New Music Crush Alert!

Yesterday on my drive home from work I heard this man’s beautiful voice on the radio. He had been playing on Radio One’s Live Lounge earlier on in the day. I then of course ‘googled’ him and listened to some more of his music.

That’s it I’m hooked! I think his new album is released next week.

Hozier, you are awesome!

Today was James Bay, and he was also unbelievably good.



The mayonnaise jar and the beer.

2012 – phew – that was INTENSE
2013 – I’m ready for you!

I was looking through some old recipes and torn out magazine cuttings today and came upon an anecdote that a friend had typed out and given to me.
It resonated massively for some reason today.

“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly, and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed again that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the rest of the space. He asked once more if the jar was full, and his students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two pint glasses of beer from under the table and poured the contents of both into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, children, health, friends and your favourite passions; things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, would still make your life full.”

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children, take time to get medical checkups, take your partner out to dinner and play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the leaky tap. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities, because the rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem to be, that there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.”

– Author Unknown

Wishing you all a happy 2013 x

Two Fingers

Lots to write but no time at the moment.
Orders for America (woo hoo!), commissions and a job application to complete.

I shall leave you with this for the weekend, I’m not a big drinker, I don’t smoke, but love the premise of this song. Sometimes – you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.

Have a good weekend.

Draw In Light

Love this Video from design company Draw in Light, who make exquisite hand silk screen printed clothes for women.
 It intrigues me watching how other people work.

Fallon & Draw In Light from drawinlight on Vimeo.

Have a good weekend x

An evening with Alanis Morissette

Last night I went to see Alanis Morissette, at the Apollo, Manchester.
It was amaaaaazing!! I have loved her angst ridden songs for a long time, and to see her live was such a brilliant experience. She is stunning, talented and seemed really happy to be performing. The crowd were brilliant and sang along to lots of the songs.

 Annoying at first that every other person in front of me was doing this…I got over it and managed to take a couple of pictures, which I might use a as a base for some new work.

This was one of my favourites ‘Hands Clean’ which she sang last night. 

Her new album ‘Havoc and Bright Lights’ is released in August.

Amazing what you see on your desk

I took this picture with instagram on my phone. It’s completely random, just stuff on my desk in the studio, (tags, paintbrush, thread, torn pages from a book, a scrap of leather, a large image of my sons baby scan photo blown up and printed on to acetate). There’s something about it that I love though, it reminds me of being underwater for some strange reason.

 I have changed the stuff on my wall too, in the search for inspiration. Ideas are slowly evolving.

My desk.

Playing with ink and an old ink nib which belonged to my dad. Thanks for the inspiration Denis.

Afternoon tea and a good book.

I love a good book.

Something to take me to faraway places and become completely absorbed in someone else’s adventures.
A place to escape.
Victoria Hislop writes books that I don’t want to put down.
She creates wonderful characters with unusual plots, and I have not only enjoyed her books but I have learnt from them too.
Her latest book is called The Thread and I loved it on many levels, but particularly because one of the main characters is a talented embroideress. There were descriptions of a haberdashery shop which just reminded me of being a little girl and going in to similar shops as a child. For me they were better than sweetie shops.
Last week I went to a book signing of ‘The Thread’ at the wonderful Hoghton Tower arranged by Silverdell Books.

 I went alone, as I only managed to bag a ticket at the last minute, and had one of the lovliest afternoons.
I met another lady who had also gone on her own and we sat next to one another whilst we had afternoon tea. She was really lovely company.

 The tables looked amazing, and I wish that I had taken a picture of the food because it looked so lovely.  Sorry, as soon as it came it was gone within a matter of minutes 🙂
Radio Lancashire were there and interviewed Victoria about her work. She was such an interesting lady, and seemed very approachable.
We had a chat, just as I was pouring my first cup of tea, which I managed to spill all over the table – how silly did I feel?…but she was just lovely and quickly moved my bag out of the way as the tea cascaded down the side of the table. Thank goodness it didn’t go on her.

This was the view as I left to go back to my car. Look at that drive! A wonderful inspiring afternoon.

Inspiration Book

 As well as having my cork wall I have several sketchbooks and folders which contain images I love. Pictures torn from magazines, of interiors, other artist’s work, landscapes – anything really that catches my eye.

 Some months ago I noticed that Christine from the blog A Mermaid’s Tale, was on my followers list.
I had a look at her blog and shop and realised that pictures of her work, saved from a magazine, were in one of my inspiration sketchbooks. I loved her style and thought that her work was really beautiful.
I felt honoured that someone whose work I had admired for so long was following my blog.


These are some of the pages that lead on from her images with some of my samples.

Wishing you every success Christine with your new adventures.

Magical Words

One of my treasury lists for Etsy.
Click on the pictures to take you to the shops.

Magical words left for me on ETSY (feedback from one of last weeks customers).

“Unbelievable service. I contacted Suzanne and explained I needed item quickly. She did everything possible including going to post office just to make sure a Saturday delivery was arranged( no extra cost). Item arrived Saturday morning. It was exactly as I had hoped. Best Internet ordering experience I have had.”

Happy customers = happy Suze 🙂