blog vacation (plastic free)

We are going on a camping trip.
The weather is not promising. 
I'm gathering camping gear. 
I don't like plastic.
This one is the first of a new series of posts called "plastic free", 
it's about how to minimise the use of it.
See you soon.


dream shop

A bit more about it and some images of work in progress.

Rhiannon Gilmore (nee Silver) is a UK based artist concerned with the space between things - things that relate to each other in some way.
She explores this concern through making, curation and blogging. She is the creator and author of the image blog Intelligent Clashing and exhibits internationally. 

Dream Shop
In response to Rolu's request to contribute something to Attention as Place Rhiannon Gilmore wrote:
"What I really want is my own shop. Will you make me one?
If we really are wherever our attention is then I'm in my shop and it's stocked with things made by all the amazing people I've met online.
It would somehow feel right if my shop existed too far away for me to visit - just like it does now (being only in thought) it would be mine and never mine.
If you build it, I'll stock it."The shop acts not only as a sculptural realisation of Gilmore's desires but behaves as a snap-shot of a current community of artists/makers/designers who operate and communicate online.

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 
July 17-29, 2012 
Open Field
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–5 pm; Thursdays, 11 am–10 pm 

Oh I do wish I could go, it looks good and I'm grateful for the internet and all the like minded and creative people I have the opportunity "to meet" through it.
I hope to meet in person more of you in occasion of the pop up I'm organising with the help of few friends in London, save the date 22-23 of September during the Design Week of London.

images  by ROLU and Walker Art Center



happy days, titled by A

Hello there,
we are having a mini heat wave in England too, hope it'll last until the end of August, cheeky me! we are going on camping holidays soon and I wouldn't like to experience a flood again! :-)
It's been months since I don't see a sky so clear!

I've been baking scones, crazy I know! (un)following a recipe from here, I mean I changed a bit, I used half spelt flour and half  wholemeal flour and instead of double cream I used buttermilk, I added raisins, but currants are good too.

To brighten my day even more snail mail from Ana arrived today! I love the care she takes in every little details, she sent me one of her cute shopping bags and fridge magnets. Watch her space: she'll be opening her on-line shop soon. Thank you Ana!

Another thing I wanted to tell you about is that few of my socks went all the way to Minneapolis for a residency by ROLU at the Walker Art Center, my socks will be part of Rhiannon " Dream Shop"...
I'm quite chuffed!

Enjoy the beautiful weather.



Every three or four days of heavy rains we see a glimpse of sun. 

And on that rare occasion I run in the garden to take a pic
of the white lavender plants. 
I have three of them one type is called "Arctic snow" and the
other one is called "Pretty Polly", they smell like lavender 
but with a accent of mint. I bought mine during a trip to
Norfolk, you can easily find them in any Lavender catalogue.
A couple of days ago I had a little party with my girlfriends, 
it was supposed to be a garden party instead we stayed in because it was raining buckets! (and still is)
I made some "tapas" following some recipes from Moro cookbooks 
and non alcoholic fruit cocktail, it was nice. 


small changes

I defied the rules of renting by pasting wallpaper on the wall. 
Or rather I decided life is too short to live with cream walls.
Blame the weather, I couldn't resist (it's called "Cow Parsley" 
and it's by London based wallpaper makers Cole&Son) quite bold, but uplifting.
I tried to take some pics but they are fuzzy,
the light is quite bad, I wanted to show it to you anyway.
The de-cluttering is still going, I'm tackling the mountains of wool I have.

Few people asked about the white lavender 
I will post more as soon as the rain stop with the links.



Before the holidays it's time to de-clutter! 
I've been de-cluttering a lot lately, starting from the living room. 
Painted the walls white (all of them finally) moving things around, 
giving things away. It's incredible how much you can accumulate 
in six months or so. In the process I learn to detach from stuff, 
to choose wisely every thing I bring into the home, to think twice 
"do I really want/need/like this?". 
The more I do it, the easiest it becomes. 
The hardest part was to begin it.

In the garden some berries I planted, a mix between 
black and raspberries, I forgot the name, loganberries perhaps?
White lavender.

Have a nice week.