Sunday, 29 May 2011


Playing around with the Sahib's camera in mamma's garden ...

Aren't they lovely?


Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Toy Maker's Workshop

This amazing toy maker's shop is always closed when I go past it on my way from Gospel Oak overground to Anthony Nolan, where I volunteer on the web team one day a week.

The windows are dusty but full of promise. The jumble of doll's houses, mechanical toys, rocking horses and the like are so evocative, a 'box of delights' of nostalgia and memory.

I can't help peering in the window, it's a bit like one of those sentimental Victorian Christmas card scene of urchins gathered around shop windows.

Maybe one day, I might magically find it open!

I think this guy - possibly the best ever 'Weekender' in the Saturday Guardian, beating the usual Hoxtonite crowd that grace these pages - is connected somehow.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Alright, I confess: some vintage homewares never make it to my Etsy shop ...

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

The Cult of Beauty at the V&A

If you haven't been, you must...

Peacocks. Sunflowers. PreRaphaelite hair. Morris wallpaper. Du Maurier Punch cartoons. Liberty dresses.

What more could a girl want? My heart is full ...

Here's a taster from YouTube:

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

I only wish I'd been before I submitted my Dorian Gray essay, ah well...


Sunday, 8 May 2011

The only way is ... Essex?‏

Yes indeedy, this is Essex, Chelmsford in fact. Such pretty buildings and a lovely river too. Enough wisteria to cheer any heart.


Friday, 6 May 2011

This Week

This week, I have been mostly:

 - feeling conflicted as I'm a republican but enjoyed 'the dress' and the cakes

 - trying to keep the cat off the keyboard ...

 - starting to obsess over Edith Nesbit and the Fabians ... "Sounds like a rock band" - thanks Dad!

 - rediscovering collections of turn-of-the-century cigarette cards - Cissy is my favourite, love the white lace / black opaques combo

 - dusting off the SLR for a sunny, windy day in Greenwich

 - and picking up gems for the Butterfly Mind Vintage Etsy shop.

What have you been up to?



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