Finally, I have a shop! Okay so the 'shelves' aren't fully stocked yet but at least I have set one up, it's a start. Lock down has been a great opportunity for me to work on my own creative projects but I have been very busy with lampshades lately so that's had to take priority,… Continue reading gilhoolie has an Etsy shop!
We were incredibly lucky to have our kitchen/dining room (which is also my lampshade workshop) decorated just before lock down and I have been meaning to share it on here since then so I'm sorry it's taken so long. I adore this space. It's so light and airy but also very cosy in the winter.… Continue reading Welcome to my studio!
Lock down has certainly given me lots of time to play and get back into things that take a little time, like machine embroidery. I love combining drawing with little tiny stitches, attaching pretty fabrics as I go. I start by drawing in my sketchbook in pencil. I'm lucky to have a garden and fields… Continue reading How to – Machine Embroidery
What a strange world we're living in. Covid-19 has driven a steamroller through so many lives. But we're kind of getting used to this new way of living. The death toll announced each day still really upsets me but I find myself grateful that at least the figures are heading in the right direction. This… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week Four
The weeks are blurring into each other more and more now, that's for sure. Here in the UK we're into week 4 of lock down and some days it's hard to know what day of the week it is. Overall I'm still feeling mostly happy and incredibly grateful but I had a slight dip mid… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week Three – Up and Down
We're actually into week three of lock down as I write this. I'm trying not to listen to the news too much during the day as it's all too worrying. It feels like we're getting close to the peak of this pandemic and I just want it all to be over. I even had a… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week Two – Gratitude
It's April fools day, 2020. A bit different from other years. I don't think many people will be playing pranks. We're doing okay though. My family have adapted really well, it just feels like a long stay-cation at the moment! I've been keeping to a routine each morning at least. Exercise first thing (was Joe… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week One – Anxiety
We knew it was coming but it still feels very strange being on lock-down in your own home. I have been out to walk Arthur the miniature schnauzer today but that's it. (The photo was taken yesterday, while I was cutting pvc for a lampshade, he likes to be wherever I am😍) Thank goodness we… Continue reading COVID-19 Day One of Lock Down
A couple of weeks ago I visited the lovely Fashion and Textile Museum in South East London with a friend. What a treat for the senses! It was well worth a trip even though my mind was begging me to stay home and snuggle up on the sofa in the warm. Bermondsey is a hip… Continue reading Tricia Guild at the London Fashion & Textile Museum
At the beginning of February I had the opportunity to visit the Spring Fair at the NEC with an Interior Designer based in Henley-on-Thames, Niki Schäfer. It was a great chance to see some of the latest trends in interior design and to get an insight into Niki's fabulous work. I have always had a… Continue reading Spring Fair 2020 at the NEC