Monday, April 30, 2012

Jubilee Tea

Monday, April 30, 2012

 There's a plethora of Diamond Jubilee merchandise floating about at the moment.  Personally I think the tackier, the better (Royal masks anyone?) but I've gone for a more subtle approach...


I'm thinking about producing this (and possibly this) as a print, what do you think? Yay or nay?

Currently Coveting



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Time for Tea

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I'm more of a coffee girl but I know there are plenty of tea lovers out there.  This is for you...



Talking of tea, I'm featured on the fantastic Laura Ashley blog today...some little birds have taken to their teacups!





Friday, April 20, 2012

God Save the Queen!

Friday, April 20, 2012

I've recently discovered a new found love for the Queen.  Perhaps I'm just getting caught up in the Diamond Jubilee fever but really, anyone with a hat collection that spans a whole rainbow is worth our appreciation?


And let's not forget the corgi's...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coffee cup couture

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Passing the time watching a pigeon work coffee cup couture

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Drink Up

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I was talked into having a cheeky cocktail last weekend (Pollen Street Social...a huge thumbs up), it was quite early in the day so I plumped for an espresso Martini with the rationale that I usually have coffee early in the day.  I think my logic was a little flawed but it lessened the guilt a bit!

I checked the trusty Savoy Cocktail Book to see if it contained a recipe so I could attempt my own version.  Sadly I couldn't find one but I did come across the coffee cocktail that doesn't actually contain any coffee. It's named so because it resembles coffee (boooo).





The Coffee Cocktail
The Savoy Cocktail Book

The Yolk of 1 Egg
1 Teaspoonful Sugar or Gomme Syrup
1/2 Port Wine
1/6 Brandy
1 Dash Curacao

Shake well, strain into a small wineglass and grate a little nutmeg on top



If you happen to come across early editions of one of these books I'd snap it up.  They have the most wonderful covers and illustrations as well as cautionary warnings to go with some of their cocktails.

Here are a few cocktail related picks just to get you in the mood...


Friday, April 06, 2012

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 06, 2012


Hope everyone has a happy day making tiny accessories out of Easter egg foil (I know you all do it...)

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Agi & Sam

Thursday, April 05, 2012

These are two of my favourite illustrations that I've completed lately.  You can read about the brilliant Agi & Sam over on Style Salvage.



Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Marvellous Mary

Monday, April 02, 2012

I've always been wary of becoming pretentious about art.  I mean in the sense that you might visit a gallery, stand in front of a painting and loudly proclaim "ah yes, the red transcends the overall landscape of the sartorial references...blah blah blah."

For me something becomes a piece of art when it moves me.  It makes me look, and I mean really look, at what is in front of me and wonder how someone could have created it.

This is how I view Mary Katrantzou's pieces.  And I call them pieces because that is exactly what they are.  Just spend a few minutes looking at one of her dresses and lose yourself in the patterns and the amount of work that must have gone into creating them.  I marvel at it and more importantly, her clothes make me smile.  I spend most of my day either in front of a book researching, my sketchbook or most commonly the computer screen drawing in Photoshop and Illustrator so I know the level of detail and the long hours that must have been spent creating each and every item of clothing.  


My illustration really can't do them justice but it was a fun challenge to complete anyway.