Just a few musings

Autumn is here and it feels like the year has passed in a blur. Where has the time gone? I’ve just been sitting looking through photo’s I’ve taken this year, bemoaning that once again I just haven’t taken enough of them – I’m hopeless at remembering and then regretting it and wishing I had more…

Would I buy this?, the acid test

My philosophy of make, reuse and re-imagine is a constant theme in my blog. It’s a thing that gives me a lot of joy; creativity is fundamental to me. When I’ve finished something I usually look at it critically and think, ‘would I want to buy this’. It’s my acid test of whether it’s just…

Pimp my Pallets

Upcycling, reimagining, remaking are some of my favourite words. The challenge of taking something torn and broken and making something interesting or useful, sometimes both, is irresistible. To the point that I’ve even lain awake at night picturing how I could re make something. Take the humble pallet, it has so many uses, it’s like…

Inspired by Nature

My need to connect with nature seems to grow in proportion to the dire warnings we hear about the fate of our planet. Vintage clothes, thrifting, upcycling, yep, I’m still doing those and I’ve seen some amazing things that other people are doing too. I’ve discovered bags that I can keep reusing to buy my…

It’s been a few months since I posted and after a few months of sorting stuff out I thought I’d drop in and say hello! As a self confessed spicy philosopher, I do like to think about things! Sometimes the best thing you can do, I find, is unplug and be mindful and I’ve been…

Taking a break

I’m just back from a wonderful, relaxing holiday in Northern Ibiza. It’s not a big island, measuring 28 miles long by 16 miles wide but we were worlds away from Privilege, Amnesia, Pacha, and all the other clubs the island is famous for. The north of the island is beautiful and unspoilt, with sandy beaches…

Back to the 80’s and Smelling the roses

I woke up the other day and thought ‘I really want an 80’s shirt’. That sounds like something no one would ever say, a joke, even, but I did, bizarre! In a moment of nostalgia I decided to hunt for a genuine article, something that would evoke a ‘girls just wanna have fun’ moment. It…

Love the life you live

Sometimes I get an ear worm, a song that, once heard, keeps going around in my head. This also happens with quotes I’ve heard,  half of one that’s been with me for a long time is in the title above. The whole quote goes; ‘Its not about living the life you love but loving the…

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

The Met Office told us it was the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. So we wanted to make the most of it. Between Friday night and Monday morning we practically lived outside. On Saturday, we had a family day out, making the most of a get together. A dog, a picnic (no lashings…

Upcycled and Inspired

I finally finished the skirt I showed in progress in last week’s post. I changed the decoration slightly but went with the black Broderie Anglais trim. I wore it yesterday on a visit with a friend to the Fitzwilliam Museum, it’s a while since my last visit and every time I go back I’m reminded…

In the pink, floral inspiration

I saw these flowers… I know they look a bit raggedy but the colours, wow, I love that combination. It reminded me of a scrap of fabric I had that I’ve featured before, that became a skirt… that lasted until I decided to unpick it: I was fully intending to turn it into a cushion…

Dare to be Different

Last weekend I went to see the musical ‘Everybody’s talking about Jamie’ at the Apollo theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s Soho. I had been looking forward to it for a while. I love humour mixed with triumph over adversity because it’s so uplifting. The story is based on the experiences of Jamie Campbell, a…