Thursday, 27 June 2013

Tower of London & my 26th birthday!

It's been a wee while since my last post. Last week was my 26th birthday and my husband took me out to the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels. We have been in London for almost two years now and we are slowly 'ticking off' the famous sights of our new home town!

Here are a few photos from our visit;

I liked this wire sculpture of an elephant's head. It is above where the elephant used to be kept when 'Royal Beasts' used to be kept at the Tower of London to entertain visitors who otherwise only got to see them in story books. The 'Royal Beasts' were gifts to the Royal Family from other countries.

A view of Tower Bridge from the grounds of the Tower of London.

I liked seeing the mix of old and new architecture - with the top of The Shard visible above the castle!

The texture and shapes of this old stone building really interested me with the shape of the tree beside it.

We arrived at the Tower of London before 11am and didn't leave until around 5pm! It was a really interesting place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone visiting London. What we found really interesting was that it wasn't purposefully built to be a prison, even though it ended up being used as one. You can see engravings in the stone of some of the buildings from the people who were prisoned  there. 

I'd also recommend getting there early if you want to see the Crown Jewels, by the time we came out from seeing them the queue was almost down to the main entry way!

Afterwards we went to Westfield for dinner at Pizza Express. It was a really nice way to spend my birthday. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

DaisyRose :: Alternative Wedding Bouquet

This is a fab bouquet alternative for a wedding that becomes a unique display full of wonderful memories for the bride and groom in their new home together. Alternative bouquets also make great unique‘Thank You’ gifts for the mother’s of the bride and groom too!

The images above show the detail in the bouquet and a simple, but stunning way it can be displayed for either wedding venue or home.

This stunning little bouquet is made from ruffled high quality felt with stitched embellishment along the edges, a beautiful twin layered white daisy with a beaded centre and wire for the 'stem' which has been knotted with raw silk navy ribbon to create a unique texture finishing the bouquet off perfectly.


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This blog is just to show you what I’m creating and what inspires the designs for my accessories and surface pattern designs and shows a little peek into life at Gillian Lees Booteek. I will also talk about other things that interest and intrigue, so it won’t just be craft!
gillian xx