Sunday, 27 November 2011

Young at heart.

I quite possibly have the heart of a child. I love anything remotely tacky, colourful or generally aimed at children. This being said, my latest purchase can only be described as rather childish.
I absolutely adore children’s fiction and love the art of illustration, combining my love of both: cue Charlie and Lola. I’m a little bit lost in this one, and when I stumbled upon these adorable gifts in The Works bookshop, I just couldn’t quite resist.

Discounted in price and packaged in the most beautiful way, this range is completely after my own heart...

The 4 piece Breakfast Set is pretty quirky and perfect for little tummies. My porcelain plate and mug have found a home in my craft room, storing trinkets and keepsakes.

The bowl and egg cup however have rightfully found a place in my kitchen- where they belong. Here’s hoping for an egg and soldiers breakfast sometime soon.

My other purchase was this cutesy Money Box, typically whimsical and perfect for rainy day funds. I love the text; it’s full of charm and character.

These little treats have ignited my love for Charlie and Lola that little bit more. I know these would make the perfect gifts for children and anybody with a similar love of all things cute.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Oh Orla!

You know when you stumble upon something and have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s true?

I seriously couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw the price on this book on It’s condition was listed as like new, but I was a little anxious of what to expect at a mere £1.69, after all this book retails for a lot more.

It arrived within days and is in what can only be described as near perfect condition, which makes me wonder if it’s even been read before.
Wow. Just wow. This is the epitome of coffee table chic. I don’t think I’ve ever quite fallen so deeply in love with a book before.

As expected, the content is visually pleasing and tells of such an inspirational career. One I cannot wait to learn more about and be captured by such charming design.


Friday, 18 November 2011


Opinion may be divided on Primark quality, but one thing is for sure that it is always possible to come home with a sweet bargain.
I always do wonder what they do with all that reduced stuff, cluttering up the place... You know those 50p sunnies have surpassed there sell by date when there still on the shelf come winter time.

I couldn’t quite resist a few of these 50p necklaces. If only for the charms and nothing else, I am always partial to the odd bit of high street tat. I just know these lovelies will find a home in my collection, the miniature Eiffel Tower being my favourite.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Better Connected.

I am far too behind on times admittedly, and therefore I am hopelessly trying to devise my way around Twitter. I am a little bit more connected now, thanks to a new laptop (as ever aesthetics got the better of me) maybe just maybe it’s time to move forward with the times.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Buried Treasure

It was last weekend out and about we passed a car boot sale we often frequent in the summer months, to our complete shock we were greeted by signs advertising a very sale that morning. My heart skipped a beat, I was pretty sure I had seen the last of the 2011 boot sales.

The problem being it was now 11:30am, we were three hours too late.
A field half empty and not a steward in sight, we did not let this deter us, as after all there was still a slim chance of finding something.
As predicted, most stalls were packed up and driving away as we were coincidently driving in, but there were still a couple of dozen stalls still standing and I held out a little bit of hope...

Discarded on a stall, I found this cream ‘sweets’ jar which looks to be unused, I couldn’t quite resist its shabby charm and wondered why nobody had failed to snap it up all morning at 50p. As tempting as it may be to stash it full of sweets, I will probably rehome it in my craft room.

I then approached a woman in midst of packing up her stall, and knew she would be more than lenient on prices. I picked up this empty picnic basket, straight away I began thinking of ways I could put it to use. So when she told me I could have it for 5p, it would have been rude not to take it off her hands.

It may have been a flying visit, but the wise lesson learnt here is that you don’t always need to be the early bird at the boot sale. Those bargains you think will be snaffled by sunrise, are sometimes the ones sadly overlooked and left behind.

Total spend: 55p

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Here’s one I made earlier…

I’m going to admit it now, I’m a cheapskate. Anything that costs little to nothing to make provides for the bigger thrill when it turns out pretty okay.

A simple pastime of mine is covering books. I remember the initial excitement of being given a book per subject at secondary school and being told to simply ‘back it.’ I loved hunting down some funky wrapping paper that would stand out from the crowd and being able to produce my newly backed books at the start of next lesson.

The same idea stayed with me through college, I loved covering/adorning my sketch books with covers that expressed my taste and style.
It’s such a simple concept and something that takes so little time.

So when I spotted these notebooks reduced to 64p in Wilko, I couldn’t quite resist. Unlined paper, which means it will make for a great journal (I hugely dislike lined paper).

It was when in a DIY shop I spotted a lovely floral wallpaper print, now I know I shouldn’t be encouraging stealing of any kind. But you know how there’s always sample rolls to tear off a piece to match against your room when you get home. Truth be told I’m not going to be spending £40 a roll and plastering my whole living room with it, but tearing off a small sample of a roll that has already been opened for this purpose really doesn’t hurt anyone.

You can’t go wrong when backing a book, as long as you make sure you have plenty of backing to cover both sides and a little extra to tuck inside. You can use glue and/or sellotape to stick it together, and I’ve added some Peter Rabbit paper on the inside to cover where the paper tucks over.

And voila! a brand new journal for me to treasure.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Long live Ikea.

I have spoken about my love for Ikea before. Love it or loathe it, it is a brand that knows it’s USP like no other and will continue to thrive even in the toughest economic times. What makes it all the more special for me is the fact we only ever visit a handful of times throughout the year, so the feeling of new never wears off, and come a new season the store is always guaranteed to be bursting with new stock.

So if anything our latest trip was very much overdue.
I can’t help but deny the fact I am obsessed with interiors. I love pattern, print and colour the most, I’m always on the lookout for something a little bit quirky.

Furniture aside, I leave the flat pack stuff to the Mr. It is always about the market place for me...

On arrival, the store has quite literally been hijacked, by the cutest teddies. At 99p these little chaps help raise money towards UNICEF and Save the Children. I would be surprised if anyone didn’t leave without one.

These magazine racks are just what I needed to sort out my collection and manage to make a piece of cardboard look attractive, at £2.29 for a pack of four.

This cute dining bowl suits my bedroom more than my kitchen, and makes for a great trinket holder at £1.59.

As far as Christmas goes, this dinky straw goat was far too adorable to leave behind, and I just know he’s going to make a welcome addition this Christmas time. I did admire the larger version, but sensibly decided upon the smaller one for £2.49.

And last but certainly not least this octopus hanging dryer, now surely that’s going a little too far? But hey I’ve always loved a bit of tack. He was £4.49.

Above all Ikea always manages to inspire and excite me, which fits the budget and always surprises me, with such innovative and contemporary design.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

I have never been a fast moving whiz kid when it comes to technology. My heart belongs in nostalgia and therefore technology comes second to that.
It’s hard to deny the fact that we are forever bombarded with the latest gadgetry and our homes and lives are more than fulfilled with iPhones, Blackberries, iPads, etc.

Meet my laptop. It’s ancient. I bought this laptop 5years ago; it was an average/below average spec for the time and had all the functions I desired. The main purpose was so I could browse the Internet at my pleasure without the restraints of a home computer.

Unbelievably this same laptop has lasted me all this time. I know it doesn’t look the part, it’s chunky for one, and there have been a few problems here and there. But if you ever wondered where all my blog posts get written, then it is right here.
Don’t get me wrong it would have been nice to have a laptop upgrade some years ago, but I have made do with what I had, and if anything I guess that’s taught me a valuable lesson.

You don’t always need the best. And you certainly don’t always need what you think you need. Of course it's personal preference when it comes to technology and how far you want to go/what budget you have. But fundamentally this laptop has enabled me to write, blog, listen, watch, chat, and above all interact and connect with the online world.

This humble piece of technology doesn’t owe me a single penny in return. The usage more than outweighs the price I originally paid, and it just shows if you look after something you can more than get your moneys worth out of it.

For a few months now, it’s been noticeably slowing down vastly and my patience has been challenged. But I was reluctant to purchase a new laptop straight away; I think I was waiting for a complete power failure.
But the time has sadly come to say goodbye and part our ways. I strangely feel sentimental, after all this was the first laptop I could call my own.
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