I saw this & thought photos for July…

Posted On: Monday, August 17, 2015

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We’re already half way into August and I haven’t even shown you my photos from July yet! I don’t know where the time is going. July flew by so fast I did realise I hadn’t taken as many photos as usual. Why would I admit to this I hear you ask? Well I like to be honest with you guys and not pretend each month was easy to get images, because sometimes it’s not, but when I did have the chance to get out and photograph there were some wonderful things to shoot. Nature is a it’s peak during July and August with crops ready to harvest and flowers in full bloom. Late summer evening always provide great backdrops for architecture too. Maybe the little break helped me to see the world clearly again…

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Paint your Illustrations

Posted On: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Back in June I posted about my favourite line illustrations and the beautiful simplicity of them. Well I seem to have gone from one extreme to the other, as this month I’m really enjoying illustrations that have been painted and are full of colour. I still love line illustrations, but I’m hooked on the detailing and effects that paint creates, especially watercolours as you build up the layers of colours. You can also achieve this with acrylics too, you just have to be braver as acrylics are bolder in comparison to delicate watercolours. Either way the illustrations which have been created above are mesmerising and draw you in so you want to know the story behind the image.

1. Kristine Brookshire  2. Caitlin McGauley  3. Illustrator Unknown  4. Illustrator Unknown  5. Sorority Sugar  6. Jason Brooks  7. Janelle Burger

A couple of illustrations do not have artists assigned to them, so if you know who the artists or illustrators are please let me know so I can credit them accordingly, thank you.

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Folksy Finds: Summer Loving

Posted On: Monday, August 10, 2015

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Summer Loving Folksy Finds

We’ve reached August and the height of summer (I’m staying positive that the past few days of sunshine we’ve been experiencing is here to stay) and to celebrate this I’ve picked some great, fun products that I’m loving right now, all from the lovely British designers over at Folksy. Each one of these products makes me smile and forget that summer has been a bit slow in arriving this year!

1. Yorkshire Cup of Tea A4 Typographic Print from Red Cherry Prints  2. Coral Knitting Cushion from CecilyMae Handmade  3. Children’s Retro Style Swan Cushion from Anna Ahmarova  4. Botanical on Black Gift Wrap from Artwork by Angie  5. Dainty Daisies A6 Pocket Notebook from Caren Barry  6. Red Tulip Purse Thirty-five Flowers  7. ‘Low-res’ Apple Ornaments from Loglike  8. Inspirational Rain Cloud Quote Greeting Card from Ginger Pickle

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Flamingos A Go Go

Posted On: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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There’s a new trend on the horizon; still within the tropical realms but we’re moving on from pineapples and tropical leaves and onto Flamingos. This magnificent bright bird, who gets it colour from eating shrimps, is fast becoming the new must have in homeware trends.

I’ve noticed that the flamingo trend has been around for at least a year now, and has steadily been growing in the background whilst the other tropical trends have been popular, but now is its time to shine and the flamingo trend is here.

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1. Vintage Wallpaper from Sanderson  2. Flamingo Cushion from Caitlin Rausch  3. Vintage Dictionary Page Pink Flamingo from Whimsical Heart  4. Frank the Flamingo Greetings Card from Beast Couture  5. Flamingo Cup and Saucer from Lou Rota London  6. Flamingo Brooch from Luvbirds

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Moretti Gran Tour Event

Posted On: Monday, August 3, 2015

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I was invited to the following event on behalf of Birra Moretti. I wasn’t paid and all opinions and images used within the post are my own.

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Last week I attended my first event as a blogger and let’s just say I was a little excited. Not only was I going to experience the taste of Italy, but I was heading there as a blogger and that my blog is finally growing after two years in the blogging game!

The event was hosted by Birra Moretti an Italian Beer company, and along with their beer, it featured an array of street food influenced from across Italy. Housed in Leeds Town Hall, this magnificent building with it’s wonderful decor was a great match for the event. On arrival we were given passports for our journey, which enabled us to collect stamps from each vendor to receive a gift at the end. The designer in me loved this, a great little touch as the finer details had been considered too.

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First stop was the bar to try the hosts beer; half a pint if you’re asking. A golden beer that was light to the taste, easy to drink with a slightly malt/wheat taste. It complemented the dishes perfectly, especially the pasta and risotto. The food ranged from pasta, slow cooked meats, pizza, risotto and gelato, with my first dish of the evening being the Arancina balls from the Melbourne natives Arancini Brothers. Risotto filled balls with mozzarella and tomato, ricotta and nutmeg, and porcinin mushrooms, served with relish and chopped basil. The smell of this dish alone was wonderful, with the food gone in minutes! Next up beer and balsamic pulled pork with fuscilli and parmesan from Tigellae a simple Italian dish with the pork melting in your mouth, delicious.

By far one of the most popular vendors of the evening was Leeds based Pizza Fella; authentic Italian pizza served straight from a 1967 Citroen H van. I was more than happy to wait for my pizza, as when it arrived I wasn’t disappointed; the base was both crispy and doughy with a wonderful flavour – it was just as good as the topping itself.

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After trying all the dishes I was starting to feel quit full, but I still had room to try the gelato from Brio Gelati. Now I have to confess I don’t like ice cream (what?! I hear you cry!) yes it’s true, but the sweet little van that housed the gelato drew me in and the flavours they offered made me curious. After much deliberation I opted for peanut with salted caramel and for someone that doesn’t like ice cream it was delicious, not too sweet, the flavours blended perfectly and the texture was velvety smooth. This gelato might just be the exception to my ‘I don’t like ice cream’ rule!

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The evening had to come to an end eventually (it was a school night for me) and I left the celebrations still in full swing. It was a wonderful event to attend and it was great to try new dishes, a new beer and soak up the vibrant Italian culture for a few hours.

Other vendors at the event included Pasta E Basta, La Bottega Milanese and Ipsum Vinotec

 

 

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