Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hellooooooo.........

Ermmm.........hi!

Happy New Year............ and it's almost February!


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Easter Monday Escape

We headed west on Easter Monday, quite far west.


In fact as far west as you can in mainland Britain, all the way to Ardnamurchan.........it was glorious!

We set off at 7:30, 3 adults, 3 children and 2 dogs!

Glencoe was quiet, misty and spectacular with a fresh dusting of snow right down to the roadside.

By 9:00 we were sitting at Corran Ferry waiting to cross Loch Linnhe.

And by 12:30 we were at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse basking in glorious sunshine and eating our picnic!




We headed to Sanna Bay one of our favourite beaches in the world. We ran around and played in the sand.



Then everybody bundled back into the car for a snooze and the long return trip.......with fish and chips for tea!

I think I'll need two days to recover!


Monday, 4 January 2016

Welcome 2016!



All the turkey and Christmas pudding has finally been finished, the chocolate oranges are a distant memory and the only sweeties left in the super mega Quality Street tin are the ones no one likes. It's the coconut ones here in our house, maybe we should arrange a swap shop, just send any coffee crèmes my way!
And that fateful Monday has arrived when real life jumps out of a dark January morning and gives you a big damp slap in the face, or was that just me?!  I do love the Christmas bubble that we all retreat into and I slightly grudge having to return to reality come January.
In a bid to ease my return I've put together a few of my favourite mid winter (because lets face it, January and February are still most definitely wintery, especially here in Scotland) Instgram hashtags, Spotify playlists and podcasts.


I fell head over heels in love with Instagram in 2015.
My two current favourite hashtags are
#thequietwinter and #makingwinter , just beautiful......
 
I always have music on in my studio while I'm working and I'm a big fan of Spotify, specially their playlist section, they have a playlist for any possible mood you're in.

My bestest favourites over the past few weeks have been
The Far-North Folk,  Acoustic Winter and Electro Swing.
 
If I'm not listening to music I've got a podcast on.
My absolute favourites are 
Art for your ear, The Jealous Curator and Design Matters with Debbie Millman I always come away from their episodes having learnt something or with a fresh perspective.


 
I hope this week is kind to you all..........

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Perthshire Open Studios 2015

The countdown to this years Perthshire Open Studios is on and there are only 5 weeks to go!
5th - 13th September 2015



Monday, 16 March 2015

A random Saturday!

The weeks seem to be flying past this year, I can't believe that it's the middle of March already!
 
JH and a friend had a survey to do in Crianlarich on Saturday morning and the boys and I decided to go with them and we spent a sunny but cold morning in the park! 
 
After they'd finished we decided, on a complete whim, to go to Oban. 
No planning, no idea why or what we were going to do when we got there. 
 
So we went!
We visited the Barn Bar and met old friends. 
 
We bought fish and chips, and beer and belated birthday cake and ate and drank at sunset, looking at this view........
 
 

throwing stones off the slipway.....
 
admiring the beautiful shades of blue.........
 
 

 
It was a glorious, indulgent, stone skimming, chilly, beautiful gloaming.
A balm for the soul. 
 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

A Sunday well spent.......

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!

This Sunday we went on a mini adventure in the woods behind our house





Climbing hills


building dams and then bursting them


swinging on tree swings


splashing in streams


finding out what sinks and what floats in HUGE puddles


and then home to the wood burning stove, hot tea and yummy home made biscuits.

Monday we're ready for you!

Hope you all had a lovely Sunday
xx









Friday, 16 January 2015

My five favourite Instagram photos of 2014!

I know I'm a bit late to the party with this post, but you'll forgive me won't you?!
This post was originally supposed to be called "My favourite FOUR Instagram photos of 2014, but it was really hard to narrow my favourites down to just four and that's why there are five!!



Paddling pool - I can feel the intense heat of those distant, long hot summer days in those blues.


The three musketeers - The first photo of all my boys together! 


A vignette of "stuff" found in my studio! I really enjoyed putting this together so I'm going to try to do this again....soon!


Paper cut - I love cutting this design and seeing all the different things that are important to people


Happy New Year - Last post of 2014 and last new product of 2014!

You can find me on Instagram, @loumclaren  Leave a link to your Instagram profile below and I'll hop over to say hi, in a non threatening, non stalking kinda way!
xx




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