Upcycled and Inspired

I finally finished the skirt I showed in progress in last week’s post. I changed the decoration slightly but went with the black Broderie Anglais trim. I wore it yesterday on a visit with a friend to the Fitzwilliam Museum, it’s a while since my last visit and every time I go back I’m reminded…

Dare to be Different

Last weekend I went to see the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ at the Apollo theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s Soho. I had been looking forward to it for a while. I love humour mixed with triumph over adversity because it’s so uplifting. The story is based on the experiences of Jamie Campbell, a…

From crochet to crocus

Back in December I read a post by Vix (here) The book she shared, Exotic styling, had some wonderful crochet that got me thinking. I’ve done lots of crochet but never clothes (unless you include scarves). Vix went on to make a lovely crocheted jacket from a blanket her mum had made. I had already…

Brightening up the grey days of January

The decorations are gone and the sun has yet to show it’s face this week. The skies are iron grey. It’s days like these where music, light and having lots to do keep me feeling good. We decided on Saturday that, despite the biting cold we would venture to Ely for lunch and a look…

Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don’t mess with Mister In-Between Sod Mister In-Between, that’s what I say. Well, when life ain’t a bowl of cherries and I need to perk up. I think of this song. I first heard it years ago on The Singing Detective,…

Around (a lot of) the UK in a seven days

We drove anticlockwise around England and Wales last week, a sort of mini road trip. Starting in Cambridge we headed north up the eastern side of the country. Once at the top, having called in on relatives to say hello, we headed west, across to Carlisle. We spent the night in an airbnb, an old…

Of Buttons, Bags and Beads

I haven’t been to a good vintage fair for ages, so  when a friend suggested one at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, I agreed immediately. It’s a lovely setting, in the courtyard surrounded by Jacobean buildings. Also lovely to get together friends we hadn’t seen for a while. The skirt I’m wearing came from ebay, I took…

One fine day

In celebration of the sunshine, I took some photos of the garden flowers. It felt so good to be outside!   The fruit and veggies are doing well too, they’ve been well watered! It’s amazing what can be grown in the smallest vegetable garden; just a raised bed and a few boxes! The fruit is…

They call me mellow yellow

We’ve been continuing to practise using Brian. The latest excursion was to a campsite in Suffolk, where every other caravan was polished and new and almost everyone wandered over to take a look at our little curiosity . We had some lovely comments and everyone liked him. Many of the visitors peppered their sentences with ‘boho’…

Heart of Glass

Last year, whilst on holiday in the South of France, I was sitting on the beach when a piece of sea glass caught my eye. I picked it up and thought how nice it would look if it was made into jewellery. I spent the rest of my time on the beach looking out for…

The Art of upcycling

I was browsing the charity shops last week and I came across a window display advertising the CirculART trail, which shows the work of artists and craftspeople who make things from re-purposed materials. The displays in Charity shops in Cambridge this month are being used to highlight the work that charity shops do to cut…

Digging your scene

  As I’m writing this I’m listening the wonderful high camp of the Blow Monkeys and already I’m starting to feel positive. When the world seems to have gone to hell in a handcart, it helps to be listening to some of my favorite feel good music. Sometimes the happiness quotient needs a bit of a…