Friday, 28 November 2008

Mrs Big

As we are getting near to the big C I thought I would share some other c's from my week. Cinema, cupcakes, cosmopolitans, Carrie. Tuesday I went to a private screening of the extended version of Sex and the City, held at a sweet little independent cinema. I took cake. Lots of Carrie's outfits remind me of glorious whipped frosting. She is the perfect cake topper! : )

Perfect puzzle

More good news. The Jigsaw online shop is now open, at last!!!

kid gloves

A sweet someone I recently met online introduced me to the lovely work of Hannah Lamb. The lapel pins are my absolute favorite!

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Sunday, 23 November 2008

the c word

This beautiful picture card from a view to is reminding me that it is so nearly December.

Cream and candy

Sunday favorites. Flicking through old ballet books. Drinking hazelnut hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream. Eating italian candies. Sewing. Watching old movies.

Friday, 21 November 2008


Thanks for all your well wishes for my mum. I think we might be more angry than her! Us girls are very protective. So, mum has her car back and is just waiting for new keys to be made. No sign of the handbag but that was kind of expected. Money, keys, bank cards, are all replaceable, but its the sentimental things that can't be replaced. That's what is really upsetting when something like this happens. Anyway enough about those selfish idiots. My sisters and I shall try and make sure that mum has a new set of things to treasure.
My day was brightened when I got home from work by a surprise waiting on the door mat and in my inbox. The christmas catalogue from Toast, such warming images in here. They have cosied me up a little as the wind and hail batters my victorian walls and I try to sew a few things. Maybe if I'm good santa will put some of these beautiful padded hangers in my stocking?

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Sad day

Yesterday was great. Today not so. Although I am fond of the slow food movement, after a long day of doing something that you loathe then coming home to an empty home (the husband is away with work) the last thing I want to do is stand up and slave over a meal. So the sad little dinner for one is in the oven. Don't think bad of me.

Once home the phone rings. Its Leah my youngest sister. Phoning to tell me that some ******* stole my mums handbag from her place of work. Stole her new car and dumped it in a field. The worst of it is my sweet little mum lives so far away (Ireland) I can't even give her a hug. At least she has littlest sister there with her. Sending you love and huge hugs mummy. Hope they catch the idiots!
But its not all doom and gloom there is a bright sparkling light at the end of the tunnel. I did catch the lighting of the christmas tree fireworks display out of my bedroom window. I am such a sucker for giant sparkles in the sky. Hope you had a better thursday.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

I could have danced all night

I have had such a great day off. I feel like I'm on cloud nine. Firstly, dear sweet Brittany Noel let me know that record the day was featured on design sponge's guest blog which is written this week by Roseline from this is glamourous. Then I watched my fair lady and laughed along to the hilarious dialogue. How amazing is Eliza's dress when she attends the ball? It would make a fabulous wedding dress. As it is not available one of these stunning modern alternatives from Jenny Packam might do?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Table trend

The day is finally here, I have sent my table trends design over to Emily at Once wed and can't wait to see the finished post. I am so excited to see how she will pair the images together, to see it through her eyes. Thanks again Emily it is a real honor.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Falling leaves and winter berries

Sunday. A morning in the woods. And an afternoon around my neighborhood.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Pieces of the puzzle

Hope everyone is having a good week so far. It feels a bit like groundhog day at my day job these days. But elsewhere I am enjoying my time preparing the final elements for my upcoming feature on Once wed. Nearly finished now just a few more pictures need to be taken.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

A night at the ballet

This Saturday I am in love with the faded pinks in these confections hand made by Sofia for her new Shop. They some how remind me of being behind the scenes at a ballet, the sound of rustling tutu's and dancers gritting their point shoes.

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Thursday, 6 November 2008

child's play

Oh to be a child again. A very lucky child. From the top,,

swift and painless

Effortlessly beautiful design from the website and shop of Caroline Swift. Caroline makes all the ceramic pieces herself at the moment but is looking for extra help so she can develop new products. All the items for sale reflect her philosophy of slow design where a sense of pleasure and pride is taken in the production and the quality of all the items offered for sale. Everything from the cashmere knitwear to the fine bone china bowls is so delicate, and each item comes wrapped in a simple felt wrap or a card box.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

No longer a stranger

Monday I received a red postal card on my door mat. A parcel waiting at the depot. I didn't know what it could be. The only thing I am waiting for is a calendar from Story by Mia. I picked up my mystery parcel with a sweet stamp bearing a polar bear. All day I kept it safe on the shelf at work. Lunch and tea breaks came and went. I did not peek. I clutched my surprise close to me all the way as I walked home in the dark.
A warm cup of vanilla tea and my favorite corner of the sofa. Then savour the unwrapping of this extra special Autumn gift from a kind and thoughtful stranger, Erika.
Inside I discovered a lovely handwritten note, a glistening silver acorn, scented candles, gloves, chocolate, the most amazing tea I have ever smelled, a book which I will keep in my bag and read in my breaks at work, a beautiful pewter candlestick and cup. Thank you so much Erika I love it all. Its perfect.

Thank you so much to sofia as well for organizing such a soul warming swap. What a perfect beginning to this season.

candy cane

Mid week morning candy confections from Neisha Crosland.

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Monday, 3 November 2008

Packages and parcels

So my swap package is on its way, a little late but I hope what's inside makes up for its belated arrival. The contents include this beautiful bar of chocolate that you melt into hot milk, some rosemary infused candies, a hand made brooch, something to read and a secret. After making herself a warm drink I envision my swapee snuggling down in her favorite chair to open the surprise gift, then relaxing with the books I have included. Happy Autumn to . . . . . . . . .

Oh Collette

Found some great winter sparkle over at Collette Dinnigan's website, it's a sequined wonderland. These dresses above are part of the winter 2008 collection and below are some of the great photos I found while digging deeper into the editorial archives. Collette does some amazing things with beading and layers of lace. Alas my budget is not going to stretch to one of these and I'm all out of award ceremonies to go to so I really must get on and embellish some of the clothes I already have.

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