My Favourite Five for January
January is nearly over. It’s gone by pretty quickly for us, and we have been busy busy busy, so Christmas seems like a bit of a distant memory really.
1. Light Box from Berylune. I’ve had this on my Pinterest Wishlist for a looooong time, but it’s not exactly an essential, so I was really excited to be given it for my birthday. We spelled out Merry Christmas and had it in our window, then Happy New Year, and now – a message about how I feel in general, and particularly in January! I had to add the apostrophe with a marker. I can’t let the grammar police down!2. Life Planner from LollipopDesigns. It has become increasingly apparent over the past few months that I need to get organised. From my recent Christmas meltdowns to the amount of food we end up throwing away at the end of the week, it has to stop! I’m hoping that this lovely planner will help me keep a better track of my freelance work, Ava and Thea’s school and nursery stuff, blog plans, and meals. It has to be better than my current system of three calendars, scraps of paper multiple notes in my iPhone, and my brain! And it looks lovely.
3. “MOTHER” Scoop Neck Sweatshirt from SelfishMother. Quite apart from how gorgeous it looks (coral and gold, what a great combination) and how excellently comfortable it is, all profits from the sales of these sweatshirts go to Women for Women International, a charity that helps women in eight war-torn regions rebuild their lives through training programmes. What’s not to love? It is practically surgically attached to me now.
4. National Trust Membership. We used our Christmas money on this, and have already put it to good use last week, when we visited Upton House and Gardens. It can seem expensive, but we went through the TopCashback site, and found a voucher code so it ended up costing about £80, which considering it would have cost us about £28 to get in to Upton House, is great value: we’ll only have to use it a few more times to get our money’s worth!
5. How to Print Fabric by Zeena Shah. I met Zeena a few months back, at The Handmade Fair and went on one of her lino printing workshops. She’s friends with one of my best friends, who got me a signed copy of her fabulous book, yay! I just need to find some time to actually read it now…