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Strawberry Fields .... Forever

Strawberry Fields .... Forever

05/12/2018 14:52 - Victoria Cramsie

Before the Beatles put the catchy song into everyone’s head whenever the word ‘strawberry’ is mentioned, the fragrant fruit had many and varied meanings.  

The Romans dedicated them to Venus, goddess of love because of their heart shape and red colour (and some say, because they resemble a beautiful woman’s curvaceous behind…). 

In Medieval churches they were carved into the tops of pillars to symbolise perfection and righteousness. 

And in Bavaria, it was the custom to tie baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of cows as an offering to the elves, who are said to be passionately fond of the fruit.  All things to all people then.

Me I just love the taste.

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Driving yourself bananas?

Driving yourself bananas?

21/11/2018 13:47 - Victoria Cramsie

Moving along in our cruise around the wonderful world of fruity decorating we come to the beautiful bendy banana.

The comedy hero of the fruit world, bananas are variously slapstick, suggestive and nonsensical.

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Why are pineapples just so fabuous?

Why are pineapples just so fabuous?

14/11/2018 14:15 - Victoria Cramsie

Hello old fruit. 

As colour and light drain from the outside world, what lovelier thing to do than pep up the inside with dreams of sunshine, warmth and vibrant colour?  

It may be northern winter outside, but it can be eternal tropical summer indoors with .... pineapples!

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Today is all about trees.

Today is all about trees.

26/09/2018 16:57 - Victoria Cramsie

They’ve been quietly green for months now and fading into the background. But overnight there’s a gold tinge to the leaves of the maple on my regular dog walk that refuses to be ignored. 

The oak over the road is peppered with browning acorns, the tops of the plum trees are vibrant orange and the acer in the pot is glowing almost yellow as it puts on its late summer plumage.

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Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

13/09/2018 14:01 - Victoria Cramsie

Tiger, Zebra, bumblebee, candy canes, popcorn machines, Breton sweaters, bunting, beach umbrellas and circus tents. Stripes are everywhere, and designed to make you happy.

Perhaps that’s why they are so ubiquitous in interior design. 

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Paisley.

Paisley.

05/09/2018 14:19 - Victoria Cramsie

I love paisley on all sorts of levels.  It’s a curious thing.

The basic motif or buteh comes from Persia but the name comes from Scotland. 

The poshest goods have it as a pattern and yet it’s often been used as a symbol of decadence and rebellion by everyone from Oscar Wilde to John Lennon, who had his Rolls Royce painted in bright yellow and paisley. 

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Why is wallpaper like cake?

Why is wallpaper like cake?

01/08/2018 14:53 - Victoria Cramsie

Victoria sponge was always my favourite cake.

Yes, there’s the fact my dad told me it was named after me when I was a kid, which made my sister furiously jealous – both things that gave me enormous pleasure.

But more than that there’s something so delicious about the simple elegance of vanilla sponge, cream, jam and a light dusting of icing sugar. 

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Grim up North?  Don’t be daft!

Grim up North? Don’t be daft!

26/07/2018 17:17 - Victoria Cramsie

I’ll never forget holding the first roll of my wallpaper that came off the printing press. 

I’d thought long and hard about the design, spent weeks sketching, pondering the balance of realistic versus cute dinosaurs, agonizing over shades and colour combinations, researching the relative benefits of different weights of paper, imagining how the finished product would look…  

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What’s so great about Spitfire planes?

What’s so great about Spitfire planes?

11/07/2018 16:33 - Victoria Cramsie

Well, let me tell you. 

As I write this 100 planes have just flown over Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years and 100 days since the RAF was formed on 1st April 1918. 

More than 2 dozen different planes took part including 22 Typhoons in the formation of the number 100, and one of the two remaining ‘Dambuster’ Lancaster bombers still flying. 

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Wallpaper Wednesday Blog #5: Hick’s Hexagon

Wallpaper Wednesday Blog #5: Hick’s Hexagon

27/06/2018 16:19 - Victoria Cramsie

Does this look familiar? 

Does it make you feel uncomfortable? 

Could it be because you remember ..... 

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