31.5.12

magpie

Dear Annie,

 {reversible apron- charity shop find}

{project bag -charity shop find}
 
{Durham quilt- auction find}

I am an absolute magpie when it comes to vintage textiles. In any charity shop, auction rooms, carboot sale or jumble sale, it is always the textiles that draw my eye. I cannot resist a pretty print, and nothing makes my heart beat faster than spotting a paisley eiderdown or a patchwork quilt.

These are a few of my more recent acquisitions. One of the things that I love most about them is that they are useful as well as beautiful. Although I have to confess that I am not often found to be wearing a half apron, even one as charming as this. I initially bought it with a view to re-using the fabric but it is so beautifully made (reversible with contrast pockets on both sides) that I may have to take to serving afternoon tea just in order to give it an airing!

Love from,

Laura

28.5.12

two

Dear Annie,





My dearest little R turned two today. Happy birthday, precious boy.

Love from,

Laura

27.5.12

Eastern Market

Dear Laura,


Congratulations on the scholarship, it sounds great I can't wait to see some of the photos. Today, because we have a long weekend (WHOOOOPPPPEEEE!) I wanted to take you on a tour of Eastern Market. It is a fab market mixing a flea market at the weekend with a fruit and veg market, and it's just down the road from me. I love it is there.













Lots of love


Annie

25.5.12

scholarship girl

Dear Annie,

 


Since my fifteenth birthday -when my Dad gave me an Olympus Trip and set me up a darkroom in our downstairs loo- I have been interested in photography. It is only since we began this blog, however, that I found myself taking photographs pretty much every day. With a blogger's eye, I notice tiny details. I look for beauty in the ordinary and for charm in the commonplace. Like any mother, I also try to remember to regularly take photographs of my children. These are not generally photographs which I share here, because that is not the focus of our blog. I do, however, read and enjoy many other blogs with such a focus. My favourite of these has always been Slugs on the Refrigerator, a beautiful blog by Kat Goldin.




Along with Kat Molesworth from Housewife Confidential, Kat recently began a new venture offering e-courses in photography, with an emphasis on photographing children: Capturing Childhood. The Kats ran a competition, with the prize of a scholarship for their inaugural course: Collect the Moments. They were looking for a picture which told a story, shared through Twitter or Instagram.




Instagram is a relatively new obsession for me, and I loved having the impetus to use it as a tool to capture tiny instants in the lives of my boys which would otherwise have been forgotten.





When Kat G sent me a message to say that out of all the entries, they had chosen me as the recipient of the scholarship, I was both shocked and delighted. The course starts on Monday, and I absolutely cannot wait to begin.



Love from,


Laura


(Photographs taken on my phone using Instagram, where I am @steadyeyebrows )

24.5.12

That lovely smell after the rain

Dear Laura,




The summer is here, officially it starts next week but we had our first thunder storm today. The rain came tumbling down all afternoon accompanied by some bangs and flashes. By the time I left the office it had stopped, breaking the humidity and leaving only warmth and the wonderful smell of the rain after a storm. The city becomes a jungle after the rain, all the plants seem to double in size and everything turns a bright green. Soon there will be corn, and water melon, and fireflies, soothing the hot summer days.


Lots of love


Annie

21.5.12

second birthday party

Dear Annie,


My friend Natalie and I organised a joint birthday for R (turning two) and her son J, who has just turned three. We braved the weather and held the party outside in a meadow. It wasn't a warm morning, but it was a lovely one.

Love from,

Laura

PS: I made the flags with initials (for R's guests to take home) using this tutorial. The cocktail stick flags (to decorate the cupcakes) were made by Natalie.

20.5.12

A Cup of Tea?

Dear Laura, 


You might remember sometime ago I was making a tea cup dress (you can see the beginnings here) well things didn't go as well as I had hoped. I was a litte over ambitious I think. I really wanted it to be a fifties dress with a big flowing skirt. I also didn't want straps. I wanted the dress to go up to my neck. I have to admit I really struggled with this dress. I unpicked it a million times and wrestled and wrestled and wrestled with it. I did manage to finish it for the wedding but it wasn't my perfect vision. I also only really have one picture of me wearing it, we tried to do a photo shoot but I insisted on pulling ridiculous faces in most of the pictures so they have been vetoed! Well here it is:



It was a little chilly on the day so a cardigan (well actually two cardigans) is hiding the top. I love the pink netting, I really enjoyed wearing it at the wedding but my confidence has been severely knocked. It was incredibly hard to get the dress to this stage and I am thinking of taking some pattern making classes, I have always wanted to but never got around to it. Well I think it is time, if I want to make what I think in my head then I think it is time to find out some more about how to fit cloth to the human body and stop just trying to sculpt it.

On a much more positive note, the wedding was lots and lots and lots of fun and it was so lovely to see everyone again. I also discovered that Yorkshire is unbelievably beautiful! Congratulations again K and T, thanks for a fab weekend.


Lots of love

Annie





18.5.12

spinning wheel

Dear Annie,


At the auction house this week I spotted a spinning wheel in the corner. A dusty, unloved spinning wheel but a beauty nonetheless. A knitter I may be, but I don't know the first thing about spinning. Nevertheless, I couldn't resist.

D's Mum, who spins, took a careful look and told me that it was an Ashford wheel and that it seemed in working order. D's Dad, who loves a good auction, bid on my behalf. It was mine for a mere £26.

And now? Having been carefully washed and oiled (again, thanks to D's lovely Mum), it sits in the corner of my craft room. Waiting for me to gather together enough free moments. Soon, little spinning wheel, soon.

Love from,

Laura

16.5.12

A Marathon Bike Ride

Dear Laura,


It feels like ages since I wrote to you. Luckily I saw you very recently, because as you know I have been on holiday. The English countryside lured me to it, rain or shine, well more rain to be honest and I spent many a happy hour on the beach and a hill and on a bike in London. As you know my sister is rather an avid cyclist, she has been known to cycle across europe for fun! Bouyed by R's enthusiasm for a good bike ride, my sister and her boyf formulated a plan. 

Down the canal to the olympic stadium, past St Katherines dock, over to tower bridge, down the south bank, over to downing street for a peep at Dave, up to regents park via the palace (goodday marm), through the park, up primrose hill, up parliament hill to an awesome view of the city, then up up up a steep windy hill on hampstead heath to the pub, then weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee down the hill and all the way home. And here is the proof in pictures!


Down the canal to the olympic stadium (this if you can believe it is central London), 






 There was the london patchwork quilt thingy there too, which i thought were rather pretty.



past St Katherines dock
over to tower bridge, 

down the south bank, 


 over to downing street for a peep at Dave, 
 up to regents park via the palace (goodday marm), 
 through the park, up primrose hill, up parliament hill to an awesome view of the city, 

 then up up up a steep windy hill on hampstead heath to the pub, 

then weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee down the hill and all the way home. 


When I enquired how long this ride was the estimates came up to around 25 miles, a whole marathon in a day. Luckily there were plenty of tea and cake stops to keep our energy levels up. I came home with a sore bum and pink nose, a lovely day was had by all.


Lots of love


Annie
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