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Working out who I want to be when I grow up! My creative lifestyle blog has been going for more than 12 years now and I write regular posts which tend to have a creative edge and include artist interviews, interesting events; handmade gift ideas; fashion and style inspiration; craft how to's and entertainment reviews.
2022-11-04 15:21
I don’t know if you had the same thing when you were at school, but once a week or so, we’d all be handed a card and we’d have to write a story about the picture on it. I r… Read More
2022-06-13 19:13
It is the weirdest feeling to come home after a holiday. It’s only been two weeks, but it feels so much longer than that. The house feels unfamiliar. And the smell when you come in&hel&hell…Read More
2022-06-05 16:18
When is it ok to call yourself an artist? Is it when you sell a few pieces of work? Is it when you make a full time living from it? Is it when you are represented by a gallery or when you&rs&hell…Read More
2022-02-21 20:36
This year, I thought it would be a good plan to try and encourage everyone to be more creative. Every month I’ll be writing a few ideas based around a prompt or theme to hopefully get… Read More
2022-01-31 11:23
I just made it to the New Year, and then I got very ill indeed. It was nothing more serious than a fluey cold, but oh my god, I don’t remember the last time I felt that ill! I had hot… Read More
2021-12-08 21:38
There’s something about sending handmade Christmas cards that’s loaded with all kinds of baggage. A few people will get it. My cousin will get it. My mother and sister-in-laws wi… Read More
2021-11-29 21:05
Have you seen either BBC series of Poldark? If not, it’s a romantic saga set in Cornwall in the late eighth to early nineteenth century and was based on the novels by Winston Graham. T… Read More
2021-11-03 15:55
A much-needed respite in the middle of a week exploring London; my Mum took me and the kids to Scotney Castle, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. This was near the end of September, so not quite… Read More
2021-11-01 13:12
Chris and I have been lucky enough to spend October in Connecticut a couple of times, and I have to say, New England does fall better than old England does autumn!… We have stayed in… Read More
2021-08-11 13:18
In these last two years I have never been more grateful for owning a camper van…. Chris and I were lucky enough to get away for another long weekend in the camper van. This time we we… Read More
2021-05-18 09:23
Dance of the Butterflies A semi-circle bay of liquid turquoise as still as a deep secret and barely a sound as the languid waves touched the pebbled beach. It was so much warmer than expecte… Read More
2020-04-29 18:20
Naomi Bulger from is making a collection of our stories from this time during the coronavirus. Please head on over to her website to add yours as it’s important that the… Read More
2020-03-20 20:48
Today is Ostara, the spring equinox, and it’s an understatement to say it took me by surprise. Having spent six weeks in America again for Chris’s work, I feel like I missed wint… Read More
2020-02-26 15:07
It may be the usual thing when picking your outfit to wear, to go for either casual or fancy items; but I love mixing the two together… It’s the juxtaposition – as you som… Read More
2020-02-15 03:49
I’ve always had a low bounce rate on my blog, but for the last three or four years it has hovered at around 1%, and the other day it actually hit 0.00% and has stayed there so far sinc… Read More
2020-02-07 17:11
Oh I miss watching clothes hauls. I feel like the few have spoilt it for the many, like when the teacher at school says the whole class can’t go swimming because one kid was caught bei… Read More
2020-02-01 03:53
Come and find out the little behind-the-scenes stories of my photography on Instagram over last week… We landed in New York exactly three weeks ago, and after jet-leg woke us up early… Read More
2020-01-21 16:22
It’s a little late in the day, but I’m afraid everything is running a little late due to packing and taking ourselves off to America for a few weeks! (There are still Christmas d… Read More
2020-01-15 19:30
As part of my goal to change things up a bit in 2020, one of the things I looked at was my Instagram accounts… I’ve had two accounts for a long time – one of them is Helen… Read More
2019-12-26 16:49
Despite my best intentions, and despite having a quiet Christmas day with just Chris and the girls this year, I still didn’t manage to come here and wish you a Merry Christmas; so here… Read More
2019-12-10 19:00
It is a lovely lie to tell ourselves when we’re shopping, that other people will remember what we wore last Christmas. However, unless it was a luminous lime green catsuit, to be hones… Read More
2019-12-06 20:39
If you’ve already read my guide to visiting St Mark’s Square, you’ll know why it’s a good idea to leave the tourist trap and go a wandering further around Venice&hell&hell…Read More
2019-10-29 19:33
I know these days have pretty much passed us by now, but I love that brief time in Autumn, when you can go out with something cosy to keep you a bit warmer, but you don’t yet need a fu… Read More
2019-10-22 16:36
Ok, let’s start off by being clear, the definition of a smock dress isn’t really represented in these photos! A smock dress really should have smocking – gathers of materia… Read More
2019-10-08 18:49
What happened to that then? Every single fashion trend forecaster and subsequent fashion blogger told us last February that crochet was going to be a big thing this spring and summer. It did… Read More
2019-10-04 14:28
Oh my goodness, I have just returned from the most wonderful day out at the Aztec Hotel and Spa, just North of Bristol. Breakfast, a swim, a spa treatment, a masterclass with chef, Marc Payn… Read More
Rebecca In Rome
2019-08-28 11:54
Rebecca had planned her trip to Rome since she was eighteen. Her degree was in ancient civilisations and the Roman empire captivated her imagination. Friends were supposed to be accompanying… Read More
How To Be Stylish While Sightseeing
2019-08-27 11:36
Sightseeing in a new place. You want to be comfortable; but you also want to look a bit cool, then all you need to do is this: add a pair of trainers or plimsols to a summer dress. It couldn… Read More
2019-08-21 19:56
I’ve had a Threads of a Fairytale stall (apart from last year) at the New Forest Fairy Festival since it began, when it was little more than a small fairy market and a few volunteering… Read More
2019-08-19 17:43
Today I’m sharing an outfit with you that I’m calling nautical style with a twist. The blue and white striped trousers are very much nautical, however the twist is the pattern on… Read More
2019-08-13 15:09
I love bohemian style fashion at any time of year, but there’s something about the romance of summer sightseeing that makes it even more perfect. And if you were to think of a boho bra… Read More
2019-07-10 15:31
Wow – it was a bit of a scorcher! I need to look it up to see if this was the hottest Glastonbury Festival ever, or whether that honour goes to our first one in 1995. I know in the pas… Read More
2019-06-11 13:35
I can totally understand why there is so much online content at the moment about wedding guest dresses and outfits – it is quite a difficult decision you know….. The day before… Read More
2019-06-10 14:55
The last May bank holiday weekend was our first trip away in our VW camper van for the season, and as soon as we got back in it, we remembered all the things we meant to fix over the winter… Read More
2019-05-20 12:08
I bought this dress from a magic shop under the shadow of a pirate castle in Lanzarote when we were on holiday last year. By that I mean that it was one of those shops with a tiny front and… Read More
2019-05-09 09:57
When you’re family is ready to buy a puppy, it’s important to make sure the dog breed is one that’s going to suit you; so if you’re thinking about getting an English… Read More
2019-05-02 19:20
I hope you don’t mind if this post is rather photo-heavy and word-light – I’m just absolutely knackered! My sewing machine is away for repair, so I’m finding myself d… Read More
2019-04-16 12:32
Do you remember the day when Hurricae Ophelia hit the October before last and the sky turned orange and the sun turned red? Well I’m writing this on that day (though no doubt I’l… Read More
A Plain Black Smock Dress
2019-04-12 17:21
This time last year Chris and I had our first campervan trip of the season to Cornwall, and it turned out to be a lot warmer than we expected! I feel that at the moment we’re in that h… Read More
2019-04-04 18:04
Our good friend Stephen is getting married on Saturday! (Photo above from Glastonbury Festival 2002 – Steve on the left with his best man, Mark.) We go back a long way So I wanted to s… Read More
2019-03-27 10:09
We moved to this house eleven years ago, so for the first couple of years I shared the renovations (that we did mainly ourselves) on this blog back then. Then our mortgage deal ended and our… Read More
2019-03-13 16:37
Jeanne d’arc Living magazine has its own range of gorgeous bohemian chic clothing. However there aren’t many places that stock it, and the prices are a little higher than I would… Read More

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