Monday, 14 July 2014

A bit of a jolly

 Back in May this year my daughter and I attended the annual Make, Do, Meet event in London. This year it was on the South Bank right beside the Thames. 

We were greeted in the entrance by these fantastic letters. I'd love some of these at home!

Spotted on a display board on our way around was a photo of me when I won the 'Start Up Success Award' in 2011.  Couldn't resist a photo opportunity!

We enjoyed listening to some inspirational talks and a very delicious lunch! We attended a useful photography workshop (just need to put some of the tips in to practise) and had a bit of a laugh doing this............


 My daughter, following on from  my success, now has her own storefront on and goes by the name 'Kimberley Rose'. 

She finished her law degree last year and continued studying to eventually become a solicitor. She got a job in a local solicitors but soon realised it wasn't the job for her. She is incredibly artistic and wanted to pursue art instead and she's so glad she did.  

London was looking mighty fine and we wasn't in a hurry to go home!

Who could visit London without doing a detour to Liberty. 

What a beautiful building it is, very British!

I could have scooped this little lot up and bought them home!

Anthropologies living wall was looking very lush.......

as was this broken ceramic display that hung from the ceiling. 

 Carnaby Street was also looking very British!

We live about an hours train journey from London and although I never used to enjoy going there when I was younger, I can think of nothing better than a day trip there now. 

I wouldn't want to live there as I love the country side we have here and also the sea so close but day trips are good.

The next day trip on my list is a visit to Columbia Road Sunday flower market.......just a shame my husband doesn't share my enthusiasm! 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I would walk 500 miles!

Back in April we went to Derbyshire for the Easter weekend. Our son has been living in Derby for the past year during his intern year.  He often goes on long walks in the peak district with friends and had told us how amazing the scenery was. We decided it was time to see for ourselves.

We stayed in a little village called Bradwell in a flat over a Doctors surgery. It had recently been modernised and was ideal for what we wanted.

These few photos were taken the day we arrived, all looking happy and ready for long walks. Little was I to know what was coming the next day!

We set off for Lady Bower reservoir early on the Saturday morning with nothing more than one bottle of water and four cereal bars between us. I'd had no intention of walking far but hadn't realised what my husband and son had in mind! My daughter and I were pretty much fifty metres behind them all the way as we made our ascent.  We reached a point where I was more than happy to start making our way back down but I soon realised I was being seen as the party pooper so on we went! 

Stunningly beautiful and amazing views I'll admit but my oh my I was in agony!

At this point we realised just how far we had to go to start our way back down and even further back to the car once we'd actually got back down! I could have cried......well I did!

All in all we worked out we'd walked 10 miles! Yes, 10 MILES!!!

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy walking but my walking is usually along the seafront on a Sunday afternoon!

We had bought walking boots before we went which was such a good investment as I hate to think what I'd have been like without them. 

The next day was torture for us girls but the boys were happy to do it all again! No thank you!

A more leisurely day was in order on the Sunday so off to Chatsworth we went. 
It is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire....what a gaff.....
wouldn't fancy the cleaning though!

We had a lovely day there and I can highly recommend the food in the restaurant and not too expensive which is always a good thing!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Spring has sprung

I had a little visit to London a few weeks ago with my daughter and two of my lovely sister-in-laws.
We went to celebrate a birthday with a trip to see Mamma Mia (the second time for me) and the day after a look around the shops.

We happened to end up in Fortnum and Mason'!

These eggs reminded me of ones I used to have as a child.

Simnel cakes

Flowers outside the Ritz

My obsession with flowers continues at home!

Early Easter tree!

And the most beautiful smelling plant in the world.....Stephanotis.

Friday, 4 April 2014

All change

It would appear I've been away from my blogging space for a little longer than i'd anticipated!

My rosiebull designs journey has moved along and I am now the proud owner of a brand new shiny website all of my own!

You can find the link below and if you're quick, I'm offering 30% discount on my Personalised Glasses Cases today only (4th April) using the code FRIDAY30!

I've been adding a few new products to my shops too.

New designs in glasses cases.......just right for Spring!

A new phone case or two!

A retro typewriter iPad case

and a few cheeky mirrors!

My blog will soon be moving over to my website so hopefully you'll join me there!

Monday, 16 September 2013


Summer seems like a long time ago now doesn't it? Blustery and very autumnal like here yesterday but today is looking promising.

I thought I'd share a few snapshots of a day we had in London in the summer.
I'd wanted to go to the top of the Shard ever since I found out you could and I wasn't disappointed, it was AmAzInG!

If you look hard on the left hand side of the building you'll see the window cleaners! I don't generally have a problem with heights but if that was the last job on earth I think I'd let someone else have it first!

Lovely Tower Bridge below.

My mum used to tell us stories of how the 'beach' on the banks of the Thames, by the side of Tower Bridge, was her seaside when she was a young girl growing up in London.

I took many, many photos as the views from all sides were breathtaking.

We took a boat trip to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark.

and back under Tower Bridge

and back along the Thames to The Houses Of Parliament

where we got off and walked back along the Embankment.

How I wish I owned this ice cream van!

I thought I'd finish with a few photos of some new products I've recently added to my shop.

This pin cushion is the first in a new range of sewing accessories.

Great British Bake Off ( how I LoVe that programme!) inspired Kindle Case.

And a scotty dog iPad mini case. 

I'm visiting York soon and was wondering if any of you know of any woollen mills/factory shops that sell fabric, buttons, trimmings etc?

 If you could point me in the right direction I'd be very, very grateful!