For the last 24 hours I’ve been consciously trying to flood my brain with happy thoughts. These thoughts have resulted in this post: an accumulation of just some of the things I think are lovely.
1. The beautiful and outrageous Baue Blume Tea Set by Undergrowth Design.
My mouth almost fell open when I saw these. It was love at first sight. They mix quaint with naughty, sexy with childish, and they definitely have an air of that Alice down the rabbit-hole vibe we all know I hold so dear.
If you think this teapot is good you should check out the teacups, sugar bowl and cake stand! Absolutely fab.
2. Tree House Culture.
Now, I am not a very “rustic” type of a girl. I like the city. But part of me, at the moment, seems to be craving nature. I’ve always had a soft spot for tree houses, cabins made from wood, pools and sky lights and ropes and ladders. Anything Peter Pan or Swiss Family Robinson. Which leads me to…
3. Treasure maps.
I love them. Love the concept of Neverland, of Pirates, of the Lost Boys. I love everything about X Marks The Spot. I love drawing them and creating them for friends to follow at parties. I couldn’t find a scanned copy of one of my own but the one above links to a lovely lady’s flickr who has a few to look at.
This also reminds me of one of Elsie Cake’s reissued scrapbooking kits.
Which can be purchased from the lovely Red Velvet Art website here! I really want one <3
4. The Boat That Rocked OST
I worship this film. I saw it twice in the cinema and chuckled all the way through both times. My ridiculously out-of-control love for Bill Nighy (the best bit is his dancing during the credits, I want my future husband to be just like him when we’re 60) and the IT Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd may have made me biased, but I loved it.
I was brought up on my dad’s vinyl collection which featured mostly Motown and The Hollies so naturally, this soundtrack was right up my street. Highlights include The Hollies – I’m Alive, The Tremeloes – Silence is Golden, The Isley Brothers – This Ole Heart of Mine (which incidentally is my parents’ song), and of course, the ever triumphant Martha & the Vandellas – Dancing In The Street.
5. Nigella Lawson
This woman is my hero, my salvation, my idol. I love everything about her. Anyone who eats creamed sweetcorn from a tin with a spatula on national TV and thinks it’s OK is a winner in my eyes.
Her glorious croissant bread & butter pudding was a raging success for me amongst my friends at last summer’s amateur Come Dine With Me tournament and I desperately want the salt & pepper piglets:
A self-confessed over-eater, I can solemnly swear that everytime I cook I thank buddha for butter, cream, chocolate, cheese and Nigella Lawson.
6. Photos of food on the net.
It’s mostly breakfast that I seem to have this obsession with but you should check out my flickr favourites for some mouthwatering pictures of grub. Nothing makes me happier than trawling food blogs and photographs for hours. I have an extensive folder of photos and recipes for inspiration!
Check out my recent discovery, Eating Eurovision! All good fun and very educational!
And the stuff in it. Enough said.
8. Mixtapes and the artwork which accompanies them.
Those of you who know me know my obsession by now. I like CDs but nothing beats a tape. A tape says love, a tape says creativity, a tape is the cat’s pyjamas. I still think it’s the ultimate in romantic gifts, the best way to tell someone how you feel about them, the best way to tell a friend you’re thinking about them, the best way to be passive aggressive. I also love mixtape based literature.
Ever want to exchange – just drop me a line!
Alrighty, think that’s enough for now. What makes you happy?
If you’re a regular reader – be sure to say hi! I don’t bite :)