Fab Day Out (and a small apology)

I’ve discovered starting my blogging journey during the school holidays wasn’t the brightest thing to do!

(This is my excuse for not being consistent, sorry x)

What I really wanted to share with you is about the ace family day out we had at the weekend, I’m embarrassed to say this was my first visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, It certainly won’t be the last.

WOW what a place!…. the park is vast, the grounds are perfectly manicured and house the most wonderful inspiring art (take your sketchbook)

Ours fav’s were the bronze Chinese zodiac signs, we got on google to check out what we were

Tree in a tree

All schools should be art schools 💛

Our main purpose for the visit was the Wishing Post exhibition by Mister Finch & it certainly didn’t disappoint

If you get chance to visit allow yourself plenty of time, we took a sarnie but there are lots of places to eat and to get a cuppa.

One last thing, the shop is fab! And I spied work for sale by our very own Linda Southwell… gorgeous


Have a great rest of your day, speak soon

Louise x

Child Free & Loose in London

It’s not very often myself and Mr A get a day without the girls so we try to pack in as much as possible.

We boarded the 09.39 train from Retford to London Kings Cross armed with a volcanic Costa and a bag of minstrels to share (we know how to live the high life!)

First port of call was the V&A, very excited about visiting the Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition. It’s on until Sunday 4th November.

Just time for a quick selfie in the glass outside the V&A before we went in

Armed with my flower headband (a little nod to frida) we shuffled in a line though the entrance to the exhibition.

WOW!!!!…. Photographs, letters and drawings, orthopaedic corsets together with paintings and of course distinctive blouses, skirts and shawls. A stunning curation that is a must see, came away feeling totally inspired and full of girl power!. I could talk about if for hours but;

1. I’d bore you rigid

2. Don’t want to spoil it for those still to visit

Quick stopover in Covent Garden for a swift Refreshment and a little retail!.

Back on the tube to

Columbia road is where you’ll find the very beautiful and talented Jessie Chorley and her Magical shop, another must visit to add to your list

A spot of street stitching

Jessie is back at Hope & Elvis in 2019, keep an eye out as Jessie Visit next year is going to be a little bit different (Oooooo exciting)

Just enough time left for a quick dinner before heading home

Thanks Frida, Jessie & Mr A

I write little notes in my book made by Sam (available to buy at H&E) they mostly involve a swear word so I apologise in advance

Bye for now ….. Louise xxxx

1st Blog Post Hello!

So here it goes!, 1st blog post (apologies in advance for grammatical errors, I tend to write how I talk)

I’m Louise. I have three girls, two dogs and one husband. A mixed media artist with a passion for weave and doll parts.

I want to share with you my life being at the helm and the goings on at the magical place that is Hope & Elvis.

I will be blogging about the fabulous people involved in making H&E so bloody ace, together with some pretty random stuff along the way Too I’m sure.

With the help of some great blog planning sheets designed by Leah Halliday I’m determined to become a proper blogger (it may take a while be great to have you come along for the ride)

So that’s it for now! My aim is to blog weekly on a Friday , off to write more stuff this is already a little addictive (who knew!)

Talk soon

Louise (wanna be super blogger, ha)