Do You Hear What I Hear?
I hear the sound of some lovely website recommendations today! Sit back and enjoy your visit.
Good morning from the dining room. We go in to this room after breakfast so that I can light a fire. When the fire in this room is lit and burning the whole house is warm and toasty so I like to get it going early.
But until the fire takes off it is chilly. So we have to wear our scarves. And what delicious scarves they are.
Anaïs loves hers and sits in it for most of the morning.
Ned, although very interested in the patterns on the eiderdown, also loves his scarf and plays with it even when he has taken it off.
These hand-crocheted delights come from Yvonne. Have you ever met Yvonne? I’m sure you have. Oh Yvonne, she of Yvestown fame and owner of one my favourite ever decorating styles.
Yvonne sent the scarves over for my twins and as I sit here typing with Anaïs on my lap, so forgive any extra characters as she grabs for the keyboard, she still wears her scarf. Even after her nap.
Packaged the way only Yvonne could package.
Forever scarves from a forever friend.
So, one of my Christmas recommendations for 2010 is YVESTOWN. Do pay a visit to Yvonne. Send her my best and be inspired by her eye for detail and her wonderful style.
Aha, what do I see here? My favourite illustrator has done it again and has floored me with yet more delicious designs for her CLOTHES PLASTERS!!! You’ll remember from this post how much we loved them at Chez Menlove and Jenni has launched two new collections.
‘Birds’ & ‘Rock n Roll’ are the names of the designs and they really are a truly delightful way to customise, repair or simply brighten up your children’s clothes.
Actually, what am I talking about children’s clothes for? I’ve got a pair of Diesel jeans that need a pick me up! Where’s my iron!!!!
Rosie’s Armoire is a recommendation that not only came straight from the pages of many home and interiors magazines but also from my mum. My mum visited the website and totally fell in love with Helen’s designs.
The faded french inspired colors that Helen uses are some of my favourites too and it’s really important to credit small business when you can. People are making their passions work for them and I champion that. Helen’s website is full of handmade gifts for the home and for you and I wish her the very best of luck in 2011. I’ve a feeling it is going to be quite an extraordinary twelve months for many people.
And now to Rachel. Ah, Rachel. Be still my beating heart. If you have never met Rachel of the Mozart’s Girl blog then you have missed out on meeting one of the kindest, gentlest most generous souls in the world. I was put in touch with Rachel by one of her good friends, the incomparable and beautiful Susan Branch. Rachel and I met and have known each other ever since. Rachel, as you can see, is the queen of the Blue Angel Bakery and lives a life of kindness, love and Mozart.
A true English gem of a person.
And one who loves Christmas as much as I do.
So there you have it. Four recommendations to four wonderful, wonderful women. All of whom are making their dreams come true and believing in the power of hope, creativity, love and gratitude. Everyone has, I’m sure, had to pick themselves up and carry on regardless of the knocks at some time in their life. But they are here, triumphant and sucking the marrow out of every second they have.
I applaud you and I love you.
I love you too and thank you so much for reading today. Please make sure you visit these charming websites. There are some wonderful Christmas gift ideas on at least two of them.
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