Lately: Home and Away

Home office

A colleague asked me the other day how my weekend was, and I had to take more than a minute to remember what I actually did. Life seems to be whizzing by in a blur at the moment, so I thought I’d share my recent camera snaps to remind me what I’ve been up to lately!

Home life is good, work life is dandy and cross fingers (and toes and knees) that my dad is in a positive place. The one thing I’ve found the hardest with my dad’s cancer is the waiting. Waiting for the next prognosis, the next appointment, the results etc. It really does take its toll. But now I’m beginning to realise I can’t control any of that and to just take each step as it comes.

We’ve been on one hell of a roller coaster ride since last September, from hearing it was a good prognosis one minute to aggressive cancer the next (who likes to hear the word aggressive, huh?). To date, we’re back to a good prognosis again. And breathe! P.S A big thank you to all the messages I received asking about my dad, you’re a lovely bunch, and it really does mean a lot.

Without further ado let’s take a peek at all the silly little things that make me happy at home and away. Cue the tulips!


I cannot stop taking pictures of flowers. It’s a condition, I’m sure. Tulips in particular are the perfect model, don’t you think?

Mollie and Fred Glass Dome

Glass Dome c/o Mollie and Fred

 I love our Mollie and Fred glass dome paired with the OH’s terrarium and fossil. I’m going to rotate what we keep in it as I know this little cactus will need some air, but Chirpy the Flamingo certainly likes her new home. Ah windowsills, home to all things lovely.

Mollie Makes Social Media

I’ve learnt so much about Social Media in the past month (for work and play) from reading articles, blog posts, and attending workshops. Then I stumbled upon the Mollie Makes Social Media magazine via Instagram. It’s such a great resource, especially if you’re using social media to develop your business.

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I could really get used to this sunshine. I have a sneaky feeling it’s going to bugger off at the weekend, but then perhaps I won’t feel as bad about sleeping in a little longer. It’s a win-win situtation.

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New loafers from New Look, more tulips and appreciating every second of no-coat weather!

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This wire basket is used for kindling in the winter and magazines for the summer. We’re totally in summer now, right? I am tempted to buy some more fuel just in case. I LOVE OUR FIRE!

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Trips to Haworth. I’m hoping the weather is going to behave this weekend so we can do the mammoth walk from Hebden Bridge to Haworth. I’m going to make an epic picnic and do lots of Kate Bush prancing on the moors. Ahem.

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More walks with boo. Since we moved we’ve found even more walks in Hebden Bridge that we weren’t ever aware of. I’m besotted with the countryside we live in.

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I knew I’d love the new Sleater-Kinney album, it’s right up my street. But I’m gutted I didn’t get tickets to see them in Manchester now. Glastonbury, maybe? I’ve downloaded every single Patti Smith album in preparation for the festival. I CAN’T WAIT!


Garden delights. I’ll be sharing our little garden space next week on the blog.

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Friday night waves. Excuse the split ends, I keep putting off going to the hairdressers.


Erm, more tulips but this time in the sunshine.

Hmm, what else? We went to Manchester last week to watch the fantastic Godspeed You! Black Emperor, we’ve walked, ate pub lunches, had lovely relaxing evenings in beer gardens and ate lasagna at my favourite Italian (La Perla in Hebden Bridge – best Italian EVER).

What have you been up to lately?

Made! DIY Hand-Carved Stamp

Wayfair DIY

Hello all! Just a quick post to let you know I’ve teamed up with Wayfair to create a DIY hand-carved stamp in celebration of National Stationery Week starting next Monday. DIY stamps are so easy to make and once you’ve got the tools you can print on cards, wrap, gift tags or anything you fancy!

You can see the full tutorial here, as well as a selection of other great craft tutorials to keep you inspired this spring!

hand-carved stamp diy

5 Positive Things To Do This Week #128


1. Have a cream tea picnic (I’m hoping for sunny weather this weekend).

2. Watch a classic film at the cinema. We’re seeing Blade Runner tomorrow!

3. Make a spring playlist on Spotify.

4. Have a blossom fight.

5. Pick up a college/studio brochure for courses and workshops in your local area. Learning something new is the best feeling!

Brew up and see more 5 Positive Things To Do This Week posts here.

Tote of the Week: Chevy Shopping Bag by Tori Murphy

Tori Murphy TOTE BAG

Via Tori Murphy (£52)

It’s black, it’s white. It’s tote of the week! Which of course means Friday has landed. Hurrah!

The weekend plans so far include Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Manchester, a little home DIY, roller skating, taking photographs for upcoming blog posts and watching Blade Runner on the big screen (I LOVE Harrison Ford). I’m hoping I’ll get a couple of naps in there too. Ah, sweet sleep.

What do you have planned? Happy weekend!

P.S On the hunt for a new tote bag? Take a look through my previous tote bags featured.

52 Lists: Things I Love About Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

1. There are over 100 stages filled with amazing and varied acts. It’s not just about the three Pyramid Stage headliners!

2. Glastonbury is full of shiny happy people. Just the way I like it.

3. Style wise, I love festivals. I’ll be wearing skinny jeans, loose tops and wellies; not forgetting cosy jumpers in the evening. Little to no make up and hair piled high on my head. Oh and my yellow rain mac.

4. The variety of acts to discover from music and theatre to comedy and opera. There’s so much to be inspired by!

5. The Park Stage. I have so many ridiculous, happy and contented memories of this part of the festival. Namely champagne cocktails whilst dancing in the silent disco.

6. Age variety. Different to a lot of festivals you’ll find every age here, which is what makes it such a unique and special place.

7. Great for photography. I can’t wait to browse the festival on the Thursday with my camera in hand.

8. The food at Glastonbury festival is amazing. Long gone are the days of greasy burgers and noodles (although you can get them too). I’m looking forward to sampling world-wide offerings to fill my belly!

9. It supports fantastic charities including Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid.

10. When you’re feeling tuckered out, grab a cuppa and do a spot of people watching. There is NO better place to do this.

11. Camping! I’m weird, I really like roughing it so I can’t wait to spend 5 nights in the great outdoors (come on sunshine!).

Check out my previous 52 Lists here and don’t forget to join in if you fancy!