paper trail

COLOUR JOY WITH BRIGHT BAZAAR THE BOOK

COLOUR JOY WITH BRIGHT BAZAAR THE BOOK

Colour is your friend – great words to remember! Today I am super excited to share some beautiful pages from the bright, colourful and most definitely fun new book – Bright Bazaar by Will Taylor. As a girl who is mostly fond of a grey and white palette, I do enjoy colour immensely and it […]


THE HOUSE GARDENER – BLOG BOOK TOUR

THE HOUSE GARDENER - BLOG BOOK TOUR

Hello and happy midweek, I am back with images from a lovely new book for you. We have been garden owners for one whole year on the 5th of April. With a bit more outdoor space than were aiming for - The Balcony Gardener – Isabelle Palmer has been a great inspiration as we’ve tackled balcony sized areas […]


DECORATE WITH FLOWERS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

DECORATE WITH FLOWERS - BLOG BOOK TOUR

Hello, and happy Tuesday to you, I am super excited to be sharing these pages and pretty project from blogger/write/stylist Holly Becker of decor8 and designer/stylist Leslie Shewring‘s lovely new book – Decorate with Flowers. I have been very inspired by all the sunshine and good weather just lately and that has sent me on a cut […]


LIVING LIFE BEAUTIFULLY – CHRISTINA STRUTT

LIVING LIFE BEAUTIFULLY - CHRISTINA STRUTT

Afternoon midweekers! I have a beautiful treat for all lovers of faded florals and washed linen today, these images are from the new and eighth book - Living life Beautifully - by creative director of Cabbages & Roses Christina Strutt. When I saw the images it was tough to cut down from using them all, but I hope […]


TEN HANDMADE VALENTINES GIFT IDEAS

TEN HANDMADE VALENTINES GIFT IDEAS

The most loved and (hated by some) day of the year is fast approaching. I like Valentines day as I am a romantic and I’m not talking roses, rings and chocolates – although a heart shaped box of anything does make me smile – I see it as an excuse to make gifts for friends […]


MOLLIE MAKES – PAINTED LACE NECKLACE DIY

MOLLIE MAKES - PAINTED LACE NECKLACE DIY

Hello and happy weekend to you, just popping in to share some outtakes from the photos that I took for my Lace necklace DIY – featured in Mollie Makes Magazine this month. I was so excited to be asked to write an article and create something pretty. The fabric paint colours were mixed down to […]


GIFT GUIDE 2013 – PICTURES AND WORDS

Hello, I hope you had a festive but calm weekend, they seem to be getting more crazed for some as the days of December slip away. We are managing to stay grounded and our tree was chosen and decorated while the mulled wined stayed warm on the hob, I am loving the reflection of the […]


TINY GLASS AND GLITTER WORLDS FOR THE TREE

TINY GLASS AND GLITTER WORLDS FOR THE TREE

Old photographs I have been collecting for years have found new homes, inside these tiny glitter and twig decorated glass worlds. I have been meaning to make something like this for so long and this year I have been lucky enough to find time to get a few creative projects finished. I love imagining stories […]


SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

SPARKLE AND BLUSH WITH LAURA ASHLEY

Back today with more festive decorating ideas, now the winter wonderland for our bedroom is sorted, it’s time for our living room. We have not started proper renovations in here so time for one last Lobster & swan song before we head down the road to rustic-ville, with an explosion of girly pinks and golds. […]


NINA CAMPBELL INTERIORS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

NINA CAMPBELL INTERIORS – BLOG BOOK TOUR

Good morning to you! The first week of December and after a rushed and frantic weekend of Christmas market fun, I am relaxing today within the pages of the lovely book – Nina Campbell Interiors. The book features the private homes of Nina’s clients and shares beautiful images (shot by Simon Brown) and solutions for adding detail, […]


PARIS INSPIRED MINIATURE LACE ARCHIVES

PARIS INSPIRED MINIATURE LACE ARCHIVES

Happy Monday to you, I hope you had a beautiful weekend? We had a festive Saturday, a DIY Sunday and unpacked a few more boxes! Every day I open a new box and find more of the things I have made, yesterday I happily stumbled upon this little collection of miniature lace archives that I […]


AN ICY COLD WIND AND WINTER FAIRIES

AN ICY COLD WIND AND WINTER FAIRIES

I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend? It’s already over a week since I last posted about these little peeps! An icy cold wind has been slowly gathering pace outside today, so I have stayed safely indoors adding the finishing touches to their boxes. The long awaited glittering tissue paper finally arrived last week (I […]


BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIONS – INSPIRED INTERIORS

BEAUTIFUL COLLECTIONS - INSPIRED INTERIORS

Beautiful collections and inspired interiors in the latest pages of the lovely 91 Magazine. A little brightness in your life as these October days are already darker and drawing in sooner – All images 91 Magazine x


COUTURE PRAIRIE BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

COUTURE PRAIRIE BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Hello to you on this fine and grizzly grey September Tuesday, I am popping in with the winner announcement of my Rachel Ashwell book giveaway with Ryland Peters Small and Cico Books. The proud new owner of this shabby inspiration bible is the lovely Katie of Annabella Whispers Photography! I am sure the book will give […]


RACHEL ASHWELL COUTURE PRAIRIE – BLOG BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

RACHEL ASHWELL COUTURE PRAIRIE - BLOG BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

Hello again lovely Monday people. I am pinching myself, so that’s how I know this is really happening. Rachel Ashwell and Cico Books are kicking off their blog book tour today and starting it here with me on Lobster and Swan! I am so excited to share with you my favourites from all the stunning pictures and […]


MIDWEEK DREAMING – WITH VANTASTIC

MIDWEEK DREAMING - WITH VANTASTIC

Ever dreamt of selling all you own and buying a home on wheels to travel in? Well that is the extreme dream that I sometimes have, normally when I have been on vacation and realise how easy it actually is to survive, even enjoy life with just a few essential belongings nearby. But if we […]


MY HAPPY PLACES – RIFLE PAPER CO

MY HAPPY PLACES - RIFLE PAPER CO

I’m sure if it’s not already this will also be your new happy place too – Rifle Paper Co. This company has been an obsession of mine (and all who chance upon it), since I first discovered their personalised stationery a few years ago. Each new collection of beautifully created paper and home products by […]


SEEKING COLOUR – COLLECTING STAMPS

SEEKING COLOUR - COLLECTING STAMPS

A little wander through St Leonards after a workout last week, led me past one of my favourite places, the The Stamp And Coin Shop in St Leonards-On-Sea, an unsung hero of a place, I think I may have mentioned it before, small and dark with bars at the windows, next door to a questionable free house. But […]


WEEKEND READING LIST – THE GREEN KITCHEN

WEEKEND READING LIST - THE GREEN KITCHEN

Burnt to a crisp on a Wednesday, only to be sheltering from high winds and rain on Friday. Glad I have something new to read then. The book I am sharing this week is the lovely Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. This book brings together a collection of healthy family recipes from […]


WEEKEND READING – A PLACE CALLED HOME

WEEKEND READING - A PLACE CALLED HOME

Who wants to embrace joyful relaxed living and cheerful surroundings? I bring you – A Place Called Home by Mr Jason Grant. A bright colourful new book filled with ideas for your home and garden. Jason shares his simple but valuable tips for creating relaxed fresh spaces, for a realistic un-fussy way of modern stylish living. […]


THINGS TO DO WHEN ITS STILL RAINING!

THINGS TO DO WHEN ITS STILL RAINING!

There was a promise of 20°C today, and it is more grey and overcast then ever with a chilly breeze! So, may I suggest another beautiful book for reading? Visual Contrast by Tim Rundle is a colourful, practical book with some of the most striking images I have seen for ages. Pages that will guide you […]


AT THE WATERS EDGE BY SALLY HAYDEN

AT THE WATERS EDGE BY SALLY HAYDEN

Hello there, I hope you have had a lovely start to your long weekend. Just lately I have been sent a beautiful selection of books, so have to decided Fridays will be the day I share my favourite ones with you. I am a little late this week, as we have had lots of tradesmen […]


MANY MAYS AGO

MANY MAYS AGO

 Happy Friday! Digging around at home, trying to keep only the essentials in the rooms we are using, (the essentials being about twenty boxes full of craft materials piled high up the walls and a boot fairs worth of junk strewn about the place ready for a weekend of selling). Well, anyway, I found my […]


SUMMER CONFETTI

SUMMER CONFETTI

Just finished, this Summer Fiesta Confetti Wreath is for my Etsy shop, it’s a little sunshine for another grey day, and my first update in a while. I am slowly sorting and getting my online life back on track, my poor neglected shop has been brightened up and there will be lots of pretty supplies and packs […]