Monday, 21 July 2014

Colour crush...

It's summer summer summer!
And seeing as the weather is glorious at the moment, here's a super summery, happy, colourful colour crush post for you this sunny Monday...

Hope you all have a good week.

2 | Floral

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Cake, cake and more cake...

Well, I'm back from an absolutely gorgeous week in the Lake District.
I couldn't believe how lucky we were with the weather...
It was soooo hot!
We had expected rain and grey days after closely following the weather reports leading up to our break, but no..the weather gods were on our side and graced us with lovely gorgeous shiny sun, yay!

There'll be some photos to follow soon, as you can imagine, I took several hundred and it will take some time to trawl through and edit, etc...

A lot of our time in the Lakes was spent eating and drinking (of course, right?) and we got through quite a few afternoon teas and yummy sweet things. 
To say I'm finding getting back to my healthier diet and my first fast day a little tricky is an understatement!
Well what are holidays for if not to over indulge a little?

Anyway... a little 'Take Four' post inspired by my munching of them all last week, mmmmm.

x x x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Mood board yumminess...

I'm taking a little blogging break for a few days, so I thought I'd leave you with this yummy mood board to peruse.
A selection of lovely things inspired by all things beginning with p...pretty, pastels, party!
Happy weekend everyone!

x x x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Hello July...

Well, that's another month...
just like that...

And hellooooo to July!

Now this one's a good one...birthday month, wedding anniversary and more lovely things, yay!
Hope you all have a good one too x

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Monday, 30 June 2014

Instagram snaps...June 2014

Well, let's see...
 What did June bring...

Yummy new purchases from Anthropologie

The beginning of an obsession with smoothies

A new camera! (happy dance)

Some P&C bits spotted in Paperchase

Pancakes for breakfast

A little work in progress for my 'Hello June' post with some Sharpie pens (big kid right?)

Al fresco lunchtimes (sun, yay!)

Fathers Day and a country fayre 

Lots of healthy eating and venturing into eating raw with these raisin and ginger bars. 
Raw brownies and chocolate using cacao powder coming next, mmm. 
(watch this space)

Lots of moments of utter cuteness from the fluffy one we call Alfie

How was your month?

x x x

Friday, 27 June 2014

Etsy shop find...a chat with Mademoiselleyo!

I'm chatting with another owner behind a beautiful etsy shop today.
This time its the turn of Mademoiselle Yo.
There are some lovely items for sale in her shop and Yolande has sent me some little sneaky peeks of her new calendar for 2015, available towards the end of the year.

Go get that cuppa!

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

I began to design at the School of Fine Arts, in Lyon, to prepare my work as a photographer; I drew to research ideas for staging objects. 
I pursued photography work in black and white since leaving Fine Arts and you can see exhibits, even if at the moment this work is in stand by! 
I did some book projects, and with my husband we created a small Publishing House, 
releasing the first calendars and cards to fund our books. 
Then I decided to create  Mademoiselle in 2009/2010 to devote myself more to my illustrations.
I opened my shop and sometime did fairs also.
In parallel, I work as a freelance textile designer, designing surface patterns for children and illustrations for stationery with the awesome studio Paper and Cloth.

2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

When I buy a book with "beautiful" illustrations, I put in a corner of my apartment, I open it whenever I pass across and look at the pictures.
Grain de sel, is a local magazine for children's activities and family with lots of design to discover 
I also have travel books, novels, etc...

3. Who is your design hero and what inspires you?

Rob Ryan, I love his paper cuts, the small details. 
I also like the staging of Christian Voltz and Isidro Ferrer very poetic.

4. Tell us about a typical day for you...

I start by looking at my emails, respond and prepare my orders to send in the day. 
I have a coffee. 
Then I look at my favorite blogs Print & Pattern, Loveprintstudio, my brain starts... 
Once I made this little ritual, I start my work day. 
There are days drawings in my sketchbook, and then days where I work the color of my drawings on the computer. 
There are days when I look for colour trends, trends for textile design, 
and more technical work layout, or cut paper to prepare cards or calendars.

5. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I draw with a pencil directly or black felt (Micron) in my sketchbook.
I scan drawings and I work the colours. 
I use wallpapers, coloured paper or I draw with a colored pencil, then I use as color. 
I make all-over geometric patterns that I also use for my coloured birds. 
The layout is important, I like to put in place the drawing in space. (Often white) 
For the geometric all-over, I also make drawings in my sketchbook, research association forms and then I work the colours and the all-over with my computer.

6. What art do you have on your wall?

On the wall behind my desk, I hang the drawings I'm doing. 
I love screen prints, prints and drawings. 
I'll see fair creators, and I try to buy prints.
A poster of a Czech illustrator years 70 serigraphs, a print of Angela Harding and Clare Curtis ...

7. What makes you laugh?

Children make me laugh, especially their sentences. 
I remember my daughter; we made a cake, flour was not well mixed with eggs, 
my daughter told me "there are a lot of big words," instead of saying lumps!
(il y a plein de gros mots", au lieu de dire plein de grumeaux!!!)
This is a French expression I can translate the feeling. 
The word has the same sound but does not mean the same thing.

8. What are your top three blogs?

Anna Emilial, I love these designs, and I love the red houses of the Scandinavian countries.

Sandra Juto, I love his way to show us Berlin.
Ana Ventura is a Portuguese illustrator, I Love Lisbon.

9. Why do you like being an illustrator/designer? (in 10 words or less)

I find a lot of freedom, a lot of creations in the world of illustration, continuous innovation.

 10. What do you do in your spare time?

I work a lot ... 
but when I stop, I'm a fan of reading, I have a big stack of books next to my bed!! I love going into bookstores. 
In the city where I live, there are several literary festivals, I'll listen to authors talk about their books. 
I like to know how they found their characters, how it grows or not with their lives. 
I also love to see shows, contemporary circus. 
That's all that I love living in the city see lots of shows, concerts, strolling in the street.

 You can find and follow Yolande/ MademoiselleYo here...

 Thank you so much Yolande for sparing the time to share a bit of your world with us!
Merci beaucoup Yolande d'épargner le temps de partager un peu de votre monde avec nous!

x x x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Raw raisin and ginger bars...

Following from my post on Monday, here's a related recipe for you that I found on
These little guys are raw raisin and ginger bars, made from lots of goodness; dates, nuts, raisins, ginger, yum!
Heres a link to the original recipe.
They're super easy to make...everything is literally thrown in the food processor and given a whirl!

I've spotted some raw brownies on Ella's blog too, so I'm sure I'll be giving them a go soon, mmmm.

(all photos above are taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Monday, 23 June 2014

A healthy foodie...well, atleast twice a week!

Well, Monday soon rolls round again doesn't it?
Bit of a different post for me today, it's a lengthy one!
Let's talk food...

I love food,
I love the 'event' of a meal with family or friends,
I love baking, cooking and everything in between,
but since doing the 5:2 diet, I've been looking at food a little differently.

The idea behind it is that you limit yourself to 500 calories twice a week and on the other days you're able to eat normally, i.e. the 2000 recommended calories for a woman.

My goal was never to lose weight as such, more to be healthier...fitter...have more energy,
and the 5:2 was the motivation I needed to restrict myself for two days a week, and literally have days off from eating (sounds silly I know).

For recipe inspiration, the itsu cookbook is great, and also the fast diet book.
But there's also so much information online too;

I've felt so much better, my skins improved, I never have that bloated feeling after eating now, and alongside drinking lots of mineral water and swimming once a week, happy days!
The main thing I've found a huge difference in, is cutting out white bread and white rice, totally.
If you can only manage one small change, seriously, let it be this!
Stick to brown and wholegrain and trust me, you'll feel better.

I don't religiously stick to 500 calories on my fast days now, instead I prefer to stick to whole foods; fruit and vegetables, brown rice, white meat, eggs, nuts, dried fruit, seeds, natural yoghurt, but strictly no chocolate, sugar, or anything processed, etc..
and on the other days I eat what I feel like, which to be honest seems to still be pretty healthy, but I allow myself that cheeky biscuit if I want it.
Everything in moderation right?

Theres so much buzz around at the moment on different diets, or more honestly 'lifestyle choices'; raw, vegan, quit sugar, paleo, no carb, non dairy, etc...  and whilst I'm not interested in cutting things totally out of my diet and or making a lifestyle choice that limits the enjoyment I get from food... what I'm definitely interested in is eating better, making healthier choices, and seeing what could be the more wholesome and nutritious versions of some of my favourite foods, (and especially something to replace that 3pm chocolate hit I usually require!)

I'll definitely still be having pancakes for breakfast at the weekend, the occasional pub meal and those generous pieces of chocolate brownie (yum).

So, after all my ramblings, here are a few recipes I'll be trying soon, with links to their websites that are worth checking out if you're interested about reading more on the subject of eating healthier, wholesome foods, and cutting those nasties hidden in some shop bought bits and bobs...

Bread...a big nemesis
I've been avoiding white bread for quite some time now, sticking to wholemeal, nuts and seed varieties.
I came across this gorgeous 'Life changing loaf of bread' on a new blog find and its definitely a keeper.

The afternoon snack...
These look like some great alternatives to try.

Full of goodness...walnuts, seeds, keep you going past the 3 o'clock dip.

Granola...looooove granola, but some of that shop bought stuff is full of sugar, so here's a good homemade version, and even with a little bit of chocolate, should you want it.

And here are some good books that will be winging their way to my bookshelf pretty sharpish...

If the other Leon books are anything to go by, this is sure to be a good buy!

Not out until January 2015 but this should be a goodie!

So, hopefully a little bit of food inspiration for your Monday!

I'll be trying out some recipes I've found over the next few weeks so watch this space.
Right now I'm off to order some medjool dates, cacao powder and a truck load of nuts!


Here's a link to my healthy eating board and healthy snacks board on pinterest if you'd like to follow.

x x x

Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday loveliness...

A few little things I've loved this week.
What more do you need for a Friday...? cherry nutella scones, thats what!

Happy weekend everyone.

1 | Cherry nutella scones..oh my!?
3 | Painted floral (unknown)
4 | Flamingo shirt (unknown)

x x x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Colour Crush...

This is a gorgeous colour combo, hope you like it too...
Oh so springy!

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fathers Day...

It's Fathers Day here in the UK this weekend, so I thought I'd do a little round up of some of the cards I've seen here and there...

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. 
I'll be spending mine with my folks at a Summer Country Fayre, ooooooh!

x x x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Colour crush...

On the beach with todays colour crush post.
How amazing is this photo by Antoine Rose.
It's part of a series of photographs, 'Up in the air : The Hamptons'
I love all the little dots of colour with that sea 'border', yum!
Find it here...

x x x

Monday, 9 June 2014


There are always so many lovely things to be found in Anthropologie, and it fuels my bowl obsession very nicely whenever I'm able to pay one of their stores a visit.
Here are a few of my current favourite bits and bobs...

 (All images taken from

x x x

Friday, 6 June 2014

This & That...

A 'This & That' post of a dotty, floral variety for you today...
Happy Friday!


x x x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Take Four...

I've got a sugary sweet, cute candy Take Four post for you today.
Loving the colours in these images, and together they make me want to crack open the sprinkles and sweets and get baking!

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 2 June 2014

Hello June...

Well..there goes May.

Seriously, where did it go?

Way too fast, thats where!
Atleast it was a good month, filled with lots of nice things going on, and so, heres to June being more of the same, and getting that ickle little bit closer to summer, woooo hoooo!
Happy days indeed, and happy June everyone!

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Friday, 30 May 2014

Instagram snaps...May 2014

Well, May certainly has been a busy one for me, how about you?
And its most definitely gone in the blink of an eye!
Heres what I've been up to...

The biggy was a trip to NYC for the annual Surtex show, pheweee..what a week!
And sooooo good.
We always have pancakes at the Cupping Rooms in Soho whenever we go, I'm very demanding!
Ooh and a new bowl purchase to add to the shelf of dreams, from Anthropologie of course.

My monthly far so good, 'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell.

If you follow my instagram feed, you'd have seen that the lovely @RosieHarbottle nominated me to take part in the '10 things I love' challenge, and here they are...

1. Laughter 
2. My kitchen and everything that goes on in it 
3. Lazy weekend mornings 
4. The Lake District 
5. Blue skies with not a cloud in sight 
6. Pancakes 
7. Dunking chocolate biscuits in hot tea 
8. Scarves 
9. The change of seasons 
10. Classic 80's films (Labyrinth...David Bowie...say no more!)

Trying to eat healthy on the 5:2 diet has created some very colourful meals with all that lovely fruit and veg, and this ones no exception...strawberries, kiwi, mango, blueberries, greek yoghurt and dried fruit with honey and seeds, nom nom nom.

It was our fluffy ones 4th birthday this month, and although he tried to pretend he wasn't interested in his birthday bone, theres no fooling us!

Oh and a bit of and chip snacks, mmmm.. and there still as good as I remember.

Anyway, hope you all had a good month.

Follow me here

x x x

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Etsy shop find... a chat with Ellen Giggenbach!

I'm very excited to share this with you today... a designer whose work and career I've followed for many years and absolutely love! 
 Ellen Giggenbach is this months etsy shop owner and I'm sure you're all familiar with her work. She creates the most beautiful hand crafted paper cut artwork in the most stunning of happy colour palettes, so read on and enjoy getting to know her a little better.

Here goes...
Get that cuppa!

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

Although I am originally from Germany, I have been blessed to live in New Zealand most of my life. I grew up in an environment that was very crafty, my Mum and Dad loved to wood work, sew and paint. There was a definite European folk art influence in our home. My sister and I loved to sew our own clothes too, our creations stood out as we where sent the latest "Burda" sewing patterns from Germany and at that time New Zealand was still somewhat behind when it came to fashion!
During my teens, my father, who was a volcanologist was invited to work for the United Nations in Vienna for 3 years. it was there that I began my studies in graphic design. On returning back to New Zealand I completed a 3 year Graphic Design course and was awarded a Diploma with Distinction.
I worked for one year as a graphic designer at an advertising agency but preferred the freedom and limitless possibilities that come from being self employed. After several years freelancing for ad agencies I formed my own clothing business which I ran successfully with my husband for some years. I down sized my career while my children where very young, and for the last few years I have steadily built up my business, thanks to the wonders of the internet.

2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?
 I am very visual so rather than words, I love to look at images in my favourite interior magazines such as Elle Decoration, Inside Out Magazine and Living Etc.  

3. Do you have a particular design hero/heroes, and what inspires you to create your art?

I remember at school, we where given an art assignment, whereby we had to study a famous artist, it was then that I discovered Matisse and his wonderful paper cuts, I never looked back!
Now a days, my love of mid century design and illustration feeds my creativity. I really like the way it doesn't take itself so seriously! 

4. Tell us about a typical day for you...

Being self employed and a mum, I have to compartmentalise my day.
As soon as the kids have left for school I wizz about and do my house work chores,
I also go walking on the beach or in the bush most mornings with girl friends.
I then spend an hour or so on the computer answering emails etc. I then work on my paper cuts till 4 pm when the kids return,
The rest of the day is spent being a mum again!

5. Your beautiful art works are created by hand cutting painted papers and then assembled...can you give us an insight into this creative process?

I regularly spend a day painting sheet after sheet of paper in an endless variety of colour shades.
I keep adding paint to the pot each time changing the colour slightly, finally ending up with sludgy brown, that's when I stop! (don't get me wrong, dull colours look great next to bright!)
I then cut out simple shapes using a scalpel, I assemble these , glue them down and finally scan them in to my computer where I add detail.

6. What is your favourite item for sale in your etsy shop? And your most popular item?

My favourite item is probably my hot air balloon, it took quite a while to figure out! However my most popular item is my pretty heart paper craft featuring 2 little love birds.

7. What are your top three blogs?

Print & Pattern, to see what others are up to,
Bloesem, for its fresh, clean European style
The Design files, an Australian blog featuring quirky interiors.

8. What art do you have on your walls?

I have to admit it's mainly my own work. We have a 1950's house so my style fits well. I can also change the art regularly. Sometimes it helps to see it on the wall, not just on the screen!

9. Some of your pieces use elements of vintage fabrics..and in your styling shots you use an array of beautiful ceramic you have a love of vintage generally, and a particular period?

Hunting through second hand shops is one of my favourite past times, I'm finding it harder and harder to find mid century treasures, which is probably a good thing, as our house is filling up fast!

10. Complete the following sentence...
    'My happy place is...'around the dinner table with my 2 boys and husband, they are growing up so fast, who knows how longer we will share this treasured time together......... 

11. Whats next for you? Any exciting plans you can share with us?

I am always contemplating going down the retail path, I opened a one week pop up shop last week, it was so successful that I am planning another one later in the year. I will add bags to the range this time.

You can follow Ellen here...

(all of the images used in this post are taken from Ellens etsy shop and all copyright belongs to Ellen Giggenbach)

Thank you Ellen for taking some time out to be part of the etsy interviews!

x x x
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