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Monday, 8 February 2016

MONDAYS ARE FOR MUGS: MAKOTO KAGOSHIMA

This week's mug is a case of look-but-don't-touch. As I can't currently find Japanese ceramist Makoto Kagoshima's pieces available for sale. But a girl can dream right? Peaceful sweetness in ceramics, I'm in love:


Here's some non-mugs too because look:


Sunday, 7 February 2016

***BASKET UPDATE***

Solved that basket problem...and snapped up this beaut of a basket from H&M Home for a bargainous £19.99 (yoga mat - not mine, cat - models own).
H&M Basket, £19.99 - not currently online but close contenders like this are

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

OBSESSED: KEEP COMPANY

You're going to like these - promise. My current obsession is with Toronto based ceramicists Keep Company and their beautiful illustrations of the *best* animals. Their sweetly simple shapes and perfectly captured creatures (and who couldn't resist swans, cats, tigers and foxes?!) have put them at the very top of my wish list right now. Be quick though these are carefully handmade by Keep Company in Canada and sell out fast (as they should!). 

Monday, 1 February 2016

MONDAYS ARE FOR MUGS: THE PENGUIN ONE

This week's mug is especially for warming up chilly hands on cold wintry days. Fill this fella up with something chocolate-y and warm (Bailey's optional, marshmallows obligatory). 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

BEST OF THE BASKETS

I'll happily admit that I'm a hoarder: tattered old school books, regrettable hot pants, bundles of long-forgotten necklaces - they are all staying (sorry Marie Kondo!) Despite this mania for nostalgia I'm not so keen on clutter...hide it all away and I'm happy. So I've been pretty happy to see my storage woes sorted with so many excellent baskets on the market at the moment. It's gotta be rattan, super simple, African weave and warmly tactile though - even us hoarders have standards... Now I just have to pick one out (or just nab the lot):
1. Peaks Linen Basket, by Donna Wilson, from SCP, price £190
2. Kenyan Blue Baskets, from Decorator's Notebook, price £25.95 each
3. Banana Leaf Floor Basket, from Young & Able, price $150 
4. Bombo Basket, from The Citizenry, price $135
5. Large Natural Belly Basket, from Olli Ella, price £29
6. Cheche M, from The Basket Room, price £29

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

OUT & ABOUT: ALDWYCH STATION TOUR

Underground, forbidden and just a bit creepy? Any Londoner who travels on the tube is curious about what lies beyond the boundaries of the every day escalators, tunnels and trains. I'm a lucky Londoner though. One of the lucky few who's had a chance to have a peek behind the fourth wall and explore the unknown...well mainly lucky as my work with the London Transport Museum Shop meant that I snagged a trip down the unused Aldwych Underground Station before Christmas. 

Here's some pics I took of this fantastic space - on the tour you learn about Aldwych's history including its various intriguing uses during the war, but also you might recognise parts of the stations from music videos (Firestarter anyone?) and pretty much every London-based film you can think of. Keep an eye out for surprising out-of-time ads, mismatched tiles and even more fascinating tales about this abandoned station. 


London Transport Museum will be opening up access to Aldwych and even more stations in March for a new series of Hidden London tours so keep your peepers peeled.









Monday, 25 January 2016

MONDAYS ARE FOR MUGS: GRANNY SQUARES

This week's mug is a tribute to my latest crafty hobby/frustration: granny squares. I've started to enjoy the gentle rhythm of this knotting pastime after far too many afternoons spent wrestling the crochet hook. I now have pipe-dreams of crochet kaftans for all by Christmas. 

But when I *finally* tie the knot on my first colourful crocheted square I think it would be most fitting to celebrate with a cuppa from this mug: