Little Touches: Vase

Sometimes you have something you like but can’t find a home for it.

I’ve owned these lovely vases (and yes they are vases just with very thin necks – I have been asked to confirm that a few times) but not found a permanent home for them. Until I suddenly decided this was their spot…..

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Pleased.

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Little Touches: Kimono

I was in San Francisco last year with work. While there I bought this beautiful kimono from a vintage shop. I think I imagined I’d waft about in it on Sunday mornings while drinking coffee and reading an intriguing novel. Needless to say I’ve never worn it.

However, I decided to make more of it and if I’m not going to wear it I should display it. Magazines always have some pretty dress hanging outside a wardrobe or draped across a chair so I decided to steal the idea.

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Pictures

All quiet on the house projects for a while, I’ve been focussing more on my artwork. However I finally sorted out some pictures that have been framed and waiting to be hung for months. I’ve got them all out several times, had a bit of a think and put them away again. This time was different and I got the majority up on the wall.

Very pleased.

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Rugs!

There’s been a small change in the kitchen. Actually the first of a few changes.

Friday night was spent living the highlife and driving to Ikea. It seems like a weird time to go, but it really makes sense. No on in their right mind would go to Ikea on a Friday night. Meaning you have to place (relatively speaking) to yourself.

The main target for the shop was to buy some extra spot lighting for the kitchen. This was successful but tragically I forgot to buy the corresponding bulbs so their great unveiling will have to wait for another day.

However I did take the chance to change the kitchen rug. It’s been subject to a grime onslaught and being made from jute is not easy to clean. Here’s an old picture showing it in it’s former glory.

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I was going to just replace it like for like, but then I saw this character and decided it was time for a change.

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A bargain at £50.

Local Arts and Crafts

Today is the first day of the Camberwell Arts Festival. And for those who don’t know Camberwell (my wonderful home in London) I will attempt to paint the scene…. it is a quirky multi-cultural corner of the city, close to the Oval for the cricket fans among you. Where you can, as I did this morning, get your nails done by a Thai man whilst sat between a Russian lady and a Ghanian mother and daughter getting their nails done for a family wedding – all of us Londoners. It is also home to the famous Camberwell College of Arts hence its strong creative flavour and history.

Anyway the Art Festival’s imminent arrival had passed my by until I decided to visit the Farmers Market on Camberwell Green on a whim. There is often a good plant stall selling some more unusual herbs that I thought I would seek out.

However, it was not as I expected. A pop-up choir were entertaining the shoppers and there were stalls with all sorts of art and craft products from the local area.

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And I did well.

I purchased a new bag which I am going to use to carry my gym kit and laptop about in, no more grubby freebie canvas bags for me. That came from Gitas Portal who I think are based in Deptford…or maybe New Cross. I did ask but now I am not so sure.

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And the admittedly quite similar reverse…

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And I also came across this stall selling handmade pottery.

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Initially I was really drawn to this little tea light holder, but I have some many candle related items I restrained myself.

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I’d include a website link but they don’t have one. The potter was there manning the stall herself and she did give me these details.

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I finally decided on two that were coming home with me. One is a gift.

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It’s a coil pot rather than a thrown one. I think the glaze is really beautiful and works brilliantly with the colours of the plant.

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And one for me made using the same method.

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And in it’s final resting place in the house.

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As part of the festival they have also produced these really attractive mugs based on the local area. Lovely and available to buy here.

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Pictures

Earlier last year I did a short interview for Crafty Magazine which is a new magazine about – you guessed it – craft. I think they were interested in me because I have painted so many things to give them a new lease of life.

That was when I was temporarily in the flat and was kind of fun to do. Anyway I mention it now because the photographer Andy Sawyer who took some shots has posted more images on his website and I thought I would share them here as some are really nice.

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Lovely.

Thanks Andy for letting me share them.

 

Storage!

The main bedroom has a major flaw. There’s just not enough storage.

It has an old brown wardrobe it in which seems massive but hardly fits anything in at all. It’s too narrow for most hangers to hang properly and so they have to go in at an angle. I can’t explain why it would be built that way, it remains a mystery to me. It also means that the bed and dressing table can only go in certain spots making it hard to find space for a chest of drawers without having furniture all lined up around the room.

There are two alcoves in the room which I intend to have fitted cupboards put into, but I decided as an interim fix to find a chest of drawers that could fit into them. And I found this fellow for around £40 on eBay (my usual haunt for inexpensive furniture).

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It doesn’t look that exciting… .I think my mother described it as “a brown blob” or something along those lines.

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I agreed but thought it had potential and I really liked the cupboard part at the top. I think it makes it quite versatile and something I could move to another room quite easily. It did need work though and I intended to paint it. I set about giving it an undercoat straight away. And then some months passed….

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I came to a bit of a halt because I couldn’t decide what colour to paint it. Leaving all my stuff strewn around my room while the chest of drawers stood incomplete.

Then I saw this in a catalogue, John Lewis I think and took a snap on my iPhone.

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I painted the exterior in Farrow and Ball Pigeon. This is a colour I have used elsewhere, particularly in the kitchen. If I did ultimately move this piece of furniture within the house that seems like it’s most likely new home. Plus I liked the idea of it matching the walls and not introducing another colour to the room.

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The inside however I painted Farrow and Ball Rectory Red.

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And I love it.

Some light on the matter

Scented candles are one of those perfect gifts, mainly given by women to women. They’re great because (whilst admittedly a bit unimaginative) everyone likes them, they’re simple and the kind of thing you don’t really treat yourself too =  a great gift.

They are also the kind of thing you imagine yourself using in the more perfect version of your life. The one where you make your own bread, have a fridge full of intriguing ingredients you actually know how to use and waft around looking elegant in statement necklaces. For me that also involves me having long relaxing baths in a room flickering with gentle candle light and ideally scented by some marvellous candle. In reality I know I get bored within about five minutes, but I still like the idea.

So when I was contacted recently by  The Scented Candle Shop asking if I’d like to review some of their products I was all for it.

Now some of their lines are not really for me, the colours are too bold and the packaging too fussy but I did really like the look of their St Eval and Heaven Scent ranges.

Here are the St Eval ones I received.

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Quite good for me as I have some unused lanterns that these are perfect for. I really liked the one from the Victorian Herb Range, it’s a nice concept and also smelt lovely.

From the same line I also received some candle tins which had really pleasant fragrances.

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All good so far but my favourite by a long way was the candle jar from the Aromatherapy range by Heaven Scent. It smelt amazing and I think it looks really cool. If I were to buy one it would be this one.

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And here I am trying them all out at once in a kind of scented candle megamix. Lovely.

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Festive spirit

It’s nearly Christmas and so the house has got into the mood as well….

With a tree.

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A wreath. I bought a basic one from the garden centre, as did my mum and we both added extra holly and red berries from her garden.

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Nativity scene.

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A bit of colour in the hall…

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and in the kitchen.

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Plus a few extra random baubles and we’re done.

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