Sunday, 28 April 2013

Plate-tastic

The previous owners of our house had three clocks hanging in a row in the kitchen, all set to different world times. Since we moved in, there have been three pathetic looking nails and three darker circles where the clocks once hung. A daily reminder of lives which once inhabited our home. As we're not yet ready to completely repaint the kitchen, the little corner of our home which still felt like it belonged to someone else has now been transformed and Biddle-fied by the addition of the prettiest of plates.
These awesome Anthropologie floral numbers came as a birthday treat earlier this month from my Parents-in-Law. Oh I love them SOoooooo much. Mr Biddle wasn't completely sure that plates were the way to go for the neglected spot until he was blown away by these beauties.
I think they look lovely in a trio with our family tree plate by my sister (although a bit dark in this photo!).
We also added to our pretty plate collection last week on a trip to Ikea. Who could resist these Hot Air Balloon side plates for the grand sum of £3. Ikea, you've nailed it again.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fairground Fabric

Being freelance means that life can be a bit feast or famine. Sometimes there's so much work to do that one feels utterly swamped, and then at other work-free times life is more relaxed and slow paced. I try to ensure that I make the most of these slower paced times and one of the pleasures is getting the chance to potter around the house, sort things, de-clutter and do some guilt free sewing. So the cushion making has continued in earnest and here are two I ran up with fairground themed fabrics. These are two of my most favourite ever fabric purchases. Aren't these prints just to die for?
This little stripe of turquoise was all I had left of a quilt I created for friends of ours so I teamed it with peach to create a vibrant cushion which I think looks great against our fake Eames rocker.
{As an aside, by lucky coincidence, Mr B (my fellow freelancer) is also enjoying a slower paced patch at the moment too so he's using the opportunity to do some mega DIY around our house. I've included a wider view of our bedroom to give you a sneak peek of the huge built-in wardrobe he's designed and created from scratch. A mega effort and it's AWESOME. It doesn't photograph that well but believe me, it's amazing. What a star.}
I really love this grey Kokka fairground print and decided to keep this cushion simple, letting the fabric speak for itself. It now resides on our guest bed next to the personalised cushion my sister made for me when I turned 21.
 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Maps & Clocks

A couple of the cushions on our sofa were looking a bit tired. So I whipped off the old handmade covers and ran up a couple of new ones with gorgeous fabrics that I utterly love from my stash.
These clocks are an awesome retro print by Kokka which I picked up at the Makery Emporium.
This Paris map fabric came from Country Threads in Bath and I wish wish wish I had bought more. I just got a little fat quarter and by the time I'd realised my lack of foresight and went back to buy more, they had sold out.
At first, I wasn't sure how to break the fabric up and give it a splash of colour. Normally a stripe of fabric or ribbon suffices but it just didn't seem right for this pattern. So I backed it in an amazing 50s bark cloth which I bought a while back at the Shepton Flea. Then decided to fill in little blank spots in the map print with green embroidery. I was really pleased with the result.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Mr & Mrs

B had been to seven weddings within the first three months of his little life. In fact, he'd been to six weddings in his first 12 weeks. And then last year we had no weddings to go to. Only one invite came our way and we were both working so missed it. So we were mightily excited to break the wedding drought and head to Bibury in the Cotswolds last month for one of the most stylish and gorgeous weddings we've ever attended. I tried to capture some of the little details that made it so special. The venue was the excellent Cripps Barn - a large converted barn complex which gives couples a stunning venue in which to hold non-religious ceremonies alongside full wedding breakfasts, canapes, drinking, dancing, camping and revelling galore.
The bride and groom's treasured camper van, all dressed up for the occasion.
 Snuggly blankets, most welcome in the freezing March temperatures.
 A brilliant way to find your table.
 Yummy treats for the end of the night.
 A place to pop cards & gifts, and to write in the guest book.
 The best favours ever - heart shaped sunglasses for the girls, handmade bow ties for the boys.
Unfortunately the only photos I got of the oh-so-dapper Bride and Groom were completely blurred but they really did look amazing - as owner of Fur Coat No Knickers vintage bridal shop, it's no surprise really. Huge congratulations to Mr & Mrs Mills. Your wedding rocked.