I've found my buy for Autumn. (See post here
.) Not the sweater or jacket I set out to find, but this unlined coat from Topshop. It's just the right weight, is beautifully cut and detailed and the finish is remarkably good (all seams are nicely bound, an extra button inside to make it hang well, the collar sits perfectly..).
(Sorry the photograph isn't of the same standard! It's from Topshop's website)
Perfectly put together, and roomy enough for a warm layer underneath.
I thought the price of £79 was terrific for the quality, and because the popper fastenings were loose they took £20 off. Nice.
Love it with these shoes.
Have you bought anything new for the new season?
Fun is simple, mostly.
Photographing something that amuses, making things - sea monsters, tin can decorations. Even minor mishaps can be fun to relate (if not fun at the time). See under Simply Fun if you have a little time to browse - there are just a few posts surprisingly, considering how much fun I have..
Fun is an attitude of mind.
Fun is writing this blog.
Fun is reading your comments.
- thank you!
Nine for a seasonal lunch..
And more fun than I intended with the baking! I borrowed a mixer and couldn't detach the beaters which were of course covered in the cake mix, and raised out of the bowl..
'I wonder if it only works when it is switched on?' I thought....
and switched it on! I can't believe I did this! We had to change our clothes and clean the kitchen down - walls, cupboards, floor.
I'm laughing now (but I wasn't then).
The children transformed this...(spot the robin!)
..to this zany character with wild tomato eyes and leery gummy grin!
Two year old Scott calls it a 'Punkin' - a name which will probably stick in the family now.
Have fun tonight....
Making, photographing and writing posts about all these candles, lanterns and pretty things is a lovely escape from more urgent matters such as emergency plumbers, the computer screen message 'your hard drive is about to fail', avoiding fallen trees and salting icy paths, ordering and stacking more logs, replacing greenhouse glass broken in the gales....winter here is hard work at present!I blogged about these lanterns last year, but that was before the 'blog hop' www.thriftyhousehold.co.uk so I hope it's worth repeating.
You take a few tin cans, fill them with water and put them in the freezer till solid (or just out the back door here today).
Then with a hammer and a nail you punch holes in a pattern, which you can mark with a felt pen first.
I found the easiest way to manage this was to sit on the doorstep holding the can between my feet.
Nine year old Ross helped make these ones.
The photographs were taken in the bitter cold, so are slightly out of focus!
If you were really patient and had saved up lots of tin cans, you could put a letter on each to spell out someone's name or a message....
Making something on the beach or in a park or a wood with what is already there is fun, and creative.
I sometimes make 'North Points' (essentially arrows pointing to the north) when on holiday or out on a walk.
This is part of one.
Sometimes if you go back to one you find that someone has added to it.