Happy Monday

We have been having the most amazing weather! So much so that I actually caught the sun & went slightly pink on Saturday. My freckles are threatening to come out! Spring is definitely here to stay & if the glimpses of sun we’ve been having are anything to go by it’s going to be an amazing summer!


Whilst browsing the net this morning before I don my sunnies & venture outside I found lots & lots of doilies. Vintage, handmade, remade, lampshades, bowls, incorporated with ceramics… doilies are the perfect expression of spring… taking something old & breathing new life into it… take a peek…

This piece is by Marie-Louise Sundqvist & I found this via here, one of my favourite inspiration blogs. I just love this piece. Over here I found some incredible shots, make sure you pop over & have a look…

Found this one from the same escapade here… it must have taken quite some time to have done this!

Then there is the beautiful work of the very talented Tif over at Dottie Angel

I am completely in love with that dress… purple is right up there with pink as my favourite colour & the doilies make such a lovely detail. More below found here

I particularly like the curtain… great if you’ve accidently ripped your net curtains… doily them up! Well, Happy Monday folks, here’s to a lovely week… xox

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Challenges…

A few months ago I signed up for Isis’ ethical clothing pledge. I pledged to buy preloved, which I have… I’ve picked up an awesome khaki green Pineapple shirt dress, a cool Dr Seuss tee, a pretty green vest top & an georgeous 60s style Warehouse dress! I pledged to buy handmade and or reconstructed, which I haven’t done, mainly because I worry about sizing. However, there’s so much awesome stuff out there on Etsy & Dawanda that I think I’m going to take the plunge! I pledged to NOT buy from big companies that do not use environmental materials and that may practice sweatshop conditions… & I failed. Oh the seduction of bright, funky clothing displays amidst the grey gloomy weather of an English winter… I was seduced by Next I’m afraid. I also didn’t define my rules clearly enough for myself. Today though I saw dottie angels ‘challenge of an utmost kind’ & it reminded me of the reasons that I’d originally signed up to the pledge. So I’m giving it another go… Underwear & work clothes/shoes are exempt from my pledge but any other clothing that I’d like will be ethical. All books that I buy will be secondhand, as well as items for our home. I’m slowing cutting down on chemicals in the household too as the amount of chemicals that the human body absorbs freaks me out! With shops like CommonThreadz & Bleubird Vintage when I need some retail therapy it shouldn’t be too difficult… so today is day 1 of The Ethical Clothing Challenge Of The Utmost Kind!!! Being greener is one of the things I promised myself in 2010 so I feel that I’m getting back on track… anybody else out there doing anything similar?