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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spring Break

We're off for a spring break in the Channel Islands. I can't wait to be near the sea again and spend time exploring outside ~ fingers crossed for more of this beautiful weather!

I'll be back soon with photos of our adventures ~ in the meantime, you might like to hop on over and visit my Insta feed which I'll be updating over the holiday.

Happy Easter everyone!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday Inspiration

And good things are sure to follow...♥

Monday, 14 April 2014

How to Create a Font from your own Handwriting

I love playing around with different fonts so when I came across this recently I knew I had to share it with you.

This is a really quick and easy way to produce a font completely unique to you made from your own handwriting ~ I love it!
Creating your own personal font
1. Download and print the handwriting template here and fill it in by hand, following the instructions

2. Scan the completed chart
3. Upload it here
4. Download and save the resulting file to your computer

That's it, so easy!
This is how mine turned out...
Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday Inspiration

Wishing you a wonderful, light-filled weekend

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Chihuly's Glass Sculptures at the Halcyon Gallery

I've long been a fan of Dale Chihuly, the American glass sculptor, famous for this incredible 30-foot chandelier which hangs in the entrance hall of London's Victoria & Albert Museum

We visited an exhibit of his at Kew Gardens back in 2008...

And I spotted this beautiful piece on Park Lane during the 2012 London Olympics

So when I heard that he was going to be having a show at the Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street ~ a hop and a skip from my office ~ I knew I couldn't miss it!

On entering the gallery you step right into the Persian Pegola with its extraordinary ceiling...

And then you're wowed with a selection of neon works, displayed for the first time here in the UK

The whole gallery is an electric fusion of colour, light and glass...

The focus of the exhibition is Chihuly's response to the architecture of the gallery. His style is unmistakable. Loving this flower...

Some paintings on show too... Interesting to see the artist's signature here

This exhibition coincides with the unveiling of Chihuly's Amber and Gold Chandelier in the Grand Hall entrance of Harrods in Knightsbridge ~ the first artwork ever commissioned by the store. It's 16 feet wide and is made up of 1,400 hand blown glass elements. I guess that's where I'll be getting my next fix of this fascinating artist's work!

Monday, 7 April 2014

A Springtime Walk in Abingdon

Mothers' Day weekend we went to Abingdon for the day to meet up with my parents and my sister, who lives there with her husband.

It was a perfect day to get outside and enjoy the weather so we set out to explore the town, following a route and clues on a treasure trail map, downloaded from the web.

And of course, it was the best excuse to get my camera out and capture springtime in this part of Oxfordshire...

Throwing Buns cafe ~ we looped back to here and finished our walk with a drink
Abingdon County Hall is renowned for the bun throwing, which takes place to mark special events, such as the Royal Wedding in 2011. Councillors climb to the top of the building and throw around 4,000 currant buns into the crowds below.

Some good vintage-spotting to be had in the town. I hadn't seen one of these old pub signs for ages. Reminds me of home...

Abingdon is on the Thames...

And she was putting on a great springtime show for us!

Check out the sunlight dancing on the water here...

We made it round the entire route and managed to work out where the treasure was hidden ~ a fun way to explore a town and learn something about its history.

For information on similar treasure trails around the country, click here.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Shopping ~ Anthropologie

There's a new crush alert in force around these parts, and it's Anthropologie shaped! It started a few months ago with this amethyst ring (a lovely birthday gift from Mr DI), and continued recently when I 'invested in' this must-have classic mug... 

A new Anthro store opened in Regent Street not so long ago and as it's just down the road from work, there's really no reason for the odd lunchtime visit now, is there?!

The new spring/summer look book is now out, and I've put together a few of my favourite pieces for you here ~ enjoy!

 Photos from Anthropolgie