Monday, 28 February 2011

Exciting Giveaway At OrangesAndApples!!!

So exciting!!! Franca from OrangesAndApples is organising a giveaway - the occasion being the opening of a new Etsy shop - by her future husband!!! He makes absolutely amazing bags and as of today (well, sort of), they're available in his lovely shop called My Cloud Designs.

Check the details for the giveaway on Franca's blog and do have a good look at the amazing bags at My Cloud Designs - highly recommended!

Weekly Gratitude

Yay, I've managed to download an image! And I'm still using my H's machine! So, this week I'm grateful for:

- the fact that only my computer has come down with viruses and that my family is all well...
- pretty little things that make my life more colourful and happier
- our trip to the capital last week and the delicious lunch we had there
- the 'wisdom' of my two children - they're such smarties!
- the ideas I get for crafting from my friends

Well, I might even manage to download my own pics sometime...

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sheep Again!

I've said it before: I love this pendant. Adore it. It feels like wearing a piece of my absolutely favourite part of the world around my neck. Which is why I wear it a lot. You'll see plenty of it on this blog. I'm so grateful to Aileen that she's come up with such a wonderful idea!

I must tell you that I'm at an incredibly creative stage in my life at the moment. As far as crafting is concerned, that is. I have so much to show you and will do in the following days, as soon as I can get away from my crafting for a while and neatly arrange the items to be photographed.

I've been crocheting like mad, making felt purses and brooches and bracelets and key rings, and enjoying every minute of it!

I do get dressed in the meantime, and it doesn't take a lot of time to have outfit pics taken, so here they are...

This hat was hand-knitted and -embroidered by my Mum. I love it to bits, it's so pretty! And it comes with a matching set of mittens, yay!

I'm wearing:

- boots - Bata

- tights - local shop

-skirt - made by my Mum's seamstress

- top - local shop

- skinny belt - H/M

- scarf -Laura Ashley

- sheep pendant & chain!

- these earrings!

- coat - local shop

- hat - made by my Mum!

Until tomorow!

P.S.: Edited to add: my computer is severly ill. It's come down with some horrible viruses and has been hospitalized. I'm using my H's computer again but I'm not quite as skilled to work with it (I'm exaggerating, of course; I'm not skilled to work with any computer, full stop :) ). I'll take a short break from blogging and perhaps only scribble down (in a manner of speaking) a few words with no pics - sorry!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Stripy Tunic

I love this tunic. Despite its muted colours it looks really happy. And makes me that way, too. Add the lovely sunrays coming in through my window and it all adds up to bliss!

I'm wearing:

- boots - Humanic
- skinny jeans (I realise they're out this season but I love them!) - miss bonbon
- tunic - Benetton
- roll-neck - local shop
- scarf - local shop
- this gorgeous sheep pendant
- beret - Seeberger
- corsage - Kesidov (gift with purchase)
- all sorts of bracelets...

Until tomorrow, then! And enjoy the sunshine, whoever can!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Etsy Blues

Some utterly gorgeous things from Etsy - to chase away the blues...

- Coin Purse with Tiny Applique Houses from mydearemma

- Peacock Pendant from CarolineRoseArt

- Sky-Blue Primrose Felt Pin from roroism

- Boat And Moon Bookmark from aileenclarkecrafts

- Handfelted Bead Necklace from Falklandfelts

So, so pretty!!!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Weekly Gratitude

This week I'm grateful for:

- my two lovely children who are on half term holiday and we get to spend a lot of time together (my boy has even learnt how to crochet!!! Well, he's chaining to start with...)
- my husband being able to work from home every now and then
- family lunch (with all four of us present) on a working day
- the lovely bubble bath I had last night
- my gorgeous new green shoes (Mary Janes from Oxygen, thanks for the tip, Lucy!!!)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Challenge Day One

First and foremost, I would like to apologise for the late posting of my choice of items and the first outfit of the Spring Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. Computer trouble is my excuse.

These are my chosen items:

1. miss bonbon skinny jeans
2. Mango cord skirt
3. sweater dress
4. green cotton V-neck
5. Playlife blue shirt
6. Zara floral shirt with bird print
7. cream embroidered pashmina (used as an item of clothing, not accessory)

8. Humanic tan boots
9. Bata brown boots
10. red Hunter wellies


1. Cath Kidston book bag with removable corsage (clever, ah?)
2. Cath Kidston 'Britannia' hankie
3. H&M tan skinny belt
4. H&M brown skinny belt
5. Jack Jones tan belt

Day 1: 1, 3, 5, 10; 1, 2 & 3

Until tomorrow!

Weekly Gratitude

This week I'm grateful for:

- the warm spring sunshine from last week
- all creative ideas that have been coming into my head in the past days
- the time I was able to put into making the above-mentioned ideas into reality (pictures of the results to follow!)
- delicious cups of vanilla & caramel tea
- my friends

P.S.: Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Jewellery Memories

No pics today, sorry. My computer has been extremely poorly today (still alive but asleep most of the time...) so I'm working from my husband's machine. I don't have my stash of pictures here and I don't really know how to deal with pics in the new environment... Ah well, can't have it all. But since my last two posts were sans text it may balance out nicely, right?

Anyway, as it's the final day of the jewellery week I thought I might put down a few memories I have on jewellery. Jewellery is very important to me. I have always observed accessories as symbols and I always choose mine with lots and lots of care. Not a lot of consideration, though, as it comes really natural to me what to put together.

Sometimes I feel I have chosen an overload of accessories but whenever I do I usually get complimented on my choice. People often tell me that they would never dare to put on so many and such different pieces but they are always thrilled with the result they see on me. Compliments like these give me confidence to continue with my choices.

I have always loved jewellery & accessories. Some of my earliest memories as a little girl are those of my Mum's multiple colourful strings of wooden beads, tight in a huge knot. And pretty clip-on earrings. Always clip-ons; my Mum only had her ears pierced at the age of sixty (which was almost ten years ago) - she had wanted a pair of simple pearl studs and they were our present for her but she wasn't comfortable with pierced ears and she'd only worn those studs for a very short time, then it was back to clip-ons. Her earlobes no longer show any traces of piercing... She's always had a gorgeous collection of clip-on earrings. Before I had my ears pierced, at the age of thirteen, I'd used to borrow some of her earrings, even then, at the very start of my adolescence.

Another type of accessory I remember from my childhood are wooden bangles. My Mum loved them, she still does, and can't resist a pretty bangle if she comes across one in a shop. She rarely wears expensive jewellery (even though she is in the possession of some absolutely stunning pieces) and I must say I take completely after her. There was a time in my early twenties when I had the affinity for golden jewellery but thankfully not for long. I so much more prefer inexpensive colourful pieces which, however, often have enormous emotional and symbolical value for me. I like crafting my own jewellery and I absolutely have to wear accessories that remind me of my favourites, be it people, places or activities.

I have also grown very fond of wooden bead necklaces with huge knots in the recent years... Like Mum, like daughter...