Hitched Part 2 – Mr & Mrs Reid


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As I mentioned before, I offered to set up for my lovely friend Kate & her now hubby Joff’s wedding back in early September.

I wanted to wait a while so the new Mrs Reid could share the pics first…. no one should steal the brides thunder!

But now It’s late October I hope I’m safe to share some of the decor I helped to put out for the big day.

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Now I’m taking no real credit for the amazing end results… Kate and Joff had sourced, made or bought all the items which transformed Rosie’s (a traditional french vineyard restaurant) into the tropical wedding haven it became, all I did was send a few pinterest suggestions and arrange everything with my lovely fiancé Maxwell.

Kate and Joff had a clear picture for their big day and this was reflected in everything they brought together which helped make the reception so them. From hiding traditional fireplaces to masking prints and blackboards which weren’t them, the final result looked effortless and absolutely stunning! The handmade lengths of rag bunting, the signs… it’s all the little touches that really made it so special!

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On the Friday evening I joined Kate, her mum, Joff and the best man and we made an early start putting up the rag bunting and doing the lights/tablecloths. (a very wise move as we used all 3 hours of time in the morning to do the rest!)


When Saturday morning came around Maxwell and I loaded my car with boxes and boxes of pink and green and rocked up at Rosie’s at 9am on the dot to start doing our work. With the hand dip dyed table cloths already in place the first thing I did was lay out the grey marble paper place mats and place setting/name cards which the couple had screen printed themselves. The little bundle of pink menu, tropical green napkin and tracing paper name was lovely and already gave the tables a fab feel.

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After that it was time to start doing the styling and dressing the tables. Kate had put together a box for each table including a mix of candle jars, candle sticks, faux plants and flowers, hand painted table numbers by Joff and tea light holders and mini pineapples.

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I knew Kate wasn’t a matchy matchy kinda girl so I just did what I felt worked and was able to creatively put items together which looked good and gave the table more height and colour. The end result was stunning. I checked it looked good from all angles and also added some extra fresh eucalyptus leaves into the mix to get more greenery onto the tables.

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After that we set up the drinks table. We fashioned a stand from a yellow wire basket I had at home and laid out cups, straws and a few styling items.

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Then it was time for the garden… I cut lengths of ombré dyed fabric to cover the silver tables and dressed the tops with a mix of lanterns, pineapples, flowers and candles. It was lovely as it brought the decor out into the garden and created a little tropical garden paradise!

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Apart from a rose gold love balloon and a few black board signs which we did, the next thing on our to-do list was the cake & gift table. Kate and Joff had decorated a woven screen with huge pink flowers and green foliage and in front of that sat the cake table. This would act as a focal point for the room and it looked amazing.

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We laid out a huge wooden cake stand which was graced by an amazing grey marble cake from Carl Christian’s Cakes in Southsea and topped with a green posey from Ultraviolet Flowers (who also did the sensational bouquets and flower crown) We placed hexagonal bamboo plates around either side of the cakestand legs. On either side of that I loaded brass plates with huge piles of pink and white sprinkled donuts! AMAZING!

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Next to that was the guestbook/gift table. I started by draping a length of daisy adorned fabric which was once destined to be Kate’s veil over the edge of a big woven basket. Also on the table was a lightbox sign (with the best message) a brass pineapple, the guestbook and some flowers and other little bits and bobs.

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The end result was a sight for sore eyes… It all looked amazing and I’m happy to share that the amazing newlyweds were over the moon with how it all looked! I’m so thrilled. It was an absolute pleasure to do and I hope photos do it justice!

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I have also stolen and shared a couple of pictures of the beautiful Mr & Mrs Reid because well they look so darn gorgeous! If you don’t already you should follow Kate’s awesome blog…. She shared weekly wedding inspiration posts  in the run up to the big day which tell the story of their inspiration and how this tropical theme came to be! Congrats to you both you pair of babes! You can also see Kate’s wedding summary on here blog here.

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I should also mention Mr & Mrs Reid utterly spoilt us with the kindest of thank you gifts! I was overwhelmed and she really is such a babe!❤

Eat #9


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And another 3 recipes to make you feel your lunch is a a bit inadequate today…

First up is this scrumptious looking Quinoa Burger from the Yellow Lemon Tree blog. If you want to try and make it, the recipe is here.quinoaburger-boerenkool2qNext up is the best lunch time accompaniment potato wedges! I discovered these on Pinterest but they originated from tuuliatalvio‘s Instagram feed! You can see it here.


My last offer for you today is all the things I love most in a lunch… Olive Pesto, Courgette, feta and garbanzo bean stuffed pitta’s!!! Mmm Mmmmmm

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Till next time!!

Eat #8


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Ohhh it’s been a while, but with Autumn comes soups, and roasts and delicious comfort food… be prepared to get hunnnggrrryyyyyy…

First up is a soupy favourite of mine…

Vegan Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder from Make Thyme for Health (yay for anyone who likes a creamy soup but can’t do dairy!)

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Next up is two winter warmers from my favourite Half Baked Harvest…. Pasta & Curry… Mmmmm

So first up is Butternut Squash & Goats Cheese Ravioli with browned butter and oregano bread crumbs. (How good does that sound?) Recipe here.


And next offering is a Thai Laska Curry with crunchy chickpeas. Again recipe here.

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Wedding Series #10


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Another month has passed…. and you might say it’s been a fashion filled month!  The last 30 days have been all about the dress! and not just my dress I should add, but everyones dresses, friends wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, the hunt for THE dress… yep, there’s been a whole lot of dress talk this month!

I started the month by confiding in a bride-to-be bestie that I’d been feeling a little disconnected with the whole dress idea… I’d always presumed I’d make my dress and whilst I had a sketch of the design I thought I wanted, no more had been done.

I don’t know what it was… Maybe I was worried about getting it right, or was putting off trying dresses on because I was worried none would fit, or quite possibly it was just that it was such a big deal I wasn’t ready to deal with it… I’m not really sure, but for what ever reason the fashion graduate inside me was hiding away behind collecting decor and designing stationary.

My fellow bride-to-be helped me out of the slump by encouraging me to try and get a last minute appointment with the beautiful Grace Loves Lace.


For those that don’t know, Grace Loves Lace is an amazing Australian bridal brand who produce the most beautiful bohemian and unique dresses. Being that they’re based in Australia and don’t have outlets in the Uk, every year or so, they organise a Concierge Event where they come to to the Uk and set up a posh little bridal pop up shop.

In the heart of London, over 2-3 weeks, the lovely GLL girls plan to meet over 300 brides-to-be from across the UK and Europe. They deck the space out so it feels like a Grace Loves Lace showroom ensuring all visiting brides-to-be experience the signature GLL service.

So, knowing all this, with fingers crossed I sent a pleading email seeing if they could fit me in. Obviously the wedding gods must have been smiling down on me as I got one of 5 remaining time slots! Yay!

Mumma Lo and I set off early one Friday morning and rocked up at Clerkenwell Gallery with about 4 minutes to spare…. Right from the word go I was impressed. The spaces looked beautiful. Styled by London based wedding planner/stylists Knot and Pop with gorgeous florals from Still Life Flowers and furniture from West Elm!


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I was greeted by my lovely stylist Amy (a good sign I thought) and was taken down to the space where I was to have my fitting… A glass of champagne in hand we all sat down and discussed our big day and the general vibe of it. Hanging up were the 5 gowns I’d selected and with equal amounts of excitement and nerves I stripped off and took the wedding dress plunge.


Now anyone who’s had a wedding dress fitting before will concur thats it’s an odd experience. You’re stood there in your (newly purchased pretty nude) pants and a pair of heels and are basically dressed like a child! But when you come out the dressing room and see yourself in the first wedding dress you’ve ever tried on it’s a pretty surreal experience and a pretty important moment in a woman’s life.

Much to my surprise and delight I managed to get 3 out of the 5 dresses round my ample bosom which was lovely. The whole experience was a joy and whilst none were The One, I left feeling inspired and happy.

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Over a spot of lunch and another glass of bubbles, Mumma Lo and I discussed the dresses and what we liked and didn’t. There was an unexpected element on one of the dresses which changed my initial idea. With this in mind we checked out the soho fabric shops… 2 very different experiences and 2 very different sales assistants and it was time to head home, our minds in an absolute muddle.

Let me elaborate: the fabrics I liked didn’t fit the dress idea and vice versa, the fabrics I wasn’t keen on were the ones that would be needed to create the dress I had designed. Urgh…

Back at home I got the sketchbook out and was doodling all the elements I wanted in my gown…. finding myself drawing the same thing again and again I gave up and dug out my original ideas on Pinterest…. Weirdly a dress popped up which embodied all the qualities I wanted… The more I looked, the more I loved….

Could this be it, had I found the one?!?!

Typically the dress was of another international designer with only two outlets in the Uk… but I made a call and this is where I’m going to go all vague on you so not to give anything away…

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The shop stocked the gown I had fallen for but alas it was a sample size 10 and had a £3000 price tag…. ouch! Still, undeterred we had another early morning start and off we headed. I got butterflies when trying it on, which I kind of managed to do (even being a fair few sizes too small) and still loved it.


I begrudged however spending that much on dress I couldn’t properly try on (plus, it would have completely blown our modest budget out of the water) so I’ve made a definitive decision and we (my gorgeous Mumma and I) will definitely be making my wedding dress in the ultimate DIY bride move. The plan is to take the bits I love most from ‘The Dress’ and the material I had fallen for in the shops, change the bits I wasn’t so keen on and create a dress that is so very me!

Having done this experience I feel so much more confident about getting it right and making a dress which is perfect for me. Yay!!!!


All in all an interesting experience yes, but enlightening too… It’s made me realise how much I value Maxwell’s input… All I’ve wanted to do is talk it through with him… He’s the one that I want to impress most and it’s his opinion I value most. Keeping quiet has been so very hard!!

As I mentioned at the beginning though, it’s not been all about me… It’s also been so lovely talking dresses with my two beautiful besties, both of whom I am honoured to be bridesmaids for! Yay!

I wont give any of their secrets away either but eekkkkkk.

We’ve also had some fun finding a dress for Maxwell’s Niece who is the oldest of my mini maids. I wanted to find her something which echoed the little minis but also was grown up and a bit special.

Taking inspiration from B, who ordered 26 dresses and with a fridge stocked full of prosecco had her girls round in an epic bridesmaid mass trying on session; Maxwell, Freya and I ordered a load of pretty gowns and whilst a few looked cute there was one that had that laid back 70s / vintage vibe which we were loving! yay… another dress sorted and another thing ticked of the mammoth wedding to-do list!

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So…. there you go… another month down, another late wedding post and another month closer to our most special of days! We celebrated our 10month count down by treating ourselves to a cheeky little dinner out, a few drinks and an early night.

Till next month…


Blurry Drunken Thursdays and London Adventures


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It’s not often that I go out and have a drink (or in this case like 18 drinks…) on a school night anymore. Rewind 5 years and school night drinking was a weekly occurrence. But these days… not really (blame my lightweight fiancé or my old age if you will but either way it hardly ever happens)

Which is why this night was so very fun and I had to share. These pics have been hiding in the back of ‘My Pictures’ file for a few months now but better late then never hey!?!

So I was up in London for a conference for work, but stayed on a few days to see some friends and check out the Undressed exhibition at the V&A. Let’s get the sensible grown up stuff out the ways first shall we!?

Drunken shenanigans don’t seem so bad if you’ve also enjoyed a vegan lunch date and a bit of culture!😉

The first treat of my little break was a lunch date with the beautiful Lacey! She took me to the most amazing little vegan restaurant in Shoreditch called Redemption and we had the most delicious meal!

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I also took myself to the V&A to see the awesome Undressed exhibition. Any one who knows me knows I’ve got a thing for lingerie so this exhibition was amazing. Unfortunately you couldn’t take photos so you’ll have to make do with my sketches and a sneaky peek!

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Obviously whilst at the V&A on a sunny day you have to have lunch in the courtyard and take the obligatory blown glass chandelier photo….

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The photos need no explanation, just good friends, even better times, befriending strangers, dancing on tables, silly posing and a whole load of drunken blurry photos! Here’s to you two babes… I felt awful the next day but looks like we had a super fun evening!! xx

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A G.Daughter Sleepover Part 1


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I have three pretty special God Daughters; Lottie aged 11, Juno aged 5 and Lilly aged 2. These girls mean the world to me and whilst I’ve had the girls separately on their own since they were wee babes, I’d never had them collectively meaning they’d never met their god sisters (a term they seemed pretty happy to adopt) Lilly is still a little young to join in the fun so during the summer break I organised to have the other two girls for a couple of G.Daughter sleepovers. I thought it would be fun for them to meet, especially as they’re all part of my mini maid crew.

The plan was simple… home made pizza’s and a movie on the wednesday eve followed by a day at the beach… simple right….?

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Once my bomb-site of a kitchen had been cleaned slightly and the pizza’s were in the oven it was time to choose a movie…. dscf4846 dscf4848

Whilst the pizza was a huge success trying to get these two little ladies (a Leo and a Scorpio I should point out) to agree on a film was slightly harder then I anticipated… With neither agreeing we had our first dissagreement and something which I hadnt anticipated.. We finally got there but I officially had a first glimpse into the eyes of a parent of two (kudos to you mumma’s) Lesson learnt (don’t offer a choice) and finally film chosen, we all settled down into the sofa/airbed and with staggered bedtimes we finally has a sleeping household. 

The next morning thankfully the sun was shining! yay!

After a lazy start and with both girls dressed, fed and clean (no small feat I assure you) we gathered supplies (blankets, games and snacks) and walked round the corner to grab ourselves a good spot on the beach.dscf4858 dscf4861 dscf4867 dscf4868 dscf4873

The beach is a great place to take children regardless of age…. The nice thing is with the sea there to paddle in and stones to play amongst they could occupy themselves and the age difference which was quite a difficult thing the previous night didn’t matter so much. Juno (with shell necklace on) was happy to be master of the sea and spent a good and happy hour feeding it rocks. Where as I was able to teach Lot the fine art of friendship bracelet making.dscf4875 dscf4876 dscf4879

It was lovely spending some quality time with them both, Exhausting but totally fun!
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A weekend with my bestie


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Last month I got to spend a weekend with one of my most favouritist people. Miss Rebecca Higgins, former roommate and ultimate babe is my wedding twin (weddings a month apart and got engaged within a week of one another) and I also have the huge privilege of being B’s bridesmaid, something which fills me with such warm gooey feelings you wouldn’t believe it!

The main reason for the visit was to make a start on her amazing favours which I have offered to help B with, these are top secret (but so frigging cool) I’ll share some pics after her wedding so not to ruin the surprise! But we also managed to squeeze in some fun (obviously)


On the first night we went out for a super lovely dinner at the beautiful Oyster Shed on the Thames and B also treated me to a morning of hot yoga and a swim at her super swanky gym (seriously if my gym was like that I’d never leave haha)

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We also browsed Selfridges dress department with bridesmaid dresses in mind and had some lunch!

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For two brides to be we’re very cool with relaxing the diet and putting good food first! haha!!

Here’s to you B, Bestest friend and beautiful bride to be…. roll on the next 10 months of planning and gossip and goodtimes xxx (ps, how beautiful is london at night?)





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Victorious is a relatively new festival in my home town which happens every year, now on the glorious Southsea Seafront.

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The festival is a one weekend, non camping kinda festival which has a selection of brilliant live music across multiple stages. Due to it’s location a ticket will also include free entry to the Seafront Attractions which include D- Day museum, Southsea Castle & Southsea Skate Park. There is also a huge free kids area to keep the youngsters entertained (a sure sign that everyone’s growing up and having babies) as well as lots of bustling markets stalls, real ale tents and a selection of bars and catering vans.

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Over the last few years the boys behind the festival have been working hard to grow it and it’s getting better and better each year…

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The addition of the World Music Village this year was our favourite! It’s where we spent most of our time. It was full of the best and quirkiest folk, hippies, the snazziest mini dancers, best food and colourful decorations.

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Not being drunk or ‘young’ we much preferred the smaller acoustic stages rather then the main stages…

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Throughout the day we could be found sat on the ground (yay for no rain) in front of the RMA Tavern stage, Rhino AV Acoustic stage or the world music stage.

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The food was also amazing this year and we enjoyed some top notch nosh (try saying that three times quickly ha)

As the sun began to set we enjoyed a bit of bangra dancing, a few bigger stages and the general late night festival vibes….

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One thing we particularly enjoyed was the wishing tree! We saw it earlier in the day and it was super pretty with wishes hung amongst the branches… Amongst the serious ones for a loved ones health, world peace and good weather all weekend there were a few amusing ones, Our fave being a Harry Potter esq wish (which let’s be honest we’d all kinda like that wish to come true)

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So there you have it! Another year… Roll on next year already!!

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Wedding Series #9


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I know I know, I’m late again…. If this series is anything to go by I’m going to be keeping Maxwell and my guests waiting at the altar!

So, as August drew to a close we celebrated our 11 month count down, and as the 27th of each month approaches we get even more excited as it’s another month closer… I wanted to do something special for Maxwell in the year count down to our wedding day so have been giving him a card every month on the 27th… Obviously it’s only two so far but I am hoping this little collection will remind him of why we’re getting married and why I love him so much. I will of course give him the last card on the morning of our wedding day! Cute huh?


A few weeks back I was up in London doing bridesmaids bits for my beautiful bestie whom I am bridesmaid for…. On the Sunday before I came home we had ourselves a little lunch and were joined by my other bestie who is also getting married… There we sat, three brides-to-be and 2 out of the 3 grooms-to-be and of course the conversations steered into wedding talk…. But whilst we were chatting we all agreed that’s it’s nice to sometimes not talk about your wedding. Kelly and Charlie, our most recently engaged duo had friends down for the weekend and said how nice it was just talk about something else for a few days… They’re in that early stage where everyone has an opinion or a friendly suggestion and you start feeling over whelmed by it all and all the big decisions you have to make. What was really nice was chatting about someone else’s big day rather then your own… Helping Becca make her favours and do her place names… Giving advice to Kel and helping Kate set up for her big day… These small acts of wedding related kindness and friendship are more rewarding then spending loads of time indulging yourself and your big day… (plus it’s super fun)

It’s so easy to get sucked into the world of Pinterest and magazines and spreadsheets that it’s important to every now and then step away from the guest list and budget and just go cuddle with your man on the sofa, ignore the diet and have some popcorn and watch a film.

Focus on you as a couple and not just the wedding! Do fun things… Have a break from the saving every now and then and book some gig tickets or enjoy a festival…. We’ve done both these things and both have been a lovely refreshing break.

We went to victorious in August and had such a lovely day hanging out and watching bands it was amazing! (I’ll do a separate post on that next)

I suppose the message of this post, or the advice if I had to make a point is to not forget why you’re getting married, while yes, obviously we want the day to be amazing and unforgettable, the main reason you’re getting married is not the decor, or the dress, or the signature drinks… No, it’s because you’ve found someone who makes your life worth living and who you love more then anything or anyone else in this world and that’s what’s important.

Now… I’m off to cuddle my fiancé  xx



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Portsmouth and Southsea is a hotbed of creative folk. I know so many seriously talented artists and makers that reside on this small island so when a new creative hotspot opens up; a gallery, an art shop or studio… an excited buzz happens and people flock to check out the new creative quarter.

The Hotwalls Studios is the newest addition to our area and I had been anticipating it’s launch since the first whisperings of the project… Working at Making Space I have a thing for studio spaces and The Hotwalls Studios promised to be something quite special. Lynne, our lovely director also sat on the selection panel so I was privy to a sneak peek of the new tenants… all very exciting!


Making use of the old artillery barracks (or arches) in Old Portsmouth which, whilst good for a photos opp and the very much loved pop up free art shop were for the most part unused and a waste of a good spot (if you ask me… apparently some of the local residents definitely didn’t agree). The arches have been transformed into 13 beautiful working studios. They have been done so well… As the architecture is a listed property the builders weren’t not allowed to make any big changes to the structure so whilst conserving the much loved historic buildings they’ve also given a massive boost to local creative businesses. Double Yay!


Walls as left as they were, grafitti, exposed brick, pipework etc and it’s these unique qualities which give the studios their character and personality. A feature we loved was that the arched walk ways which connected the arches we left in place, an rather the bricking them up windows were put in which connected the studios together, a lovely feature which allows the tenants to connect with their neighbours whist still having the separate spaces.

In addition to the new studios, they have also built The Canteen, which I experienced the other day and loved (I’ll do a proper post on this soon!) But tucked away in the corner, with an amazing terrace literally on the edge of the sea, it’s going to be a new eating favourite I’m sure! I’ve yet to take Maxwell but I’m thinking an early evening spot outside and sharing platter for 2 might be on the cards!!

dscf3900 The transformation is amazing and Maxwell and I enjoyed the excitement and buzz on the opening night! Almost all of the studios were open when we visited (which was lovely) and there is a varied and talented mix of artists/makers who have made The Hotwalls their creative home…

You can check out all the makers here, but I’d like to share with you all a few of my faves/friends as I’m especially proud of them!

The first studio we checked out was of my lovely friend Alice Hume… You may recognise her name as I did a weaving course with her back in 2015 (and wrote about it here)

Alice creates the most beautiful and tactile navajo inspired weaves. Her studio was full of looms and yarns and big ol’ proud smiles from her lovely parents.

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Alex is passionate about environmental sustainability her beautiful work features geometric patterns and stitch and her dyed sample sketchbooks were beautiful!


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After that was the lovely ladies of The Makers Table. A collective of three contemporary artists; Sarah Radford, Ruth Lacey & Emma Plato whose influences stem from vintage design and their immediate environment.

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Next up was the studio which I wanted to move into, Home of the amazing Scared Obscene. A partnership of two traditional creatives on an exciting new venture. Purveyors of fine textile interiors, grand décor, art installation and apparel, The Sacred obscene take an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary craft.
With a focus on utilising the new space to experiment with large scale projects; The Sacred Obscene intend to create a dynamic and diverse work and show space. Creating functional and beautiful pieces using a range of traditional techniques, such as hand-weaving/upholstery/furniture restoration/embroidery and print making.

(I nabbed that from the website as I couldn’t have worded it better myself)

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There studio was the stuff of creative dreams. Evert surface a collection of beautiful and gorgeous trims, flowers, textiles, spools, printing blocks… Talk about studio envy!

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Moving on we encountered ceramicists, printmakers, artists, textile artists and photographers…

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We ended our visit in the shared studio of Emma Nicol (who creates the amazing machine embroidered textiles above) and my awesome talented friend Laura Bennett.

dscf3898 dscf3897Inspired by nature and organic forms, Laura’s ranges of beautiful hand-made jewellery are sympathetically composed from the combination of precious metals and precious / semi-precious stones. She works instinctively, exploring the natural qualities of the materials used, the collections celebrate the fragile forms found in nature, creating beautifully delicate pieces to treasure.

I have always loved Laura’s work and am so proud and happy that she’s finally got a proper studio space, she’s destined for big things this lady!!

So there you have it… My little review of the new Hotwalls Studios and what a marvellous review it is! A real treasure in Portsmouth & Southsea’s creative crown and somewhere I am sure I will check out regularly!

Well done all and congrats to all the makers!