So terrifyingly busy, even Lily has to help........................



It's done - planned, designed, researched, written, made, styled, shot, layed out, edited, checked, checked again, cover options 1 - 10 analysed, cover chosen, thank you's thought about and written carefully. Done. And damn it is beautiful - I kid you not. October 17th is the onsale date, but if you're really desparate you can pre-order here.

And if two books weren't enough, book three started this week..........

Image - Cath Gratwicke - the book is so lovely this image didn't make the cut - beautiful!


Scenes from the weekend

What an amazing weekend we had. Thankyou to everyone that came - it was quite overwhelming but wonderful.



A lovely evening spent unwrapping incredible porcelain pots. I've written about Hannah James before and her pots are still as beautiful - simple, useful and very uplifting. There'll be little pots and big pots for sale at our Open House next month. How lovely.


Dulwich Festival - Our House

Welcome to Our House
Please come and see us at our first event as part of the Artists Open House at the Dulwich Festival.
Our House showcases a curated selection of ceramics, antiques, books and delightful ephemera, as well as a new collection of quilts and textile goods from Cassandra Ellis. Everything has been designed and chosen because it is practical, precious and personal – everything we think home should be.
We hope you can join us on:
11th & 12th May 2013
11am – 6pm

Our House
44 Crofton Road

How to get to us:
By Train: Regular services to Denmark Hill or Peckham Rye – 10 mins walk from either. 
By Bus: 12, 345, 36, 436 or 171 – nearest stop just past the South London Gallery.
By Car: Free parking on Crofton Road.
While you’re here…
 We also recommend a visit to Julian Stair’s studio and Sophie Cook for wonderful ceramics. See the full Dulwich Festival Open Studio programme here.
There’s lots going on in the area, with a host of interesting shops and eating establishments. For refreshments, try Cafe 67 (next to the South London Gallery) for excellent coffee, brunch, lunch or dinner. The Crooked Well on Grove Lane has a great wine list and lunch/dinner menu – try the Salt and Pepper Squid, yum.  
Bellenden Road Village is a short stroll from Our House (around the corner from Peckham Rye station). It has a great book store - Review, an award-winning butcher – Flock & Herd and new deli-come-modern-grocer, The General Store. There’s also a vintage clothing store – Threads, and architectural salvage at Casa. You’ll find a number of cafes and two gastro pubs including the Victoria for more refreshment opportunities.



Cracks are good. Chairs and pots and a (very) wobbly table all revealing their wandering journeys. Polish, French and Kiwi all held together by their cracks and wobbles.  I keep telling myself I will get them restored, but I probably won't - as the magic of them may wander away. Let's not forget that perfect is hardly ever as interesting either.



It's good to give


This is one of my favourite quilt designs - so much so that it resides on our bed. So I thought I'd share it - download the pattern here - and pass it on, because it certainly does feel good to give.


When only the best will do

I've been so very lucky to have worked with Cath Gratwicke on my next book. You'll know her work from Country Living magazine and the recent Vintage Flowers book from Vic Brotherson, which is delightful.  I love the images she's taken -  add a lovely team at Kyle Books and a very talented book designer and  I think it's going to be a very beautiful book .....

All images from here.


Sowing Seeds

On such a filthily cold day, my happiness comes from the above, or in fact a studio filled with the above. There are hundreds and hundreds of seedlings in various states in here,taking advantage of all the light. There have however been some spectacular failures, so a re-order has been made. It doesn't seem wasteful at £2 a packet for what could deliver between 30 and 300 plants. Truth be told these disasters could have been avoided. I was too early sowing but I couldn't look at those seed packets any longer. The one warm and sunny day in February (remember it?)lulled me into a false sense of Spring and I just wanted to get my hands in soil. I belong to the gloves off gardening club, which is a good thing as when I belonged to the gloves on sector, I usually lost one fairly rapidly which defeated the object entirely.
So thank you Nicky's Nursery for coffee coloured foxgloves ( I know I know - too fantastic) amongst other delights, and my own garden(s) where seeds have been dutifully gathered from fallen plants over the last few years. I'm hoping there is no orange or purple flowers lurking in there as this would be upsetting. I've always disliked these colours in city gardens - perhaps I'm missing out on something, but I think not. When you are walled in on three sides, it is green you need and great frothy swathes of the stuff - just to balance out all that concrete and grey. I could of course reject the city garden restrictions and move to that ramshackle farmhouse mentioned earlier. I might then let purple in - but never ever orange.
Sowing seeds indeed.