pretty things and random musings

Paris Labels September 7, 2010

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 2:22 pm

Regular readers (okay, I know there’s only one of you!) will know that I have something of a problem with stationery. I adore the stuff and keep drawers and boxes of notebooks and labels in my bedroom, all waiting for me to find the perfect use for them. It’s not as if I need any more, oh no. But these Paris Labels from the fabulous¬†Papernation are calling my name. Just how sweet are those illustrations? I’m such a Francophile anyway that these would be the perfect addition to my stationery portfolio. Must resist. Must resist…


Winter Warmers

Filed under: Fashion — Alison @ 2:13 pm

Apologies for the tiny pictures but these are the latest two additions to my winter wardrobe – a grey cable knit dress and a berry scarf cardigan both from Next. They’re warm and toasty and are going to be the mainstay of my autumn and winter clothes collection, especially in wet and chilly Northern Ireland. It’s only the beginning of September and it already feels as though winter is just around the corner. I was hoping for an indian summer but I think I might be asking too much as it hasn’t been over about 20 degrees here all year, let alone in September. I’ve definitely got that back-to-school feeling. These can be my new uniform.


Lush Designs Fox Lampshade March 2, 2010

Filed under: Interiors — Alison @ 4:43 pm

How much do I love this fox design lampshade from Lush Designs? Our lampshade in the sitting room is old and stained and manky and I’m desperate for a new one to replace it. This might just be the one. But what colour? I’m torn between the red and black and the plum and orange. Help me!


Yippee! November 19, 2009

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 2:01 pm


I’ve won a competition! I’m getting some Cartolina gift and note cards from the lovely Huma at Her Little Place which has pleased and excited me greatly, especially as I was feeling grim with a cold and sore head. You should read Huma’s blog and her pieces in The Guardian as she’s a fount of knowledge about all things stylish and writes beautifully. And she runs great giveaways too! It’s actually the second time I’ve won a blog giveaway in the past three months so I feel very privileged. The last time I won a fab invite and thank you card set from Duet Letterpress from Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper which I’m saving for a special celebration:


I’m (or rather, Jim, is) waiting to hear about some possibly good news which might necessitate a party but I don’t want to tempt fate by mentioning it and then it not happen so watch this space!


heart by November 18, 2009

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Shopping — Alison @ 9:14 am
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I’m very excited. I’ve been in love with the beautiful headpieces and hairbands from for a while but have been too broke to buy any. But now they’ve launched heart by where all the items are $50 or less. I don’t know which to choose but here are some of my favourites (especially the red heart above – lush!):



The question is: can I get away with them? I’m not exactly Lily Cole and I might look like a fat girl trying too hard. But, you know what? I don’t think I care! They’re all so pretty that I don’t think I can manage without at least one. Choices, choices…


erinzam tag books November 16, 2009

Filed under: Stationery — Alison @ 3:54 pm


Just how sweet are these teensy tag books by etsy seller erinzam? I like her idea of using one to record car expenses like petrol as I seem to spend a fortune at the petrol station and never seem to get many miles from it. I’ll be driving a lot more now as Jim has started a new job in Coventry so he needs a lift to the station every day (and on his way home) hence more expense. But it’s good to finally have money coming in and I may use some of it to buy these little books to keep track of the ins and outs.


Dee Beale Nordic Hares Print

Filed under: Art,Prints — Alison @ 3:44 pm


I’ve fallen in love with this gocco screenprint – Nordic Blue Hares – by UK artist Dee Beale. It would go perfectly with the blue print I bought from Sycamore Street Press. Here’s another shot of it:

As both prints are quite small, I need to do a grouping of prints together so I need to find some more in blue and white for my collection. Any suggestions?