• Inspirations,  Textile Artists

    Althea Crome’s Miniature Knitting

    As many of you may know, I have a habit of picking up a craft technique or style and working on a tiny scale, using the smallest needles and thread or yarn that I can find! It seems to be an addiction that I can’t (and won’t) give up! I am currently working on a miniature hexagon quilt, started Honiton lace (the finest of laces) and have taken my tatting to an even finer level than what I have already been working on! I tend to scroll through Pinterest on a regular basis for inspiration or just because I can’t help but want to find something new and exciting to…

  • Inspirations,  Painters

    Rococo’s Fragonard

    Jean-Honore Fragonard has long been a favourite artist in my life… even since being a little girl, I adored his most famous painting, The Swing –  which for me captured the spirit of romance in my innocence. Fragonard was a French painter, born in 1732 (died in 1806). He is considered the ‘all-time master’ of French painting capturing the essence of the era through his beautiful and expressive paintings, alongside Francois Boucher. He painted over 550 pieces in his lifetime which don’t even include his sketches and etchings throughout his life. He started his many years of training and education with painting alongside two incredible artists – Jean-Baptiste Chardin (considered…

  • Inspirations,  Painters

    John William Waterhouse

    John William Waterhouse is an English painter, who I’ve known about for awhile but didn’t really look much into his work until recently. He was born 6th April 1849, in Rome and painted a total of 118 paintings in his life time. Probably his most famous paintings are that of Ophelia and The lady of Shalott. But my favourite is The Soul of the Rose with all of it’s romance and softness. Waterhouse started painting in the 1870s with his focus on portraiture in a classical style of the Greeks and Romans. Which is fitting, considering he was born in Rome to English parents. He would have been surrounded by…

  • Inspirations

    Colours of the Highlands

    My husband (Ross) and I took a short holiday this May to visit very close friends in Inverness. We had never been to Scotland before, but had heard so many wonderful comments of the beauty the Highlands have to offer. We experienced the fours seasons of the Scottish weather in just a few days of being there – from sunshine and light breezes to snow, hail, rain and chilly winds. But every season showed us a new side to Scotland with a new pallet of colours… It was eye catching to say the least. One of the days, we drove around Loch Ness with the towering dense forests on the…

  • Inspirations

    Inspiration from Notre Dame

    It was such a shock to hear of the Notre Dame in a blaze of fire. When you think of some of the most famous and long standing buildings in the world, you tend to imagine that they will be standing forever in all of their glory. But as the Notre Dame fire has so well illustrated these precious and beautiful buildings full of history and stories of ages past, are so fragile in this modern world. It is so incredible to think of the millions of people that have past through the doors of the Cathedral whether to worship or just visiting. But even more so, is to think…