Monday, 19 November 2012

Hannah Turner Ceramics

The Hedgerow Collection

Dear readers, today I would like to introduce you to a ceramicist whose lovely tableware, playful patterns and cheeky birds are bound to cheer up the gloomiest of November mornings. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Hannah Turner! (To view sharper images, please click on them.)

Owl Eggcup

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of playing around with some of Hannah's items for some lifestyle photos, and with characters as charming as these, I could sit back and watch as they practically styled the session themselves...!


Owl Creamer Jug

Owl Creamer Jug, Owl Tall Jug & Owl Teapot

Every item in Hannah's different collections has its own unique personality, SO full of character, and you may think I am losing it now, but I could have sworn I heard one of the owl eggcups scorn the other for dropping its egg...


Peacock Eggcup

Some of you may be surprised to find this rather commercial blog post in what is normally an "ad-free" blog. However, I thought some of you might be curious to see one of the things that has kept me busy in the past few weeks, and if this means drawing some extra interest to Hannah Turner's funky ceramics, well I am very happy to do so!

Birdlife Collection

Birds & Birdlife Tableware

Should you feel your bird nerve twitching at the sight of these beauties, 
you may browse Hannah's webshop 
Birdlife Collection

Again I would like to thank all of you who visit The Swenglish Home and 
an extra warm thank you to those of you taking the time to leave such kind comments. 
You make my day!

Wishing you a great start to the new week!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Lollipop love...

To better view the larger photos in this post, please click on the photos.


 - It's very dead, isn't it? 

The man in the house nodded towards what used to be a delightful olive tree, but what had, for a long time, been a rather sad sight...

- A-hem...well...

Having for some time refused to accept the sad state of my beloved tree, I was trying to buy time, not sure where this conversation was going.

- Isn't it about time you bought a new olive tree, because that one is really not pretty...

This ought to be good news, as there was an actual suggestion for the introduction of another olive tree in the house, but as I was busy feeling quite defensive about the attack on my green friend's appearance and knowing fully well I would not be able to find a new one this time of the year, I was not singing and dancing.

- Don't throw it away! I have a plan...

Now, this is not the first time these words have crossed my lips, and they were met with no surprise, even if I think I may have caught, out of the corner of my eye, the man in the house rolling his eyes...


So, armed with a bag of fresh moss, I set to work... and now, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce my new friend, the Green Lollipop! 

(I used the "skeleton" of the old branches and twigs of the olive tree and simply stuffed it with moss. To "reinforce" the lollipop against attacks from various paper aeroplanes, I used some this green sewing thread, but most of it seemed to stay in place just with the help of the little twigs on the tree.)

On one of the side tables rests the result of another nature walk recently: a star made from fallen down twigs. Could I possibly be getting into the Christmas spirit already...???

The tea light holder on the other side table is still one of my favourites, even though I am sure it will not  appeal to everybody in its rusty, quirky glory: an old chimney cap (to protect birds from falling down the chimney) with a small votive dangling in a rusty chain..

Otherwise, nothing new in the dining area...

 Even the walnuts are last year's harvest...

The last image was captured from the car on my way to the forest. Beautiful old stone houses climbing the green hills... through my Swedish eyes a VERY English view indeed!

Wishing you a great start to the new week and hope you stay 
warm and safe from hurricanes and treacherous icy roads!