The Mister Finch Exhibition, London

Following the launch of his very first book earlier this year, the fairy tale-inspired world of Mister Finch has touched down – for a very short time – in the beautiful Anthropologie shop on the Kings Road in London, where it will be on display until January 4th 2015. The bay fronted shop is crammed full of huge vintage books, curiosities and  beautifully-crafted fabric creatures.

Inspired by the Parisian taxidermy
shop Deyrolle, the show comprises 15 pieces of soft sculpture: a crowned swan,
suitcase- carrying toadstool and seven-foot fox, among other creatures.

Here are some of the pieces from the collection and they are much larger than I thought they would be.  Sit back and enjoy.


Fabulous pin cushion crown


Over-sized Textile Moths



This piece is for sale for £1,800



A closer look at the spider
The shop windows are a magical delight.
A panoramic picture of the exhibition space.

Selvedge Winter Fair 2014

The Christmas shopping has started! Over the years, I’ve found the Selvedge Winter Fair at the Chelsea Old Town Hall is the perfect place for finding all sorts of unique gifts and unusual stocking fillers all available under one roof.

This year the Fair was a month earlier than last year and the weather was on our side. The Kings Road was bathed in sunshine. It was wonderful to be sitting outside, having coffee and cake and watching the world go by.

The Fair was buzzing with creativity; lots of colourful textiles, vintage and handmade pieces.
So much to see! This year I combined the trip with a day out in London with my husband. I wasn’t sure how it would work out (you know, finding out how much I spend!) but he positively encouraged me to buy all the goodies I liked. He knows how much I adore displaying handmade goodies in my sewing room.

Here are some photos from the day from the sunny rooms of the Chelsea Old Town Hall.


The lovely Viv from Hens Teeth
Grace from A Threadbear Productions with her menagerie of friends
The Chelsea Old Town Hall has such beautiful interiors
Walking back to the tube in the afternoon sunshine of a crisp Autumn day.
The end to a perfect day in London.

Shoes, shoes shoes !!!

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo I took in a rather up market charity shop just off the Kings Road, London.


Not only are the shoes from top brands (a handbag in the shop window was Stella McCartney !) but the colours are devine.