Monday, November 10, 2014

The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett



I was recently lucky enough to catch the last weekend of the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at The American Museum in Britain. Kaffe Fassett is a textile designer, who a lot of crafters will know for his ranges of brightly coloured quilting fabrics with Rowan Fabrics, and his work with Rowan Yarns. He collaborated with the fashion designer Bill Gibb, has written a wealth of quilting and knitting books, and has also worked in needlepoint, ceramics, and painting.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Walk Around The Ashmolean




Waaaaay back in June I went on a trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The coach journey there was pretty awful and made me feel very ill, but as soon as I saw the imposing Ashmolean facade I felt a little better. I had been given a ticket for the Cezanne and the Modern exhibition, which was interesting and well put together but not particularly my thing. I still enjoyed looking at Cezanne's use of colour, and there were some very beautiful landscapes and watercolours of trees.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Foxgloves In The Forest






On one of my walks with my love we noticed something unusual in the distance-flashes of pink amongst the green.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Walk In The Woods With The Waterfall




In mid-summer my love and I took a walk in one of my favourite places-the woods with the waterfall. 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Patchwork Perfection!


Back in May I caught the end of Midsomer Quilting's Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition at Radstock Museum (which is a bit of an unexpected gem and well worth a visit!). I was blown away by the incredible skill of the various quilters, and spent a long time looking around and taking photographs. So many, in fact, that I can only show a few of my favourites in this post-I took over a hundred pictures!


I will let the photos speak for themselves, but this really was a stunningly beautiful exhibition, which I am so glad I saw. 

 Incredible tiny hexagons quilt (with my tiny hand for scale!): "Hexagonals" by Juliet Nelmes.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fairytale Jewels




Ring, Oasis

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May Walk





Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Walk



Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Garden



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beautiful Blossoms





Monday, April 07, 2014

An Evening In Bristol






Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Power of the Sea, at the Royal West of England Academy




Maggie Hambling, Wave Tunnel, 2010, bronze

Last night I was lucky enough to go to a preview of new exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy-The Power of the Sea. I've always loved the sea, and felt very drawn to water, so I was very excited about this exhibition. It didn't disappoint.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Equinox



Although to my mind it has already felt like Spring for a couple of weeks, today is the official change of season. I love Spring, it always seems so full of promise, and is the time when many of my favourite flowers and flowering trees (tulips, primroses, magnolias, cherry blossom) come into bloom. It's also when I get to wear my favourite kinds of outfits-cotton dresses, swishy skirts, cardigans, capes, dainty tops, lace, and BARE LEGS-without either feeling like I am freezing to death or boiling in my own sweat. The light is great for taking photographs, there are cute baby animals everywhere...there are just so many reasons to love it. This Spring is already shaping up to be pretty exciting, with some interesting opportunities, and there are so many things I'm looking forward to! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Garden




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Veins of the City





Monday, March 17, 2014

March Walk



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Handmade Skyrim Blanket

     I finally managed to get some more photos of the Skyrim blanket I made for my brother for Christmas. I was really happy with how this project turned out, and it fits in with my brother's blue                                                                     bedroom really well. 



     

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sunset

Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Walk




My boyfriend and I went for a walk. The weather was sunny and there were some welcome signs of spring, like these pretty catkins.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Book Hive


To celebrate 400 years of libraries in Bristol, the Central Library is currently home to the Book Hive, a wonderful animatronic installation featuring 400 hardback books. It is the work of local robotics firm Rusty Squid, and it is brilliant.



As you move past the installation, which has each book housed within a honeycomb style hexagon, the books open and close in time with your movements. Even when people are not around, they continue to gently flutter and open and close slightly, creating the illusion that the books are alive. They even make tiny squeaking and chirping sounds, like a flock of birds.



My first thoughts on walking into the library were that it was like walking into Hogwarts. The feeling of an  everyday, inanimate object having come to life is really quite magical. I absolutely loved it.



The installation is free to visit, and I really recommend visiting. I managed to get a video of the books opening and closing as I walked past them, but it doesn't do justice to seeing them in real life.





The Book Hive made me so happy! It is a very simple but brilliant idea, and really feels very special. I think it is a lovely celebration of the library.



Bristol Central Library itself is a stunning building, with some beautiful details such as these stained glass windows. It is what I would call a "proper" library-the downstairs is more modern but still packed with books and very friendly, while the upper floor is more traditional, with individual study desks and spiral stair cases to get to the mezzanines which are filled with yet more books. It would be a wonderful place to go for some quiet study. There is also a basic but lovely cafe, which has excellent coffee cake.



The arches next to the library were very beautiful too, with intricate carving.



I would really like to go back to the Book Hive, it was such a lovely experience! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lock and Key Necklace


I've been dabbling in making jewellery again recently, and made myself this lock and key necklace. I got the charms online, and I like the antiqued effect they have. I've always been fascinated by old fashioned keys and locks, and I really like them as a design motif.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mshed




A couple of weeks ago I took my boyfriend to Mshed in Bristol, to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The exhibition was wonderful, with some especially beautiful photographs in the Young Photographer category. We couldn't take any pictures inside the exhibition, but we could photograph the amazing views from the Mshed balcony!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Roman Baths


Last week Harry and I made a little trip to the beautiful Roman Baths. We arrived late afternoon, just as dusk was falling. I thought it was perfect, as we got to see the torches around the Great Bath, and the illuminated architecture, to their full advantage. 

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Yixing Teapot

Since following a couple of tea-themed blogs on tumblr, I have been lusting after Yixing teapots. I've always admired them, especially after working in a museum specialising in East Asian objects, and had even bought a very tiny one a few years ago. But I found myself yearning for a more functional, generously sized one. I told myself that I already had too many teapots, and after browsing a few Yixing teapots online, that they were also well out of my price range.



Of course, then the second hand gods had to go and place the most beautiful Yixing teapot, of the perfect size, with a lovely bamboo pattern, right in one of my local charity shops. And then I had to go on a trip to the post office, and had a little look in said charity shop on my way. I can only come to the conclusion that it was fate. 



It has to be one of the most gorgeous things I own. It is also, fortunately, among the cheapest. It was the very reasonable price of £5.



It also came with six lovely little cups and saucers. Perfect for a tea party. Of course, this new acquisition does mean that I'll have to get rid of some of the teapots I already owned...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January Walk







Monday, January 06, 2014

All of the Lights










Last night I went to the Light To Light installation at the Holburne Museum. They have a different light installation every winter now, and I think it is a wonderful tradition to brighten up the winter months and take advantage of the darkness. This year's installation was done by lighting designer and artist Patrick Woodroffe, and focused mainly on illuminating the Holburne building itself. Glowing LED lamps covered the garden and bathed the modern extension in coloured light. There was also the option of having headphones to listen to a soundtrack by Matt Clifford. I chose not to have headphones as I don't really like having things in my ears, and there was a £3 charge for them.

Overall I thought it was very beautiful and exciting to look at, although I still prefer the alien flower effect of the Bruce Munro installation from a few years ago. It started raining heavily towards the end of our visit, but it was still a lovely outing, as we got to enjoy the lights making our umbrella glow! I am really glad I made the trip and can't wait to see what new installation the Holburne come up with next year.