Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pinks and blues

This painted panel is so evocative of high summer as it starts to fade towards autumn. The heat and stillness that somehow threatens to break at any moment. It's been a glorious summer and I hope and pray that autumn will be as bright and warm.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Light and Frothy

Sleeping well. Some items just set the scene and change everything. I love the idea of this lace coverlet, it looks like something from a fairytale but I just know that my cats would just see it as a challenge to destroy. Having just changed my bedroom curtains from a cream pair to a white pair I'm amazed at how such a small change can make a big difference. I hate dark and gloomy colour schemes for bedrooms, but thinking about it they probably make a lot of sense. 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Magicical Flights of Fancy.

Mr Finch makes thes amazing textile creatures, he's based in Leeds and is part of a new and exciting shop opening in Harrogate tomorrow called the Imaginarium. My imagination is in overdrive already. I love artists who find beauty and purpose in items that would otherwise end up in landfill. Occasionally you find brilliance as part of the mix and that's when magic happens.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

White on White

It's weekend. Shopping done. The sewing machine is ready. The fabric is cut and pressed. The curtain tape purchased. New curtains for my bedroom, re-purposing the fabric for the lining and the newly purchased from Ikea netting cut and ready to go. All I've got to do now is stay sensible and attach all the elements to the right bits in the right order and facing the right way. Wish me luck my track record is patchy to say the least.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Little Gifts

Sometimes guests leave little presents for us, it's always the guests who we have enjoyed having so much we forget they are paying guests.It's such a nice gesture and even quite moving including the couple who left a portrait of the gentleman's wife, drawn beautifully during their stay. Thank you all of you the biggest gifts are always the smiles and happy faces.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Little Addictions

I love Pinterest It's always a treasure trove of visual loveliness. If you are the sort of person who wants to be on a network where no-one actually communicates with anyone els,e but just makes pinboards that reflect their interests and likes then give it a go. Be warned though it can be very addictive.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Fingers crossed

This is my day today trying to make a slip cover for a chair. I wish i was better at this it will be at best a pretty bodge, however i will enjoy the challenge and possibly even end up quite pleased with myself.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bones and Blankets

Time to get the rugs and throws out from storage. I love the wrong tartan, by that I mean colour combinations like these in the picture. The colours just cheer you up when the nights are drawing in and the evenings are cool. We are also getting all those small painting jobs around the house with Fired Earths Bone White winning out again. So we like it's solid dense block off white effect that's cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Vintage Shopping

mmmm mmmmm mmmmm why oh why  is vintage chinz so flipping yummy. I never drink tea, eat cucumber sandwiches or hold tea parties. It must be the romance, the promise of a lifestyle long gone but still wished for.
Today we have trawled the local antique shops in Skipton and returned empty handed, how did that happen?, Called in the bookshop and came out empty handed, we must be losing our touch, it won't last long that's for sure.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Hot flowers and cool spaces

Isn't this fantastic. I would love an outdoor space like this, but it would definitely need a roof. I have to say the Grange Fell Garden is looking lush at the moment. I always want more colour though, perhaps some drifts of echinacea in hot pinks and oranges next year.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Gone Bananas

I just love these stairs. I've got no idea whether the design is a paint effect, stencil carpets, whatever. It would certainly cheer me up on a dull winter morning. We are fond of yellow here at Grange Fell it's just so flippin' cheerful.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Shabby Chic

I am definitely going to make one of these. Yesterday I spent ages going through my jewellery boxes. All collected very cheaply from charity shops and sales over the years. I intended to give them back to charity, however now I've seen this I will be scouring the charity shops for an old mirror instead.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Good Grub

It's a funny old day of sunshine and showers, not quite sure what it's going to do next. It has been  busy  week, we fell through the doors of The Tempest Arms in Elslack last night and it was packed. We hadn't booked a table we just took a chance. No worries, we feasted on the best pub food in the country and came back to Grange Fell well rested and a lot cheerier.

Saturday, 10 August 2013


We love books. I was looking at Kindles today and wondering why I would ever want one. Not only is there great pleasure in just handling books it's also the ability to flip between pages, re-read bits, for a variety of reasons. The smell of books even. I love just having bookcases overflowing with good reads and handy information. To sit at a desk or table with a selection of books for reference around you is surely a fantastic thing, or am I just getting old.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cowboys and Indiana Anderson

I need a bit of this at the moment to soothe and calm me down. Two days of a very creative. chatty and active five year old grandson, who left for home an hour ago has left us feeling a bit lost. There have been Indiana Jones garden adventures, much studio making and painting veggie pulling and pasta eating sessions. Alfie the toy dog and companion has barked at the cats shared all of the above, Ah well next time will soon be here,

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Liverpool Albert Dock

Romance can be found in the most surprising places, this photograph by Stephen Riley captures padlocks used as love tokens in Albert Docks Liverpool.
There was a very loud clucking from the garden not long ago. It was Milly letting the world know she'd laid an egg. Tortilla for tea then.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Small Things

some people are so clever. I love this small embroidery inside a ring box. Small boxes, in fact boxes of any size are totally fascinating, I have far too many.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Using your Loaf

I was so excited when I found one of these a couple of months ago in a local antique shop. They are dough or bread bowls. They were used to keep the bread dough warm whilst it was proving. We use it for fruit mainly but for large family gatherings it's great way of putting bread in the middle of the table. They are really long about two feet. Every house used to have one until bakeries made it possible for everyone to buy bread daily.

Sunday, 4 August 2013


A late blog after a busy day. We've been making room for a pair of mismatched chairs. We have lots of books and it's nice to relax in a comfy chair and read a good book. In fact as artists we generally just look at the pictures. One chair is a lovely big rocker and the other a battel back armchair. It sort of hugs you.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Skipton by the Sea

Skipton has a beach. There is a Punch and Judy theatre, donkeys, beach huts,deckchairs and a steel band. Why? It's Yorkshire day of course. Tomorrow there is a free showing on a large screen of Les Mis. It's free and on the High st. Woo Hoo.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Swimming in Sunshine

So beautiful and appropriate for today's weather. Scorchio with heavy showers. Today I have been painting a view of Cracoe famous for the film 'Calender Girls' which is based on real women from and around the area. This little mermaid is playing with some seaweed, I think, she has such an innocent expression.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Tour de West Craven

Grange Fell is cyclist /cycle friendly with secure bike storage, washing  and drying facilities. Next year will be a special year with the Tour de France passing in nearby Skipton. The amount of liesure cycling in the Dales makes it feel like race day every day here.