The battle of the Queens

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The Queen has now only just overtaken Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch! Amazing to think that Queen Victoria also had such a long reign. Above our Royal crown card featuring St. Edward's crown, the crown worn by both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth on their coronations and one of the oldest of the British crown jewels dating from 1661

Above the Anzu Queen's crown card featuring Queen Victoria's small diamond crown, which despite it's diminutive size contains an incredible 1,187 diamonds which is now on permanent display in the Tower of London

We have yet to illustrate this diadem! Worn by both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II, it comprises 1333 diamonds including diamond bouquets of rose, thistle and shamrock symbolising the U.K


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Come back sunny days - we need more ice cream! Above our Anzu ice cream card complete with Swarovski sprinkles!

How beautiful is this Tim Walker rose ice cream photograph?

Love the colours of this too. 

Cool retro ice cream signage

Ice cream and jewels, what more could a girl wish for?

Love this flower arrangement

Delicious Persian rose and cardamon ice cream hearts, Yakh Dar Behesht, Ice in Paradise. Recipe here

Love these ideas for ice cream bowls, above Sprinkle bowls (click here for how to make) above and below ice flower bowl (click here for how to make)

A sculptor's home

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

I recently visited the Watts gallery, home of Victorian sculptor and painter George Frederic Watts

He worked on this trolley, which he fitted onto railway lines so that he could work outside too! The completed bronze of the horse sculpture can be viewed in Hyde Park.

Watt's wife, Mary, also created this chapel in Art Nouveau style nearby to the Watts' home.

It is particularly inspiring as she gathered together the whole community, training many novices in new skills to create this highly decorative Art nouveau style chapel.

Happy Pineapples!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

'When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple' Davin Turney

Pineapples are one of the most perfect examples in nature of the mathematical phenomenon known as the Divine Proportion.

This pineapple might be disco, but what it should really be listening to is Scott Joplin's Pineapple Rag. Click here to listen to it!

Love these. Check out this delicious recipe for a Pineapple Caipirinha here

Pineapples look great as decoration and are the symbol of hospitality. In fact, pineapples were once so valuable that they were actually rented out to homeowners, before being sold to more affluent clients who could actually afford to eat them!

 Pineapples make a great theme for a dinner. In Brazil, rotisserie pineapple is popular. Check out this recipe here

Pineapples have also provided inspiration for architecture, as with this fountain in South Carolina.

You can read more about this amazing building in Scotland here
As Francesca Beauman says in her book 'The Pineapple : King of Fruits, all about the pineapple, "The pineapple has become a kind of shorthand: Paradise this way!"


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Wishing you all rainbows and unicorns!

"Life would be simpler if only we were all unicorns"
Olley White

"Wanton stars galloped neighing like unicorns in blue meadows"
William Faulkner

"Do you know I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters too? I never saw one alive before?
Well now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me I'll believe in you"
Lewis Carroll, Alice Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Sara: Tegan just  recently discovered that unicorns don't exist.
Tegan: I just thought they were extinct.
Tegan Quin

"Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn"
Scott Hildreth, Unstoppable

Lazing under a palm tree

Monday, 13 April 2015

 Dreaming of lazing under a palm tree with our new Anzu jewelled palm card, photos from a recent trip to Kew and more..

Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hope you have a lovely weekend, Anzu x

Here are just some images from our mood board. Above our jewelled Easter design,

Victorian inspired lace cut Easter eggs,

pansies in a Victorian egg cruet,

Ukrainian folk batik eggs,

and this incredible tree with 9,000 Easter eggs

The colours of Peru

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Whilst in Peru, I visited this amazing market. The colours and patterns were just stunning. I loved all the traditional embroidery.

The little girls were in these beautiful traditional outfits.

How chic is this little girl?

Whilst there, I bought some pigment. The pink and turquoise were incredibly vivid. Far more than you can see in the photo.

Even the colours of the vegetable stands looked great!