Archive for December, 2011

December 20, 2011

Blanket dreams

One day I would love to invest in a really beautiful hand-woven blanket or two:

Tapestry blankets from Jen Jones – seller of antique Welsh quilts and blankets

Red Scottie lambswool blanket from Avoca – woven in Ireland

Nos Da throw by Donna Wilson available  from Design Within Reach

Albion woollen blanket from Toast

Harlequin woven blanket by Fine Little Day, has been featured on APF before but I just LOVE it.

Beautiful Welsh woollen blankets from Melin Tregwynt, woven in a mill in Pembrokeshire.

December 18, 2011

Lionheart Launch

Last Sunday the mighty Lionheart magazine was launched into the world, and what a wonderous day it was. After months of waiting I was finally able to see the fruits of Helen Martin’s labour. It was everything I imagined and more; elegant simplicity gracing the thick matte pages, beautiful illustrations, photography and design, talented people, truly interesting features, poetic words, it is a treasure and I can’t recommend it enough, visit the Lionheart website to buy your copy online.

The party was so much fun and I met some brilliant people as well as enjoying time with old friends, highlights included; delicious pizza’s made by my Husband Will, the best cakes ever from the lovely Kimberlee of  The Homemade Mama, a lampshade demonstration by Ruth of  Quincy lampshades, A live illustration (of me!) by the very talented and lovely Gemma Milly and an epic craft session that was loved by all.

The perfect venue – 40 Alfred Place, Bristol

The beautiful front cover; Illustration by Gemma Milly, typography by Holly Giblin


Happy customer: Lauren

Photographer extraudinaire : Stella Mason

Chef extraudinaire: Will

Happy crafters

Gemma modelling her mans craft triumph; a lavender moustache!

Live Illustration by Gemma Milly (photo- c/o Stella Mason)

I’m honoured to have contributed (I also did the page titled ‘Treasure’)

December 13, 2011


On Saturday I was at a little Christmas market at Tenderfoot – a lovely shop in Bristol that is full of treasure, they stock a huge range of products from Bristol’s local handmade artists as well as hosting crafty events and workshops. I had a wonderful day there selling my wares, drinking mulled wine and enjoying the jolly atmosphere, Lori the shops co-owner is one lovely lady and another of my inspirations for ‘dream following’.  If you are in Bristol their shop is definitely worth a visit.

Tenderfoot blog

My little stall.

December 9, 2011

Mountainous Jewelery


As you may, or may not, know I love mountains, it seems I see them everywhere. I am currently lusting after these mountainous bits of jewelery:

Hand painted geometric wood ornament from Son of a sailor, I would love this as a necklace.

Peach brass and wood necklace from TriAndGul

Mountain brooch by Pannikin

I also love this bracelet by Son of a sailor

December 8, 2011

Looking forward…

Amazing jumper

This week I have been plagued with a dreaded winter cold, now I am better I am looking forward to being at Tenderfoots ‘Yule Love It’ Christmas market on Saturday, lots of lovely unique Christmas gifts on offer, including my wares, and mulled wine and mince pies…

I am also looking forward to the Lionheart Launch Party on Sunday, Music, craft, cake – made by the wonderful Homemade mama, Lions, joy, homemade pizza, aaaand we’ll be able to see the magazine in the flesh – SO exciting. There will be a lampshade demonstration by the very lovely Quincy Lampshades at 3.30pm, which I cant wait to see. I will be doing two crafty workshops at 4.15 – Moustache making, perfect for the photo booth, and sew your own lavender bag/ christmas decoration. At 5.30 there will be a live illustration session by Gemma Milly which I also can’t wait to see! And from 6pm onwards; good music and sparkles.

The weekend after all this action I am looking forward to a weekend off for my Birthday celebrations and some time with the Mr, and then it’ll be Christmas; I’m wishing for A novelty jumper, Christmas films, cheese, mulled wine, board games, an open fire and most of all some snow, it was magical last year:

December 5, 2011

Christmas market adventures

This weekend was As Petals Falls trading debut;

Saturday at the Christmas Steps was wonderful, such a charming setting and warm community and we were very lucky with the weather..

On Sunday we packed our merry selves off to Bath for The Makery‘s Christmas Craft fair, It was joyous to be based in the wonderful Makery Emporium for a whole day, such a magical place if you like being a crafty fox in your spare time and get excited by beautiful fabrics, buttons, ribbons…

The two petals hard at work!

** Thank you to all my lovely friends and, of course, Mr W who came along to support us**

December 2, 2011


December is here; Cold weather and wooly hats, I will turn 27, It will be my second Christmas as a wife, but best of all… it is the month I have launched my business. The tiny beginnings of something I hope will grow to be beautiful and successful, it feels wonderful to have big hopes, wonderful, scary and right.

I will be starting with 4 Christmas markets this month and then launching my online shop in January. The first market is this Saturday on the Christmas Steps in Bristol, this is perhaps why I’m feeling festive so early this year, Today I’m planning to venture into the back of our garden to find our tree from last year and adorn it once again with some lights.

Here are some seasonal inspirationals I love, to begin the festive month:

The cutest advent calendar from Snug

‘Fashionable Christmas’ cards from the V and A  including one of my favorite illustrators Georges Lepape

Pretty handmade owl decorations from Lula Handmade

‘Sailing home for Christmas’ card by Anna Searle

Christmas Lights dessert plates by West Elm