Sunday, December 7, 2014

* i'm in love with some pots *

Oh yes, ceramics are my weakness. Handmade, earthy and versatile. I love my little yellow cups from somewhere in Notting Hill {a gift from mama!} which have been used for tea, flower buds and storing Sharpies. Thanks to Poppytalk I've fallen in the love with the muted colours of Cathy Terepocki's creations, which would look marvelous in my little NYC place and really do cheer up these succulents in the top right image. My jade plant is doing ever so well on my window sill and a nice pot would complete the look {darling husband...are you reading this?!}. Through my daily obsession Design Sponge I discovered Brit McDaniel of Paper & Clay and thought how gorgeous her Danish and Scandi-inspired pieces were, almost like they've been dipped into summertime and the colours have stuck. Imagine slurping a hot chocolate in one of her chunky mugs {bottom left}.

Live in Brooklyn and interested in learning more about ceramics? Brooklyn People's Pottery start the next round of classes on January 5th. I'd love to check them out. 

:: all photos copyright the artists ::  

* remember when it was hot?

"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea"
Isak Dinesen 

It was the summer of 2014...we were falling fast in love with NYC but my lungs were screaming and we needed to feel the breeze of sea air. Along with our extraordinary talented florist friend Rebecca from Ivy, Pip and Rose  we took a road trip to the mellow and beautiful Cape Cod then to the Hamptons. Lounging in every cool chair at The Surf Lodge in Montauk was on my to-do list; eating everything on the menu at the Canteen in Provincetown will have to wait for another time.

:: all pictures by me...I wish I had a proper camera and not a knackered old iphone! ::

Thursday, October 16, 2014

* brooklyn makers: raw talent *

For my first proper new gg post, I want to introduce a new category which really gets my creative juices flowing: brooklyn makers. I already follow a fabulous site called, would you believe, Brooklyn Makers, and it so if you aren't patient enough for me to slowly uncover my faves, check out this wonderful collection of handmade goodies! This area is getting expensive and congested, but I can't help feeling that I'm living in the middle of a makers paradise. More than two years ago, with palpitations and glee, I discovered brooklyn to west, the blog of ariele alasko the woodworker extraordinaire. A few years later, the 248k followers on instgram don't seem to affect her grounded, humble spirit and its exciting to me to think that she is carving away somewhere nearby! In her own words, she is a "builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer", scavenging for lathe and old planks anywhere she travels. The wooden wall in her Californian restaurnat il vecchio has got me inspired for our little hallway area...or maybe I'll start with carving some spoons?

:: all photos are from the wonderful blogs linked above, copyright ariele alasko :: 

*gg is back!*

BOOM we are back! Well, dear readers, that was a very, very long coffee break and I've missed my little grasshopper of a blog! Since I was last here, my beau and I have up sticks to quaint Brooklyn in a small town called New BLOOMING York and we couldn't be more excited! We're settling in, trying our best to keep apace with the frenzy and energy of this part of town, so I now feel ready to explore and share. Brooklyn is overflowing with creativity, beautiful architecture, more delicious restaurants than you can shake a twinkie at and I hope to have a glimpse of it all! Its good to be back. Welcome aboard friends!

Monday, April 22, 2013

*having a break*

{Dear haven't heard from GG for a while as I re-group and drink coffee.....bear with, lovelies!}

Saturday, December 1, 2012

*winter woolly warmers*


J.Crew ski sweater / Toast over sized sweater, $230 / Dolce&Gabbana knit top / A.L.C. a l c / Topshop/ matthew williamson 

{Oooooh I can't tell you how cold it is! London looks gorgeous in its glistening frostiness, but what should a girl be wearing to stay snuggly and warm? One of these delicious jumpers of course!}

Sunday, November 25, 2012

*luminous and fine*

*photos reproduced with the kind permission of hiliary ann

{Pinterest gets me every time. Click, click, repin and edit....before I know it, the sky has darkened outside, my husband has given up trying to have a conversation as the dinner is left uncooked and I am concocting plans to make a 6-tier pavlova and to sew my own aprons as I'm immersed in a world of creative genius and inspiration. I know I am not alone in my obsession. There is nothing to be ashamed of people. 

Of my 35 boards and counting, my  'jewels' board is a fave, where dinky triangles, ethnic colourful beads and wonky designs seem to feature prominently; my cover love are the 'Orb Spinner' rings from an absolutely fabulous jewelry designer Hiliary Ann of Portland who sells her creations on Etsy in her lovely shop lumafina, meaning luminous and fine. Chevrons, turquoise, greys, yellows....I adore it all! Check out Hiliary's gorgeous shop right this second - and her 'about page'...inspiring for people like me who are wondering why they are letting other people have all the creative fun!}

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

*sniffle sniffle cough cough...time to cozy up*

*my oh my what a gorgeous collection of pics! Gorgeous Hugo Throw from Melanie Porter; snuggle slippers from the ever-wonderful Toast; cozy Cottage Slippers by Plumo; how to choose a mug from this fabulous Orla Kiely lot? Everything else is from my findings on Pinterest - let me know if you want me to source your image!*

{Why oh why do I have a cold again? Its not fair is it, but at least I can snuggle up under my duvet and catch up on The Great British Bake Off. Any tips for getting over this? Hot toddie seems like the only think that might work, wink wink}

Monday, September 24, 2012

*shine on people, shine on*

{shine on people, shine on}

*check out the gorgeous prints from society can even get an iphone cover in this lovely ziggyzag. The beautiful words are from lisa congdon's project 365 Days of Hand Lettering*

{Did I mention, dear readers, that I went to Guyana to visit my extraordinary twin brother? He has lived there for a year and I couldn't be prouder of him and his lovely friends who are working so hard for the greater good. The Guyanese are roughly split into three groups: negro, Indian and Amerindian. It was this last group that captured my imagination; they are a most beautiful people, and really do shine. My Monday inspiration}