Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chalet Style!

I have just spent a really lovely weekend in Switzerland (well, still here actuall, flying back to London tonight!) and with winter fast approaching, I have felt the need to hibernate. And where would I like to hibernate? In this gorgeous chalet in Courchevel in the French Alps of course! I love those stripped back wooden beams with super modern finishing touches.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunshine Yellow!

Sunshine yellow is my favourite colour, so imagine my delight when I saw my butterfly pendant featured in this gorgeous Treasury on Etsy. Thank you FlashForward!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Here is a quick snap of me and my sister preparing for another photoshoot for my Etsy shop (me-brown hair, Emily- blond!). I feel like I'm always trying to improve my photos, however, I think these ones have turned out too dark... any comments welcome!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Amazing Artwork!

I just came across these posters for a pub in London... aren't they gorgeous?!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Winter's Tale....

It seems to be getting so dark so quickly in London at the monent! I really feel that not just autumn, but winter too is setting in really quickly.

It's a cold, sunny, crisp day and for some reason I got to thinking about one of my favourite artists, Ben Nicholson. I love his pale, muted colours and his technique of layering complentary colours on top of each other then a really simple line drawing of some everyday object like a cup or a bottle. I also particularly love his tree landscapes which really capture the feeling of a wintery frost in the countryside.
Here is a little montage of some of my favourites!

Friday, October 2, 2009


I am SO sorry for my total lack of communication over the last couple of weeks! A combination of a really busy period at work plus coming to New York to spend nearly 2 weeks with boyfriend have resulted iv very little time spent on my Etsy shop and on my blog.... I've missed it!

Hopefully back to normal from this weekend as I want to start posting some of the cool pictures I have taken in NYC and will return to London (sniff sniff!) on Monday night.

Hope you are all well! What's everyone been up to in the last couple of weeks?!

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Hair Combs!

What does everyone think of the new hair combs I have listed this week? I've gone down the autumnal/fall look....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A B C D E F G.....

I LOVE this letter inspired Treasury. A truly original Etsy homepage... really inspired!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Le Tour de Londres!

I love a good cycle at the weekend and this Sunday just gone was no different! My sister, her husband and I took to the streets of London (under very grey skies!) for a good 3 hour cycle down to Hampton Court, 500 year old palace and former home of England's most famous tyrant King Henry VIII - yes, the one that chopped off his wives' heads!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Here comes the bride!

I just came across this fab shop on Etsy - Letters4lilly which sells wedding bouquets made from buttons. I've never seen anything quite like this before, I think it's such a great idea! Now, I just need to get engaged!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Hair Comb...

I just listed this new hair comb a couple of days ago... a little bit of a different style for me. The little gold rosebuds are so fiddly to make but hopefully the end result is worth it! Feedback welcome - do you like the added gold flowers or do you think the hair combs look better with just the rose ribbons?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Girly Night In!

I'm so excited about a girly night in with my sister! We're going to watch The Notebook - a real weepie! SOB!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cupcake Masterclass!

Here is where the magic happens...

A lovely afternoon drinking tea and eating cupcakes with my sister Emily, her husband Ben, my mum and mum's friend Ros...

Meanwhile, someone waits patiently in the garden waiting for the cupcakes to bake!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Japonicas - Soft & Feminine Jewellery....

I came across this beautiful shop on Etsy today... Such whimisical designs in soft, pretty, ice cream colours with beautiful detail and lovely photos and descriptions...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Rainbow of Jars...

I had to post this gorgeous photo I took of shelves of pigment jars in the most beautiful rainbow colours in this art shop. So inspiring!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I just got my 100th follower!!!

Thank you to all my followers! I really hope you enjoy reading my blog....

Fab giveaway - 30 prizes!!

Check out this fab giveaway my friend Solange is hosting on her blog. There are 30 participating Etsy shops which means 30 prizes so the chances of winning are even higher! Just scroll past her profile and followers sections to get to the info about the competition. If you like my Etsy shop, you could win one of my rose hair combs!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mais Bresil!

Dreaming of Brazil...

I just looked through all my pictures from my trip to Brazil with my boyfriend this year (he is Brazilian so fortunately we have a great excuse to go back every year!). The beaches in Bahia are so amazing, I'm desperate to book our tickets to go in January!

New York, New York....

My boyfriend is flying to New York today... for 2 months! I'm going to miss him so much!! But I guess it's not so bad, I fully intend to take advantage of him being over there - I'm going to go to NYC in a couple of weeks for a long weekend and then probably every 3 weeks! I LOVE New York so can't wait to see him and the city again...
Mi amor...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Autumn ribbon...

I have just bought a pile of new supplies - ready for the onset of Fall (Autumn for me here in London!)... Can't wait to get started with these woodlandy, autumnal materials...

Autumn Gold....

I just love this treasury which is on the Etsy homepage right now... so lovely and autumny!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New rose - ready to go!

Here are a couple of snaps of the huge rose hair comb that I made for my friend Anthea! She will be wearing it at a wedding this weekend so there it is all snug and safe in its hat box with a handful of my business cards for her to hand out to anyone who's interested!

My Style Works...

I just read a really good bit of advice in the Etsy forums about working on your personal style. I have a bit of a tendancy to be seduced by different styles and so sometimes my work can be quite varied, especially as I work across different types of media. So, I am resolved to 'Keep My Style Cohesive' as I have just drawn in my sketchbook as below. That doesn't mean I'm not going to do different, crazy painting if I feel like it, I just won't list it in my Etsy shop! In my sketchbook I'm going to really explore my AuroraRose style... watch this space!
What is your style and how do you keep it cohesive?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

City of Dionne...

If you haven't checked out this amazing blog and Etsy, do so immediately! Dionne (Etsy name Ciy of Dionne) does these fabulous illustrations to (literally) illustrate each blog post like the one below. She has such an unimitable style and I always go to her blog to see if she has posted something new and I definitely plan to buy from her for birthday and Christmas presents...

A lovely gift!

Here is my first proper sale from Etsy going off to its new home! Vicky purchased my turquoise butterfly necklace and vintage ribbon headband on Friday - thank you!

Just Nibbles - Lovely Blog!

Check out this lovely blog, it's so pretty! Justine makes really beautiful jewelry in soft, delicate colours and I love the featured peas in a pod necklace! Thanks for including my item too Justine!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Maybe those images were a bit small!

New wall collage...

And I made this wall collage over the weekend! What does everyone think? I ADORE collage at the moment...

A very crafty weekend...

I had a crafty crafty weekend, really happy that I got loads done and have a few more items to sell in my shop! Also, so happy that I sold my turquoise butterfly necklace and a beautiful vintage, embroidered headband (which I really loved myself!) on Friday - 2 sales in one day, YEY! I've been taking heed of a lot of advice in the Etsy forums saying to keep adding new items to my shop so I'm definitely going to start doing more of that! Look out for these 2 little beauties this week...

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Weekend Sale...

I forgot to mention in my blog post earlier that the reason I'm in the Weekend Deals gift guide is because I'm having a sale of 20% off all my items when you enter "weekend deals" in the notes to seller! Plus a FREE surprise gift with every purchase!

Made it onto the Weekend Deal Gift Guide...

I'm so happy I made it on to the Weekend Discount Deals Gift Guide on Etsy! Such a concidence that my friend Ayca, whose felt flower I blogged about on the next post down made it onto the same page! Here we are on this link and on the screenshot below (sorry about the rubbish writing! I had to write it with my mouse at work instead of my tablet pen at home)...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Necklace to be listed soon on Etsy!

Here is a sneak preview of a necklace I will soon be posting on Etsy... I handmade this with cloth, cotton wool for stuffing the strawberries and plastic beads. It's pretty unusual but a really fun necklace! Hope you like it...

Hat boxes and luggage tags!

I just adore the old-fashioned practicality of luggage tags, brown paper, string and hat boxes! Any item I sell on Etsy will be wrapped up in cushiony tissue paper, placed in a hat box like the blue one below and tied up with brown paper and string with my special 'AuroraRose' stamped luggage tag to remind you who you bought from. I have just decided to include this picture on all my Etsy listings. What does everyone think? Would it help to make you buy an item from my shop? Any feedback would be welcome!