Monday, January 26, 2015


Happy Monday* (*btw, you know you overuse that phrase when your mother-in-law - who reads your blog - starts off an email with, "Happy Monday!"). How was your weekend?

Our sweet little niece, Dorothy, celebrated her first birthday on Saturday. She had all sorts of fun playing with her favorite (and only) Uncle John, hanging upside down, unwrapping presents (and promptly eating the tissue paper), giggling like the silly bean she is, and perfecting her bewildered, deer-in-the-headlights look when we sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

We brought some baby gifts from Alex and Alexa, which is my favorite online children's retailer - they always have a terrific selection of designer baby clothes and unique toys (not to mention, fabulous sale prices!). I chose this sweet sun hat from Petit Bateau to protect her little fair skin, plus these striped leggings and paint-splattered top for a little hipster ensemble. All she needs now is a pair of baby Converse ...

When I got home, it felt like my birthday all over again as I unwrapped this gorgeous wreath that had been made for me by Karen, a talented photographer and writer (and crafter!) who pens the incredibly addictive blog, I Don't Like Peas.

Isn't it stunning? I know that Christmas is over, but I think the vibrant colors transcend any season, don't you think? When I saw Karen's blog post on these beautiful fabric wreaths she'd made for her friends (each has a special story), I left a comment saying how beautiful I thought they were ... I didn't expect her to offer to make me one!

But on Friday, I received this gorgeous wreath in the mail, carefully wrapped in bubble and tissue paper, with a lovely note from Karen, who explained that the wreath had been made of silk and "leftovers from a dress my mum made for me about 16 years ago!" I was so touched.

Thank you, Karen, for brightening up my home, and for being a new friend. Twitter can be a pretty amazing place, sometimes.

Even if you didn't have a birthday to celebrate this weekend, I hope your week is getting off to a restful, restorative start!


  1. That's a fabulous surprise gift! Lucky you!

    1. I know, Ruth - I'm lucky! Have you seen some of her other wreaths? They're gorgeous!

  2. That wreath is so cute - the colours are happy and springlike!

    And more importantly a big happy birthday to Dorothy I bet she will look ADORABLE in her little hipster outfit.

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

    1. Haha, thanks, Sorcha. Yeah - I can't wait to see her in that little sun hat (she ripped it off when we tried to stick it on her on Saturday ... babies).

  3. Super cute baby clothes! The onesie actually looks pretty there an adult shirt like that anywhere? Did Dorothy grab handfuls of her cake to serve to you all? :D
    The colors on your wreath are gorgeous! I agree -- totally a year-round piece! How nice of your friend to make you one!

    1. It's not even a onesie, Gianni - it's a long-sleeved t-shirt that I TOTALLY want in my size! And yes, Dorothy grabbed handfuls of her cake to drop them on the floor! Cheeky monkey!!!


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