Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Now getting into the festive spirit after a lovely evening in our local pub, The Jug and Glass...carols rounds the fire and lots of catching up with friends from the village.

I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2011.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Gift Selection Service

Despite all the snow I am able to walk to the studio and hope to be open as normal....... however in severe cases please check before you make a special journey.

Don't forget that if you can't make it I offer a Gift Selection Service.....I select gifts to your budget and post them out to can pay over the phone.....simples!!!!

Personalised Gifts available too................have a name and/or message on my VW Mugs and Home Sweet Home, Bobbing Along and Somewhere Over the Rainbow mugs....£11.99 incl postage

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Christmas Shopping Evening- Friday 12th November

If you've got time pop along to my Christmas Shopping Evening this Friday 12th November

A relaxing way to shop with a glass of Mulled Wine

Unique Gifts....all fabulous, affordable & British
Personalised Art Mugs...available whilst you wait..not available elsewhere so truly unique

Ceramic mini Heart Christmas Tree Decorations..personalised whilst you wait.

Pick & Mix your own Gift Box of my Bath Body & Boudoir Range of products..
and lots of new stock and gift ideas

All Welcome 7 til 9 Debit/Credit Card facilities

If you cant get along you could always order personalised or other gifts over the phone/email for collection or posting see for details & map

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Exhibiting this Weekend nr Henley on Thames

A Christmas Cracker at Querns Gallery near Henley on Thames

Really pleased to be part of this exhibition .........will be there sometime over the weekend and looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous work by 20 national designers

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Hand printed Art Mug

Am really pleased with the new photos of my hand printed mugs ....these have one of my original watercolours on ........check out more of my HeART Ceramic range at These are not mass produced so make an ideal unique gift...more on display in the studio including my VW mugs...a Bay and Split Screen

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Inspirational week so far

What a week so far....started off not too good but then just got better....the icing on the cake was the joy of seeing all the Chilean miners rescued safely. It was so uplifting to turn on the news and hear something truly amazing. It puts into perspective life in general.

Had a lovey day yesterday in the studio.. quite demanding though as I was audited as part of my Environmental Quality Mark awarded by the Peak District National Park. Two and a half hours but worth it as I am passionate about the ethical side of my business.

The grand finale yesterday was the sale of one of my favourite paintings....Love is in the Air. This is was inspired by the ladybird balloon which often flies over my is one of the fragrances from my Bath Body & Boudoir Range...Lemon and Honey.

I wonder what today will bring?

ps dont forget the Ladies Chocolate & Wine Evening tomorrow.. Friday 15th October 7-9

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Personalised Gifts

A truly unique gift....a personalised hand painted Heart Plaque or a Latte Mug... Have a name amongst the pathway or hearts or star fish... gift boxed and with a certificate as each one is an original. Buy online at or tel 01629 534532 for design ideas and order over the phone. From £14.99

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Hot Off The Press!!!!

Just took delivery of these Special Event flyers listing all the fab events coming up this Autumn and Winter at Studio 61 Gallery Boutique. Nestled in the lovely village of Holloway near Matlock, Derbyshire all Welcome

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


my next COFFEE AND CATCH UP MORNING is this Friday 8 October 10-12. Pop in, meet friends and see what's new. Help me celebrate my birthday and 5 years in business.

All welcome..if you're not working and can find the time be great to see you.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

New Stock

had a good day yesterday despite the rain...had my first delivery of reindeer....gorgeous .made me smile as each one has its own hand knitted scarf and twigs for legs.....bless.

Have lots more Christmas stock coming in but don't fear..."Christmas" stuff wont be on display until late October....we've got Halloween first.

I am now taking orders for these handmade Driftwood Christmas Trees...each one is unique and sits on a pebble with a real starfish on the top...small £25 (1ft approx) or large £45 (2.5ft approx)...handmade here in Derbyshire

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Getting Buried with new Stock!!!

My poor workstation is continually getting buried as more and more new stock keeps arriving............
have three commissions to work on now....all lovely House Portraits and I am dying to get trying to finish painting personalised mugs........better not grumble though eh..better than sat here twiddling my thumbs

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Coffee with a View

Some days are too cold for my customers to sit outside with a coffee and admire the view so I have made them a lovely area to sit and ponder and linger longer......
Two girly bar stools, a gorgeous view and a sunny spot too on a good day..... pop in and test them!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Gone Surfing!!!

That's the name of one of my VW paintings but its also what we are doing this Bank Holiday.

We are heading off to see the sea and the forecasts for both Sun and Surf are looking good....were in the campervan and tent so hope they've not got it wrong.

Current Jewellery Exhibition

Gorgeous Jewellery by Liz Willis. Liz uses gold, silver and silk thread to create breathtakingly beautiful jewellery.

A range of necklaces, earings and brooches are on display

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Where has Summer Gone

I've been back from holiday a week and feel as though that was it for Summer.
Had 2 lovely weeks in Cornwall, the sun was out, the sky was blue the surf was up....
this photo was taken at 8.45 pm after we'd been surfing and were having a BBQ on the beach. The same time this week we were sat at home with a roaring fire and it was dark outside weird is that?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Ideas & Inspiration

I am now back in the studio after 2 lovely weeks in Cornwall. My head is now full of ideas for new paintings and new products....just need more time eh.

Hope you are all having a good Summer and please pop in for a coffee if over this way.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Loving New Stock ...

Have just put out the latest additions to The Studio 61 Textile Collection........cute spotty and stripey Tea cosies and Egg Cosies with my VWs and Home Sweet Home paintings.

These have been designed and made in Derbyshire exclusively for me and are only available here........I can imagine the VW tea cosy looking great in an old split screen or bay...

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A Big Thanks

A big thanks to all who came to the first Studio 61 Pampering Evening.........the studio smelt gorgeous and the new products went down really well.

I can highly recommend the Whipped Body Butter .......its lovely.
All the Bath Body & Boudoir products are handmade in Derbyshire by my friend and professional soap maker Elaine. These fragrances are exclusive to Studio 61 and not available elsewhere.

Lots of testers are now available so pop in and try.................
More evenings planned..make sure your on the Mailing List to be the first to hear

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Gorgeous Jewellery

Had a busy day with my Mum restocking the jewellery cabinets. I can't believe how many different styles I have in.. ....they are all gorgeous, handmade and British. Here is just a very small selection....
My July Newsletter is now out.....if youv'e not had your copy please click on my Mailing List button to email me...its packed with lots of info.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Summer is Here

I'm loving the sunshine and now looking forward to my holiday in Cornwall. My new window display is called The Seaside.

Have lots of lovely seaside themed stock in now which is great and my customers are loving it.... we could not be further from the sea so this brings the sea to Derbyshire.

My Guest Exhibitions on at the momet are both exciting.

Justine Nettleton's dramatic paintings are inspired by her time spent in West Park in Long Eaton, Nottingham.

The Guest Designer is Renee Kilburns beautiful ceramics. These are hand made and then prettily hand painted.... the effect is stunning. This picture shows just a few of the pieces on display.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Arriving Soon...more Studio 61 Textiles

I just love this latest cushion made exclusively for Studio 61 by HWR Designs in Derbyshire.
My Home Sweet Home painting looks fab and Helen is so clever at using the right fabrics with the image. More Seaside ones are heading this way too...

These are only available at Studio 61 so if you fancy something unqiue and exclusive please get in touch with me as I am sure these wont be around for long.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Busy Busy Busy

Having a good but busy much to do and not enough time.

New products arriving every day which means my painting is taking a backseat cos I have to label them and get them out on display.

New products so far this week.....

Mosaic work.... tables, mirrors, picture frames.... lovely seaside theme.

Gorgeous Padded Notice Boards... vintage material.....checks and gingham

More stunning jewellery by JoJoJewellery.... all silver and em

Will keep you posted

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Seaside Collection

Its raining and cold here in Derbyshire but Ive been painting more pieces for the the Seaside Collection which makes me feel happier..and warmer.

The seaside range from my HeART Ceramics are going down really well...... we could not be more distant from the sea here in Derbyshire but folk must be buying them to remind them of their holidays and sunnier times.

I love painting these, especially personalising them..... at no extra charge. Plaques are £12.99 and £15.99 and latte Mugs £17.99...all hand painted, Gift Boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity as each one is an original...... available to buy on line.

You are welcome to pop in and have a look

Thursday, 3 June 2010

New Jewellery Exhibition of Gorgeous Textiles

My Guest Jewellery Designer this month is Lorraine Tolmie. Her work is gorgeous....micro crochet and textile creations. Lorraine has used hand dyed merino wool in some of her work and the results are stunning.

There are a wide range of items for sale such as necklaces, bracelets and corsages..... they look lovely........ all welcome to pop along and see for yourself.

Open Wed-Sat 9.30-4.30 and the coffee machine is always on

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Derbyshire Open Arts

Having a great weekend so far as the Derbyshire Open Arts event is on this Bank Holiday weekend........there are 9 artists including me exhibiting and demonstrating.

Its a great atmosphere with two rooms full of if you fancy popping along the more the merrier...

on Sat-Monday 11 til 5. Free Admission and a Tea Room serving fabulous cakes.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Bling & Bling

Another busy week with lots of new stock arriving............. even more fabulous handbags being brought in for the Boutique area. Bags n More "buy, sell, recycle" ....compliments my recycling theme. The designer bags are pre-owned with names such as Radley, Kipling, Guess, Jane Shilton, Fat Face, Butler & Wilson to name a few.

This is so popular ... a good way to sort out the bottom of your wardrobe and get some money back.

Appointments can be made for new arrivals.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Gift Sets Galore

I've had a busy few days making up lots of gorgeous boxed Gift Sets.....soaps, shower gels and bath bombs all Made in Derbyshire using the finest natural ingredients and 100% essential oils. Plus a new range of Gift Sets using vintage china, natural soaps and my new range of Derbyshire grown Lavender....... the room smells wonderful.

I am also organising a "pick n mix" area whereby customers can make up their own Gift Sets according to their budget. Exciting times eh.

So if you fancy an unusual gift that smells gorgeous, is natural & not available anywhere else then please call in... sets start at £4.99......and the coffee pot is always on.....

Saturday, 8 May 2010

My Work Featured in Homes Magazine

Exciting news ...... as part of the Gift Wrapped & Gorgeous feature in July's edition of Homes Magazine my personalised HeART Ceramic Latte Mug gets a mention...... I love doing these and enjoy being able to personalise these for my customers.

All my hand painted ceramics can be personalised at no extra cost so if you fancy an unusual gift just give me a shout!!

Friday, 30 April 2010

My new range of Studio 61 Textiles

Inspired by my seaside paintings I am pleased to introduce a new range of gorgeous cushions all with my work on which have been lovingly made exclusively for Studio 61 by HWR Designs in Derbyshire.

We are currently working on a range from the Home Sweet Home Collection... all reds, spots, stripes, gingham etc and these will be coming soon.
These are only available at Studio 61....

Each one is unique, all different styles with no two the same and since the launch there are only 4 cushions left.......

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Where's the Sun

The Sun has disappeared today and it's raining. Getting my fix of Sun and blue skies by looking at my photos from Cornwall.

Taken last year at Minnack Theatre.. we went back one evening to watch a Comedy and got put in the "birds nest". Its the little stone balcony..look above the man in blue on the stage go three steps up. My daughter was soooo embarrassed. Had a flashback to The Muppets.. remember the two grumpy old men
Can't wait til CORNWALL this year

Monday, 26 April 2010

Arriving soon

The courtyard is a lovely sunny spot and will soon be filled with tubs, flowers and hanging baskets all for sale and lovingly grown on a farm on The Chatsworth Estate.

I now sell their gorgeous aromatic gifts such as Dream Pillows filled with lavender, pot pouri jars filled with rose petals and topped with vintage material........... with more stock arriving.
I love them. Not only are they produced in Derbyshire but with prices starting at £4.95 they make great unusual gifts not available on the high street.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Vintage & British Window Display

The new window display has gone down well with my customers today.

Quite apt as Ive realised its St Georges Day.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

All Change ...all this in one day!

I've put up a new exhibition today by Keith Wright - Photographic Artist. Keith's photographs have a dreamlike quality due to a technique he has used.. not done in photoshop either. These images are inspired by his childhood memories of Woollaton Park in Nottingham. Please pop in and have a look if you can.

Also loved doing the new window display... gone all Vintage and British..... Dame Vera Lyn would love it.. me ready for St Georges Day.

New sign gone up on the main new Room Fragrances arrived..........lots of gorgeous designer preowned handbags brought in... GUESS & KIPLING plus a RADLEY......

Phew................ it's been a busy one but all good fun

Oh and forgot to vintage furniture bought yesterday fits a treat .....ready for delivery of more smellies tomorrow!!!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

New Designer

One of my new designers is the lovely Lorraine from Glass Art. As well as smaller items ie rings and hangings one of her large design pieces is this stunning glass curve.... all blues and gorgeous.

I have lots of other new designers in board......all great work... hand made of course...... will be blogging about them soon.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

All Quiet on the Western Front

A funny day today....... hardly any cars going by just lots of walkers popping in....but a quiet day has given me time to catch up with emails and ordering new paints for my ceramics.

Also got more goodies being made for me by my mate Elaine......a lovely new range of Room Fragrances........... again "my paintings inspired fragrances" like the rest of my range....... this month Gone for A Dip seems to be selling best...... lovely & subtle Lavender & Bergomot and 100% natural.

Friday, 9 April 2010

New Products

Word is out that I have reopened and am now in- undated with enquiries from artists and designers.

One appointment today was with a lovely lady from Minxenamels who hand makes dichroic glass and guess what.. she loves VWs and has a T25 who is even older than Stan (he's my T4 VW campervan.. come on keep up!!!)

I now have some of her lovely glass jewellery and some funky VW and hearts glass coasters. Also been talking about getting my paintings of the buses (VW talk) onto her glass........... exciting eh!!!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Guest Artist

I've put a new exhibition up today..... by Mark Crowfoot. Large Oils on Canvas. Very bold & dramatic. On until 17 April. He specialises in portraits.

Been a lovely day with lots of locals popping in for a machine working a treat.

Loving the late Sun in the studio.