Vintage craft patterns

Look what I unearthed at my local charity shop the other day! I found a box full of these craft magazines from a collectors’ series called Pattern Library, dating back to the Seventies.

Aside from my interest in craft, I just love the unmistakeable retro colours and designs of these patterns, from the groovy flower power style illustration to the cute and kitsch projects for the home. They say if you want some inspiration, look no further than the past…


Something for the Weekend

This Friday’s special little something comes from AllJoy Design and, true to its word, this company’s products do bring a smile to the face. Having just moved house, I finally have a box room that is designated space for my home office so I’m on the look out for any nice bits of stationery that I can buy under the guise of ‘office supplies’.
This sweet looking apple is actually a notepad. Each slice is a piece of paper (complete with a seed). Apparently it’s advisable to buy two, otherwise you will never bear to use it – I can imagine! There’s also a red apple and a juicy looking pear too, if that takes your fancy. Note-taking has never been so tasty.


Be super in the Community

Just a quick post today to tell you all about a brilliant campaign from one of my favourite retailers White Stuff. 
If you’ve ever wanted to do your bit and make a difference in your local community but are not sure how to without the necessary funds, then why not enter this competition? Those lovely people from White Stuff are giving away £5000 towards a community-based project. It could be anything from sprucing up the local park or giving the church hall a makeover.
Get your thinking caps on because you will need to tell White Stuff in 200 words or less why they should give the money to you and the deadline for entries is 7th Feb. For more info and to enter click here 
Good luck!


Something for the weekend

This is the first post in a new feature on the blog called Something for the Weekend, where I will be posting a special little inspirational something every Friday.
Today’s treat is this gorgeous necklace, by Leeds-based designer-maker Linneke of Wiv Wuv. 
It’s no secret that I love teapots (among other things), so I was naturally drawn to this but Linneke’s range includes lots of other great imaginative pieces, made from either wood (usually birch) or acrylic and either silver or gold plated. A range made from recycled leather is also coming soon.
Her work is inspired by nature, animals, literature and music and is designed to make people smile.Well it certainly had the desired effect on me. I love the way that her pieces are both comical yet decorative, pretty yet slightly edgy.
For more information and to have a good old gander at the rest of the range, take a look at


Dorset Cereals Little Blog Awards

My blog has been nominated for the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Awards. This fiercely-fought competition is a great awards scheme, which celebrates the joys of blogging and is a great showcase for some of the best little blogs out there – I’ve discovered some beauties just by perusing the site regularly.

So I’m really, quite inordinately, excited that my own blog will be rubbing shoulders within such esteemed company. If you have read and enjoyed my blog over the last few months please spare a moment to vote for me, which you can do by clicking here
At the end of every month, the blog that has received the most votes will win the highly coveted Little Blog Awards egg cup.

There’s also something in it for you! If you vote for a blog you will be entered into a prize draw to win a case of yummy cereal.  
Thanks again for all your support!
Love, Kathryn