Saturday, 31 December 2011


We were all very lucky this year. And in the best way as we had a lovely family Christmas and we remembered those gone but we had each other and well I felt so so so much better than last year.

1. Such beautiful and unexpected homemade Fair Isle scarfs for the kiddos- the skill in these wee scarfs almost makes me weep- How Amazing.
2. Classic Espresso pot- works real good and the classic shape is so pleasing to look at.
3. Donna Wilson Mog egg cup, egg cosy and lovely wee plate.

Such lovely gifts. Jo xxxx

PS NEW YEAR here getting near!!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Holm Buy

We spent a few days after Christmas at my folks in Perth. When the wee  one went for a late morning sleep my Mum urged D and I to head down town for an hour or so- have a mooch, get a coffee just the two of us. We also had to pop into a wee old fashioned leather shop to pick up a diary insert for the lovely Italian Leather diary cover I bought D a few years ago. Its very rare that they have it in for Christmas and they tell us he is in a tiny minority of folk who still use paper diaries! That can't be true can it....

Anyway a Charity shop was on my radar and be still my beating heart, like literally it was pumping hard- there in the window was an orange enamel Catherin Holm bowl- pristine and £2 (pictured above in Mum's kitchen). This to me is just about the Holy Grail of charity shop buys. I mean sure I could buy one off eBay or etsy for £40 but well I don't really need it. I know they are a bit of a hackneyed modernist cliche these days but man there is a reason why they are popular. The Lotus pattern is just so pleasing to the eye. I will NEVER sell this, I LOVE it. I know enough of the shouting text, get real Jo, oh and the mug (s) - yes there were two and well they just jumped in my bag. Like I need more mugs- like a hole in the head I do.....

So some more pics of lovely things loved ones gave us in due course. The kids are asleep cup of tea and bed for me. xxxxx

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Happy Days

A wee peek- my boy never stood still enough for a picture and Neep, well she NEVER stopped! Despite the first year without David's Dad we had a lovely Christmas. The kiddos, the cooking well they make the day happen and it was all very special. You focus on the future and well in this house at least its very definitely Orange! jxxxx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Hayy Christmas to everyone- and here is to a happy, healthy, creative 2012!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

A wee bit of warmth!

One of the great things about blogging is connecting and reading about how other people live across the world. It is a big world out there and sometimes its easy to forget that in the midst of domestic chores, work, kids and everything else that life throws at us. A blog I check in regularly with is One Claire Day- Claire lives in North Queensland- somewhere I have actually been and I love her blog about her life, her family and she has awesome style. Looking back through her posts yesterday I saw this fab blanket that she scored at the thrift shop- I love it so much, through I think we need it a bit more here at the moment.....brrrrrr. xx

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christmas Tuesday

Well we are getting close and all is good here. Trees are up- and almost down again ( Neve pulls all the decs off!). Finally finished the new garland- man it was harder than it looks... How James managed it with three kiddos I don't know. Hope you are all having a great Christmas prep time too. xxxx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Angel Chimes

These are lovely aren't they and I think I love the reproduction packaging faithful to the original boxes as much as the contents. We have some as a secret Christmas present so can't wait to see them in action.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Till Tuesday

A wee bit of snow is FINE- anymore and I will not be happy.Well really in Scotland its not just the snow, its the fluctuating temperatures. The black ice from the freezing temps is the worst.

So on Tuesday this week we kept warm, played in the snow a tiny bit. This was Nevie's first time walking in snow, she loved it! We started some Christmas decorating with beautiful twisted beech cut offs from my friend. The Oh Joy pipe cleaner words are to be covered in yarn and added to a garland inspired by James from Bleubird Vintage. Thank you James!

Very, VERY stormy here in Glasgow today, so battening down the hatches and gin and tonic in hand! xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Shopping, shopping, shopping

Small details from some gifts I have bought- well the ring was a present to me.........

I am trying as much as possible to avoid the mad dash Christmas shopping and keep things as thoughtful as we can.

Lots of good things for this weeks Tuesday to be posted soon. xx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Gone, Gone Gone

I have always been the same- I see something then I am fixated on it and must have it. This is how it is with these toadstool and wee hanging parcel deccies from IKEA. Hung on a lovely branch, you get it they would be really lush. But they are gone, yes gone, gone, gone.....

Snowy Monday

Woke to snow this morning- Finn LOVED it and is as high as a kite! David and I felt our hearts sink a wee bit- lots of snow clearing and just the 'hassle' factor it poses.

Popped round to a friends house for some lovely branches to use for decorations- curled birch and they are beautiful. I will post some pictures in a bit.

Off today for some Christmas prep and a dentist visit- Yay and not yay all in the one day! x

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Till Tuesday

The wee one LOVES bears and nearly was off with this one- an early morning trip to our local garden centre for some craft supplies (yes they sell Everything!).

I know, I know more things- but how could I resist the lovely Nicky's shop Raggle Taggle Hawker and her Black Friday sale. I admired these egg cups for a while and I also got the sweet butterfly mug to add to my collection. Its nice to find Nicky's shop as it is so my thing. Please check it out again if you haven't before. x

Well we had a great Ikea trip in the afternoon- great because N can walk now and toddling about in the kids play area in the cafe meant I could enjoy a cuppa sitting down for a second!

A good friend of mine hosted a fab dinner a few weeks ago- her sweet friend cooked an AMAZING meal and the table was set with the lovely table runner pictured. I really wanted it for our Christmas table- so a red theme abounds. xx

1. Now you see her.
2. And offski!
3. New Egg Cups.
4. Lovely new Mug.
5. Christmas Table Stuff.