Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas! I'm enjoying Chrissy this year in San Fransisco with dear friends and their new baby. Hopefully I'll be back with a tonne of great photos and places. I might try the blogger app and see if I can publish on the go...or I might just be eating, drinking, and chilling out. We shall see.
Wherever you are, have a very merry Christmas, and I'll be back online in the new year.
Mrs Lel x

Friday, 21 December 2012


Another day, another collection. Well, I don't actually own these bunting flags, but others I've been collecting in Spain, The Netherlands, and France in my travels and flea market jaunts. Love the Six Flags over Texas flag...may need to nab that one.
 And here we have Arizona, and a big mixed lot below.
 Hoover Dam and set of three.
Universal City Studios next up. Followed by Montreal, and Niagra Falls!
Last  but not least, this very fancy one from Nassau.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

An Ikea Christmas

So I was having a mooch about online at what the big store are offering up this Christmas. I saw a great post on Apartment Therapy about alternative trees, and some creative variations on Ikea's fabric print of a tree, Margareta. At £6 a meter and with the design being 56cm tall, you've got yourself a very economical, ecological, tree. It looks lovely with a few decorations hung through the fabric:
However...I have way too many (very delicate) ornaments so, sadly, not an option for moi. I'm thinking of constructing an 3D tree out of wood next year... hmm...
Ikea also has these little mercury class Christmas characters. Cute, but not really my aesthetic. But at least they made an effort, which is more than I can say for the folks at Habitat. Guys, you're slipping. I ducked into a shop in Lyon a few weeks ago while away for the weekend, and was sorely disappointing. You use to have such beautiful, well crafted things. Now it's just mass-produced, badly made...crap! Fingers crossed you lift your game next year, I'll be watching. Ikea, good job, but room for improvement.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

David Taylor

David Taylor – my new designer crush. I've fallen head over heels for his elegant, masterfully simple pieces. Above, my absolute favourite "Crowd, 2012". The beautiful balance of polished metals, bright pop of colour, and rawness of concrete...divine.
David's work is designed functionality married to an obvious love of raw materials and tactile qualities. My second favourite piece is "table light, 2011" below. More gorgeous pieces on his website, and yes, Dave, you are super.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Darling Clementine Studio

How cute are these cup and saucers? And the fruits posters below? They're the handy work of Darling Clementine Studio. Lovely lovely.

Monday, 17 December 2012

A Stamp A Day

Everyone who know me knows I love snail mail. And I have a bunch of little stamps I use to brighten up my envelopes (when I remember I have them). And stamps are just fun, right? Well today's post is all about stamps! A year's worth. Gertie Jaquet is an illustrator living in Amsterdam and she's made herself a little challenge for the year – to make a stamp a day. And they're just gorgeous.
 Gertie's been making them all year, and is almost at the end of her challenge.
Fantastic creativity. Love the daily posts. And now very curious to see what Gertie has up her sleeve for next year...

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ettore Sottsass

I found this image online a while back on a design blog and have been lusting over these objects ever since. I thought they were newly produced candle sticks, but no, I've discovered that they're actually enameled copper vases on a wooden base, designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1958 for Vitra. Amazing how fifty years down the track they look so fresh and modern.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A Beautiful Mess

Work is manic. But if it wasn't, or I'd won the lotto, I'd be home making these amazing bake-at-home clay ornaments. They're beautiful! Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess have a step-by-step guide on how to make these beautiful decorations.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas In Da House

Christmas!! It's Christmas time. Sadly for me, no tree this year for our house as we'll be away fro the break it wouldn't really be enjoyed much. But that didn't stop me getting my decorations out!
One of my first collections was that of mercury glass, and oh, my, how that collection has thrived over the years! These are SOME of them. I know...I'm quite addicted. But I treasure them all. None of the objects, animals, fruit, etc., that are still tucked away in the cupboard.
The house looks festive. And that makes me happy. And I kind of like them in this dish.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Vintage Australia

Look! Gorgeous vintage Australian travel posters! I really love the Melbourne one, my, how times have changed! No Tassie ones yet, hopefully soon...

Monday, 10 December 2012

Suzie Standford

This week I'm feeling a bit homesick. I'm not sure if it's the darkness by 4pm, the cold, the snow – yes, snow already! – or the approach of Christmas. Maybe all of the above. Either way, I'm massively drawn to these chairs by Suzie Standford. Nostalgic Australia in a chair. What could be more perfect?!
Made from recycled vintage textiles, they're quirkiness to the max. And I want one. Now I need a coffee and some Vegemite toast...

Friday, 7 December 2012

Tara Dougans

Gifs! All the rage at the moment, and here are some gorgeous ones by Amsterdam-based illustrator Tara Dougans. Love them. Playful yet sophisticated.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Meet Mr Finch

This is Mr Finch. Mr Finch poses with an incredible giant moth he has made. And what a gorgeous moth it is – I love it. He looks to furry and nice (the moth, that is). Mr Finch is a textile artist in Leeds, England.
I came across a piece of his work on Pinterest and fell in love. Mr Finch's work has old world charm but in modern style and sophistication.  I just love the rabbits and their ruffles.
There's an artists statement on his Etsy shop, where I nabbed these little insights to the man himself. "I love to work alone and this was always the dream to sit in my studio and make things all day. I'm very fortunate enough to be doing this full time now and I fully appreciate it as its taken a few wrong turns and many random jobs to get here!" Hmmm, so envious. Mr Finch is living the life.
"I get very obsessed with creating certain animals and insects and often make many and then don't return to them for sometimes weeks. I recognise this behaviour now and whilst I'm in a particular zone I try to be as productive as possible."
"So whilst drinking endless cups of tea and keeping my eye on two naughty cats I listen to those Cd's of just the sound of rain, I love them regardless of the weather! They allow me to switch off and I spends hours sat at my table stitching fabrics into the creatures that fill my rainy fairytale mind."
"When not in my studio I'm on the constant lookout for fabrics and textiles that I can use in my work. I love the hunt and its especially great to find vintage pieces to use." Wow. A man after my own heart. Mr Finch – a message to you, sir – if you ever feel like a trip to Amsterdam, you have a place to crazy and a little Australian who will happily take you around vintage fabric stores and to flea markets with joy! For reals.
"At the end of the day or night I tidy my table up put all my tools away and look for the cats who are always hiding in between the books and jars and close the door until the next day"
Now all I feel like doing is pulling out my fabric draws and making something... You can follow Mr finch on his blog here.