pretty things and random musings

French Nature Posters April 21, 2009

Filed under: Art,Eating and Drinking,Interiors — Alison @ 3:03 pm
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I’ve been looking for things to put on my rather bare walls and just love these nature posters from The French General Store. I especially love the pigs and cats as they’re two of my favourite creatures but was also tempted to post the goats and cows and sheep and, ooh, all of them! And, while apples aren’t my favourite fruit, I’m fascinated by heirloom varieties and the types of apple you only get at farmers’ markets with names like Hoary Morning and Rybston’s Pippin. Although, if I do partake of the old pomme, I’m rather fond of a common-or-garden Granny Smith!


Sarah Hartill’s Laundry

Filed under: Home,Interiors,Kitchen — Alison @ 2:50 pm
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One day, when I grow up, I’m going to have a dedicated laundry room like this one owned by Sarah Hartill, Style Editor of Canada’s House and Home magazine. Isn’t that curtain pretty?

Via Design*Sponge


1Canoe2 Letterpress Recipe Cards and Box April 20, 2009

Filed under: Eating and Drinking,Kitchen,Stationery — Alison @ 3:25 pm
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As a trainee domestic goddess and enthusiastic adapter of recipes, I’m coveting these beautiful letterpress recipe cards and wooden box by 1canoe2. There are 40 letterpressed recipe cards with all images hand drawn and printed on 100lb and 140lb cardstock. Tabs are cut by hand, and have the following words: entrees, appetizers, soups and salads, treats, bread, side dishes and beverages while the box is made by one of the creative duo’s dads. How sweet is that? It might inspire me to come up with some delicious recipes to hand down to future generations, like my mean roasted veggie lasagne and breakfast smoothie. Want!


Sycamore Street Press

Filed under: Art,Stationery — Alison @ 3:13 pm
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I love love love this Blue Patterned Garden letterpress print from those talented folks at Sycamore Street Press. Eva says “the blue and white dishes of Delft and Royal Copenhagen, along with the intricate detail and beautiful landscapes of Indian manuscript painting were my inspiration for this print. After printing them on my letterpress, I added a bright yellow line of sewn thread to make the perfect little counterpoint to the blue and to echo the printed dashes of rain.”

All I know is that it’s very, very beautiful. Letterpress at its best.


Label Heaven April 18, 2009

Filed under: Home,Kitchen — Alison @ 5:05 pm
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I’ve been labelling things again. I bought the Dee Puddy labels I showed you a little while ago – they now do sugar labels too – and placed them on some Le Parfait jars I bought at the local kitchen shop. For those provisions which don’t have their own porcelain label, I used pretty paper ones. Doesn’t it all look lovely?


Willow & Stone April 17, 2009

Filed under: Gift wrapping,Home,Kitchen,Vintage — Alison @ 5:40 pm
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This is my wishlist from Falmouth based Willow & Stone. They principally sell door knockers and other hardware but have a small and lovely selection of homewares, like this scoop, ribbon and antique pots. Thankfully they do mail order so I don’t have to traipse all the way to Cornwall. Not that I’d mind *too* much.



Filed under: Beauty,flowers,USA — Alison @ 5:29 pm
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Aren’t these soaps just the prettiest you’ve ever seen? They’re by Saipua who make them in the Hudson Valley for sale in boutiques and their own Brooklyn store. They also do amazing flowers: