Sunday, May 1

. hEllo mAy .

{ sOmetimes you just have to create your own sUnshine }

hEllo mAy

things i'm looking forward to this month
. a lovely long weekend baking crOissants to start the month .
&
. to end the month a klAddkaka to enjOy whilst singing along to eUrovision .

. hoping to be inspired at the OpenHouse at ImpactHub .
&
. at Pulse in lOndon .
&
. at the Selvedge Artisan Fair at StAugustinesChurchHall .

&
. hoping at some point the sUn will decide to shine .

. have a hAppy mAy dAy .

Friday, April 29

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . sUch a beaUtiful shared room for a bOy & a gIrl shared by ElleDecoration .
. 2 . sUch a dreAmy vintAge room for a lUcky little girl shared by HelloLittleBirdie .
. 3 . sUch a beaUtiful fashion shoot . a beaUtiful mini Madame Butterfly .
. 4 . sUch a whimsical fashion shoot . Down the Rabbit Hole with TutuDuMonde .
. 5 . there's still time to treat yourself to some pretty stationery to celebrate NationalStationeryWeek .
. 6 . these made me smile . gnOme cAndles to brighten up the gARden .
. 8 . a quOte & wOrds to live by .
. 9 . still tOo cold for gardening . try this little DIY instead . perfect for prEtty cactI .
. & . finally . a bAnk hOliday weekend is the perfect time to tackle baking croissants .
                     three days to make & bake & probably three little minutes to eat !

. have a hAppy dAy .

Wednesday, April 27

. crEate your own sUnshine .

as i was sitting at my desk yesterday . beginning to put the mAy calendars together for this post . i looked up just in time to see the snow start to fall . 

we are in spring . it's the end of april . very nearly mAy . earlier the skies had been blue & although it was bitterly . unseasonably . chilly . i really did think that we had moved on from the snow showers . a minute later it was all blue skies again . soon after that a flash of lightning streaked the sky . followed by the rumble of thunder . a darkening of the skies . and then the rain . but then over almost as quickly as it began . 

strange weather indeed . but i think it's also a sign about taking your chances where you can find them . about searching out the moments of blue sky & sunshine . the breaks between the rain showers & snow showers . 

. sOmetimes you just have to create your own sUnshine .


. have a sUnny dAy .

Friday, April 22

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . a belAted hAppy 90th birthdAy to our queen .
. 2 . this is the prettiest upside down rhubarb cake i've ever seen .
. 3 . a rose printed blouse for StGeorge'sDay tomorrow .
. 4 . a vintage Liberty print makes for a very Ladylike dress .
. 5 . spOtted on Instagram @chichihooo . lOng live the Queen .
. 6 . feel like a queen by wearing this beautiful crown .
. 7 . a little more pretty food with this white chocolate panna cotta .
. 8 . today this seems a very apt quote .
. 9 . as does this image spOtted on Instagram titled WeekendVibes .
. & . finally . rhubarb in the fridge ready to be turned into a myriad of lovely things . a little cake . a little jam . & . a little tart .

. have a very hAppy dAy .

Thursday, April 21

. inspired . #9 .

on sAturday StratfordUponAvon will play host to a whole wealth of activities to remember the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death . the day of which also happens to be his birthday . { something he has in common with Ingrid Bergman . Gertrude Astor . & . the painter . Rafael } . between the birthday parade . with everyone invited to don their William Shakespeare masks as they cry ' Three Cheers for William Shakespeare ' and the finale of fireworks . there will be specially commissioned performances featuring some of his most iconic characters & best known moments from his plays . 

i have seen a number of performances at the RSC . & . like most of us have studied some of his plays at school . upon seeing a new performance & a different play it always surprises me how different they were to one another . & . how creative the RSC continues to be in the spin it plays on each play it performs . in a way i don't have a favourite play . in a way you can like so many of them for so many different reasons . 

that said . one of the plays i've seen most often is A Midsummer Nights Dream . undoubtedly one of his most well known & loved works . the tale of Oberon . & . Tatiana . king and queen of the fairies has been captured on stage & screen so many times . a 1935 film adaptation had a cast including James Cagney, Mickey Rooney & Olivia De Havilland . whilst in 1968 a British version of the film brought together Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg & Judy Dench . a little more familiar may be the 1999 film which cast Michelle Pfeiffer & Rupert Everett in the roles of Tatiana & Oberon . with the wonderfully comical Kevin Kline as Bottom . i have very fond memories of a performance i saw a the RSC in 2011 directed by Nancy Meckler & designed by Katrina Lindsay . 

and so today's inspired . is inspired . by the fairies & forest & flowers of this tale . 

. WilliamShakespeare . fairyQueens . dayDreams . floralCrowns .
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. see more on my Pinterest board .

. have a wonderfully whimsical day .

Friday, April 15

. hAppy fridAy .


. 1 . this cUte sOck mOnkey brought a smile to my face this week .
. 2 . as did this sUper cute sneaky peek at the new baby range from LaDeDahKids .
. 3 . wOndering if they'd make me a pair of these in my size ?
{ oh . and . hAppy 10th birthdAy to Not On the High Street } .
. 4 . wOndering if they'd make me a cute cloud blouse in my size ?
{ spOtted on Instagram at pepper.pics } .
. 5 . lOving the beautiful tiles on the beautiful Sugarhouse Studios .
{ spOtted on Instagram at thewelshhouse } .
. 6 . sadly missed out on seeing the Monet exhibition at the RA . 
       so . looking forward to making time to see Dutch Flowers at the National Gallery
. 7 . this lovely image makes me want to put Little Women onto my 2016 Reading List .
{ it had to be a coffee quote for Uk Coffee Week }
. 9 . speaking of coffee . 
       i'd quite like to be drinking my morning coffee from this lovely espresso cup .
. & . finally . what better to accompany that cup of coffee that a lovely slice of cake .

. have a hAppy dAy .

Wednesday, April 13

. the art of cOffee . & . cOffee as art . { twelve ways to make your morning lAtte a lOt lOt cuter } .


i am doing my very best this week to support National Coffee Week . although i managed to miss out on the lOndon cOffee fEstival i have managed to sUp my way around the cOffee shOps of Carnaby Street . and . today i seem to have managed to fit in a little work in between spending the day making { cOpious } amounts of coffee . 

my usual cOffee order is a fairly pedestrian Americano with hot milk . bUt . on the occasion that i order a latte there's something lovely about wondering what latte art will grace my cup of coffee . as lovely as the coffee shops i frequent are, so far i haven't yet been presented with anything quite as stylish as some of the examples i've stumbled on today . & . is it wrong that i'm completely fascinated by the 3d latte art . but . can't help wondering that in the time it takes to create something like that surely the coffee must be stone cold ?  i think that's possibly the coffee lover in me taking precedence over the designer in me ! 

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. cUteness in a cOffee cUp .

. have a hAppy dAy .