Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Studio Washing Lines....

 ...I am like an excitable child as beautiful fabrics and lace arrive ready for the development of The Vintage Drawer Collection for 2013

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Filing Cabinet Interviews File #0015

Fun quirky colourful nostalgic creative handmade British durable hand painted

Staying somewhere with a sea view so that I could wake up to the sound of seagulls and waves. A leisurely breakfast and a walk along the beach with my family. Playing with the kids and having a picnic in the sunshine. A wander round some vintage shops or some pretty clifftop gardens. Finishing the day with fish and chips or an evening in an old fashioned pub with friends

Always the seaside…I love the English seaside - North Norfolk especially and Devon is also a favourite. Can’t beat a day on the beach with buckets and spades!

image credit Emma Case

 image credit Eddie Judd Photography

I am obsessed with quiz shows! I love Only Connect even though some of the questions are ridiculously hard but current favourite has to be Pointless. I love sitting down with a cuppa to watch it once the kids are in bed before the evening mayhem of work and chores starts again! Getting a pointless answer is a sad am I!!

(need to get out more obviously…!)

Everything inspires me…from magazines to films and books, my kids, a snippet of conversation, a colour, a photograph – anything can set off an idea. One of the most inspiring things for me right now seem to be photography blogs…I could look at them for hours. Some of their beautiful images are breath-taking and they fuel my imagination.

I asked Steve (aka Mr kipperchops) who he thought could play me in a film of my life and he said ‘Salma Hyek’…pretty blummin’ pleased with that I can tell you! (that’s why I love him!)
I guess if I was picking actresses that I love I’d choose Anna Friel, Rachel Wiesz or Juliet Binoche (so elegant)
The soundtrack was a hard choice…something soft and seaside-y would be lovely for the intro (like ‘At The River’ by Groove Armada) but something a bit more upbeat would probably suit me better! (or maybe something from Calamity Jane…I am a big clumsy oaf!!)

I adore reading blogs..they are so fascinating. All sorts of blogs appeal – lifestyle, creative, wedding, photography, homelife …I could lose hours (and have!) but currently Happy Loves Rosie  has to be a favourite.

I go back to Happy’s page time and time again – there is always so much to look at! I love her vintage finds and her fabulous caravan and it’s a joy to read.

I think Pinterest is brilliant! I’ve always loved making up my own moodboards and this just makes the whole process easier! There are some beautiful images out there and some hilarious stuff too. I’m finding it so hard to choose!!  Can I have a funny one and a pretty one please??

Ok I went with a funny one from my Quirky Cute and Curious board as there were far too many pretty pics to choose from! (this one always makes me smile)

Music has played a big part in my life so I’ve usually got the radio or ipod playing while I work. I have eclectic taste from Classical to heavy 70s Rock and everything in between! One of my favourite albums is the soundtrack to Chocolat – I have played it a million times but never tire of the beautiful pieces of music. It really depends wat kind of mood I’m in but generally I’ll put my ipod on shuffle and see what surprises I get. I’ve picked a few songs but I could have chosen hundreds more!!


Monday, 23 July 2012

the linen garden

...a little apology for the lack of my more personal input here
over the last few weeks - but I hope you have been
enjoying the continuing series of
The Filing Cabinet Interviews.........

I am a busy lady at the moment, working on orders,
preparing for photo shoots, planning next years collections
and preparing for the launch of my new little blog.

The Linen Garden will launch on the 27th August -
but you can take a little stroll over there now if you fancy -
there is a giveaway happening too leading up to the launch....
If you have read my blog here over the weeks/months/years
you may want to follow this little new festival of floral fancies...
an inspirational journal - a place to stop by and make you smile,
a small nurturing community of flowers.....

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Filing Cabinet Interviews File#0014

Embellished, re-loved, french, creative, bespoke,
vintage treasures, homeware, beading geek,
lace lover, hand embroidery

I'd jump on Eurostar with my husband and travel to Paris
where I would wander around the beautiful antique market
of Porte de Clignancourt.

There, I would purchase beautiful antique textiles
and treasures before heading to my favourite
restaurant Robert et Louise.
If it was to be back here in England,
then everyone knows that put me at a car boot
and im a happy lady hunting for bargins!

Sewerby Hall where I have been escaping to since
I was a little girl when my parents took me,
and their parents took them there too.
I plan to take my children there, and grandchildren....


Drumstick sweets and youtube,
hunting old grunge bands from my youth
and pretending im 15 again.

I'm currently in love with the blog
I love Janes' use of colour and layout-
especially her vintage bird postcards
and pops of neon pink!


I adore lace and beads, so find the work of Emma Cassi
beautiful and unique, I hope that my birthday present
might be one of her necklaces!

Pink shells necklace

My two biggest inspirations are my mum and husband.
My mum has dealt in antique textiles all her life
so being surrounded by beautiful textiles
growing up was pretty inspiring!
Plus she is a strong,loving wonderful person
who has supported me and encouraged me
all through my life.
My husband iIfind inspiring because he has forever
encouraged me to do my own thing and be creative.
He also puts up with standing on numerous
pins/needles/beads on a daily basis
in our home and lets me decroate our
home with my array of 'Mad Auntie style'.

I would love someone like Sophie Dahl

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson Black and White Wallpaper - 1024x768
to play my leading role
and for the title soundtrack anything by
the band The Pink Monkey Birds

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