AVERT EYES if you’re avoiding all things Christmassy!

Just added this lovely range of goodies to my S6 shop based on the ‘Let it Snow’ design that has been a bestseller of mine. I don’t know why these have consistently sold throughout the year (don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining), but I thought it the right time to expand the design. I’m planning new lines and colours over the next couple of days, probably a frosty blue/green and perhaps purple or a black too. Will keep you posted with the finished item.

baby its cold promot panel



Here’s my list of Autumnal pleasures:

  • Kicking up leaves – who can resist?
  • Time to pull on a woolly hat!
  • Sit by a real fire.
  • Pour yourself a glass of rich-bodied, red wine.
  • Frost! And frosty breath fun with your little (or big) one.
  • Darker mornings (I know, not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love them!)
  • Waking up to the sound of rain pitter-pattering on the window (ditto above, in brackets).
  • Conkers! Leaves of every colour! Seeds! Collecting them all!
  • Squirrel spotting.
  • Damp earth imparting its musty smell. Mushrooms!
  • Cinammon and spice-scented candles.
  • The light! Golden, magical, warm (occasionally).
  • Drinking your first hot chocolate of the colder seasons (made the Italian way, so thick you can stand a spoon in it).
  • Front row seats to the show Nature’s been busy planning the whole year long.
  • Bed socks (not worn in bed at all, instead worn whilst curled up on the sofa watching Downton Abbey).



“Fall colors are funny. They’re so bright and intense and beautiful. It’s like nature is trying to fill you up with color, to saturate you so you can stockpile it before winter turns everything muted and dreary.”Siobhan Vivian 

Aside from the obvious wonder of its colours, I love the smell of Autumn. Rich and damp and earthy, like potatoes baking in the ashes of a homemade bonfire. Inhale.

It’s a time when we change the smell of our home and switch up the candles. We buy the same ones at this time every year and replace those that have sweetly carried us through summer with some that make us feel like we are walking into a gentleman’s club the morning after a night of cigar smoking and drinking brandy. Delicious tobacco and spicy tea scents are my favourites and somehow make you feel warm even if it’s freezing cold and chucking it down with rain outside.

Do you favour any scents at this time of the year?


Montage Italian summer

Montage Italian summer 1

Blimey, summer’s gone! Blink of an eye and all that.

We merrily tripped on over to Italy for ours, starting with a damp-but-happy time in the Dolomites before heading down to Umbria for a fortnight then returning to the mountains for another stormy week. A few days with the in-laws in Vicenza polished the holiday off nicely.

So okay, the weather was touch-and-go and we had to wear ponchos some of the time (so naff … and essential) but we embraced it all and did not allow anything to stop us having a giggle (mostly at the ponchos … not really … well, maybe).

Took a million, nay, a zillion photographs that need sorting and processing. Och, it’s slow going but workflow should speed up past a snail’s pace now that my daughter is back at school.

It does mean, however, that there is a lot to share with you over the next couple of posts. Should you want to keep up to speed with things more regularly, hop on over to my Facebook page. I will be doing a few giveaways in the run up to (dare I say it in September?) Christmas, which I’ll be running exclusively for my FB ‘likers’.

Autumn hugs!

Montage Italian summer1