If you've visited me here at Wolves in London before (hello! if you haven't, nice to meet you!) you'll know I am a huge fan of beautiful old illustrations. There is something so wonderfully evocative about a good vintage image. Perhaps it's the delicate detail of some drawings that transports you back to a world … Continue reading Finding vintage images
Regular readers (hello you lovely people) will know I have a penchant for vintage prints and a love of gardening. So, it's perhaps a little surprising that I have only recently discovered the plethora of stunning vintage botanical illustrations that are available out there for free on the internet. (And by free, I mean both … Continue reading Vintage botanical deliciousness
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most satisfying. I always find it really hard to find nice wrapping paper – and when I do, I'm then completely shocked at the cost of it. You frequently pay a fiver just to buy some paper to put a present in that will immediately get thrown into the … Continue reading Print your own wrapping paper
In which I feel some disappointment that my design skills aren't quite as faultless as I thought... You know the saying: the work of a budding fabric designer is never done. Buoyed by the success of my teapot fabric, I went straight back to Spoonflower to experiment with some different designs. With the teapots, I … Continue reading Beetles and fish and lobsters, oh my!
Sleep’s been on my mind a lot recently. I haven’t been getting any. I miss it. It's down to the baby. I try not to witter on too much about baby things on this blog. I know how tedious it is to listen to parents of babies tell you every last detail about their sleeping … Continue reading Counting sheep: the art of sleep
I'm off out today, for the whole day on my own. The very first time since I had the little sproglet back in July last year. And I'm not just on any day out, but starting the first day of a new course: the RHS horticulture certificate (level 2). Which is a slightly confusing title … Continue reading Gone gardening
I think it’ll give you an idea of the sort of child I was if I tell you I used to think bookplates were glamorous. The height of desirability. Not for me a sandpit or a doll, no, I could think of nothing better than a quiet corner and a new book, with the pleasure … Continue reading Bibliophiles present: bookplates
No jibber jabber from me today, just a few pictures.I revisited the paperweights I made for Christmas and used Valentine's Day images to create some nice, weighty, non-cheesy Valentine's Day presents.For a detailed step-by-step for making these (and a lot more jibber jabber), see my post on how to make your own paperweights. Today, I'm … Continue reading Weighty issues: Valentine’s gifts
In honour of the snow scene outside my window (snow in London is a pretty exciting, once a year occasion), I thought I'd share this excellent vintage image I found on the New York Public Library digital gallery: Perhaps there are slightly grumpy-looking men crouched above my house, right now, shaking great gold pans of … Continue reading Snow! Snow!
Poor old wolves, I’ve only just noticed what a terribly bad press they get. Vilified in literature, always the bad guy (especially in 17th Century children’s books), it seems all they’re good for is blowing down adorable pigs’ houses or dressing up as old women in order to trick innocent young girls into being eaten. … Continue reading A wolf at the door…