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December 12th, 2009
The Mangle Xmas Sale


Today I was in central London with a friend and we popped along to the The Mangle Xmas Sale as we were close by. I had told myself I wouldn’t spend any money but then…Rob Ryan was there! And all his tiles were £5! I just had to get this one because I’d had my eye on it for ages and it just reminds me of my husband whenever I see it. Rob was so lovely and humble when I told him how much I loved his work.

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Then I saw Hazel Nicholls of Reapwhatisew. I love her stuff too and have been coveting her pastel “It’s What Inside That Counts” print for ages. At £100 I’ve been a bit reluctant to buy it. On her stall however she was selling artist’s proofs of her prints for £20 and when I asked her, it turned out she did have a pastel one! Hurrah.

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After the fair we went to check out the ice skating at Somerset House. They had set up a Tiffany’s Tuck Shop…well I’ll let the pictures do the talking here. (Poor quality as they’re taken with my camera phone.) All in all, another fun day in my favourite city.

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November 26th, 2009
Giggidy


I’ve been going Polyvore crazy as of late. How addictive is it?! Check out my Giggidy collection; a group of outfits designed for the gig goers amongst you. Or you can wear them any other time and they will be just as stylish.

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November 17th, 2009
Terrarium Tuesday


Spruce in a Bottle Ornament
Spruce in a Bottle Ornament
Domsai Terrariums
Domsai Terrariums
Rollie, Pollie and Bob
Rollie, Pollie and Bob
Three Little Terrariums
Three Little Terrariums
Tiny Woodland Terrarium Mushroom and Monarch Butterfly Necklace
Tiny Woodland Terrarium Mushroom and Monarch Butterfly Necklace

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November 5th, 2009
Dressing Up


Okay, so who doesn’t wish they had a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room? Those of you who probably already have one, lucky things.

Well a girl can dream, can't she?
Well a girl can dream, can’t she?

When I imagine my dressing room, I picture it decorated with these pretty photo prints. They’d add just the right finishing touch for a space dedicated to clothes, shoes and handbags.

The Shoe Collection 8 x 8 Print
The Shoe Collection 8 x 8 Print
Tim Walker Poster - Dress Lamp Tree

Tim Walker Poster - Dress Lamp Tree

I’m off to buy the dress poster now as it’s limited edition and there are only nine left!


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November 2nd, 2009
It’s Movember


Yesterday was the beginning of Movember, the month formerly known as November. This month thousands of men around the world will be growing a moustache to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Of course, if growing a moustache is not your style (ladies) then show your support in a different way…
Moustache Salt & Pepper Shaker

Moustache Salt & Pepper Shaker

 

The Miniature Tiny Moustache Pick

The Miniature Tiny Moustache Pick

Moustache Pint Glasses

Moustache Pint Glasses

Moustache Onesie

Moustache Onesie


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October 31st, 2009
Happy Hallowe’en!


This is a short post to share a Hallowe’en card I made a few years ago for a friend. It was around the time I first saw and loved Shaun of the Dead. Five years later and it’s still my favourite film. I used a template from Zombie Pumpkins and raised the cutout to put Happy Halloween confetti behind it. I stuck on acetate too to make a window from which you could view the confetti. Needless to say, my friend loved it.

Shaun of the Dead Halloween greetings card


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October 28th, 2009
Oh Happy Day


I knew it would be quite a grumpsome day when I was awoken five minutes before my alarm went off. I hate that. I work on my own schedule dammit.

I got up anyway and once breakfasted and ready we made our way to Bedford for my sister’s graduation. Unfortunately, I had to get back to work for meetings so we only had time to get photos taken and didn’t actually get to see her go up on stage and collect her degree. It was her second degree however and I was there for the first so I guess a 50% strike rate isn’t too bad.

I said to Sol I’d drive home so he could get a bit of kip before his long drive to Brighton later on. He was wearing his eye mask and I’m pretty sure many people thought I was kidnapping him or something from the weird looks we got. Though how they thought I overpowered a six foot massive bloke is a conversation for another time.

Two hours it took us to get home from Bedford to London! Traffic was mad and all those loathsome average speed cameras were dotted along the roads, jeering at me, “You can’t drive fast, nah nah nah nah nah nah!” Bastards. To make it worse, I was feeling sleepy. I’m pretty sure it was that extra five minutes I was deprived of this morning that did it. I had to resort to listening to cheesy pop in hopes of keeping awake and not crashing the car. Though if I did plough into something I’d hope it’d be one of those average speed cameras and that would recompense as some sort of sick silver lining.

When we did get back I was straight to work for back to back meetings until about 8pm. In most of the meetings we talked about the unpopular changes we’re going through right now and I got a general feeling that none of us knew our arses from our elbows.

Before jumping onto the cross trainer for my daily exercise, I popped the chicken Sol had marinated last night into the oven. We have a Tupperware box full of dry chappati flour for when we make roti that normally lives in the grill above the oven. I checked to see if it was in there before putting the oven on of course but couldn’t see it so assumed it had been moved. I assumed wrong. When I went back into the kitchen after half an hour, I smelled something weird…burning plastic? Shit, the damn box was hiding at the back of the grill and now was melted all over the bottom and back of it; an annoying obstacle between me and that delicious chicken. I tried my best to remove it without getting burned and was somewhat successful.

When I finally had the chicken it was really nice and I didn’t even need any Nando’s sauce with it. All’s well that ends well.


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October 26th, 2009
Next Christmas Collection


It’s been a while since I talked about cupcakes but then I saw the new Next Christmas gift collection and my love for all things cupcake came flooding back. Throw in pastel colours and Russian dolls and I’m totally on board.

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October 22nd, 2009
People in Cardboard Houses


You know how kids play less with toys and more with the boxes they come in? Cut out the middle man and get them this awesome cardboard house. It’s pretty much a blank canvas so they’ll have great fun colouring it in and using the stickers that come with it.

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Magis – Villa Julia Small Cardboard House

Of course if you prefer a whole village of cardboard houses you can always go for this Smallest Village calendar from Anthropologie. Within the large mansion, there are six smaller houses with pieces of the calendar printed on them. Ingenius and cute!

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Smallest Village Calendar


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October 19th, 2009
Going Cuckoo


See those cuckoo clocks grouped together in the colorTHEORY picture below? I love that idea.

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In fact, I am generally loving all cuckoo clocks right now. Must have one. Perhaps when I next redecorate? I couldn’t find those lovely silver clocks above but here are my other favourites.

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Cuckoo Clock True Orange

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Cuckoo Clock Vinyl Decal

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Fair Isle Sweater Clock, Wolf


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