Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Skipton Sheep

It's true, I'm a Yorkshire lass born and bred -  I love the Dales; it's in my blood and pumps all the way through me. 

I like to think that my heart is nestled between two wonderful Yorkshire towns:- Ilkley and Skipton.
Ilkley is where I was schooled and where I now spend most of my time and Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales is my heritage.

My wonderful Grandad was born in a picturesque little hamlet to the North of Skipton called Kirkby Malham.  I'm proud to say that I can trace my family back several generations to Kirkby Malham and the surrounding area, and I think this goes a little way to explaining why it feels so right for me to be settled in this part of the world.

In honour of this I have asked the brilliant Kate Thornton to create one of her amazing map decoupage prints just for Nora's.  

As we already have our 'Ilkley Cow and Calf' print, we would now like to introducing our very own 'Skipton Sheep'

Skipton Sheep
Exclusive to Nora's

Some may know that Skipton has a long and significant history and it's name actually comes from the Saxon word for 'Sheep' - hence our little sheep!

The colour I have chosen for the background is 'Yorkshire Dales National Park' green and is the same colour they use in their logo.

I have to say, I think it's just lovely and I can't wait for them to arrive with us!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Sunlight on Closed Lids

A couple of weeks ago a lovely lady called Kate came in to Nora's; with her rainbow coloured umbrella and red shiny shoes she asked if we would like to take a look at her illustrated cards and pictures.

Now, I have to confess that I'm not an easy person to impress when it comes to illustration and I do have very specific taste however, it wouldn't be an understatement to say that I fell completely, totally and utterly in love with Kates work.

Her bold colours and imagery from a bygone era create such a wonderful nostalgic feel that you couldn't fail to be delighted to receive one of her cards from a dear friend or loved one.  The brightly coloured envelopes she uses are enough to make you smile before you even see the card.


As for her fabulous prints, I can't wait take this one home and give it pride of place in my living room.