Sunday, 21 September 2014

All silver and shadow and vision of things not seen.

Down to the sea today-collecting precious memories.

“Look at that sea, girls-all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”   L.M. Montgomery

Friday, 19 September 2014

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life

I must go 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 go 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 go 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. by John Masefield

Sunday, 14 September 2014

She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes.

"She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes.
She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank.
She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims..."
-Arundhati Roy "The God of Small Things"

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The wonders we seek

A blossom from my garden reminding me to look everyday for wonders.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Creative Hearts - Mayer Berlin

Essence, schöpfung, humanity, harmony, transformation, transcendence. 

I love the power of words that have informed the Mayer Berlin collections – into the Light and Peace Collections by Christine Mayer. So too her philosophy;
"The beauty of things we can touch - the souls of people, and give them the inspiration to change." Christine Mayer 
 “in my creations I would like to not only to design clothes, but give people a luminous energy. I see it as essential in my work, that's what drives me to create clothes in this world of consumerism, so the garments and products are not only on the physical level, but will also touch the mind and soul.”

 " Through love, beauty and mindfulness, we can flow into our actions, we can even change matter. We can make garments which in turn carry the power of transformation in yourself. "

Made from old linens and the Seacell range from seaweed, Mayer Berlin has celebrated ten years of creative inspiration.  
Christine Mayer
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday supper

I love to have as much time as possible Sunday afternoon to dream and create, so this is one of my go to recipes - good for us with lots of things from the garden thrown on or whatever is in the fridge and the boys love it too (with any luck they think its so much fun they do the work for you!).

I make the dough in the morning so I can be done with it! Take any flour you like, I use 5 cups self raising and wholemeal mixed, a packet of yeast, teaspoon of honey, pinch of salt and at least 1.5 cups of water or to suit, then mix and kneed yourself into a trance! When it is soft as a babies bottom pop into a lightly oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place -mostly I do this in the window or sunny place or in Winter near the heater or in the stove with the light on (not the heat). Once you get a good rise - say double, roll it out in two parts to fit your pans, cover with a tea towel and allow to rise a second time. When ready to eat, decorate and pop into a super hot oven (on a pizza stone if you have one) - this helps to get a lovely rise and bubbles in the dough. Eat!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

First Harvest

Lovey greens for our dinner tonight. Planted in late July and all coming along nicely -Cos lettuce, spinach, Tuscan kale, a single spring onion and with the warmer weather the nasturtiums have begun to bloom and I should think they will carry on right through to Autumn now.
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  Lots of plans for the garden this year, living the simple life over at ArtLife In the Garden

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Creative Hearts

I thought I would share with you some of the creatives that inspire me. I find the more you embrace the idea of creating as a valid concept, indeed with the possibility of creativity leading to a career or business the more it feeds that fire within.
Lilly Ashwell Lookbook
Will you take my hand and allow yourself to be free to dream?

Wonderfully poetic and committed to creating a narrative for her collections - be inspired by Lilly Ashwell.

"I just want to keep making beautiful things that speak to people and that will last for years and years. I try really hard in my clothes to make them as soulful and human as possible," she says. "I guess that's the word for my aesthetic, human." 

Lilly Ashwell Lookbook

Lilly Ashwell Lookbook

You have to make a conscious decision to embrace creativity, take a small piece of  inspiration everyday to stoke the fire!

You can follow Lilly on Instagram or explore her web site.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

O could I fly, I’d fly with thee

Inspired by the ups and downs of Spring weather to make new designs in the Nature Study range. What do you think?