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So, today was largely spent whittling down those photos to 244! Followed by lots of sketching and researching all the inspirational things I discovered over the weekend.Where do I start…so much to show you and I was only there for little over 29hrs!

We stayed at a pub in Wembley and although I’ve driven through I’ve never actually stopped and explored wembley before. So, we decided to have a little wander around on our arrival before heading over to Camden. Our accommodation was very close to the stadium and  the stadium in itself was just full of inspiration, so many curves and lines all the right places.

Just look at this wonderful lettering I found just day the hill.

Fabulous shapes!

Lines EVERYWHERE within the city….

We then took the long tube ride over to the treasure of Camden…a place I’d never yet made it to…but wow, we were in our element, the place was full of atmosphere and individualism, a unique hub of London.

Totally inspired by this place and the mass of people within, so many cultures and ideas brought together in one place.

I really couldn’t have spent a day in a better place. It was buzzing. After a while of exploring, we had the most a.mazin.g starbucks by the canel and it was getting late so we decided to head towards the tube. As we were coming out of starbucks, we spotted a band that was setting up earliar, playing on the side, with a crowd gathered round. This encompassed everything I love about London!

We got back to the tube, but you what…we were enjoying the ambiance of Camden so much we decided to just keep on walking. Exploring the streets ahead and seeking more inspiration on our adventure.

Just LOVE the boldness of that ‘Madness’ poster. Look at all those people…on a sunday evening…where we live you wouldn’t probably even pass this many of a Saturday!

After walking on, we ended up at Mornington Tube, where we looked at the map and ended up heading towards Covent Gardens and Leicester Square. If we thought Camden was busy, that was nothing….

We have both been to central London many a times, so we wandered around for a while absorbing the city, but we did have an ulterior motive in finding some food! We found a lovely traditional pub in Covent Garden with proper ‘homecooked’ food (I really wanted the lasange) but for one reason or another when we went to order they weren’t serving. Gutted wasn’t the word! As we aimlessly left, we passed a couple of ‘Leon’ restaurants, which been his namesake, Hubby was eager to go in! The menu was on my favorite kraft paper and there was a strong history to the brand with many old photographs displayed on the wall of ‘Leon’s’ childhood. Kept him happy!

After our food we were pretty knackered so we headed back to Wembly on the tube….even just walking through Wembly was busy, busy, busy.

The next morning, we headed back East to try and find Brick Lane. To save us changing tubes so many times, I decided we would get off a couple of stops away…DISASTER! We had no clue which way we were going or where we were. Typically the direction I *thought* we were going was the wrong way! But on the upside, we stumbled upon a paperchase. Anyone that knows me KNOWS how much I LOVE paperchase! I could spend (actually I think I probably do) hours and hours wandering around, ‘stroking’ all the gorgeous products!

We passed lots of fantastic architecture..a real mix with the area incorporating many old structures been surrounded by  new building sites

Again, just like the day before lines and geometric shapes featured heavily in the designs.

LOVE how many of these pictures have leaves and organic elements creeping into the viewfinder. This photo is a perfect example of that.

After wandering for a little longer, we finally realised that we both have smartphones with sat nav apps…why didn’t we use that in the first place to find our way. We found brick lane but I must admit after our challenge in finding it I was dissapointed at the quantity of street art. I had a preconception from the hype that is Brick Lane, that the place was filled head to toe with art, but this sadly was not the case. The Street Art we saw was amazing, really wonderful and as a viewer does make you intrigue and wondering what each image stands for, however selfishly,I just wanted more!

We had just a few precious hours left before we had to head back home to reality, so we decided to hop into the centre one last time on our way back to Wembly. We got off at Charing Cross and exited along the embankment. Bea.uti.ful.

(and theres those leaves creeping in with the geometric shapes again!)

For lunch we tried out Nando’s (I swear I came back with my trousers feeling much tighter than before we went!) and  totally fell in love with their interior design.

Sure they thought I was some mad woman snapping away, but all the wonderful design in there and the art on the walls was just so inspirational.

As always, I totally wanted to stay…so many places to go…so much to do….but hubby was having none of it..though I know we’ll be back very soon.

P.S – that’s not bad going from over 1000 photos to 244 to just 27 in this post!


Meet Mia!

Thankyou for all your lovely Facebook likes, tweets and comments on the design I posted yesterday! I couldn’t resist staying up until the early hours (again!!! what is happening to me?!!!) to play around with some more ideas.

I am just so excited by this collection and after playing last night, a second collection has now evolved! As promised, above is the second design in the collection.

Here are the two designs I have shown you from this collection as iPhone cases and stationary cards, they are available to buy over at Society6.com/ClaireSmillie

Don’t you just love the direction of this collection?

So many creative possibility’s 🙂

I have other design’s from this collection ready for you, but for now I gotta love ya and leave ya…although if you join me on Facebook or Twitter I *may* just give you guys a sneaky peak later today!

Passion For Pattern Bloghop…

Hands up who remembers the Passion For Pattern Bloghop from June?!

Well I think it’s about time, we do another! So, this is an open call for any designers who would like to take part in a little pattern party to showcase some of their wonderful work to get in contact now! Just shoot an email to clairelouisesmillie@hotmail.co.uk, with the subject line Pattern Bloghop, including your name and blog address & I will send you all the details!

And finally to end this post, just because I can, here’s another new design I created & uploaded to Society 6 this morning! 

Formation iPhone Case