LFW might have been over a month ago but Orla Kiely’s Spring Summer 2015 collection is still fresh in my mind. Every season Orla Kiely comes up with not only an amazing collection of gorgeously wearable pieces, but also a brand new way to showcase them. This season’s flower powered presentation featured giant daisies and live painting by Alia Penner. The collection combined bold floral prints with contrasting textures. This was also Orla Kiely’s third season collaborating with Clarks on gorgeous retro inspired footwear. A big thank you to Orla Kiely and The Wolves for inviting me.
Last week I was invited to Laura Ashley’s Handmade Christmas bloggers event. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with friends, meet some new bloggers, try my hand at some Christmas crafts and have a peek at the Laura Ashley Christmas collection. It was held at Homemade London which was transformed into a winter wonderland for the night. My friend Nancy works at Homemade London so I had been wanting to visit for a while.
There were a number of crafts for us to try; I went for decorating Christmas stockings. The beautifully made stockings were trimmed with Laura Ashley fabric and could be embellished with sequins, trims and appliqué. I kept it classic with my ‘ho ho ho’ design and mistletoe. I wish I had time to made a Christmas headband as well, they looked so lovely.
Thank you Laura Ashley for the wonderful evening!
If you follow me on instagram or facebook you’ve probably seen plenty of photos of my new Christmas cards. I’ve designed Christmas cards for clients before, but this year I wanted to make some just for me. I decided to include lots of my favourite things, which is why there are plenty of sausage dogs, snuggly knitwear and a major 60s vibe. I created the originals with gouache paint and coloured pencil then added textured painted backgrounds digitally.