Saturday, May 30, 2009

weekend home style: crafty home

I saw this home on Design*Sponge this past week and I had to use all my willpower not to post it there and then. I'm constantly making funny little craft projects for every and any occasion, so I felt right at home looking at this woman's crafty, homey, slightly disheveled home style sense.

This intricate drape is actually an accidental beauty.  She began by pinning lace and fabric scraps to the curtain so as not to lose them, and ended with a decaying work of art.

an old chest of drawers

paper snowflakes

inspiration boards and cardboard castles

an artful pile of old wedding dresses creating frothy waves for an invisible ship

I love the warm colors and random ships hanging about.
her pet project, to make a cardboard horse every day until she had 100

each one is numbered and name

she used 3 designs to make all of them and then customized them with paint and fabric.

They remind me of the movie The Science of Sleep.

Reminder:  make enough paper horses to fill a wall...

Friday, May 29, 2009


last saturday and sunday had beautiful weather so we spent most of our time in various parks enjoying the sun and insect life...

a field of buttercups

busy bee

sun in the trees


little translucent bug

industrious fly

red bug that kept trying to climb on me

dandelion waiting for the wind

Thursday, May 28, 2009

herb update

The herbs have been growing very well, in fact, since this photo we have attempted thinning out the vigorous dill.  Time will tell how they continue to grow...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

weekend home style: decorating walls

I think it may have something to do with always renting homes. 
Every time I see a beautifully painted or decorated wall, I save the picture, in the hopes that one day I will live somewhere that I can freely paint the walls.

Not quite a wall, but a very cool, very massive painting.

Calming blue wall with awesome tree stencil.

I have a thing for massive amounts of pictures on walls, I think it may stem from my years at University...

Unframed ones make wallpaper...

Lots 'n' lots.

Bright Orla Kiely wallpaper.

I really like the texture of this wallpaper.  I'm not really a big fan of wallpaper, I think paint is better anyday, but I like this.  As long as I don't get vertigo staring at it.

More frames.

And the coup de gras--- a wood wall.  how cool is that?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

summer sandals

It's not quite summer in England, we're still stuck in the strange spring weather phase.  
For example, when I left this morning on my bike the weather was warm and super sunny, by 10am it was pouring rain, then 30 minutes later it was sunny again, then rain, sun, rain sun...  
You get the idea.  But a girl can still dream about the perfect new summery footwear...

bottom row: leather sandal, heel, beaded sandal
bottom row: jute sandals, claudette sandals, marais wedge

tuesday inspiration: marilyn

I love this picture of Marilyn Monroe.  
I think it is because you usually see pictures of her playing into her typecast as the voluptuous pinup blonde.  But regardless of her curves or curls, here she is reading James Joyce's Ulysses.  
Not too shabby.

Monday, May 18, 2009

bunny of the week 11

SJ has departed for a week to Germany for a conference, so I think it is time for me to make a good, rich carrot cake...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

weekend home style: back to bed

country beds: wrought iron, pastels, massive pillows, wooden floors, white, blue, woven rugs.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

weekend home style: books

what every home needs.


and a massive bookcase.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


This post combines a whole bunch of things.  First off, last weekend I, SJ, and Vicks went for a picnic/walk along the canal/ canal boat festival.  

If you've never walked along the canal, you should, it's really beautiful.  My favourite parts are the bit along the London Zoo, reading the plaques at all the bridges, and all the boats in Little Venice.

I really liked this blue boat with all the plants growing every which way.

A long line of dressed-up boats.

110 years old!  Crazy!

I love this combination of yellow and red.

Now a bit different, we planted some herbs a few weeks ago, and here is their progress as of today.
(from top to bottom: coriander, parsley, chives, dill, basil, sage)

close up

And.... last but not least.... today's yummy breakfast :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

a field of daffodils

I love the movie Big Fish, it's fantastical, loving, truthful, and sincere.

One of my favourite moments is when Edward fills a yard with daffodils to get Sandra to marry him after only seeing her once before and falling in love at first sight.

Daffodil storyline begins around the 6:30 mark


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