So much excitment about the Lunar eclipse this morning in the media, that I needed to stiffle a yawn, thinking it was going to be a big let down,but no, ye of little faith,it was exciting. The weather was a little dodgy to start with, but actually this was a bonus, because it did shield your eyes from the bright sun’s glare ( yeah I know – no goggles ). It suddenly dawned on me as I watched the crescent of the moon gradually work it’s way across the sun, that our small planet was actually in a straight alignment for those few moments. And yes that actually was quite exciting. The sky dimmed and it became quite dull as the eclipse moved further to it’s conclusion, then all returned to normal, and at last we had our planet saving powerhouse back again. Tonight the Moon will be the closest to Earth, so we shall see more details on it’s surface than we normally do. I’m looking out for the ‘Clangers’ They do live there don’t they ?? Watch out for the Soup Dragon…..!
Chinoiserie has been an Interior Design favourite for centuries. It can be overdone when sometimes a few accent pieces are all that’s needed. If you are lucky enough to have a large Georgian or Victorian room then the tall ceilings are perfect for Chinoiserie wallpapers or full length curtains.
Here are a few items from shops on Etsy. I’d be happy to have any of these in my home.
Gallery Antiques on Etsy – Blue and White Chinoiserie Tile
Paper Words 11
Just love this shop. A real favorite of mine.
Elegant Fabrics1 on Etsy – Clarence House Chinoiserie Material for curtains.
Serial Indulgance on Etsy
Vintage Bamboo Chair.
Paper Words 11 on Etsy
Blue and White Ginger Jar
Delightful shop with elegant prints. Find Donna on Etsy.
Chinese Men of War
Hand painted in Watercolor on the original Antique engraving. Then Giclee printed onto Archival watercolor paper. Find this on Etsy at
Just a few touches of Chinoiserie can transform a room. Try something new and fresh to uplift your living room into the oncoming winter months.
This week has seen the country commerating the sacrifices made by British and Commonwealth Soldiers, also Belgium, French soldiers and civilians who’s homes and lives were utterly destroyed and not forgetting hundreds and thousands of conscripted Horses in the torment that was the first World War.
In this Hundreth year since the first World War started, we also commerated the sacrifices of German and Prussian soldiers, who like our men, had no choice but to be there and fight regardless of their political feelings . All young men from all sides of the Earth pitched together in a fight to the death, in a seemingless endless struggle with mud,cold and fear.
This amazing original Pastel portrait was brought in for repair to Matt Frith at Frith Frames Carshalton Surrey by this mans daughter who is 100 hundred years old. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany, and this was painted by another prisoner – the fee for the job – two cans of beef dripping.
If you visit the american Museum just outside the City of Bath, then inevetably you will wander into their Cafe situated overlooking the Terrace, to sit peacefully and enjoy the gorgeous views. During the Spring and Summer months you will note a few Ladies gently and quietly going about their business behind you. It’s the aroma that first draws your attention. The delightful smell of Mint and Rosemary and just a fleeting frangrance of Rose. And there they are picking and matching herbs and flowers they have picked earlier that morning, and skillfully weaving them into a Tussie-Mussie.
The meaning of Tussie Mussie
This quaint endearing English term from the Medieval period of 1400s describes the
Tussie Mussie as a ” A small round bouquet of flowers herbs and grasses with symbolic meaning. So if you were too shy or embarrassed to express your feelings to a friend or lover, you choose your herbs and flowers very carefully and they said it all for you. We have lost something very dear to the age of technology – somehow a text or a tweet just doesn’t have the same feel at all.
Find more beautiful flowers on our Etsy shop.
More photos from the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum just outside Bath Somerset.
If you can do go, it’s a brilliant and exciting day out, and the big bonus is that you get to visit the American museum and the fantastic grounds with beautiful views whilst sipping your tea on the terrace, and looking at the hand picked flowers being made into Tussie Mussies. More tomorrow on those little darlings.
Enjoy the last of the Kaffe photos………………..exhibition on until 2nd November.
The weather here in England is unbelievably gorgeous, a good time therefore to spend a beautiful summers afternoon with good friends at the American Museum a wonderful Georgian home overlooking the City of Bath set in outstanding grounds.
An added thrill was a fine exhibition showing the colorful work of the Textile Supremo Kaffe Fassett.
When you work with watercolors all day long as I do, you are focused on the colors of the drawing you are working on. It’s a small world immediately in front of you. But this was a riot of full on color, blended and melded into amazing works of art.
Kaffe uses all materials, but he is most famous for his Wool knitwear and tapestry. You entered into his world of color, and when we left – the outside world seemed a little less colorful. He had taken all the Turquoise – Saffron – Cerise Pink – Coral – Arabian Blue – Cinnamon Orange – Cardinal Red – and Sea Green thrown it all in the air and turned the three rooms into the magic that is Christmas morning.
If you can make it, you won’t regret it. On till 2nd November. http://americanmuseum.org/
My name is Anneli and I’m doing this guest blog, writing from my hometown, Stockholm. I’ve admired the works of art from Swanborough Prints for a long time and my walls are filled with their prints, everything from sea horses to an hot air balloon in the Swedish colors yellow and blue, anda custom made pink sloth! I work as a teacher, I’m a writer, I design knitwear and I make silver jewelry. I’ll tell you more about that at a later time- I promise- but first I have to tell you more about Stockholm!
This summer I’ve been a tourist in my own town. I thought I knew everything there is to know about my home town- Stockholm. Then I realized that I only know Stockholm as a winter town, autumn town or spring town, not as a summer town. So I set out to do some serious walking. If you have been here you know that Stockholm is a great town for walking. You can start in one part of town, keep walking and sooner or later you’ll find a subway or train station if you are too tired to walk back the same way.
Walking has also become trendy! Wow, who would have guessed? A philosopher named Frédéric Gros has even written a book called A Philosophy of Walking. He states that good ideas spring from walking and I have to agree. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration for my writing from my walks around town.
I took a 4 hour walk around town with a friend about a week ago. It was a sunny warm day with temperatures around 30 degrees and a slight breeze. Perfect! Like me, my friend is from Stockholm but she rarely walks around in town during the summer, just like me. We met at the subway station Rådhuset- the courthouse- in central Stockholm at Kungsholmen. I detected a note of apprehension when I asked if she wanted to walk to Stadshuset-city hall- via Kungsholmskyrkan- the church at Kungsholmen. She confessed that she doesn’t know this part of town that well so I would have to guide her. Up until a few years ago I didn ́t know this part of town either, but then a friend of mine told me about a stealthily hidden cheese shop, located in an old converted garage – fromage au garage – called Wijnjas. So I started exploring the area around that wonderful cheese shop. They also sell jamon serrano, moose, cookies…etc. but they are experts on cheese and you feel like you’re entering a French cheese shop in Paris or Cannes. Could it get any better?!
Well, we first went to the cheese shop and then we kept walking to Stadshuset- city hall -to take pictures. It is situated by the water with a Venetian feel to it. After that we walked through GamlaStan – old town- to Söder-the south part- and Mosebacke. That’s where you can have a cup of coffee and have the best view of Stockholm.
We kept walking around the south part- Söder- and took pictures of the beautifully restored oldhouses in central town. After all that walking we off course got really hungry and decided to walk back to Old town for some pizza. We got a table by the open windows at Michelangelos were we could eat and look at all the visitors of Stockholm walking by, enjoying a sunny beautiful day in Stockholm just as much as we did!
So-put on a pair of comfortable shoes and come visit Stockholm! Or take a walk around your own home town this summer and you’ll find some hidden treasures!
You can find more pictures of Stockholm and art at my site: http://www.annelit.se or on Instagram:@annelistockholm
Find Swanborough Prints at.
Tree Bark Patterns
I was sitting in the car, waiting for my Husband to come out of the Post Office….another sale on Swanborough Prints…..Hurrah.!! When I noticed the tree we were parked next to had such an interesting pattern to it’s bark. So I took a photo
….and later that day, I noticed another beautiful bark on a Black Cherry Tree in my Father-in-laws front garden. I knew we had a gorgeous tree in our garden….of course by now I was getting obsessed with tree barks.
I kinda want to draw and paint them, but feel it’s a bit strange, I mean who wants to buy a watercolor of a tree bark…..exactly.! But nevertheless they do look beautiful and I might just paint them anyway. What do you think.?
I do officially think that I am now completely Bark…ing Mad…..yes I know, forget the Stand-Up comedian Career….!!!
This week the Hampton Court Flower Show has been inspiring us with some stunning flowers and great ideas for the Garden. It’s a brilliant venue and the show itself draws botanical nurseries from all over the world. The show is situated in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, from small traders selling specialized individual species, to the large Marquees displaying all the big players in the Botanical world. The scent in the Rose Marquee is simply divine.
You have to be young and fit to survive the day. It isn’t an exageration to say you will be walking for at least 7 hours, thank goodness there are many many coffee and tea shops ready to welcome your exhausted body for a quiet sit-down. And plenty of Students with wheelbarrows who for a small fee will take your purchases to your car. Needless to say you have to make a few trips back and forth. Or was that only me….!!
These blooms were bought at the show a few years ago from David Austen Roses. At the moment we are having a beautiful summer, and all the Roses are truly delightful. So here a few photos to share with you.