Friday, 30 August 2013

Glastonbury Tor.

Last week I finally visited Glastonbury Tor for the first time ever! I've seen it from a distance many times, but never actually climbed up it. I'm so glad I finally got the chance to see the view from the top! Sadly it was a little hazy, but the view was still amazing! And since it was a little cooler we didn't get to hot on the long climb up. If you get the chance, I really recommend the trip, the view is definitely worth it.

Have you been anywhere fun lately?

Monday, 26 August 2013


We spent the first day of the bank holiday weekend up in the Quantocks, where we picked bilberries, which I had never had before but can now say are very tasty! Smaller than blueberries, and very sweet, they take a lot of work to pick many, but are definitely worth it, especially for free! We managed about 800g, and can't wait to make something yummy.

^^With views like this I don't mind too much being back in Somerset for a while!

^^Slightly stained hands, but oh well!
^^Don't worry under-ripened blackberries, we will be back for you when you are ready!
Yep, free, healthy food in the middle of nowhere is the best! 

P.S - just a warning - don't pick berries unless you know what they are, some things are just poisonous.

Monday, 19 August 2013


You guys!! I finally mastered crocheting, I made a circle! And it lies flat (mostly). It took a lot of patience, confusion, and cross-referencing instructions from a book, a magazine and a website, but I did it! It's nowhere near perfect or anything, but I'm pretty proud!

Next up I want to make a journal cover, so watch out!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

3 peeks.

Just popping by quickly to share 3 peeks of my studio (bedroom!) this week, enjoy!
This week has been busy with designing new ideas, sampling materials and starting work, temping at at a day job. Hope you have had a lovely week, anything exciting happening?!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Attract and Repel.

Another part of the Skillshare pattern class (more here and here) was to explore colour stories that you are attracted to, as well as those that repel you, inspired by an image. I found I was attracted to happy, summery colours, bright and fun. You then learn to put these palettes into a pattern, as you can see below.

And next up are a few colour combinations that I am not such a fan of! Dark, dreary, dirty colours, or too much boldness. I think I would probably be ok with a few of these colours on their own, but I'm not a fan of them mixed together. I took inspiration from some vintage quilts (I know *gasp* how dare I, sorry!), tie-dyes gone wrong, and sneakers.

And in a stripe pattern.

All inspiration images for my attract palettes can be found on my pinterest boards. Have I inspired anybody to take this class? Have you taken any classes on Skillshare before?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Experimenting with Albers.

I've been watching the colour videos in the Skillshare pattern class (I shared some of patterns from part 1 here).  It is all about mixing colour palettes, and Jenna shares some really interesting ideas! So, I've been playing around with the blend tool on Illustrator to create colour stories inspired by Albers' theories.

The first two explore colour interaction, and the third shows a colour matrix, exploring all the blended options. It is really fun to see the outcomes and easy to change on Illustrator, I will definitely be trying more soon!What do you think? Have you looked at Albers' ideas much before?

And lastly a mandala designed by Jenna, coloured using my matrix palette!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

A few new doodles.

I have been  busy doodling away in my new sketchbook lately, getting used to how weird it is to be able to draw without thinking, will uni like this, is it right for the project. Don't worry though, it's definitely a good weird! I've been drawing everything and anything (still mostly nature, although I've been playing around with some geometric which is new), messing about with line and shapes, and enjoying it!

Friday, 9 August 2013


I've recently been looking at the classes on offer at Skillshare and I found a great class on creating and mixing patterns, run by Jenna. It is free to join, and so far I am only on the first project, but it is great! Jenna shares so much information, and sets great projects for you to complete, which you can then share in the gallery for feedback from other students. There is some really inspiring work in the gallery, definitely check it out if your interested!
The first project is to create a series of patterns based on Itten's contrasts (which you learn about in the project videos), so I had a go at a few, trying to remember how to use Illustrator, and here we are!

This first pair of contrasts look at curve/straight, layers/flat and busy/simple. The one on the left is inspired by Spirograph, and the right by origami.

This second pair was created by playing about with shapes, with the contrasts bold/delicate, point/curve and historical/retro.

If you want to start or get back into designing patterns, or want to give Illustrator a go, I really recommend this class! I will share more when I have created a few more patterns and completed the next projects taught!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Instagram Lately.

I haven't shared my Instagram photos for a while, so here are a few of my favourites.

1. Blind drawings of ants.
2. A sunny day in Carnaby Street.
3. Awesome roof at the British Museum (thought I was being all snazzy, till I looked on Instagram and saw that everyone takes this same photo!).
4. Colourful Neal's Yard.
5. Cake for my momma with birthday bunting!
6 & 7. Late night pattern doodles.

And a few people I have started following:
 Juliaaabc - the cutest knitted creatures
Picturesoftext - B.J Novak makes me laugh so much
Emmadime - gorgeous photos

Are you on instagram?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Life Lately.

Happy August everybody!

I have been having a LOT of salads lately. I've never been a huge salad fan before, finding them a bit boring, but I've since realised you can put most things in a bowl with lettuce and call it a salad! My go to additions lately have been halloumi, beans, tomatoes, greek yogurt, feta and cucumber. I've been partly inspired by SweetGreen salads after reading about them on Taza's blog, if somebody could convince them to open in the UK that would be great, until then I will get my salad fix looking at their awesome website and menu! What's your favourite salad, or are you not a fan?

I just found I can download ebooks from my local library (check your library's website to see if you can too). Something I found kinda weird was only one person can borrow the book at a time, but I found The Hundred-Foot Journey was available so I have borrowed it and am so far enjoying it. There was no description on the site, so I chose it based on the elephant on the front, who says you shouldn't judge a book by its cover! Since downloading it I've done a little research and found they are currently making it into a movie, so get reading before the film is released! Has anyone read this. what did you think?

I just signed up for a free trial of lovefilm, and since I have been enjoying The Mindy Project so much, I decided to try The Office USA (yes I realise I am just a little late to the game), though I wasn't sure I would like it. Umm, I love it, it's so funny and awkward, Dwight and Jim are definitely my favourites, and Kelly of course.

Yes, I'm still wishing for saltwater sandals, though I can't find them anywhere in the UK in my size (I'm a 3-4), so I think I will have to order from the US, though I'm a little wary as I would prefer to try them on first. I was thinking tan, but I think I have changed my mind and settled on red. Does anybody have a pair, are they comfy?

I've spent July job hunting, planning, thinking up new ideas, being inspired, sampling, and setting up my new work-space, which I will be sharing soon! Plus look out for a new monthly wishes coming soon!