A Life in the Week

This week I have been mostly enjoying …

Sometimes it’s nice to dip into a non-fiction book and soak up some facts and a bit of history. This one discusses interesting things like why Napoleon wrote to Josephine in 1796 telling her, “I return to Paris tomorrow evening. Don’t wash.’ As someone who is slightly ocd about public toilets, it’s a fascinating read. Oh and I picked it up for a pound at a road-side charity stall, which was nice.

I’ve been saving my pennies by bringing some of the garden inside to make a cheapy flower arrangement (and in the process learned that the tree in our garden is a Forsythia of the Sunrise variety).

Meanwhile, my mum has had her needles on full speed and knitted up some of the wool I recently bought, transforming it into another fetching little cardigan for Flo. She picked out a really old, vintage pattern from her collection, look see:

Aren’t mums brilliant eh? And while we’re on that subject, here’s a Mother’s day card I made for the special mama in my life, using up a couple of my fave buttons.

Bye for now, K x

P.S. The Rachael Taylor giveaway ends at midnight tonight. The winner will be picked and announced on the blog tomorrow.

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Cheapskate flowers

I’m not being funny but have you seen the price of cut flowers these days? And on Mother’s Day weekend they just go through the roof. That said, I do like a bunch of something cheery in the house to brighten things up. That’s when I looked out of the window and had an idea!
We only moved into our house before Christmas so spring has been a bit of a revelation in our garden, surprising us with something new each week. Recently this tree came into bloom with loads of lovely star-shaped yellow flowers. A quick Google search identified it as ‘Sunrise’ Forsythia (for those of you who like to know). Apparently, ‘this early bloomer sports the vibrant yellow flowers that have become a fixture in our spring lives’. It’s true, now I start to look there are loads of these trees around.
Anyway, I thought I might bring a bit of this ‘sunshine’ indoors…
It’s really brightened up the kitchen table eh? Sometimes the best things in life really are free!
Disclaimer: Lest it be said that I am encouraging people to steal and pilfer from public or private gardens, it might be a good idea to ask the permission of the person who pays the bill before you whip out your secateurs!

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Something for the Weekend

I can’t decide if this idea is a bit bonkers or completely genius (probably a bit of both) but I just wanted to share it with you. I think we all know how wonderful it is to receive something special in the post like a hand-written card or a gift-wrapped present. Julie Andrews sang about brown paper parcels tied up with string and I’m not surprised that they were one of her favourite things either. Anything that isn’t a bill, junk mail or addressed to the previous owners brightens up my day and if I receive a surprise package filled with delightful things it can make my week. But for most of us, this only happens around birthdays and Christmas. But not for much longer… 
Not Another Bill is the brainchild of Ned Corbett-Winder who has just launched this subscription-based gift service. You can sign up yourself or a loved one for a one, three or six month subscription and once a month you’ll receive a surprise parcel of trinkets and ephemera, selected by Ned from his stores of second-hand finds or commissioned from designers. The best bit is, you never know what you’re going to get!
Images taken from Not Another Bill website

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My first award

I was very touched recently to be given a Kreativ Blogger award! This award is purely and simply to encourage bloggers and showcase others and was given to me by the very lovely and talented Georgia Coote. Georgia designs wonderful surface patterns and her own blog is a complete joy! 
The Kreativ Blogger award decrees that a recipient should give ten facts about themselves and nominate their ten favourite blogs. So here you go.
10 things you may not know about me
1) I love bright colour but I very rarely wear it. Sounds bizarre I know, but I usually only wear blue (my favourite colour) as well as black, grey and brown. Everything tends to mix and match a bit easier this way!
2) I can’t get through the day without twitter. As a freelancer, I work alone and checking in with everyone on twitter is a bit like stopping by the photocopier for a quick chat to catch up.
3) I am addicted to Horlicks! It may seem like a bit of an OAP drink (and indeed my granny did introduce me to it) but I always have a cup before bed to help me sleep.
4) I have a girl crush on Joanna Lumley and would like to be her when I grow up (one day). Not many actresses can boast a career that spans The Avengers, James Bond and Ab Fab. And then she campaigned for the Gurkhas (and won), which just proves my point.
5) I love bees and, even more so, honey. I will consume honey in any way I can (on toast, in tea, within my beauty products). I’ve also been on a bee-keeping course and got to wear the kit and look inside a hive.
6) My claim to fame is that I once met Kate Winslet and stayed the night in her house. She used her Bafta awards as doorstops and there was a hand-written note on her fax machine from Leonardo de Caprio!!! Me, starstruck? Not at all!
7) I love teapots. I have a burgeoning collection, which is good because I drink a lot of tea!
8) Kathryn is my full name but all my family and childhood friends actually call me Katy.
9) A long time ago I gave up a career in a top London advertising agency to spend the summer working as a waitress in a cocktail bar called The B52 on the greek island of Kos. Odd decision but a good one ultimately as it led me to retrain as a journalist.
10) As a result of the above I can always remember the constituents of a B52 (Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier).

Above image created by Georgia Coote

And here are my chosen ten blogs, all of which I read and enjoy immensely:
http://owlsandpears.com/
http://mollyandtheprincess.com/
http://rachaeltaylordesigns.blogspot.com/
http://littlepaperbox.blogspot.com/
http://seventyseventyone.blogspot.com/
http://treefalldesign.typepad.com
http://mathildeheartmanech.wordpress.com/
http://madebyloulabelle.blogspot.com/
http://blueberry-park.blogspot.com/
http://talesoftedandagnes.blogspot.com/
Now linkees, I urge you to do the same and spread the word!

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Finders keepers

I thought it was about time I started to keep track of all my second hand finds so I’m introducing a little featurette on the blog called Finders Keepers. And to kick us off, how do you like this little dish I snapped up yesterday for all of a pound? I think I’m going to use it in the bathroom to keep cotton wool pads in (or some such detritus!). I love the colours of the flower design and it’s a decent enough size to actually store something useful.

P.S. Believe it or not, the toy cowboy really was kicking around in my bathroom so I decided to include it in the shot – such are the joys of having a four year old boy!

P.P.S. Don’t forget there’s still time to enter the Rachael Taylor Designs giveaway. You can do so here.

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