Monday, 26 January 2015

Mondays are for Mugs: Modcloth

This prickly pear should be ideally be filled up with super healthy cactus tea. 

Alternatively, if you're suffering with the cold no.5 of the season like me...Lemsip, as those spiky spines have got to be good for the sorest of throats...mmm *reaches for Lemsip*  

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Styling the Seasons: January

January is all about new starts and (in this particular home lover’s world) it has been the nicest of new starts, as I’ve been settling into my lovely new home. 
So my Styling the Seasons post this month firstly represents newness and gathering together lovely new things for our home - including this table and bench set (from here) and long wished for cheese plant (I’d convinced myself I didn’t have room for one in the last place…I know).
But it’s also being reunited with lots of things that we’d packed away and put on hold while waiting for moving to our own home. I think this beautiful print (in the top pic) represents this nicely as it was taken by the boy and was the second present he ever gave me  (this was the first) way back in the days of yore. 

Seeing this lovely homely print sitting prettily next to our new bits-and-bobs that we’ve both carefully chosen together, in our new home, makes me very happy indeed.

I so enjoy doing these #stylingtheseasons posts, thanks to Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte from Lotts & Lots, two clever, creative ladies who have thought up this fun challenge.

Oh and a proper New Gaff post to follow sometime soon (promise) but in the meantime here’s a little sneak peek…

Monday, 19 January 2015

Mondays are for Mugs: Martha Mitchell Design

"I'm a milk and no sugar thanks." Something I'd no longer need to say (at least 3-4 times a day. Tea obvs) with this excellent hot drink personalisation mug from Martha Mitchell Design
Other things I'd still be saying: 
"Any of those biscuits will do nicely"
"Can I take two?"
"How did I let this get cold?! Still going to drink it."
"Shall I do another round?"

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Styling the Seasons: December

Well here it is…Merry Christmas! I’m finishing off this year with the simplest of #StylingTheSeasons posts to illustrate my happy Christmas news – we have a house! Well a flat with a mortgage for life but whatever – house! 

As you can imagine the last month (or y’know six months…) has been a bit up in the air getting our little pad tied in. But after a year of in-between living I’m already settling in very nicely to our new home. And am going to finish off the year cooking Christmas dinner for the first time, just for me and boy. Nice.

One of the first things I did when we got the keys was put up this beautiful Liberty print wreath up on the front door. You like? I’m very smugly pleased to say – I made this!
I had a little help though…as this was created at the #SewLiberty event at wonderful Liberty back in November, which I was invited to by Charlotte from Lotts & Lots and Katy from Apartment Apothecary – the clever ladies behind the Styling the Seasons project.

On that lovely day the kind folk at Liberty put on lashings of tea, cake (including my first mince pie of the season) and then came the fabrics – oh so many beautiful fabrics for me and a wonderful gang of bloggers (including some old friends, new faces and the gals behind blogs I’ve known and loved for years) to play with.

The Styling the Season ladies and Liberty’s team invited us to make something wonderfully festive from the beautiful fabrics and we did just that! All made even easier with The Homemakery shop’s donation of excellent crafting products and invaluable advice (for the, ahem, less nimbly finger for us a.k.a. muggins here).
So using a Homemakery wreath ring, gorgeous gold ribbon, a truck load of pins and the truly divine (and aptly named) Lucy Daisy C, Tana Lawn liberty fabric I made this beaut.

It was such a wonderful day and I’m *so* happy to be able to hang it on my door (just) in time for Christmas. I'm planning to pop a little peek into the flat someday soon too…once we are box free :)

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Styling the Seasons: November

Just *squeezing* in on the last day of are my pics for Apartment Apothecary and Lotts & Lots' inspiring Styling the Seasons project. For my November I'm channelling gentle winter whites with a sprinkling of autumnal burnt oranges and reds just holding on: 
I've included the London map as this month has felt a bit like limbo for me, so this sums up feeling a little bit lost in the city...
The beautiful lights (yet to be lit!) were kindly given to me by the lovely people at Cable & Cotton. I'm hoping to be using these in another future post too, but thought they are a nice gentle addition to these shots:
The orange jar is full of carrots pickled in mead, not my own creation unfortunately but just love that colour!:
Keeping it simple this month - but looking forward to bringing on some patterns and festive cheer next month...roll of Christmas! 

Saturday, 29 November 2014


Extra bonus points to November - with the addition of these four cosy pairs of woolly Catherine Tough socks to my winter wardrobe. I'll be living in these guys 'til oh about April (what! I've got cold feet ok!? And y'know who could resist fluffy flamingoes!).