My pots

I do like a nice bit of storage. I think it’s because I’m a bit of a hoarder and keeping the stickers I got when I was 12, the Really-Important-Pebble-from-that-lovely-beach-that-I can’t-quite-remember-where-it-was-but-it-definitely-can’t-go-in-the-bin and all my other bits and bobs hidden away in a selection of jars and pots make me feel like I am holding some semblance of order over my home.

Mixing old and new jars and canisters is a good way to avoid ending up with a Magnet Showroom style kitchen and reusing food containers with pretty packaging is a nice recycling touch; granted my friends do look at me funny when I transport (clean) used yoghurt pots home in my suitcase from holidays in France, but the design is so good.

Anyway my latest addition to my kitchen is the blue lidded jar in the center of the picture above.  Ages ago I saw these cute little spice jars in Anthropologie selling for around £10, which are beautiful and I love the ornate detail around the chalkboard.

anthropologie chalkboard_jars3

But then I saw these in Matalan and they’re bigger and cheaper at 18cm high and only £5 each. Hurrah.


Shame you don’t get a stick of chalk with them … Where do you buy chalk these days?

Also on my shopping list are these little beauties

Nice storage jars
From left; Bloomingville Carla Storage Jars, £12
Sagaform Keep Storage Jar, £15.66
Jonathan Adler Candy Storage Jar £138
Cream Crackers by Wayne Hemmingway £12

I find it hard to buy cushions. More often than not I know half a meter of fabric or a particularly nice tea-towel (the small cushion above is made from one bought in an Anthropologie sale, the large from a fat quarter bought from FabricRehab), a feather cushion pad and a spare hour with the sewing machine will result in a cushion a fraction of the price as the ones I see in the shops. This theory doesn’t really apply when it comes to printed or embroidered cushions as the time/facilities needed versus value for money ratio is all wrong which is why when I spotted these two cushions in Matalan I had to buy them…

Embroidered Owl cushion

Printed text cushion

… especially as they were only £10 and £8 respectively.

Matalan do do some good little bits and pieces for the home. Visit their website here to see for yourself…

I do also have an aversion to synthetic cushion pads (which most cheaper cushion covers come with) as to me they always make the cushion sit too upright and don’t feel  snuggly enough. But feather pads can get expensive so I tried an experiment the other day which surprisingly worked. I bought feather bed pillows from Poundstretcher at £7.99 for two, then in the garden I opened up a cushion pad I got with the Matalan cushions and removed the stuffing (useful to keep for stuffing soft toys etc). Then I carefully opened a corner of the feather pillow and transferred half the feathers from the pillow in to the cushion case. When the cushion case was suitable plump I sewed it up, squared off the pillow sewed that up aswell and ended up with two new feather cushion pads.

It’s not the tidiest of jobs and the garden did look a little like I taken a job as a duck plucker when I’d finished but it did save a lot of pennies.

Today’s post is bought to you by the letter Z

1. This letter Z is 20cm high
2. It’s made of cardboard  and slightly padded material (to disguise those sharp corners)
3. I bought it in America – Las Vegas or New York – from Anthropologie, where it was in the sale (I guess there’s not much call for the letter Zee). I love an American Anthropologie sale; not only are things reduced but they’re also in dollars (which I can never work out the conversion rate on so I just halve everything then add a bit more) AND they don’t have tax on them so everything seems extra extra cheap … problem is when I’m in the English stores I’m still thinking the prices are in dollars. They’re not. You can buy similar ones here (Well they’re not similar at all but they are from Anthropologie and still nice).
4. I bought it for my friend Lady K as she has a Z z Z zzZzz collection in her bedroom
5. It’s a bit too flowery for her new decor so I’m supposed to be covering it in a nice spotty fabric… haven’t got round to it yet … soz.
6. It’s a Helvetica
7. Good words that begin with Z are: Zoinks, Za (ever so useful in scrabble that one) and Zowie (as in Zowie Cavey!)



Today I am on a train heading to Derby for a friends wedding; when I say friend I mean ex-boyfriend and when I say wedding I mean Day Three of an amazing AngloIndian Extravaganza. I have been shopping frantically for a suitable outfit and above is what I’ve come up with. I had dresses from Reiss and French Connection but they all paled into insignificance when this lace skirt from Anthropologie caught my eye (literally… You can’t tell here but it is The Brightest Coral you have ever seen). The jacket is also Anthropologie, it was hanging next to the skirt in the shop which surely means they go together right? The blouse is Top Shop (not convinced the sleeves are going to fit under the jacket (typical me I haven’t actually tried it all on together yet)) and the bag is H&M.

Shoes are always a problem for me as I’m quite tall. I love heels but I’d love them all a little bit more if they were just an inch or two shorter so I didn’t tower over everyone in the room. These were from Mary Portas for good old Clarks (must be good for your feet, mum will be proud). I bought them in Mary’s concession in House of Fraser and it’s true the service was outstanding. The friendly assistant told me of a 20% off discount from Vouchercloud and even though my phone was flat she still rang it through the till for me. Result!

The only thing I’m not sure of is the necklace. I’ve borrowed it from a fashion friend. I think it might be a bit big, but we’ll see…

Here’s what I bought and where I bought it from …

blouse £36 Top Shop
skirt £148 Anthropologie
jacket £148 Anthropologie
bag £12.99 H&M
nail varnish £8.50 Essie Chinchilly
shoes £79.99 Mary Portas at Clarks

And now I’ve only got 30 minutes to get ready … Gotta dash!