Despite the cool weather here in the UK (although today is decidedly sunny!), I’m longing for summer days and outdoor parties.
My girls would especially love these edible flower ice cubes, (and I wouldn’t mind having some in my white wine spritzer either!). And I think the grown ups would enjoy the cake!! :)
Have a lovely weekend whatever you’re doing XOXO
Made in Clerkenwell opens today and runs through the weekend. I’ll definitely be going to have another glimpse at Cloud Leopard, as well as be inspired by a whole load of other makers - hopefully see you there :)
Frieze New York opened yesterday, and a massive ‘Baloon Dog’ by Paul McCarthy welcomes you! See more of his work here, and read an interview last year with him here.
I cant wait for Frieze London to come round again :). Will you be going?
On the subject of holidays - this is how I’d like to wear my hair on those beachy balmy evenings.
Now just to grow it a little longer………
Image via Pinterest
I’m feeling the need for some proper, desert heat.
The Banyan Tree, Al Wadi (UAE) seems like it would fit the bill…
I think I’d book a tented pool villa, and just lie still, baking in the hot sun, for 5 days straight… ;]
This is Jim Power. Aka ‘Mosaic Man’. An ex carpenter, transforming NY East Village lamp posts one at a time. The community totally supports him in his creative quest, and he now has a website and an Etsy shop. Fantastic!
Video via Etsy.
I’m not a great cake maker. I have mastered a couple - my latest being banana bread (which I know isn’t strictly speaking a ‘cake’) but it’s incredibly easy to make, great with a cup of coffee, and the kids love it to!
When it comes to big, glorious, birthday or other special occasion cakes - I’m a flake :)
This hand painted cake has inspired me though - it looks like such fun to do, and it’s grown up and beautiful.
I think I’ll probably start with an ’abstract’ image….! ;o]
Chris Ozer, the Brooklyn based photographer, has over 400,000 followers on Instagram. He’s a former jazz musician who only found his true calling a few years ago, believe it or not! His faceless portraits are some of my favourites - they just transport you right to that moment.. see more here.
I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! Its so relaxing having 3 days off isn’t it?
I have been swooning over the cherry blossoms on the tree at the bottom of our garden this weekend, and this beautiful piece reminds me of them..
Have you heard of Mindy Shapero? Her work is so labour intensive you cant help but be in awe of it (this image is a close up of a hand cut paper object). She’s an LA based artist currently showing in New York. I’m hoping she’ll show again at Frieze London, in the meantime if you’re in New York these next few weeks make sure you stop by the Marianne Boesky gallery! :)
I have a connection to Kenya, in that I was born there. There was quite a large collection of Italians in Africa in the 60s and 70’s apparently! My Dad lived there from the age of 11 so he pretty much grew up there, and he and my mother met and got married in Nairobi. We left to move to the UK when I was 6 and my sisters were 11 and 13. I have fragmented memories of my childhood there - our garden, my friends, birthday parties, and the sound of my parents friends playing our piano!
As it happens Trudi - the first ever best friend I made at primary school in the UK - is on a 4 week volunteering programme in an orphanage in Kenya as we speak! She updates a blog documenting her time there, on a regular basis - its an emotional read and I thoroughly recommend it. She’s doing an amazing, selfless, and priceless job and deserves all the support she can get. Hats off to her!