Tabletop love: Transferware

If I was looking to purchase a new dinner setting, I would struggle to look past brown and white Transferware. I have loved this traditional pattern ever since being introduced to it back in my university years. The parents of a boyfriend from that time had a beautiful blue and white setting and it is one of my lasting memories of that relationship. Terrible isn't it, but I was bewitched. Even though the blue and pink settings are beautiful, my preference is for the brown. I find it to be more sophisticated and would sit beautifully in a modern contemporary home. The added beauty of Transferware is that a full matching service is not required, mixing different patterns only adds to the enchantment of these stunning plates.

 

If you would like to find out more about Transferware, there is an interesting article written by  the Transferware Collectors club which can be found here

 

Images: Jane Cameron for Design Sponge / Etsy / Nancysdailydish / Etsy

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Musings on Accumulation


I have been struck recently by how much stuff I am accumulating in my home. Instinctively I am someone who feels most comfortable living in a space which contains beautiful, carefully curated objects. Items which are personal to me, tell some kind of story and remind me of family, friends and past experiences. Looking around my home, I can see a simple painted tin cross bought in Mexico which reminds me of my first real adventure exploring the world with girlfriends. The painting which sits above my fireplace reminds me of my first years in London when I realised that I needed art in my life to make my house a home. 

But over the past few months as I write about beautiful interiors and homewares, I have found myself wanting to accumulate, more and more things. Being increasingly exposed to interiors appears to have had a not so desired effect on me. These days I strive to move towards living an increasingly mindful existence, so surely this must also apply to my desire to accumulate?

An article within the latest Kinfolk magazine really struck a cord with me. The magazine is titled The Essentials Issue and there is a wonderful essay written by Margaret Everton within. She writes, 

'Without the guiding discrimination of our inner voices, our lives can be filled randomly with things that may be generally good, but not the best. A cultivated selectivity can transform plain objects into relics of our life story'

This is the type of life I aspire to and without a conscious effort I can already see that it is having an impact on the way I am thinking. If this is something that interests you, I highly recommend picking up a copy of issue sixteen to explore the topic further.

 

Images: Sabrina Smelko , Design Sponge

Quote: Kinfolk Magazine, Volume 16, The Essential Non-Essentials an essay by Margaret Everton

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Jennie Maizels Grown up Sketchbook Club


Jennie Maizels illustrated travel sketchbooks, Sketchbook Club Pop Up Books

When I travel on holiday to a warm, relaxing location I generally pack my sketchpad and watercolours. I love spending lazy relaxing afternoons creating watercolour paintings of jewellery whilst sitting in the shade. It can be such a relaxing experience, although one thing which can really impact my enjoyment is the stress of the blank sketchbook page. 

A couple of weeks ago I met Jennie Maizels, a well known children's book illustrator at Blogtacular. Jennie had brought along a selection of her beautiful Pop Up books and also three of her illustrated travel sketchbooks. Documenting her holidays through illustrations and typography, Jennie manages to capture the very essence of the places she visits. I took some photos to give you a glimpse of how beautiful these were, I was blown away would love to be able to learn to create something similar. Aren't they beautiful. Lucky for us, Jennie is starting an online Sketchbook Club which is due to launch this month. The club is suitable for all ages and skill levels and is definitely for adults. I reached out to Jennie after the conference to find out more about the club. 

As an illustrator Jennie is never faced with a blank page, she is either following a brief with her Pop Up Books or with her holiday dairies, the brief is the day just passed. There is no ambiguity or uncertainty, however she recognises the fear that many of us experience when faced with a big white blank page. With the Sketchbook club, Jennie aims to remove this fear by in each session telling everyone exactly what to do. There are printouts with references for all images and where applicable templates to trace or copy. She relates the club sessions to following a recipe. Jennie will give us the ingredients, methods and provide pictures of the finished cake as it were. I’m really excited to take part in the new online club and if you would like to get involved you can contact Jennie at www.jenniemaizels.com  You can also follow Jennie on Instagram and Twitter - @jenniemaizels

 

Jennie Maizels illustrated travel sketchbooks, Sketchbook Club Pop Up Books
Jennie Maizels illustrated travel sketchbooks, Sketchbook Club Pop Up Books
Jennie Maizels illustrated travel sketchbooks, Sketchbook Club Pop Up Books
 
Jennie Maizels illustrated travel sketchbooks, Sketchbook Club Pop Up Books
 

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