Bring Your Own Sunshine 10x15-01This past week I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog as work has been pretty busy (we’re moving desks soon) and mainly, one of the loveliest ladies I know is leaving the UK to go back home to Australia (not after an amazing 4 month trip around Asia) where she is embarking on an exciting new project with her hubby. So this past week has seen me on secret squirrel missions making her a scrapbook with a few of my other friends from work, plus dinners and drinks throughout the week, finally ending with a tearful farewell yesterday, but it is definitely not a goodbye, but a see you soon! :)

I decided to design a little inspiration quote in honour of Sunny and to the amazing adventure she’s embarking on and to remind myself and maybe you guys, that you can make anything happen!

Happy Monday!



Name Change: Almost Apricot

PrintFor a while now I have been thinking about changing the name of my blog due to a number of reasons… my blog evolving and wanting to purchase my own url. Sadly was already taken and after a friend made me aware that ‘behind the green door’ is a 70’s errr questionable movie, I decided the time has come for a change…

After a couple of weeks of thinking up a new name and coming up with a looong list of potentials… I decided on ‘Almost Apricot’. As a designer, a Pantone chip book is always close to hand and one day I went through it only to stumble upon this and loved it and I hope you do too! I think I will be changing my instagram and twitter in due course to correspond with my blog, so don’t forget to update them!

I hope you like the new name and logo and I’m looking forward to seeing where Almost Apricot is going to go! :)



Hermès at the Saatchi Gallery


As I mentioned in my last post, I had a few posts that I was meaning to write…

At the end of May, my two friends from work and I nipped out at lunchtime to check out the Hermès exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. It was called the ‘Festival des Métiers’, basically the Festival of Crafts.

It was pretty amazing, you got to see artisans making handbags, watches, hand painted bowls and the most popular ‘attraction’ was the screen printing of scarves.


This French artisan has spent the last 20 odd years making Hermès handbags and here you can see him melting wax onto the seams of one. The majority of the handbag is handmade… No wonder they are so expensive!

As the old saying goes: ‘a picture says a thousand words’ so I’ll let you enjoy some of the other snaps I managed to get over the heads of all of the onlookers! ;-)

IMG_6253Making a handle



IMG_6260Hand painted ceramics




IMG_6279Screen printing inks


It really was amazing to see the screen printing, they have to have a different screen for each colour – so the more complicated the design, the more screens it has. The scarf that uses the most colours (and therefore screens) is 46! I think I’ll be trying to get my hands on one of them! ;-)

So what do you think? Does it make you appreciate Hermès products more, seeing how they’re made?

Did any of you manage to get down to the Saatchi to see this exhibition?