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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday Best - Wearable Sewing Accessories

I'm spending more time on sewing and embroidery projects at the moment to try and help with keeping calm (I find trying to move house so stressful!), so I love the idea of having accessories that are also functional! Here are a few pretty but functional sewing accessories I found in my online travels...




This is the items that inspired this Sunday Best collection. A gorgeous leather bracelet that is also a tape measure? Yes please! You can find this bracelet and lots of other absolutely lovely sewing accessories over at Beyond Measure


This needle minder ring by Frozen Star Handmade on Etsy is a perfect and pretty way to make sure I stop losing my needles (which I do more than I care to admit). 



This thread cutter pendant from Sew and So is equal parts retro and useful...and I'd never need to worry about losing my sewing scissors again (yep...that also happens more than I'd like to admit.



And lastly...this pincushion ring by TeenyTinyVintage on Etsy is also really pretty and useful...I love the fact it comes with two tiny floral needles as well!

Ok...I'm going to go and do some embroidery now (if I can just find my sewing scissors and a needle...)

Bye for now!

xxx





Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Collection Crush - Thornback and Peel




My love for animal themed prints continues and this week I'm very happy to have discovered the gorgeous prints of Thornback and Peel. I couldn't decide which print I loved the most (bunnies...pigeons and jellies...hens and carnations...too much amazingness) so I've picked my favourite 4 prints. If you'd like to find out more follow the links below. I'm starting to build up a bit of a homeware wishlist in case we do buy a new home (which is something I'm equal parts scared and excited about) and some of these prints are definitely being added.

1. Blackbird and Bramble

2. Chicken and Carnation

3. Rabbit and Cabbage

4. Pigeon and Jelly

Bye for now!

xxx









Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday Best - Pancake Day!

So it's Shrove Tuesday this week...which means it's Pancake Day in the UK...woo!

I flipping love pancakes (see what I did there? Yep...it wasn't subtle).

In honour of this most tasty of days this Sunday best is dedicated to the little yellow pieces of yumminess, and all items (and photos) are from Etsy.

Stitchrovia is my favourite Cross Stitch designer on Etsy, and this pattern is no exception.




I love the design of this plate by jimbobart so much...perfect for eating pancakes on!


Can't get enough of those flipping pancake puns? Then this adorable card by Buttonbela is for you!


Just looking through the gorgeous pieces of jewellery in NeatEats is making me hungry...and this pancake necklace is no exception! Love the little heart shapes of butter.



And lastly...this cute print from FreyaArt suggests that making pancakes is super easy.

I should be getting some house tidying done right now...but instead I think I'm going to go and research pancake toppings...that's time well spent...right?

Bye for now!

xxx







Friday, 24 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Good Smells, a Bellabeat and some Billy on the Street




Friday...Friday...gotta get down on Friday...(yep...that song is going to be stuck in my head forever now)

I'm so ridiculously happy it's Friday this week. I intend to revel in every single lovely minute of the weekend ahead. Before I get started here's a few things I've been using & loving this week...

What I've been..smelling...


I found this range of candles by Urban Apothecary in my local Boots and have been a little bit in love with smelling them ever since. I bought the Carrot Cake and Mint Creme scents but also have Bakewell Tart, Custard Cream and Lemon Meringue on my wishlist...they smell so good I think they're actually helping my diet and keeping cake cravings at bay!

What I've been wearing...



I treated myself to a Bellabeat after hitting a health related milestone...it was a little 'yay me' present for myself. I haven't stopped wearing it and tracking my steps, sleep patterns and meditation habits. I think I'll do a full blog post on this little gadget at some point but I've been so impressed and it's definitely helped me keep my stress levels in check this week.

What I've been watching...


I love every manic inch of Billy Eichner. I think I would panic and run in the other direction if he ever ran up to me in the streets - but I can watch his clips for hours through the safety of youtube!


I have a weekend of viewing houses (we're thinking of moving home...scary and exciting all at once!), crafting for a craft swap and getting some jobs around the house finished (because...ya know...potentially selling our house) so nothing super exciting but I'm really excited to get started. For now it's time for sleep (if someone could teach me the technique to get my cat to stop using me as a trampoline in the middle of the night that would be fantastic).

Whatever you're doing this weekend I hope it's a happy one.

Bye for now

xxx



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Collection Crush - Quail Ceramics




I've found a new source of amazing ceramic homeware...and it is packed full of bird and animal themed items...woo!

Quail ceramics make a number of homeware items...egg cups, mugs, vases, jugs, salt and pepper shakers...and more, all themed around animals and birds of all shapes and sizes. I actually own a piece of Quail Ceramics already...a budgie egg cup...which I flipping love. For today's crush I thought I'd pick out some of their woodland/ forest animal and bird items. I'll be back on another Wednesday with some more of their items with a slightly more exotic animal and bird theme (giraffes...lovebirds...camels...lions...amazing!).

The photos above are from http://quailceramics.co.uk, and if you'd like to see more of the items click on the links below...

Bear Jug

Barn Owl Egg Cup

Hare Butter Dish

Mouse Salt and Pepper Shakers

I have a sneaky suspicion that more of these items are going to start appearing in my home...so watch this space!

Bye for now

xxx


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday Best - Cactus Theme

My love of cacti started at a young age when I discovered they were a plant I could keep alive despite my tendency to forget to water them.

I still have some cacti I planted as a teenager which have been faithfully carried from home to home.

I would definitely love to bring a bit of a cactus theme into my home decor to celebrate my super spikey friends...here are some of the best home-related cactus items around at the moment (although there are so many to chose from!)...

I love this cactus trivet from H & M...perfect addition to any kitchen in need of some cactus fun.


Urban Outfitters are also supporting the cactus theme with this gorgeous mug.



This cactus print from Not on the Highstreet is definitely going on my wishlist...it's both pretty and educational...bonus!

The art on these cactus cushions by The Fox in the Attic on Etsy is so pretty.


...and lastly - I love the pattern on this cactus lampshade by LightFlightLighting on Etsy - perfect for adding a bit of cactus fun to a room without overpowering it.

Ok...time to stop browsing cactus items and go and water my spikey little pals.

Bye for now

xxx







Friday, 17 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Heathens, Hidden Folks and TED talking



This week has been full of relaxation, catching up on my to-do list and spending time with loved ones (ie a week out of the office..hurrah!). Pretty much my perfect week in fact. I'm feeling recharged and ready to tackle some new challenges.

Here are a few things I've been loving this week (not including the lie-ins, lazy breakfasts, long walks and evenings hiding under a blanket while crocheting...they're a given).

What I've been watching...

I like to have background chatter when I'm working or doing little jobs around the house. Recently I've been watching a lot of vlogger videos on Youtube. However - I think I'm not exactly the target demographic for a lot of vloggers and have struggled to find many I connect with (come on thirty-something vloggers...you must be out there). However - this week I've been listening to a lot of the TED talks which focus on psychology and have been loving the fact that they totally tick my 'background chatter' box but they are also incredibly engaging and have taught me a few things too.

My favourite so far has been this talk by Amy Morin on building a stronger mind. Really powerful.



There are so many TED talks on so many different subjects that I feel like I've got hours of entertainment at my fingertips (no more boring washing-up sessions...yay!).

What I've been playing...



I downloaded this game from the app store this week and I'm finding it to be a little joy to play. It's basically a 'Where's Wally' (or Where's Waldo in the States) style game - but with a little point and click puzzle thrown in for fun at certain points. It's not easy...the pictures are all black and white and incredibly detailed, and sometimes the things to look for are literally tiny...but the graphics are so cute and funny, with lots of hidden animations, so it's keeping me engaged. Highly recommend this as a game you can jump into for a few minutes here and there, and after the one-off payment (£3.99) it's not going to keep asking for money like so many of the freemium games.

What I've been listening to...

I watched Suicide Squad for the first time this week...which led me to the soundtrack...which led me to Twenty One Pilots. Love this song so much (and really enjoyed Suicide Squad...although more on that in another post).


I have a weekend of DIY and de-cluttering planned (fun!....well...sort of). Whatever your weekend brings I hope you find some time to do something you love.

Bye for now!

xxx