One of the reasons I still persavere with Facebook is that lots of small businesses still use it (and use it well). It was through Facebook that I first came across Howkapow, who sell unique gifts, homewares and quirky home accessories. I’m always looking for unique or unusual accessories for our home (We still have some of those hideous paper lamps from Ikea for goodness sake! Argh!) So I was really pleased to discover them. From gorgeous cushions and clocks to vintage style prints and stationery, they’ve got something that’ll make you smile! For me, I really, really want this gorgeous pendant lamp.
I’ve been looking for an industrial style lamp for my room for a while, and this one fits the bill, as it’s got that feel but is slightly softer, making it ideal for the home. The only problem for me is how to install it, as I currently don’t have a ceiling light in my study. But when I’ve figured out how to install this, I most certainly will be. Isn’t it lovely? Not only that, but they’ve got some great stationery and lovely prints that would look great in my study too…
Hello. My name is Cathryn and I love paper.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved paper. This developed into quite a serious stationery addiction. For me, going to the newsagents or a stationers still makes me feel calm and happy. After a bad day at work, I like nothing more than going to the stationers and buying a new pen to write with. And is there anything more satisfying, than using a brand new pen, preferably one with orange ink (my favourite), in a brand new notebook? The joy. The hesitation over what to write. Using your best and neatest handwriting. *sigh* That’s pretty much heaven for me. My notebook buying addiction, which extended to post-it notes and highlighters, became overwhelming, so much so that my drawers were full of them and I had to go cold turkey. It was either that or we would drown in paper! This only makes the purchase of a new notebook even more satisfying, as I’ve had to wait sooooo long to buy one.
It’s not just notebooks that feed my love of paper. I also really enjoy working with paper. Whether it’s making cards, cutting and sticking different papers together or just perusing Pinterest for amazing amazing paper creations from like minded paper lovers. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to ideas about making things from paper, which I makes me breath a sigh of happiness when I’m feeling blue.
I also spend my day, surrounded by paper. I’m either scribbling notes, ideas and to do lists or I’m looking at some of my favourite and inspirational pieces of paper on my notice board above my desk. There’s something very satisfying about working with paper, whether you’re creating something from an old book or reusing a pretty bag to make a butterfly, paper makes me smile. A lot! It’s official, my love affair with paper is going nowhere!
Are you a paperfan? Or maybe you’re a stationery geek and can’t get enough of new notebooks?
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February saw a number of TV shows returning to our screens. To that end, my OH and I needed to upgrade our TV package so we could enjoy them. We subscribed to Now TV so we could watch Girls, True Detective and Game of Thrones when it comes out. We also rejoined Netflix so we could bingewatch House of Cards (and be ready for Orange is the New Black in June). Let the viewing commence!
House of Cards
I’ve never seen the original House of Cards, but this version is epic! I am a huge fan of political dramas and House of Cards doesn’t disappoint. The things Frank Underwood will do to gain political success is unbelievable, yet completely believable. My OH felt that there was something lacking from this series, but there’s plenty of action and tension throughout. It’s a bit like a dark West Wing and is totally worth your time. Can’t wait for season 3!
This is a show that’s been on my radar for some time, but didn’t get around to watching it for ages. Series 1 & 2 are available on Now TV so we decided to give it a go. I can’t decide if it’s genius, hilarious or just weird. Either way, I’m enjoying watching most of it. Some episodes seem to be about nothing in particular, while others are hilarious. Adam is my favourite character because he is so unpredictable and hilarious. Definitely worth exploring.
Line of Duty
My OH & I stumbled across this by accident on BBC2 and we are loving it. I’m a huge fan of police dramas and this does not disappoint. I didn’t watch the first series and only discovered there was one recently, but you can watch this as a standalone series. Keeley Hawes is brilliant in it. I’m still not sure if she’s innocent or guilty, but I am hooked! Can’t wait to see how the series pans out.
I was very pleased to discover the fifth (and final) series of Southland on More4 last week. We’ve been watching Southland since it started and have loved every series. Every single episode has plenty of action and manages to keep you gripped from the opening credits to the closing ones. The characters are really enjoyable too. Each one loveable but flawed in some way. I’ll be sad when this series is over!
The Good Wife
I’ve also been enjoying the return of The Good Wife, which is one of my favourite shows. Not only are the cases that the lawyers deal with entertaining in themselves, the relationships between the main characters are really well written. This series has already had a few massive developments so I can’t wait to see how the rest of it turns out. If you enjoy Grey’s Anatomy then give it a watch.
Nashville is my guilty pleasure. I wasn’t overly keen about watching it, but once I started, I was addicted! It’s like an upmarket soap opera and I gasp ‘No way!’ at least once an episode when I can’t believe how devious one of the characters has been! It’s also got a great soundtrack to boot. The last episode of series 1 ended on quite a knife edge so the opening of series 2 was not to be missed. It’s only a few episodes in, but there’s lots of shock and awe still to be had!
I was very much looking forward to watch after seeing the trailer. I’m a massive fan of Hugh Jackman and will pretty much watch anything with him in. (Yep, even that last Wolverine film). I liked this film because both Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal play someone very different. It was completely gripping from beginning to end, with twists and turns that you really didn’t see coming. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this is definitely worth seeing.
I wasn’t overly fussed on seeing this originally but it had me gripped from the start. It’s pretty action packed, but it also made me feel quite claustrophobic. Because it’s all at sea, there’s no escaping the pirates and as a viewer, you really feel it! It’s very tense, so if you’re looking for something that’s quite easy to watch, this isn’t it. But it does show how real and very terrifying the piracy issue is.
I am a huge fan of James Gandolfini. I like how he plays such a variety of characters and I really enjoyed this film. It’s the perfect Sunday afternoon film, as it’s quite light and easygoing. Enough Said is really heartwarming and funny, all about dating after divorce and sharing the bits of you that you thought no one would ever see again.
As a huge F1 fan, I was really keen to see this. F1 isn’t that big in America so I was interested to see what how they’d interpreted it. The film encapsulates the different types of drivers, as well as the enjoyment people get from seeing cars go really, really fast. It highlights the fact that motorsport is incredibly dangerous, even if accidents don’t happen that much these days, there were times when death was a regular occurrence. I liked this because I’m an F1 fan. I’m not sure if you would if you weren’t interested in motorsports!
What have you been watching lately? Any recommendations?
We’re on a bit of an eating out phase at the moment. It’s almost like we’ve been hibernating all winter and are now ready to emerge into the culinary delights of Oxfordshire. Last weekend, we headed to The Milk Shed, Weston-on-the-Green. We’d been before, many moons ago, when they just sold ice cream. We stumbled across it by accident during an afternoon of driving around, trying to find somewhere to live! The Milk Shed looks a bit different now and the menu offers breakfast, lunch, cakes and platters.
I opted for the ricotta pancakes with banana and maple syrup. I’ve never had ricotta pancakes before so wasn’t sure what to expect. When they arrived, I was disappointed to find icing sugar sprinkled over the pancakes. I’m not sure why I would want sugar on my syrup, but I’ve noticed a few different places sprinkling icing sugar over cakes and desserts. Trust me, it’s not needed! I was also disappointed to find that the maple syrup had been poured over already, and not served in a cute little jug. It’s just a personal preference of mine. I would have preferred a bit more banana too. The pancakes were delicious though. Slightly crispy on the outside, slightly gooey in the middle. Just how I like them. I pretty much inhaled them in minutes!
The service was good and the place has a nice feel to it. They also sell the ice cream that they make there as well as a few other deli bits and pieces. My OH had the bacon sarnie and was really impressed with it, so I think it’s fair to say we’ll be going back there! There’s plenty of parking on site, which is a bonus and saves you have to pay out tons of cash like you would in Oxford. Definitely worth a visit.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or to put it another way, when you have to go into Oxford for a meeting, make it worth your while by hitting up your local shops for a few treats. This is what I did last Tuesday. While I was in Oxford for a meeting, I thought that I deserved a few treats.
1. Using my new satchel for my meeting, which coincidentally, matches my favourite red shoes. 2. Bright yellow ranunculus from The Garden. 3. Lunch from Itsu – my favourite place for lunch. 4. New brolly from Cath Kidston to go in my satchel. 4. Itsu Belgian Chocolate Mousse. There are no words!
Sometimes you just need to give yourself a bit of a treat to brighten your day. These treats pretty much made my day. How about you? How do you treat yourself?
I know, I know. It’s a bit late to be writing about what I crafted over Christmas, but hey, better late than never. Just before Christmas, I really got into sewing. From making pyjama bottoms at Darn It & Stitch to making Cath Kidston Christmas decorations, I had caught the sewing bug. I had a few Mollie Makes kits to make as well as an ampersand cross stitch kit from The Shop at Number 57. (FYI, their shop is offline at the moment due to flooding. Fingers crossed they’re back up & running soon.)
I love these fox brooches from Mollie Makes. (Why can’t all their kits be super cute and easy to make?!) I’ve kept the orange once for myself, to brighten up my coat on dull dog walks, while the pink one is winging its way to my sister in Canada.
My sister gave me this kit for my birthday last May, so it’s taken me a while to get around to making it. I wanted to make it perfect and sew the cross stitch in the right way, not be ‘free form’ like I have previously. It isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close and I am so pleased with the result. I love the white thread on the black aida fabric. I’m very tempted to make another one, once the The Shop at Number 57 is open again!
What have you been crafting recently? I’m on the look out for more kits – let me know if you’ve come across any good ones!