This is a place for people who want to appreciate life and all it’s pleasures. It is for those of us born curious, creatives, life’s observers, vintage lovers, gardeners, people with shoe boxes full of treasures and memories under the bed, bakers, readers, decorators, explorers, eaters, meanderers, collectors, and people who love to have a giggle.
Greetings! I’m Bec, illustrator, calligrapher, designer and I have an insatiable appetite for tea, cake, and making everything as lovely as it can be. I love scouring local markets and vintage shops for plunder to decorate my home, hand made lovelies, Jane Austen, Beatrix Potter, crafting, imagining, beautiful books & stationery, baking, history, the green country side, architecture, and travel. I’m a complete nerdy burger, intrigued by history and origins of traditions or objects. I truly believe if we want a better today we only need to look to the traditions and skills of yesteryear. I also fancy myself as a bit of a rookie gardener, and am keen to nurture this skill. This blog is my scrapbook of things I have learnt, found, or been inspired by, to share with like minded people with a love of learning and life, it seemed a waste to put all my nerdy research skills to waste.
My childhood home was full of pottering about the garden, reading beautiful storybooks, family days out, big loud belly laughs and silliness. This probably accounts for my overactive, rose tinted imagination, and subsequent habit of giving human-like characteristics and in depth narratives to the things/cars/animals that surround me. I was one of those children who would whisper to my toys, pledging allegiance and promising secrecy if they were to let me know they actually could talk. I remain convinced the moment I close my front door a mini party ensues.
I sold paintings whilst at university completing my degree in design. Now I am building a home by the bay with my lovely husband Joel and our miniature dachshund Oliver. I run Berry and Peg, a small hand crafted business specialising in calligraphy and watercolour illustrations. I mainly create maps, gift cards, goodies for weddings and events. Berry and Peg is all about celebrating life’s milestones, taking the time to live well and live creatively. I think it is the small pleasures in life that add up to a great one, you only live once so it seems a pity not to be surrounded by meaningful treasures and to use the good china everyday. I want to help people appreciate beauty and do something that makes them happy everyday, whether that is making a lovely meal and eating it on the good plates, creating something new from something old, reading in the afternoon sun, planting a flower bed, or knitting a sock on the train on the way home.
So let’s celebrate slowing down, getting back to basics, appreciating what we have now and making the most of where we live. Often I find myself wanderlusting over foreign destinations, but if you are mindful and look around your town you will find a lot to be getting on with.
So stay and mooch about my little place for a while, I hope you love it.
This blog/website is best served with a hot mug of tea and some cake.
This is the Oliver. A four year old miniature dachshund, foodie, blanket enthusiast, with a penchant for sun baking and strong advocate of stranger danger awareness.
He is an impressionable chap who is easily startled by other dogs, people, or leaves floating gently in the breeze, and he will not hesitate to alert the proper authorities before retreating to a safe distance.
He has a big heart for his tiny body, and toddles around after me most days, or if I look particularly busy, will try to weasel his way onto my lap.
He refuses to believe this makes it more difficult to paint.