Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12 Days...

Gingerbread House from Rebekka Seale on Vimeo.

It's 12 days until Christmas! Are you feeling festive? I certainly am after watching this video, and now I want to go eat lots of gingerbread ;)

On a slightly rubbish note, my laptop is still in the shop and I have no idea when I will get it back (if ever). I've also come down with something, so am wrapped up in bed feeling sorry for myself. Hopefully after plenty of sleep and vitamins I will be back on track in no time.

Saturday, 8 December 2012


Hello folks.  It's Saturday and this morning my laptop decided to die on me.  I have taken it to the shop and they're (fingers crossed) fixing it whilst I type.  Therefore it may or may not be a little quiet again around here for a few days - I'll try my best to keep you updated.  In the meantime I'm off to Bristol tonight to support my friend's band EP launch. 

Have a fun Saturday peeps x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Wearing #3

These pictures were actually taken a few weeks ago on a lovely Autumnal walk around the Botanical gardens.  This was probably the last time I wore shoes with no socks!  It's freeeezing here in Sheffield today.

As you can see I was a little braver this time and managed to step outside the comfort of my warm flat to have my picture taken in public.  I felt a little silly as people walked by, but I've got to admit it's quite a nice backdrop.  Betty made a great prop too!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012


I don't like to start blog posts with an apology, but I have to say sorry for the lack of time spent here recently.  Also, I've not managed to capture much of my life in pictures over the last couple of weeks which is why it's been a little quiet.  Because of the dark nights (and my office job) I don't get many opportunities to take good photos to share here with you at the moment, so most of my pictures are taken at the weekends.  
The last two weekends I have spent travelling to see family (which I loved!) and because of this I have been lazy in the photography department.  The above photo is the only picture I took of my travels to Cleethorpes.  I promise to do better this weekend.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

we are knitters

I'm feeling really inspired to get knitting after discovering this cool shop.  The cold weather is also making me want to wrap up warm in lots of layers, and these look just perfect.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Life Lately

1. Hello.
2. Condensation.
3. Trying to work through my Birthday list.
4. Experimenting with my light-box and a scarf (makeshift bedside lamp).
5. My ceropegia woodii - great name right?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Handy tip: Limes

After our cocktail party we had a lot of lemon and limes left over.  With all the lemons we made a cake - yum.  But with the limes we just chopped them up into wedges and popped them in a freezer bag - that way they don't get wasted and we always have a nice cold lime to put in our drink.  They act as an ice-cube and a flavour enhancer in one.  Brilliant!

Monday, 19 November 2012

A Sunday Walk

Just a few snaps from our walk around Sheffield Botanical Gardens the other Sunday.  It was a beautiful Autumn day.  I feel so lucky to have this amazing landscape right on my doorstep.

I hope your Monday has been fine.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

She Lets her Hair Down

she lets her hair down from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

I've been thinking a lot about my hair this weekend. For the record, I hate my hair! I'm not very good at styling my hair, and most of the time I put it back in a simple bun because I can't seem to get it looking nice. This is when I start to dream about chopping it all off... however I can't seem to pick up the courage to go for it.
Anyway, whilst I mull it over you can enjoy this beautiful video from Tiger in a Jar called "she lets her hair down".

Saturday, 17 November 2012


Yesterday I learned to make a blog button... ta-da!!  I'm so pleased with myself I just had to show of my new skills - sorry for the wee boast.  I'm slowly making some changes around here, so I apologise if things look a little weird from time to time.  I'll try my best to keep things running smoothly whilst I'm tinkering away in the background.  In the meantime feel free to 'grab a button' below - I made two!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Washi Hanger

I just love alternative storage solutions.  Maartje from 'Silly Old Suitcase' has come up with a brilliant idea for storing your collection of washi tapes.

I'm in desperate need of organisation at the moment - I'm feeling a little chaotic!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Photo an Hour: Sunday 11/11/12

It is on my list of things to do before my next Birthday to take one photo an hour for a day.  I'll tell you now folks, it's harder than you think.

 10:00am - I get up.  It's Sunday so I lay in as long as I can, but I do enjoy Sundays so I don't want to lay in too long.  For the next hour I'll potter around in my dressing gown, eat breakfast and shower.

 11:00am - I start to get ready for the day ahead.  I do this peacefully as it is Remembrance Sunday and you're meant to be silent for two minutes at the turn of the hour.  The sun is shining through my bedroom window - it's a beautiful day.

 12:00pm - Me, Floyd and Betty have gone for a walk around the Botanical Gardens.  We spend quite a while in here taking photos (I'll share more soon).  Here is Betty when I have managed to get her to look at me rather than running around like a loon!

 1:00pm - We've come back home to start preparing dinner for our friends who will be over soon with their adorable baby Isaac.  We're having roast chicken and vegetables, lemon potatoes, Brussel sprouts, homemade stuffing and apple-crumble for dessert.

2:00pm - They're here!  Look at baby Isaac - he's so cute just chillin' with the cushions.  He really is the most contented baby I've ever met.

3:00pm - A sprinkling of flour, sugar and cinnamon before the crumble topping goes on and in the oven.

4:00pm onwards - Okay so this is where I lost focus.  I got way too distracted with baby Isaac, my friends and all the awesome food and drink that made up the rest of my Sunday that this was the only picture I took for the rest of the day.  Oops.

Needless to say, it was a pretty perfect Sunday.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Very French Gangsters

I don't have kids or wear glasses, or have kids that wear glasses, but if I did I would definitely buy them a pair from this shop.  And how cute are the models!?  Talking of cute kids, our friends Will and Hannah came over today with their baby Isaac - he is the most adorable little boy!!  I've been feeling broody all weekend and seeing him just topped it off.

I hope you've all been having a lovely weekend.  I've had a very happy and relaxed one - I've potted about the flat, made some simple and delicious meals, gone for a walk in the November sunshine, finished and started a couple of crochet projects and swapped stories with good friends.  I love weekends at home.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Wearing #2

A more relaxed outfit for my second 'wearing' post.  This time I wasn't so brave to step outside, so I kept it indoors within the comfort of my living room (hence no shoes).  This is a typical everyday outfit for me - I chose to document this because I wanted to show of the cardigan... I bought it in Japan about 7 years ago and love it because of the buttons up the back. I still love it although it looks quite worn now.

Next time I'll try to make it outside again.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Falling Leaves

Remember that gorgeous yellow tree I showed you a few weeks ago... well look at it now!!  A short spell of extremely windy days has rid loads of the trees in my neighbourhood of their leaves, which makes me a little sad because it feels like Autumn is nearly over.  Watching Betty play in the piles of leaves on the floor makes up for it though (I don't have a picture of this unfortunately).

One thing I love about living in England is watching the changing seasons.  I find it interesting reading blogs from around the world documenting the changes in their area and how it differs from my part of the planet.  There is so much beauty in the everyday, and I love to see how other people document it.  If you know of any good links, please leave them in the comments for me.

Thanks, Lois x

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

DIY: Washi Tape Tea Lights

Since the dark nights have been drawing in I've been burning a lot more candles around my flat.  I love candles and always have a supply of various kinds knocking about the place - church candles, scented candles, bog standard house candles and of course tea-lights.  Tea lights are great because you can put them almost anywhere... they look great in jars and other glassware, on pretty plates, they're okay on their own too - but recently I've been decorating them with washi tape just to make them that bit prettier.
It's so easy, and here's how I did it...

Supplies needed:
1. Tea-lights
2. Washi Tape

That's it!  Simple.  I chose to stick to a polka-dot theme, just because I love polka-dots.

Wrap the washi tape around your tea-light.  Depending on the size of your tea-light, you may need to fold the tape underneath the candle (I did).

Tear off the strip and voila!  A lovely set of patterned tea-lights.  I will be doing this all the time now, and it also gives me an excuse to extend my washi tape collection ;)
If you're interested, I sell a set of yellow and polka-dot washi tapes in my shop - you can buy them here.

Ahh, these dark nights are not so bad after all.