28 Oct 2013

Travel: Snowshill Manor (part two) . . .

The gardens surrounding the hoarder's paradise that is Snowshill Manor are themselves divided into distinct 'rooms'. It was really interesting wandering around the grounds, soaking up the different atmospheres and enjoying some early autumn sunshine on our visit. I particularly loved the beehives and the striking blue colour used as an accent on paintwork thoughout the grounds - oh, and of course the newly refurbished section of former owner Charles Paget Wade's handmade Wolf's Cove model village was also a treat to see . . . 
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22 Oct 2013

Travel: Snowshill Manor (part one) . . .

Last month I visited Snowshill Manor - a winding, rabbit-warren of a house, so cluttered with its eccentric owner's vast collections that he chose to live in a modest, converted outhouse and give the Manor over entirely to the wonder of craftsmanship. With a motto of 'Let Nothing Perish', Charles Paget Wade devoted his adult life to filling Snowshill from bottom to top with all manner of objects - from the ordinary to the occult, everything had a place in his kingdom of clutter. Hidden away near the town of Broadway in the quiet, rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor was given to the National Trust by Wade in the 1950s and today is open to the public.
Some of my favourite items in the house included all the beautiful oriental cabinets - I wish I could have had hours to rummage through all the little drawers and cupboards they housed! The little wooden houses that once formed part of a model village named "Wolf's Cove" were also fascinating as was a large collection of Samurai warrior armor tucked away in a darkened room - very eearie! It was hard to take photos inside the house as a lot of the rooms were dark, but here are some snaps I took: 
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15 Oct 2013

Lily Loves: Mother Eagle embroidery . . .

These intricately embroidered pendants are the work of Worthing-based creative, Mother Eagle (aka Katie). Katie designs and makes all her patterns by hand before stitching in miniature using threads and fabrics handed down to her and often dating back to the 1950s. With stitches often measuring just a millimeter in length, each piece involves hours and hours of meticulous work under magnifying lamps, with Katie using fine English needles to ensure a neat finish. I particularly love the swirling details on the skull pendants pictured below - especially as Halloween is fast approaching! If you like what you see, be sure to check out the Mother Eagle website, Twitter and Pinterest- details listed below.  
 Above: Embroidered Midwinter Quarters Skull Pendant 
Above: Embroidered Midwinter Quarters Skull Pendant
Above: The Midwinter Fox Pendant
Above: The March Hare Pendant 

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11 Oct 2013

Lily Loves: Entomology Accessories . . .

- Butterfly Tote Bag - Oliver Bonas - £12 (was £15)
Butterfly notebooks - Oliver Bonas - £7 each (were £10 each)
Tory Burch 'Kerrington Bigitte' cosmetic case - Shopbop - £61.91
Silver origami butterfly necklace - Oliver Bonas - £25 (was £38)
Encrusted beetle brooch - Kenneth Jay Lane at The Outnet - £32.50 (was £65)
Butterfly Collection cushion - John Lewis - £30
Tapestry butterfly holdall - Kiki's Gifts & Homeware - £65
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