Category Archives: Craft & design

Applied and decorative arts.

Pearls of wisdom

When women get together doing what they love, especially crafts that bring them together into easy community with other women, and for no other reason than they relish doing it, the “accidental” results catalysed by this can be incredibly powerful. Not all of us want to become game changers in a really big or public way and its just so important to remember that we are trembling the earth with profound and much-needed currents of change even as we pursue interests that seem to have no overt effect beyond ourselves or our small circle. We are singing the song of the feminine, demonstrating what it is to have roots again, giving ourselves and others permission to do likewise and being that agent of change at the level where it really happens…at the grassroots of the extremely ordinary. And if we happen to inspire others along the way then good…but its not, directly, why we do it. That is the whole point; our focus is stepped away from that terribly masculine urge to roll everything our like it is some sort of strategy or means to an end. We hold space for doing what is already complete “as it is”; for it brings us such profound joy in connection with where we are in this moment. Nothing disperses anxiety or fear more quickly than spending time in such a place; and this ripples out to our families, our communities and so the world at large. Continue reading

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In search of hygge

Going back to what innately draws us as the winter season plays out its pantomime of darkness and severity, we find ourselves recognising the light of ourselves shining back at us across the cosy darkness of our most intimate living spaces, delivered straight out of the eyes of others we hold dear as we embrace the darkness to forge times of warmer glow in communion with family and friends, even strangers that have spontaneously gathered upon these terms of hospitality, conviviality and generally good vibe. The ability to create, cultivate and and sustain the spirit of hygge through the darkest of times is a skill-set we could all use, regardless of our seasonal light-quota. So, what is hygge? Here’s what it is (and I think you’ll like it)… Continue reading

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Of peacocks and dragons…

(..and of suns and moons, of archangels with swords and little silver fish); bizarre as it sounds, these things make up the main substance of the story of my week. As though intent on taking me on a journey that … Continue reading

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Living art

On Friday, my daughter and I set off on a day trip to Cambridge – or should I say pilgrimage since this is about a five-hour round trip from where we live – to visit a place called Kettle’s Yard … Continue reading

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Birds, bees and candlelight

One thing I can never get enough of in my home is candlelight and that special, soft ambiance it lends to a room.  In fact, there are candles of all shapes and sizes just about everywhere in my house and … Continue reading

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The magical other-world of the Christmas tree

Call it the escapist magic of the season but for as long as I can remember, the Christmas tree in our house has seemed like some sort of other dimension in which characterful little souls live in amongst dark green branches lit … Continue reading

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Craft & Design at South Hill Park…20 years on!

As I stepped through the entrance of South Hill Park for their annual Craft and Design Fair the other day, it occurred to me that (gulp) I had been coming to this event, on and off, for exactly 20 years! … Continue reading

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The Christmas garden

I’ve just spent a lovely couple of hours at West Green House Gardens visiting their Christmas Fair and this has become such an annual fixture in my diary that I only ever really feel that the Christmas season has started … Continue reading

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Taking Liberty

A couple of days ago, I found myself amidst all the hustle and bustle of London’s Regent Street shortly after sunset and it was only then that it really hit me – like a sledgehammer – that, in commercial terms, … Continue reading

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‘Radical Bloomsbury’ and a Charleston pilgrimage

It’s been the best part of two months now since my Bloomsbury pilgrimage (as referred to in my earlier post Fretwork and flamboyance – Brighton Royal Pavilion) and I am only just setting down what this meant to me, perhaps … Continue reading

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