Archive for October, 2010

The art of display

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I have been musing on beautiful groupings of different textures and tones.

Ali xox

All images: Light Locations

Favourite finds of the week

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Looking at these lovely Pied-a-Terre apartments made me think – where would I like to have a second home?

Would it be within a few hours of home to allow for easy week-end getaways? Devon and Norfolk spring to mind with long open beaches that are blissfully quiet once the summer crowds have gone home…

Or, a little further away where blissful days in the sun are much more likely?

How about here on the Greek mainland? Away from the crowds and not an ‘English Bar’ for miles. Heaven.

Ali xox

Indoor camping

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Small girl has decided she needs to set up her play teepee in her bedroom. She plays in there all the time and has made a snug little home inside.

Ali xox

Favourite finds Of The Week

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Rust jewellry is beautifully made. Delicate patterns and textures. *sigh* I rather like their blog too…

Would’nt you just love this ring?

How about a couple of lovely necklaces too…?

Ali xox

The Knitting and Stitching Show

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I have been waiting to post about my trip to the fabulous Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally the other week, but it has taken me this long to remember to take a photo of my stash of goodies in daylight.

The journey there was horrid. All of North London seemed to be on the road and going our way too. Grumble grumble.  Kate who was driving us remained cool and calm even though we spent valuable time on Muswell Hill not inside Ally Pally.

At last we arrived and an early port of call was Selvedge Magazine where they had these amazing scarves and Necklaces by Sophie Digard.  My photo is unfortunately rubbish.

We then moved into the main hall and – Oh wow! soooo many stalls! sooo many beads and sooo much fabric!

Liberty lookie likeys and the real thing for much less than at Liberty’s. I was very good on this stall otherwise I could have easily spent all my budget here.

There was some beautiful work by some very clever and talented people – sorry I did’nt note who this was made by and, it is another rubbish photo

I had sore feet and calves by the time we got home, although I have a stash of some very beautiful stuff. I’m especially pleased with the vintage look printed linen fabric and the lovely coloured tiny beads.  Some it is very likely to appear on some more jewellry in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

Ali xox

Signs of Autumn in the kitchen

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Autumn’s arrival is making itself known in our house.  The fire has been lit on more than one occasion, wooly jumpers and scarves are out, the garden has seen a flurry of activity, soups are on the menu and, the Breville sandwich toaster is out. I must clarify though, that this is not one of those fancy panini grills but the real  mc coy sandwich toaster that ‘cuts and seals’ your toastie.

There has been a Breville sandwich toaster in my family cupboard for as long as I can remember. Fillings were, and still are usually average, consisting of various combinations of ham, cheese, pickle (mind, that one burns if you’re not careful!) and marmite. My all time favourite, and slight guilty pleasure, is macaroni cheese. Lovely.  I wonder what other toastie makers like in theirs?

Ali xox

Forgotten House

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Every once in a while I see a house for sale that excites me.  This one does. If I had a spare million pounds or so I’d buy this one and fast!

Unloved and forgotten for years perhaps, this large  villa still has many  beautiful period features including the original front door, and is crying out to be lovingly restored.

The overgrown garden is quite literally a forest, full of  shrubs the size of trees. It would be so exciting to uncover the history of the house.

Hopefully, it will not be bought by a developer who will likely tear out it’s character to build an urban show house. Worse still would be for it to be bulldozed to make room for exectutive town houses. Far too many perfectly good and often beautiful old houses are knocked down in this area to build characterless new homes.

Ali xox

Favourite finds of the week

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

I just love these crochet wrist worms by Sandra Juto. Her colours are beautiful -Please can I have one in every colour?

Ali xox

Autumn stripes

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

My new favourite item of clothing is an M&S breton top. I have been swanning around pretending to be Audrey Tatou, although I don’t think anyone else has noticed any resemblence whatsoever!

I’ve  also teamed it with another recent autumn find, a chunky 3/4 length sleeved mustard coloured cardigan from River Island that has been keeping out the autumnal winds and the chill in the air recently. I love  dressing for a new season, and in this case, putting away cool and light summer clothes and bringing out warm jumpers and cosy tops.

Audrey looking serene

Ali xox

Credits: Top Jigsaw, Cardigan Toast, Audrey shot

Butterfly dresses

Friday, October 1st, 2010

I came across these beautiful dresses today…

Ali xox

Images: Su Blackwell, Luly Yang