Indoor camping

October 17th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 17th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 17th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 11th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 11th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 9th, 2010 by Ali

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

October 2nd, 2010 by Ali

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

October 1st, 2010 by Ali

I came across these beautiful dresses today…

Ali xox

Images: Su Blackwell, Luly Yang

Calypso love

September 23rd, 2010 by Ali

Calypso St Barth clothing is just beautiful. Delicate fabrics, lovely detailing, lovely textures and colours that complement each other beautifully. I could easily live exclusively in their clothing. Sadly my bank account would not allow it.

Ali xox

September at the allotment

September 19th, 2010 by Ali

For most of the summer holidays, apart from the odd visit to water in the polytunnel and harvest beans, courgettes and potatoes, my poor little allotment has been languishing neglected and looking increasingly scruffy. But with the new school term came new resolve and child free time to spend at the allotment. The grass paths were long enough to take 2, yes 2! hours  to cut earlier this week, although I did manage to dig up my onions too. Today I was there for another 2 hours to sort out the weeds. It all looks much more cared for and less scruffy now.

Red spring onions – left in to bulb up into onions.

The runner beans are still growing at breakneck speed as are  the courgettes although not so fast.

Tomatoes in the polytunnel

Last years’ parsnips left in for the lovely acid green flowers in spring

Ali xox