Turkey 2014

Every year my family and I go to stay in my Mum's house in Turkey for a few weeks. Its in a lovely town called Kalkan which when we first started visiting there, almost ten years ago, was a small fishing village with a few restaurants. Its definitely changed and become a lot more popular in the last few years but no less perfect for a get away.

Here are a few photos from our latest trip. As you can tell we love visiting the World Heritage sites in the area and really enjoy learning about Turkish history and culture. We always visit Xanthos an ancient Lycian city, this year we also visited Patara another beautiful Lycian city and the birth place of St Nicolas.

We also visit the amazing Saklikent Gorge every time we go, which unfortunately I never get photos of as we always get soaking wet from spelunking through the canyon. My top place to visit has to be the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Without meaning to sound horribly cheesy Kastellorizo is as close to perfect as you can get. Its a teeny town with an amazing bakery, restaurants and coffee shops (which we really miss in Turkey). You can swim in the harbour with the wild Sea Turtles and explore the Castle and wee churches. Just writing about it makes me want to go back!

I hope you all enjoyed your Summer and I promise I'll be back to regular blogging now that I'm back.

Colour Love: Pink

Another month, another colour post. Second up in the series is pink. Not exactly the colour that one conjures up when thinking about September but lets not ignore the glorious sunshine we've been having in London so far, September always feels more like Summer than August to me. Plus September is my birthday month. I feel like I'm a little girl again on my birthday so pink feels like a rather fitting choice after all.

DIY Marble

I have noticed recently that marble DIYs seem to be featured on almost all the blogs I regularly read. The marble interior trend is still going strong so I think its fantastic that there are so many innovative and inexpensive marble makes available too. I've collected together a few of my favorites. They're all sharp, cool and very expensive looking to boot. 

Merchant and Mills Winner

A huge congrats to Georgia who has won a pattern of her choice from Merchant and Mills. Please email me at hello(@)nancy-straughan(dot)com so I can put you in touch with the lovely team at Merchant and Mills and get your prize sent out to you!

P.S I used a random picker to make the draw fair.

How To Make a Saddle Stitched Notebook

This is such a simple project and one that will ensure that you have personalised gifts ready in a hurry. I find bookbinding very therapeutic and satisfying, I now have so many notebooks that I don't know what to do with them all! The materials needed for this craft are so inexpensive and easily to find.

Please watch the video above to find out how to make a Saddle Stitched Notebook. I've made it easy to follow by filming the whole step by step process. Good luck!

Merchant and Mills Giveaway

The wonderful team at Merchant and Mills very generously sent me some gorgeous linens and the Camber Set pattern a few weeks ago. I've become very interested in making my own clothes this Summer, mainly because I'm on a year long high street shopping ban which you can read about here, so I was so happy to receive such a lovely parcel from them.

PLUS Merchant and Mills are offering one of you a chance to win your favorite pattern from their online shop. Read to the end of the post to find out how you could win this fabulous prize.

I really enjoyed making this dress. As a homeware designer I'm used to simple sewing so this was a great little challenge for me. I had never sewn set in sleeves or bias binding before and with some advice from my friend Angela I also added some piping to the back. Don't look too close it's a bit wonky!

I can see myself wearing this dress all the time as it has such a classic and comfy shape, in fact all the Merchant and Mills patterns are wonderful and I've been a big fan of the brand for a while.

To enter this fantastic giveaway all you have to do is pop over to the Merchant and Mills website and comment below with your favorite fabric and pattern combination. You will receive extra brownie points for liking both the Merchant and Mills and Nancy Straughan Printed Textiles facebook pages too. You can enter as many times as you like and the giveaway will end in two weeks time. Good luck!

The Biscuiteers Icing Event

I'm sure most of you have heard of the Biscuiteers but in case you haven't they produce gorgeous and intricately designed hand iced biscuits and cakes in London. Have a look at their site here.

I was very kindly invited along to an icing class at the Biscuiteers Boutique in Kensington last week. I had a lovely time with my talented illustrator pal Emma Block , who was needless to say amazing, and I meet some other lovely ladies who made some very pretty biscuits too. Greeted with a glass of prosecco we were taken to the workshop space downstairs that had "taxidermy" butterflies and beetles that were iced so realistically I almost thought they were real.  Lots of icing techniques were shown to us and after a rather wobbly start I actually managed to create eight half decent biscuits which were promptly eaten.

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies at the Biscuiteers Boutique in Kensington for being so generous. Take a look at the photos below for an insight into one of their classes.

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