Thursday, 29 March 2012

Little white birds for our wedding

I've been collecting ceramic birds from charity shops for about six months now. The plan is to use them to decorate the tables at our wedding in June. I wanted them to be 

a) detailed enough to look quite realistic 
b) of the right proportions to fit into a small glass dome 
c) less than £3 

Today I sprayed them all white. 

So, my first ever Folksy Friday post is inspired by these six little birds. I hope it leaves you feeling chirpy!

Starling linocut print

James Green Printworks

Archibald the seagull bird brooch


British Garden Birds print

Kate Broughton

Bird I

Sophie Sew

Woodland bird-print


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Beautiful eggs for Easter

What is it about an egg that makes it such a beautiful object? The fragility? The chalky surface? The shape or colour? 

Probably all of those things and a few more. In their gorgeous hues of whites, browns, blues and greens and randomly speckled with dots and spots and blotches, eggs are a real thing of beauty.

They're also very unforgiving! Because they are such a smooth and perfect shape, they are very difficult to use for decoupage! Any tiny imperfections in cutting are really obvious and ruin the form of the egg. 

One of the most memorable presents I ever received consisted of a pineapple and a box of tiny quails eggs. Random and quirky, but all the better for it!

Look at Easter eggs differently this year. Celebrate their beauty.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Vintage bunnies

I'm a bit of a hoarder. I like to have things around me that are beautiful to look at, to pick up and handle, to use and to treasure. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I'm also lucky that the future Mr Kettle loves the stuff that came with me!

My collections influence our home and my work.

This handsome ceramic rabbit inspired the Easter bunnies that are in my Folksy shop now. He was a birthday present from a friend at college almost 26 years ago and has only suffered minor ear damage in all that time! 

He was the start of a mini collection but is still my favourite by far.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I'm not a natural when it comes to technology so setting up a blog has been tucked away at the bottom of the 'to do' list for over a year now.

At last. Here it is - with bunnies on!

This is the blog of Kettle of Fish - welcome!