Etsy · Fountain Pens · lifestyle · Planning

Bringing me sunshine

Here are a few of the things making me happy as we move into August 2020. Wool sample cards One of the joys of life is digging out wool samples to see what I might want to knit to go with a new summer skirt. There's some promising ideas in the Linen-Cotton range, a bit… Continue reading Bringing me sunshine

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Cuttings books

Here's something I don't often talk about: I keep scrapbooks of ephemera I've clipped from magazines over the years. I also stick in some postcards from family and friends, but mainly it's just pictures, ideas, sometimes words and occasionally whole articles that I have wanted to keep for inspiration. It's a haphazard pursuit. I can… Continue reading Cuttings books

Fashion · lifestyle · Stationery · Vintage

A writing bag

Several months ago I met a man who engendered in me feelings of admiration and envy; the admiration was because he was living my dream - living off a pension and spending his days as a writer - and envy because he had a brilliant writing bag. I encountered him in the course of my… Continue reading A writing bag

Knitting · lifestyle

Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

I've had a crazy day today, apparently unable to tear myself away from handbags of the 1960s and 1970s for long enough to actually write a few words about 2020. However, I am here now, very much in the spirit of better late than never, to give you an update on my knitting progress plus… Continue reading Knitting progress and lockdown breakfasts

lifestyle · Stationery

Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

Another day, and still chipping away at the desk setup. The shelves arrived this morning from The Futon Company and were relatively easy to put together. There are a lot of screws in this little unit, but that does make it nice and sturdy for such a simple design. Now the big question is whether… Continue reading Last Chance Saloon – Phase 2

lifestyle · Stationery

Further thoughts

I've spent an absurd amount of time this week pondering the desk situation and it came to me yesterday that perhaps I am trying to make one space do the work that properly belongs to two separate spaces. Let me explain. When I think of the word "desk" my mind conjures up two entirely separate… Continue reading Further thoughts

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Last chance saloon – Phase 1

It feels like I have been writing this post for days on end, which is fitting because nothing plays on my mind as much as much as pondering what to do about my desk. I have written before about the fact that my desk space isn't working in my new flat, but I keep persevering… Continue reading Last chance saloon – Phase 1

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Tea

So, today in the UK we are celebrating National Tea Day which is, arguably, the single best celebration for the time we currently find ourselves in. What could be better than staying at home with a cuppa and a nice slice of cake? Very British, of course, but I like to think wherever you are… Continue reading Tea

lifestyle · Reflections and Intentions

Comfort zones

Your comfort zone gets a lot of bad press, but then so does mine. The media (you know the media - all those people who know nothing about you, but claim to know exactly how you should live your life) have decided that your comfort zone is a bad place and you need to leave… Continue reading Comfort zones