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Saturday, 22 July 2017

24 Projects in 24 Weeks - Week 1 Update - The Crochet Cushion


Hello my lovelies. Just a quick update because I'm hoping to track my 24 projects on here. Week 1 has been a success - I've finished a project - hurrah!



A very simple little project this week - a granny square cushion which I've made as a present for my dad. My crochet skills are still at the basic level - but I don't mind as long as I can crochet a granny square any time I please. I didn't use a pattern for this - I just started with a simple granny square pattern and made it up from there.

I bought the cushion pad from a charity shop and it seemed much bigger when I got it home...so I now have a slight cramp in my hand and what shall be known as 'crochet claw'. That said - I find crochet to be the most relaxing craft I do and I really enjoyed making this. I forgot how lovely it feels to make something from scratch and suddenly have a whole finished item.

Time to decide what project two will be...

If you've made anything this week I'd love to hear about it!

Bye for now

xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Collection Crush - Cath Kidston Pets Party


Some new items and patterns have appeared on Cath Kidston - and some of them are absolutely gorgeous. I have a feeling they will appear in a few 'Collection Crush' posts. For today, however, I had to go straight to the new 'Pets Party' items. I have a niggling voice in my head telling me I'm too old for this range. But then another reminds me that it is a pattern featuring guinea pigs wearing glasses and hats and I realise I just don't care.

Yes, that's right - guinea pigs all dressed up and ready for a party. Amazing.

I love every item in this range - there are things for kids, and big kids and they are just so ridiculously cute. I suddenly realise my drink is worthless if it isn't served in the cup above. If you're interested in any of the above, you can find them here (clockwise from top left):

Open Carryall Bag

Notepad

Cup and Saucer

Cardigan

I have a sneaky suspicion that some items from this range will be finding their way into my life very soon - I just need to wait patiently for pay day (yeah right...patient...its freakin' guinea pigs in clothes).

Bye for now!

xx






Monday, 17 July 2017

Thoughts on...Finding my Craft Mojo Again and Project Goals



'What are your interests?'

Um..well...

'I like lots of different crafts'...

Being crafty is one of my go-to terms when I'm asked to describe myself (which I hate...seriously...is anyone actually any good at describing themselves to an audience?). The problem recently ... or for about two years...is that I've hardly made anything. That does call into question whether I can really define myself as 'crafty'.

I think that one of the problems is that being 'crafty' is another way of saying 'creative'. And creativity requires some headspace, which I'm not very good at giving myself. I've been working on my headspace recently, and that has supported me in feeling a little bit more creative...and I've started making things again. Yay!

I've decided to set myself a little challenge after realising there are 24 weeks left in 2017. Seriously - only 24 - how in the hell did that happen? I'm aiming to complete 24 crafty projects in those 24 weeks - no matter how small. Here are a few things I'm trying to help me get back into 'making' again, in case your crafty mojo is also in need of some life support!

1. Make things you enjoy - I've committed myself to projects in the past which have seemed more like a chore than a pleasure. I'm going to keep my projects for the rest of the year simple and achievable.

2. Browse blogs to find some inspiring projects -  Paper & Stitch is my absolute favourite place for this.

3. Plan out presents for upcoming birthdays/ anniversaries/ births etc - Sometimes it's really motivational to know that you're making something for someone who will love it.

4. Plan some projects that are just for you - A slight contradiction to number three - but with 24 projects I think there is room for both! I usually find I'm only making things when they are for someone else. I'm definitely going to pick some projects that will be for me/ my home.

5. Get organised - I'm about half way through organising my craft stash and I've found that by just going through what I have hidden away in drawers I've found some inspiration and ideas for what to make

So..that's me ready to get crafty. I'll share my projects and progress on here - I'm so interested to see if I make it to the full 24 projects and feel really motivated to try.

Bye for now!

xx



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sunday Best - Doctor Who Jewellery


I'm currently sat on my sofa, feeling a little bit under the weather and watching the end of Wimbeldon while waiting for the annoncement of the new Doctor  in Doctor Who. I love Doctor Who. It's one of my many geeky fandoms. I've fallen out of love a little bit for the run of the Twelth Doctor - not because Peter Capaldi wasn't fantastic, but I found the stories lacking slightly and quite honestly just didn't enjoy Clara as a companion. Bill Potts, however, was a fabulous companion and I'm so sad to have said goodbye to her.

So I'm sat here wondering what one of my favourite TV shows is going to bring next. It's a weird set-up where the main character - the one you bond with and travel on so many adventures with - is guaranteed to say goodbye at some point. I'm intrigued by the next change - will the Doctor change gender? Or race? Or not really change at all?

So as I'm waiting, and remember some of my favourite moments, I'm also browsing Etsy for some sparkly Doctor Who items. The photo above is a collection of some of my favourites. I'm hoping that the decision on who will be the next Doctor is an exciting one - one that promises something new and different. One that can connect with a whole new generation of young people who can learn the power of companionship and the importance of adventure, through travelling with a Doctor in a blue box.

If you'd like to wear your Doctor Who fandom with pride and buy any of the above loveliness, you can find them all on Etsy at the following links:

1. The Angels Have the Phonebox Necklace by Stella My Star 

2. Gallifrey Symbol Ring by Spooky Island

3. Tardis Watch Pieces Glowing Necklace by Sugar Oh Honey Honey 

4. Eleventh Doctor Necklace by Twuly

5. Tardis Earrings by It's Laura Crow 

6. We're all stories in the end earrings by Boutiqable

Bye for now!

Friday, 14 July 2017

That Friday Feeling...Being Calm, Podcasts and Unicorn Tea


Hello beautiful Friday fans.

This week has involved needing to inject as much calm relaxation into my evenings as possible. I've renewed my efforts to try mindfulness each evening - which I'm still find really challenging when my head is full of thoughts it is trying to organise - although I think that may be the point of mindfulness!

I've found a few other calming things to do this week so thought I'd share...

What I've been reading...


I've been working my way through these lifestyle magazines and have found that reading them is a really relaxing experience. In the Moment and Project Calm are just so pretty to look at, are written in an accessible and warm way and have lots of interesting information and craft projects included - perfect! I've subscribed to 'In the Moment' so will share my thoughts in a more detailed review after a few issues.

What I've been listening to...

My husband has introduced me to the world of Podcasts recently and I've found they are great background noise while I'm doing other things or trying (and failing) to fall asleep. A few favourites so far are:

'Richard Herrings' Leicester Square Theatre Podcast' or RHLSTP as it is otherwise known - lots of Richards special brand of infantile humour and some entertaining celebrity guests - my favourite so far has been David Mitchell

Adam Buxton Podcast - this isn't published as frequently, but has some magic moments and for fans of The Adam and Joe show in the '90's it was particularly lovely to hear him reunited with Joe Cornish

Just Make the Thing - Claire Tonti is the wife of my husband's favourite podcaster Mr Sunday Movies and he suggested that I try her new podcast which focuses on her inability to finish projects which she starts (I can relate!). Some great tips so far.

I'm on the look out for new podcasts to listen to at the moment so if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them.

What I've been drinking...




This week I've been in love with Teapigs 'Jelly and IceCream' tea for a lovely sweet fix without lots of calories. Of course...the fact I'm drinking it from one of the most amazing mugs of all time is helping. This mug came from Asda and it's making every cup that little bit more magical!


Life is still a bit difficult at this end, with someone I care about very much going through something very difficult. This weekend is going to be spent with the people who mean the most to me. Whatever you are doing I hope you find some time to be calm and do a little (or a lot) of something that makes you happy.

Bye for now xx


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Collection Crush - Satellites by Rosebud Casson




The jewellery designs of Rosebud Casson are a fairly new discovery of mine, but I'm already smitten. When I saw the new 'Satellites' range I knew I had to feature it on here. I've always had a special place in my heart for all things astronomy. When I was growing up at home my dad built himself a giant telescope and could often be found in the garden looking into the sky. As a teenager I'd bring friends/ boyfriends to the house and often find that if I left them alone for a few minutes they would have been gathered up and taken out to look at various wonders in the sky (sun spots anyone?).

The moon designs in this collection are particularly reminiscent of the photos of the moon my dad would take through the telescope...and I have a feeling that at least one of the necklaces will make its way into my collection soon.

If you're interested in any of the above items you can find them here (clockwise from top left):

Moon Necklace

Galilean Moons Statement Necklace

Ganymede Moon Necklace

Saturn Earrings

Bye for now!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

New Shop Find - Sugar Oh Honey Honey



I found Sugar Oh Honey Honey last week when a friend gave me a heads up that there was a limited edition Labyrinth Jewellery selection on its way. I love jewellery with a subtle geeky theme so thought I'd check it out - and I'm so happy I did.

I opted for 'The Goblin King' limited edition ring and love it even more in person than I did online.

Unfortunately my photos don't do the colours in the ring any justice. It's a gorgeous green with specs of different colours running through it. I've seen resin jewellery before that looks a bit cheap, but this is the exact opposite. It's waterproof, gorgeous quality and so pretty I keep staring at it when I'm wearing it (a lovely distraction from my computer screen at work!). So here's the ring..


...and as a lovely surprise I received a bonus item of a really sweet castle necklace...


...and lastly...here's the ring again, after I was a total geek and painted my nails to match (a different light and it still doesn't do the colours justice) ...



There are lots of other beautiful items on the site - so watch this space as it's probably going to feature again (and they do a subscription box. Yay!).

If you're looking for a gift for a friends with a geeky edge, or some very pretty jewellery or hair accessories in general I'd definitely recommend Sugar Oh Honey Honey - lovely items, beautifully wrapped and posted quickly.

I realise that this post is so gushing that it sounds sponsored - it's not - I'm genuinely just in love with my new ring!

Bye for now xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Thoughts on...Bees



10th July 2017 brings a very important message - it's 'Don't Step on a Bee' day. As a child I was slightly terrified of bees, but as I grew up I started to realise that bees were a little bit amazing and so important for our environment. The world would be a difficult place without these little guys buzzing around and spreading (literally) some pollen based joy.

Unfortunately changes in the environment (yep...contrary to the beliefs of some political leaders in the world - i do believe we're screwing with our environment) have meant that there are fewer and fewer bees. 

I love the fact that a day has been dedicated to raising awareness of our stripey little buddies so I thought I would feature them as my Monday 'thoughts on' post.

So...here are some thoughts on how we can all take some simple steps to support the bee population and in turn support our eco-system. Because every tiny change can help.

1. Don't step on a bee. I mean...it's right there in the name of the day. If you do see a bee on the ground looking a bit worse for wear then...

2. Try feeding bees some sugar water - some guidance about this can be found here  - I also love the idea of leaving small egg cups of sugar water around for any passing bees

Watching a fuzzy bumblebee drinking sugar water is also pretty much the cutest..



3. Plant a bee friendly garden - no matter how small. The Royal Horticultural Society have lots of information on bee friendly flowers. And your garden will look beautiful - it's a win win! For a simple solution you can buy bee friendly seed mixes, like this seedball here.



4. Buy a bee house to provide a safe place to live. There are lots to choose from. The house above is from bakker.com.



5. There are lots of ways to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Including buying adorable little bee pins, like the pin above.

I'm definitely going to start walking with an eye on the ground just in case there are any bees in need of a hand. Quite the change from the teenager who would run screaming if a bee came within 5 metres of her!

Bye for now

xxx


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Best...The Pineapple Collection



You know it's officially summer when the shops suddenly become filled with pineapple themed items. This year is no exception. Which is amazing, obviously.

I've decided I can't fill my home with pineapples this year...as the items normally end up being donated during the cold winter months when pineapple shaped lamps and cushions just seem very out of place (I need more storage...seriously).

That doesn't stop me from browsing pineapple based goodies though, and imagine admiring them while sipping a pina colada. No sir. So here are some of my favourite items from Etsy at the moment...


If you'd like to see any more about these pieces of pineapple tastiness you can follow the links below to the Etsy listings (clockwise, from top left)...

Be a Pineapple Print by BeauTypographie 

Necklace by TheBonnyBoutique 

Earrings by FinestImaginary 

Pineapple Patch by BelsArt 

Pineapple Scissors from CloudCraftShop 

Beautiful (I'm in awe of the embroidery skills here) pineapple hoop art by YellowTulipCrafts

I'm off to the shops...I have a sudden urge to eat some pineapple...

Bye for now!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Collection Crush - Hawthorne Handmade



A little embroidery love for Collection Crush this week. This embroidery kits by Hawthorne Handmade are available through sewandso.co.uk.



I'm a little bit in love with all of them, although the Alpaca is my favourite - they look like a simple and relaxing make, so they're going on my 'to-do' list (which is crazy long at the moment...seriously).



If you'd like to try one of these kits you can find the whole range here.  All images from sewandso.

Happy Stitching!

xx

Monday, 19 June 2017

Thoughts on...Home



I've mentioned a few times that we were planning to sell our house...and then decided not to. It's been a strange old roller coaster from start to finish and it has made me take a step back and question why I was hoping to move to start with. It wasn't for any definite reason. I'd just decided I wanted a bigger garden...an extra bathroom...more space.

However - deciding not to move has taken a huge weight off my shoulders, and I've realised that I was looking for the right things, but in the wrong place.

I'm now feeling settled and content in our current house and have stopped focusing on what I need from my home..not a pointless list of things I want - and I've realised I have everything I need already. I thought I'd share what I've come to realise are the most important things to feel at home, wherever that may be...

1. Environment - Being surrounded by the right people, pets and plants - I'm a bit of an introvert at heart. My home will never be constantly filled by large groups of people (that would be enough to leave me running for the hills) but I adore my family, friends, pets and yep, even my plants, and love how they all fill the house with memories and life - definitely the most important part of my home

2. Rituals - Having little rituals at home - this is something I've been working on over the past few weeks. Sunday morning breakfast is now a bit of an event. So is making sure that we have some time each week curled up in our new snug chair, reading, and board game night. I'm already finding that this is helping me to create memories and a sense of being settled.

3. Nooks - Linked to our new snug chair above - I've recently created a bit of a nook in our conservatory and it has completely changed how I feel about the area, and the house. Having a super comfy little area to curl up in is now on my 'must have' for any home from now on - I can't believe I haven't had one before now. I've found myself sitting in our nook each morning while I gather my thoughts for the day, and definitely think it's helping my mindfulness.

4. Stuff - I think I have donated about 10 car loads of 'stuff' to charity in recent months...and I haven't missed a single thing I donated. But what I have been left with is some precious items of 'stuff' which mean the world to me and make me very happy. I love looking around my home and seeing things which have memories attached. Right now I'm say typing and looking at a little vintage cow milk jug my hubby bought for me one year. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside because it is so absolutely 'me'. I love the minimalist look but I don't think that will ever be my home because it doesn't represent me ... and my stuff

So there we go...that's home for me. We've got a little bit of re-decorating to do, but not much, and it's a lovely feeling to be settled.

What makes a home for you? I'd love to know.

Bye for now

xx

Friday, 16 June 2017

That Friday Feeling - Switched at Birth, Some Big Little Lies and Barbie

Hello lovely people. Another week has flown by!

This week I've been focusing on getting back to making healthier choices - drinking water instead of fizzy drinks (diet...but you know...aspartame and all that), walking instead of driving and using Headspace instead of playing on my phone (although there has been a little bit of playing on my phone, those Tsum Tsum aren't going to clear themselves).

I'm feeling much better for making some small changes so I'm going to try to take them forward into the weekend and next week. If you have some small changes you've made which have brought a positive impact then I'd love to hear about them.

Here are a few things that have brought some extra happiness this week...



What I've been watching: Switched at Birth

Oh god. I'm addicted to this programme. Like full on 'just one more episode' for hours on end. The basic premise is that it tells the story of Bay and Daphne - two teenage girls who suddenly discover they were switched at birth, and all the family drama that follows on from that discovery. However, Daphne lost her hearing at a young age and the show isn't afraid to have significant scenes told through sign language (with subtitles). I love watching people communicate, and the different ways we do that, and have been so moved by some of the scenes. Honestly - as much as I sometimes enjoy darker TV shows, I am at my happiest watching a good family drama - and this is absolutely that.

What I've been reading: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I loved the TV show based on this book, but I'm about half way through the book, and I'm loving it even more. I had no idea the original book was set in Australia, and I love the bitchiness and cattiness between the parents so much more in the book. I think knowing the end is going to spoil it slightly, but it's still a very entertaining read, and perfect for summer lounging.

What I've been surprised by: Barbie Fashionistas

A little bit random for a Friday Feeling, but this warmed my heart a little during a visit to Toys R Us for some present shopping this week, so I thought I would pass it on.



While peering through the sea of pink in the Barbie isle, a doll that was far curvier than the standard Barbie shape caught my eye...and then a Barbie whose face shape seemed completely unlike the usual surgical knife perfection...then a Barbie that seemed taller than most. So I did a little bit of research and it turns out that Barbie has had a make over, to include three different body shapes - curvy, petite and tall, and lots of different skin shades. This is probably old news now, but I hadn't seen them before and feel like it's a step in the right direction in acknowledgement of the fact that kids should grow up understanding we're all different, all look different, and that is something to celebrate. It's been done before my other toy lines, but not one so prominent as Barbie. Oh..and this one is my favourite..I want her outfit...

Photo from Mattel

It looks like the sun is going to be shining in the UK this weekend so I'm looking forward to some good times. Whatever you're doing, I hope it brings some loveliness your way.

Bye for now!

xx









Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Collection Crush - Arden Rose at Ohh Deer



I have to confess that I hadn't heard of the vlogger Arden Rose until I stumbled across her name through an Ohh Deer subscription box, but if her choice in stationery is anything to go by then I love her style already!

Here are a few favourite picks from the Arden Rose range (clockwise from top left)...

1. Thank you greeting card - I love this print so much I'm considering cutting up the card I already own of it to make things out of it, just so I can keep it forever!

2. Patch set - Because shit really does happen and sometimes it just needs a cute pink patch to put that into perspective

3. This lemon print notebook is so summery and beautiful - I'm in love with fruit prints at the moment, and this plain notebook looks perfect for sketching out creative ideas

4. Rose Planner - Another oh so pretty floral print - and this time it's a planner - perfect for keeping organised and being pretty all at the same time

Bye for now!

xxx

Monday, 12 June 2017

Thoughts on Kindness



I've recently been watching my way through The Kindness Diaries on Netflix. The programme is a travel documentary of sorts, but based on the premise that the 'traveller' - Leon Logothetis - has to rely entirely on the kindness of strangers to sleep, eat and for fuel for his amazingly retro yellow motorbike.

I've found it to be a really touching show which has really put some of my own concerns into perspective, and is a much needed televisual hug while the world seems to be going a little bit crazy. The most powerful message I've taken so far is that it seems to be the people with the least who give the most.

'Kind' is a word I've always held as part of my identity, who I am. It's a trait I value highly, and that's something I definitely learnt from my parents. However - watching The Kindness Diaries has made me reflect a little bit on what I do to show kindness to strangers - people who aren't actually part of my family/ friendship/ work circles. I think the answer is 'not much' and so that's something I'm aiming to change. Ultimately I want to donate time to supporting people through volunteering. However, there are some baby steps I want to take first, to try and make myself more conscious of the importance of kindness towards others, and I thought I'd share them today.

1. Donate items - this is an obvious one, and isn't new to me. I always donate to charity shops when I'm having a turn-out. However - I often see charities advertising for donations of handmade items (eg blankets for homeless people, crochet octopus for premature babies, jackets for rescued battery hens) and I'm going to try and donate some of my crafting time to making some items for these charities. More on that to come in future posts!

2. Stop Judging - I mentioned in my post last Monday that I have found myself judging strangers online in the past and intend to stop doing that, and that is something I plan to ensure is part of my every day life - on and off the internet. Judging others is a massive waste of time, and just adds more negativity to the bubbling pit of meanness that already exists in the world.

3. Be Kinder Behind the Wheel - Driving can sometimes bring out the worst in people it seems. Something I've already tried to start doing is letting people out of turnings more. I've already received a lot more smiles and friendly waves from other drivers, which makes me a less tense driver,  so it already seems like such a tiny action is having a positive impact.

4. In the blogging world - leave kind comments. Blogging and commenting don't seem to go hand in hand anymore - but I know that taking time to leave a comment can make someone feel happy when they've taken time to put something out there. This seems like a really lovely way to spread a bit of kindness

5. Be Kind to Myself - I think this is the foundation of all other kindness. I am the queen of beating myself up about things I can't change, or mistakes I've made. This then leads to a crappy mood, which then rubs off on those around me. So my first step is to be kind to myself. I have a sneaky suspicion this will be the most challenging change!

I'd love to hear about the steps you take to be more kind, and if you know of any crafted item donations please pass them on, I'd love to build a list!

Bye for now

xx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fathers Day Card Picks

Father's Day in the UK is fast approaching (18th June) so here's a little round up of some of my favourite Father's Day Card finds as I've been browsing the internet this week...
Flippin' Awesome at Ohh Deer

Uber Dad at Ohh Deer

Hanging Out at Ohh Deer

Big Adventure at Marks & Spencer
Vinyl at Marks and Spencer

Turtles at Paperchase





Bye for now!

xx

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Etsy Find - You Dirty Scrub


I thought I'd start sharing the odd little purchase I make on Etsy. I love shopping on Etsy and the fact it's a springboard for so many small businesses.

For this week my find is the Vegan Coffee Body Scrubs by 'You Dirty Scrub' (this post isn't sponsored and the thoughts are all my own).

I bought a packet of the Himalayan Rock Salt scrub in April, and have been using it weekly, and have loved it so much I'll definitely make a repeat purchase. The ingredients are lovely and natural (and the vegan aspect is a huge bonus) : Fairtrade Arabica Coffee, Raw Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, FairTrade Brown Sugar, Dead Sea Salt, Himalayan Rock Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Vitamin E Oil. As you can see in the picture it comes in a seal-able packet and pretty much looks like coffee grounds. 

The instructions suggest you can dry brush this product onto the skin, but I've just been using it in the shower and it's made a real impact on my skin. I've just been taking a handful of the , applying it to damp skin - particularly on my arms and legs, rubbing it in circles and then washing off, and it has absolutely solved my dry skin which is amazing. 

It smells gorgeous - the coffee scent wakes me up in the morning but isn't overpowering. Although be warned - if you don't like the scent of coffee then this isn't the product for you!

I'm definitely a convert to coffee scrubs and think that You Dirty Scrub is going to be one of my go to places for body scrubs from now on.

If you're interested in finding out more you can check out the shop here.

Bye for now!

xx

Friday, 9 June 2017

That Friday Feeling - Anniversaries, Playing in the Labyrinth and The Handmaid's Tale



This week has had its ups and downs. The loveliest part has been celebrating two years of marriage to my most amazing of husbands.



It did leave me with the question of what the hell to buy a man that is made out of cotton (the traditional material for the 2nd wedding anniversary). I settled on an anniversary themed cushion, and a very non-anniversary themed T-Shirt (Rick and Morty to be precise) which seemed to go down well...phew!

Some other highlights from the week have been...

What I've been playing... the Labyrinth Board Game

I know I can occasionally border on revealing my geekier side on this blog, and that this post represents revealing a whole new level of geekdom, but I'm loved playing this game so much that I just don't flipping well care!

I have been a die hard fan of the Labyrinth franchise ever since tiny-me first locked eyes with the Goblin King. I have never been a massive board gamer, but this has changed all that. My most amazing husband bought this for me as an anniversary present (yep, he really does know me well) and playing it has been the most lovely nostalgia trip this week. If you're a fan of the film then I can't recommend this enough. It has clearly been put together with love for the franchise and genuinely captures the feel of the labyrinth and the characters.

Speaking of the characters...look at the playing pieces (I'm squealing in my head right now)...
Ludo! 

The photos above are from truffleshuffle.co.uk and you can pick a copy of the game up if you are a fellow Goblin King groupie.

What I've Been Watching... The Handmaid's Tale



I'm only one episode into The Handmaid's Tale but it absolutely and completely captivated me for that time. It seems very timely that this classic novel has been turned into a TV series. In my lifetime I don't think I've ever had as many concerns about women's rights in the Western World as I do right now. It makes the shocking events within this dystopian future even more plausible. Horrifying, gripping, beautiful and ugly all at once, the first episode was TV at its finest, and I can't wait for episode 2 to hit the UK.

The rest of this week has been about family. Whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope you have some time to do the things you enjoy - however small. 

I'm off to play another game of Labyrinth. 

You remind me of the babe...


Bye for now!

xx




Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Collection Crush - Next Scandi Range


With the slight changes I'm planning for this blog I may not do a weekly collection crush, but still plan to share lots of beautiful home ware, and this new range of Scandi themed items from Next is no exception.

I love the blues and reds in this range - they'd work beautifully in winter or summer.

Going clockwise from top left, the items can be found at the following links:

1. Horse Sculpture

2. Tapestry Bird Cushion

3. Tomato Tin Sign

4. Ceramic Bird

There are some other really cute items in the range, including tin cans planted with artificial flowers and some beautiful plate sets with a pretty blue and red scandi design. There's something so calming and yet cheerful about this style. It would look so pretty in a country style kitchen (I can dream!).

Bye for now

xx










Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Subscription Box Review - June Melt Crowd



If you'd asked me a couple of years ago what my favourite summer candle scent was I probably would have declared myself to be anti candles in the summer. End of. Summer is too flipping hot without adding fire into the mix.

I was converted a couple of years ago by some gorgeous cocktail scented candles, which I found added to the summer vibe around the house. And then these bad boys from Flamingo Candles 'The Melt Crowd' turned up today and now my burner is already a-burning and filling my sitting room with summery loveliness.


June's Melt Crowd is themed 'Tropic Like It's Hot' - and as you'd expect the scents are gorgeous and tropical.

This month's scents are:


1. Raspberry Ripple Ice-Cream - Exactly like the ice-cream - gorgeous. And less calories than the real thing. Bonus.

2. Palm Tree - I love this smell, I can't pinpoint what scents it contains but it's all kinds of summery

3. Cola Ice Pops - A nice subtle scent of cola in this melt - I was worried it would smell too much like cola sweets but it's a softer scent

4. White Musk - I didn't think I liked musk as a scent, but this has converted me and is the scent that is already burning in my lounge. Really relaxing and perfect for a summer evening


5. Gin & Tonic - I can not own enough products that smell of gin and tonic. Fact. My current most favourite smell

6. Strawberry Candy - Probably my least favourite - very sweet and strawberry scented, but I'm just not a strawberry kind of girl (unless its Strawberry Shortcake...she rocked)

7. Lemon Sorbet - A really nice and refreshing lemon scent (yes, I know, the lemon aspect comes as a shock)

8. Pineapple and Lime - I get more lime than pineapple from this, but lovely all the same

So there we go. Another box of smells I love. I feel like my reviews of The Melt Crowd are always really positive. But that's genuinely just because I love their scents, and at £10 get good value from it. I've tried a few different subscription boxes over the years and this is one that has stuck because I always use the scents each month (and a few have ended up being bundled up as gifts).

To find out more about the subscription click here.

If you've found a subscription service you love I'd really like to hear about it.

Bye for now!

xx


Monday, 5 June 2017

Don't Follow the Herd



I've just finished reading 'The Cows' by Dawn O'Porter and felt like it deserves its own post rather than a Friday round-up mention.

The book follows the stories of three women, who become linked to each other in surprising (and utterly cringe worthy) ways. I won't give any spoilers away but I found the book really thought provoking about modern life, particularly for women, and wanted to share my thoughts.

It really brought home how quick we can be to judge others based on their lifestyles. It's a part of human nature to form groups with like-minded people and an unfortunate basic instinct linked to that can be to fear what is different. I try and fight that instinct as much as possible, but sometimes (almost always online) I find myself throwing a tiny bit of judgement towards someone I've never met, although not for any major reason - never due to religion, sexuality or any majorly defining feature.

I've always carried the life attitude that if someone isn't harming anyone then they should be able to live their life as they choose. I don't know why the internet can somehow change that viewpoint, but I have become really aware of that negative mentality and plan to do something about it. Any time I find myself being critical of a stranger (or a loved one for that matter!) I'm going to try to take a step back and check that little negative voice.

The other important life lesson I've taken from the book is that comparing ourselves against other women can sometimes be incredibly harmful. I so often find myself comparing my life, my achievements, my looks, my style and my beliefs to other women and equally often find myself feeling inadequate. Life is precious and shouldn't be wasted on regrets or feeling negative about ourselves. This is another area I'm going to give myself a little mental check on to try and change those thoughts into something more positive.

I love reading a book that makes me think about how I live life, and this was definitely one of those. I'd definitely recommend it as a fun read with some important messages for women everywhere - let's stop judging, and stop trying to live our lives in the confines set by other women. Don't follow the herd.

Phew...that's the most I've had to say about a book for a long time!

Bye for now

xx

Thoughts on Blogging



Well I have hardly been a prolific blogger these past few months. My blog has remained in the back of my mind through all of the quiet periods, like an old friend you can not talk to for years, but know that when you do catch up it'll be like things never changed.

Things do change though, and I know I've definitely changed as I've progressed through my thirties, and I'd love to start writing a blog that reflects that. 

There are some truly beautiful blogs out there in the world - so many in fact, that it can become overwhelming. Particular for an over-thinker, which I most definitely am. It's easy to decide that because my life will never be the perfect picture of beautiful clothes, worn in amazing locations, surrounded by rose gold accessories that I should give up the blogging game. 

But, honestly, that's not the life I want. I want to look at some pretty items I have a hope of being able to afford, I want to be creative and make things (irrespective of how crappy they may turn out to look) and I want to have fun and write about whatever is interesting me at the time. 

The little blog in the back of my mind has been trying to whisper to me for the past few weeks that perhaps if I feel like that, then other people might too, and might still be interested in reading my space in the blogosphere.  

I think I'm going to listen this time. Life outside of the world of my chrome book is difficult at the moment due to the health of someone I love very much,  but then life can difficult. The truly horrific events that have taken lives in the UK recently seem to suggest that the world has quite literally gone mad. Blogs sometimes neglect to mention that, with the chant of 'only ever be positive' ringing in our ears from so many different lists of blogging tips. 

I'm planning to have a little bit of a re-fresh around these parts - some new post ideas, and just a renewed attempt to make this a space that reflects more of life. I'm planning more posts that involve more writing...my thoughts on things and lessons I've learnt. For I have learnt many! There will still be homeware and crafts a-plenty though...never fear!

If you've taken time to read this little outpouring then thank you. It's really appreciated and makes my heart feel that little bit fuzzier. I hope to see you again soon. 

Bye for now xx


Friday, 14 April 2017

That Friday Feeling - Thirteen Reasons, Cows and all the Music


My Friday Feeling this week is that I still feel a little bit under the weather, have had some pretty rubbish news and I'm in great need of some lovely things to distract me.

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, and I'm planning to use it for some catching up with loved ones and maybe (just maybe) getting some productive things done. I'm chomping at the bit to finally get an online shop set up for selling general trinkets/ pretty things/ crafty supplies, so I'm also going to try and give myself a kick up the backside to get things moving. If anyone has some tips on how to motivate yourself to do something that is scaring the crap out of you then I'd love to hear them!

Anyway...here are a few things I've been loving this week...


What I've been reading...


The Cows by Dawn O'Porter. I'm only 30 pages in and already completely caught up in the lives of the women in the book. I truly believe in the #don'tfollowtheherd message that is linked to the book - there are too many messages pushed at us every day about how we should behave, how we should look and what path we should follow in life. It's something that is really resonating with me at the moment - to the point where I'm going to see if I can push myself out of my comfort zone and do some blog posts linked to the subject.

I'll do a full review of the book when I've finished I am really loving Dawn O'Porter's writing style and the characters are completely abosorbing, so I can't wait to get back to reading this evening (which is quite a rare occurrence for me these days.

What I've been watching...


Thirteen Reasons Why has been the most heartbreaking watch. I feel like everyone is talking about it at the moment - but if you haven't heard of this Netflix show then be warned that it is truly a difficult watch, and tells the story of Hannah Baker, a girl who has committed suicide, and the reasons that led up to her taking her own life. This show should be compulsory viewing in all schools, and although it's set in high school there are messages for people of all ages. The acting is absolutely superb throughout. I came out the end of the 13 hours a teary and emotional wreck - but with a renewed commitment to doing as much good as possible and being constantly mindful of how my actions might impact on others.

What I've been listening to...

For the past couple of weeks, the question is more what haven't I been listening to. I've subscribed to Apple Music and I'm now in awe at the amount of music at my fingertips. I think I've listened to every album from my childhood along with every album I've been a little bit interested in for the past ten years. And don't even get me started on how much I love the alternative rock 90's playlists. Amazing. It has made me realise how much our access to music has changed though. I used to save my pocket money, carefully chose one album and then listen to it on constant repeat for weeks. I cherished that music. To suddenly have access to so much music was a little overwhelming at first (yep, I sound old. As I'm writing this I am sat here realising just how ridiculously old I sound, and yet I can't stop...) and it made me wonder if albums are still cherished in the same way. I'm going to tell myself that they are.

Right, it's time for me to retire for the evening with my copy of The Cows, a blanket, and full acceptance that I am an old lady whose mind has been baffled by modern technology.

Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing Easter.

xx






Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Collection Crush - Easter Tableware at Marks and Spencer



I don't really decorate for Easter. Which is ridiculous really...chicks and bunnies and pastels...oh my. Marks and Spencer may change that this year when it comes to Easter dinner...because the gorgeous retro prints on their Easter plates this year are so ridiculously cute and nostalgic. Here are a few of my favourites from their Easter range this year (follow the links for more info)...

1. Easter Side Plates

2. Leaping Bunny Sticks

3. Bunny Candle Holder

4. Easter Egg Platter