New magazine launch – The Simple Things

Finally, I get to tell you about the secret project I’ve been working on. It’s hard keeping exciting secrets isn’t it!

The Simple Things is a sister title to our lovely Mollie Makes and is on sale in the UK on September 6 2012. Look inside now!

The Simple Things is a new monthly print magazine celebrating the things that matter most. It’s about knowing the greatest rewards come from the simplest things, that there’s no satisfaction like that at the end of a long muddy walk, no pink so pretty as freshly-cut rhubarb, no perfume to compare with your own home-grown flowers. It’s about making warm inviting homes – big or small – sharing food with friends, growing your own vegetables. It’s about shopping for a coffee table only to find you’re happy with a tea chest. It’s keeping your dad’s old typewriter just because it’s beautiful. It’s an empty beach on a Sunday morning. It’s backpedaling.

You can make sure you don’t miss the first issue of The Simple Things by taking advantage of the special pre-launch subscription offer 3 issues for £5. Good deal huh!

So, what do you think? Does living the simple life float your boat? I would love to hear. And of  course to stay up to date with all The Simple Things news just like on Facebook & Twitter.

Exciting! Whoop!

xo

A visit to Kinsale: Part three

Jeez Louise…it’s taken me quite a while to get back to talking about the special trip i’ve just taken to Kinsale so here we are.

As mentioned in A visit to Kinsale: Part one I found myself taking a trip to Ireland for the wedding of two gorgeous friends, Antonia & Ben.

The trip started as it should…

 

and was just the most glorious celebration of all things love which I adored.

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The church – St Multose

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Canapés at the wedding breakfast with the lovely Tracey.

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Gorgeous button holes

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Nom nom…beef

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The beautiful bride and groom

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A glass of fizz, don’t mind if I do

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Aaaaaaah the best cure for a hangover #BloodyMarywithHorseradish :)

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…and fresh Dublin shellfish

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Phew what a weekend. So special and such a wonderful trip.

xoxo

Free issue of Mollie Makes – the one with the apple cosies

Do you know Mollie Makes? I do! In fact I know very well as I have been working on the magazine for over a year now, yup that’s even before the big launch day back in May 2011!

Mollie Makes is an awesome craft magazine packed each month with loads of neat crafty projects, home tours of all your favourite designers and tonnes of inspiration for all sorts of handmade loveliness.

Issue One of Mollie Makes is FREE to download 

At Mollie Makes HQ we can TOTALLY NOT BELIEVE that our lovely mag has been on sale for one whole year! It only seems five mins since we launched so it’s super exciting.

Our anniversary means SO much to us so we are arranging lots of lovliness inside the birthday issue on sale May 11 2012.

The first bit of news I can tell you is we have a birthday gift for our loyal readers.

Did you get the first issue of the mag? You know the one’s with the famous apple cosies? You didn’t? Well fear not loyal crafter and lover all of things pretty, we’re giving away the digital issue absolutely FREE!  Good huh?

Yep, no matter where you are in the whole wide world you can download the whole issue to your Apple device, be that your iPhone, iTouch or even iPad, you can do it.

To find out how just pop over to the Mollie Makes blog.

Happy downloading

xoxo

A visit to Kinsale: Part Two

A girl loves a good pamper! We have spent the pre-wedding day making ourselves look pretty.

Babs nails look stunning in Jessica: Day Tripper electric orange

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Naomi looks lush is Accessorize: Metal blue Aqua Marine

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I wasn’t that pleased with my nails (Nails Inc Victoria) so I haven’t shown it in the pic. Sorry about that.

Forget shabby chic, homespun style is here!

Did you watch BBC’s The Apprentice last week? I know a lot of you do as I saw the painful cries on Twitter.

The task set by Lord Sugar was to create a vintage pop-up shop from which to sell furniture and paraphernalia scavenged from junk shops. Wow, what an episode. As a lover of upcycling myself I watched with horror and downright disbelief as the two teams bought what they considered to be vintage with the idea to make it worthy to be sold again – 1980’s wrought iron chairs? Really?

Lord Sugar – “you’re fired”

The thing that got me, and gets me all the time is the mindless craze for Shabby Chic and what we consider it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I too have slapped a pot of Farrow & Ball on an old dressing table or two, but not once did I think I was particularly talented. I am no die hard follower of fashion either but I do like to be surrounded by stuff that I like. The craze for Shabby Chic has not helped the likes of me who loves a good scavenge in a charity shop or car boot sale with huge price tags being put on anything that looks pre 1990 and has some wear and tear.

What’s so good about pasty, cream and off white painted objects anyway? I was so bored of seeing them wherever I went so I was DELIGHTED to discover super stylist Selina Lake had written another great book, this time all about the bright and the beautiful!

Move over shabby chic – hello Homespun Style!

Homespun Style by Selina Lake is the most exciting book launch of 2012 #justsaying

Packed full of colour, quirky items and beauty, this book is just what I had been waiting for. The whole feeling of the book is light and so far removed from what has gone before it makes me say **YES** this is what we’ve been waiting for.

Last Friday my crafty pals and I were lucky enough to go up to the Homespun Style book launch in Shoreditch and it what a total pleasure that was.

Not only did we get to meet the gorgeous gal herself but the place was crammed with some of the loveliest craft stalls around. Did I say there were cakes? Yes, lots of lovely cakes too.

Super cute cup cake

Oh, and what’s this! I spotted my fav birdies from Abigail Brown.

Ooh and the first people there could get one of our Mollie Makes goodie bags!

(Pic as seen on Selina’s blog)

So what do you think of Homespun Style? Does it float your boat?

I was very pleased to see it had found it’s way into the hands of one of my favourite bloggers Pip from Meet Me at Mikes. This book is totally up her style street!

Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you xoxo

If you go down to the woods today…

Look what we found in the woods today. I know!

If you are looking to buy a vintage typewriter you might want to look closer to home.

Vintage typewriter

It all happened when @pedromadd and I were coming to the end of a very long walk when he had a call of nature and suddenly needed to “disappear into a bush”. He’d only been gone a second when he called out to me about what he had found.

I LOVE typewriters so for me this was my true scavenger magpie delight!

Did we take it? Did we pick up litter that may have injured a woodland creature. YEAH WE DID!! Bloody heavy though.

Have you ever found anything good?

My very favourite waste of time

I don’t play computer games and I can’t be arsed with the likes of wii fit. But if one thing’s sure to get me glued to my lap top for hours on end, it has to be Pinterest. Are you on it?

This pic from one of my fav blogs Happiness is… has been repinned more than any other pin I have. It’s pretty lush.

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I kind of bring it up as I have spent the last few weeks compiling a dream home collection of all my fav dream home pics.
Well, a girl’s gotta dream hasn’t she?
xoxo

Weeeeeeeeee!

Oh yeah, if you suffer at all from even the slightest pangs of jelbo-nicicty look away now. Because yes, oh yes look what I have and have already devoured (not fully opening/bending pages I may add) the new Dottie Angel book. Huzzah.

It’s everything I could have imagined + more and I love it.

 Dottie Angel. Her style, her ethos and her ability to make me feel I am not alone in my world of quirkyness. Phew.

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The furchild has been v cute of late. She has found a new snuggly spot on the cushions in the dining room. Awww bless.

She even licked my face, which is practically unheard of. I think it was a mistake.
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My new iPad case

When I got my iPad2 a few months ago I was foolishly drawn into the sales patter and bought a iPad2 cover. Gosh what a mistake and a costly one at £35.

Ever since I realised the error of my ways I have been on the look out for a new one. I am not the most light fingered of souls so a sturdy case was in order. Having had a look around the shops I did not find anything that really floated my boat. The best I had seen was a case in Cath Kidston with blue and white polka dots for £38. As you can imagine after forking out the initial cost for the ‘not so great cover’ (which seriously must only cost Apple about a £1 to make) I was reluctant to buy a new one but buy I must so off I trekked to CK a few pounds short of £40 in paw.
So, imagine my DELIGHT when I discovered that not only did they have a sale on – making it £25 but magically out of nowhere they decided to reintroduce a new pattern!!!! Right up my straserama!

A lovely surprise

What a wonderful surprise I had when I discovered my lovely friend Hannah had brought me over some fabric from Bangkok. Asia is so ahead of the times when it comes to crafting so it really made me super excited!

What a lovely girl!
Now where is my passport, Thailand ahoy!
What shall i make with them I wonder. Watch this space you could say.

New booty

Salt & Pepper with a mustard pot. LOVE. Just need a spoon.








My #furchild

If you know me personally you will know my #furchild Holly Fishcake SnowShoes.
Holly is a sassy, argumentative, high maintenace puss but I love her unconditionally. I love touching her cute little fluffy paws and tummy, she hates that. In fact it’s the main thing we fall out over.

HFS is a Persian Chinchilla crossed with the boy next door kinda gal and she was given to me by my very good friends probably a good 5 years ago. Holly arrived on Christmas eve (you guessed?) and was the tiniest little fluff ball.
Since then she has lived between various country farm locations and is currently enjoying the high life in Bath.
Holly sleeeps on my bed every single night, provides me with a miaowing yes/no psychic cat service and in the past has warned me of intruders, pots boiling and the bath flowing over.
She goes potty for catnip and the other day actually opened her new supply when it came in the post. If you have never seen a cat with catnip you should try it, its unbelievable.
I have just realised this sounds like I am trying to pimp her out through writing a dating profile. I’m not. Tom cats beware, you don’t want to date this play girl, she has had her heart broken. Namely by a boy by the name of OC (Orange Cat). She has never been the same since.
Would you believe it Holly tweets. Follow her mews at @HollySpeaks

Hello Dolly!

I love love lovvvvve Blythe dolls and I live for the day I find my perfect Blythe child and the time I open a present and a big pair of starey eyes look out and say ‘ma ma’. (hint hint)

In the meantime this is the best I can find, awww gorgeous isn’t she!


 

There is a whole world of Blytheout there! Have a look!

Top tips for car booting success

One of most favourite things to do is to visit car boot sales. I was brought up routing around charity shops but ever since the whole vintage thing has become super trendy, bargains can be few and far between. Flea markets are also a rip off.

There are so many things I love about carbooting and nothing quite beats a saunter round a field on a bright Sunday morning. I really love to buy pre-loved goodies that appeal to my traditional slash retro slash pretty style. Not only does my passion mean I can get some bargains but I am recycling rather than buying new and generally that means items are in better condition as made in the good old days before the arrival of our throw away society.

One thing I think I should mention is that I have some big pet hates at the car boot. They are a) market style ‘new stuff’ stalls b)traders who just ‘don’t get it’ and are precious over price.

My top 5 tips for car booting success

1)Get there early – my local boot says it starts at 11am – regulars know differently – gates open at 8.30am.

2) Take some bags for life – you don’t want the lack of arms stopping you from buying.

3)Start at one end of the field and zig zag down one side and back up the other. DO NOT attempt to peruse both sides at once. You will get distracted and miss things.

4)Wear appropriate clothes. I hate the cold and am a fair-weather buyer, but it’s a double bonus if you can get a tan at the same time.

5)Take enough cash. These places don’t take cards and may refuse a sale if they have no change for a twenty.

“Home is a place I leave my stuff, while I am out buying more stuff.”

My lovely buys