Tags: alfie's antique market, globetrotter, grays antique market, louise de lima, nivaldo de lima, rear window., waldy handbag
i have always coveted the lovely soft leather bags from nivaldo and louise de lima, and now he is making furniture – anything from a re upholstered vintage find to one of his own personal designs – you can also commission him to re cover an old favourite chair! they are truly a classic and become more beautiful with age!
strangely i am not a handbag addict – i own a few lovely bags that my husband has bought me over the years, but my favourite buys are the vintage ones. i have a beautiful waldy evening bag that i bought in pristine condition, with its own satin purse inside, from kemptom market and a vintage hatbox case that i really do love – strangely i dont carry it on holiday with me, its just become part of my bedroom furniture. i find that vintage bags are a fraction of the price of a designer handbag and far more beautifully made, with their little compartments for mirrors and lipsticks. you will definitely find one in alfie’s antique market or grays antique market in perfect condition.
i always carry my globetrotter vanity case to our weekend retreats in the uk – sadly i use it to carry my 35mm camera, my mobile, a packet of kleenex and a lip balm! hardly Elizabeth Taylor! it reminds me of the classic scene in Rear Window when Grace Kelly whips her silk dress out of her handbag! that has to be one of my fave films of all time.
Tags: beetles and huxley, vivian maier
there are obviously days when i think, should i stop doing my blog – finding the time to fit in life in general is increasingly difficult – the hours, days and months just seem to fly by, and before you know it you find another year has gone, things you promised yourself that you would do haven’t been done and your daughter has now reached 23!
but what keeps me enthused to keep up my blog, is the number of lovely emails that i receive from some of my readers – some just commenting on my posts, but lots directing me to even more inspiring sites, wonderful things to do and interesting products and exhibitions. one of these sites that was given to me was Vivian Maier - the photographs are just stunning revealing the streets of chicago from 1950 – 1990. the photographs have never been shown, most of them found undeveloped in boxes, and slowly being revealed by the dedication of one man – its fascinating and Vivian’s eye is just amazing. so keep sending me those interesting things and i can share them with you too.
there is an exhibition of some of the photographs from vivian maker at the beetles and huxley gallery – you must go and see it before it ends this month.
seeing other talent pushes you to want to achieve more in your own life – so keep discovering new things and the motivation will be there.
Tags: complete blinds service, jane brocket, julie arkell, ray stitch, sew much fun
i used to buy ikea blinds, cut them down to size and then spend many a time trying to sort them out – finally they have broken, and so i used a company who measures, makes to size, installs and guarantees the blinds for 4 years – it made life a whole lot easier. unless you are a real diy person, it actually doesnt save you a lot of money, plus you get such a wide array of choice in colours and materials. as the brixton flat is tiny, we have had to think up space saving solutions – one of them being, no TV in the living room, but a projector above the bed that projects onto the large window. complete blinds suggested a shiny fabric that apparently gives higher quality for viewing images, and as the blind is going to be up most of the day, it meant that the screen doubles as both a black out blind and viewing tool. we shall then find a pretty curtain to soften the window.
coincidentally i just photographed a few projects for a first sewing book, showing you how to make a roman style blind – not sure that this will be on my list of things to do…… though the author did make it seem very easy. there seems to be a resurgence of sewing and making things yourself – there are classes for children at my local shop, sew much fun. and lots of classes at ray stitch. the one day workshops would make an amazing gift – i notice that there are classes with the wonderful talented jane brocket and julie arkell.
Tags: at the sign of the angel, castle combes, lacock, manor house
a lovely place to retreat for the weekend is castle combes, its picture book gorgeous, very romantic and full of charm. we stayed at the manor house hotel, which is a 14C country house that has been comfortably and tastefully furnished in a more traditional way. afternoon tea was a speciality, and breakfast of a very high standard. because we booked the night through voyage prive, both these were included in the price, plus cupcakes and a bottle of wine in the room – so all in all we felt very spoiled. so if you need that little break, away from the kids, give it a try. it would definitely have been more relaxing to have 2 nights, but even one night totally rejuvenates you. castle combes has been called the prettiest village in england. we didnt have much time to explore the area, but we did stop by the village of Lacock; again a pretty village, but because Harry Potter had been filmed there, it was much more touristy. a good place for lunch there is ‘at the sign of the angel’, which you must prebook, as very popular.