Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

All over the world it is Christmas time. A magic time filled with love and happiness and a peaceful time for dreaming.

Enjoy the magic...  And have Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!
Love Rose and Violet xxxxxxx










Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas fairs in London...

As the winter said hello to London so to did we. Both Christmas shows.. The Spirit of Christmas and The Country Living Christmas Fair... were magical and sparkled with christmas delight! Here are some photo memories from both....











The following memories are most treasured. They show the whimsical sketchings of our dear friend and artist Zoe Regoczy, an amazing illustrator from Oxford. She drew portraits on our coffee cups.. so we knew which coffee belonged to who....












Christmas time in London is magical.... and we have more memories to share, not only of London but also of our travels through Europe. And we will.... soon... we promise....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sweet Thames, flow softly....

We found this beautiful poem on the underground... while racing beneath the streets of London... busy between Christmas fairs.. and while falling in love with the changing seasons.

But now alas the tide has changed, 
My love she has gone from me.
And winter's frost has touched my heart, 
And put a blight upon me.
Creeping fog is on the river, 
Flow, sweet river, flow.
Sun and moon and stars gone with her, 
Sweet Thames, flow softly.
Swift the Thames runs to the sea, 
Flow, sweet river, flow.
Bearing ships and part of me, 
Sweet Thames, flow softly.
                          - Ewan MacColl



Thursday, November 11, 2010

A week in Birmingham...

And last but not least... our little shop for a week at the Birmingham Stitches show...









Sunday, November 7, 2010

fond memories...

from london.. to bath... to cambridge... to brighton... down the rabbit hole that is Libertys... and back again...




















Thursday, October 21, 2010

London Calling!

How to capture London in a single paragraph? it isn't possible. Like falling through a sidewalk chalk drawing in Mary Poppins... or getting lost within the swirls of a Beatrix Potter water colour... or walking through the wardrobe and out the other side... or drowning in confusion at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party... one simply finds oneself in a world of magic that is impossible to explain. To try would only result in vast amounts of information being lost forever.

Our time in London was truly cherished... and we shared so many incredible moments... with like minded souls. No words would do it justice. We shall go hunting through our collection of captured memories... the bundles of photos we came home with... and find in pictures what we fail to put in words.

Until then dear friends..... as they say in England.... Keep Calm and Carry On

love rose and violet xxx



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colour your world

Just as magical as font is colour... and we think colour is deliciously magical. It can change the visual world into something explosive.. or quieten it to barely a whisper. For colour can create a million moods. Light, dark and every shade in between. It can wash away the loudness of life, it can mute even the most violent of brush strokes or give spark to the dullest of words! A red lantern.. a soft pink petal... a grey ocean... a field of green... each one uniquely and magically evokes a feeling so closely tied to the colour of its existence. Bound to its object, colour travels to our most inner senses... drawing on past emotions... creeping into forgotten spaces of our memories... tempting lost childhood experiences to breathe again... and convincing our mind to sway towards any emotion it so desires of us.

Paint your world. Colour your life. Allow shades and hues and tones and tints to create unexplainable emotions in your universe... and splash your world with vibrant life or pale calmness. Whatever you do... colour it.

love rose and violet xxx


'Loving' artwork done by Yasmin






Tuesday, October 5, 2010

fabulous font

"Loving" artwork done by Yasmin

Font changes everything. Just like colour, like the weather, like a favourite song, like a smile, like seeing a flock of birds racing through the sky, a feathery cloud floating above a calm ocean, or a busy street corner in a chaotic city. It encapsulates a mood, a feeling, an atmosphere. It can create a shadow, fill a page with colour, bring laughter to a room, history to life, or an explosion of light to an otherwise dark world.

Font. Letters. Writing. Words. Script. Capitals. Cursive. Italics. Calligraphy. Print. Type.

Words. Expression. Emotion.

Powerful.



Wall of Light - York -UK- november 2009 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ode to Spring






"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!"
                                                                                                                                           - Mark Twain





"Is it so small a thing, To have enjoy'd the sun, To have lived light in the spring, To have loved, To have thought, To have done?"
                                                                                                                                - Matthew Arnold








"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!"
                                                                                                           - Thomas Blackburn