Thursday, March 31, 2011


ilovedoodle is the illustration portfolio of Lim Heng Swee. Most of his illustrations are also available to buy on t-shirts.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


There are a few things that have been inspiring me lately like brownies from cottonrake bakery, daffodils before they bloom, royal family mugs and Jenn (who is actually constantly on this ever changing list.) This is her studio i think its lovely!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shower Curtain

We needed a shower curtain, so i bought one with nice flowers on but the John was all like "no way flowers are for Girls" and i had to take it back. So i've made my own. Ships and Whales for Boys AND Girls.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Learn Something Every Day

For the last 2 years, Learn Something Every Day have posted an interesting, illustrated fact every single day. Its well worth keeping an eye on.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Picnic at the Burrell

When the sun came out today, we decided to make the most of it and go for a picnic. We made some sandwiches, tomato soup, tea and Sally made some pear, cinnamon and custard tarts.

When we were all packed up, we jumped in the car and headed to Pollock Park and the Burrell Collection. This was our first picnic together since we got married - hopefully we will have plenty more when summer comes around and the temperature rises.

Sally was in charge of the "franka" - a plastic camera i picked up from the charity shop for 50p. We googled it and found an article claiming it was the worst camera ever made (I think they nicknamed it "crapcam") so we thought we would give it a shot and see what happens!

There is so much cool old stuff at the Burrell - it's hard to believe it was all one guys collection from his travels around the world. I didn't know if I was allowed to take photos so I just took a few 'sneaky' snaps when there was no staff about.


Sally has been busy drawing boats recently for a project she is working on (I'm sure she will explain later). I stumbled across this screenprint and thought that maybe we should get it to provide inspiration… any excuse!

You can see more pics and purchase it here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Finds of the day.

Today i braved the outside with out a jacket. I appreciate blue skies and sunshine so much more now than when i lived in australia. Its taken me a while though to realize just because its sunny out this does not mean its warm. I went for a nice wonder to the post office and stopped off to get a few things on the way back too!

An excellent vintage cluedo THE ONLY board game i don't hate.

A cook book with a picture of a tin we have!! but thats not why i bought it honestly! Its by donna hay and she's Australian y'know it also has some delicious recipes and a section all about picnic food! brilliant!

Green swede ankle boots what more can i say i couldn't leave them behind! The old lady said "i knew someone young would buy these"

And a lovely white linen table cloth that needs a good wash and a clans of scotland tea towel.

Matsumoto Boku

Born in Shimane. Learned woodwork. Started his career as an artist. Set up his atelier in Matsu. Moved to Tokyo.
His website is in Japanese - this is all the information gather, but this guy seems to have carved all my favorite things out if wood! aren't they beautiful, what a champ!! You best go have a look at the rest yourself i think they are all brilliant.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In Our Talons

The sun is out and today and it's looking positively spring-like! I had Bowerbirds on my iPod at lunch time as I soaked in some rays. Perfect. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I have had a fairly productive day today and i have not even left for work yet! i went for a lovely wonder and the sun even came out for a short time. I picked up a few things for a project i am going to get started on - more about that later hopefully! just now i am more excited about these table cloths i picked up from my favorite charity shop today for FREE. apparently it pays to be a regular and give the old folks that volunteer there some good chat! i might bring them some bickies next time.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wedding Invitations

I know its now a fair bit after the 'event'. But I thought I would share some pics of our wedding invitations.

You can see more pics and fabrics here.

The weight of the world…

Last week we went junk shopping around the local junk/antiques shops.

Sally's eagle eyes spotted this beautiful 1970's globe which I then had to carry it all the way back home! You can take a closer look at the globe (and even buy it) here.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Today, when Sally finished working, we wandered to the Wood Recycling place down the road. Unfortunately my camera run out of juice so I only just managed to get this pic of some nice little planters - there is plenty nice things there to photograph so I think we will have to return when my camera is fully operational!
Next we went round a couple of charity shops. I found some really cool (I thought) 1960's wooden folding chairs but Sally wasn't so convinced so I had to leave them behind.

On the way home we stopped in at the Cottonrake bakery for some treats. The lovely people there talked us through there selection of baked goods. Sally chose a lemon meringue pie and I went for a delicious chocolate brownie - they went perfectly with a nice cup of tea when we got home.

Julianna Swaney

Julianna Swaney creates beautiful illustrations. Her work is packed full of crafty looking wolves and innocent looking girls.

Found via seasideair.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Come in… We're Open!

Just wanted to let you know that the Navy&Brown Shop is now open for business! It is full of interesting vintage homewares and gifts for you to get your grubby little mitts on!

Never let me go.

I dragged john along to see this film the day it came out, i didnt know what it was about and i haddent read the book. John asked me after why i wanted to see it and i replied "the clothes" he didn't understand this but i am glad we saw it, its an excellent film and the clothes are a lovely.

Sunny Shots

I was looking through some of my old pictures today and came across this old batch of Fisheye shots.

After a gloomy start to the day, the sun poked his head out for a little while this afternoon. With all the rain and snow here recently it's nice to be reminded that (hopefully) the sun will return for longer spells soon! 

These snaps are from the first time Sally made the long journey north to visit my sunny hometown village of Golspie almost 3 years ago. (thats her sitting on the bench in the second shot)
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