At Home: Neon, The Animal and London Calling

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Ah home. Home has been a big source of comfort the past few days for various reasons. Putting those keys into our front door on Friday was a big relief, as was going back out again for steak and a bottle of red wine! Anyhoo, here’s a few pics of my shenanigans at home over the past week.

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This beauty is taking pride of place on my pin board in the office. Holidays are coming.

Christmas Crafting

Even if I’m only practicing lettering and making Christmas Cards,  finding something creative to do that takes your mind off things is really therapeutic…I recommend watercolours!

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Swotting up on social media magic for work and play.

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The very simple things that end up making your day. How beautiful is this gorgeous pink rose?

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Words cannot describe how much this Dyson Cordless Vacuum from John Lewis has changed my life/rocked my world. Am I sad? Most probably.

Also known as ‘The Animal’, it’s made hoovering the house so easy. We have a mix of hardwood and carpeted floors throughout our four story house and this little beauty means I don’t have to lift our heavy machine from floor to floor anymore. The dust chamber is small, so I tend to empty it out after hoovering each room (you would not believe what it picks up!). If the chamber is full it can be a little difficult to remove all the contents, but other than that I can’t recommend it enough; lightweight, powerful and easy to use. Thank you John Lewis and Dyson for making my life easier! P.S It will be a godsend when we get our pooch!

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London calling! Oh me, oh my. I cannot wait to venture to old London town for the OH’s birthday. We’ve never been to London together, which is just silly, so we’re going to run around like silly billy’s and whoop it up!

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Neon alert! The next Christmas card DIY will be on the blog next week, including neon loveliness. Pink neon ink makes me very. Indeed it does.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely makes everything better, right? I’ve had this makeup/wash bag for a while and it’s very special indeed. I’m not sure how a simple print can make a person happy, but it does.

mittensWinter has landed and mittens are back in my life. Need I say anymore?

What’s happening in your humble abode?

Disclosure: John Lewis sent the Dyson Cordless Vacuum for review purposes. P.S IT IS THE BEES KNEES

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Made! DIY Black and Gold Bauble Christmas Card


To make a DIY Black and Gold Bauble Card you will need:

Card stock
Black watercolour paint
Jar of warm water (I use a glass ramekin)
Fine paint brush
Gold pens (I used a uni-ball signo broad gold metallic pen)





  • Stencil circles on your card stock with pencil. I used the outside and inside of a roll of washi tape.
  • Paint inside the circle using a fine brush and watercolour paint.
  • Leave to dry (use the time to make yourself a hot chocolate). Tip – If you’re making a batch of these do your painting all at once.
  • Write a Christmas message inside your bauble design using a contrasting pen. Metallic pens works really well!
  • Draw a line from the top of your bauble to the top.
  • Finished!

P.S Candy Canes not necessary ; )

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Look out for more Christmas card DIY’s and see my previous easy papercraft DIY’s here!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014 #2

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven’t even wrote a list yet, but for some reason I’m much more relaxed about this Christmas malarkey this year. Everyone will get a gift in the end and we all know it’s the time you spend with the folk you love that’s the best gift of all (I’m feeling soppy today).

If you’re on it (like a car bonnet) and looking for some gift inspiration, check-in for my seasonal gift guides featuring ideas from my favourite shops and independent artists.

Today’s includes finery from The Future Kept, John Lewis, Bug Jewellery and many more; not forgetting a pretty perfect pineapple necklace from Oh Deer.

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From left to right: Marbles Mug (£3.50) from John Lewis | Pineapple Necklace (£18.95) from Ohh Deer| Arrow Wall Flag (£17) from The Pippa and Ike Show | Notebook (£10) from Paperchase | Slipper (£29) from Boden | Lip Paint (£20) from The Future Kept|Don’t Worry Be Happy Ring by Bug Jewellery (via Lost Lanes) | Navy and Gold Watch (£65) from Olivia Burton

See my previous gift guide here for seasonal inspiration!

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Lately: South Pennines Walk

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Hello there, how are we all? Feeling chipper I hope? My week has been a productive one so far and I’m positive that’s because of last weekend’s antics. We had a proper day off resting on Saturday then on Sunday we went walking with friends, followed by a pub lunch, a film and an awesome evening celebrating bonfire night (belated) with the neighbours.

Our walk began at the Shepherd’s Rest pub (our reward after) and took us 40 minutes up onto the moors via Gaddings Reservoir overlooking Stoodley Pike. As usual I imagined I was Cathy from Wuthering Heights…

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What do you have planned this weekend?

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5 Positive Things To Do This Week #109

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  • Fill each room in your house with flowers (one bouquet split into small vases)
  • Be a tourist in your own town
  • Buy a 2015 diary/planner
  • Find a great view. Up a tall building, a hill…wherever you like.
  • Make Christmas cards. See my first Christmas card DIY this week!
  • Brew up and see my previous 5 Positive Things To Do posts here.


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Share On Sunday

As the title of this blog post suggests, Sunday on the blog is now a place for all the things that I think are worth sharing and recommending from my neck of the woods. From films and music to blog posts and quirky online shops, I’ll empty my brain in this space every week or so. Just because.

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I love my little seed pot by Julie Dodsworth. It’s been living on the windowsill and my desk the past two weeks and I can’t believe how fast those little seeds have grown. The charming pot comes with a bag of compost and seeds. Cute gift, right?

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Leanne, formerly of Knit Me A Cake has launched a new blog, This Little Space of Mine! Expect to see clever makery and inspiration of all kinds including this tempting Banana Loaf Recipe that I can’t wait to bake – it has Werther’s toffee in it!

Watch Nebraska, a poignant and elegant road movie that is beautifully shot and acted. Directed by Alexander Payne, who is also known for Sideways, About Schmidt and The Descendants; he’s fast becoming one of my favourite directors. I love his 5 minute film, 14e Arrondissement, that he made for Paris, Je T’aime (made up of 20 filmmakers). Definitely worth a watch.

Design A Blind Competition

Enter a competition with a difference. Direct Blinds are searching for the nation’s best up-and-coming designer, giving them the dream opportunity to create their own exclusive product range. Simply upload your design via the link above, or you can tweet designs with @DirectBlinds on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #makemeadesigner. The winner of the competition will have their designs brought to life and sold alongside other great artists on the site. P.S they sent me some art supplies to have a go myself – I’m no artist, but it’s fun trying!

Leonard Cohen

Gorgeous song (Anthem), and perfect lyrics from Leonard Cohen. So I thought I’d make a picture of it via Pic Monkey.

I love these photographs of New York in the snow by Vivienne Gucwa via The Guardian. I think it’s about time we start saving to go back.

Oh and if you fancy, you can catch up on some of my Home and Garden posts on the Most Wanted blog here. Super.

Happy Sunday!

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