Monday, 24 June 2013


1. 2. 3. & 4. Enjoying the Hampshire countryside - I never get sick of hunting out new places to visit and new views to photograph. 5. & 6. A visit to the fair with the kiddos. 7. & 8. One of many trips to the market for our fruit and veg. 9. Keeping an eye out for bees.

Friday, 21 June 2013

the three year bag

I mentioned over the last few posts that I've been really enjoying some hardcore crafting time lately, and I'm ecstatic to be able to announce that I've finally finished a crochet project that I started three, yes three, years ago.

The whole thing began with a vague idea of a market bag, but with a solid bottom, and then before I knew it, it had big round base and a drawstring fastening. And that's how it stayed for a good two-and-a-half years, languishing at the bottom of a crate of yarn, unfinished and unloved. I came across it a few months ago,  added the handle and a cord for the drawstring, and hung it proudly on the end of the bannisters.

There's a few bits to finish off - I need to find a smaller bead to add onto the drawstring, so I don't need to keep knotting it as well, and I'm thinking about doing some aztec-y embroidery on the solid panels, but it'll probably be another three years until I manage that..

I'm pretty pleased with it, and although I didn't write the pattern down, I think it'd be pretty easy to figure out. If anyone fancies having a go, I'd be happy to post a tutorial for it - it's turned out as a nice roomy bag, which has plenty of space for magazines, books, a camera and phone. Basically, all the essentials!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

sowing and growing and reading, oh my

I said in my last post that I hadn't really had time for blogging, and I have got some great pictures for future posts (soon, I promise!), but for now, I think this little collection is a great representation of both things that I've been enjoying, and things that I've developed a lust for...

Sowing and growing: As I've said about a gazillion times already (and if you're an instagram follower, you'll have seen the million pictures), I've become marginally obsessed with gardening, growing and everything country-related. I've always harboured longings for a cottage with lots of land; my daydreams involve four children roaming freely over a sun drenched rambling garden, while I watch from the kitchen window, making piles of preserves and sauces (I do realise that in reality, it would be pouring with rain, whatever was on the stove would be burnt, and the kiddos would be beating the heck out of each other, or fighting over the TV remote. But we can all dream....). Basically, the Husband and I haven't managed to make our first million yet, so for now we're making do with our little rented house in suburbia, and I'm thoroughly enjoying having a garden (even if it's not quite an acre, ahem). It's possible I might have got a bit overexcited, because I've planted pretty much some of every vegetable you can grow - the greenhouse is heaving, and the patio is full of pots. I'm not confident that I'll get even a third of the crop I'm hoping for, but hey, in the first year, even one tomato would be a success, right? (Right?!)
Rose Print Garden Tool Set by The Contemporary Home // Vintage World Map Flask and Cup by Dotcomgiftshop

Wearing: I haven't done an outfit post for absolutely ages, mostly because I've just been recycling the same clothes, over and over again. Jeans, knits, dresses, wellies, sandals. And repeat. I've realised that for me, being comfortable is more important than being 'on trend', and I need clothes that can cope with being painted on, sanded over and gardened in. The weather has been really up-and-down here on the South Coast, but we've had quite a bit of sun, and it's been nice to dig out my old sunglasses from last year (which are fine, but I'm still hankering after a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers - a lifelong lust!)
Danni Square Print Dress by People Tree // Tote Bag by Joules // Ray Ban Wayfarers by Red Hot Sunglasses // Cable Linen Cotton Pullover by Toast // Long Glass Beaded Strand by Toast // Salt Water Sandals in Tan // Stripey Socks by People Tree // Yellow Crochet Headband by Lowie // Posh Wellies by Joules

Sitting and doing: It's been a challenging old time lately when it comes to the kiddos, and by the time they're in bed and asleep, the last thing I feel like doing is switching on the laptop. Instead, I've been crocheting, listening to the radio (especially Radio 4, there've been some ace programmes on lately) and reading. And of course everything is always, always accompanied by tea. And sometimes usually always chocolate.
Vintage Radio by Bush // Summer of Love by Katie Fforde // Rhombus Grafika Mug by Nineteen Seventy Three // Country Living magazine


Thursday, 13 June 2013

rowdy roddy giveaway - the result

I am being SUCH  a rubbish blogger at the moment, but in my defence, I have done the following:

  1. Finished a crochet project than has been ongoing for three years. Three years! (That's a separate post entirely...)
  2. Spent a lot of time in the garden, planting things to eat and things to look at. I've been reading up on permaculture too, which is really quite fascinating.
  3. Written several things for several places (more on those when they actually come to life).
  4. Visited farmers markets and parks, and spent hours with my camera.
  5. Read books.
  6. Started watching Utopia and Game of Thrones (a little late to the party, but better late than never, no?)
I've got heaps of posts coming up, but by the time the kiddos are in bed at the moment, all I want to do is collapse on the sofa and stuff biscuits into my mouth. 

Anyway, in other exciting news, the winner of the Rowdy Roddy giveaway has been picked, so without further ado I shall announce that. Drum roll please.... the winner is:

Number Ten - City Girl at Heart! If you could contact me via email or Twitter, I can arrange your prize for you. Congratulations!

Thank you to all who entered. *Smooch*


Monday, 3 June 2013

giveaway: rowdy roddy vintage

It's got to be said, that while I'm definitely a big fan of ethical and organic childrenswear, I'm also massively in love with vintage kids clothes - peter pan collars, embroidered details and 1970's classic colours all definitely get my vote. In fact, most of the things I find for Daisy leave me thinking, "I wish I could find that in my size!"
I recently stumbled across Rowdy Roddy Vintage on Twitter, and instantly fell in love with their stock. As well as being a bricks and mortar shop, based in Glasgow, Rowdy Roddy also sell a small selection of vintage and artisan clothing (Beau Loves - swoon!) online, alongside a small selection of toys and accessories.

The vintage clothing is ace, and is available in a wide range of sizes, from three months all the way up to seven years. You'll find gorgeous knits, collared dresses and even fringed waistcoats - look!

And now onto the best bit - I've teamed up with Rowdy Roddy to offer a pretty wonderful giveaway; the prize is a £40 voucher to spend on absolutely anything in the online store. Hurrah!

All you have to do to enter is:

1. Like Rowdy Roddy Vintage on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
2. Leave a comment below detailing your favourite thing from the shop.

That's it! The giveaway closes in one week, the winner will be chosen at random, courtesy of, and will be announced on here shortly after. Good luck!

PS I'm also guest posting over at the Rowdy Roddy blog today - go and have a read!
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