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? ūüėČ 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 ‚Äúwhere did you find this?‚ÄĚ 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 ūüėÄ

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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 ‚ÄúRemember These?‚ÄĚ 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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