Thursday, May 27, 2010


I find these sleepy owls made by curiousbird very lovely.
One day I will be able to make things like these with my wonderful fabrics too.

She also has an adorable kitty named Mortimer that I am envious of any time I see a photo of him.

Just plain cute.

And she's almost ready to pop!

Monday, May 24, 2010

liberty obsession

I told CJ all about my Liberty finds over the weekend and now that Ste is back in the UK I have the camera capability to show them off.

First we have fabric remnants...

A few, like the second one from the left, are two pieces of the same style.

When I showed Ste he commented how they were all "really nice"...

I really like the retro one with the peachy cream background...

and two pieces of this tana lawn print as well.

And now on to hankies.

The women in my family have what can only be called an obsession for Liberty hankies, but for the past 3 years the nice ones have seemed to be few and far between...

Until this past weekend.

Including the triple packs I got 16 in total.

Three with the picot stitch edge and two of the pink/purple Ianthe pattern.

And a triple pack with the multi Strawberry Thief...

Another triple pack with pansies...

And the last triple pack with green/blue Strawberry Thief and that pretty lawn print.

Obsession, yes, but a beautiful obsession at that.

flowers 'n' muffins

flowers from the farmer's market

and the best blueberry muffins


Sunday, May 23, 2010

ikea homes

I was browsing the Ikea Family Live site and found this little apartment that is just so bright and colourful and inspiring for a small space.

These are just simple garden benches, but piled high with pillows at the end of their small kitchen they are a much better alternative to regular table and chairs.

Nice stainless steel shelving to show off beautiful glasses and a fun little car.

Big fan of rails for hanging mugs and pans and utensils off of, and also a fan of these moveable chopping tables with storage space underneath.

It's all the details that bring this place together.

Another view of the kitchen with breakfast nook at the end.

I think it's the wood flooring with knots that I most like about this bedroom, though I find the mauve/purple wall colour really pleasing.

And one of the owners even made a little model of the apartment before they moved in to try out different layouts. I love this because I did this the last time my parents moved to work out the layout of my own room :)

Friday, May 21, 2010


With the lovely weather we've started to have here in London, we have been putting some eye-catching vintage tins outside to draw people in... and a lot of the tins have been my own finds...

And the shop is looking extra bright as well with country flowers, our collection of double tiles over the door, and knobs galore.

And , of course, more tins...
(note the Queen Elizabeth coronation tins, flamingo tin, Players tin, and George V silver jubilee tin...)
We have also taken the opportunity to publicize the local Museum of Brands and Packaging.

Don't ask me how those ducks got into the picture ;)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

meals for one

Ste has been away on a research trip the past two weeks so I have had the challenge of all of a sudden only cooking for one. Besides re-evaluating portion size, some days I can't bring myself to cook just for myself..... but most of the time once I get cooking I'm happy with the results.

veggie sausages with cabbage and sweet potato mash and farmer's market salad

shrimp on a bed of sauteed tomatoes, mushroom and spring onion with asparagus


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

carpet of flowers

giant carpet...

or wonderfully designed and clustered flower arrangement?!

How cool is that?

found here


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I went to visit my friends Matt and Vicky yesterday and got to be the first visitor to see their three new chickens as well! We went to a handy city farm nearby to pick up some Limestone Flour (to mix with their food for calcium), Layers Mash (their favourite food), and some chicken tonic to keep them healthy. We then went back to let them out of their run and into the garden, and it was a blast running around after them and figuring out their personalities.

The white one is a purebred named Margo, and Vicky is thinking of naming the black one Poppy or Penny.

Margo in their eggloo extended run. They got their eggloo off ebay and picked it up from a couple in Essex.

They got their chickens from a chicken farm in Essex as well that has loads of different species and hybrids. Although Margo is a purebred (and the first one to lay 2 little eggs!), the other two are hybrids. Margo has already asserted herself as the dominant hen.

The black one is the shyest and doesn't make much noise, whereas the red one lets you pet her and goes around mumbling under her breath all the time :)


Monday, May 10, 2010


I find these illustrations of household monsters very endearing.
I think it may be the imaginative child coming out in me, but I can definitely envision having intense discussions with young kids about what monster might live in our home.

I'm sure we would come up with a few of these...

But I'm not so sure that I would buy these prints- even at a sale price of $199.95...

And definitely not the book at $1200....

But it does give some good ideas for projects :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ash reboot

Cool video showing the flights taking place during the volcanic ash flight restrictions and afterwards going back to normal...

Airspace Rebooted from ItoWorld on Vimeo.

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