Sunday, 16 February 2014

stationery love

Hands up who loves a bit of stationery? Not the run of the mill boring stuff you get in an office, but fun and pretty stationery in an amazing range of patterns and colours. My day job is in an office and lately I've taken to bringing in colourful pieces from home to cheer up my desk space (and to take away the tedium a little!). I have also taken into work a selection of colourful gel pens but I have got a bit of a job on my hands making sure that they stay on my desk and not accidentally on purpose landed on someone else's!

The washi tape in the top photo are from The Range. They come in a pack of 3 and are great value at only £1.25 per packet, although there's only 2 metres on each roll.

Sticky notes have changed a bit since the days of Post It Notes and their rectangular yellow stickies. The sticky notes with the butterflies on in the photo above came from Poundland  - a great bargain find! The smaller rectangular sticky notes with words on and the arrow shaped paper clips also came from The Range.

One shop I like to visit is Paperchase for it's vast selection. It's like an Aladdin's Cave of stationery porn. Sadly, the nearest store to me is miles away so I only seem to visit on annual basis - good job they do mail order. These fishy sticky tabs are fun don't you think?

These travel inspired sticky notes are from John Lewis. They cost £8.99 for a pack of 8.

Have you spotted any nice stationery lately? I love noseying at new places to shop for goodies.

Saturday, 11 January 2014



Every New Year I vow to do things. Do less eating rubbish.

Do more eating good things.

Do more sorting and tidying.

Do more painting projects.

Do more sorting and tidying (see a theme developing here?).

So I have decided that my word for the year is do. Do more. Do less. Or just do something. What though, I haven't decided yet. Running definitely. Organising yes once and for all. Do those projects that I have been meaning to get on with for so long.

In the words of Nike. Just do it.

What's your word for 2014?

Sunday, 5 January 2014

silent sunday

Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Saturday, 28 December 2013

christmas 2013

Christmas has come and gone in a flash. I love this time of year, even the craziness in the build up to the big day. An endless round of carol concerts, plays, school Christmas fairs. Not to mention the house tidying, present buying and maybe a spot of making to be squeezed in.

Unfortunately, there wasn't much time for making this year; just a few bits to add to the decorations for the house.

I was lucky enough to receive a new camera lens. As you can see from my photos I have been having a play.

I've been having great fun fiddling about with it and I'm pleased with the results so far.

I've got to get back into the habit of using my DSLR more. I've got so lazy using the iPhone all the time (the Camera+ app is fantastic for photos) but now it is time to go back to basics.


How do you take your photos? Camera phone? Compact camera? DSLR? Manual setting or programme mode? Any tips for a beginner?

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