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My home is in Mollie Makes!

I'm super excited that my little home has been featured in this month's issue (36) of Mollie Makes, alongside the lovely Candy Pop's beautiful home. I'm a huge fan of Mollie Makes, and have followed its journey right from the beginning and feel extremely honoured to have been included. Huge thanks to the lovely Natasha for planting the seed for the idea all those months ago, and for all her interiors inspiration - her home is absolutely stunning and never fails to give me a lift whenever I pop round :)

Mollie Makes issue 36 is on sale TODAY (Friday 17 January) from all good newsagents :)

It is a fantastic issue this month, packed with much loveliness and lots of things to make, including an interview and a hoop art tutorial with Hollie Harris, a lace statement necklace tutorial by Jeska Hearne of Lobster and Swan, some pretty clutch bags, a patchwork picnic blanket, love heart brooch, and the fabulous birds on the cover.

Natasha and I took the photographs for the feature (apart from the photos of us, which our other halves kindly helped with) and I have to say there really is nothing quite like the incentive of your home appearing in a magazine to bring on a fit of cleaning and tidying! It's not until you start zooming in and editing that you notice the ugly pile of cables or cobwebs that you missed!! It's lovely to have some photos of an extra clean and tidy house :) Here are a few pics that didn't make it into the magazine - if you want to see more, you will need to go and buy it!!

A very floral Sunday

Columbia Road Flower Market

Third time lucky, the lovely Candy Pop and I finally managed to make it to the Columbia Road flower market last Sunday. It was the perfect time of year to go as the stalls were laden with Peonies and Hydrangeas - my favourite flowers. So much prettiness and colour everywhere. And so many people! I wasn't quite prepared for the crowds - it made it rather challenging to get any pictures that were in focus! But it was fabulous all the same.

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market

After the craziness of the crowds and a potter round the lovely shops we headed to a quiet side street for a few outfit shots. The window boxes were so pretty - this is the kind of street I'd love to live in.....well a girl can dream!

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What I'm wearing: Floral top & cardigan: Joules | Jeans & scarf: Boden | Bag: Clarks | Coin purse: Jane Foster | Nails: Revlon ~ Eclectic

A trip to London wouldn't be complete without a spot of shopping, now would it? So, after a much needed pit stop for lunch at Byron, we headed to Orla Kiely in Covent Garden and they happened to have a sale on....everything is just so delicious I wanted it all! But I satisfied myself with this gorgeous number. Still can't quite believe it :)

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A thing of beauty

And just down the road on Monmouth Street is a fabulous little shop called Pop Boutique stacked to the rafters with vintage goodness. I tried on a dress with a fabulous 60s print, but sadly it didn't fit me. On the way out, I spotted this doggy in the window - I've been after one of these for ages (ever since I saw Shevie's sitting proudly on the Fine and Dandy counter top), so he just had to come home with me. I could hardly contain myself ;) And then it was on to a very special shop for the lovely Candy Pop's mission - but I'll leave her to tell that tale. All in all, a most fabulous day!

This doggy in the window came home with me

Oxford in bloom

This is really part II of my earlier post - it was such a lovely day I was a bit trigger happy and there were too many pics for one post! So let's rewind back to last Sunday...

Oxford really was looking stunning in the spring sunshine, reminding me how lucky I am to live here. All the blossom had exploded at once and everywhere was just sooo pretty. I'm so glad I got a chance to capture it all as the wind and rain has since blown all those pretty delicate petals away....

So, after stuffing ourselves full of cake and tea at the Randolph, we decided a gentle meander through Oxford in the sunshine was in order. And a few more outfit shots for good measure. Photos of me (a rare treat for you ;) taken by the very lovely Candy Pop.

Blossom loveliness
Blossom loveliness
Blog photoshoot
Blog photoshoot
Blog photoshoot
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What I'm wearing:

Pink tunic and jeans by Joules Brogues by Clarks Scarf ~ vintage (from The Shop off Brick Lane)

Vintage lace

Candy Pop wears: Vintage lace blouse and necklace

Christchurch College, Oxford
Oxford bike
No.18
Magdalen School for Boys
Blossom loveliness

A right royal vintage rummage

The lovely Candy Pop and I set off to London in high spirits, despite the pouring rain, for we were on a vintage mission. First stop (after tea of course) was Brick Lane. We had a lovely meander down all the side streets, hunting out vintage knick knacks - or "lady tat" as my other half likes to call such treasures :) We spent quite some time in one particular shop, whose name I can't remember, but which is stacked full of the most fabulous vintage scarves, pinnies, table cloths, blankets, linen, clothes....

Vintage scarves galore
Colourful vintage pinnies
Vintage pinnies

And it has the most amazing selection of doilies I have ever seen - doily heaven! There are drawers and drawers full (the drawers themselves are quite fabulous) - so many they are colour coded. Let's just say I didn't come away empty handed ;)

Doily heaven

Brick Lane is such a colourful area - I love the graffiti everywhere.

Brick Lance grafitti

After a pit stop for lunch and a delightful rummage around the Spitalfields market (where I found the most awesome crocheted bag with wooden handles - more of that later!) we moved on to Oxford Street and round about for a bit of window shopping.

Window shopping

And of course a trip to London wouldn't be complete without a visit to Liberty. I could stare at the fabrics and wool for hours....

A rainbow of Liberty wool
A rainbow of Liberty wool

There was a beautiful display of flowers outside - it felt just a little bit like spring!

Liberty flowers
Liberty flowers
Liberty flowers
Liberty flowers
Liberty flowers

And finally here is a special little something that just had to come home with me - it has my name written all over it! It's from a collection by Donna Wilson - there is a fabulous fox too, which is on the wish list....all in all a most marvellous day - thank you to the lovely Candy Pop for such wonderful company and being such an expert guide :)

You can view Candy Pop's lovely post about our day on the fabulous Candy Pop blog

My Donna Wilson owl plate - I'm in love :)

2012: the year of collections

First there were owls (well there have been owls for quite a number of years to be fair). Then along came Blythe, thanks to a new year visit to the fabulous home of Candy Pop - I was mesmerised by these beautiful dolls that were such fun to photograph....

Then at some point I started amassing a collection of beautiful vintage china (oh and a few cats and dogs), fuelled by regular visits to the Oxford Thursday Vintage Market (right on the doorstep of where I work!), oh and crocheted granny chic blankets, and vintage fabric (2013 is going to be all about making fabulous things with the fabric!)....

And last but not least, a deer collection appears to be developing :) Once again, I blame the lovely Candy Pop, who has the most amazing vintage deer collection - and they are just so photogenic, don't you think?

Maybe I'll feature some of the other collections in future posts - but this one is all about the deer :)

Festive deer :)
Bambi