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I took these photos this morning in the garden. I suddenly noticed that things were happening; things I hadn't noticed up until now. Hope you like them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Natural History's blog
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen my enthusiastic tweet about spotting a Brimstone butterfly in my garden. These bright yellow butterflies are very cheery and are often found in suburban gardens. If you haven't seen a Brimstone before, allow me to introduce one... Image © Matt Berry I had been thinking about what to post about this week and so this visitor has inspired me to find some beautiful butterfly products. Firstly, if you fly on over to Natural History's Origin of Style shop, you can buy these lovely leather notebooks. Perfect for scribbling secrets! Image... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Glad you liked it, thought it was a great Google homepage and worth a mention!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on Celebrating origami at Natural History's blog
You might well notice that today's Google homepage is origami themed. That is because today marks 101 years since the birth of origami legend Akira Yoshizawa. As a tribute to him, I wanted to share some beautiful origami with you, created by professional origami artist, Sipho Mabona who folded his first paper airplane aged 5. Today he creates large scale installations and fashions intricate pieces that are sure to astound. I particularly love these brightly coloured fish and birds. Find out more at: All images © Sipho Mabona  Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Natural History's blog
I certainly think so! These little beauties are a collaboration between gourmet chocolate company Rococo and textile designer Donna Wilson. Go and have a look before they are all gobbled up: Images © Donna Wilson and Rococo Chocolate Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Design studio Timorous Beasties created this special edition cushion for John Lewis and shows Westminster's skyline but perhaps, not as we know it. Known for experimental and surreal textiles, twee they are not. In fact, the beasts depicted might be timorous but these are fierce designs, for those who love bold prints. Find out more at: Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Natural History's blog
This week I visited the studio of weaver Holly Berry. I have been a fan of Holly's work since I blogged about her last year and am in the process of writing a feature about her. The feature will be out soon but until then, here are some of the photographs I took while I was there. As you can probably see, Holly occupies a very colourful world. Find out more at: Images © Clare Kelly Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Since 2007, there has been a colony of bees living in hives on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall. I haven't seen them but maybe you have? Now I normally spread honey on my toast, but there are a couple of makers who have found another use for it. Charlotte Sale works primarily with glass and filled this bee with honey to make for a truly unusual gift. And Tina Tsang created this honey-filled pendant which features the word 'honey' which has been hand cut. Buy both from Southbank Centre's online shop here: Images © Southbank Centre Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Natural History's blog
The World's Smallest Post Service is an ongoing project by artist Lea Redmond in California and here is one of her Tiny Packages. There are lots of others available too. Find out more at: You may have have heard about Lobster & Swan's Matchbox Project and here is the latest offering – a water-inspired repurposed vintage matchbox. Buy at: Elsa Mora is an artist known for her paper cutting but she does a lot more than that. A fan of miniature books, she often creates tiny tomes like this one above which is a work in progress. Visit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Natural History's blog
I was walking through TK Maxx today and was wowed by some beautiful Polish Pottery – I didn't get a picture of it sadly, but if you pop into your local store, you might find some. It reminded me of holidays. And so I started thinking about patterned pottery. When I was in New York in the autumn, I visited the Anthropologie store in Chelsea Market and spotted these Kebaya mugs (above) which, according to the website are 'inspired by the resist-dyeing technique of Dutch wax fabric'. I didn't buy any for fear of smashing them in my suitcase and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Natural History's blog
I've been blogging for Natural History for quite some time now and always keep a lookout for products that are inspired by the natural world. This wallpaper (called Columbia Road) from Custhom is hand screen printed – and while at £198 per roll it's not for those on a budget – it is a work of art. The Columbia Road range also features a gold hand foiled wallpaper (shown above) at £32 per metre which, could make plain walls really rather special. Custhom teach wallpaper printing courses at The Papered Parlour so if you'd like to learn some of their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Chances are: you've got a cold; you're getting a cold or you've just had a cold. Whichever it is, you'll be sick of the sight of tissues which is why I believe we should reinstate the humble handkerchief. It is a greener choice (I don't mean that literally) and it looks better than a Kleenex. In the past, you would have struggled to find a stylish handkerchief but now there are all manner of hand printed versions that you wouldn't be embarrassed to carry. Here are my favourities. 1. The mini pocket handkerchiefs from Sukie (above) which are perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Liberty has long been the place to go to learn how to sew properly. In fact, Alice Butcher of Alice & Ginny used to run the sewing school and she first told me about it when I interviewed her (and Ginny) for Cloth magazine. Today, Liberty offer a host of courses which help you to achieve professional results. If you can't make it to the store however, you might wish to purchase The Liberty Book of Home Sewing. My sister gave me this book for Christmas and it showcases lots of projects that will give your home the Liberty touch.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Yes, it is January but no, you do not have to be on a diet. It is cold outside and there is nothing more delicious than staying in and enjoying some of your favourite things. Over Christmas, my favourite supper consisted of: Godminster Vintage Cheddar Made in Somerset, this cheese is a real treat if you like stronger cheddars. Buy online at: Quince Butter I got myself some fabulous quince butter from Cotley Farm in east Devon but if you can't get there, why not try Martha Stewart's recipe? Roots & Wings Fine Oaten and Wheat Biscuits These... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Along with the red pillar box and red phone box, the red London bus is quintessentially British and lends itself well to all manner of objects. Here's some of my favourites. Wallpaper Lizzie Allen's Red Buses & Black Cabs is hand screen printed and would make for a lovely feature wall. Find out more here Cushion This knitted lambswool cushion by Sally Nencini is apparently inspired by the view from Sally's own window – a comfy cushion for your favourite chair. Buy it here Poster Put this on your wall and you'll smile each time you look at it. By... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Natural History's blog
Just a short post this week, dear readers. I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and to say thank you for reading my posts each week. Here's a selection of my favourite photographs from the year. Here's hoping that next year, I'll be bringing you more! All images © Clare Kelly; Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at Natural History's blog
I've known about textile designer Gillian Kyle's work for quite some time but while tucking into a Tunnocks Teacake earlier today, I was reminded that I must do a post. The most famous print (and the one you'll have likely seen) is of Tunnocks Teacakes and appears on products including tea towels, aprons, bag and babygrows. Gillian is so devoted to this Scottish teatime icon that Mr Tunnocks sent her 500 of his finest to use as her wedding cake, but it's not only the Teacakes that caught Gillian's eye. You'll also see that Tunnocks Caramel Wafer makes an appearance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at Natural History's blog
Little hearts hanging from a tree I'd very much like one for me Something to treasure all seasons but that's just one of the reasons. I like both Ginny :-) xx
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2011 on December Love #2 at SweetMyrtle
Yesterday, I visited designer maker Kirsty Whitlock to do a photoshoot. It was wonderful to photograph Kirsty's work which makes use of things we normally throw away (Kirsty's family are told to look out for items like magpies!) and also features a lot of type – both handwritten and printed. Capturing her work was a real joy and I wanted to show each thread which is why a macro lens is so useful! Working with other creatives is one of the best things about my job and I was particulalry inspired by Kirsty's nostalgic work; collecting little pieces of history,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Natural History's blog
I've just updated my Pinterest boards with some new 'pins'. If you haven't used Pinterest before, it's like a virtual moodboard and really addictive. Here's a couple of things I pinned recently. I found the Instamatic camera in a recycling centre in Devon still in its box (it's nigh on impossible to find the film for it though. Sigh) and the black and white vintage postcards show Portsmouth and Southsea. And here's my New York dress, so called because I wore it to my friends' wedding in Central Park last month. I got it a little closer to home though,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Natural History's blog
Designer Snowden Flood makes beautiful products – perfect for Christmas gifts. Based in the Oxo Tower, overlooking the Thames, you can pop into her beautifully styled shop or buy online. Here are my favourites. Black Tree Glasses Set Pictured above, these great glasses would make the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a tipple. Me, then. Cross stitch cushions Adorned with landmark motifs, these cushions look beautiful grouped together but would be equally as lovely alone, on a special chair. London Landmark Coasters If there's a London-shaped spot in your heart, these are for you. The latest addition to Snowden's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Natural History's blog
There are many, many museums and galleries within central London but I often wonder how many tourists would consider going 'off-Tube' to venture out to Forest Hill and the Horniman Museum and Garden. If you don't know London, Forest Hill is in south east London and is perfectly placed if you are visiting Dulwich or Brixton. The museum is free so is the perfect place to spend a chilly day with the little ones or alone. Open since Victorian times, it was founded by Frederick John Horniman to showcase his fantastic array of objects – this collection has since been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Natural History's blog
Browsing through the *Christmas* issue of Living Etc, I saw the gorgeous work of Helen Musselwhite who produces papercuts including scenes housed in glass domes (above, you'll see Twilight Cottage) and pieces for the wall such as The King of Christmas (below). I've been interested in the art of papercutting for a while now and even had a go at it myself but I could never imagine how artist Su Blackwell produces such intricate pieces. Not only that but Su also helps to bring miniature works to life as sets for productions including music videos (below) and... ...upcoming is an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at Natural History's blog
You may recall from my first post that I love vintage china. And I'm not alone. Designer Esther Coombs is a master upcycler, taking tired china and giving it a new life through illustration. It's a great idea but one that you could only pull off if you've got Esther's talent! Have problems losing the (veg) plot? Well, these unique seed markers will at least help you remember where you planted the peas. Or perhaps you're having friends for coffee and want to show off a special coffee pot? How about this one adorned with beach huts? Esther creates lots... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Natural History's blog
You might recall that last week's post talked of me moving house. Well, I moved yesterday so at the moment, I'm talking to you from a friend's house – a friend with the internet! At the moment, I'm in that lovely stage of unpacking and nesting but goodness; it's been a busy month! Just two weeks ago, I was in NYC and I thought I'd share my discoveries with you. I had a fab time visiting New York for my friend's wedding and wanted to share some of my own highlights. Mostly crafty of course! During our stay, it was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2011 at Natural History's blog