Archive for May, 2011

Playsuits and pastries …

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Last week Lauren and I embarked on a day of sweat shop sewing in the back streets of bigtop. Ok, so it was sewing with rather excellent music in the background, coffee made on demand and ‘Special Lunch Day‘ … Heaven. My best day at bigtop in years (I shouldn’t really say that but if Daniel could bring a fishing rod to work and James his Paddy Wagon, I think they’d say the same).

We made playful playsuits. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but what the hell, no one needs to see me in it. What fun we had. In true bigtop fashion we made our little suits  from unwanted cast offs; John’s old work shirts and a gathered skirt previously worn by Madge Bishop in Neighbours in 1988. We cleverly (if I say so myself) cut up and patched the shirts to give Lauren enough fabric to work with then got cracking. By the end of the day we more or less had an outfit each that wouldn’t look out of place on the pages of Vogue … Which is why I have uploaded a lovely picture of us wearing our suits in a beach setting with pina coladas just here.

Happy Friday xx

PS Friday treats, yummy pastries and a bar of milk chocolate.

In Terre Act

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

It’s Art Weeks in Oxfordshire. One not to be missed is In Terre Act on show in Jericho. Not only is it an exhibition, but a 9 day auction, which comes to a close on Sunday 29th May. Manu has some interesting Jewellery and Objet d’art on offer. We loved the glamorous Singer Sewing machine and bike wheel lamp in particular. So get on down to 28 cranham street, Jericho, Oxford to win yourself a unique one-off piece.

Roses in the rain …

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The warm spring has confused my Blairi no.2 roses and they have come out a little earlier than last year. They are like ladies in 1940s prom gowns arriving too early for the ball. Wind and rain might get them dancing so vigorously that they’ll exhaust themselves and be gone by June. Oh how they warm my heart each morning as I eat my Weetabix and look out at them …