Monday, 31 March 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Pink Flamingos. Just have to wait for it to be delivered now...
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Friday, 28 March 2008
I'm a HUGE fan of her handbags, and will post on my collection soon... it dates back to (I think) 1997! I'm currently drooling over the multi stem tote, but am torn as I know the very last thing I need is another handbag...
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
I have been trying not to accept carrier bags in shops for some time and carry two Reisenthel mini maxi shoppers in my handbag at all times.
I love the quirky owl design... Thanks for picking this up for me Mum! X
Monday, 24 March 2008
It's a cute story, Big Bad Wolf has grown up and is no longer the mean young wolf he used to be.
Seibold's pop-up 'Alice in Wonderland'...
I have added The Art and Flair of Mary Blair to my Amazon wish list...
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Task completed, I made my way to one of my favourite coffee spots, Nordic Bakery, where I treated myself to a lovely cup of coffee and the best freshly baked cinnamon buns I've ever tasted. It was just out of the oven, and so was hot and soft and sweet and gooey in the middle, and deliciously crisp on the outside.
If this were not enough pleasure for one day, joy of joys, Nordic Bakery had for sale something which I have been dying to get my hands on for an absolute age... Tillmans of Sweden organic rhubarb cordial.
I bought some a few months ago from Raoul's Deli in Maida Vale, but it's a bit out of the way for regular visits. I absolutely LOVE it, and since then have not been able to find it closer to home...
Well this isn't strictly true. Living in London it's easy to fall in to the trap of paying over the odds for nicely packaged goods in cute independent stores, especially if the goods are hard to come by elsewhere.
A few weeks ago I spotted some bottles of this cordial in Verde & Co., a delightful grocery store and café in Spitalfields. Can you believe they were asking £12.90 a bottle for it! I was so taken aback that I actually laughed at the shop assistant when he told me the price, which in hindsight was a little rude of me, but really... I ask you!! Don't get me wrong, I will still visit Verde & Co. when I am in the neighbourhood, as it does carry such an interesting range of food stuffs. I am after all a sucker for a nicely packaged box of tea, or paper wrapped delicacy, or...
Anyway, here's to Nordic Bakery for coming to my rescue!
Friday, 21 March 2008
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
We'll be staying at The Flying Pancake for the first time. I hope it's as charming as it appears to be on their site... I'm sure it will be.
We have a reservation for lunch at De Kas on Friday, and a visit to Amsterdam won't be complete if I don't have a tea and cake pit-stop at De Taart van m'n Tante in the Pijp area, and De Bakkerswinkel in Amsterdam Centrum.
Our plan for Saturday is to take the train to Utrecht so we can visit Dick Bruna Huis.
And, as well as catching up with dear friends, it would be nice if we can squeeze a trip to the Kröller-Müller Museum which is located in the huge Hoge Veluwe National Park... let's wait and see!
Another illustrated character I remember loving when I was little is Krtek, or Mole, who was the creation of Czech animator Zdeněk Miler. The Mole first appeared in a 1956 animation about how flax is processed. He returned in 1963 and has appeared in around 50 animated stories since then. Although the first story of Mole was narrated, Miler decided that he wanted Mole to be understood by everyone. He settled on using recordings of short non-figurative exclamations made by his daughters to express the Mole's feelings. I'm glad he did...
I recently came across one of my favourite Mole animated stories on YouTube, The Mole and the Swallow, which was made in 2000.
This is a fridge magnet which I picked up when working in Prague last year. Aaw, isn’t he adorable...
Sunday, 9 March 2008
Poten Sofa by Finn Juhl , which he designed for his own home in 1941. Available from Skandium and The Lollipop Shoppe. It's a thing of beauty!
Ladies Raglan Coat from Old Town Clothing. I love the simplicity of this design and shape of the coat.
Charley Harper; An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham. I am hoping that this will arrive for my birthday...
Saturday, 8 March 2008
This cheerful sight greeted me when I got up today. 2 bunches of British grown daffodils, 99p each, in bloom!
The larger vase is by the exceptional talent Karin Eriksson, which I purchased a few years ago at the Chelsea Craft Fair. It's dated 2003. The pattern continues inside the vase, which somehow makes it more beautiful when it's empty.
The small vase is by Anne Black, one of my favourite ceramic artists. This was a gift from my sweet and very stylish friend, Deerylou, and I simply love it!
Thursday, 6 March 2008
And, so to the point of my post... Today is World Book Day in the UK and Ireland, and so P and I have decided to share these two books with you.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
The catalogue is actually four articles on the work of Stig Lindberg, exploring the idea of him being a trademark vs. an artist. Sadly (for me that is) it's in Swedish so I'm unable to read it. The beautiful pictures do go a long way to make up for it however...
We have a small collection of Lindberg's porcelain cups, saucers and plates for Gustavsberg. The extremely popular Bersa, Adam and Spisa Ribb. All available in London from the Scandinavian mecca Skandium.
My dream pieces? Have to be the Bersa jug and teapot...