Topper - Teapot

Friday, 24 October 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

Can't believe I've only truly just discovered Muse!! Have I been living under a rock? Quite possibly. Of course I've heard of them but never really gave them a listen until I heard this particular track on 6 Music recently and thought, god damn it, this is good! I turned the volume up and have had it on repeat ever since.

What's on your dukebox at the moment? Have you only just discovered a band that's been around for aaaages?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Adventures in the garden: veg tops

Vegetables are such beautiful creatures. Their different shapes, colours, and textures. I love growing them and seeing how they develop and form. Watching them go from seed to vegetable produces a mixture of feelings in me: excitement, admiration, and peace. I don't know what it is about gardening and being out in the garden but it's almost like a form of meditation for me. I feel so calm and unbelievably happy that I can't help but notice the change in myself. My shoulders relax, any tension in my body lifts and my mind is at one with itself.

This year has been the first time I've combined this feeling and love of all things green, with my other love - my camera, Beryl. On sunny days I've found myself grabbing Beryl and racing out into the garden to snap pics of those veggies. You would think the world was going to end the speed at which I was running into the garden.

In September I was admiring how the veggies in my little plots looked from a bird's eye view and so, I tried to capture what the resident Black Bird might see when perched on the fence. Granted the Black Bird would have to be digging for worms to view the fennel at that angle! ;-)

I particularly love the beetroots and carrots and boy oh boy it's harder than it looks pulling carrots up! There was me bumbling along, thinking I'll just pull a few carrots up for tea but ha! They are tough little ladies. Their roots hold strong and the only method is to get the fork out and carefully dig them up. This discovery made me admire them that little bit more.

This may be the last gardening post for a little while but we'll see. I may be able to slip one more in before Xmas - the late batch of sprouting broccoli is certainly ready for its photo shoot!

Monday, 20 October 2014

New in the shop: Classic Handkerchief with a twist!

Hey folks! There's a brand spanking new handkerchief design in the shop! Woo!

Meet the Classic Handmade Handkerchief, ta da!

I've taken my classic white handkerchief design and given it a much needed splash of colour! 

I had loads of fun trying out different coloured rolled hems and decided to go for these three: red, green and blue. I feel these particular shades are great classic colours but they also stand out well against the bright, white cotton.

Available in both my Etsy and NOTHS shops, you simply choose which colour and personalised option you would like. I currently offer a choice of 1 -3 letters or a memorable date. 

Each handkerchief comes in a gorgeous gift box (completely free of charge!) and makes a lovely, handmade, personalised present!

As ever, I'm always open to custom requests, so if you would like a completely different colour or a twist on the personalisation, please do drop me a line!

I hope you like them and if you missed it last week, another new design hit the shops. Check it out here!

Friday, 17 October 2014

What's on the dukebox, Jo?

I've had this song by Joan as Policewoman on repeat this week, love it and the video ain't half bad either.

What's on your dukebox at the moment? Any good recommendations?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New shop product!

If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen that I was getting rather excited over a new product idea on Monday. In fact, I got so over excited that I just got straight on and made it, tested it, photographed it and well uploaded it into my NOTHS and Etsy shops on Tuesday! I absolutely LOVE that exhilaration you get when a design idea comes to mind and you can't help but throw yourself into it!

Anyway, I should really introduce this new guy shouldn't I? Ok, so in the words of a best friend, drum roll, fig roll, sausage roll....

Introducing the Autumnal Accessory Gift Set, ta da!

This entirely handmade gift set comes in a choice of three fabric patterns and includes: one pocket sized handkerchief, a matching button ring and pendant. The pendant comes with a choice of silver or gold plated and oval or round frames. 

This is also a double-whammy of new designs, as this gift set comes in my new gift wrap boxes, with my Adventures & Tea Parties logo stamped on the top of the box (pic at bottom of this post).

Soooo, what do you reckon? Are these a goer? I'd love to hear your thoughts folks!

See You Soon