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A gorgeous year in five pictures

December 22, 2017 No comments

It’s madness in my house – Stephanie here, by the way – with presents and gift wrap piling up in the bedroom. Not a thing wrapped. Plus, I’ve got a skirt to take back to Jigsaw (impulse buy, totally unsuitable), fabric paint to buy (long story, but I reckon I can get it at Stephen[Read More]

The best fairy lights ever…

December 15, 2017 No comments

It’s taken extensive research but I’ve finally found the best fairy lights ever … just in time for Christmas. I’m a huge fan of twinkly lights and they’re in almost every room of my house all year round. It could be something to do with an annual trip to see Blackpool Illuminations when I was[Read More]

Deck the halls with bells and pebble lights

December 8, 2017 1 Comment

This month so far, I have been mostly buying and arranging Christmas decorations. In my spare time, when I’m not working, that is. I always start with the front door and the dining room, because they somehow look festive anyway, so it’s not too difficult to dress them up for the season. As I write,[Read More]

Sheila takes a bow at must-see exhibition in Harrogate

October 6, 2017 1 Comment

My favourite exhibition this year isn’t just a collection of exceptional art, it’s a happy ending to one of my favourite stories. Gorgeous Yorkshire followers may remember that I have written about Sheila Bownas before.  She was a gifted artist who ended her days in her native Yorkshire Dales. Quiet and reclusive and a victim[Read More]

A literary gift

September 28, 2017 No comments

We thought we’d share the latest creation from one of our favourite Yorkshire makers. It’s by literature lover, wordsmith and brilliant etched glass artist Andy Poplar, who trades as Vinegar & Brown Paper. He discovered a small batch of vintage glass door plates and has used them to conjure up some famous rooms from literature.[Read More]