Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Peanut butter cups

I am obsessed with Reese's Peanut butter cups and when I can get my greedy little hands on them I will shamelessly eat a whole packet in a matter on seconds.
I know it's wrong but they are so good, which is why earlier today I decided to make my own.

 I used this recipe but left out the graham crackers and ignored the weights and just guessed instead. It all turned out perfectly perfect.
One thing I would say is that I found the dark chocolate a little overpowering against the peanut butter centre so next time I will probably use milk chocolate.

Now I have to make them last.


Monday, May 30, 2011


I went to Worcester for the weekend to see my lovely family.  We went shopping, drank Tea, ate cake and played with the dog.  It was wonderful.

I hope you had a lovely weekend too.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Topshop secret store

It's full of dreamy things which are all limited edition with only a certain amount made of each.
I have just fallen head over heels in love with this smock:

It's £85.  I can't afford. :(

These are all completely amazing too:

 Nasir Mazhar hair comb. £45. 30 made.

Steve Morris scarf £50. 24 made.

Boutique bridal dress £275. 46 made.

Boutique clutch £60. 40 made.  

Boutique vest £40. 40 made.

I don't know why it is called a secret store, it's on the main page 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Midcentury Magazine

I was so excited to hear that there was a new Magazine out aimed at midcentury design enthusiasts that was actually British.

I received my copy in the post last week and at first glance I have to admit to being a bit disappointed at it's thinness (only 66 pages), however when I actually sat down and read it I realised that the written content was interesting, informative and far better than anything you would get in your average home magazine. Size isn't everything after all. The content covers everything from home tours to articles on designer classics such as the Eames RAR chair. All good stuff.
Midcentury magazine is Bi-annual so I have to wait another 6 months for the next copy. Darn it!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine's jewellery has always been amazing so on inspection of their website there were no surprises that it was still full of amazing jewellery, however I was surprised to see that they have started to sell a whole array of goodies from other designers too and I think I want it all.

These are my favourite things:

Anchor necklace £12

Underwear pattern £11
Scarf £65

Necklace £30


Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Burning House

 The Burning house is a blog full of submitted photos based on the following question:

'If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.

It's a really interesting concept so I thought I would give it a go and take a photo of what I would save.

 From left to right:
  • Lips Mirror - This was a gift from my Dad for my 14th Birthday.  It used to hang on the wall of his Pub and I just loved it so much that he took it down and gave it to me.  It was by an artist but I don't have their name.
  • Bird cage - This was a gift from my boyfriend for my 27th Birthday.  We spotted it in an antiques shop on Holiday in Topsham, Devon and I knew I had to have it.  I don't know how old it is.
  • Liberty Suitcase - This was also a gift for my 27th Birthday but from my Mum.  I love it so much and it reminds me of her.
  • Ceramic Cat - I bought this in the same antiques store in Topsham.  It's eyebrows have half peeled of so it looks really sinister but it reminds me of the fun we had on that Holiday.
  • Diana Camera - I rarely use this camera but I bought it to take photos on a trip to Bath with my boyfriend.  I never got the photos processed as medium format  processing is mega bucks but I love it because I remember the trip from just looking at the camera.
  • Shoes - If the house is burning down you need shoes and these are my favourites.  They were from Topshop last year.
  • Rings - The rings that you can hardly see were all gifts from my Mother, sister and boyfriend so all hold sentimental value.
  • Klaus Haapaniemi book - This was a gift from my friend Alice and I find it really inspirational.  His pictures are stunning.
  • J H Lynch print - I found this print in a junk shop when I lived in Brighton.  I had wanted one for years and I found this one face down in a dusty corner.  It was meant to be.
  • Wool and needles.  I think this is self explanatory,
  • Yoshitomo Nara ashtray - This was a gift from my sister for my 22nd Birthday.  Yoshitomo Nara is one of my favourite artists.
From doing this I have realised that most of my treasured possessions are gifts from loved ones.  I don't own any family heirlooms and have nothing of my Grandparents belongings which makes me really sad.  I would do anything to own something that belonged to my Grandad.

This is such an interesting and enlightening exercise.  You should do it and show me the results.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Knit one purrrrrr one.

Battersea Cats and Dogs home need us Knitters to help them keep their kitties occupied while they wait for a new home.
Summer is always a busy time for them and as they become inundated with new Cats needing homes and those pretty kitties need some entertainment in the form of knitted mice and sticks.
You can help and use up some of your woolly dregs at the same time by downloading the patterns here and then sending your creations directly to the home.
The patterns are pretty awesome!

You can find more information and all of the patterns here.

Happy Knitting!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Lust list!

I love the colour and the collar of this blouse.  Topshop £32.

These collar tips would look good on above blouse. ASOS £10

Notebooks by Darling Clementine $12 each.

Totally in love with this Vintage mixer from KiwiandGreen $25

I definitely don'y need any more Toy Cameras but this Golden half Came takes two pictures per frame and it looks really pretty. Fred Aldous £40


Mollie Makes magazine

I love a good craft magazine but I have to admit to being less than inspired by most of the Granny mags on the shelf. There have always been the odd few that have some pretty good patterns but nothing to really to shout or blog about.  
That changed on Thursday as a new craft magazine called Mollie Makes was released.  It took me a few days to get my paws on a copy which is only testament to how good it is.  It had sold out everywhere!  I finally managed to track it down is Asda of all places.

 Mollie Makes is full of patterns you will actually want to make (particularly the peter pan collars), amazing house tours, and beautiful things you will want to buy.  It is like a really really good craft blog in magazine form.

This months free gift was a a phone cover which I made last night.  Sadly they hadn't supplied quite enough felt for the pattern so I had to change it a little bit.  It fits like a dream though and I love it.

I can't wait for next months issue.


Monday, May 9, 2011

I dream of Airstreams

Airstreams......aaaaah I love them so much.  Vintage Americana is something I have always been interested in.  There is something about old American advertising, food packaging, architecture, diners and most of all Air streams that screams my name.  There will always be a little be of me that is secretly white trash. Ha!

Look at these interiors.........
 Airstream International CCD 22

 I would love an Airstream knitting studio at the bottom of my future garden. 


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London, April 24th, 2011 



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Sunday, May 8, 2011


Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know that I recently put myself on the waiting list for an allotment.  I don't have any outside space to grow anything apart from a few pots of herbs and a hanging basket full of strawberries.
Yesterday I discovered an amazing new product called Allotinabox.  Allotinabox is the UK's first grow your own box containing seeds, plant tags, twine and a whole lot more, all beautifully packaged and printed using Organic ink. Everything is locally sourced too! Perfect for anybody starting out on an allotment or in your own garden.
The design of everything in these boxes appeals to me as much as what is in them.

Allotinabox's mission: 
'Here at Allotinabox we plan to build a community, we love the earth and hate to see it go to waste.
By uniting food lovers we hope to inspire growers not only in the UK but Worldwide. 
Providing you with the products, help and support to Grow Your Own (GYO) smashing produce.
Our mission is shape and change the future, self sustainability is vital to the changing of the world, by providing our GYO boxes and help we hope to begin your journey. 
By Growing Our Own food we plan to save you a bundle and change the way you and your family live'.

What a brilliant concept.  Now I just need to cross my fingers for that allotment.


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