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February 13, 2013

A Borrowed City

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As you may well know, I have a love of all things Scandinavian and have wanted to visit for a long time, if only to confirm my love, like visiting a soul mate pen-pal for the first time in real life . Originally I had dreams of an epic journey across Norway and Sweden, however due to the fact that everything is double the price we settled for a four-day city break in Oslo.

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Little red house

As soon as we flew over the silver birch coloured landscape my love was cemented,  the train journey from the airport through the country filled my heart even more with each  little red and yellow wooden house that slipped past and I began daydreaming about re-locating.

We had a wonderful time exploring the city, bitter air biting at our bones and blushing our noses, stopping in cosy coffee shops and stylish bars… in fact it’s true, It’s all so very stylish. My rose tinted vision from blogs and pinterest boards was confirmed – White washed and grey palettes with accents of colour (mostly, my favorite, yellow), sheepskins and throws, log piles, wooden furniture with that effortlessly cool curve, candles (even in the daytime) and sleek light fittings. Staying in what could only be described as My Dream Home only added to the joy of it all. And this is a city remember, I imagine things would get more idyllic for me in the country. One of the great things about Oslo in fact is that its only a 20 min journey on the metro and you’re in nature, pine tree forests and ski runs, the wholesome red cheeks of the  inhabitants clutching ski’s on the bus says it all.

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Our apartment for the weekend

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Cafe Laundromat

We took the metro up to the 2km toboggan run – Korketrekkeren (The cork screw!) and sledged down a few times stopping for a hot chocolate and giant apple pie in front of a huge log fire in an enchanting log cabin restaraunt at Frognerseteren. Perfect.

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Apres sledge hot chocolate

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View from the metro

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Other highlights included:

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Snowy walks through parks

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Cosy coffee shops

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Vigeland Sculpture park

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Mooching Grunerlokka; A vintage market

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Oslo Fjord

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May 15, 2012

My new home:

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See: http://webuiltthisnest.wordpress.com/

February 29, 2012

Adventure Ahoy!

I wanted to tell you…

Me, Mr W and Luna the cat are off on an adventure… to live in the forest, in a yurt!

The forest is close to where we live now and has views over a beatiful valley, It is a sustainable woodland management project that runs courses in bushcraft, green woodworking, coppicing etc and I have the role of cooking up a yummy lunch for the course attendees and volunteers in the outdoor kitchen.

Living a low impact, off grid life close to nature is something we’ve always dreamed of and we cant quite beleive how lucky we are to have this amazing opportunity. You can follow our adventure and yurt ramblings on this blog:

We built this nest

*Image – by Carlson Ellis, from the magical book Wildwood by Colin Meloy. Now on my wishlist.

February 26, 2012

Salad days

This weekend was full of sunshine;  my little sister came to visit, we strolled in our t -shirts and remembered what summer was like, we climbed a spiral staircase to the top of a tower, we hatched plans for a new adventure, we bought new books and we ate good food.

“For the first time in my life I was out of the sight of humans. For the first time in my life I was alone in a world whose behaviour I could neither predict nor fathom: a world of birds that squealed, of plants that stank, of insects that sprang about without warning. I was lost and I did not expect to be found again. I put my head back and howled, and the sun hit me smartly on the face, like a bully.”

Laurie lee – Cider with Rosie

Spring!

Cabot tower

At the top

The sister and the Mister

February 13, 2012

Market trading

On Saturday I set up my little stall by the water at the Harbourside Market, It was such a beaut of a day, the sun was streaming and the boats were breaking the early morning ice…

My ‘Home is wherever you are’  and ‘I wanted to tell you..’ cards went down really well and it made me smile each time someone bought one to think of little messages of love being shared.

Here you can spy some of my *New* embroidery hoop frames, coming to the shop soon.

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February 10, 2012

Teapots, teapots and giveaway winners:

Thank You so much to all who entered my giveaway and supported the first two weeks of my shop by spreading the word, I absolutely LOVED hearing all your teapot stories and dreams and all your kind comments really make me happy.

My teapot collection currently houses: a very old blue and white one with a  japanese style design that has been with me most of my life and lived in all 8 of my houses, it is very sentimental and has the honor of wearing the red and white striped tea cosy, a Marmite one belonging to my husband, a small red one hand painted to look like an elephant which was a wedding gift from a friend, a Boden glass one that I refer to as the man teapot because of its masculine design, and a gorgeous brown art deco style one that my Husbands Mum handed down to me (I’m using this one to pick the winning names) . This small collection is one that I aim to build on until I have a shelf like this:

The teapot of my dreams right now is this beauty by Danish company Ferm Living:

Here are some more super teapots, including ones that you mentioned, to look at before I reveal the WINNERS!

*** GIVEAWAY WINNERS ***

*** 1st Prize:

**2nd Prize:

*3rd Prize:

CONGRATULATIONS Petals! Email me your address and I’ll post you your winnings, Hurrah!

Images:  1. Collection 2. Ferm Living 3. Bright Bazaar  4. Catherineholme Lotus teapot 5. Jansen & Co’s My Teapot   6. Typhoon Ching He Huang Teapot 7. Stump Teapot 8. Harlequin Pottery 50’s Teapot 9. Vintage 50’s Cat teapot 10. Hobnail japanese cast iron Teapot from Teavana 11. A trio of tiny tin toy teapots

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February 6, 2012

New in the SHOP:

I have added some new products to my SHOP today including;

Petal Liberty apron – These pretty numbers are handmade with gorgeous Liberty print floral’s, perfect for stylish kitchen flouncing and suchlike. Available in Blue/ Purple and Cherry/ Grey.

Nest garlands – These garlands are handmade using a selection of Liberty, vintage and other bits and bobs of fabric, embellished with ribbon, lace and vintage doilies. They are perfect for hanging in your nest for a touch of handmade charm. 2 meters, available in different colour ways.



Wild flower tote bag – handmade in a gorgeous eye-catching fabric with a lining making it extra sturdy and ideal for books/ shopping/ all your bits and bobs

All available in the SHOP, pop over and let me know what you think. I’ll be adding even more over the next few weeks.

Also remember to enter my GIVEAWAY for a chance of winning some aspetalsfall goodness… (Winners announced on Friday 10th)

** A special Thank you to Hels for being a super model and lending me her garden.

January 16, 2012

Country pining

Pining: ‘ To feel a lingering, often nostalgic desire’, ‘To miss and long the return of’.

Images: 1. A Well Traveled Woman 2. Stephanie Wiegner 3. Cedars between the Pine 4. Where the lovely things are 5. Pinterest 6. Houzz 7. Print from Etsy 8. FFFFound

See more on As Petals Fall’s Pinterest

January 2, 2012

2012:

Happy New Year petals;

I have massive hopes and dreams for this year… in the meantime I’m going to soak up joy from the little things in life.

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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

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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’)