Monday, 30 May 2011

The Secret Tea Party

I have never featured anyone else's work on this blog before so this is an exciting chance to introduce to you the work of Natasha Thompson. I discovered Natasha's work through Twitter, and it is exactly the sort of illustrations that I LOVE. Her work is inspirational and Natasha makes me miss drawing, and I think I will start doing a "Illustration of the week" post of my own illustrations so that it gets me drawing again. You can see Natasha's beautiful illustrations at The Secret Tea Party

We did a parcel swap during last week. Natasha knows how much I love her work and so kindly sent me a little parcel of the most loveliest hand drawn goodies. In exchange for some Temporary:Secretary jewellery, she fueled my stationary obsession by sending me a big bunch of gorgeous postcards and stickers. I also got sweets and Darjeeling tea, which I will be having on my tea break tomorrow. So, thank you, Natasha, for cordially inviting me to The Secret Tea Party!

Want to know more? Head over to say hi...

Friday, 20 May 2011

Road Trip: Beamish Museum

We went to Beamish Museum in County Durham. Beamish is an open air museum which is set in the the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. I have been a few times before but each time is a different experience and there are always events going on. 

The tickets admits you to a year-round pass so it's an absolute bargain, especially if you live locally. There was so refurbishment going on whilst we were there so the next time we go, there might be something new to visit! As well as an awesome nostalgic experience, it is also great to learn about lives of those who lived in that era.

As the museum is based outdoors, I would recommend going on a nice (or at least dry) day. When you get there, you feel completely immersed in to the setting, as if you've travelled back in time. There are people dressed in Victorian style garments, there are "evacuees" waving at us from an old fashion bus, the street signs and building are old fashioned. 

The place is built like a small and very old town so there's a "town centre" where you'll find a bank, sweet shop, grocery shop and a garage. There's a rail way station, village, school and a farm. The school and the sweet shop are my favourite, but I also highly recommend the houses which is fully decorated in authentic decor. 

There are a row of houses where the poorer people lived and there are houses that were lived in by professionals such as dentist and solicitor. We took lots of pictures so you'll see more of the museum in the next post. It such a great day out and I totally recommend it. Remember to pick a day that's sunny and warm though! 


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Jewellery I Wore Today

Believe it or not, I don't wear a lot of jewellery! Although my jewellery box(es) are filled to the brim with it, I do find it a bit embarassing to wear my "own" stuff from the shop! But I love the new rings that we're currently stocking - the website was updated over the weekend so please check out the new rings here, and it would be great to know what you think.

Here's a picture of me wearing a couple of the new ones today:

Where to buy:
Ring 2:
Nail Polish is Orange Soda by 17 from Boots
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