happy

It's the simple things

For me, there really is so much joy to be found in the simple things in life. Like a glorious sunny spring walk around the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford. Last Sunday Al and I packed up a picnic and headed out on foot with our cameras in search of spring. I'm pleased to say we found it in abundance, looking most glorious, basking in the beautiful sunshine.

There is a beautiful circular walk around the College grounds, with paths lined with daffodils and clusters of beautiful crocuses. I don't think anything lifts the spirits quite as much as golden daffodils aglow in the sunshine - yellow for me is the colour of happy. The perfect tonic after a winter of cold and grey.

We even found a Fritillary or two, which had popped up early, encouraged by all the lovely sunshine and warmth.

I love the randomness of where the crocuses pop up - little clusters of happiness all lit up, nestling amongst the daffodils and the pretty purple Scilla Siberica flowers. Of course it meant getting low down with my camera to get the best angles - I'm very good at getting in the zone when I have a vision of what I want to capture - but unfortunately this often means that I'm not really thinking about what I'm asking my poor body to do to capture said shot. I was limping around for a few days after this beautiful walk - a mild case of spring flower strain ;)

The beautiful sunshine created some beautiful shadows and patterns with the Magdalen College architecture too.

A day of warmth and joy. It really is the simple things :)

A little bit obsessed by crocheted blankets

I guess my obsession with crocheted blankets will not come as a surprise to many of you ;) Those of you who follow along on Instagram will see them pretty regularly - you can't go far in my home without bumping into one! I think it's that magic combination of colour, pattern and texture that does it for me :)

So today I thought I'd share some of my collection with you. It's been a gorgeous sunny day here in blighty so it was the perfect day for a spot of photography :)

First up is my "happy blanket" which is home to my happy, sunshiney Little Tea Wagon owls - the perfect combination don't you think? The blanket was a charity shop find when out thrifting with my sister in Barnstaple - and I may have let out a squeal :)

The other super colourful blanket was found at the Oxford vintage market which is held every Thursday in Gloucester Green. In the summer it hangs at the end of my bed to provide a lovely pop of colour (sausage dog is made by Alice Apple).

Of course, crochet isn't just for blankets and I was rather pleased with this find at Spitalfields market in London. I love the lining too :)

I just adore this huge granny blanket I bought for our bed. It is just so warm and cosy in winter - I never want to get up in the mornings! This one came from a lovely shop called Winifred's Daughter in Hawkhurst, Kent. The blankets are made locally by a lady in the village and are just beautiful. I have another one for the sofa, too.

The next few blankets are all thrifted. The first one has clearly enjoyed some happy times in its life and has that lived in vibe - but it's perfect for summer picnics on the lawn (oh how I wish....).

And last, but most definitely not least, we come to the living room, which is home to four lovely blankets - they make it such a happy, cosy space.

The arm chair has seen better days and really needs reupholstering - but a crochet blanket and a cluster of cushions brighten it up for now (the fabulous two cushions at the front were made by Modflowers, the rest I made). It's one of those fabulous roomy chairs that you can sit cross legged in and is perfect for reading.

We've also used blankets to cover up some now rather grotty Ikea foot stools - pretty and comfy. They do get a bit of a beating - but I'm a firm believer in using things you love, rather than having them tucked away keeping perfect. You get so much more enjoyment that way.

So there you have it. A little bit obsessed! Have a lovely week everyone. xxx

A peek inside my home

Vintage friends

I've been meaning to do an interiors post for ages. Faffing around with my displays happens on a fairly regular basis here, so I wanted to show you some current favourite bits and bobs. We've still (7 years on!) got lots of painting to do, so please excuse some of the grotty walls.

First up is the living room and my vintage "lady tat" shelves as my other half likes to call them :) You might notice a bit of an obsession with Alice Apple's fabulous sausage dogs - I adore them! I'm thinking of painting the wall behind the shelves different chalky pastel shades - maybe a job for my staycation.....

An Alice Apple obsession
Eclectic
Bunting makes me smile

Next up is the dining room. Quite a while ago now, I ditched the books I never read and replaced them with some eye candy. I stand and stare at this every morning while I do my yoga practice and it makes me smile every day :)

I ditched the books for these...
Owls rule

So now we head into the bedroom. We painted it aqua a little while ago and I adore the colour. The decor here is rather dominated by owls (I have a very accommodating and lovely husband). I challenge anyone not to smile when you walk in and are greeted by such a fabulous shelf of aqua owls! And there is an owl wall too. And some embroidery hoops above the bed to balance out the owls. They are such a great way to display favourite bits of fabric - and cheap too.

My owl shelf <3
My owl wall
Embroidery hoops update

And last but by no means least, we head into my study - I am very lucky to have a room of my own. It's still very much a work in progress and desperately needs a coat of paint - but I love it just as it is. I'm a big fan of colour and these shelves of happy make me smile, even on grotty dark days. The shelves are picture rails from Ikea and are fabulous as I can swap things around to my hearts content without having to drill holes into the walls all the time :)

My happy shelf #1
My happy shelf #2
My cat shelf

Friday Favourites ~ The colour of happy

Friday seems to have zipped around rather quickly this week, don't you think! Inspired by the

pretty yellow fox

on my Gingiber fox calendar for May, I thought I would pick out some happy sunny yellow delights from the wonderful world of Etsy for you this week. Do pop by and say hello - these guys have so many wonderful treasures.

Well I'm off to sort out my newly reclaimed study and sewing space :) Photos to follow when it's in a state to show the world... Wishing you all a most wonderful weekend!

Friday Favourites ~ The colour of happy