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  This month has made all of us here at Penny Lindop Designs realise how much we depend upon the internet! Back in Norfolk, Mum’s been having a lot of trouble with the broadband speed (or lack of it!), probably a relatively frequent problem for p...
I have this crazy idea - to start yet another Norfolk networking group (boring, boring, do I hear you cry?) Well, I hope not. This is what I have in mind, and I'll write more in other posts about how the idea has developed: The idea is to en...
  Hi! From Emma over in Prague   This month I’ve taken some time out to explore the gift and giving world!  Maybe I’m missing visiting the UK trade shows that happen at this time of year Here are a few of my favourites:   A cute donkey cushio...
Let me take you around a part of our village, where I love to take the dogs for a gentle stroll.  Let's start with the village sign:        And then over the main road to the church: Up a few steps and then along a footpath   an...
Happy New Year! From watching Jools Holland from the comfort of the sofa with a Baileys in hand, to dodging homemade fireworks on the streets of Prague, everyone has their own way of seeing in the New Year. These are a few of our favourite...
  We’ve had a few little snow flurries over the past couple of days, which is only adding to the christmassy feeling! Opposite our flat we have a small Christmas market, and there’s a slightly bigger one down the road at Namesti Miru       The...
With so little time away from sending out orders, here are just a few of my favourite things from the recent Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Hilarious tea towels from Poppy Treffry - way too lovely to use One of our favourites at many sh...
Hi from Prague! I’ve been living here in Prague for almost four months now, teaching English, and I’m very much enjoying it. I’ve met some really interesting people, and made some good friends. We’ve already had our first snowfall here! Learnin...
An unexpected discovery today was finding the Kaeru project at the Hamer Hall Arts Centre in Melbourne. It's a collaborative work involving a Japanese artist in residence (Hiroshi Fuji), Melbourne's Slow Art Collective and the people of Melbourne. ...
and took the woodland walk through this beautiful landscape of banksia and gum trees on the east side of the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. We didn't find a koala up in these tall paperbark gum trees, but what a lovely place neverthel...
One last post about Prague. We stumbled upon a farmer's market while going for a tram. I love the colours and richness - yummy!                 Mouth watering.......
The other day I was thinking about a new display for all our pictures - the boxes we use at the moment are great but they're heavy and very bulky. I came across a pile of scrap rough wood at a local garden centre with a sign reading "Free wood" - hmm...
If you love paper, then you'll love Papelote, gorgeous Czech stationery. We stumbled upon the shop when totally exhausted at the end of a hard day's walking, and our visit there completely revived us. We went back twice more, and did come out eventua...
Just a few things that give me inspiration, from our wanderings around Prague. You need to look ahead, look up, look at the pavements - and also look where you're going so that you don't trip as I did several times!              ...
I was enchanted by a lot of the street art in Prague - here's just a little alley we walked up, where I liked the lamppost, gate and street art:     This is the famous John Lennon wall - there's lots written about this; here's one place you can ...
With a very hot week in which to explore the city, we soon wearied of walking everywhere. It's not a big city so if you're staying centrally, then walking is good. We decided to try out all transport methods that we could - bus, tram and metro. ...
An exhausting day walking around Prague. We walked for hours. It's lovely, but a few too many people for our tastes - well it is mid August. But it was exhausting - partly due to these pavements: A fantastic and unexpected discovery in all the hea...
This morning was beautiful, with mists and sun so I went out early with the camera for some of those shots. But not early enough; within 10 minutes the sun had burnt off all that mist. So instead I'll take you round parts of my local market town of D...
We made the most of yesterday's summer day, gave ourselves an afternoon off and went off to the Sandringham Flower Show. Here's some of what we enjoyed:   We bought some fabulous handmade soaps from the very talented and professional Royston and Ha...
This year was our first time at the Royal Highland Show, just outside Edinburgh and although it was quite a long drive and we faced challenging weather, it proved to be a very enjoyable show. We always love going to the agricultural shows – must be...
  I'm no expert, but then lots of us aren't so I thought I'd show you what I'm doing to produce the white backgrounds that we need for our product photographs. It's not perfect, so do please add your comments so that we can all improve. I use Pho...
A couple of weeks before the Country Living Magazine's Spring fair I was clearing out one of the sheds to find a box of frames that had got forgotten. The frames looked tired and dull, so a quick trip was made into our local and very lovely interiors...
Day 1 -setting up, part 1 An early start to sort out the dogs before setting off from Norfolk for London. Mike helps with this show, by driving us into London. We had to make a slight detour (maps on the iPad came in handy!) to get to a warehouse to ...
A Good Day Out 02/03/2012
  So, earlier in the month mum and I took a trip to the NEC for the huge international Spring Fair for the gift trade. We had to postpone the visit a day or two due to the unexpected snow! We’ve been exhibiting at this trade show for quite a ...
So, it's fairly obvious from my work that I like things in rows. I mean, look at this: rows and rows of woolly sheep. You can see this on the website here And then I like stripes too, as seen in my exhibition display using ticking fabric: So I ...
Who? What? Let me introduce you to Chester again - among many of his roles is Recycling Manager, but he is also the limpet attached to my shin, the voice that wakes me up from a day dream and most importantly my companion throughout the day. Ye...
  Our interest in rare and ancient breeds of agricultural animals goes back to when Penny worked in archaeology. While working in the British Museum she became interested in ancient technology and explored aspects of early European textiles. This na...
  We mentioned the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine’s Day, St. Dwynwen’s Day, in our recent newsletter (what, you don’t receive our newsletter? Sign up here on our website). St. Dwynwen's Day is January 25th, St Dwynwen being the Welsh patron saint...
  I always enjoy helping out at different shows, and this year was the second time that I’ve been to Spirit of Christmas in London. The first challenge for me was to get from Euston station to Kensington Olympia; last year I took the bus option, b...
New Website 17/10/2011
What a bonkers idea - to launch our new website at our busiest time of year! But it was as ready as it was ever going to be, so it was time to hit the go-live button. Now the work really begins - checking it all, updating things, ironing out glitc...
It may only be the beginning of October, but here at Penny Lindop Designs, we’ve been busy, busy, busy on our preparations for the Christmas period. In fact, we actually had to start thinking about Christmas at the beginning of the year when we wer...
I often get asked: "Where do you get all your ideas from?" So I've given this some thought recently.  To be honest, most of my ideas nowadays come from my customers and people I chat to at the various shows I'm at. They make requests (some of whic...
Well, it's been busy, busy, busy here at the Penny Lindop camp, so I've not visited this writing space for quite a while. But it's been an exciting few weeks, and today I just want to tell you a little about the Great Yorkshire Show which happene...
I came across this challenge, 30 days of creativity quite by chance by following various links of people I like in Facebook, and thought: yes, I could do that. I’m up for the challenge. But because life is pretty full at the moment I set myself the...
With summer now officially underway, there are lots of things to look forward to, including playing a bit of tennis if you were inspired by Wimbledon. Are you a Rodger or Rafa fan? What about Novak? Or did you think Andy could do it?! For any tennis ...
Project Garden 31/05/2011
Bank holiday weekend - time to take a break - why not tackle the garden, I thought. Garden! More like an unruly jungle. So I've spent 2 days out there and hardly made any impact at all. But I do have a plan: just attack one area at a time, and try to...
  We’re off to Pensthorpe nature reserve in early June http://www.pensthorpe.com/events/index.php to take part in their annual Gardening, Craft and Food fair, as part of Dead Good Designs. It’ll be our first show working together as a team, so shoul...
Chester, our rescue dog from the Dog's Trust in Snetterton, joined his local business community last night on a netwalking event at the Norfolk Showground - and he had a thoroughly good time! There's no way he would have coped with the event when he...
I loved the Malvern Gardening Show - not exhibited at this type of show before, so it was quite a gamble but one that I think will pay off. I was in the Country Living Magazine's marquee, along with some really lovely people - it makes such a differe...
And the Three Little Pigs I'm keen on is this lovely shop in Pershore, Worcestershire, who've been stocking my work since the start. I can now convincingly say that this really is a lovely shop because I visited it last week. Deceptively tiny from ...
Having just listened to the Food Programme on Radio 4, I am reminded of another special aspect of the school I was sent between ages 8 and 11, and that was the mulberry tree. This was the most tremendous tree on one of the lawns, and it fed the sc...
  Now that we have a student nurse in the family we have become aware of International Nurses Day which is celebrated on May 12th, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. It seems that this is quite controversial as some would argue that she...

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