  A new discovery was the super cute Bug.  Bug is Ellie, a jewellery designer, who makes the most darling of necklaces, rings and things.  Collections entitled La La Land, Summer Farm, and la Discoteque, adorned with mini boiled egg and spoons, pigs in tea cups, and even mini record players.  Do take a look at her website, which is just as super cute as her jewellery, with product styling to make you smile.

Rolling Roses was one of the makers I featured on my post on my first visit, and I always love having a peek at her stall to see what lovely new things she's been working on.  Her ceramics are beautiful, her signature style the lace imprint, with the delicate glaze of colour inside the piece.  Some of her newer pieces now have a delicate rim of gold added, a beautiful touch and I'm already saving my pennies for the bowl I spotted and can't stop thinking about.

The Peaky Squirrel couldn't be anything other than a Birmingham maker could he? ( Though is it wrong to admit I've never ever seen Peaky Blinders? )  New at the Market, and only making since December 2016, The Peaky Squirrel makes handcrafted items from wood salvaged from the streets of the Peaky Blinders.

My final favourite is Holly of Crafty Bun Studios.  A print maker, alongside her film making and photography, I love the lines of her wood cut printing, the simplicity of colour, and, yes, this was another on my "Why didn't I buy that" list.

I think that is the last of this year's Spring Markets, so time to start saving up, and to pop all the dates for the Summer Fairs in my diary.

Birmingham Summer Market . Saturday 10th June
Derbyshire Summer Market . Sunday 2nd July

{ have a happy day }

Friday, April 21

{ happy friday }

Ten lovely things that caught my eye this week.

{ 1 } Etsy find of the week. RLawrenceHandmade. Beautiful machine embroidered stories.
{ 2 } Hello.  Beautiful vintage room with those marvellous pops of mustard.
{ 3 } Hello.  Lovely lampshades with those fabulous faux flowers. 
{ 4 } A Spring collection, styled with blooms, from Spanish label bonnet รก pompon
{ 5 } Pattern making, by Sally Payne ๐ŸŒผ
{ 6 } A chance to win "The New Paris" over on Khoollect.  But be quick.  Ends Sunday.
{ 7 } Magnolia Dream, by Jackie Diedam ๐ŸŒธ
{ 8 } Actually, I can #believeinyourself
{ 9 } A weekend filled with flowers & knitting is my kind of weekend.
{ + } A slice of strawberry almond tea cake would go perfectly with a cup of tea,
which would be the perfect way to celebrate today's National Tea Day.

{ have a happy day }

Wednesday, April 19

{ local ♥︎ . Sparrow+Wolf }

Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.

Happiness is shopping for stationery
{ fact }

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a person in possession of a new notebook, must be a very happy person.  Though that happiness may be fleeting, as the realisation dawns on them, that this new notebook is supremely pretty & lovely, and therefore how can anything be worthy of putting in the shiny new notebook?

I'm trying very hard to get past this dilemma, having a drawer full of lovely notebooks, too lovely not to buy, yet too lovely to spoil with mere trivia such as notes.  But to justify buying more, I need to use more, and browsing through Sparrow + Wolf's lovely range is incentive enough.

Based not too far from me, in Birmingham, Sparrow + Wolf is Cherie Gregory, whose self admitted obsessions include, bright colours, origami, and doodles, all of which feature in her collection of homewares and stationery.  Her pom pom trimmed cushions are adorable, but as it's National Stationery Week next week, it was her paper goods that I was keen to show you.

Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.
Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.

Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.

Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.
Quirky cute stationery from Birmingham based Sparrow + Wolf.

Almost too lovely to use aren't they?  Or lovely enough to inspire that novel you've always wanted to write, or the daily doodle you promise yourself to doodle, to note down those treasured family recipes.  In a way aren't they almost too lovely not to use?

{ have a happy day }

Sunday, April 16

{ happy easter }

{ happy easter }

Friday, April 14

{ happy friday }

Ten lovely things that caught my eye this week.

{ 1 } Etsy find of the week.  Lili Popo. And her charming Spring Bunny girl.
{ 2 } The most perfect party pack for Easter parties, or those days when you need to feel playful.
{ 3 } The most perfect tutu dress for Easter parties, or those days when you need to feel pretty. 
{ 4 } The most perfect tunic dress for Easter egg hunting.
{ 5 } A beautiful Easter basket for grown-ups.
{ 6 } Just the prettiest Easter tree for your table.
{ 7 } Books & art & poetry ♥︎
{ 8 } Happy Easter.  From me. To you.
{ 9 } Follow the Bunny.  He has the chocolate ๐Ÿฐ
{ + } And in case you needed a little more chocolate for the weekend, ta dah, Easter Brownies.

{ have a happy good friday }

Wednesday, April 12

{ easter tweetings }

five cheeky chirpy chicks
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What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Well, on this blog it was the egg.  But the chicks aren't too far behind, and I've found five of the cheekiest and chirpiest for you ahead of this Easter weekend.

// Super fluffy & super cute chicks.  Hatched by Postbox Party.
// Baby chick.  Hatched by Sharon Montrose.
// Super sweet macaron chicks.  Hatched by raspberri cupcakes.
// Easter chick.  Hatched by The Fox in the Attic
// Super fluffy feather filled chick balloon.  Hatched by Bubblegum Balloons.

{ have a chirpy day }

Monday, April 10

{ a few good eggs }

five eggciting easter eggs

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The sun is shining, I've just spent most of the weekend outside, and it really does feel as if Spring has finally arrived.  And with the long Easter weekend approaching, I think we're all hoping that this lovely weather holds on just a little bit longer.

As last week I shared some very lovely bunnies with you,  this week I've been on the hunt for Easter eggs.  I've resisted the temptation to share the wealth of chocolate eggs out there, instead sharing lovely ideas for eggs of the non-chocolate variety, though in my opinion they are still just as sweet.

// eggs painted & doodled in on-trend hues of copper, pink, black & white.
// eggs painted & hand calligraphed with happy easter wishes.
// the unicorn trend continues unabated.
// the secret language of eggs.
// bunnies + eggs = super cute easter eggs

So, who's now rushing off to turn their eggs into unicorns?

{ have a happy day }

Friday, April 7

{ happy friday }

10 lovely things that caught my eye this week

{ 1 } New in at Zรผ.  Wouldn't these pins make adorable Easter presents?
{ 2 } A sneak peek at Paade Mode's new Autumn collection.  Fabulous florals for Fall.
{ 3 } In Full Bloom at Children's Salon.  Fabulous florals for Summer.
{ 4 } Just love this picture ๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿฐ ๐ŸŒผ 
{ 5 } Just love these eggs  ๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿฃ ๐ŸŒผ   
{ 7 } New Instagram crush.  Melia of contemporary_life.  self confessed crazy plant lady.
{ 8 } Which is ok.  'Cos plant lady is the new cat lady.
{ 9 } Etsy find of the week.  Tusk and Twine.  *pops botanical hoop on wish list*
{ + } Is it too soon to start making Easter Cake

{ have a happy day }

Wednesday, April 5

{ inspired#13 . the garden }

. inspired#13 . the garden .
how lovely the silence of growing things
how lovely the silence of growing things
clockwise from centre
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A midweek mood board, inspired by the garden.  My garden has been a little neglected over the past couple of years, and the only things growing have been a vast amount of weeds.  I'm hoping that with a little more time on my hands this year that it might be a different story.

Tell me about your garden.  Do you love gardening or loathe it, is it a haven of tranquility, order and calm, or a haven of wildflowers and wildlife?

For a little more garden inspiration pop over to my { in . the . garden } pinterest board.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, April 3

{ it's bunny l♥︎ve }

five little funny bunnies
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This blog post has taken far longer to put together than it should have.  And I'm blaming it all on there being far too much bunny loveliness out there.  Which makes my job of choosing just five, just a little too hard.  Particularly when you're as indecisive as me.

But, as there are many other things on my ToDo list today, here are my favourite few.

// bunnies to brighten up your breakfast from Hop&Peck.
// bunnies to keep your tea warm from Rupert's House.
// some bunny loves you by Giddy Kipper.
// bunny sneakers by Minna Parikka.  ( And yes, they do come in grown-up sizes too! )
// wibbly wobbly wooden rabbit rattles by Kiko+.

I'll resist the temptation to wish you a hOppy day, though as I know you're still thinking about those glittery rabbit sneakers I could have sneaked it past you!

{ have a lovely day }

Saturday, April 1

{ hello April }

. hello April .

{ have a lovely day }

Friday, March 31

{ happy friday }

10 lovely things that caught my eye this week

{ 1 } Simply lovely new find.  1+ in the family.  Simply lovely baby wear.
{ 2 } Dinosaur find #1.  Discovered at KukuKid.
{ 3 } Dinosaur find #2.  Discovered at Little Green Fingers
{ 4 } Dinosaur find #3.  Discovered at My Scandinavian Home.
{ 5 } Skip to my lou!  Anyone else now have a hankering to dig out their skipping rope?
{ 6 } With coffee and flowers, all is well with the world.
{ 7 } Just ♥︎ this shield candle from The Society Inc.
{ 8 } Days pass by so quickly, so this feels like good advice.
{ 9 } Etsy find of the week. 1220 Ceramic Studio.  Just the prettiest platters.
{ + } Double citrus means double VitC, so maybe this cake is the answer to curing my cold?

{ have a happy day }

Wednesday, March 29

{ my march }

Planning a new {ad}venture.
Knitters gonna Knit.

Once again at the end of a month.  One of the interesting things about documenting your life through Instagram, is that you realise how much you do.  If you'd have asked, I would have described March as another quiet month, mostly spent at home.  Then I look back, almost in surprise, at what the month held.  

{ planning }
After a few months feeling in limbo with my work, this month was a month of decision making and planning.  lily&Bloom was finally given the makeover I'd been promising it for far too long, and I'm looking forward to seeing what new clients may come forward this year.  The plan, for a very long time, has been to develop something of my own alongside this.  Lists have been made, so many ideas talked about,  ideas I've talked myself out of as quickly as I've talked myself in to.  To the point, where I was, in all honesty, driving myself to distraction.  Until earlier this month, when something, The thing, seemed to fall into place.  It's still very early days, but the month has been full of business planning, research, and most exciting of all, buying things ready to start designing and sampling.  It still feels too early to divulge too much, but safe to say, the knitting needles and yarn just might be a bit of a clue.

Cardamom Knots & some very old fashioned Rock Cakes.
Homemade Granary bread turned into a simple breakfast of toast & rhubarb jam.

{ baking }
Bread, bread, and a bit more bread.  This may have been the month where Spring sprung, but I can't quite break my habit of soup for lunch, not just quite yet.  And neither can I break my habit of a slice of freshly baked bread to go with that soup.  Or with the freshly made rhubarb and ginger jam.  I also tried my hand at Cardamom Knots, which weren't quite the success I was hoping for.  A little more practice needed there I think.

I usually bake something for my mum for Mother's Day, and this year I delved into my childhood baking memories, to bake a batch of Rock Cakes.  A cross between a scone and a cake, not quite one, not quite the other, we'd spotted them in the window of a bakery in Bath the day before Mothering Sunday.  They may not be the prettiest, or most difficult bake, but they are super quick to make, and to bake, and in the words of my Dad, very very moreish.  

My month of currently reading.  Jenny Diski's In Gratitude.

{ reading }
One more month of kitchen delights in Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries.  Somewhat serendipitously he shared a recipe for banana bread, in a week where I happened to have banana's blackening nicely in the fruit bowl.  Sometimes the universe gives you a sign, and that week the sign was to bake Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  Thankfully, for my waistline at least, this weeks sign seems to be to make his Lentil & Spinach Cottage Pie, a recipe I'd found a few years ago on-line, and have loved ever since.  I think that should help redress the balance of all that banana bread eating.  Well that, and a fair few miles of running!

As one of the things on my Fifty before 50 list is to read all Agatha Christie's novels, I felt I'd better start to make headway on those many many books.  So this month's reading began with The Secret Adversary, the novel is Agatha's second, and the first to feature Tommy & Tuppence.  After reading so many novels written in more recent years, what struck me most reading this, was how the writing, language and general tone, was so of it's time, and so very different from today.  And completely different to my next book, Jenny Diski's In Gratitude.  Written by Diski following her diagnosis with incurable cancer, the book is part diary, part memoir, part musings and thoughts of hers, though is mostly about the time she spent living with the author Doris Lessing.  Whilst not a particularly upbeat read, it's intriguingly honest and has made me curious to read more of both hers, and Doris Lessing's books.

Middleton Hall for coffee and chit chat
Coffee at Gorilla Cafe & the Fabulous Spring Market at the Roundhouse

{ visting }
Catching up with friends I'd not seen in a while meant an opportunity to try a couple of new places.  Middleton Hall, on the outskirts of Tamworth, and Gorilla Coffee Cafe, in King's Heath, saw my friends and I trying to put the world to rights over several cups of coffee.  Gorilla Coffee in particular, is now on my list of favourite coffee shops to escape to / read books in / take my laptop to / just sit and watch the world go by in.

And then, the start of all the lovely Spring fairs & markets.  First there was the Spring Market, hosted by Fabulous Places, at the Roundhouse, and last weekend, the Spring Fair, hosted by selvedge, in Bath. An opportunity to discover new makers, and revisit old favourites, buying a few lovely bits and pieces for me and the house.

Looking forward to a couple more Spring Fairs in April, not to mention copious amounts of Easter bunnies, chocolate, chicks and eggs.  And a little more of that lovely Spring sunshine.  Oh, and possibly a bit of knitting.

{ have a happy day }

Monday, March 27

{ a few more fabulous finds from another lovely Spring Fair }

Five lovely makers from the Selvedge Spring Fair held in Bath, 25th March 2017.
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Another weekend, another Spring Fair.  This time down in beautiful Bath, and this time hosted by selvedge Magazine.  Held at the Assembly Rooms, the fair brought together some of the Uk's loveliest merchant's and makers.  Whilst not as large as the Derbyshire Spring Market, it was still lovely to take a wander around, spotting some familiar makers, and once again, making some new discoveries.

Although we had arrived only shortly after the fair opened, it was super { super } busy from the start.  Perhaps the combination of a beautiful sunny day, and Mother's Day falling the following day, had drawn everyone in.  That aside, we spent a lovely hour or so making circuits of the room, ensuring we'd not missed anything on the first time around, and giving us a chance to make a couple of purchases of things that had particularly caught our eye and were still on our minds!

I have loved Charlotte Macey's work for a long time, and featured her on the post I wrote on the selvedge Fair held in Stroud.  She was at the Fair once again, and once again had some beautiful things to buy.  Her lovely cow parsley design always brings to mind a slightly breezy spring day in the country, and her blue parsley looks particularly lovely on china, enticing my mum to treat herself to a pretty new mug.

Two new discoveries were Story HH { 2 } and Justine Jenner { 3 }.  I would have quite happily of made purchases from each.  Story HH curate ceramics and homeware from makers from around the world.  Their silver lining mugs are still holding a fascination for me, and have a beautiful story behind their making.  Hand thrown by Japanese potter Naoto Tanii, the tea stained glaze on the outside produces a tinkling sound as it cools and cracks, which he calls "whispered music".  Inside there is his signature silver glaze, giving this handcrafted piece a look of luxury.  Justine's ceramics are very different, but equally lovely, in particular her rainbow collection of mugs and her two-tone collection, of which I have a small vase sitting on my window sill, waiting to be filled with daffodils.

Linladan was a small stall of heaven for the many haberdashery lovers that were at the Fair.  I'm guessing there were quite a few, given that by the time we reached it the stall was already two deep.  Vintage buttons, snaps and pins sat alongside skeins of embroidery threads in rainbow colours, both muted and bright.  One of those stalls where you want to buy everything, and consequently leave, regrettably, empty handed.

My last find of the day, is Henri.  Based in London, they make a small range of beautifully handcrafted shirts, and bags, using a fourth generation local manufacturer.  In addition to supporting local business with the making, they use Organic fabrics, most of which are still woven on hand-looms.  Their commitment to reducing waste has become an integral part of their design process, and as such has given them products such as the coin purse, designed and developed in order to use up some of the off cuts from the making of the shirts.

There are several more fairs running through out the year, so fear not that you have missed out.  The next is in Edinburgh, on the 19th August, with ones in Lewes, and London to follow.

But for now, I'm off to buy daffodils to put in my pretty pot.

{ have a happy day }