Lovely things from nice people…

I’ve kind of disappeared again I’ve noticed, which is odd as I’ve had a very productive week, this week.  I think the rain helps, there is less pressure to be out in the garden plus I’ve managed to get into a routine with my ‘home alone’ ness (you know what I mean).  Unfortunately I’ve been sewing mainly Autumn/Winter products so I feel the need to keep them a secret, it’s just easier that way and I hate to show things that aren’t going to make it into the shop for a long time.  Instead I’m going to show a few lovely bits I’ve bought recently.

First up, and most important, this fabulous paper cut by Saffa Barkhordar.

Saffa has been a very supportive customer of The Linen Cat over the years and I was thrilled to hear she had decided to start selling on-line herself.  She has lots of original paper cuts inspired by the Victorian lace patterns that she collects.  Vintage lace and superb quality paper cuts – what’s not to like!

Saffa was kind enough to include an extra card, also lovely. We have been email chatting for a while and I’m pleased to see she has started a blog, so do please pop over and visit her, if you can.

Second on my new list is this hip bag (I just can’t write ‘fanny pack’, I know this is probably a Brit thing, but the term just doesn’t work for me).  It comes from the Etsy shop Kinies.  I have been keen for a while to find something nice to carry my phone and keys in when I’m out and about walking, I hate having them in my pocket banging about so this is just perfect.

The shop is based in Malaysia, but the delivery was swift and the bag is beautifully made so well worth the short wait involved.

Next, I bought the book Fairytale Food (by Lucie Cash) some time ago, it’s jam packed with really good recipes, all based around traditional fairy tales (and many involving edible glitter!).  As well as wanting to spend hours in the kitchen creating magical food, I instantly fell in love with the illustrations by Yelena Bryksenkova and I got even more excited to see you could buy postcard versions from her Etsy shop.

Whilst happily stalking her blog (as you do), I noticed a link in her portfolio section that said ‘orla’ – yes she even has an illustration inspired by orla kiely autumn / winter 2011 collection!  Enough said.

Apologies for the quality of some of the recent photos, along with much of the UK we are in a period of ‘changeable’ weather and it’s been a bit gloomy as of late and I am too lazy to get the tripod out.

Finally, despite my rather chirpy sounding post (well, I think it is), I’m cream crackered after getting up at 4.30 with the youngest sick.  He is now asleep, snoring louder than a 5 year old should.  Couldn’t resist a photo, he looks cute, you can hardly tell he threw up a short while ago all over our cream linen sofa (he’s asleep in the clean side, the one I haven’t had to attempt to wash).  I remember now why we’ve had a leather sofa since the kids were born, until we changed it recently.  Leather.  Not cream.  Or linen.  Nice wipeable leather.  Oh well, he’s had Calpol and  I think he’ll sleep ‘it’ off and fingers crossed the rest of us stay healthy.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

14 thoughts on “Lovely things from nice people…

    • Thanks 🙂 Shortly after I published the post he woke crying but is now tucked up asleep in bed. Fingers crossed for a decent night for us all! I have bucket, towels, calpol, water and tissues all at the ready 😉

  1. Thanks for your lovely comment – and I can’t tell you how envious I am about your gymnastics tickets.Those would have been my girls’ first choice!#
    Hope you all stay well.

    • Must say – I was secretly very pleased – OH less impressed but agreed that the boys will love it! Heck, I tried everything else, endless hours trying to buy swimming/diving in a site that crashed every few seconds. We are very lucky to have ANY tickets 🙂

  2. I also can’t bring myself to say fanny pack Beth without laughing! Great buys I love the look of the book. I do hope your son feels better tomorrow and I don’t envy you removing calpol stained vomit from your lovely sofa…owchhh!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Jane x

    • Glad it’s not just me – it makes me ‘titter’! Thanks. I’m sure C will be fine, he always gets a temperature and sickness at the start of anything – even a simple cold. Lucky me, he’s big for his age so got 6+ calpol, which is clear not pink – yay! Bx

  3. I have just ordered the fairytale food book it looks lovely and what wonderful illustrations. Hope your little one is better soon

    • Oh I hope you like it. When I bought it, it was really for the illustrations and the idea of the book, but I was surprised to find many really lovely recipe ideas. I’d like to cook a whole ‘fairytale meal’ one day. Bx

  4. I love those illustrations Beth (really love the ‘orla’ ones )! 🙂
    I have to admit anything with edible glitter is good! Although don’t let the little one get any yet, I wouldn’t fancy getting that out of a cream linen sofa! 😉 Hope he feels better soon!
    Vivienne x

  5. Hi Beth,
    Thanks so much for putting my cards on your blog, that’s so kind of you 🙂 its much appreciated. I’m so sorry to see your lovely little boy feeling so ill poor little thing, I hope he feels better soon and you get a good nights sleep! Also that you can salvage your cream linen sofa! Really love that cook book of yours and those wonderful illustrations inspired by orla kiely! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for your kind support, I shan’t forget it, love saf xxx

  6. I love the way you are so supportive of the handmade products of others. I have been introduced to so many lovely things via your blog!
    I really hope your little one gets better swiftly and no-one else falls ill. Especially when you feel like you’ve got into a ‘home alone’ routine! (Nothing like sick kids for throwing a routine out the window.)
    In Australia your ‘fanny’ is definitely not your bottom…. cute bag though 🙂

  7. You must be exhausted! I too love the illustrations, and I’m going to check out the book for my Eleanor -the cakeaholic.Blogland is definately a good place to escape this dismal weather. I do hope you son is feeling much better. Maybe he’ll make up with a mega sleep -you never know!

  8. I remember consoling with you a year or so ago when you said you were having to clean sick off your sofa……and you replying it wasn’t too bad since it was leather – I do hope the new one has scrubbed up properly!
    Lovely buys, especially the fairytale cookbook and illustrations. Take care, Juliex

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