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New Things

New months, new things. Happy June, everyone!

I’ve been trying some new things lately. Nothing hectic like flying helicopters or learning Russian, but still a little stretching for me:

*Like learning some html for a page on a website.  I can make my typing bold or italic, add links to another website (and the link can open a new window/tab  – score!), and I can set up a table. No, not set a table, create a columns-and-rows table. Yip, I’m a real computer geek now. Heehee.

[You see, with blogs like this WordPress one, they make it easy for you – there are lovely little buttons and things, no html required!]

*Or using ‘advanced’ (for me) image editing… like Photoshop, but a free web-based app called Aviary. I really wanted to create a cute banner for my blog (instead of using a photo). Man, it took ages to figure out the layers and the tools. After many many hours, I finally had something that I quite liked (thanks to the Friday Freebie for free digital scrapbooking images).

But – oh my goodness me – I just couldn’t get the sizing right and when I tried to put it up as the banner/header it was pixelated and looked awful. So I resorted to my red velvet cupcakes. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not something I worked on for hours and hours. Teeny bit of an anticlimax.

*And I’ve been trying to venture out of my ‘comfort zone’ when it comes to the books I’m reading. [Okay, so that’s not a huge big deal, it’s not like I’m reading horrors.]

*But what this post is really about is that I’m trying to avoid supermarkets if possible. For fresh produce, anyway. I recently discovered I have a greengrocer‘s nearby.

A little background info: I’m a supermarket generation gal. Growing up, my mom did all the shopping in supermarkets. As far as I know, there wasn’t really any other option. And by the time I got to England, supermarkets had pretty much taken over here too, so although I saw a few butchers and bakers and greengrocers, I didn’t really take much notice.

While on my many many many walks with Little Man, I spotted the grocer and have recently actually started going in, and am absolutely not regretting at all! The stuff is all fresh and local and seasonal. Great!

And the best best best thing is… the strawberries!

Since discovering that LM will actually eat strawberries (he’s taken his time with the whole solid food thing) I happily ply him with the things. Which means that his clothes and the high chair tray are covered in pink stains, but he and I are both happy that he’s eating 🙂

So here’s in honour of the wondrous strawberry…

Outdoors, wearing only a nappy. Trying to avoid stains on his clothing!

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Therapy

*blush blush blush*

On Friday I posted about gorgeous French handwriting. I used an image that I found from Flickr by doing a Google search. The handwriting was gorgeous.

And I made a very amateur blogger (which I am!) mistake… I didn’t translate the writing before posting the picture.

I thought about it. But didn’t do it because I was in a baby-related hurry.

LOML is a French teacher. And he kind of freaked out (in a patient, my-wife-is-loony kind of way) when he saw my post.

They were not very nice words. Not very nice at all.

I’m so embarrassed.

It’s actually pretty funny, as long as nobody was offended, but I think I’m still smarting from the humiliation of doing something so stoooopid.

But I have certainly learnt my lesson.

And yesterday was a lovely bank holiday so I took a blogging break, licked my wounds and did some Pinterest therapy to make myself feel better.

So here are some real pretty things to soothe my bruised pride and hopefully smooth any feathers I may have ruffled {if any French literate readers noticed the rudies. Or indeed if anyone read my post at all! Never before have I so heartily wished that nobody read a post!}

Red Velvet Cupcakes » Annie's Eats

Green felt stamped muslin clip - Ciao

And with that, I bid you adieu. Au revoir?

Or should I say ciao?

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Embracing with brie

On Sunday we headed off after church to our biggest park, Central Park.

(Not to be confused with Central Park, NY. lol. Which we’d love to picnic in one day, too.)

I had packed in some Little Man-friendly food (roasted sweet potato wedge, blueberries, grapes, baby sweetcorn) but the star of the show for us was our absolute favourite, and oh-so-simple baguette and brie.  We didn’t take any cutlery or plates or anything, just tore into the bread and cheese, squeezing honey onto a bread and brie stack of deliciousness… our idea of bliss 🙂

So to emphasise my point of how much we love this ‘meal’, I just had to share these old photos with you before we get to our ETC picture for today:

This is in Nice, at the end of our honeymoon. We strolled along the beach after stopping in at a little grocery store for the supplies… baguettes, brie, ham.

We couldn’t think of a nicer way to end our time in France than to celebrate with this spread. Again, no cutlery (who takes cutlery on honeymoon??), just a hot evening… dipping sun… icy sea… and our favourite baguette & brie combo.

[I feel like I need to point out that the highway information sign at the bottom left is in Italy, taken while we were driving back to France. That’s why the date is ’24 maggio’ not ’24 mai’. Just in case there are overly critical very observant readers out there 😉  It’s there to show how gorgeously hot it was! ]

And here’s today’s actual ETC photo, taken on Sunday in the park:

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Busy busy busy

Today is turning into one of those I-thought-I-had-loads-of-time-but-suddenly-the-day-is-full-and-I’m-running-out-of-time kind of days.

So, as briefly as I can make this post, this is something I picked up at a charity shop yesterday:

  • Lace on the edges to be ‘repurposed’ –  on gifts instead of ribbon, and possibly another attempt at fabric flowers.
  • Floral fabric – as well as a bit of  ‘bleach & dye’ experimentation (a little bit like this), I intend making a teething/nursing necklace (like this)
And I stopped in at the greengrocer to see what looked good, and ended up walking away with some strawberries and this fruit box:
I know the photos don’t really show the box very well, but I just got so caught up in photographing the lettering and the cool red heart…

I was very chuffed with myself for asking him (Simon, the very friendly greengrocer) about what he does with the fruit boxes… usually I would just gaze longingly but chicken out of actually asking such a question in case he 1) thought it was a ridiculous question and that I was a loony, or 2) laughed at me because of course he re-uses them and would never think of giving them away, or 3) offered to sell it to me, which I would decline and therefore look like a cheapskate trying beg stuff off others for free [which I was].
Great news! He loved that I loved the box and happily emptied the oranges that were being displayed into a different box. He then proceeded to offer me others, even though he does re-use the boxes for home deliveries. I was walking with the pram so I could barely take the first box, let alone any others, but he’s keeping some for me. What a nice man 🙂

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Embrace That Ol’ Camera :)

Ok, so I know today is ETC day, but I just had to show you these pretty (DIY/repurposed if you want!) cake stands. Yes, how sad – since yesterday’s post when I suddenly realised that it was my destiny to have a new cake stand, I’ve been looking around.  A quick coupla pics to soothe my obsessed brain, and then I can move onto all things ETC as I should…

Via Little Glass Box

Vintage Treat Pedestal, Nicole

Via BHLDN

And also do do do do check out {my all time favourite ever in the world blog} Under The Sycamore for Ashley’s cake stands. 

I like the idea of having a stand with cover, like this (totally NOT repurposed or DIY):

Porcelain Pedestal with Dome, Roullier White

Ok, Embracing The Camera now…

LOML’ s turn to be ’embraced’ and be on-screen with the boy 🙂

Yes, I know LOML’s head is cut off. And some of LM’s too.

But I just love the composition of this whole shot because of that. Totally unintentional – I’m no photographer. Clearly!

All I did in the way of editing was add the pretty framed edge.

There’s just something about the space to the right, under LOML’s outstretched arm. And the way LM is totally absorbed in looking at his Pappa, ignoring the toy in his hand that  he had been chewing on.

*sigh*

Love.

A little something extra…  here’s a link to a video clip of their favourite new game. It’s on YouTube (in case you have filters if you’re reading this at work).

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Word Art

I have a new obsession. I think it started here, with this:

A Gallery of Frames - Young House Love

Perhaps living in rented accommodation for the whole of my adult life is taking its toll – I can’t stop planning what I can put up on my own walls in my own  house one day! With no limit to the number of holes I can drill or nails I can bash into the walls. Without worrying about having to fill the holes and finding paint colour to cover the holes that matches the walls when we leave.

In my online perusals I seem to come across loads of gorgeous prints that I would love to buy or make my own version of to one day have in my  home.

Thank goodness for Pinterest. If you look on my Pinterest, you’ll come across these (and more).

Here a few of my faves at the moment…

I want this in my kitchen. Except with ‘jam’ not jelly.

Via Kelly Thornburg’s Pinterest

Check out these awesome posters.

I love a bit of tongue-in-cheek. No, I don’t mean that in any kind of dodgy way.

Via Kelly Thornburg's Pinterest

Via Sherry @ Young House Love's Pinterest

I would absolutely and definitely want something like these on my wall gallery 🙂

Notebook Doodles

Via Kelly Thornburg's Pinterest

And this is just great…

Again, thanks Kelly Thornburg on Pinterest!

And I would love love love love to have a print of this photo in my living room. Maybe without the legs down there in the bottom right corner, lol. Here’s hoping Meg [crops and] sells it!

That colour is stupendous.

Three gorgeous robin’s egg.

In a nest balanced on a ledge just a few inches wide.

Even if it wasn’t so pretty it could be so deep and symbolic!

And here a couple of pictures that I haven’t had to trawl the net to find. They would absolutely be in my wall gallery 🙂 Aaaawwww.

And I’m pretty sure everything else in my wall gallery would be baby pictures. Typical new parent {roll eyes}.

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The Creation Story: Android Cake

Recently, LOML entered a competition via Facebook to win a new smart phone. For me. He worked really hard to get loads and loads of votes for a funny poem he wrote about the phone. He got the most votes. But he didn’t win. ‘Technicalities’. Yes, we still have sour grapes about it.
Anyway, since then he has been obsessed  determined to win me a new phone and manages to find all sorts of giveaways and competitions.

The most recent was to win a Nexus S  by creating something geeky and edible.

We love android, and think it beats the iPhone anyday. Warning: no offence to iPhone users, but an Apple does get harmed in this photo-story…

This is the (tongue-in-cheek) story of our edible entry’s creation:


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