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I won! I won! I won something!

I’m excited – can you tell?

A while back over on Beauty That Moves I was lucky enough to be a Friday giveaway winner. This stuff is what I won….

So cute. Thankyou, Heather! Everything has found a home and that doily? Totally my favourite.


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The latest bundle from SewMamaSew.

I am loving up these prints right now. They make me dizzy just looking at them. And I’m so glad I went for that blue with pink roses number. Online it looked a lot brighter, like this in fact:

But the reality is a much softer, baby powder blue, with a washed out vintage thing going on. Lovely cotton weight with an excellent drape. The trouble with shopping online is that fabric is such a tactile material that you really only do get the whole deal when you have it in front of you.

I have some ideas for some cushion covers for the house, upstairs and down insha’allah.

Or perhaps just draped all over my sitting room in ‘flung-with-gay-abandon’ fabric orgy style. Who can tell. But I’m guessing it’ll be the cushion covers…

Dizzy, I tell ya…

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It started off as a simple idea which I have been planning all winter and finding just the right fabric for bit by bit.

The idea? Well, quite simply a type of quilt blanket throw thing (non commital? Mmm, yeah) for our bed in yellow and vintage. Remember the yellow thing I have going on there? I needed to tie all the yellows and undertones together somehow.

As well as thinking ‘patchwork’ and ‘yellow’ and ‘vintage’, I was also thinking ‘summer’. We have a duvet masha’allah and we have a quilt for the winter – we even have wool blankets too. But then comes summer – too hot for the quilts and duvet, too cold for nothing at all, so this piece was designed as the solution – cool enough for a summer evening, pretty enough as a throw and vintage enough to make me sigh.

I used a combination of material – cotton, linen, flannel, satin as well as using a mixture between modern and thrifted vintage fabrics, and backed it with a lovely old yellow striped flannel sheet. No batting, but quilted as though there were batting (make sense?)

The result? Well, something pretty masha’allah. And yellow. And vintage-y. I think it works. Whether it survives early morning dive-bombing by two hungry children remains to be seen…

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This weekend had all the ingredients for a completely lovely, uplifting, reviving and rejuvenating time. It’s been a loooong time since I have felt such contentment masha’allah.

Some crafting, of course, in the form of a quilt-top for our bed.

Plenty of posies – a stream of flowers and things generally ripped off stalks made it’s way into our home.

Oh how I *love* the aroma of daffodils. I could bury my head in those petals and inhale like a crack addict. Hm…lovely poetic imagery there I’m sure you’d all agree…

Sun. Hot hot sun. Blue skies. The sounds of nesting all around. All weekend. Masha’allah!

Ergo outdoor play. All weekend! Masha’allah.

Time to sit and knit… ahhhh…..

The barakah of guests, family and good company masha’allah.

Some thrifting thrown in for good measure (a treat in itself, let me tell you :: a bit of time to stroll around a local thrift haven is a little bit of heaven) – and seriously scoring! Yes! Oh I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Some pretty, lovely things (and yes more yarn in some seriously yummy colours) to adorn our home masha’allah.

Another tin – pehaps for buttons? Who knows – currently on my craft shelves awaiting a use …

And some chocolate thrown in for good measure. Good times, people. Good times.

I need to remember that times like these are so very joy-full and make me so grate-full, I am literally full in the heart and glowing with tiredness and contentment. Alhamdulillah. Some days are like this. Life can be so very good.


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:: Love in the mail. Gifts from friends.

:: Linen.

:: The colour aqua.

:: Aqua Linen?? Oh yes.

:: This boy and his drawing

:: THIS boy and his intensity {and current dinosaur models}

:: This cup

:: Evening tisane … ahhhh

:: Calmed nerves after a shattering day.

Have a wonderful weekend. If you are celebrating the vernal equinox (in whichever hemisphere of the world!) then I hope you have a peaceful day. Embrace the change and the new season! Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday, I’ll hopefully be back after the weekend insha’allah.


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I received the new Cath Kidston catalogue in the post a few days ago.

What can I say? It’s everything you would expect from Cath Kidston – shabby, retro, vintage chic. Floral prints. Oilclothe. Disclothes more expensive than the things they would be washing. Pretty little English things in farmhouse country cottage style oozing out of the pages.

And I learned one thing: too much of a good thing can be tedious; sometimes less is more; sometimes nothing is better than anything covered in flowers.

Although I suspect it’s a lot like life – it’s an Ideal some people strive for; maybe a sense of Englishness that we feel has been left behind in this ultramodern era – a past that was always better, and Golden and more desireable and all-round healthier than what we have now.

And that has never been Real Life; and it isn’t about Real Life. It’s about a Perfect Life – the life we dream about, the goal we strive for.

I don’t think I strive for Farmhouse Chintz, but I do understand it’s attraction; the link to the Granny, the mothering, the past that comforts us. In a way, a return to the womb. We create in our homes things which make us feel safe and comfortable and secure.

And that, no matter how it is dressed up (or down) is what a home really is – a place we feel safe; a place we can nestle with our children under our wings and keep the confusing, dangerous world outside the door at bay.

Except without so many flowers as a Cath Kidston catalogue? That would be good….

What is YOUR ideal home?

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Some wonderful weekend thrifty finds. The theme seemed to be enamel this week…

This funky bowl is Norwegian! And it is so so sassy.

Then stock pots and enamel mugs. What is it about enamel mugs? Brings out the pioneer spirit in me… and in cherry reds? I can live with that…

And add to that a stash of yarn and obligatory linen find and I can safely say my thrifting twitch has been generously soothed. For a few days.

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