27 November 2014

CRUSHIN' ON CLARKS SPRING/SUMMER 2015 RANGE

We've always been a firm fan of Clarks in this house, I remember my own parents taking me to have my feet measured as a child and it seems the brand has made an impression on me. It was the first place I trusted to measure and fit F's super cute wriggly toes and foot,  and after buying my most comfiest peep toe heels from Clarks last year I've been won over by their women's range too.

We were in London so we decided to stop by Clarks SS15 press show to see what delights spring had in store and I'm so pleased we did. Across the range the design is set to impress, with playful bright patterns and colours, not to mention these Clarks original Desert Boots in silver *swoon* F was quite taken with them and no doubt these will be his favourite's come spring.
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26 November 2014

PLAYING WITH PATTERN

As much as I love snapping away and editing photographs it's great to get back to pencils and paints and have some fun getting creative. I love printing and have tried my hand at lino printing, screen printing and even the good old fashioned potato print – which F loves to get involved with as it's super easy to do.

So I thought I would have a go at creating a playful design for Direct Blinds 'The next Banksy' competition. I really loved the printed simple leaf motif I used in this post and thought I would recreate it on a mottled baby pink background using watercolour paints, and photoshop to repeat the pattern. I could totally imagine this complimenting a parisian kitchen or scandi-style bedroom with hints of pastels.



If you love patterns then checkout my Pinterest board for some inspiration.









24 November 2014

A CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Even though it's still November, Christmas is so close that I can almost smell the pine needles and warmed mince pies, and I'm embracing every minute of it. I normally wait until December before I get festive but F has written his letter to Santa – which I'm trying to decipher – and his enthusiasm for all things sparkly is definitely infectious.

So I was super excited when the lovely peeps over at Laura Ashley asked whether I would like to host  a Customise Christmas Wreath workshop with some of my lovely blogging pals; Fritha,  Jessica,  Lottie, AdeleLaura and Laura for some Christmas fun, coffee and a catch up. Perfect!
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WIN A SET OF 12 LUXURY CHRISTMAS DECORATION FROM OCCA-HOME

As I'm feeling super festive and have already eaten stocked up on mince pies, I thought it would be great to spread some Christmas cheer by teaming up with the UK's premier online interior store Occa-Home to give you a chance to win this beautiful pack of luxury decorations to bring a bit of sparkle to your home.



Each of these beautiful glass Christmas baubles are individually made using a traditional mouth-blown technique with glass covered in tin to give them their stunning silver appearance, which will look perfect on your Christmas tree, in a window or hanging from a chandelier.

I can't wait to start decorating our home in time for the festive season and I've already started pinning lots of ideas here. For your chance to win a set of these luxury decorations which retail at £70 all you have to do is enter any/all of the options below for your chance to win. Good luck. x 

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23 November 2014

46/52 • 47/52

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014."

47/52 F: A whole lot of love for the Paddington Bear Statue in London.
46/52 F: A quick pit stop and chat on the way home from pre-school.

Another week has flown by and once again I'm playing catch up with The 52 Project. I love both of these pics, and even though they're very different in composition and colour, they both show F's cheeky playful side which has kept me company during the past few solo parenting weeks.

Tomorrow I'm flying to Dublin for the very exciting Lovin Dublin event, and although I'm thrilled to be visiting the Emerald Isle, I'm starting to get very nervous about the flight! Fingers crossed it will be smooth and if you're interested in seeing what I'm up to then you can follow me on twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #wildgrizzlytravels and come along for the ride!

Linking in with  The 52 Project.

19 November 2014

A ME DAY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

A few weeks ago in the midst of all the chaos of work, childcare, chores, meetings and life in general, I had a rare moment, one that doesn't come along that often, a me day. F was at my parents house for a sleep over, Paul was abroad on business and I decided to clear the diary and jump on a train to London to just hang out.

Well it just so happened that the lovely people over at Chestertons who are in partnership with the RA, thought I might like to visit the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and they were not wrong.

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A GOOD BOOK // A Story About Ducks

With Christmas looming and present ideas stock piling, I'm getting excited at all these amazing new reads. Sometimes all it takes to win me over is a well designed jacket, a moral tale or some quirky illustrations and this good book has all three.  

Published by the V&A, A Story About Ducks is part of the Renier Collection of Children's Literature and follows a group of restless ducks, who disenchanted by their little river decide to set off on an adventure to faraway places and explore the world beyond. Full of raspberry buns, ice creams and roller coaster rides, their day trip seems exciting at first but they soon wish they were back in the safety of their reeds after ignoring the advice of two birds they meet along the way. 

This charming story brings to life an important message to those who explore its pages, not to take for granted what you already have and to be open to the advice of others, as well show courage and curiosity. First published in 1945 and until recently long out of print, this beautiful wordy picture book will be the one your kiddo cherishes in their childhood memories, proving it to be the classic it is.