Not just a music festival: Art & creative workshops at Latitude

A painting in the woods. An installation in the field. A performance in the marquee. A class in the clearing. You’d be surprised at just how many creative happenings occur at Latitude festival. Sure, with literature, poetry, theatre, film and dance, Latitude isn’t just a music festival but did you realise quite how arty it is?? Here are just a few of the creative goings-on that I stumbled upon at this year’s festival…

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New performers announced for Latitude Festival + acts not to miss…

With Latitude festival on the horizon, I’ve been following the festival’s social accounts to get the scoop on the latest performers to be added to the already-amazing line-up. Here are my pick of the newest artist additions and my tips for what not to miss at this year’s festival…

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Framing art prints and posters for my monochrome bedroom

Has the new year given you a burst of enthusiasm for getting your home organised? That’s how I’ve been feeling this year and I’ve been trying to sort out all the things that I’d been putting off during 2018. This week I’m tackling the artwork I’ve been collecting – it’s finally going on the wall..!

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Low-cost art & craft ideas to create personalised Christmas decor

December is here and if you haven’t already jumped at the chance to put up your tree and make your home look as festive as possible, you might be looking for some more affordable and creative ways to decorate your space for the Christmas period. There are so many amazing ways to put your own creative spin on Christmas decorations and decor, but to give you a few ideas, here are a select few festive arts and crafts you should try this season… 

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Weekend DIY: Hanging motivational art in my home office

I’ve given the walls of my office a mini-makeover this week and it’s really boosted my happiness. Since getting back to work after my little summer staycation, I felt like the space needed something inspirational to look at, and to make my office feel like home. Here’s what I did…

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Why you should buy from makers and microbusinesses

Whether you’re looking for interesting homewares, personalised gifts, handmade fashion or unique art, the best way to find something special is by buying from makers, artists and microbusinesses. Want to know where to find such creative folk? Read on to find out where and why to buy from the people who dedicate their lives to […]

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Easy ways to upcycle your rubbish rather than binning it

Our world is changing and it’s more important than ever that we find new and innovative ways to help make it a better, more healthy and restorative place by putting less in our landfills. It only takes a little creative effort to find some amazing ways to recycle the things we already have in our […]

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Fun decorating projects using your own photos

There are lots of quick and easy ways to give your home a unique and highly personalised look. One of the easiest, and often the most affordable ways, is using your own photos. Most of us take a lot but rarely do anything with them, apart from maybe posting a few online. You can take […]

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DIY picnic basket, lunch box & flask upcycling project

Have you seen this month’s issue of Reloved Magazine yet? If not, quickly get yourself a copy from WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco or Costco, because my picnic project is in the magazine with an impressive double-page spread (and 3 further pages of step-by-step photos, too!) Yes, I’m seriously excited! Not one but three of my DIY upcycles were […]

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Latitude Festival 2017 – my review & photographs

Hi guys, I’m back in my home office today after a thrilling weekend at Latitude Festival here in Suffolk and, now that I’ve finally got back into the swing of everyday life, I figured that now would be a good time to share my photos of the event with you. It was a jam-packed weekend […]

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Inspiration for a bright & airy home office with STUDIO

Today I’m sharing some more inspiration from STUDIO by Sally Coulthard and giving you the chance to win a copy in my blog giveaway. You may remember that I blogged some ideas for my home office last week and shared images of some amazing artist studios with you. Well, this week I’ve been completely inspired […]

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5 Low cost design tips for a smart & stylish home

Do you look with envy at the interior of other people’s homes and think why isn’t mine like that? Style is a question of confidence – the confidence to choose the right things for the right places, without compromising on practicality. With these five interior design tips, you can have a stylish home that oozes […]

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Books, books, books – What I got for Christmas & first impressions

I guess I was quite adamant when I said I only wanted books for Christmas, huh? Because that’s what I got – and piles of ’em! So you can imagine how thrilled I am to start the new year with a stack of books to read and plenty of reviews to bring you throughout 2017. I’m just […]

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Travel aspirations for 2017 – Amsterdam

The trouble with Instagram is that it makes you want to travel. I can barely open the app without spotting photos of my friends flying to far-flung destinations, skiing down a picturesque mountainside or swimming in a turquoise blue sea. And it can’t just be me that’s seeing daily updates like this, can it? Okay, Instagram […]

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How to decorate with festive art

Today’s blog post is all about bringing a touch of festive cheer to your home this December. Hanging Christmas quotes and pretty festive scenes on your walls is an easy way to bring the spirit of Christmas into every room of the house. Yes, even the bathroom! Today I’m sharing some lovely yuletide designs to give […]

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A low-cost way to decorate your walls for autumn

Today’s blog is a quick and easy decor update that can make your home feel really autumnal in a matter of minutes. And you don’t need to spend loads of money on new soft furnishings, or hours crafting a garland, or days painting your walls to add a touch of autumn colour to your home. My […]

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Festive gifts that help others – A better-than Fairtrade marketplace

I know you’re all thinking about Christmas shopping by now. Well, I’m ready to get started on my annual gift hunt – I’ve even bought the wrapping paper! In my search for special gifts and thrifty treats I stumbled upon Discovered. This online marketplace recommended to me and I’m glad I took the time to check […]

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My favourite interior trends – Watercolours

After a long summer of days out and time spent outdoors, each September I tend to turn my attention back indoors and start looking at new trends for the home. While it’s been around for a while now, the watercolour trend remains one of my favourites of recent years. We’ve been seeing painterly florals on […]

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5 Reasons why sunset is the best time of day

Blazing red sunsets, rainbow skies, dark silhouettes and pastel hues. All of these beautiful elements combine to make one of the most stunning features of the evening sky – the sunset. If you’ve never watched the sun setting over rolling countryside, perhaps this summer is the time to do it. It’s a really special moment when you […]

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4 Low-cost + fun days out for the school holidays

We’re mid-way through the summer term and that means one thing – a sunny half term break with nothing to do! This is one of my favourite holidays of the school year, because it’s warm enough to get outside and enjoy last days of Spring, yet it’s not the over-priced days of the summer holidays […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Rather fabulous shoe quotes + prints

I wanted to share a quick blog post with you this Tuesday Shoesday after finding some rather cool prints on Etsy this week. I searched for “shoes + art” and I discovered a whole world of fabulous shoe-related quotes. I couldn’t NOT share these classy wall-art designs with you, and I hope you’ll like them […]

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DIY gift project – Be your own clothing designer

I’m excited to share a fun project I’ve been playing around with this week. Yes, I’ve been designing my own clothing. I’ve been spending time picking out my favourite photos and choosing my ultimate ‘girl boss’ quotes in order to make a few designs of my own. And that’s because I’ve just discovered a new […]

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Art & culture lovers tour of Sicily

While I’m planning on staying at home with not much to do for the whole of December, I sometimes envy those people who have booked an inspirational trip away during the festive period. Even though I love Christmas in the UK, skipping all the stress that sometimes comes with it does sound appealing! For those of you who […]

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Map Geek – Land by Anthony Gormley

I can’t believe it, we’re nearly at the school half-term holidays again! Where did the last 7 weeks go? If you’ve got children of school age you probably base your life around the academic calendar too and are looking forward to, or dreading (!), the impending half-term break. I thought I’d share with you a […]

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Review of Latitude Festival 2015 + plenty of pics!

Latitude. What a festival. What a wonderful weekend. It was magical, hilarious, nostalgic and happy. And that’s just my experience of the event. I’d love to tell you all about it today and share some of my photos so that you can get an idea of the fun weekend we enjoyed at Suffolk’s biggest arts […]

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My little vintage caravan – DIY display cabinet makeover

You can never have too much storage, right? Especially if you’re like me and you’re forever picking up cute little thingmebobs at car boot sales and love to receive little trinkety gifts from friends. But that does mean that I have a lot of ‘things’ yet don’t really have anywhere to keep them. No, I can’t […]

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Rust & butterflies ~ the perfect combination for an exhibition

This week I went to the opening of a fabulous new exhibition at the Ipswich town hall art gallery, featuring the work of artist Mandy Christmas. The exhibition featured a stunning display of photographic works featuring countryside and coastal views along with some simply astonishing up-close shots of wildlife. Even the artist’s exhibition sign was […]

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Thought-provoking artwork on the landscape of waste packaging

I went as far East as possible yesterday. That IS what Easter means, right? 😉 I headed to the East coast in East Anglia and braved the coastal winds to enjoy a walk along the seafront with my family. I enjoyed a traditional fish and chips lunch and a cup of afternoon tea before walking […]

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Stunning shire horse sculpture in the Suffolk countryside

I recently visited a sculpture that I’ve never see before. That’s not to say that I’ve never been to the location before – I have been to Snape Maltings many times (only last month : see my blog post on the Henry Moore sculpture here) – and that’s not to say that it’s a new addition […]

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Decorating my living room using personalised posters

In my living room there is wall which hasn’t been wallpapered and that doesn’t have a piece or art or mirror hanging on it, and every time I sit on the sofa my eye is drawn to the big blank empty space. I knew that I wanted to include some photos of my friends and family […]

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A sunny weekend – bargain hunting, art & digging

I had a rather outdoorsy Saturday planned for this weekend and thankfully the weather has stayed pretty good here. To kick-start the weekend hubby and I set out alarms for normal weekday times and dragged ourselves out of bed to go to the local carboot sale. I love rummaging for a bargain but my husband is much quicker at glancing over the […]

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Have you wiped your feet on the Comedy Carpet?

Have you stomped your mucky boots all over the carpet? Have you laughed as you scuffed your trainers over the floor? Did you wipe your feet? I am of course referring to Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet, a seafront installation by artist Gordon Young which forms part of the seaside town’s regeneration project and is now a […]

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Dream a little dream… books in the bedroom

Hopefully you’ll have already read all about my sleep challenge and how it got me thinking about making some changes to my bedroom decor. Last Sunday I wrote about my plans to wallpaper the bedroom wall using book pages and here’s how I got on with putting the plan into action:  I chose to use […]

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Christmas gift ideas ~ unique self-published books

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. I’ve purchased books in the past written by bloggers […]

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Get your art out there – affordable ways to promote artists & exhibitions

As you will probably know if you have read my blog for a while, my husband is an artist and runs a number of events as well as curating exhibitions and art projects. For him it is really important to get information about his art events out there so that interested people can attend. Spreading the […]

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Making large wall-art using A2 posters

I recently bought some frames at a bargain price from The Range and wanted to make my own unique artwork for my bedroom. The frames were very large carved wooden frames in a lovely dark wood that I thought would go perfectly with my bed frame. I loved the frames, but they weren’t being sold in […]

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Warm weather weekend ~ Boats & huts

Just a quick blog post today to share some photos that I’ve taken of my sunny summer adventures so far. I took a trip to out this weekend for a picnic on the shores of the river, where we enjoyed cream-cheese and cucumber sandwiches and a cup of tea. It was a lovely sunny day and […]

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June’s Inspiration Challenge update ~ and the new theme for July

Last month we all worked hard on our pieces of art inspired by the theme of beach huts. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the progress tweets and couldn’t wait for all the contributions to come rolling into my inbox! Founder of the Inspiration Challenge Lucy from Lucy Loves Ya blog sent in her sewing project; a fabulous […]

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Anniversary Party ~ Inspirations for invitations

Source: the123blog.com via Cassiefairy on Pinterest I may have already mentioned a few times on the blog that this year is mine and hubby’s 10th wedding anniversary and we are planning a big party to celebrate! It’s coming up soon in August and all year I’ve been non-stop pinning photos of gorgeous weddings and parties on my Pinterest […]

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Photography exhibition – Man v Nature by Claire Lacey

Today is the launch of a brand new photography exhibition at the Morley College, Westminster in London and it features work by my wonderful photographer friend and blog contributor Claire Lacey of Lacey In Places. Here she shares her photographs on the subject of Man v Nature and discusses how she produced the images: For my first assignment […]

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April PinAddicts Challenge – Linky is Open!

I had such good fun making my craft projects for the PinAddicts Challenge last month, and I am so pleased to see them included in the blog post for March (above) along with so many other fantastic PinAddict creations! I can’t wait to get stuck into April’s challenge – I think a few baking projects will have […]

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Possibly my favourite piece of artwork ever! Well done Andy G 😀

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Blog Giveaway – Get a retro toys art illustration completely FREE!

 I am pleased to be able to share a fantastic giveaway with you! Artist Andy Greenacre is giving away 10 limited edition prints of his “Remember These?” artwork this week. These illustrations have developed from his recent drawings related to memorable objects from childhood. If you were an 80s child you probably remember playing with some of these […]

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The Never Ending Mural project in Ipswich

Over last weekend I went to the celebration event for the The Never Ending Mural project in Ipswich. This was a community-led project inspired by the Ipswich Art School Fundraising Appeal and brought to life by artist and curator John D Edwards (pictured below). The project began on Ipswich Waterfront in June 2011 with the help […]

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My photographs from Preston @Guild2012

I was lucky enough to be in Preston during the town’s Guild celebrations. This once-every-twenty-years event included performances, art, processions, fireworks and music over a two-week period and here’s my snaps of the town centre and Avenham & Miller parks:

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One of my favourite photos: Fishing Boys by @AndyGreenacre

Here’s one of my favourite photographs from Andy Greenacre’s recent exhibition – check out his website here: www.Andy-Greenacre.co.uk This panoramic photograph was taken by the artist back in 2000 in South Africa.

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A gorgeous piece of artwork for my retro living room – by artist Mable Tan

I saw this funky retro-inspired photograph when I was recently browsing on artist Mable Tan’s website Happee Monkee and instantly knew it would be perfect for my 50s, 60s & 70s interior design project (here’s my mood board). You may remember that I shared an interview with Mable Tan on my blog recently and this is the piece of […]

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Andy Greenacre’s new exhibition: “I remember when…”

Andy Greenacre’s new exhibition begins tomorrow at Ipswich Art School gallery. The exhibition is a collection of photographic work based on distorted images of memory and will be shown in the first floor workshop space “The Common Room” this weekend from Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December from 10am – 4pm both days. Additionally, the […]

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One of my favourite photos – A fairy woodland

I love this photo by Claire Lacey – I’d simply love to go for a sunny evening stroll down that path! It looks like a great location for a fairy photoshoot – and you can just imagine real fairies peeking out from around the trunks of the trees and skipping down this tree-lined track. Beautiful […]

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Ballerina Fashion at the Costume Designers Gala

One of my lovely fairy friends pointed me in the direction of this image of model Miranda Kerr at the Costume Designers MET Gala event last week: The 28-year-old Victoria’s secret model channeled her inner ballerina as she wore a stunning white strapless tulle and lace Marchesa gown and Nicholas Kirkwood ivory lacy platform heels. […]

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That’s what Bank Holidays are for:

I spent a lovely sunny bank-holiday monday morning at a carboot sale, where I purchased a men’s blue t-shirt for 30p – I had a craft project in mind and needed some fabric before I could carry on with my plan to make a patriotic noticeboard. A few bits of ribbon and a lot of […]

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I heart summer festivals – its all about the Fairy Fair!

I am so excited to be involved with the Fairyland Trust’s fairy fair this year. This year’s fundraising Fairy Fair (29th and 30th May) looks set to be the biggest and best ever. Set in the beautiful grounds of Holt Hall, Norfolk, this magical family day out is not to be missed. First the very […]

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My favourite charity: The Fairyland Trust!

The Fairyland Trust is a charity that I am very fond of. It is based in East Anglia (where I grew up ) and I have actually made a few life choices based on this organisation: 6 years ago I saw a local news report on the Fairyland Trust and a fairy event they were organising for […]

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