Thursday, 23 July 2015

Personalised Just for You!


As a follow on to last week's sneak peek into the JC HQ - here we are again with our new Personalised Collection.  After the huge success of our Magic Heart Cushions we decided to extend the collection and make some children's personalised cushions to add to the collection.

Above, Flo, Mary, Lucie and Jo are proud to launch this lovely new Personalised Collection.


The girls were so inspired that they decided to make their own personalised cushions.  Here they are pinning on their names.


Flo working on her red spot cushion.


Mary, almost there just a few stitches to go.


Keeping Lucie quiet - a skill for life!


                         Here - almost done,  they  just need a good press - et voila!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Sending all our love to Selfridges, Harrods and Liberty of London.

Here at JC HQ we can’t go away just yet because it’s too busy - this is the week we despatch our autumn and Christmas collections to the London stores - so it’s been a little bit bedlam!

Here's a sneak peek into the world of JC HQ -  here we have Jo, my design assistant and Flo on the right, who originally came to us when my girls were small, as an au pair from France.  She's returned many times over the last 8 years and now works in the office with us.

Exclusive Christmas stockings created  for Liberty of London with peacock feathers and crowns.


Don't forget these little beauties Mr Selfridge!

"And I Love the London taxi" says Lucie

Packing some of our favorite things for some of our favourite London stores
                                                 Lucie is an intern, also from France.  If you phone and hear a lovely French accent - it may be Lucie or it could be Flo!  Sometimes they forget they're in England and start to rabbit in French.  It's nice to be a little bit international in our small English country village - the villagers don't know what's hit them - Ooh la la!




Flo will try anything to get to the London Room launch at Selfridges!

All packed up and ready for DPD!
Selfridges and Liberty next stop - Harrods next week.
                   Will keep you posted on the launch and when we'll be in store at Selfridges.
                                                           
                                                              Hope to see you there! X





Thursday, 18 June 2015

The Beautiful Stores of Bath.

Last week I went to Bath with David to celebrate his birthday and to swoon over the beautiful Georgian Architecture.  While there, I spent a few wonderful hours wandering up and down the streets and browsing around the fabulous stores.


I've been visiting Bath for many years and always admire the superb frontage of The Fine Cheese Co. Step inside to find the most delicious wines, cheeses and treats.




Again another old favourite of mine - Suzanna's antiques and textiles are exquisite.  Her lace, crystals, and quilts are from a bygone era, so feminine, so French and so decadent - I love these gorgeous pieces.



In complete contrast, the Fig Store is only one year old.  You must step inside to see and feel the full beauty and ambiance of the vintage, utility furnishings and simple, new accessories.  A breath of fresh air!



Another new store on the block - Avenida Home belongs to my friend Isobelle, whom I know from meeting at various exhibitions in London, Paris and Tokyo.  Her work is beautiful - modern trays, table mats and coasters with contemporary prints.  



Another little store that always catches my eye is The British Hatter.  If you're after a panama - here it is!
There are so many more beautiful stores in Bath - watch this space for more.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Judging at 'Simply Cheshire'

I was delighted to be asked to judge the 'Best in Show' at 'Simply Cheshire' last weekend.  The event, which was a new shopping fair, was held at Arley Hall & Gardens.




This is one of the best of its type of event that I've been to, with it's very high standards, great mix of products, food and drink.  The greatest thing was -  the producers and creative artists all either came from, or worked within Cheshire.



A lovely sunny day!




Local Cider from Dunham Press



Lizzie Prestt with her beautiful line drawings and homewares.




With the local charity, The Joshua Tree.



Inspecting the stands in the Cruck Barn.  So much to see and all such high quality, beautiful products.



Admiringthe beautiful bespoke gloves by Humphrey's.



The winner of the 'Best in Show' is Lou from 'Ox Eye Daisy'.  Her painted garden shed looked a treat in the cobbled courtyard of the Tudor Barn.  Also here are Sally and Suzie, the organisers and Ben, fellow judge from Savills.



In 2nd palce - Jam Industries - I thought that this sophistocated surf wear and strong branding were fantastic. 



In 3rd place is Anna Flora, in conjunction with Tom Brown.  Anna made a glorious display of flowers, intermingled with Tom's antiques and curiosities.



  Well done Sally and Suzie, a wonderful event!



Export Week Talk for Creative Business Women.


As last week was Export Week, I took part in an event organised by UK Trade & Investment.  I was asked to speak at a special lunch event on Friday for creative business women in the West Midlands.


Here I'm sitting next to the Host, Sara Williams.

My task was to tell the women about my export experiences and to inspire them to have a go! 


The ladies on my left seemed to be enjoying the talk.




The ladies on my left were smiling too.  

I talked about New York, Paris, Tokyo, Osaka and the Price of Wales!

Hopefully I made some impact!





Saturday, 16 May 2015

Photo Shoots and Birthday Cakes.



Yesterday my home was taken over by Maggie, Spike and Gaby who were shooting for an interiors magazine.  Here are a few behind the scenes quick snaps ....

Maggie setting the table 
Another corner of the room
Silver walls



 We raced ahead of the shots - plumping cushions, moving tables, arranging flowers, making tea.
                               
Spike takes a break while we prep the next shot.
Some new cushions!

A corner of Camille's room

All done, then a cup of tea and a lovely birthday cake.  A 'grand finale' to a great day - I made a big wish and blew out the candles.

The heart shaped cake baked by Jo - yum!

I love having my birthday at this time of year - such an abundance of beautiful flowers





                                                                       I Love Birthdays!



Saturday, 31 January 2015

My Brand New China with Hudson & Middleton


Yesterday, Jo and I went to meet Helen at the Hudson & Middleton pottery in Stoke-on-Trent - to see the transfers go onto the new collection.
With Helen Smith from Hudson & Middleton.

My new china mugs waiting to have their edges painted.

Voila!  Jo holding the new Butterfly and Angel china mugs .

Linda painting the black edges.

Lesley applying the harlequin pattern.
Panic not!  The yellow areas are just part of the transfer paper which will disappear in firing.

Lesley applying diamond transfers to the new china


We can't wait to see all the finished pieces at the launch this weekend, at the Spring Fair, Birmingham.