Tuesday, 31 March 2009


Mostly I am not a fan of dealing with the general public. But the other day I was talking to an elderly gentleman and he smelled like soap and old spice. The familiar scent transported me back to some of my favorite childhood days.

Happy days spent in my grandpa's potting shed. Growing herbs from vintage seed packets. Buckets of golf balls that he had collected from all the gardens he looked after that bordered the local golf course. The clattering of old tools and plant pots. Helping me tend my mouse and wild bird grave yard. No creature too small or unworthy of a dignified burial.

He never questioned why I was wearing a flower pot for a hat. Always held the wings of my dress so I didn't fall in the river. Took me to the local pig farm so I could snuggle new born piglets. Built me and my sister a swiss chalet in the garden so we could play house. Never got angry when I followed him around like a little shadow as he Mended things. I know you shouldn't have favorites, but Grampy Charles was mine. He is the reason I will one day have a garden shed all of my own.

Start your own potting shed this summer with antique garden equipment and seeds pictured from Re-found objects, or try Baileys home and garden.

Monday, 30 March 2009

first blossom

Saturday. My weekend started with a candlelit dinner for Earth hour. It was nice to linger in the quiet still darkness and get away from the world for a while.

Sunday. Fruit toast. A walk in the park. First blossom. Grocery shopping. New linens. Cheese and bread.

The right white.

Hello Monday!

I have started my two weeks intensive hunt for white living room inspiration. First stop James Merrell. Hopefully we should be inspired and ready for a good Friday paint off.

If you have any places I could look, be sure to let me know.

All images James Merrell

Friday, 27 March 2009

calming things

I recently met Sam and whilst visiting her lovely blog I found a very special and calming place. The blog and shop of Sveta Dresher. How beautiful are the peepers on this little girl. The dolls, the soft leather, rustic linen, delicate garlands. Simple things for a simple life. The natural colours and fibers in these images were just what I needed after a busy, tiring week.

Hope to be back soon with a bit more pep!
Happy weekend.

All images Sveta Dresher

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

lets go exploring

Another little flurry of beautiful items have been added to the Toast collection. I'm thinking this red and blue outfit would be perfect for exploring a pretty greek island on a blazing hot summers day.

After too many visits to the Toast site I have been continually bewitched by this shirt dress and trouser combination. I am confessing to a splurge. It should arrive any day now. If the husband is reading. . . I got free P&P, 10 % off and free returns. I bet he is hoping it doesn't fit!

Monday, 23 March 2009

shrieks and squeals

More of Sunday. A breakfast of yummy home baked cranberry hot cross buns, awaited me at a friends house. They didn't last long enough to get a picture.

We tidied a bit of the garden. The magnolia tree is just getting ready to burst into bloom.

I got a surprise flash soaking whilst trying to fathom out how to work the hose. (not that technical as it turns out) TIP. Do not just snap the end off! Loud shrieks and squeals as I tried to stick my thumb in the end which just made wild jets spray in all directions. Lucky we had a bright smiling sun to dry me off.

Once home I baked an emergency dinner I had been saving in the freezer. Mashed sweet potato and cheese topped salmon and vegetable pie with hot butter and pepper peas, and I think I recall a small clause in the sweet things agreement, I think we were having a little sugar fix on Sundays? Jelly babies. All gone.

Now another week begins. I wonder if the sun will stay?

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Golden blonde

I have had a fun day at home and visiting with friends. Now the sun has gone down I am settling in for a dose of my favorite golden blonde, Doris Day, while I await my husbands return.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Fun and games

I have been tagged by Holly and Nina and though I don't always acknowledge a tagging (sorry!), this sounded kind of fun. so here we go.

I love this image by Tim Walker.
Hopefully when we own a little cottage we can have
a midnight picnic and watch old
movies projected on the side of our home.

I Meant To Do My Work Today.
by Richard Le Gallienne

I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand
So what could I do but laugh and go?

Isn't this a lovely day to be caught in the rain.
sung by Fred Astaire.
Once on a boat trip in Lille it started to delicately
rain. Afterwards as we got walking back through the old streets
we got caught in a terrific storm and were soaked through.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Anais Nin

Toast zissou tunic dress.

Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.

It has to be strong willed, independent. . . . Ariel.

If you want to join in. No pressure. . . . I tag . . . .Piia, Sam, Vera, Louise, Denise, Katie plus anyone else who wants to share.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Hello yellow

Today I woke up and I was so full of joy. I mean busting at the seams happy. I think this is the difference six days straight of sun can do for a girl. I leave the blind in the bedroom about a foot above the windowsill so I am woken up by the sun shining in on me. It illuminates, bounces and reflects all around, making me extra pleased at the decision to paint the room white.
I will definitely be campaigning to paint the living room white over the easter break. The thought of our little home, so sunny and light, just makes me want to squeal all over again with joy.

If it's cloudy in your little corner of the world, a visit to one or all of these wonderful girls should do the same trick as a day in the sun. Pia, Chelsea, Heather, Sofia, Nadia.

Thursday, 19 March 2009


Finally back into the swing of posting some new pages over here. Happy thursday to you.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

colour trails

I love bleak colours, winter grey, soft twiggy browns, feather whites, but as spring rolls in thicker and faster pretty brights are weaving their way through my life. I have been bestowed another Joules dress, this time for a May wedding I am attending, its such a happy dress I want to wear it every day. Colourful marzipan sweets and delicate candy hued garlands will have to tide me over until I can debut my floral explosion!

I need to get a pair of shoes to go with it. These wedges are a good match but there is no way I could stand in them all day. Have you seen any shoes you think would suit this outfit?

I thought the tea set in the picture above would make a good best friend for my dress. It is from the book Afternoon tea parties with beautiful photographs by Martin Brigdale, it is available from Ryland peters and small. It is such a great book. I think I am going to invite my girlfriends to a few tea parties this summer.

Now on to matters more serious. I am off to bid a sad farewell to Gill Grissom.

bye x

Pastry regrets

Today I am trying to cope with a carbs hangover. I wish to put yesterday behind me. Although these cakes and pastries make for a nice picture, I am posting it here as a reminder of my bad behavior. It was not the fault of these buttery baked lovelies or the visiting family members, that I proceeded to continue down a dark path for the rest of Monday. Chocolate muffin. Chocolate bar. Marshmallows. Pizza. The only vegetable I recall was a slither of green pepper on a pizza slice. I may have even blacked some other eatings out of my mind, I think there was a lunch I missed off that grizzly list too. Who knows.

But any way today is a new day, the husband is in Taiwan for work and on the brighter side fabulous weather has inspired me to turn over a new lettuce leaf. Tofu and flash fried greens. Chicken and salad. Walking an extra mile a day. Hopefully he will come home to a proud wife that has a little give around her waistband. I bet he is reading this now shaking his head. My biggest battle will be with my sweet tooth but maybe I could just schedule in a single dessert slot on Sundays? But maybe its too soon.

Monday, 16 March 2009


For me I achieved an orderly house. For the family members, two medals for completing the half marathon, (most of which is uphill) both in just over two hours hooray! I am so proud of them.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

how my sunday is shaping up

Early start today. My husband, sister, a few friends and a couple of thousand others are running a half marathon this morning. I am very proud of them all, its something I doubt I will ever attempt! So while they get started I am eating pancakes with mango and maple syrup, making a new york garland from the vintage NYC postcard set a friend gave me for my birthday, and gathering together a few things that have found me recently.

I will wander out in a while and find a place where I can stand and see my brave friends and loved ones run past.

Friday, 13 March 2009

sweet things

Preparation for the weekend include a good handful of marshmallows and closing the lid of my laptop for a few hours. You may notice it has a speckled lid, thats where I paint my nails.

Back soon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

the frame game

Time for one more? The husband is still at the pub watching the demise of his beloved football team and our internet is back on now. I know my love of empty frames has been well publicised and so I thought I would share this beautiful display form a recent show by jewelry designer Blue moss?

Image from blue moss girl.

lucky 7

My internet connection is being rubbish so this is a flying visit! I have seized the day and had my fringe cut back in.

On my lunchtime travels I nipped home and discovered this great Etsy boutique Sarah seven pretty dresses and some fringe inspiration on the side!

An independent designer from Portland Oregon. She says "Old Hollywood Glamour, pearls, recycled fabrics, romance, nature, lace... are some of the things that inspire me." Me too!

And 5% of all her sales go to two of her chosen charities, a girl you will all instantly fall for I'm sure.

All images sarahseven

courting a hairstyle

Back to human pampering today and I just love this haircut. Of course it helps that Betty it so very chic and beautiful and stylish and french. You can find lots of great outfit combinations from Betty's Lookbook, here I just love all her sequined cardigans.

all images from leblogdebetty.com

Tuesday, 10 March 2009


Thank you all so much for all the belt comments. Although I do love the top belt, I think it is decided that the paler belt will stay. I would keep both but thats just greedy and I do after all mainly need a belt to accompany this dress.

So its getting late now and I apologise in advance, not my usual taste but I had to share the madness of this link my husband sent me, Sandy runs the ultimate grooming parlor for dogs I warn you now that this is the tamest "do"of the lot! Cindy is obviously a legend at the shows?!

Something else fun here!

Sorry if all this commotion gave any of you a headache before sleepy time!

Monday, 9 March 2009


Sunday morning was spent eating sweets while I demolished the backlog of magazines that have been steadily stacking up the living room wall. From these all I have left is a one centimeter stack of images for my record the day collages. Today its off to the recycling centre for the remaining paper and then to town to seek some more record cards. The shop that supplied them before has sadly closed down so you may notice some gaps while I hunt to get them elsewhere.