Sunday, 9 March 2014
The latest Toast catalogue rattled through the letterbox yesterday morning; full of all the usual goodness, it made great lunchtime browsing. I think the thing I love most about Toast clothing is the way it's quite simple, but still has a little bit of a quirky edge; a print here, a huge statement necklace there - it's pretty much how I'd like to dress if I wasn't so addicted to clashing patterns. At the back of the catalogue was a link to the new house and home collection; I've said before that I just want to climb into the catalogue and live in it, and I think that's probably more true after seeing the latest offerings - they sucked me in with the metal and wood stools, and then I spent a good portion of the time drooling over the duvet covers (I've been hankering after the organic ticking bedlinen for at least a year) and bedspreads. Simple, rustic, colourful, gorgeous.
To see the whole collection, head over to the website.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Cereal is a quarterly travel and lifestyle magazine, based in the wonderful Bristol in the UK (I'm starting to think that all the best things come from Bristol!), and it's really difficult to sum it up succinctly in a few sentences. The pictures above are taken from volume three, which included features on Santa Barbara, Reykjavic, contemporary letterpress and edible flowers and insects - all things that I'd never thought about much (apart from the letterpress!), but found myself completely absorbed by. The photography is stunning; clean, simple, beautiful - and with incredible detail that makes you keep going back to them, over and over.
For more information, or to read the blog (which is ace in itself), head to the Cereal website.
Daisy: Deep in concentration, she's currently fascinated by absolutely everything, from crayons and books to household items (she calls the mop a 'clean up'). I forgot what fun toddlerhood can be; seeing things through a tiny pair of eyes really helps you to see how wonderful the world can be; from the stars and moon on a clear night ('hello moon! Hello stars!') to the endlessly interesting sticks and stones.
Ben: Showing off his newest prize possession - his new Lego jet, the latest in a long line of projects that keep him occupied for hours. He follows the instructions to the letter, then breaks it all up and creates wonderful new things; "I am using my imagination, Mummy." I've discovered that the world of a five-year-old is a magical place, where anything is possible - he constantly reminds me that if you try hard enough, you can achieve pretty much anything.
Linking up with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 Project, and 365 Photo a Day with The Boy and Me. Come and join in!
Thursday, 6 March 2014
If you've been reading for a while, you'll probably know by now that I a) love a good crafting session b) think there's not much in life better than a right good bargain and c) am pretty keen on all things ethical and sustainable. Which is why I'm almost dribbling with excitement that the Festival of Thrift is returning for 2014 - hurrah!
Last year the Festival of Thrift was an absolutely huge success (I didn't go, but read loads about it online); over 27,000 people poured through the gates at Linfield Point, from families searching for a day out with a difference, to people wanting to learn new skills and find out about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Curated by the incredible Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, it aimed to celebrate the fun and creativity in living thriftily and sustainably - think sewing, dancing, foraging, playing, music-making, theatre, gardening, upcycling, eating and crafting. Phew!
This year, it's all happening again, and I'm thrilled to be able to reveal that I've been invited to be the Blog Ambassador - we're going to be creating the School of Thrift; a huge online community, absolutely packed with thrifty tips, crafty tutorials and sustainable living ideas from some of the most fabulous bloggers around. There'll be interviews from behind the scenes, fun features and all the latest festival news - and we want as many people to get involved as possible.
For more information, head to the website and sign up for all the latest news, and while you're there, check out what happened at the Festival of Thrift 2013 - get involved, it's going to be ace!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
I've always been a huge book lover; from adventuring with the Famous Five to moving onto Judy Blume as a teenager, I've always had my nose buried amongst the pages of a book. So I'm thrilled that the kiddos seem to have inherited my passion for reading - Ben reads anything and everything, from The Faraway Tree and Oliver Jeffers books to his cBeebies comic and takeaway menus that come through the door.
I first discovered Lemony Snicket years ago, when I saw A Series of Unfortunate Events at the cinema, and utterly loved it. At the time I didn't have children, so promptly went away and forgot it completely. Then quite by chance, I found The Dark at a book fair at Ben's school - I was instantly taken by the charmingly simple illustrations and rather lovely plot. The book tells the story of a young boy called Laszlo, and how he overcomes his fear of the dark; it's so beautifully written that it's become a firm favourite of ours, and I think it'd be a great way to squash any night-time dark-related fears.
Linking up with Fritha and her 'We Like to Read' series today. Check out the other great books here!
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
It's Daisy's second birthday next month, *wails* so I've been scouring the internet for lovely, quirky little things to buy her; she's already got almost all the toys she could ever need thanks to her older brother, so I'm thinking a few puzzles, some nice books and a few homemade things (so far: cape, crown and a couple of soft toys). We tend to shop mostly in H&M for the kiddos clothes, and find loads of bargains online, but I always like to buy them nicer pieces for their birthday - last year she had a fox t-shirt from Beau Loves, and I'm heading there again this time around. I love their unisex designs, and the quirky details - how fab is the dinosaur hooded sweatshirt?! - and that everything just wears so well. What's even better is that everything is designed, printed and made in London, so it's carbon neutral - what could be better than that?
Monday, 3 March 2014
We had some amazing weather over the weekend; blue skies, a crisp morning and the sun beaming down, but man alive, it was cold. The crocuses and daffodils are popping up everywhere, leaf buds are appearing on the trees, and everything looks a whole lot more like spring might be finally here - but I still had to put leggings under my tights to avoid hypothermia!
I thought the glorious non-rainy weather was a good time to break out my new Joules dress and Doc Marten boots that were birthday gifts from my lovely parents; the dress is so comfy, but a little thin, so I popped a denim shirt underneath, and then topped it off with one of my favourite charity shop coats. I was surprised at how soft the boots were - about ten years ago, I had a pair of cherry red ones that were utterly impossible to break in; they gave me numb toes and felt like I had lead weights strapped to my feet. I don't know what's changed, but these are honestly like walking on air - absolutely no stiffness or blisters at all. Which is good, because limping isn't a good look.....
In other news, to the right you might notice a little list of features (I'm currently making some fancy shmancy buttons, but for now the text will have to do) - over the weekend, I went through and categorised everything on the blog. So now you can pick and choose your subjects and read everything I've ever written in that area at the touch of a button (my photography used to be a little over-processed - I spent a long time being addicted to that filter that makes everything look like it's from the sixties....). Fancy looking at my clothes? Click 'worn'. Anything to do with photography or visiting places? Try 'life in pictures'. It took me hours, so please, enjoy it!