We have had our first spring-y weekend here in London Town. It included a trip to savour pasta, olives and chocolate at an all-things-italian-fair and since we were in the area, I also popped in to my favourite islington shop, which embraces the most wonderful mixture of past time curiosities and restored vintage furniture one could ever wish for.

https://i2.wp.com/img.amazon.ca/images/I/51TMAD2TZ8L._SL500_AA240_.jpg"Blithe Spirit"

On a different note, I saw another one of those pick-me-up-films the other day which I just have to share. If you are a regular reader you might remember the Genevieve post from some time back, well this one is called Blithe Spirit. It is from 1945 and it ticks quite a few feel good boxes: it features both live and dead people, the glorious Margaret Rutherford has the role of Madame Arcati, the medium and the characters don’t seem to care much if they are of the dead or the living kind, which seems to be a dreadfully healthy attitude + it lends the film a rather surrealist tone.

Now, I’m off to change my header into something a little more spring like, mes petits gourmands, I shall see you soon, o’hoy!


I hope your weekend treated you alright. I spent some of my weekend sowing seeds for the coming season, but we are still in below average temperatures here in London so we will see if I shall ever be able to plant them out.

That crazy little bunny staring rather mischieviously through the seed window actually lured himself into this photo all by himself! He is the shell of a pencil sharpener from the 1940’s and he keeps me company in my work room looking terribly dashing sitting in his vegetable armchair.

My birthday is coming up and I have plenty of sweet things to prepare and several little excursions to look forward to so I am taking a couple of days off from online life to concentrate on the one here…or should I say there? Have a lovely few days!

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I am currently coveting these His ‘n’ Hers crazy-beautiful vegan shoes from the charming made-to-order shoe company of greenshoes.

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And even in my dreams I couldn’t get very much closer to autumnal perfection than this! The mallard (yes, mallard!) skirt can be acquired here from allencompanyinc at etsy, isn’t it just lovely?

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knitting

Plus this year’s (scarf) knitting fest has begun chez moi. I am no whiz when it comes to knitting but scarves are just so foolproof. Repeat row after row, continue for as long as you want and get something useable at the end of it and you can compose eternal variations all to your own taste. Above: autumn’s first two scarf projects. I’m into stripes right now; brown-turquoise and peppermint-red.

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Oh dear, no luck with the easter fancy baking mentioned in my last post. I used, or rather, was inspired by (I tend to make changes in recipes, not always to the better, unfortunately) Peggy Porschen‘s basic fondant fancy recipe from “Pretty Party Cakes“.

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But it all went pear shaped and they didn’t even taste very good. All too sugary and nothing else for my taste. All in all; a complete disaster.

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The other day I found this baby version of the china swan that I got earlier and which is currently housing some grass for my lil’ blue bloods to nibble on. But this baby swan (which, as you can see, has already been inaugurated by the duchesse) has become the perfect water holder for ink and gouache painting etc. Apart from that we’ve been getting along with some spring gardening . We’re sowing spring seeds and making a fence for our forest plot. I’ll post pictures when it’s ready. I am still work-room-less and so forth turning the whole house upside down with paper, paint and fabrics, but I’m working on that one too and sooner or later it all has to come together!

mario mushroom key ring

mario mushroom key ring

1930's cupboard

1930's cupboard

nova magazine

nova magazine 1965-1975

bellis perennis

bellis perennis - my garden

60's suitcase

60's suitcase - etsy

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vintage swan - local thrift find

The1960’s suitcase featuring a violin playing kittie with super eye lashes, which I am so smitten with, is from Anne Marie Austin’s etsy shop and I don’t know what this swan thing I have going is, but I think it might be chronic. Especially since I saw a pink one in a Dexter episode the other night (in Rita’s kitchen). It looked vaguely like this one, but was more the feel of this one, but without the bling. They’re not all pretty, but the one I found in a local charity shop is determinately serene. It also makes me think I should get this painting by amberalexander, because it is just so wonderfully mysterious. I love our new cabinet (at the top) which was ebayed a few weeks back and I would have wanted to save it for the soon-to-be redectoration of my work room, but it is already destined to go in an especially unfurnishable corner of the front room, so there you go. I will be back with more soon, but now I shall sink into my work world as I have to adhere to an illustration deadline. Have an absolutely lovely Monday!