Monday Glory… Harvest

Monday Glory is a new regular post which combines a collection of products, recipes, makes, ideas, reads and more… to set your mood for the week to come. Happy Monday… and happy harvesting x

(from top left) willow garden baskets by the cottage gardener £25sophie conran homemade lemonade kit £29.95 ♥ woodland lampshade john lewis £35-£45 ♥ preserves: river cottage handbook no 2 £14.99liberty art fabric milliner a satin from the aw12 printing and dyeing story £45 l’occitane bonne mere soap verbena £4.50paris rustic wooden crates by the orchard £21 ♥ feta & chickpea salad recipe by angie mcgowanburgon & ball kitchen compost liners the cottage gardener £3.95 ♥

3 of a Kind Thursday… Blogs I Love!

This Thursday I thought I would share with you 3 blogs which I love… they are the 3 blogs I can’t wait to get home to read. I don’t even need them saved on my favourites as I know their addresses off by heart. They inspire me, and delight me and add a bit of sunshine to my day… Take a look at these 3 gorgeous blogs and let them enlighten your day;

number one…

Margaurita Photography is an insight into Natasha’s life as a photographer and all things she encounters and loves along the way. She talks with honesty, passion and a little comedy… and her Wednesday sharing posts open a window to even more beautiful blogs. But the thing which I really look forward to is her photos. Her unique view of the world which makes every encounter look beautiful… look at margauritaphotographyblog.com

number two…

Carrie lives and studies in London and in her own words… “blogs daily about vintage inspired fashion and whimsical encounters” which sums up her blog perfectly. I love her style and the way she puts outfits together. My favourite highlight is ‘what I wore’ and I get so much inspiration from her looks and travels. Let Carrie inspire you at wishwishwish.net

number three…

I discovered A Beautiful Mess on one of my green tea Sunday lazy-noons, I was searching for tips on how to use my new camera. The style of her blog oozes personality and she helps with her how-to’s to inspire others. I love creative people who are not afraid to share their experiences and techniques and Elsie is one of those people. The blog is a collective of Sisters and friends bringing their passions together. Get tips on making projects, taking photos, blogging and decor… visit abeautifulmess.typepad.com on a green tea Sunday lazy-noon of your own.

 

Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

I borrowed a copy of this book from my friend and instantly fell in love with the images. The fabrics Martha uses are perfect and it inspires me to start making straight away

Making from the book you need a bit of sewing know how. Whilst the directions are clear, I need more visual aids. But it really inspires and kick starts that creative hamster running around in my brain and gives him a little bit of direction.

I love the tips in the how to section, it enables you to add those finishing touches.

Here are some projects which jumped off the page for me. Some I know I will be making… Some I just like to look at.

So why not let Martha inspire you to make more?…

http://www.marthastewart.com/crafts

her website is a fantastic hub of ideas… home, craft, garden, food… she’s a woman after my own heart.

 

Making Magazine…

Every so often I treat myself to a good magazine. It’s a luxury buy and treat it as such. I curl up with a cup of green tea and submerge myself in inspirational pictures and thought provoking words.

This month I chose Making Magazine.

The soft rich looking cover caught my eye and the front cover promises of beautiful making projects made my heart skip a beat. I wasn’t disappointed.

Making magazine touches on every essence of making. Making clothes. Making food. Making a home. Perfect reading for anyone who, like me, likes to make in every aspect of life.

Pages of inspiration leave me wishing I had thought of them and pages of make ideas have me thinking how I could add my own personal touch.

So if you love inspiration, motivation and project dreaming… snuggle down this Sunday afternoon with a copy of Making Magazine… (and a cup of green tea, of course)

Rose Prince Kitchenella

Everytime I open Rose Prince’s Kitchenella my excitement and enthusasim for creating a way of life from my kitchen is sparked. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a recipe book, sure, it is full of recipes but is written in a way which you are learning a life style, a way of life which was once handed down through generations but has now been lost in todays overindulgance of fast food and convenience.

Rose teaches through her own experiences and invites you into her upbringing and daily routine. Each dish has a story and I am reading it as a novel and learning the dishes becomes a bonus.

I have changed my whole way of meal planning and having less waste by using everything. Organising and making the next meal from the leftovers of the last.

I urge anyone who wants to nuture from their kitchen and who cooking is a part of life to read this book. It is enriching.