Friday, September 23, 2011

London, Rain & Raffaellos

It's now two weeks since I set off for London and Top Drawer-and it feels like yesterday, and months ago all at the same time. I've had loads on my to-do list since I've been back, including blogging, which has steadily been getting further and further down my list. So- today I am catching up- here's a fortnight in pictures and a wee bit about what I've been up to!

Top Row: Sticking up my logo vinyls and catching the train to the Olympia at Top Drawer
Second Row: Lovely birthday chocolates from my friend Veronika and meeting kittens
Third Row: The dawn sky from the London to Glasgow sleeper train and drinking champagne at Zandra Rhodes' Jewellery launch
Bottom Row: Insanely lucky charity shop find: New Toffel Swedish Hasbeens for £6.00 and our gloriously sideways Scottish weather

With daylight hours getting shorter, and the familiar sight of fairisle emerging in the shops- winter is approaching fast! Time to dig out the scarf and mittens to brave the cold- and a pair of 150 deniers if I want to give the Hasbeens an outing in 2011.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Top Drawer Adventure


Here's a few photos from my adventures in London at Top Drawer last week- after everything was set up I settled in nicely with my cushions (and some new pals from the surrounding stands) as company!

It was great to meet some of my existing stockists and a few new ones too- so thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and visit me at my stand!

Above (left to right) Helena Carrington, Me, Viviane of Goodwin and Goodwin and Laura Spring.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Top Drawer Prep & The Old Cinema

So, after a long train journey (details of which I won't go into) we arrived in London Euston this morning at 06:45.  After quickly nipping back to our hotel in Chiswick we met up with my good friend Lauren who was helping with my set-up. 

After a little while, boxes were assembled, cushions stuffed and decals stuck!  After laying everything out however- I decided that the thing that was missing was an old school chair, for my Caramel Wafer cushion to sit on.  You know the kind I mean: painted steel legs with a curved light-wood back and seat.  As the events hall only had shiny new chairs (much to my dismay) we set about scouring London for perfect prop...and I was lucky enough to be able to rent a beautiful vintage Belgian school chair on a daily basis from the treasure trove that is The Old Cinema antique and retro furniture store on Chiswick High Street.

So- after a few tweaks early tomorrow morning, I am ready to go!  I'll take lots of photos and try my best to blog tomorrow!

I'll be uploading the rest of the photos from my trip so far to my Facebook page very soon!

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Web Home

Ok- super quick post as I am packing for London as I announce that I have a fresh new website just in time for Top Drawer 2011!

It's live now at along with my brand new web shop!

I'd best go finish packing, so I can score every last thing from my gazillionth to-do list of the last week- and then I'm hitting the road!  I'll try my best to make time to blog- but if not you can always keep up to date with me on twitter- I'll be tweeting and sharing photos of my experience of the show over the next four days.

See you soon!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Here Comes The Sun

With only a few days until I leave for Top Drawer in London, everything's coming together nicely!  I reckon I'm pretty organised so far, however I still can't help but spring out of bed at 6am every morning this week- the pro's of which are the beautiful sunrises that Dundee sees!

I wanted to share the view from my living room window between 6am and 7am this morning.  The Rowan Goliath (I've blogged about this before!) has been a part of my personal skyline now since the start of the year, and I've grown to quite like it. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Inadvertently in Ideal Home

Some exciting news this week- my Teacake cushions have (somewhat inadvertently) been in the October 2011 issue of Ideal Home magazine!  Blink and you'll miss it- but it's on p18 of their Home Fashion flipside mag on a very nice Italian sofa in the very stylish Belfast home of Mairead and Owen Moore.

I'll be packing up my Teacake cushions along with all of my other designs this Friday for London and the Top Drawer show at the Olympia.  If you're planning on coming along don't forget to register here.

See you soon!