Category Archives: Mood boards

Winter Matryoshka

It’s chilly and wet, the fire is blazing and the wind is rattling down the chimney. Yep, it’s still very much winter, here in New Zealand. Time to tell you a little bit more about Winter Matryoshka, I reckon. Winter … Continue reading

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Autumn Matryoshka

We’re in the middle of a fierce, Autumn storm on top of our little hill here. It got me thinking about my ‘Autumn’ Matryoshka Russian dolls. She was inspired by purple thunder clouds, fallen leaves, wet bamboo and watery golden sunlight. Here’s … Continue reading

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Colour palette: Red

Tomato, rose, cherry, fire engine, ruby, chilli pepper, blood, crimson, strawberry, coral, poppy, cardinal, brick, raspberry, flame, carmine, rust, scarlet, burgundy, vermillion, persimmon, maroon. The colour red can mean so many different things: stop, warning, courage, danger, love, lust, hot… Communism, Indian weddings … Continue reading

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Pin board inspiration

Oh dear! It’s funny how life can sometimes just stop you dead in your tracks for a while. I’ve been flying along this week juggling all sorts (getting things ready for my shop, giving Reiki treatments, attending meetings, celebrating my … Continue reading

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The joy of wood

Wooden games pieces of all shapes and sizes. Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and draughts. A dice rolled onto 5. A wooden kiss from a friend. And a tiny train pulling two carriages. Bamboo bangles, calligraphy brush and clothes pegs. … Continue reading

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Coral, shell and bone

I’m drawn to coral like a treasure hunter. It makes me think of Tibetan necklaces and the ancient Silk Route and holidays on tropical beaches. Rough pieces washed up on a beach in Fiji; smooth beads bought from an Afghani … Continue reading

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Colour palette: Green

Olive, lime, mint, emerald, jade, sage, teal, moss, bottle, apple, jungle, sea green, grass, malachite, pine, wasabi, pea green, celadon, khaki, kelly green, pistachio, turquoise, myrtle, spruce, grey-green and juniper. Magpie collection of treasures: jade bangles, mint buttons, broken celadon … Continue reading

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