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Italy trip

Monday, 20 October 2014

It’s a little bit late.... but better late than never! A little blog post about our trip to Italy.

As a year anniversary and late honeymoon me and my husband Paul visited Sorrento. This is the first time I have been abroad since I was 16! Italy is one of the places I have always wanted to visit. We chose Sorrento as we wanted a relaxed holiday and felt Rome and Florence with all its beauty was more of a long weekend job which we are hoping to-do next year!

Sorrento was no disappointment filled with its beautiful scenery, architecture and of course lemon groves as Sorrento is famous for its Limoncello! Sadly I didn't get to taste this as I can’t drink alcohol but Paul assured me it was goooood! 

There was lots to see but not too much that we couldn't relax. We stayed in a lovely hotel at the top of Sorrento that had phenomenal views across the bay to Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Capri.

Italy is stunningly breathe taking and the sound of the hustle and bustle (including all the horn papping from the crazy drivers) at night and the church bells ringing from Sorrento town was one of my favourite sounds, and we loved looking out for the original Fiat 500s and the piaggio vans. 

During our visit we took a private boat ride along the Amalfi coast and across the bay to Capri and Anacapri. Capri is stunning but be warned it is very expensive if you are wanting a Rodeo drive experience in Italy this is the place to go if it’s not then make your way up-to the old town Anacapri for a more traditional experience. I would also recommend if you have a bit of spare money to take the open top taxi cab to the top, there is a bus but is very small and very busy and the taxi is really cool way to travel!

 At the top you reach the old town of Capri, Anacapri with its traditional eateries and gift shops and of course some amazing views! If you are feeling daring there is a single person chair lift which takes you to the highest point of Capri, it takes 13 minutes on the chair lift to get there to give you an idea of high it is!! Sadly.... I wasn't daring enough!

As well as Capri we took a car drive to Positano this is about a 20/30 minute drive from Sorrento and an amazing drive that makes you feel like you’re on the end scene of the Italian Job! Positano is one of the prettiest places I have ever visited and perfect for a romantic meal across the bay.

One of my favourite things to do and see when in Sorrento was to look out for their small shrines they were so well cared for and just loved stumbling across them. 

OOOOWWw one last thing…. Don’t forget to grab yourself some true Italian cannoli from one of the bakeries Amazing and of course the Gelato!!! 

Jodie Anna Studio

I have so many daydreams about how I would love a bigger studio! A studio in a vintage caravan or a lovely attic, but I am very lucky to even have a room and space to call a studio! I am looking to redesign it at some point next year and will be doing some Blog posts about my design process, but for now here a few images of where all the designing, making and packing take place!

 I love to surround myself with images and objects that inspire and make me smile! 

One of my favourite things about my studio..... the view! 

Designer maker Nook of the North

Monday, 13 October 2014

I'm very lucky to have amazing talented friends! and one of my closest friends Becca is the designer maker behind the stunning Nook of the North. After a little break she has recently re launched her shop with lots of new pretties!

Her work incorporates her love for mid century design and patterns and showcases her amazing ability to combine shape, colour and textures together. Using odd pieces of leather and fabric and the patience to meticulously hand sew each piece she creates unique statement pieces of jewellery.

I love her shapes and colour combinations and her stunning packaging! also hand made, so happy to see her shop back open! and look forward to seeing her future projects!

Have a look at her lovely pins and Instagram

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