Friday, 13 December 2013

All I ask is a windy day with white clouds flying

Sewing cards again.

MUST down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, 
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, 
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, 
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking. 
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide         
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, 
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. 
I must down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life. 
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;  
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, 
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
John Masefield

Friday, 19 July 2013

SeaLife - There is a rapture on the lonely shore.

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the Universe, and feel What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal."  George Gordon Byron

I love these words from Lord Byron, passionate, wistful and full of love of the elemental - a man before his time. Inspired by these words and others I have a new range of cards - "Nature Study" and "SeaLife"

Nature Study, be inspired by the gift of nature.

New cards.

Inspired by Nature

Loving these days, windswept but golden.

To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth - Raymond Carver

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Little creations

As the seasons change to winter, we are taking long slow walks in the park. Nature displays it's raw beauty in tones of gold, caramel and wintry sky blue.

New cards in store soon.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

All the Golden Light Mango Sorbet.

The sun is beating down, the grass crunches underfoot and the barbeque sizzles as it’s far too hot to cook in our little kitchen (hot box!). I shall always remember this summer as the one where the Meteorological Bureau had to invent a new colour to represent extreme heat in central Australia! Are there still people out there who don’t believe in climate change? Try bringing the temperature down with our favourite sorbet. 

Now’s the time to swing down to your local market and buy by the box full, no matter how much it makes it won’t last long. Here are some of our favourite combo’s; mango, mango strawberry, strawberry and nectarines, blueberries and watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries. When all this lovely fruit is in season at it’s sweetest you hardly need to add much to it to make it zing. Most recipes call for a cup of sugar, I generally just rely on the sweetness of the fruit, a half cup of Greek yogurt or slightly less depending on the density of the fruit. Add a bit of honey if you wish, blitz well and place in freezer –don’t forget to stir every 20 minutes or so to make sure it freezes evenly. 
Spoon out your happy delight into your prettiest bowls. Mine are from Anthropologie and what’s more they are oven proof so look for crumbly baked goods in autumn.   

ArtLife in the Garden

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust. I hope you will find the following quotes as gently inspiring as I do. I think the nature of great writing is the way words can simply calm the soul and provoke the spirit and heart.
“Friends are flowers in the garden of life”
New cards this week available at the lovely HUSK stores.
 The more one gardens, the more one learns; 
and the more one learns, 
the more one realizes how little one knows. 
I suppose the whole of life is like that.”
Vita Sackville-West
“Grow what you love.The love will keep it growing.” Emilie Barnes

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic & meditative occupation.It is an insatiable passion! Karel Capek

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Into my ear you whispered

"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."  

In 1939 Judy Garland privately published a small volume of poetry and gave it only to her closest friends. Reading it gives another layer of depth to a wonderfully creative, tumultuous and passionate woman.

 It was written at a time when people still put pen to carefully chosen paper, perhaps shimmered thoughtful words of love with a hint of perfume and the receiver bound these words with a silk ribbon, a remembrance of times past.   I hope you will find an evocation of that spirit with the new range of cards in store this week at the wonderful Husk stores.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Love Notes- fragments of our hearts

 The soft dusty scent of rose petals, the velum feel of old paper, gently untie the silk ribbon and out spills words of fire, the hopes un-faded, the whisper of breath on skin.

I hope you enjoy the Love Notes-Fragments cards whispering the most romantic words we seem too shy to say. Please, please I beg of you - not just for Valentines but any day/every day you know love.

A New Year, New You.

I love this little work of art, it seemed to speak to me of all the fears and lost hopes, the trepidation that I have lived this year past and points to the hope of the new. Kelly Rae Roberts is an artist who has achieved great success but still seems to tread softly and with an open heart shares her hopes and fears on her blog - do go for a visit, you will be inspired.