Posts Tagged ‘London’

Selvedge spring fair

Friday, February 25th, 2011

The lovely people at Selvedge are having a Spring Fair in London, with lots of lovely and talented exhibitors selling beautiful crafts and supplies. The event is sponsored by Amy Butler so no doubt, her bright designs will be in abundance.


Ali xox

Liberty loveliness

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Liberty of London create some of the most beautiful fabric designs, especially for their Tana Lawn range, and this spring their collection features designs by Lauren Child of Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean fame.

I think I feel a trip to London coming on!

Ali xox

Liberty Fabrics: Tuesday trees, Delfie, Helena’s Party.

The Knitting and Stitching Show

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I have been waiting to post about my trip to the fabulous Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally the other week, but it has taken me this long to remember to take a photo of my stash of goodies in daylight.

The journey there was horrid. All of North London seemed to be on the road and going our way too. Grumble grumble.  Kate who was driving us remained cool and calm even though we spent valuable time on Muswell Hill not inside Ally Pally.

At last we arrived and an early port of call was Selvedge Magazine where they had these amazing scarves and Necklaces by Sophie Digard.  My photo is unfortunately rubbish.

We then moved into the main hall and – Oh wow! soooo many stalls! sooo many beads and sooo much fabric!

Liberty lookie likeys and the real thing for much less than at Liberty’s. I was very good on this stall otherwise I could have easily spent all my budget here.

There was some beautiful work by some very clever and talented people – sorry I did’nt note who this was made by and, it is another rubbish photo

I had sore feet and calves by the time we got home, although I have a stash of some very beautiful stuff. I’m especially pleased with the vintage look printed linen fabric and the lovely coloured tiny beads.  Some it is very likely to appear on some more jewellry in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

Ali xox

Glorious Kew Gardens

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

This last week I visited Kew Gardens on what turned out to be a beautiful summer’s day. We caught the train to Kew Bridge station and walked across Kew Bridge and then along Kew Green to the Main Gate.  We had  the small girl with us so the first port of call was the Princess of Wales Conservatory to see the Butterflies bugs and beasties exhibition.  Small girl loved the butterflies flying all around us.

Lunch at the Orangery restaurant was next as the small girl was already wilting.  Peyton and Byrne are the new caterers there and very nice it was too! Her lunch came in a reusable heart shaped lunchbox. It has already been reused for storing her  beads.  After refreshments we headed off to the other priority of the day – the new PLANTastic play area. This is onthe far western side of the gardens so was a long walk but well worth it.  On the way over we collected seed pods from the Monkey puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana) and  met this fine chap.

With tired legs we then headed for treats – an ice cream for the small girl while we had a cup of tea and one of Peyton and Byrne’s yummy fig rolls and then a look around the shop at the Victoria Gate. I also found a lovely looking Salvia for future use.

At 5pm, after 6 lovely hours mooching  it was time to head back across the bridge towards the train and home…

A Late Birthday Outing…

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I have been so looking forward to the trip I took into London this week.

First and foremost, was a trip to the V&A museum in South Kensington to see the ‘Grace Kelly – style Icon’ exhibition. Her beautiful 1950’s dresses were the highlight for me, along with her famous Hermes ‘Kelly’ bag.

Then after lunch it was off to one of my favourite places in London. Laduree for their delicious macaroons.

My final destination was Liberty’s a place where I can spend many pleasurable hours. I came home with a beautiful Liberty print blouse.