Autumnal Walks & Sloe Gin

Autumn in all her glory

Today I went on a magical walk with my family in some Berkshire woodlands and captured some stills of autumn looking amazing.  We had a family lunch for my husband’s birthday and then headed out for a long walk.  Here are my beautiful girls who happily pottered with me and also took photographs.

The clocks changed last night, and it really felt like we are heading for winter with a nip in the air and clear skies.  This year the leaves are magical; holding onto the trees for as long as they can and turning the most amazing colours.

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Inspiring colour palette

Marie Claire Maison has featured this interior shoot in April 2015 and the color palette is wow!  Although having been up in London recently, I am bit bearded-out so to speak as every man I saw had full facial hair.  I just always think of Mr Twit by Roald Dahl when confronted by facially hirsute men.

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Styling: Cristina Nava | Photography:  Lorenzo Pennati 

Tassels by the hundreds – Passementerie in Marrakesh

I have just returned from a break in Marrakesh, one of my most favourite places, where I spent a few days wandering the souks and Medina and taking a lot of photographs of the Islamic and Moorish architecture.

By chance, I found the most wonderful shop buried deep in the Medina where they sell only tassels.  Every size, colour, type and style was catered for.  Materials were mainly silk but they had some very cool leather ones as well which I have not seen before.  The owner was lovely, and can make me some to my size specifications and ship them to me.

I usually only use tassels for either curtains or as key tassels, but these got me wondering what else they can be used for?  I found these ones used as lights which are quite different:

Here they are used behind picture frames:

Flower wreaths made from paper and neoprene

Today I had to get some wreaths made up that had been ordered as gifts.  One with blue central pieces and one natural.  Since I had all the kit out, I tried to make a new version out of something other than old book pages that I usually use.  I wanted a fun and bright version with lots of bright colours.

The wreaths I make are usually very fragile and cannot go outside unless in a protected porch, so I made one out of something far more weatherproof, very thin neoprene foam.  It is a bit trickier to roll and staple, but I did get there.  Plus a hot glue gun works well on it and does not melt the neoprene, but my hands are really burnt after three wreaths in a go, those glue guns can be murder!