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Chihuly at Kew

Visit Kew Gardens to see the iridescent glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly and the magnificent Hive installation by Wolfgang Buttress. At the end of Chelsea Flower show and the opening of many Gardens under the International Garden Scheme it seemed like a good time to visit Kew gardens. If like me, you choose a bank… Continue reading Chihuly at Kew

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The Art of Pressed Flowers and Leaves

By Jennie Ashmore Published by Batsford £16.99 Artworks by Jennie Ashmore, photographs by Euan Adamson. This is the most unusual and beautiful pressed flower book I have ever seen. It is full of amazing compositions that are reminiscent of traditional American Quilts. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Early leafwork (1998) using sycamore leaves and fennel seed heads.… Continue reading The Art of Pressed Flowers and Leaves

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Living with flowers by Rowan Blossom

Blooms and Bouquets for the Home Rowan Blossom is a studio-based florist who works on fashion events, parties and weddings, and arranging flowers for private clients in their homes. She has written this book very much with the beginner in mind. The basics such as tool kit, creating the best conditions for different kinds of… Continue reading Living with flowers by Rowan Blossom

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A tree in the House

Flowers for your home, special occasions and every day by Annabelle Hickson published by Hardie Grant It was the name and the cover shot that made me want to review this book. Both capture the imagination. The author is a writer, photographer, former-city-slicker who now lives with her husband on a pecan farm in the… Continue reading A tree in the House

Blog, Makes

Upgrade your dining chairs

I was lucky enough to find a couple of mid century modern dining chairs on ebay, but the covers were dull as ditchwater and needed replacing. I found a great upholstery fabric at that gives more than a nod to mid century. I loved the colours on the underside of the fabric so I… Continue reading Upgrade your dining chairs