Lighthouses :: Faróis

Summer seems to have taken a holiday away from Scotland: it keeps raining everyday with the occasional break for fog. However, one of these days in the afternoon the sun has come out from between the clouds and the shoreline has become a perfect place. Saint Andrews seaside is beautiful… the rocks meeting the green…

Ducklings :: Patinhos

Do you remember me bragging about seeing a litter of ducklings sometime ago? I wasn’t able to photograph them, but now there are two new families around. Here they are! — Lembram-se de vos falar de uma ninhada de patinhos aqui há uns tempos atrás? Na altura não consegui fotografá-los, mas agora andam duas novas ninhadas a passear por…

The Highlands

The Highlands

This week I had a break away in the Highlands. We went to Loch Aline, in Argyll and had a beautiful time. I also returned with a lot of inspirational ideas, which I hope to put in practice soon. The landscape was beautiful, the intense greens, the Lochs on every corner of the road and…

Nature patterns :: Texturas da natureza

Most of my inspiration comes from nature. I am privileged to live in Scotland, a place where grazing land graciously meets the seaside, with snowy mountains peering at the sea. It would be impossible not to be inspired by this stunning scenery. Almost every time I step outside I get new ideas. This week I have…

Busy bees :: Abelhas azafamadas

If you’re looking for bees, be sure to look for them among the sweet-smelling flowers that grow wild in the fields or in your favourite garden. I have always been fascinated by these sort of furry little insects with its bright contrasting stripes and delicate wings. I like to watch them collecting pollen from the…

Inspiring artists :: Artistas inspiradores

It’s been grey and rainy all through the week. It was a good time to search more colourful inspirations on-line. There are so many delightful artists and crafters out there… I just can’t get enough! I get especially stirred up with illustration in polymer clay. Anna Guégan draws amusing characters out of polymer clay and…

In bloom :: Em flor

It’s April and Spring is in bloom. Trees are covered in white, tulips, daffodils and primroses are flourishing in every flower bead and the fields are sprinkled with white daisies. On my way home I keep spotting little creatures. Yesterday there was a small rabbit eating grass near the path, and in the small pond…

Telling Stories :: Contar Histórias

There was a time when people could tell the story of every object they had in their houses. They knew who made it, with whom that person had learned its craft and where the materials had come from. I am fortunate to know the story of some of the objects that surround me. I have…