Archive for November, 2010

Poppies painting

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I bought a painting the other day from The Vintage Emporium. A sweet little still life of poppies in a vase. Gentle, restful tones that I like so much.

Although I like the painting very much, and It was a good price, what really drew me to it and persuaded me to buy it was that it reminds me of a painting we had at home when I was growing up. The artists are different, as are the styles of painting, mine is a quiet, gentle piece, whereas my childhood one shouted and was loud ( the 80’s for you).  However, despite the differences there is something warm and familiar about it.

Ali xox

Etsy jewellery finds

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Have you discovered Etsy yet?

Etsy is an online marketplace ( read treasure trove ) of handmade and vintage goodies from all over the world. Prices are all in US dollars but solves all my exchange problems. Many a happy hour can be lost somewhere in Etsy looking at some truly lovely pieces by very talented people. My wish list gets longer and longer!

lovely little dear earrings at Luckylife

lovely antique ring at Jean Jean Vintage

Beautiful engraved necklace at e Rosas Jewelry

Sweet bracelet at Brass lady

Ali xox

A Toasty Christmas

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Christmas is coming and the Toast Christmas range is here!  As always lovely, with simple, restrained elegance, and beautiful styling. I’d love to know who styles for them.

A pair of the velvet slippers are on my Christmas list!

Ali xox

limited edition Puffin Designer Classics

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Puffin Classics have released some of their most loved classics are 70 years old and have commissioned six designers to illustrate a new limited edition cover. Iconic architect Frank Gehry and  Orla Kiely have each designed beautiful covers, but my favourite is by the wonderful Lauren Child, although sadly, all 1000 have already sold…

Ali xox

Via Ill Seen, Ill Said.

Autumn jewel box

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Autumn’s fireworks are at their most beautiful right now, fabulous reds and oranges through to bright yellows are everywhere, making driving most distracting!

I love autumn’s rich colours, conkers and seed pods…

Ali xox


Monday, November 1st, 2010

Flick though this beautiful, inspiring scandinavian interiors magazine, By Fryd at issu by Jeanette who also writes the lovely fryd + Design blog, and you’ll be wanting a holiday cottage on a scandinavian island…

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Ali xox