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Well, the Ideal Home Show was utterly uninspiring. I’m glad the tickets were free!The only stall I was particularly interested in was one selling handmade wooden shutters. However the salesperson didn’t know how to open the shutters, or how many colours they came in, or anything else about the product! I’ve worked at a lot of large events and shows at Earls Court and Olympia and this was by far the most disappointing.

We had a quick wander round then promptly left for a much more inspiring stroll along Kings Road and lots of window shopping in Heals, Habitat, Zara Home and Anthropologie.

It was the first time I’d had the chance to explore the store and it’s just as gorgeous as I’d expected.  I wanted to move in, or at the very least buy some lovely china and glassware…

March 22, 2010 at 16:18 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

Today it is lovely and sunny.

We’ve had an offer accepted on a house and we’re hoping to move in next month.

I am off to the Ideal Home Show in London tomorrow to look at pretty things for the new house.

Proud Mary – Cast of Glee
Imagine – Cast of Glee
Lean on me – Cast of Glee
Don’t rain on my parade – Cast of Glee
Don’t stop believin’ – Cast of Glee
Gold Digger – Cast of Glee
Defying gravity – Cast of Glee
Somebody to love – Cast of Glee
Take a bow – Cast of Glee

(did I mention that i love Glee?)

March 19, 2010 at 08:41 Leave a comment

Today’s playlist

I had grand plans for a new playlist today, but I’ll be honest that with a pile of work to get through on a cold grey, rainy day my playlist today is simply a compilation of all Carrie Underwood’s albums. Love the new album and am bobbing around embarassingly in my office chair to ‘Songs like this’.

(Those little Starbucks tree decorations are now sitting happily in my bag after an early morning stop on the way to work but I’ve resisted the Christmas playlist, so far…)

November 13, 2009 at 12:32 Leave a comment

Image of the day


This gorgeous little guy is from prettyrandomobjects on etsy and will be going on my Christmas wish list. Seriously cute.

November 10, 2009 at 16:42 Leave a comment

Image of the day

art print by Freya Art

My new little niece Gwen Ruth was born on Sunday, weighing 7lbs 12oz. She’s adorable and has proved herself to be an angelic new baby. This lovely print by Freya Art came to mind this morning as I was thinking of my sister and her newly expanded family.

November 6, 2009 at 11:39 Leave a comment

Ode to autumn

 autumn days

Holly at Decor8 asked what our favourite things about September were. While October is my favourite month for so many reasons, I think these autumn odes really cover so many of my favourite things about both months. The song ‘Autumn days’ itself is one of my favourite things about this type of year and holds so many memories for me.

Ode to autumn, John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


Autumn days, Estelle White

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And a winter’s moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings.

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

September 3, 2009 at 14:25 Leave a comment

Back to school

bouquet of newly sharpened pencils

It’s the first week of September, and however old you are, it still feels like the new school year is about to begin. My niece started pre school today. I can’t believe she’s so big already and I feel sorry for the pre school teachers who have to try and resist her gorgeous little curls and cheeky grin.

My favourite thing about September as a child was getting new school supplies. Like Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail, I dream of bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, a new pencil case and a retro lunchbox. When I started school I had a bright red lunchbox with Spot the Dog on it, it had a matching red thermos flask. I loved that lunchbox.

little pony lunchbox 1980s

I was planning to buy little miniature suitcases and baskets to go in the expedit bookcase in the craft studio, but I’m now fighting the urge to buy some retro 80’s lunch boxes from ebay, and maybe a Shinzi Katoh creation to go with them… 

shinzi katoh tree lunch box

September 3, 2009 at 13:59 Leave a comment

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