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Friday, 26 June 2015

The Fantastic World of Fermoie

This isn't really the normal post to do with either mini or anything remotely related to kids but it's something I'm so passionate about I had to do a little post. 
I had the privilege of visiting the factory in Malborough of my favourite fabric company Fermoie this week. As many of you know I've kitted out my new kitchen living room in london with their fabrics as well as my new home in ibiza and when I mentioned to them that I was going to now reupholster our old Seat 600 in their new Chiltern linen they could sense they had a Fermoie fanatic on their hands
They is the Chiltern Linen that will cover the Seat 600 seats
I had studied fashion and textiles at St Martins school of art and have always done my own screen printing but this was on another level. It was the perfect merging of creativity, old traditions with technology. And the result is a range of beautiful fabrics on cotton or linen, in every shade of the rainbow with original and inspiring prints. Thank you Fermoie for letting me watch with wonder.
Here is their wall of swatches. I want everything!

This one machine prints everything from start to finish. Its hypnotic to watch.
They colour match everything that is printed.
Once printed the fabrics rolls up and under a huge furnace which cures the fabric and sets the colour.

This is their cutting machine, which measures, rolls and then cuts the fabrics with the aid of a magic eye and a scalpel. I was enthralled.

Everything at Fermoie is printed to order but for the fabric that doesn't quite make the colour grade this is where it goes. And its my idea of heaven.

I used their Barmillion fabric for my Living room curtains

And their York stripe for my kitchen blinds and their plain Linen in Clean Slate and cushions in Horizon for the banquette.

I ended up buying some of their lilac cotton Fermoie - Plain in L208 to make up two footstools in our house.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Mini & Indie do Paris

Wow what a weekend! Some of our Instagram followers may have witnessed our trip but for those needing more detail here is a little not on our Parisian adventure!
What do to when celebrating your daughter's fifth birthday? Take her to Paris of course. With her best friend too, seeing as they share the same birthday. First stop after dumping the cases was a charming chocolate and biscuit shop called La Cure Gourmande with shops all over Paris, they stock wall to wall delicacies and of course the girls went wild.

Next stop was a charming toy shop Pain D'Epices which had not only every toy you could imagine but also the most charming assortment of puppets and a puppet theatre. Mini was enthralled with the dolls houses on display and everything you could put in them, from furniture and people in 19th century clothes, to pots, pans, rolling pins and plates and plates of food all in miniature.
Off to lunch at the gorgeous Brasserie Galloping and although the food was excellent (luckily Mini loves her steak frites) its not for most children.
The stained glass interior windows are quite breathtaking

And then it was on to the Tour Eiffel. I've been so many times to Paris but I've never been up the tower itself. So it was a first for Mini and for me too. The queues outside are horrid so clever Kate had already organised a tour to take us up, meaning we skipped merrily past the queue up to the second floor.

View from the second floor. And what a view. I had fun pointing out all my favourite places in the city. We then did have to queue a little more to make it all the way to the tippy top, as Mini puts it. But well worth it.

The views up can make ones head slightly spin

stormy skies over the Trocadero 
A quick stop off at one of our favourite kids stores - Mini obviously loves the name!

After such an escapade our appetites were well and truly ravenous, so off we headed to La Duree in Saint Germain. My favourite place to grab a snack and top it off with quite frankly the best macaroons ever made. Mini is keen on the chocolate and raspberry and I'm partial to the salted caramel.

back in the hotel and there were more treats to be had, balloons and cake to celebrate!

Day 2 and it was breakfast at the L'Arc de Triomphe 

And then onto the Bateau Mouche for a river tour

Best friends forever 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Guess who?

Today was world book day and Phin and Mini were beyond excited to dress up as their favourite literary heroes.
Mini chose Rosie Revere Engineer with a Pucci headscarf no less and Phin morphed into Iggy Peck Architect complete with hair raising quiff. Both books are written by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Roberts and are utterly delightful. We highly recommend getting them, with their funny, creative and inspiring role models doing exciting and interesting things they've become firm favourites in our our home.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Icing Queen

Today was another creative challenge with my friend Lucia. Flower arranging last month, this time we turned our hands to icing courtesy of the Biscuiteers. Cleverly Lucia had enrolled us in their fashion course, icing everything from handbags to shoes. Our imaginations were ready to run riot.

The kit: perfectly baked biscuits, icing sugar mixed to the perfect consistency in bottles and bags and a colour card of their own sets to inspire us.
E Voila! The final collection. I wish i had photographed each step for you because once you know the tricks,  anything is possible. 

Its all about an evening clutch. This was done by line icing the edge of the biscuit and then making constant squiggle shaped W in white and lilac to create a ripple effect.
I think this is my favourite. Very Prada a/w '16 seen on last week's catwalk. I outlined the biscuit and then flooded it with runnier icing in blue and eucalyptus then i dropped black dots onto the lower section and took a wooden cocktail stick and pulled it through the dot from top to bottom to create a heart shape. For the belt i added blue dots on the black base and then went top to bottom, then bottom to top etc with the cocktail stick. Then we put the biscuit in the oven at 50 degrees centigrade to dry out the icing. I then piped white icing around the neckline and sprinkled it with granulated sugar which stuck to it, creating a bejewelled neckline.
I love the simplicity of this swimsuit. Purple line icing to delineate the biscuit then flooded with purple, then small polka dots in eucalyptus. Oven dried and then just added a white frill around the edges.

Hot shades for summer. I delineated the lenses in black and the flooded them. When the icing was still wet i piped white along the edges to show some light reflection. After drying out in the oven I piped the dots all around.

I made this dress with Mini in mind and she certainly enjoyed scoffing it straight after school. Pink icing flooded then dried followed by purple icing on the belt encrusted with white sugar and a pretty black bow.

These stilettos really stumped me. I had no idea how to decorate them, so a few well chosen black studs and a bow later...

I call these my Mad Men earrings, dangly fun and so over the top! 

Mini couldn't help but wear her earrings 

Don't look at me!