Applique – The perfect sunshine craft

I made this cute cushion cover for a family birthday last weekend and wanted to share my finished piece… I think the applique silhoutte on the linen looks lovely and a great little project for an afternoon in the sunshine.

Perfect for cat lovers too…I hope Christine likes it!

Images and Craft my own.

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DIY gift wrap

New birthday wrapping idea inspired by my recent trip to Copenhagen.

My birthday gifts are wrapped and ready for the weekend…

Paper Fashion – Beautiful watercolours

I found these stunning illustrations today on Pinterest and wish I could paint like this.

I love the bright, vivid colours and the pencil sketchy finish.

All illustrations by Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion 

Rioja and Tapas Festival, Potters Fields Park

After our drive around the East of London we finished the day with a visit to the Rioja and Tapas Festival at Potters Fields Park. It’s on again today and great for a late afternoon glass of vino and some delicious food. Live music and little pop up bars filled the venue with some great Tapas on offer.  Luckily it didn’t rain when we were there but Tower Bridge looked fantastic with the stormy black sky behind with the Olympic rings hanging from the centre. A delicious end to a lovely day.

Rioja and Tapas Festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.

Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street/ The Queens Walk, Southwark, London, SE1 2AA

Hurwundeki Cafe

A quirky little coffee shop, come fashion boutique I came accross yesterday…Small and cozy coffee shop with miss match wooden tables and Fashion boutique on the side. Worth checking out if your in the area for sure!

Hurwundeki Cafe, Cambridge Heath Rd, E2

A quick lunch at ‘Stripped Back’ by Ben Spalding

After a rather wet wander around Broadway Market, we sat down to lunch at Ex Roganic Chef, Ben Spalding’s outdoor Kitchen/ Dining experience. Set up in a primary school playground, Stripped Back offered new concept of how we perceive market eating. With a miniature rough restaurant like set up under a gazebo next to other street food traders, the stall offered a 4 course menu on sit down stools for just £15. With no gas, electric or running water, the food was served from Tupawear and ice cream tubs, pre prepped and ready to go. With only room to seat 8 people at a time, the setting was intimate and it gave you chance to chat about the food you were eating and how it was prepared. It was closer to a market stall than to that of a restaurant in many ways, however, the attention to detail in the food and eating from china dishes, not disposable plates, gave it that special edge that made me re think the concept of street food. The food was fresh and delicious, especially home cured salmon and the quirky cider served at the beginning of the meal. The menu changes every week so no doubt we will be going back again before it finishes. An interesting and exciting new way to eat.

Stripped Back takes place every Saturday in London Fields Primary school playground, Westgate Street E8 3RL

The Dog and Wardrobe – Vintage furniture and homeware

Today I found a great vintage homeware store just off Broadway Street Market, near Regents Canal. Crammed full of old furniture this is the kind of place I love to look around at the weekend. I wish I had a larger flat to fill with the old dressers and retro metal sports lockers. I’d have a long wooden dinning room table surrounded by miss match old chairs all in different styles and all my creative bits and bobs in the metal storage trays. They also had some really great lighting, far more interesting than anywhere else I’ve seen. So next time your up that way or just looking for some interesting places to visit at the weekend, this little hide away is worth a visit, just make sure you have room in your home for some more furniture as you will definitely want to buy everything!

The Dog & Wardrobe