Bloom of the Week

Bloom of the Week

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to always keep a vase of fresh flowers on my desk. The pleasure they give me when I do makes me wonder why I have never achieved it on a regular basis before. Sometimes they’ll be bought ones that catch my eye whilst in...
Designs in Bud

Designs in Bud

Planning and paperwork have given way to some designing today.  I always launch a new range of work at the RHS Spring Gardening Show in May and have been seeking inspiration in the garden.  Last year’s designs were bright and bold, this year I am going to opt...
Stuart Haygarth Chandeliers

Stuart Haygarth Chandeliers

The January/February copy of Crafts has a feature on Stuart Haygarth and his fabulous lighting creations from found-objects.  I really like the fact that they are limited editions and not mass-produced and love the way he has created something beautiful by combining...
Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

I have just come across a lovely project that has caught my imagination.  I am often teased by friends when I stop suddenly mid-conversation and point out a weird shape in a stone wall, or a strange pattern on a tree trunk, or an unusual petal formation on a flower. ...
Selvedge Offer

Selvedge Offer

Selvedge, the wonderful magazine for those with a passion for textiles, is having a sale.  If you take out a year’s subscription before 29 February you’ll get 20% off the £7.50 cover price; that’s six issues for £36 delivered. You will need to quote...
New Series of Grand Designs

New Series of Grand Designs

I am delighted to see that Grand Designs is back with a new UK series starting tomorrow at 9pm on Channel 4.  The first show promises to be another challenging development – an ambitious self-build in Cheltenham just 25 miles from me.  I have no plans to restore...
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