Wednesday, 29 February 2012

:: Two blog friends go thrifting, to see what they could find!


 Last Saturday, Donna from Hung Up On Retro and I met up, at our favourite seconds dealer, to begin our Big Thrift Day Out!

 Donna was the first blogger to comment on my early posts and over the last 6 months we have enjoyed sharing and getting to know each other.

Saturday was our first adventure together (bit of an internet blind date)and here are the pic's of my retro finds.

(highly recommend a visit)

Today Donna and I are linking in..... so when your finished having a look-see please do pop over to 
Hung Up On Retro to see what Donna found that day!

When I began my blogging activities, I didn't guess I would firstly meet you lovely people but that I would find a local retro lover! 

.......and I made a lovely new friend too,

Thanks Donna for a great day!

P xx

More Hornsea

Spanish plate to add to the plate wall.
John Russell

West German Pottery

Nice Planter.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

:: Mid Century OMG!


"Gypsy Marsh" 80/80 by Toni Carner
framed silkscreen.

Whilst perusing pinterest, 
I stumbled upon this image of a lovely sideboard, I have been thinking of starting a sideboard "lust board" for some while and thought that I should start! 

But before I start pinning, I like to see the original source for pins and I came across this site

 Needless to say, the sideboard went out of my mind when I saw this it the colours? the curves in the landscape? the teal bench seat? charcoal blue wall? everything?

Great site and great styling!

P x

:: I heart online Craft/Design Magazines.

I'm a magazine junkie, self confessed....... 
but the budget only goes so far! 
So bring on the free online mag! 

Heart Home, a great little online mag from the UK.


Covet Garden 

is for folks who are curious about real spaces.
We take a peek into the homes and lives of some of the city’s most interesting people—spaces that have not been styled by interior decorators.
Covet Garden is inspirational, not aspirational.
(blurb from website)

My Little Jedi 

Label was born from my love of cards, beautiful design and my passion for all things darling. In September 2011 we launched the first issue of My Little Jedi online magazine. MLJ magazine is all about amazing party styling, sweet dessert tables, delicious recipes, exclusive interviews, the latest in kids fashion, home decor and inspirational diy projects. I hope you find as much delight and joy in the world of My little jedi as i do. Love Vesna xx ♥

(blurb from website)



Launched in October 2009, Lonny is a bimonthly online magazine that focuses on lifestyle and home decor. Founded by designer Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline, Lonny highlights extraordinary interiors, innovative bloggers, and the latest market finds. Lonny has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and blogs worldwide, and has highlighted design luminaries ranging from Cath Kidston to Kelly Wearstler.
At Lonny, we believe in making design choices that lead to personal happiness. We value individual style and independent thinking, and are convinced that inspired design can be achieved anywhere—from the smallest studio apartment to the grandest estate.
Our mission is to open the doors to accessible design and connect our readers to their favorite products and resources at the click of a mouse. Our freedom from page limits means that we can share more content in each issue, delivering an intimate look into the way people really live.

(blurb from website)


I haven't come across a mid century themed one so far, so if you do, please let me know!
P x

Sunday, 26 February 2012

:: Cool Threads

Embroidery to me is like drawing with colour, endless possibilities and variety .
I hope you enjoy the pictures,

P x

DMC threads on organic linen.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

:: Little Pink Lady Owl

I had to make a PINK Owl!

I wasn't into pink as a girl...but I think I'm making up for it now!

I'm not sure which wall colour she sits best on?
... but I think she'll co ordinate nicely in any home.

She'll definitely need some friends, which colour do you think, I should do next?

P x

Sunday, 19 February 2012

:: collections

I love to collect...but I'm an eclectic collector!

If it's retro ceramics then I'm in. 
I prefer to have one of each of the makers and occasionally I'll seek similar designs but often one piece is enough.

Well I do have a few Arabia pieces.... but the apple design is my favourite!
One West German , one Soholm etc

My love of ceramics lead me to completing a B.A in Craft, 
pictured are my most recent work.
Motherhood has put clay on hold, hence the macrame fascination.

Wheel thrown and hand built, porcelain ware.

 Oh and who doesn't like a bit of Midwinter 
and a Jesse Tait clock, to keep the pulse racing.

Friday, 17 February 2012

:: Eames- I want it all!


The Eames designs are WOW!

The Eames 'hang it all' are for those of us on a budget and can't afford their other products but
when I saved up and ordered mine, I was over the moon.

I know there are cheaper reproductions about but I can't concede to purchase a knock off.
Best to put aside your pretty penny I say!
Here she her splendor

spot the the ouchflower

Here are some Pinterest pins from my Eames hang it all board...I love seeing what others do with theirs!
It tells so much about the home and who resides there.



On a side note;
This is a pic of my Valentines pressie, my lovely husband READ my blog and did some eBay research!
I was very impressed, all my prattling about the joys of blogging have paid off and the Dansk, grinds my pepper and sprinkles my salt beautifully :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

:: iheartbuttons and you and Instagram.

iheartbuttons and you

Not to be outdone on posting something valentineish yesterday, 
I uploaded this photo to instagram.

I received the most likes than ever! 
was it the heart? 
icon of love...or the buttons? 
or the heart shaped craftiness?

Who nows? but what I do know is.....i heart instagram!
I have come across so many great blogs through the images and kept up with friends who are far away, also look what the filters did with my simple button heart!

Incidentally if your thinking 
red button heart 
is needed in your home.

you will need:
  • embroidery hoop
  • linen/cotton fabric
  • lots of buttons (your colour choice)
  • needle and thread
  • fabric marker

Firstly stretch your fabric onto the embroidery hoop, make it nice and snug. 

Fabric marker in hand drawn your heart.

Start sewing on each button one at a time, keep the buttons close, let them over lap.

Sew your buttons on the perimeter of the heart, don't fill in the whole shape, keep it looking organic.

Try a few contrasting coloured buttons in the mix to keep it looking interesting. I used some yellow ones randomly scattered.

Buttons of different sizes and shapes and hue but really any old buttons will do!

If you give this a go, I would love to see a pic. 
If you share it, great! 
please link back to ouchflower.

P x

Sunday, 12 February 2012


This mornings venture to a retro fair in our local town, has me thinking I have achieved the mother load!
The fair was jam packed with retro/vintage enthusiasts seeking that special item! 

Collectors are a bred unto their own, many were flicking desperately through albums of cards, one older gentleman I spied had chanced upon a discreet album of early 1900's girly pictures!
There were loads of childrens toys and collectable teddies and vintage tea cups a plenty.
Me.... I scanned for anything ceramic or glass.

The Danish Pottery, Holmegaard vase and a Jesse Tait plate clock (not featured) I bought from one stall. 
If I had an endless budget, I would of come home with their Bitossi, iittala, Portmeirion, Genie lamps, West German Lava, Czech glassware and much more......

I'm feeling pretty smug!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

:: A sweet macrame owl

 My musings into macrame continue...

I have been working on my own design of this iconic macrame icon.

I wanted to create a small subtle version, using a greater range of knotwork that I have not used previously. 
It has been an arduous process, lots of unpicking of my knots and many trials, on gauging length of twine, size and overall aesthetic appeal!
So far I'm pleased but now want to inject more colour into the knotwork, to create visual contrast.

I tried using wooden beads for eyes but they made the owl too beady...a little unnerving (The Mona Lisa effect)

An owl in their natural environment!

The knotwork has created a 3D effect.

Detail shot featuring the yellow string feet.

If you're inclined to offer any advice or feedback, 
I would greatly appreciate it!

P x

Saturday, 4 February 2012

:: A sweet collection- Dansk Peppermill



My heart leapt, my eyes widened, pulse steadily increased when I chanced upon this image on pinterest.
The whole collection of Dansk peppermill, 70 all up, for sale for $21,000.
Dansk Peppermill are beautifully, uniquely designed and I'd love one or two for my table but what really impressed me was the collection overall. 
The way the collection has been presented, each mill, a small shelf to rest on,  carefully curated so that each mill can be seen separately but also viewed as part of a greater whole. 

I love to collect! 
I have many small groupings of things, vintage ceramics, coloured glass, succulents but the commitment that this collector has shown to one type of object is amazing!

I think I'll avoid house work and reorder my collections to best view them to greater effect, pics soon!
P x