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25 September 2016

Creative Inspiration: The Printed Square

Being a designer/maker of personalised hankies, it's probably no surprise to you all that I am a HUGE fan of handkerchiefs. I have owned hankies since I was a little girl and I still have those hankies I took to primary school with me; I treasure them now as visual childhood memories. 

Among my collection are some pretty, dainty vintage hankies that I've picked up from markets over the years. I love the detailed hand embroidery on these and the delicate nature of them.

The history of the handkerchief is fascinating too. Did you know they can be dated as far back as the Romans? You can read more about my findings here. I would love to learn even more about them and the history of fashion accessories in general.

The Printed Square

One of my favourite creative, inspirational books is guess what, all about hankies! It's called, 'The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design' by Nicky Albrechtsen.

The Printed Square

It's a complete visual delight of a book being split up into colour sections. In each colour section or chapter is a stunning display of hanky patterns, prints and designs, which result in much cooing and ahhing over each and every one. And if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know how much I love colour and pattern, so this method of organising the book is a huge plus for me. 

The Printed Square

Included at the start of each colour section is a quote by a famous person on the colour, such as this lovely one by Cecil Beaton.

The Printed Square

As well as 11 colour chapters, the book includes an interesting introduction, some handkerchief history and a chapter on how to conserve, store, and display hankies. 

The Printed Square

It's a wonderful book for anyone interested in fashion history, as well as those style and design fans out there and anyone who wants a bit of creative, colour inspiration. I now have my eyes on Albrechtsen's book on scarves, swoon!

Disclosure: I wasn't sponsored to write this post. All opinions are my own.

22 September 2016

Gardening Corner: Jobs for September

Gardening jobs for September

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm sharing some jobs you can do in the garden this September. Pop on over, put your gloves on and get gardening! 

16 September 2016

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Adventures & Tea Parties
This week has been a good, busy week. Lots of new designs were finished and sent off for photographing and they will be in my online shops at the beginning of October. Can't wait to show you all! As well as lots of designing and making, shop orders flew out, I joined Instagram Stories to give you all more behind-the-scenes snaps, I also interviewed Jo Want from Hello Sunshine (read it here) and got to share my happy press news!

Amongst that and the normal pile of admin, I was dashing around trying to get work finished as I'm off to Sorrento today for a whole week of sightseeing, good food and hopefully some relaxation time with my book. I'm taking my big girl camera with me, so that I can show you some snaps of my adventure when I get back.

Due to rushing around, the jukebox was a little quiet this week but of course, it wasn't complete silence with these songs being played on repeat:

Royalty Capes by De La Soul
Shut Up Kiss Me by Angel Olsen
Youth by Glass Animals
Dreams by Beck

And of course, as I'm heading to Italy, this song may have been sung a "few" times in the studio, ha-ha!

While I'm away, my NOTHS and Etsy shops will still be open. All orders received will be made and sent out in the week beginning the 26th September. If you have any enquiries, drop me a line  on the 26th when I'll be able to reply.

And don't be shy, have a good look around my blog while I'm half way up Mount Vesuvius, there's lots to read, such as my Blog Gem series, creative inspiration in my Simple Stylish Makes blog posts, photography, plenty of music to get you ears around, as well as some handkerchief history!

15 September 2016

Five minutes with designer/maker Jo Want of Hello Sunshine

Jo Want Hello Sunshine

Over on the Simple Stylish Makes blog I'm chatting with the awesome designer/maker, Jo Want of Hello Sunshine. Pop on over to find out what she loves about designing and making cool stuff!

14 September 2016

Press feature: Country Living Magazine

Country Living Magazine October 2016

I am absolutely delighted to be featured in the October issue of Country Living magazine! If you haven't checked this magazine out before you totally should. It's jam packed with gorgeous, inspirational articles, craft ideas, recipes and more. I've already found some beautiful Christmas presents to buy! You can pick a copy up from most shops and supermarkets. So, go grab a copy and you'll find me on page 197, yay! 

Country Living October 2016

9 September 2016

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Adventures & Tea Parties

Been playing around with new design ideas this week, which has felt good. And these songs have been encouraging me to keep on designing and making.

Imarhan by Imarhan
Let the good times roll by JD McPherson
Tilting by The Leaf Library
Tell Em All To Go To Hell by Ezra Furman
Tangerine by Teleman
Tenement Song by Pixies
4 Degrees by Anohni
22 (Over Soon) by Bon Iver

Pop them on, have a listen, have a dance and enjoy the weekend!


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