Hot pink & patterned dreams

It’s a cold, crisp day today in Edinburgh. I could be taking in the fresh air and crunching on all the fallen leaves, but no, today we are having a mopping-up-pee day. Trying to get back on track with the potty training after we abandoned it due to wedding busyness. To get me through all the carpet scrubbing and high-fiving, i’m going to enjoy this quiet nap time hour and share with you a few things i’ve had my eye on this week.

Munchkin is a hippy at heart, so as soon as he’s indoors, off come the socks. This little dude loves to be barefoot and free, but has frozen tootsies in cold November. Thinking of making these slippers for him…

We had a fun night at seeing one of BS’ favourite bands, Efterklang at the Usher Hall. I am by no means “on it” with current music (my playlists are cringeworthy), but even I enjoyed a wee foot tap to these guys. They were so smiley on stage. Maybe not so much here.Maybe it’s the cold weather, but i’m craving some hot pinks and jazzy patterns. ‘Tis the season for jazziness, after all. I’ll get my fix by drooling over the following…

I’m not usually one for pink accessories, but these boots are pulling at my heart strings.

And finally, how sweet are these upcycled fairisle cushions from theRemakerie on Etsy?

Stay warm! xx

 

 

Wedding wall

I’m hoping to get some wedding pics printed soon. It’s been lovely re-living the day looking through them all, seeing what BS was up to while I was getting ready (answer – downing a pint!). When I was at my parent’s cottage earlier in the year I loved their “wedding wall”. They have wedding photos of my great-grandparents, both grandparents and their own hipster wedding.

Look at these lovelies…

Look at those big, beautiful bouquets and bow ties! It’s interesting to see how wedding photography has changed through the decades and as I have a rather large soft spot for old photos, I love having all the history on one wall. Here are a couple of my faves fro our wedding I hope make it onto the wall…

Look at these genius ideas for displaying your wedding piccies.

Our photos were by Kitchener Photography. These guys are very sweet and very talented. Exactly the kind of people you want to record your wedding day.

Limoceramics

I was recently very privileged (and squealing just a little bit…) to have some of my art work used in a new line of Spanish ceramics. Limoceramics is a line of simple, beautifully designed ceramic ware, made in Spain by local artisans. They decided to do a limited number of custom pieces showing designs by a number of artists and illustrators and I was lucky enough to have a design used.

Check out some of their pieces…

My original design was one of three that is on the wall in our living room, seen here in a post from last year. I especially love the use of leather and other materials on some of their pieces. I’ll have to get my hands on a few things to pretty up my kitchen. If you would like to pretty up your house with any of the lovely limoceramics goodies (go on!), you will soon be able to buy them online from their website.

I have been spurred on a wee bit and what with the days getting shorter and the months of long evenings ahead, i’d like to dig out my creative hat and see if it still fits. Apart from all the wedding decorations, it feels like ages since I have made anything new and i’d like to get back into the swing of things. I’ll be thinking up some new projects and will hopefully share them on here.

Talking of new creativity, Munchkin and I broke out the paints the other day and had a go. All went well until he tried drinking the paint water. He’ll get the hang of it.

Loved up shopping in Amsterdam

Gone are my days of toasting on a hot beach, melting into a book. It’s not that i’d pass up the chance, but with two peely wally men in my life, i’ve starting to embrace other kinds of holidays. Our honeymoon was no exception. We spent five amazing days wandering around the scented streets of Amsterdam. What a stylish city!

I’m rather nosey by nature and loved walking back to our apartment in the evening stealing glances into those enormous canalside houses. What great taste these Amsterdamers have. Everything was clean lines, quirky antiques, beautiful artwork. Extreme house envy ensued.

What also impressed me were the shops. Amongst all the crappy souvenir and sex shops were plenty of lovely wee shops selling handmade, locally crafted, retro and kitsch goodies. Windows piled with mountains of blue and white china, hand knitted chunky throws, upcycled furniture, I was in love…

Birthday time

I’ve been hearing a lot of things recently about two year olds. Some good, some bad, some hilarious.  An aquaintance told me that her son “woke up cheeky” on his second birthday and is still going strong. Tomorrow is Munchkin’s second (gasp!) birthday. He entered cheeky mode a while back, but this has also been accompanied by many other lovely changes.

This time last year I was fretting over which cake to bake for him. What with all the busy days of late, I don’t feel as prepared as last year for his birthday. However, his indifferent attitude towards cake (say, what?) has me feeling a bit more relaxed this time round. That’s not to say we are cakeless. No, I knocked up a digger-yellow sponge cake earlier.

I’m looking forward to all the next year has to throw at us and to another year of digger appreciation, soup-spilling, bubble kisses and giggles.

Nap time painting

A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and painted our bedroom during one of Noah’s naps. There’s nothing like the prospect of a toddler waking to make you speed-paint! We went for a bright blue, as mentioned in my previous post. We are still to figure out a wardrobe solution, but are loving our new spangly room.

It’s also the perfect colour to show off a wedding gift from BS’s mom, a painting of Anstruther (the town where we married).

We set it all off with new super soft white bed sheets. All in all, i’m finding it hard to leave my lovely bedroom. Noah helps with this problem by practicing his new screaming technique at 5am every morning! Thanks Munchkin x

 

 

We did!

After what feels like an incredibly long blogging snooze (filled with painting, streamering, marrying, friends, celebrating, resting, packing, unpacking, packing again….) I am back. Exhausted, but back.

We had a wonderful day with our wonderful friends and family, here are a few pics.

More blogging to follow soon. Plus a bedroom make over update! x