Gifts I made for my husband on our first anniversary

DIY first wedding anniversary paper gifts

As you may well have already read on my earlier post, it was my first wedding anniversary on Sunday. I often make gifts for people on birthdays and at Christmas, and this special occasion seemed like a good excuse to get crafting too.

First of all I decided to make a little book for him, a sort of collecting book for anniversaries. I drew a little picture to represent the traditional gift given on all the key anniversaries, then bound them into a little map covered book (maps being a favourite of ours and a theme at our wedding). I was rather pleased with the result, and I look forward to Adam ‘collecting’ anniversaries for a long time to come!

DIY first wedding anniversary paper gifts

DIY first wedding anniversary paper gifts

DIY first wedding anniversary paper gifts

DIY first wedding anniversary paper gifts

We’ve been having a bit of a copper obsession lately (long before it became so trendy, I might add!) and I actually tried to find some copper julep cans for Adam’s Christmas gift. I couldn’t manage to find any that were quite right at the time though, but I persisted and found a great set of quite old ones that needed a spruce up. Several hours of boiling in sea salt and vinegar, and yet more hours scrubbing them with citrus fruits later, and they’re almost perfect! I’m looking forward to tasting cocktails in them soon!

DIY papercut, wedding anniversary book, Moomin card and copper julep cans

Last of all I decided to attempt a paper cut for Adam. Because the traditional first anniversary gift is paper (I opted to go mostly with the US list as it makes more sense than the UK one!) I thought this would be a nice thing to keep, and also to frame in our new home.

I first drew a design on grid paper in pencil (using a hot hair balloon and a Winnie the Pooh quote, both of which were inspirations for our wedding), then transferred it in reverse onto the back of my heavy paper using carbon paper. Then it was a case of carefully cutting out the negative space with a scalpel (I swear by the Swann Norton handle with AA blade)….I found it best to start in the middle and work outwards so that I wasn’t pulling on any of the supporting pieces excessively. I also (despite my preference!) decided it best to cut out the really tricky and small fiddly bits first, as the larger and simpler ones required less effort.

DIY paper cut quote from Winnie the Pooh

Once I’d finished cutting, I created my backing paper by painting another sheet of heavy paper using gouache, starting with a blue at the top and fading into a green at the bottom. Then it was just a case of framing the paper cut and backing together…and I’m ever so pleased with how it turned out! In fact, Adam loved it so much we got quite emotional (perhaps also because he had an idea of how many hours I’d spent on it!).

DIY paper cut quote from Winnie the Pooh

Perhaps best of all though was Adam’s gift to me….another project to work on together! Rather fittingly, he had found and had sent from the US for me a copy of  ‘Our Adventure Book’ from the Pixar film ‘Up!’. It was made by the people who first made the album for the production team on the movie, and has our little tagline ‘An Adventure Begins’ on the spine.

First wedding anniversary gift: paper 'Our Adventure Book' from Up!

It’s full of gorgeous paper pages for us to fill with photos, notes, sketches and other bits and bobs from our wedding…..I can’t wait to fill it up together and make a real project of it! This may have to wait until after we’ve moved though, as most of our wedding stuff is still boxed up in various places!

Ems x

 

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Tuesday Tutorial: Jewellery Picture Frames

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I actually first made these to display my jewellery in at a pop-up shop I was exhibiting in, but once I’d brought them home I thought they’d just be perfect for keeping my own collection all tidy! I have a beautiful big jewellery box, and a big hat box that’s crammed with jewellery too, but despite all that my things invariably end up strewn across the fireplace in the bedroom!

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I have my flavours of the month, then they get buried underneath the next favoured few, and before too long I’ve forgotten what I have! This way though I get to show off several pieces at once, keep them all de-tangled and then just swap them back into the jewellery box when I want a change!

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These are super easy to make, and only took me moments. They’re cheap to put together too (I made them using bits and bobs I already had at home!) and don’t take any special skills!

What you will need:

  • Picture frames (broken, or with the glass and backing removed)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Small cup hooks
  • Drawing pins
  • String
  • Mini pegs
  • A bradawl tool, if you have one, or something sharp and pointy if not! (Please be careful!!)
  • White tack or picture nails

How to make:

1. Along the top edge of your tallest frame, measure the inside edge and mark out where you’d like each hook to go using the pencil

2. Using the bradawl, start off a hole at each mark

3. Screw your hooks into the holes, ensuring they all end up facing the same way

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4. Along each side edge of another frame, measure out and mark with a pencil where you’d like a string to cross, leaving a good 5cm in between each

5. Push a drawing pin into each mark

6. Tie string across and between each set of drawing pins

7. Attach pegs to the strings

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8. Now they’re ready to go on the wall, either suspended on nails or just attached with white tack (like mine!)

9. Hang long necklaces from the hooks, and rings, brooches etc. from the pegs

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10. Stand back and admire your work!

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants….Sompex Balloon Dog Lamps

They’re metallic. Love.

They’re balloons. Love.

And they’re DOGS. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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I’m desperately hankering after one of these Sompex Balloon Dog Lamps on Fab.com at the moment. I adore Jeff Koons’ huge balloon dog sculptures, after which I’m sure these are based. And really anything shiny and dog-shaped is going to have my name written all over it. But which colour….?

They’re currently £85 on Fab.com which I don’t think is *too* bad for a rather wonderfully different lamp. Especially when it’s shiny and dog-shaped.

 

Ems x

Blog Every Day in May: Book Love

“Tell us about your favourite book. Or maybe give us a top 5 of the books that changed your life.”

I love to read. Most of the time. I tend to go through phases where I’m addicted to a book and read text after text….but at other times (like now!) I just lose interest! And whilst I could still tell you all about some of my favourite books I have read (Orlando by Virgina Woolf….all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books….the Dexter books by Jeff LIndsey…..and most of PD James) because I’m having a bit of an ‘off’ period at the moment, I thought I’d be better placed to rave about a different kind of book…..

The book shelves in my little studio are crammed with colourful and creative books, and the biggest collection of all is that of my fashion books. I am just crazy about them. The glossy covers, the amazing photography, and of course the wonderful subjects! I’m definitely a style over substance girl, so browsing through these to give me inspiration is a favourite thing to do for me.

Here are some of my favourites….

Radical Fashion by Claire Wilcox

I used to use this a lot when I was at college (studying for my Degree in Theatre Design, a big part of which was Costume Design) so I just had to buy it when I no longer had access to the library! It’s really inspiring though, and full of, well, *radical* fashion.

Dior: 60 Years of Style by Farid Chenoune and Laziz Hamani

This was a very generous gift one Christmas and I really cherish this book. It’s absolutely HUGE and won’t fit on even the massive Victorian bookshelves we have in the house….it’s a true coffee table book (heck, you could even use it *as* a coffee table!) and it offers an enthralling history of one of my favourite design houses.

Put on Your Pearls Girls by Lulu Guinness

How pretty is that cover? SO damn pretty! And what’s more, this is actually a POP-UP BOOK!!! It doesn’t get much more charming than this….named after one of Lulu’s favourite expressions, the book is made up of all the darling little phrases she uses in her accessories. I love it!

Manolo Blahnik Drawings by Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley

I want a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes more than most things….they are just so wonderfully fun and exciting and glamourous. But as that’s not on the cards, I do make do rather well with this book. Blahnik’s designs are very much like theatrical costume drawings, and his style, colours and drama put me in mind of the wonderful Inigo Jones. I love this book so much I have two copies…one coffee table size and one mini version for the studio!

Merry by Koji Mizutani and Paul Smith

On the cover wrap of my copy of this book is a quote from Paul Smith: “The energy of the street makes me happy”….and this book certainly does make me happy! A super-bright collection of hundreds of incredibly smiley and fashion forward Japanese girls, this book is an inspiration, a mood lifter and just plain brill.

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….a super quick round up of my latest Etsy favourites

Sorry! Can’t stop! Crazy week of adventures going on! Will tell you about it later!

To keep you busy in the mean time, here are some of my latest ‘wants’ taken from my recent Etsy favourites……

Make a wish upon a star... Tiny enamel gold star necklace - Delicate Jewelry -

Make a wish upon a star… Tiny enamel gold star necklace by Little Me’s, £8.63 each (although I’m gonna need one in each colour!)

Colorful in bed. Pajamas sleeping shorts (Clothing lingerie panties)

Colorful in bed…… Stripey sleeping shorts by Di’Soro, £16.19 (I’ll have to wait til it warms up a little though!)

Sweet Tooth…. Gold Bracelet by Jack and Hazel Store, £10.33

UNICORN and RAINBOW necklace, GEMMA Correll Illustration, eco-friendly silver. Handcrafted by Chocolate and Steel

Over the rainbow….. Unicorn pendant by Chocolate and Steel, £37.57 (I will never grow up!)

Large Butterfly Mobile, Paper, Art,  Hanging, 3D, Nursery Decor, Baby, Baby Shower, Girls Room

Take flight….. Paper butterfly mobile by Simply Chic Lilly, £48.58 (my home studio just won’t be complete without this)

SALE Japanese Washi Masking Tape -  Red hearts in Clouds 10m

Hearts in the clouds…. Washi tape by Cinderella, £1.94 for 10m (that’s 10m of joy!)

Women's Bird Top Handmade Grey Cotton Jersey Vest Tunic Tank Top

Someday I’ll fly away…. Hand made cotton vest by Baggy Fitted, £21 (is that little bow to die for or what?!)

GRACE. Leather ballet flats. Womens flat shoes. US 5-14 sizes.

Made for walking…..Grace leather flats by Elf Elf, £64.87 (I could make believe it was summer in these)

Happy browsing!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants: Elizabeth Kate Scarves

It’s not often I’ve found a real treasure through Twitter, and I certainly can’t recall one falling into my lap before. But that’s just what happened when I gained a new follower recently, in the shape of EK Scarves. I dutifully clicked on the link in the profile to have a snoop about for who this new follower was, and was utterly delighted that I had.

Elizabeth Kate is a new label by Chelsea College of Art and Design, first class honours graduate and print designer Liz Bush. Having freelanced as a designer of hand-painted silk prints for international fashion houses and high-street suppliers, Liz is now following her dream of starting her own label.

Anyone who knows me well will tell you I’m pretty obsessed with silk scarves…..I have totally lost track of how many I own but it’s probably more than fifty. True to form though, that doesn’t put me off drooling over new ones….especially in the case of such stunning designs like these. In fact, for me at least, all the boxes are ticked with Liz’s stunning designs….there’s whimsy, vivid colours, opulence, magic and wild creatures. I just adore the juxtaposition of the geometric pattern with the organic, and there’s a real fairytale secret garden enchantment about it all.

It’s not all style over substance either at Elizabeth Kate, as each scarf is crafted from 100% silk or cotton, and roll-hem stitched in Como, Italy. There are different sized scarves, and two types of silk (crepe de chine and chiffon) to choose from. All are a wonderful shape and size for wearing though, whether you prefer knotting, twisting or wrapping yours. Each purchase comes packaged in a beautiful Elizabeth Kate box, in either pink, green or orange.

They’re not cheap, but then when you consider the detailed design process and beautiful fabrics, not to mention the fact that a good scarf can brighten up practically any outfit, I think it’s a good deal for a most wearable piece of art.

As usual, I’ve done my virtual shopping trip and rounded up my list of favourites. You can see more on the website though, at the Kingly Court boutique, or at a few other stockists in and around London as well as online.

 

I love the rather ostentatious colours in the Garden Fairies design, and as a firm believer in fairies it’s rather an apt choice for me. The flowery background almost makes it psychedelic, and once folded to wear, the flashes of colour are a real treat. It’s in 100% silk crepe de chine, 90cm squared and £120.

Birds are one of my favourites, and I have some gorgeous scarves with birds on them. I also love a minty green paired with pink, so the Birds design is definitely on my hit list. This one is 100% cotton voile, 100 x 200cm and £149.

Now I can’t say I’ve ever worn turquoise with scarlet, but the Peacock scarf makes me wonder why! I love the symmetry and tessellation of this design, and would even consider framing it to go on the wall to see it in its full glory! It’s 100% silk crepe de chine, 90cm square and £120.

How adorable is this one?! I knew I’d love the Poodles design before I even clicked on the images, but it’s even more darling than I’d imagined! I’m crazy about the sugary sweet colours and all the different poochy characters. I think this one may well be my favourite in fact. It’s 100% silk chiffon, 135cm squared and £145.

The White Striped Butterfly scarf reminds me of those wonderful marbled ink pictures we used to make at school for some reason. I’m crazy about the swirling colours, but love even more so the geometric pattern they fall into. This one would get a LOT of use with my wardrobe I think! It’s 100% silk crepe de chine, 110cm squared and £149.

I also found this beautiful little quote on the website too, and was so delighted with it, I thought I’d share…..

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.  Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.  ~Robert Fulghum

Ems x

Living for the weekend…. introducing my new ‘hood

As this is my first ‘Living for the weekend’ post since my move, I thought I’d dedicate it to my new home county of Hertfordshire. I figure it’ll help me get to know the area better, get an idea of what’s going on, and maybe even give me a chance to find some other local adventurers!

I’ll admit it though, when I started to look for events in my new local area, I honestly thought I’d only find a handful of things to do this weekend, and may have to stretch my search to neighboring Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. No such problem though! As soon as I started snooping about, I came across fun thing after fun thing to do! And in fact, I’m swamped with ideas! There’s such a wonderful range of things going on, and so many of them are right up my alley….how to choose???…..

Saturday

Hitchin Fashion Show

Hitchin Market Square

Saturday 13th October

Free Entry

Many fashion stores from Hitchin will be taking part in the second Hitchin Fashion Show, which takes place in the town square. There’ll be fashions from local high street stores, high end designers and vintage treasures, as well as a chance to see Hitchin’s very own Town Cryer!

 

Chorleywood Community Arts Centre Annual Exhibition and Sale

Saturday 13th October, 10am to 4pm

Free Entry

This annual event is a great opportunity to see examples of members’ work of all kinds, with many exhibits for sale. The day will also include demonstrations of pottery, painting and silk painting throughout the day!

Autumn Trail at Ashridge Estate

Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted

Saturday 13th October, 10am to 4pm

Entry from £2
Have halloween-themed spooky fun outdoors with a seasonal Family Trail around the beautiful Ashridge Estate, and answer questions along the way to earn a reward!

A Paper Garden City: Vanessa Stone

Foyer Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre
Until 31st October, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm
Free entry

A portrait of Letchworth in wonderful designs created in paper cuts  by talented  local artist Vanessa Stone.

Kitty Quiz Night, in aid of Cats Protection Hemel Hempstead & Berkhamsted

Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch HP4 3RD

Saturday 13th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start

£10 per person, including supper!

The Kitty Quiz Night is a remarkably popular event which regularly sells out! Teams are a maximum of 8, and the price includes a fish ‘n’ chips supper or veggie option. Please contact Colin 07507 914625 (daytime) or Vanessa 01442 879974 (evenings) for information and tickets or email vanessachenery@hotmail.com. This is a charity event and all proceeds will go to support the work of Cats Protection in the Dacorum area.

 

Autumn Charity Concert

All Saints Church, Hertford

Saturday 13th October, 7:30pm

Tickets £7

This concert in aid of Isabel Hospice brings together two popular choirs from Hertfordshire, with a varied programme to suit all tastes.

An Autumn Adventure

Brookmans Park

Saturday 13 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Free entry

Join the team at Gobions Wood Nature Reserve for a morning of autumnal activities and crafts. Click here to book online or call Susannah on 07876 508034.

Hertford Food and Drink Festival

From October 8th to October 14th

All around the Town Centre

Local businesses, the Town Council and other local organisations are hosting the first Hertford Food and Drink Festival. Expect farmers markets, a special apple day and demonstrations of all kinds!

Jumble Sale Cats Protection Hemel Hempstead & Berkhamsted

Potten End Village Hall

Saturday 13th October, from 11:30 am

Oh boy do I love a good jumble sale….and one to help fund a local cat charity is even better! Expect stacks of books, toys, games, clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, and household items at bargain prices.

Sunday

Hitchin Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale

Hitchin Market

Every Sunday, 7:30am to 1pm

Free Entry

In addition to the regular weekly markets, Hitchin Markets have recently launched a new venture offering a general market and a car boot sale every Sunday.  Pitches start at just £5.00, but its free to go and browse!

Family Deer Walk

Sunday October 14th, 8am to 10am

Starting at the B4506, end of Monument Drive, Ashridge

Adults £8, Children £6.

It’s an amazing time of year to see deer, as bucks compete for does and this family-based wildlife walk will give you a chance to experience the sights and sounds of the deer rut.  To book call 01442851227.

 

Phew! So much to do!

Ems x

Made in Britain Fashion Installation at BIS with UKFT

As I mentioned in my catch up on Monday, I was very honored to be asked to get involved with a special exhibition at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills recently. My dear friend Melanie at the UK Fashion and Textiles Association (as well as the marvelous Mellie J Show Room) asked me to help curate and design the installation, which UKFT were spearheading with help from the British Fashion Council, the British Footwear Association and the Designer-Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre at London College of Fashion.

The concept was to build awareness for the contributors and highlight the wealth of manufacturing and design talent in the UK. The venue was the BIS public foyer, right next to Westminster Abbey, so it was an amazing opportunity for all involved to show off their skills to the public, as well as those working at BIS and other Government Departments nearby. As part of my ‘pitch’ I came up with this little story….

“With a growing public conscious for supporting British businesses, as well as a greater respect for sustainable and ethical production, ‘Made In Britain’ is this year’s most fashionable label. Representing innovative processes, inspirational design and traditional skills, the Made in Britain banner is one to be proud of and to covet.

Showcasing the best of Britain’s design and manufacturing, this installation will convey the pride and respect felt for the Made In Britain label, creating feature garments crafted from the very label itself, and teaming them with British fashions against a backdrop of heritage fabrics and a narrative of  archive quotations.”

In addition to the props and accessories I made using Made in the UK labels, I got to play with (I mean, professionally merchandise) contributions from Henry Poole, Mannequino, Peregrine, Daines and Hathaway, John Smedley, Dents, Johnstons of Elgin, Lochcarron of Scotland, Fox Umbrella, Moxon, Taylor & Lodge, Begg Scotland, Bower Roebuck & Company Limited, Dr. Martins, Church, Barkers, Gaziano & Girling, Jeffrey West, John Lobb, Loakes, Trickers and CocoRose, amongst others!

I fell in love with all the stunning Begg cashmeres and the incredible heritage fabrics I used to drape the place……not to mention the incredible orange Fox umbrella and the bright yellow Dents gloves! I was also super impressed with the cleverly designed ‘flat pack’ mannequins from Mannequino, which are amazingly light-weight and really easy to dress.

I had so much fun meeting to plan the installation, and even more fun on the day setting it all up. Everyone seemed pretty pleased with how everything had come together, and I was certainly pretty proud to have been involved. We also got coverage in Drapers Magazine, Fibre2Fashion, WWB and Just Style!

It’s open to the public until the end of today if you’re nearby, but otherwise, here are some photos to snoop at…!

Ems x

Photos are courtesy of UKFT and the talented Freya McLeod-Turner.

Wednesday Wants…… Some friends from the market

I had my first stall at Old Spitalfields on Saturday, as part of the Designers Makers Market. It was lovely to see some stalls I recognised from past markets and to meet some new people too. There were lots of things I wanted, as usual, so here’s a little round up of my favourites!…..

Being a Potteries lass, I couldn’t pass by a stall filled with china without stopping for a look! And Material Pleasures‘ collections are actually made in my home town….and not much china is these days! Designed by Julie Spurgeon and skillfully made in English fine bone china in the heart of The Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent, Material Pleasures represents a lot of what I love about British hand-made homeware. Julie’s designs are both elegantly classical and whimsically modern….so very different from anything I’ve seen. Her sugar sweet pastel tones really caught my eye, along with her darling little china sugar mice (I was lucky enough to get one as a gift from Adam!). I’d love a full set (or three), and knowing that everything is so well made, thoughtfully designed and ethically sourced, I’d say there’s a pretty good excuse to indulge!

The Mister Peebles stall actually caught Adam’s eye first….. Full of charming and original illustrations bearing witty puns, we both fell for the little animals dressed up in sweaters and pajamas. There were lots of delightful prints for sale, as well as stacks of gorgeous greeting cards (which we couldn’t leave without!)…and it’s all terribly reasonably priced too!

And continuing the animal theme (it wasn’t intentional I promise!) Yas-Ming Ceramics is a collaboration between Yasmin Dilekkaya and Ming Wai Sun. Together they design these wonderful ceramics, all so clever and funny….. each mould is made by them and the heads and bums are carefully attached by hand so each piece is slightly different. I adore the small plates with the ruffed animals standing over them…how cute are their over-sized heads on their little human bodies?!

I’m back at the Designers Makers Market at Old Spitalfields on Saturday 15th September, along with lots of the lovely designers I met there too!

Ems x

Ideas for the weekend…..

A whole weekend…..all mine! I have absolutely no set plans for this weekend, and I am so looking forward to it! I’ll be sure to get in plenty of relaxing and slobbing about (it’s a busy old summer, so I need it!) but as usual, I know I’ll be tempted by an adventure or two! And here are the most likely distractions……

Christian Louboutin 20 Years Design Museum Retrospective (photo from Marian Kihogo)

Now I know I’ve harped on about this already, but this weekend is your last chance to catch this…. Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum celebrates a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. The exhibition reveals some of the artistry and theatricality of the iconic designer’s work, offering the visitor a unique exploration of his processes, right from the initial drawing to production. Adult admission is £10.

East End Film Festival

The East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals and each year hosts a multi-platform festival in London, with a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and family activities. Their mission is to ‘discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences’. The festival ends this Sunday and includes lots of free screenings…. I have my eye on F.W. Murnau’s ‘A Symphony of Horror’ which is to be shown at Spitalifelds Market at 9pm on Saturday, and Rob Curry and Anthony Fletcher’s The Tempest which is showing at Genesis at 6:30 on Friday, followed by a Q&A.

Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography

Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography is showing at the London Transport Museum until 28th October. The largest of its kind, the exhibition explores geographical, diagrammatic and decorative transport maps, as well as the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination (notably on lots of the fabulous treasures in their shop!). The displays on show include previously unseen historic material and new artworks by artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre. Adult admission is £13.50.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration is now showing at Buckingham Palace as part of its summer opening. The exhibition shows some of the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years, and includes an exceptional display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels. Adult tickets are £18.00 and the exhibition is open until 7th October.

Picasso Prints

The British Museum has recently acquired a complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite, 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937, and is now exhibiting them as one of their free displays. Reflecting Picasso’s developing interest in classical sculpture, the prints were created when Picasso was romantically involved with his young muse and model, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Most exciting for me though, there is a real focus on classical linearity, with scenes featuring the Minotaur, one of my favourite classical stories. You can see the collection until 2nd September, but this Saturday from 2pm Bartosz Glowacki, from the Royal Academy of Music, is to play French accordion pieces from Picasso’s Paris (such as Edith Piaf, Felix Mayol, Lucienne Boyer, Marie Louise-Damien, Marie Dubas and Maurice Chevalier) to celebrate the collection.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is focusing on community gardening, highlighting how gardening can bring communities together and improve communal spaces. There is a new ‘Low Cost/High Impact gardens’ show, a floral marquee, plant village, and the Hampton Court Grapevine Theatre which will feature celebrities and live TV. There are also over 600 exhibitors to see over the 34 acres of show ground which is open until the end of this weekend.

I hope you all get in your fair share of slobbing about and adventuring too!

Ems x