Thursday, 28 October 2010

Everyday favourite

I am lucky to have many pretty thing in my home. But my unlikely everyday favourite is still this battered old table. These are just three scenes from the life of that table today. Miscellaneous items, lunch and afternoon coffee with a side of scrap book. What's on your table top?

A flutter

Like a tornado whipping through a spring woodland and out into a summer meadow the spring Kenzo spring 2011 ready to wear collection has my heart all a flutter.

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Lovely lashes and fancy legs

Love love love the intricate designs of these pretty eyelashes from Luna and Curious, inspired by Chinese paper cutting. Pop over and see what other unusual things they have in their shop.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Today things

My new (old) camera, hope to have some pictures soon.

It is dark, dreary and cold out, perfect excuse to stay indoors, spruce the notice board and then use these super cute marzipan fruits for a batch of Autumn cupcakes.

Saturday places

I love to spend my weekends discovering the delights of a town I have never visited before, unfortunately I work nearly every Saturday and on sundays a lot of the smaller shops are closed. But I was lucky enough to have the entire of last weekend off. So we woke early and shipped out to Deal in Kent, and it did not disappoint. A lovely main street of organic cafes, vintage shops, an amazing cheese shop with a wonderful owner who with his great knowledge helped us with our choices.

We left Deal with a vintage fur coat and a bag of beautiful fresh baked meringues for her, and cheese, meats and unrefined sea salt for him.

I will no longer be working Saturdays after this week so heres to many more explorations.

Thursday, 21 October 2010


A perfect start for curbing winter chills this October was taking part in my sister Tamzin's cookie exchange. I was so excited when I received a box labelled perishables and opened it to find the delicious parcel from Alissa containing layers of chocolate, hazelnut and lemon biscuits. Plenty to share with friends and family and even enough left over to brighten a rubbish day at work. I wonder if they will actually miss me or just the baked goods when I leave?

Thank you again Alissa for such a s scrumptious gift.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Unicorn Dream Magazine

I am a bit behind on this one, but I just wanted to share the wonderful article about my home, by Sifra from Unicorn Dream Magazine. Pop over to the site to see all the pages and soak up more pretty things from the previous issue. It is such a great publication with dreamy fashion, dainty illustrations and playful reading.

My leisurely approach comes just in time to promote the third issue which should be out any day now.

Thank you so much Sifra.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Sweet things

Morning, I am sorry for the silence, but I have been enjoying the season, baking a wedding cake and lots of other sweet things, will be back later with more pictures. I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Weekend things

This weekend I made a new little friend, ate freshly toasted bread with lashings of lemon curd in amongst my paper scraps, walked the beach, trudged the woods and visited the sad remains of our pier. Fresh air and much needed sunshine.

Fallen leaves

Happy Sunday. I am off to collect pine cones and fallen leaves.

Friday, 8 October 2010

A week of pretty

Fondant creams, favourite books for inspiration, frilly layers, lavender and rose, cushions and colour charts. I love making things and this week off has really been great. Sad to go back to the day job next week.

Little things and shoes that sparkle

Adorable little dog cards from Rifle Paper Co and a shoe thats definitely not suitable for puppy walking.

Colour cards and paint pots

When we first decorated out apartment I used Farrow and Ball paint in every room. I love the natural colours and delicate chalky finish of their paints. We were quite bold with choices of dark greys to mimic our English skies. A while ago I repainted the two biggest rooms white, Now reading this lovely book-Farrow & Ball Living with Colour by Ros Byam Shaw- I am seriously wondering where I can add some striking colours again. My top six colours for adding a drama are Blazer, India Yellow, and Minster Green, Drawing room blue, Pelt, and Babouche. And if you want to paper a wall or two, these four wallpapers are definite keepers Wisteria, Orangrie, Peony, and St Antoine.
"Paint is the least expensive way to transform a room. And, unlike knocking down a wall or tiling a floor, it is not difficult to rectify if you have a made a mistake. Colour should be fun; at its best it is joyful." Ros Byam Shaw, Farrow & Ball Living With Colour.

Book is available from Ryland Peters & Small.

Happy colouring.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Today I love . . . coral

I Spent my first sleepy moments online this morning swooning over the runway pictures from the Spring 2011 Elie Saab collection. Hence the coral outburst here today. Wrap dress Coralie Beatrix @ Etsy and Coral gemstone strand
Backgard @ Etsy. Bronzer Jelly Pong Pong, Adam Crepe pencil skirt The Outnet, Dress, Catherine Malandrino The Outnet, Corded lace crop top Topshop, Lorna2 Chiffon bow sandals Topshop, Chiffon drop waist dress Miss Selfridge, Leafy lace corsellette Topshop, Missoni Belted knitted cardigan The Outnet, Basic zip back vest Topshop, Longline pointelle cardi Miss Selfridge, Sweet coraline ruffle dress Shop Ruche, Sequin front vest Topshop, Leather Lock Detail Purse ASOS, Peaches Suede Platform Court Shoe ASOS
Coral Czech Glass beads from Zoo Town Beads @ Etsy and
Shirtdress Cocotte Couture @ Etsy.

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