Monthly Archives: February 2015

Friday 13th

Posted On: Friday, February 13, 2015

BlackCatsToday is not just any old Friday… it’s Friday 13th! So let’s all stay in bed to make sure we don’t walk under any ladders, step over 3 drains or break any mirrors which happened to me last week! Whatever your superstitions are I’m sure we’ll be ok, as long as we’re all carrying a rabbit’s foot!

Happy weekend x

99s Ice Cream

Posted On: Wednesday, February 11, 2015


When I found this book I knew I had found something special. The title intrigued me, and I was hoping the inside matched what it spelled out on the cover… it was exactly that and I wasn’t disappointed. Luke Stephenson’s wonderful book 99x99s is filled with, yes you’ve guessed it, 99 photos of 99s. For those who don’t know what 99s are, they are a specific type of ice cream delight, where the ice cream is silky soft, served on top of a crisp wafer cone and topped with a chocolate flake (and sometimes juice and bits!).

For most people the 99s bring back fond memories of childhood, trips to the seaside and for me, wondering why the 99s didn’t cost 99p, because that’s why they were called that right?!

During the summer of 2013 British photographer Luke Stephenson embarked on a road trip around the UK, photographing this great British food icon, and documenting how each seaside town or city translated this ice cold treat. The result are brilliant, with each 99 different to the next, the soft ice-cream is peaked and swirled in it’s traditional way, and the flake is precariously balanced at an angle we all recognise.

For me this perfectly illustrates what a unique country we have and it’s these little details that makes this country ours.

Happy Paper Club

Posted On: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve been asked by a fellow blogging friend to take part in an exciting new service that she’s started. Have you ever wished that you could just receive some Happy Post through the letterbox instead of bills and junk mail? Well now you can…


The Green Gables have just launched their new monthly stationery subscription service; Happy Paper Club If you love stationery as much as I do, then this is for you! Each month you will receive your box filled of goodies, including paper goods, inspirational and happy quotes, stationery and items exclusive to Happy Paper Club. Each month there will be different items in the box, so no two boxes will be the same!

There are three ways to purchase or become a member of the Happy Paper Club; a one off taster box, six months subscription or a monthly rolling subscription.

I’ll be receiving my box very soon, and next month I’ll be sharing with you the exciting products that are inside. I don’t know what they are yet, but I can’t wait to find out, and as a receiver of Happy Post in the past, I know it’s going to be good…


You can find out more about Happy Paper Club at

Facebook: @thegreengables
Twitter: @happypaperclub #HappyPaperClub

I Saw This & Thought…

Posted On: Monday, February 9, 2015


January has been a varied month for my ‘I Saw This and Thought’ challenge. A lot of the photos I took were a case of being in the right place at the right time, which makes it fun, exciting and random – which I love!

Some of my favourite photos this month were the neon lights and the snow scenes, which made the grey days of January a lot more interesting…

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Creative Space Wish List

Posted On: Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Since I started blogging 18 months ago I’ve always wanted a creative space to work in, somehow being sat at my kitchen table just doesn’t cut it. (Sorry to spoil the illusion!) My ideal space would be a large, white painted room inside a beautiful old mill, where I could sit and blog, design and photograph away to my hearts content…. but for the moment a little corner in my house will be perfect, decorated with a few of these lovely things to keep me inspired.

1. Copperfield Desk Lamp from Homebase  2. Retro Barber Board from Rose and Grey  3. Newbury Chair from Next  4. Black & White Flat Iron Print from Danni Saw This  5. Kisa Pyropet Candles from Pyropet Candles  6. A5 Notebook from Paperchase  7. Classic Black Kit-Cat Clock from Kit-Cat  8. Copper and Glass Box from H&M

Leeds Print Festival

Posted On: Monday, February 2, 2015

Over the past week Leeds has welcomed their annual Print Festival to the city, celebrating everything that’s great in both traditional and contemporary printmaking. The exhibition featured work from a group of talented printmakers, each with their own creative flair and style, and because I love print, I knew I had to visit…


The exhibition was small, but perfect, as it showed off the designers work to it’s fullness. The prints were a great mix of both colour and black and white, each with their own story to tell and theme to share.


Most of the designers featured in the exhibition were local, with the others coming from the South, and this filled me with pride to know that not only do we have some fantastic designers here in the North, but the art scene here is getting bigger and bigger, with no signs of stopping.


Throughout the exhibition you got a great sense of the dedication that these designers put into their work, and that print is most definitely not dead – it’s well and truly alive, which makes me very, very happy.

The designers featured in my photos are Nick Deakin, Kate Gibb, Hungry Sandwich Club, Sarah Harris, Melanie Wickham, Amy Rodchester