Pottering afternoon

I’ve been having a pottering sort of afternoon this Sunday. Drifting aimlessly around the house, trying to prepare myself for the week ahead. I do not feel ready, and the weekend seems to have passed by too quickly (it always does).

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I’ve baked a cake. I’ve pointlessly rearranged small items and knick-knacks in the living room. I’ve done heaps of washing. I’ve fiddled around with some crochet. I don’t really feel like I’ve achieved anything weirdly, and just feel kind of tired. Ah well, I need to try and snap myself out of it.

I’ve started yet another project, which I already realise I will not have enough yarn to finish – more will need to be ordered but I can’t summon up the energy just now. This one will be a bedspread. Eventually. In about another month and probably a million more hexagons time!

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I do love it a lot though. Weirdly, considing the colours I’ve chosen – I’m not sure they are a natural combination, but somehow when I lay out all the shapes next to each other, they seem to work.

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Crochet jar covers has been my other obsession this week. I decided I needed to smarten up the study. Perhaps this was a vain attempt to get myself to actually enjoy sitting in their studying. Hmm, it’s not worked yet, but I do now have 3 jar covers

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Let’s hope I can shake off my ennui before it’s time to sleep.

 

J xxx

 

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Spring

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I am so glad spring is here…the light has returned.

 

 

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As well as trying to bring a breath of spring air into our home, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately. Another sweater finished, and a new one on the go straight away…really enjoying the pleasure of simple stitching.

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January 2017

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January. It’s all about planning…

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……….getting into new habits (keeping a journal)

Thinkning about new hobbies and skills to learn – doing more sewing and embroidery for me this year…

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But not forgetting the old faithful stand-bys that get me through the days – knitting, crochet, and lots of tea!

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Speaking of autumn…

The cosy season is upon us. At least that’s the way I see it! I truly love Autumn, I’ve probably said that before.

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As I said last time, I find this time of year tends to make thoughts turn inward, to home and hearth. That’s certainly where my thoughts have been the last few weeks. I’ve set about autumn-ifying the house. To me this means just little things like changing up the cushion covers from their pale summer colours to darker autumn colours, rearranging my bits and pieces and nick-nacks so that I have things which I think have a more autumnal vibe on display. I have an obsession with plum and berry colours at the moment, which a shot of mossy green here and there. I know, I know – liking plum and berry colours is not at all cliched at this time of year! But who cares, right? If you ask me, if you love a colour work it in, whether someone else thinks it’s passe or not!

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I have some lovely plum coloured pot pourri in a big bowl in the living room at the moment – picked up on sale from Sainsbury’s. I think it’s fig and something…it smells gorgeous anyway. I did wonder when I bought it, ‘Is pot pourri even allowed anymore, or it is considered too terminally un-cool?…but then as I said, who cares? If you love it…

I’ve been busily crafting away, but due to multiple projects, some of which are quite big I have nothing finished at the moment…except for this little guy…

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My Amineko cat. He even has his own little metal chair by the fireplace. Actually the cat came about because of the chair. I saw this little chair in an interiors shop in Richmond during the summer, and it just tickled me, so I snapped it up. Then of course I needed someone to sit in the chair…so, Amineko. I think he’s pretty happy there. Although he does look kinda surly.

As part of my autumn-ifying of the house, I did have a little bit of a shop. Just a few cheap and cheerful bits and pieces to spread the autumn love around the house. The new cushion covers that I mentioned came from H&M home. I particularly love this charcoal quilted velvet version…

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Also some new tea light holders. I picked up the glass tealight holder in the shot below from John Lewis -just from their basic ‘home range’ for just a few pounds. The label actually said it the tealight holder was black, but I thought from looking at it in the shop that I could see purple glints in the glass which meant that it would probably look more of a plum colour with a lit candle inside…and I was gratified to get them home (I bought 2) and discover I was right!

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So I’ve been enjoying primping my home up. I think I’m done with purchases for now though – the rest will be home made (though it will probably be spring before I finish – but never mind).

Speaking of interiors, has anyone come across Selina Lake’s new book, Winter Living yet? I like Selina Lake’s books and have copies of a couple of her previous publications. I happened across a copy of her latest in a bookshop yesterday and had a flick through. In contrast to the kind of over styled interiors you usually see in home decor mags, I found what I saw of this book very re-freshing. The vibe was more stick with what you’ve got and chuck in a couple of extra throws in some bright colours…maybe stitch on a few pom poms or tassels – rather than completely redecorate. Now an interior update that involves pom poms is definitely something that I can get on board with….I think maybe I need to pick up a copy of this for further crafty inspiration!

A little bit of retro

I thought I’d blog about something a bit different today (well it’s different for me anyway). I love retro things for the home, and have a few cheap and cheerful things I’ve bought on the high street recently which I thought I’d share, for those of you who also like a bit of retro in your life!

Not having had my own home for very long, my collection of kitchenalia and general household items is still pretty small. So, I’m always on the look out for nice secondhand or new pieces that fill a utility gap and will also look pretty in my kitchen or dining room for a while to come.

Recently while browsing in John Lewis, I spotted these from Emma Bridgewater, and kinda fell in love with them. You have to admit they are beautiful. However at the time, I was feeling thrifty and couldn’t push the buyer’s guilt down far enough inside to allow me to purchase them. Then, a few weeks later, I spotted these from George home – a whole set for just a fraction of the cost! Given my love of duck egg, combined with the price, I just snapped them up. The tea spoons are certainly making tea breaks a lot more fun already.

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My other recent vintage style purchase was this pink cake stand, also spotted at George Home. It’s too pretty to hide away in the cupboard just because I don’t happen to have a freshly baked cake to hand, so I’ve had it out on the dresser displaying biscuits.

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I love vintage style glass ware, and have an actual vintage cake stand make from clear pressed glass. While the George home version has much thinner glass than the vintage kind, which I think tend to be made from pressed glass (I guess it’s true that they don’t make ’em like they used to), this version is so pretty with it’s pink colouring (not something I’ve seen when surfing eBay for vintage glass cake stands) and again such good value for money that it was too good to pass up.

Do you share my love of vintage and retro style homewares? Where do you go to pick up your finds?

That’s all from me for today, hope you have a lovely Thursday!