I have only seen one seahorse whilst snorkelling on Mustique, just outside Basil's Bar. It was about 1 inch tall and I could so easily have passed it by. It didn't look much like my sketch but was nevertheless the inspiration behind one of our 2017 themes: Seahorse.
I was aiming to create a paisley effect as the shape of the seahorse tail is so reminiscent of the typical paisley print.
We have used these initial sketches to work up into repeat prints for linen, swimming trunks, bikinis and even furnishing fabrics. I can't wait to show you more but am waiting for the first strike-offs to arrive back from the printers!
FIRST FORRAY INTO INTERIORS
Tanama House on Mustique made the very first order of our linen curtain fabric! This is a completely new and very exciting venture into furnishing fabrics for me. I am hoping to be working on wall papers next!
PASSION FRUIT VINES AND FLOWERS REPEAT PRINT IN SEA-FOAM BLUE
We are printing to order (a minimum of 20m) in England and have found some fabulous fabrics to print on: heavy woven linen, a mid weight satin finished cotton and a very light weight silk/cotton voile perfect for Caribbean four poster beds or mosquito netting. All so exciting. I love a new project and can't wait to get going on some more designs!
POLLY ANGELA LAYS HER EGGS.
What a special day! Walking the windward coast of the island we came across an enormous leatherback turtle, Polly Angela, laying her eggs. She is nearly 2m long.
Apparently she comes back to this same beach every two years and makes the laborious trek up the sand up to 8 times in a season to lay all her eggs. Her young (those that survive) will come back to lay their eggs near this spot when they reach maturity - 25 years old!
These are her eggs, they look like slimy ping pong balls! She lays them in layers, covering up each batch with sand before laying more.
It took several hours before she finally headed back down to the sea.
She is expected back in a few weeks. We'll keep looking out for her and with luck we can also be here when this nest hatches out.
PINK HOUSE MUSTIQUE POPS-UP IN DORSET
It was a beautiful day in Dorset, not quite as hot as Mustique but our Pink House Pop- Up was a tremendous success with swimming trunks and linen shirts, bikinis and cover-ups all selling at extremely enticing prices. Don't forget we will be opening every Friday at
The Studio, 18 Highstreet, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AW.
Each week we'll be adding something new and exciting.
A big Thankyou to all who popped in. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
HAND-THROWN SEA URCHINS NEW IN AT THE PINK HOUSE
These stunning hand thrown sea urchins arrived on Mustique all the way from the Cloud Pottery in Scotland.
Spot the real urchins!
What a relief there were no breakages. I have been enjoying photographing them around the island these last few days.
Below, at Lagoon Bay. I often dive for the real urchins once they have lost all their spines and are bleached white by the sun, and occasionally a perfect one will wash up on the sand just waiting to be claimed.
Today we displayed them in the Pink House in our "under-the-sea alcove" along with the Pink House Mustique Candles.
MAY DAY CATERPILLARS
The caterpillars are back with a vengeance!
Frangipani trees are their all time favourites.
Above, our frangipani tree in all its glory and two days later - after the caterpillars!
The rascals can eat a leaf in front of your eyes and they almost double in size each day!
ASHIANA JEWELLERY ARRIVES AT THE PINK HOUSE
Our favourite days in the Pink House are when a new collection arrives. Today it was from Ashiana London. We chose the designs several months ago in whites, pinks, sea-greens and blues.
Our 'under-the-sea alcoves' have been looking very bare over the last few weeks and we are all feeling so happy to have them filled with such delicious looking pieces.