Friday, 31 December 2010

2011 Here We Come!

Twitter. Backgroud. Bokeh.
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My dear friends as we are about to close a chapter on 2010 and what has been for me a crazy one with lots of upheavals, I'm glad to do closure and embrace a new one for sure !
With many exciting new projects projects planned for 2011 that I'm very excited to tell you about- but I'm going to have to wait to tell you until next year- I wish you all a wonderful start to 2011 with all you desire coming your way...
Thank you all for support, loyalty and friendship xxxxx

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Kato and Woody



I hope you all have had a lovely xmas time and a chance to chill with friends and family. We were snowed in so had a quiet one whilst our lovely cats Kato and Woody had fun exploring and investigating all the snow in the garden. We got them from our local rescue centre, Diana Brimblecombe back in the summer and they have been so lovely to have around. I know it is a personal choice where your animals come from but I so much encourage and highly recommend animals that need a home. It is so rewarding and fun!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Tracking Santa

This website is lovely for the kids that would like to track Santa's travels. With language options to choose from so no one can miss out (It helps if you have google earth on your computer to see it on 3D)Enjoy and make sure you have the volume on to hear the music...

Monday, 20 December 2010

Ice Skating @ Somerset House




Every year I have managed to miss the lovely annual Ice skating ring at Somerset house but I am determined to try and take a visit this time ( snow permitting! )
They have different programs to offer to suit everyone ; Friday and Saturday Dj nights, Wheelchair sessions, Student discounts and Breakfast with Tiffany Saturday mornings. Free entry for one child with every adult and everyone gets a Tiffany Cupcake, with a free hot chocolate for the kids and a glass of Champagne for the grown ups ! Sounds fabulous and very festive but unfortunately Matt and I are both very clumsy and accident prone so I think we'll just have to take a stroll and take the atmosphere in from afar :-)

Print Your Own Christmas Stationery






As we are still stuck here with a blanket of snow in our surroundings with nowhere to go I'm having to be creative with my Christmas to do list ! I recently discovered a world out there of fabulous online designers at Etsy that sell printable gift boxes,wrapping paper, tags and much more! It is a great, fast and affordable way to obtain original stationery. With a click of a button you have it on your computer within 24 hrs and you can use them over as many times you wish...Enjoy :-)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

last minute xmas shopping






It has been a couple of mad weeks with the run up for xmas producing stock for the shop and dispatching orders.
Today as I'm writing here looking through the window it is all white and although very pretty the snow aint going anywhere,it is here to stay for sometime!! So if you are like me and stuck at home with a need to finish your xmas shopping - yes , I always leave it to last minute...more fun that way...sometimes! ) I have made a small selection of original gifts from the great online shop , not on the high street ( where I also have my shop). Also lets not forget to buy local from the lovely independent shops that have a lot to offer too! Good luck & have a good a fabulous weekend...I'm off to dig out my xmas decorations and then off to take more pics of the snow :-)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

It's all snow here!


This morning we had unexpected snow for this time of year here in England. It all looks so pretty! I'm going to take the opportunity to shoot some photographs...Have a good day!

Monday, 18 October 2010

New Sets on My Etsy Shop.



The last couple of months have been some of the most manic I've ever had! (I'm still dreaming of Bali) In the meantime I have created some sets of four images. You can see more in my Etsy shop.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Sunday, 26 September 2010

I'm off to the city for a few days..

Well folks the day is finally here! Finally I'm off to London for 5 days to be part of an exhibition I've been working for months! I shall tell you all about it when I get back...Be good and have a good week Xx0
Ps. The photograph is my mother somewhere in Argentina not so long ago :-)

Friday, 24 September 2010

An Englishman in New York: Photographic Exhibition -Jason Bell

Liam Neason

Kate Winslet

Zoe Heller

If you happen to be in London this weekend you might want to pop in the National Portrait Gallery and check the current photographic exhibition"An Englishman in New York" by Jason Bell. British born photographer living in New york was inspired by some of the 120,000 British men and women living in the big Apple. Jason has photographed leading figures setting the cultural agenda in the city such as; Kate Winslet, Writter Zoe Heller and Sting are to name a few. The exhibition runs until 11 of April 2011.
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing, the sunshine is great here but I'm afraid is a work all weekend for me preparing for my exhibition in London next week.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Houzz Home Feature

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This morning as I was checking my inbox I was pleasantly surprised to see my home has been featured in Houzz home page as part of this week's ideabooks !!!
Houzz is an excellent site for those that have a love of home decor and would love to get inspired by other peoples homes all over the world suiting all styles. You can see more here.
Thank you also to Susan for taking the time to write about me. You can see Susans lovely Blog here.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Great New i -Phone Apps!


Thank you Victoria for the great link to Cartolinas' new I Phone apps!. The Cartolina App is an alternative way to sending an email or a text. With beautiful designs to choose from, customize messages and also supports multiple languages!. It also has a calendar to remind you of all those important birthdays, very handy for moi! see more here ;-)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Anyone for Tea and Cake ?




Having come from the cafe culture I have totally embraced the English tradition of 'tea and cake'.
It is a lovely afternoon treat that should be practiced more often in my opinion.
My great friend Mel introduced me to this lovely patisserie in London one winters' day .
Maison Bertaux is believed to be one of the oldest patisseries founded in 1870 in London. With its fabulous Parisian Kirsch style decor, a visual feast of cakes and great characters walking in and out of the store it was like being in the middle of a movie set waiting for Amelie to turn up.
We entered the store for what was meant to be a quick catch up in mid afternoon and left when it was dark and closing time; the last ones to leave! I have fond memories of that afternoon; people watching, conversing over a pot of tea and enjoying more than one cake I have to say!!If you are in London and fancy treating yourself to afternoon tea and cake this Autumn, why not try Maison Bertaux, unless you know of this place already :-)
Thank You Melly for that fab afternoon/evening !

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Jamie Cullum and Clint Eastwood Radio Show



Last night as we were on our road trip to Oxford listening to the radio I so much wanted to listen to Jamie Cullum talking to Clint Eastwood about their love of Jazz. Clint is so passionate about the music that had asked Jamie to work with him on the soundtrack for Gran Torino. I love Jazz but somehow Matt decided to say it was like listening to 'elevator/furniture showroom music !! Well we agreed to disagree as somehow I will never get to love Bob Dylan :-)
If you are like me and would like to listen to the show there are 6 days left on the podcast here.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Unexpected Visitor

This morning as I was brewing my coffee and gathering my thoughts of my "to do list "of the day, I saw this lovely baby Dear looking at me ! I quickly ran to get the camera and capture the moment. It was then it made me realize that although I miss city life enormously there are moments like this one that makes you appreciate your surroundings even more.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Thursday, 9 September 2010

New Facebook and Twitter Page

Hi!
After a long time thinking about it I've decided to join Facebook and Twitter! I'm still triying to find my way but you can fid me under Rossana's Attic or follow the link from the right side of links bar. Please pop in and say hi :-)


Thursday, 2 September 2010

New Furniture venture






Those of you that know me very well are aware my love for furniture restoration and painting goes back to my teens. I first got inspired when I used to be visit my mums Art studio in Barcelona that she shared with my Aunt Rosa, also an Artist. The workshop was in the centre of hustle and bustle of the city at the top of a beautiful old building. To get there you had to climb narrow old steps right to the fifth floor. It was a big apartment with lovely old tile floor,beans in the ceiling and a great view of the city. My mom used to teach furniture restoration there where I used to spend hours just looking around.I was fascinated by all the art and things being created around me, the smell of fresh paint and shelves of numerous tools and paint brushes.
Since then I have collected through the years lots of furniture from my travels which have painted /restored and distressed from the techniques taught by my mother back then. My room mates and now husband have always complained of the amount of furniture that I seem to accumulate. I tend to keep most of it although have sold some to friends and neighbors but always needed and outlet to sell it from and at the same time give out home a bit of space !
Thankfully to Matt's delight, I have managed to find such a place in my local village beautiful shop called Whimsical. So if you happen to be in the area do pop in and say hi to lovely Kelly- Ann and have a browse of many things she has for gifts and home. Enjoy!