cooking is fun

These children's aprons are beautifully made by lovely ladies in a small factory in Lancashire and hand printed by us. I have just put them in my Etsy shop - they would make very cute Christmas presents. More nostalgia, I dug out my old 'My learn to Cook book' for this photo shoot, love the 'roobarb and custard' style illustrations. 

mystery bottle 2

I have been having problems publishing my comments, when I click publish they just seem to disappear, what's going on!  I've had two suggestions for the bottle, Paul Hoyrup or Bjorn Winblad, so thank-you! I'm not sure if it's either because the illustrations are really quite crude and simple. Oh well, it will just remain a mystery, still my favourite find of the moment - till the next one!


mystery bottle

I braved the wind and rain and went to the Boot Sale last Sunday. I found this rather battered ceramic bottle lurking underneath someone's table and fell in love with it. It's a very busy bottle, covered with charming European scenes of buildings and people including a skier, a windmill, a 2CV, and a man shooting a deer. I can't work out where its from, does anyone know? 


happy memories

I think this is what the inside of my five year old head looked like. We played this pairs game so often as children that the images are burned into my memory. When I spotted this original set on the brilliant present&correct website I had to have it! And it's just as I remember it; Petunia, the Happy Lion, the owls and the walnut are all there. Created by local stationery cupboard heroes, present&correct is one of my favourite websites. Their neat and tidy shop has the best ever selection of quirky stationery items, children's books and vintage office essentials and I want it all! 


bargain baubles

On the subject of Christmas, the trend for tree decorations seems to be vintage this year. I have shopped early and bought these from good old Homebase. At three for a fiver they were a bargain and you get a free giant egg box to keep them in!


christmas is coming

I am sure I should have been thinking about Christmas way back in July in order to stock my shop but life just got in the way! So now I am trying to catch up with the roddy&ginger Christmas stocking in white cotton or natural linen available here. I am also printing some Christmas cards which I have yet to put in my shop - must get a move on!



What a cute hankie found in the flea market this week, I love the triangular coats!


my studio

I have been very busy with orders so here's where I am spending a lot of time at the moment. I am lucky to have the whole of the basement in our house as my studio, this is it looking fairly tidy. My sewing machine gave up on me so my ancient Singer has been called into action. I have had it since I was a teenager and it probably belonged to my granny before me. What an amazingly robust piece of machinery! I haven't used it for 10 years but it still sews the best straight stitch, if it stitched backwards as well I would use it all the time. 


new cushion

I found this pretty vintage fabric at our local flea market this week, it's called Toccata designed in the 50's by Robert Tierney for David Whitehead. Its a lovely soft palette of greys, yellow, pink and pale blue and a bit faded around the edges. There's enough make a few cushions backed in grey linen which I am trying out in my etsy shop


roddy&ginger go to market

This week I delivered an order to Family Tree. This tiny shop in Exmouth Market EC1 is run by Takako Tsutsui and sells a cheery collection of lovingly made products. Exmouth Market is a busy little corner of Clerkenwell with an eclectic mix of local shops, restaurants and open air food stalls. 



I have been busy printing and making lately for a number of wholesale orders and Christmas stock for my shop - these Siesta cushions remind me of Spain where I'd like to be! They can be found on etsy and in my shop.


made for each other

This homespun owl money box was my weekend find and this is where he belongs, next to my beautiful pea green pussycat Arabia jug!


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