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Top 5… Inspirational Days Out!

We all need to get inspired by something, whether it be the clouds across a morning sky, a flower that has blossomed in your garden, a visit to a gallery, or even day-to-day chores and activities. Whatever the inspiration behind our art, design and craft – here are my top 5 events that could inspire your next project. Think colour, think nature, think photography, think over a hundred hot-air balloons…

 

1. <a href="http://www.nhm click this.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/sensational-butterflies.html” target=”_blank”>Sensational Butterflies

This annual event returns to the London Natural History Museum, with hundreds of free flying butterflies in their tropical butterfly house. Think of all those patterns and colours – just beautiful. On now til September 13th 2015, and at only £5.90 a ticket for adults, children and concessions – and with entry to the main museum free, you can’t go wrong!

 

2. Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

A bit of a cop-out putting two exhibitions from the same location, but with another outstanding and inspiring exhibition at the world famous and stunningly beautiful London Natural History Museum, it explains why reefs are just so important, and what is being done to look after them. “Virtual reef dive, see live sea coral and fish in our aquarium and enjoy spectacular underwater photography.” Get inspired by “250 strange and beautiful specimens” of coral. Tickets to the exhibition are £10 per adult – children and concessions are only £4.50 – and again, as before, admission to the main museum is absolutely free.

 

3. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Our wedding was inspired by the film ‘Up‘, and with all those ballooons, I have always wanted to go and see this magical fiesta in Bristol, 6th-9th August 2015. An absolute riot of colour across the sky to provide unlimited colour inspiration. The best thing about this is, entrance is absolutely FREE! (You have to just pay a fee to park). I am sadly, already busy when this is on – but it is going on my bucket list, maybe next year! Why don’t you get this one into your diary?

 

4. 2015 Sony World Photography Awards 

Love photography? This exhibition at Somerset House showcases the Winners, the Shortlisters across all disciplines from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. You can’t help but want to pick up your camera, get out and take as many snaps of our beautiful world as you can! Full details of the competition can be found HERE at the World Photography Organisation. On display from April 24th – 10th May 2015, tickets are £8.50 for ‘Anytime Entry’, and only £6.50 for ‘Weekday Entry’. Other concessions are available.

 

5. Kew Gardens

I absolutely LOVE Kew Gardens, and I also love the chef Raymond Blanc, so the BBC programme Kew On A Plate was a match made in heaven for me. However, you can now go and view the Kew On A Plate garden! Get inspired by their bountiful produce and gardens, with their walking tours, daily until May 22nd 2015. Included in the entry price to the main gardens, tickets are £16 for an adult, and children under 16 are FREE when accompanied by an adult. Other concessions are available. While you are there this spring, make sure you take a lovely wander down the ‘Cherry Walk’ – lots of lovely pink and delightful blossoms! There is so much to see and do at Kew – take your sketchpad, your camera, and some good walking shoes!

 

All prices and dates are correct at time of this blog post.

 

Categories: Places to Go & Things to See, Top 5

Up, Up and Away!

Finally some sunshine today! Hoorah! And with such a glorious bright day pouring through our windows, I couldn’t help but re-look at our wonderfully bright wedding ‘guest’ print (instead of a book) on the wall in our hallway.

Our wedding was mildly themed around the fantastic film ‘UP‘. If you haven’t seen it – why not?! Stop what you are doing (although maybe finish reading this first!), hire it out, watch and enjoy! We didn’t want the whole full on Disney theme, but just little touches here and there – with a nod towards the film. The bright colours, our first dance music, and this print.

I like to think of this as a ‘live craft’ project! I bought the original PDF via Etsy and The Inked Leaf, which was personalised with our names and date, but blank and ready for the ‘balloons’. I slightly tweaked the colours of the house myself in Adobe Illustrator once received to suit our own colour scheme (although I could have easily left exactly as it was!) printed out at our local printers, and it was good to go!

We set this up in the ‘Cow Shed’ of the Tythe Barn, an ajoining side room, with colourful ink pads, wipes (to make sure no wayward fingerprints on best clothes!) and people throughout the early evening added their own finger print ‘balloon’ to create this new masterpiece to hang in our home. I did actually print two copies, just in case wine/water/champagne/coffee headed in that direction – it wouldn’t have been ideal, but we could have ultimately started again if necessary! As it turned out, there was absolutely no need, and a few months after the wedding, I finally got around to getting it professionally mounted and framed at Right Angle, Brackley. The final result, is utterly gorgeous, and looks particularly bright and happy in the spring sunshine!

 

This print is particularly touching, as amongst all our beautiful friends and family, our nearest and dearest – my dear Grandfather’s print is in there somewhere. He passed away at the ripe old age of 98 – around 7 weeks after that wonderful day. We, and all the family are so lucky and grateful that he was there to be a part of it all, he really was a guest of honour! And I even told him that on the day – as caught on camera by our fantastic photographer Mark Lord.

So, if you are looking for something different to the not very traditional ‘guest book’, why not look into doing something with fingerprints instead! A quick Google or Pinterest search will soon lead to all manner of fingerprint art ideas 🙂

 

Categories: General Craft, House & Home, Weddings

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