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Ok, so obviously I have a love affair with Pantone products. I saw these adorable pastry tarts by Emilie Griottes on Debs’ brilliant Belle Amour blog via Plenty of Colour. My eyes practically popped out of my head at the detail.

Don’t you just love these.

wouldn’t you just love to eat these?

Thanks to our blog friends for sharing these. Yummy delights


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Made by a 3 year old who knows what she likes.

Inspired by this piece below as seen in Heals a few weekends back priced at £160 by Ellsworth Kelly.

Ellsworth Kelly was one of the major practitioners of abstract art in the USA after World War II. As early as the 1950s he developed an individual approach that influenced the course of Minimal art, Colour Field Painting, Hard-Edge Painting and Post-Painterly Abstraction.

Lilly said it looked like ribbons. The huge Ikea bag in our office, filled with roll ends & scraps that Lilly plays with when she spends time at the mill and arranges in rows of colours. She knows her shades like no other 3 year old I’ve ever known!

We had an idea… to make our very own Ellsworth Kelly using the ribbon scraps in our own favourite colours:

Ikea Ribba Deep Box Frame Cost £14.99… bargain!

We laid our colours in a row

Then fixed them to a board back with tape & finally framed it. Easy!

This is going to look pretty hung on the wall in Lilly’s new bedroom

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The highlight of 2011 has to be the Royal Wedding. We watched the wedding at home with our little girl and had Pimms and an English picnic.

Yesterday, Hamley’s launched these Royal Wedding Dolls on sale in their stores.

I’m surprised that these Royal Wedding memorabilia dolls by British toy company, Arklu haven’t come sooner to the UK. I think in the fever during the run up to the Royal wedding, I may have gone a bit crazy and actually bought these. Now the Wedding is over and I have gained some composure, I think the hefty price tag may calm my desire. Available to buy from Hamleys as a pair for £99.95 or as single Princess Catherine doll for £49.95.

Dolls come complete with replica engagement ring, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress, ‘something blue’ knickers and scary googly eyes.

Wills has a tailored uniform, a replica Garter sash and star, Royal Air Force wings and a Golden Jubilee medal.

I love these, what do you think? Tacky…Scary…Over priced? Or kitsch…cool…Christmas 2011 toy of the year?

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Love these light switch stickers by  Henrietta Swift




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We are smitten kittens when it comes to  The Pronovias Wedding Dress collection. Each season is better than the last and here is their latest wedding dress collection. We’ve picked our fave wedding dresses below. Lots of beautiful ball gowns, sumptous laces & organzas, ruffles & scallops. We see a trend here!


Revisited classics, romantic designs and touches of 50s glamour.
Imperial line and camisole-style dresses skim the silhouette using lace, double silk organza, French lace and chiffon with guipure. For volume, the skirts and trains are full of scallops and frills. A majestic option not lacking in regal fabrics with a subtle shine, such as Mikado silk, organza or soft satin.
The neckline has its own personality with strings of gemstones, flowers or natural feather appliqués. 

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Spring feels like it’s well and truly here and we’re spending more time outside. Wouldn’t it be lovely to nestle up inside one of these pods with a good book. Nest Rests are designed by  Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety

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Secret Artist

I travelled to London at the weekend to see the Secret Artist Exhibition at The Royal College of Art, London.

This is an annual contemporary art exhibition held by the RCA. In a nutshell, postcard sized art works are donated to the exhibition by professional artists, designers, illustrators, students and graduates from the College and these 2800 artworks are sold to the public at a one day sale, with every piece of art work costing £45 regardless of whether it has been made by a famous artist or student. So what’s the secret?

The 2800 postcards are displayed anonymously and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed. So collectors wont know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase.

Over 1,000 artists have donated work to RCA Secret this year, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, John Baldessari, fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Mary Quant and Sir Paul Smith, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey, film maker Mike Leigh and designers Ron Arad and James Dyson, as well as students and graduates from the Royal College of Art.

Some of my favourite pieces from my shortlist. One of my shortlisted was by Tracey Emin which wasn’t available by the time I had got to the front. Can you guess which one it is?

I travelled down to London on the Friday evening & met with friends who were also coming to the exhibition. We had planned to set out on the Saturday morning to get in the queue for 7am for the opening at 8am. We had ended up staying out on the Friday night until 6am so I set straight out to the exhibition in South Kensington without having gone to bed. I arrived at the end of the queue at 7.30am. The queue was HUGE. I hadn’t realised how huge it actually was but it took 5 hours of queuing on the streets until I got to the actual building. People had actually camped out so I was very ill prepared with a hangover, last nights make up on, heels & no breakfast/coffee not the best situation) but I was in the queue & couldn’t leave my place. 

The atmosphere was strange. A real buzz in the air and lot’s of chatting in the queue. I met some really nice people.

Did I get one? Of course I did. There was no way I was leaving without one, so I had decided that even if none of my chosen cards were left that I’d pick one/any that I liked.

By the time I got to the front of the queue, so many pieces had gone and from my original short list of about 30, there were 3 pieces left. I managed to get one I had wanted. Number 2621. A piece I had chosen to go on our studio wall, hand stitched words in red wool on crisp white card. A really nifty piece that I am thrilled to own.

And who was it by…? On the back it was signed by Jo Taylor. An artist whose work revolves around language and the ideas it conveys. Jo uses language in its spoken and written forms such as gossip, orders and definitions. In focusing on these forms, she highlights and reveals their rhythms, subtleties and significance. In the process she questions their meaning and social context. The resulting work is a celebration of the ritual patterns and complexity of the language we use in everyday life.

I love it.

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