Tuesday, October 21

Life lately

Life lately has been exhausting, tiring and a little bit difficult. Tom has started an entirely new career which has taken some real readjusting for him, On the plus side we get evenings off together and every other weekend. On the down side we both get up really early, work long days, get home in the dark and are both tired. I'm readjusting to much less time to myself, boy did I take that for granted before! We're learning how to juggle this new routine, sharing chores (we are both crap at housework) and dealing with dinner.

The nights are drawing in, it's dark in the morning and dark in the evening, the lack of daylight is my least favourite thing about this time of year. However I love the crisp air, the upcoming festivities (Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night, a big reunion night, my birthday and Christmas!), the comfort food like stews and cauliflower cheese, layering up, knee high socks and snuggling under blankets. I always craft more during autumn and winter too and am looking forward to giving weaving another go.

I had today off work and had a pretty lovely day, I spent it brainstorming, writing out ingredient cards for favourite recipes, cleaning, dancing and singing along to Taylor Swift, sorting laundry and drinking tea. Oh and I watched Singing in the Rain for the first time ever!

So... life lately is crisp, grey, country, hearty and cosy.

PS. For dinner today we had bean burgers with homemade chips... they were sooo good! I got them pretty much perfect and could have eaten tonnes more :)

Friday, September 19

Foodie Friday

Red cabbage coleslaw recipe

Ingredients (serving 3 or 4):

1/4 red cabbage
1/4 white cabbage
1 x apple
3 or 4 carrots
1 x lemon
3 x tablespoons of mayonnaise
3 x tablespoons of olive oil
1 x tablespoon of lemon juice
Black pepper

Grate the carrot, shred the cabbages, julienne the apple and throw in a mixing bowl. Add everything else and stir, seasoning to taste. If necessary adjust ingredients slightly. Serve with something delicious!

When I made this I served it up with chicken oven baked in Jack Daniels sauce & honey and homemade potato wedges. Delish!

Wednesday, September 17

Blog Crush #4

1, 2, 3

Esme & the Laneway is absolutely one of my favourite blogs. Marianne has a beautiful unique style and I really enjoy viewing the other side of the world through her eyes (Marianne is a Brit living in Australia) as well as marveling over her beautifully put together vintage outfits. Swoon.

Full of useful tips too on curling your hair in 40/50s styles, make-up, caring for vintage items etc and cute photos of her adorable cat, Babycat, as well as her bike, Esme, making the occasional appearance, definitely a favourite of mine!

(See my previous Blog Crush here)

Tuesday, September 16

10 ways to feel good


*Try yoga ~ honestly, you read it over and over everywhere but now that I've been a couple of times I have to say it really truly is worth a go!

*Reading ~ losing yourself in an amazing book can cause time to zoom on by without you even noticing...

*Have a bath. A nice long, hot soak with your favourite bubble bath or essential oil or bath salts by candlelight feels indulgent and does wonders for your soul.

*Take yourself out on a date. Go to the cinema. Grab a new copy of your favourite magazine and go out for a coffee.

*Wear your favourite colour.

*Grow your own ~ there is something truly satisfying about growing flowers, herbs and edibles. I have tiny peppers growing on my windowsill (seriously you could eat the whole thing in one bite) and now they're turning red and i am so proud!

*Hang out in nature ~ go to the park, on a trip to a nearby farm or nature reserve. Being outside never fails to be uplifting.

*Buy yourself flowers. And for something more permanent to keep you cheerful buy yourself some houseplants.

*Putting on lippy, just because.

*Watching your favourite movie with popcorn (Amelie, Pret sweet N salt popcorn)

Monday, September 15

Colour + Fun


You know how every so often something or someone will come along & catch your eye and set your brain off on a zillion different paths?! Well that's exactly the effect that Alex Falkiner (pics 1 & 2) and Emily Besser (pics 3 & 4) have had on me.

I've always been a big fan of colour, patterns, fabrics, textiles and clashing things and adore Beci Orpin, Tif Fussell and Tiffany Pratt and now I have added these two amazing ladies to my rainbow-coloured inspiration list.

Every so often it's good to be reminded that the world doesn't have to be grey, dreary, samey, conformist. It's good to know that there are other folk out there who will totally rock the handmade colour bombed necklace that you're wearing or who will get why you can merrily spend hours stitching bits of fabric, sequins and beads together, or understand your obsession with pom poms.

So feeling pretty inspired yesterday I got my craft on. I sorted my beads out by colour. I painted and collaged and painted and painted some more. Whilst I left the paintings to dry I discovered some polymer beads that A and I made last summer and I made myself a cheery necklace with other salvaged beads.

Here's to more glitter infused rainbow crafting days!

Sunday, September 14

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things #4

I feel kinda like it's time for a bit of a re-introduction of myself, so here are some of my favourite things... 1. visiting new places such as Stokes Croft last week.

2. drinking coffee (latte, always) although this one has a camera shaped chocolate sprinkle-fest going on due to the Oxford Photography Festival running in the Turl Street Kitchen at the moment!

3. Ahem, a bit of a guilty pleasure, Ghost Whisperer! It's not the first time I've watched it either. But something about Melinda Gordon's ridiculously soppy relationship with hubby Jim and her rather gorgeous wardrobe makes me want more. And no I never get scared. Honest.

4. my Pacer app, I'm actually enjoying having this on my phone. I have an office based job and bus to and from work so actually achieving 10,000 steps per day is pretty challenging! This app is encouraging me to build it in to my day. It does loads of other stuff too, i just haven't figured those bits out yet, ha ha!

5. Flow magazine is absolutely gorgeous, particularly if you're a paper lover. Their instagram is lovely too :)

6. red wine... I'm not really sure when this happened as I've always been a white wine gal. But now? I frequently find myself reaching for a red instead....

7. dinosaurs, a childhood fascination I've never shaken off. This fella is at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, my favourite place in Oxford for sure.

8. autumn... I think it's my favourite season. Beautiful colours, sunny clear days, layering up, pumpkins and squash, Bonfire Night, warm cider and it always feels like a fresh start, more of a new year than the New Year you know?

See my previous Favourite Things here, here & here.

Well, enough about me, what about you? What are your favourite things?