The Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp returned to Hampton Court Palace this September and Olive and I were lucky enough to attend. Spending a sunshine filled Friday browsing the many lovely craft stalls, participating in a stamping workshop with The English Stamp Company and sampling are way round the delicious food stalls!
When the sun is shinning we love nothing better than heading to the park with a picnic hamper full of our favourite food bits accompanied by a large jug of homemade fruity iced tea. Grab a frisbee, some speakers and a large picnic blanket to host all of your friends and you have yourself the perfect recipe for a great summer day out.
The lovely people at Talking Tables gifted us with the most amazing, festival themed decorations for our recent glamping getaway. We were honestly blown away with how great they looked and they definitely helped to create the boho festival vibes for our weekend away.
Last weekend Blanch and I were lucky enough to be invited to spend the day at the Handmade Fair at the lovely Bowood House near Chippenham. We had already been to the handmade fair at Hampton court so was super excited to hear that it was coming to the West Country for the first time this year. For those of you may not have heard about the Handmade Fair before, it is such a great way to spend a weekend packed full of inspiring talks by some of the industry’s experts (we went to an amazing one hosted by Liz Earle more on this later!), various different workshops where you can try your hand at practically any craft technique and huge shopping tents filled to the brim of lovely handmade wears locally sourced in the U.K.With the fair being held in the beautiful gardens of Bowood House and on a glorious sunny day it really was the perfect way to spend a weekend.
On Saturday I took part in a styling and shooting workshop hosted by one of my favourite independent lifestyle magazines, 91 Magazine. I had such great time listening to the inspirational Caroline Rowland the editor and founder of 91 Magazine and the amazing photographer Jemma Watts who demonstrated the best ways to shoot and edit images for Instagram and bloggers.
I have a confession to make….. I am a massive stationary addict! I absolutely love cute little notebooks, diaries and colourful pencil sets. My stationary stash is overflowing with notebooks that I never get round to using but still keep buying as they are too pretty to be used. If like me you are a stationary lover you will understand the constant struggle! For a new year stationary haul I thought I would take advantage of that fact that one of my favourite websites Ohh Deer was having a sale, making it the perfect opportunity to add to the (already extensive!) collection.
One of my favourite things about living in London is that on a Wednesday evening you can find yourself listening to someone as inspiring as Lizzie from SMUG whilst enjoying endless amounts of cheese in the lovely surroundings of The Village Haberdashery. Lizzie has a seemingly endless number of skills that are part of her ‘creative portfolio’, from founding Islington Design District to running the lifestyle store SMUG based in Angel as well as the designing her own gorgeous line of homeware products.
One of my favourite things about soft furnishings for the home is texture and how that can be used to add contrast and variety to a space. At the moment I am loving any chunky knit cushion covers and throws, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration and is currently full of the most beautiful, soft knitted blankets and pillows (Check out Lauren Ashton for some serious chunky knit envy!).
The fantastic Annie Sloan is the creator of Chalk Paint, a revolutionary tool for anyone interested in up- cycling furniture, dying fabrics or just giving your walls a fresh coat of paint.
Annie talked us through how to completely change the look of this wooden picture frame by using various printing techniques as well as her versatile chalk paint which incidentally is celebrating its 25th Birthday having been created in 1990.
Annie is absolutely lovely and has endless enthusiasm for decorative painting which meant the workshop was incredibly easy to follow, super informative and really inspiring to continue painting at home. (We already have an endless amount of projects in mind…..!)