For goodness sake, someone hide the credit card..!

I did that thing the other night, the one where you start browsing ebay after a couple of glasses of wine and as tends to happen (to me, anyhow) I somehow found myself buying fabric…again.  So, I have had quite a few deliveries, including

nice wrapping huh! especially for an ebay buy where I don’t expect such pretty parcels

inside, one of my favourite Liberty patterns, ‘Wiltshire‘, unusually for me in twill, I would normally buy Tana Lawn, which I use for the Wool Bunny Dresses.

I also bought some Orla Kiely fabric which I couldn’t resist, enough to make a couple of cushion covers for the Living Room.  This lead me to hunt out

some Sale Orla K bedding which I have bought for the fabric, I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, I plan to make a summer dress and a couple of tops.  As most regular readers know, I am a big Orla Kiely fan, I make a point every season of saving up my pennies to buy something in her Sale, last season it was this

a medium travel bag, at the moment is has my cushion pads stored in it but when I am lucky enough to travel it’s the perfect size for a full holiday as I tend to pack quite light…sigh…holiday…now that would be nice.

This year, my bargain Orla K was this tweed dress, I had already marked it out and waited patiently for the SALE email to come through then dashed online to buy it, you have to be quick as things don’t stay long.  Her clothes are expensive but over the last 6 years I have collected quite a few and one of my favourite things is a blue jersey pinafore dress that I wear with jeans.  During the sales I also bought the shoes shown which are by Chie Mihara, I love her shoes, I have wide feet and they fit me well and I like the retro feel a lot of the designs have (loads of UK on-line stores sell Chie Mihara, be warned, you may fall in love and they aren’t cheap!).

My clothes sense is as eclectic as my home, I have a fondness for period style (as above) and own quite a lot of vintage items but also like quite funky modern clothing.  Saying that I mostly do ‘Bag Lady’ at the moment, I am rather excited about having some more time now that the boys are in school/pre-school, to get back into shape and take some pride in my appearance, who knows I might even start wearing make-up 🙂

And yet MORE lovely things…

A new Orla Kiely bag arrived in the post today.  For those who have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that not long ago I got a lovely new Orla K bag for my Birthday and may wonder why I need another (apart from a girl never having too many bags of course).  Do I have shares in Orla K?  Am I getting commission?  No, this


happened to my last new bag, a slight accident involving a hob (which I thought was an induction hob) a smallish kitchen and a 2 yr old whilst we were on holiday in Germany a while ago.  I nearly cried but I was happy we hadn’t burnt the flat down.  So, hubby, who spotted the burning rubber smell broke the news to me with ‘you will be upset but don’t worry you can have a new one ‘ and I have been waiting in the hope they would re-stock the original bag I chose.  They haven’t so I have bought:


instead and as it was in the SALE I snook in a new purse as well.  I know I bang on about Orla K and her things are quite pricey but I do highly recommend her Big Zip wallets, my old one was the first thing I ever bought, many years ago and has lasted me well, in fact most of the ladies in my family use them now so they must be good.  Also, I think I have never mentioned it before but Tinsmith sell Orla Kiely fabric, mainly oilcloth but great for covering tables and if you fancy making your own bag.

The stack of fabric in the photo is for a project I started today which I hope to complete by the end of the week, so far it looks like this:


Right, off to cook tuna steak for tea.

Very welcome gifts…

Just a quick post.  It was my Birthday a few weeks ago and  I had asked my sister (who wanted to know what I would like) for a new Orla Kiely bag which she brought around yesterday – isn’t it pretty?  

I love Orla K, I love the retro style and the bold prints.  I have been a fan since the very early days and always have an Orla K bag on the go.  In fact I have a yoga bag (shame I haven’t done any yoga since I had my oldest son Felix, who is about to turn 4), make-up bag, travel bag, purse…the list goes on.  I also have quite a few Orla K clothes but I am sneaky and always buy them in the sale, they are rather pricey for me otherwise.  The bag was delivered with a lovely hard backed book with the new spring/summer collection so I am going to make myself a coffee and have a good look through.

Oh, little tip for anyone living in London, the big Fenwicks on New Bond Street always used to have a great stock of Orla K clothing during sale time, not sure if they still do but long after everyone else had sold anything half decent, Fenwicks would still have a lot at bargain prices.  It is also in this store that I discovered Saltwater clothing many years ago.