Friday, 29 May 2009

the sparrows are too friendly

A quick hello from Paris, thanks for all your lovely comments. The bread is melt in the mouth, the sun is out, the buildings are amazing, the shops are stunning, the sparrows are too friendly, I thought one of the teeny blighters might land in my falafel. Don't fret, I learnt my lesson about feeding wild animals in New York when I generously gave an almond to a squirrel.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

think pink

Someone once told me that the colour pink gives your mind the same positive happy feeling as the sun. The sky has been solid grey since five am Monday morning. I've been looking around for as much pink as possible to tide me over.

PS.Updates here.

See you in Paris. x

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Tagged and tulle

Tagged by Sofia, with a little tulle by Sofia.

What is your current obsession?
Coffee and Learning how to take better pictures, I just one my first ebay auction, an old camera, fingers crossed that it will work.

What is your weirdest obsession?
Mr Hearne.

What are you wearing today?
Black juicy joggers and a vest.

What's for dinner?
tofu and stir fried vegetables. Healthy after a heavy weekend.

What would you eat for your last meal?

What's the last thing you bought?
a huge slice yummy spicy ginger cake.

What are you listening to right now?
my friend Emma-li.

What is your favorite ice-cream flavour?
Rocky road.

What do you think of the person who tagged you?
I am silly happy that the talented, clever, perceptive, Sofia and I have become friends. I love to read the snippets of her life and learn how many similar things we like.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
somewhere in the west village, New York City.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
The great wall of China.

Which language do you want to learn?

What's your favorite quote (for now)?
It's choice, not chance, that determines your destiny. Jean Nidetch.

What is your favorite colour?
Chartreuse at the moment, shades of grey forever.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
Can I have two? An old cream cardigan with beaded cuffs and a sparkly vintage scarf I found in the dressing up box at my granny's when I was a teenager.

What is your dream job?
I would love to own a pretty cake shop or Luxury B&B.

What's your favourite magazine?
Just discovered-Apartmento.

If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
I would pay someone else to paint my living room.

Favorite designer?
John Galliano.

Do you admire any one's style?
Chloe Sevigny.

Describe your personal style?
Casually Lady like.

What are you going to do after this?
Eat that slice of cake I bought.

What are your favourite movies?
Top Hat, Lost in translation, Benny and Joon.

What's your favourite fruit?

What inspires you?
Old world things, Feelings, Experiences.

What is on the walls in your bedroom?
jewelry and a spider : (

Your favorite book ?
The secret garden.

Do you collect something ?
Vintage lace and stamps with pictures of fruit on them.

The rules :
1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people.

No pressure but if any of you or anyone else would like to take part please do!


Necklace featured above from Sofia Barao's Etsy Boutique

fresh as a daisy after a summer rain storm

I have been lying in bed listening to the beautiful sound of rain since 6 am. It is now 11 and I am still here eating jaffa cakes (how I love annual leave). With all the trees and plants fresh and happy after their morning shower I guess I should get the hell up and do the same. Thought I'd share some images that I recently put together for Artsy mama's other blog 'A year of colour". I have had fun putting together inspiration boards to match the theme each month. Its a great project with loads of tutorials, giveaways interviews and photography. So if you can check it out, do.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

alone this morning

Dean is in Devon so I woke up all alone this morning. I just had to nip out and get something baked. Strawberries to add little nutrition. Home made mocha.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

the 21st

silk streamers

The wannabe majorette in me jumped for joy at the mere thought of waving one of these hand dyed silk ribbon streamers around in the Summer sunshine. Every child should have two, one for each hand!

They are from the Etsy shop Syrendell

All images Syrendell

On a high

My weekend has started on a high. I woke up to discover Lobster and Swan featured on the Dujour Magazine site.

Enjoy the next few days x

Images Dujour Magazine

Friday, 22 May 2009

As promised

Lemon Lime and ginger cooler.

2/3 table spoons sugar
1 glug of maple syrup (optional)
1 inch fresh ginger peeled and grated
juice of 3 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
1 lime sliced
As a variation add a good handful of bruised mint leaves instead of lime slices.

Put sugar, maple syrup, grated ginger, lemon juice and zest in a 1 liter glass jug.
Pour on a little hot water to dissolve the sugar, mix well.
Top up with sparkling water add slices of lime and a ginger to garnish.
poor over ice.

Sit out in the garden and enjoy, or like us sit in the breeze of the open kitchen window and watch the summer street life.


Thanks for all your congratulations. Yesterday was great. More about that later, but for now a tiny shop update.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

One year today. Happy anniversary Mr Hearne. x

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

babies bonnet

Tiny velvet forget me knots. Faded leaves and soft pink roses. I was given this delicate antique babies bonnet with a view to turning it into something else. But it is so beautiful it would break my heart to cut it up. Being one of three sisters surely there will be a baby girl worthy of wearing it one day?


A reply to sweet Sarah's comment on my last post.

Where would you NOT wear your Noa Noa net skirt in rural glos?

Wear it. . . . . . to the bakery on a Saturday morning, or to pick up your children from school, maybe to meet your husband from work as a surprise, at home while you spending time with yourself or to the supermarket. I am silly girl who wears Jimmy Choo's to bake (or did until I sadly parted with them on ebay for a very good price!)

Last night I spent the evening with my sister and our friend B. Cold cuts and cosmopolitans. Indoors and out. B is the best. When we were younger we would spend the weekends at her house digging through her jewelry and wardrobe. In awe of her style and taste. She loves colour, her house is a magpies dream, anyway the moral of the story here is . . . . . A colleague of B's once said to her " I love the way you dress, you always look as though you just about to leave and go to a party some place" How great is that?

There was a time people used to come up to me in shops or the street and say I looked nice that they would never dare to wear such outfits. 1950's dresses and heels to the super market. A peruvian phase, vintage underskirts that set a few copy cats on my case. (I didn't look as crazy as this may sound) . I had Fun with my clothes. I was brave, inventive, didn't want to blend in with the crowd. I have lots of beautiful clothes, I just don't wear them.

Just recently I have been less than inspirational with my wardrobe choices, there was that sunny day when I wore the floral dress but apart from that, safe black, grey, charcoal, khaki, jeans, white shirts. There is a fine line between tasteful and dull. I may have crossed it. I need to get inspired again. Maybe restart the game of raiding B's closet.

So Sarah lets go get those skirts on now!

High Summer

Another fashion snippet, I have just received an email from Noa Noa showing their High Summer collection. Apart from the beautiful breezy clothes there are lots of great ideas for simple ways to entertain yourself this Summer, beach combing, caravaning, playing chess. I haven't played chess for years, not since my Dad taught me as a child.

All images Noa Noa


Todays happy fashion fix is the spring collection from Saltwater. Pretty clothes for sunny days. Walking in fields. Sitting on the veranda. Tidying the potting shed. Reading a book. Hunting antiques. Their site has sweet inspiration pages too.

I am going to make the most of the exceptional sunshine this morning and take a walk to collect my prints from the framers. The poor lady probably thinks I've skipped town! So I should make her day a little better. Must also get some mounts cut for my photo prints so I can list them in my shop. Its looking a little bare and unloved at the moment. My to do list does include posting the lemonade recipe later too.

Back soon x

All images Saltwater

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

next time

Your requests for the lemonade recipe have been noted. But I keep forgetting then run out of time! So I will be back later with that.

kitchen things

I spend so much time in my kitchen baking taking pictures and watching my husband prepare delicious feasts. So I am always on the look out for accessories and things that can add to our dining experience. New House Textiles is a family business run by John and Nick Stanier, all the companies products are manufactured in England or Sweden using bright, simple, graphic images that would add cheer to any kitchen. My favourite design is 'Herring', but if you want to spoil me (Dean), I would love any of the fabulous tea towels or a set of the 'Daily menu' paper napkins.

Wow, do I sound like some 1950's housewife? Our first anniversary is only days away and I am asking to be spoilt with tea towels and napkins!

All images New House Textiles

Sunday, 17 May 2009

When it rains. Eat

Popped out for a coffee this morning and started to plan and scribble on our paris guides with all the great advice we have received from everyone. I have printed out the comments you left and stapled and stuck them into my Paris Moleskine. Nice to be out of the house away from doing the dishes for a while, engulfed in a huge squishy leather couch at a local coffee shop.

Just been eating and tearing up magazines for the rest of the day.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

pink then blue.

Yesterday started pink and ended blue. Boiled eggs? I am trying to go without sugar until I go to Paris. This means no can do for my beloved chocolate morning cereals. In two weeks time pastry and macaroons will be my reward.

This white house, draped in wisteria with the blue shrub out front is for sale near my home. I thought I would investigate and see how much it was going for. Little out of our price range and on closer inspection I read that it has eight bedrooms. Eight. Maybe I will play the lottery tonight. I do dream of owning a pretty boutique bed and breakfast one day. Imagine all the fun you could have decorating all those bedrooms.

The bottom photo shows another house in my street getting fixed up. I wish all the houses in the road could be painted ivory to match like they used to be. It would make our little block look lovely.