MAY Pinterest Board of the Month!

INSPIRE/PATTERN by Cerulean Grey

I’ve chosen this bright and botanical board called Inspire/Pattern for my May Pinterest board of the month! You know it’s a winner when it’s near impossible just to choose three favourite images from a board. Paying homage to my textile designer roots a bit with this one. It’s full of inspiration for pattern designing and makes me want to get my paints out again and go crazy with collage!

Julie Hamilton Collage - May Pinterest Board

Liz Casella Textile Design - May Pinterest Board

There are some lovely influences of Matisse and Patrick Heron coming through in the designs on this board. Particularly love the Schiele like scribbled lines of the botanical patterns on the black and white design above. So bold and effective. The collaged piece above by Julie Hamilton makes me think of fellow Bristol artist Fiona Clabon‘s beautiful collages (go check her work out).

SOU SOU Textile Pattern Design - May Pinterest Board

 

Stay tuned for my next Pinterest board of the month for June and subscribe via the links on the right! Check out my own Pinterest profile too if you fancy a look at more of what inspires me.

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS… TOP 5 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away now! (Which also means The Bristol Artisan which I will be selling at is very soon too. Eeee!) Anyway if you’re after a unique and special Mother’s Day gift for your mum this March then you are in the right place. I just love finding feminine handmade presents so putting together this little TOP 5 list was a delight. I’ve only featured artisan UK companies since I am all about supporting locals and independents and because I know mum’s appreciate things that are extra special and thoughtful. So without further ado here are my TOP 5 Mother’s Day Gifts.

Mother's Day Gifts - Handmade Pink and Gold Bowl

1. Handmade Pink Bowl with 24 Carat Gold from Att Pynta

I have to admit I have such an obsession with little bowls but I swear there are few woman in this world who don’t have a million uses for little pots and bowls like these including all the mums out there! Use them for dips, nuts, fruit, jewellery, pins, keys, anything! What’s even better is when you find a beautifully handmade bowl in a stunning dusky pink or midnight blue glazed with real gold around the rim like these ones made by Marie L Sundegren in colloboration with Att Pynta. I love that each one is slightly different with it’s minor imperfections showing that they are lovingly hand crafted.

Mother's Day Gifts - Siberian Husky Hair Wool Socks

2. Siberian Husky Hair and Wool Hand Knitted Socks from The Gorgeous Company

Maybe socks may seem like a clichéd gift but when socks are this good, who wouldn’t want a pair! These just look so incredibly soft and snuggly, made from husky hair would you believe! The huskies are just brushed during moulting season so no need to fear, these are totally ethically made.

 

Mother's Day Gifts - Needle Felted Snowdrop Sculpture

3. Snowdrop Pair Needle Felted Sculpture from The Whispering Wild

I recently discovered the amazing creations of The Whispering Wild and am in awe of each and every one I see. Her handmade needle-felted plants and animals make truly unique and beautiful gifts for mothers to treasure for years. She creates a lot of bespoke work so get in touch if your mum has a favourite animal you’d like made in felt for her. Here are some snowdrops in honour of Spring blossoming in March.

 

Mother's Day Gifts - Ladies Floral Purse

4. Waterproof Floral Ladies Coin Purse by Jiggle Ma Wiggle

Jiggle Ma Wiggle have a lovely selection of vintage designs available on a variety of zip pouches and bags. All waterproofed and with sweet little tassel zip pulls attached. This floral pattern and delicate mix of pink and ochre struck me as an ideal choice as a gift for a feminine mum. Just like bowls, there are always a million handy uses for little purses like these!

 

Mother's Day Gifts - Minimal Copper and Faux Leather Necklace

5. Minimal Copper and Faux Leather Necklace by Katie Betty

If you have a stylish mum who likes to stay on trend then these handmade necklaces from Katie Betty fit the bill perfectly! With a lovely subtle variety of colour combos available and simplistic geometric shapes these necklaces would look great with everyday wear and evening outfits too. She’ll feel really special knowing her necklace is unique and handmade.

I hope this gift guide leaves you feeling a little better equipped for Mother’s Day this year! If you’re still in need of ideas why not check out Peach Hamper’s gift guide here, full of thoughtful ideas with a personal touch. And if you’re still stuck, why not bring your mum to The Bristol Artisan on Mother’s Day instead and buy something of her choice from one of the fantastic 50 designers who’ll be selling there all weekend at The Arnolfini! See you there!

TOP 5… Alternative Valentine’s Gifts

Only 9 days until Valentine’s Day already and the countdown is on to find a gift for that beautiful lady or man in your life! I think most of the Valentine’s gifts you see out in the shops tend to be pretty soppy and unoriginal so I thought I’d compile a little TOP 5 list of alternative gift ideas for girlfriends that are a bit more interesting than a box of chocolates or a giant teddy.
Speckled Wood_Seaflower

1. Sea Flower Artwork by Speckled Wood (available from Nineteen) £50 – This framed laser etched artwork is really beautiful, and very inexpensive for a piece of original art. I love the subtle variations of tone, this would make a wonderful present if you’re looking to spend a little more this year.
Mirdinara Kitchen_Red Horse Towel

2. Red Horse Tea Towel by Mirdinara Kitchen – $24 – This marvellous horse tea towel design has a suggested love theme with it’s use of red and floral patterns without being too lovey dovey.
Vase 3_Karen Blach Nielson

3. Vase 3 by Karin Blach Nielson (available from Stilleben) DKK. 650,00 – If you’re thinking of buying her flowers why not get her a vase to put them in – something that will last much longer and look beautiful even without flowers in it! This handmade stone vase is one of a kind but there’s a stunning selection of others on the Stilleben website.

iPhone Case_Pelham Goods

4. Litoral Central iPhone Case by Pelham Goods on Etsy £16.95 – Why not go for something a bit more modern and useful! This Etsy shop has a whole array of great phone case designs. I love these cute cacti with pinches of red and pink for a Valentinesy feel.

Rifle Paper Co._Notebooks

5. Everyday Gold Foil Set of Pocket Notebooks by Rifle Paper Co. (available from MoonKo) £8.75 – Or even more useful, there’s always something I could do with an extra notebook for and I’m sure I’m not the only girl that loves to use a notebook that looks pretty on the outside. These foil embossed mini books would make a lovely cute and simple gift for girls who like to keep organised!

6 of the Best DIY Christmas Garlands

We’re well into December already so it’s probably about time to get some pretty bits of festive sparkle up around the house. When it comes to Christmas decorations I personally think natural and understated is the best way to go. Obviously a bit of glitz is always necessary to still create some festive cheer but glitter can certainly still be classy! I love making my own decorations, as you can imagine what with being a creative and all, but there’s also something very fulfilling about making them yourself – I think it’s all part of getting into the Christmas spirit. So I’ve narrowed down some of my favourite nice and simple DIY ideas for Christmas garlands… with a little help from Pinterest. All of these ideas are really quick and easy and won’t cost much at all to make so why not have a go and make your own this season?!

 
Glitter Leaves Garland1. Glitter Leaves Garland – So easy to do but looks super pretty! This tutorial says to use artificial leaves but you could always just collect some fallen autumn leaves from your garden or a nearby park to make it cheaper although they probably wouldn’t last until next year that way.

 

Giant Wooden Star

2. Giant Star with Lights – I love the rustic feel of this one but it makes a great bold statement too. This tutorial explains how you can make one just using some scrap wooden laths from your local garden centre or perhaps the waste recycling centre.

 

Gingerbread Men Chain

3. Gingerbread Man Chain – Think this might be my favourite, nothing to do with it tasting good too of course! However you may end up having to remake them a few times if you’ve got lots of hungry mouths around, but it’s so simple to do anyway and you could try a different shape each time. Why not try angels, hearts or reindeer too!?

 

Sparkly Pine Cones

4. Sparkly Pine Cones – This one could even work just as an autumnal decoration as well as for winter. In this example you can see how to embellish your pine cones with gold leaf but you could alternatively use glitter or even just white paint to create the appearance of snow for an extra Christmassy look.

 

Paper Cut-Out Scene

5. Paper Cut-out Scenes – This one admittedly is a little more complex and requires someone who’s handy with a craft-knife but you can of course make the design as basic or as intricate as you like, and as personal as you like too. I originally saw this idea used as window decal stickers available to buy readymade from Cox & Cox in white which I actually prefer but it’s not exactly DIY. I’m sure you could easily make your own like this though by just getting a white sheet of vinyl decal to cut out from.

 

Paper Snowflakes

6. Super Snowflakes – Last but not least paper cut-out snowflakes are such a timeless classic that when done well can look really chic like these ones pictured. This tutorial shows you such an easy way to make your snowflakes look intricate and 3D. Why not go really big or thread together large and small snowflakes to make them ultra three dimensional?

Happy making and I hope these tips help to make your home look extra festive and cosy this season!