To all my lovely readers…
Image: A Field Journal
Cloches, bell jars, glass domes, whatever you want to call them. I have been lusting after one…for like ever.
Those tantalising, gleaming objects that call from across the room…come and see what secrets I hold…what little treasures I am protecting…what my owner holds so dear that I have to be kept safe…
With or without a stand, with or without that glass knob at the top that makes them so easy to lift, I have been coveting one of my own.
They must surely be a stylists dream. Another layer of possibility. Something else to add interest and height and the suggestion of tradition and age.
So, some time ago I started a campaign. A little hint here, a slight suggestion there. I would leave a catalogue open, a corner of the page turned down. I tried listing the shops where gifts might be found that I would like…a lot. I think I even drew a picture!
And now I have one. A cloche of my own.
PS. BF doesn’t like Ms Zimbabwe in there. He thinks she might suffocate.
If like me, you quite like the look of ‘animal trophies’ hanging on the wall but feel quite squeamish at the thought that they were once living and breathing creatures, fear not. I have spotted a couple of quite beautiful alternatives lately that I would quite proudly display and no animal was harmed in the process.
Head on Design is a South African multi-creative space where you can find near-lifesize heads made either from leather or eco-friendly white board called xanita.
Just recently they have started collaborating with local artists who have a fresh contemporary style and the sculptures can be sold as originals (painted by the artist) or limited edition prints signed by the artist.
Rene Gibson is an artist based in Florida who works with animal skulls (animals who have been killed for consumption) and creates stunning mosaic sculptures.
She has a very interesting story to tell about how she came to be doing this but I’ll let you visit her website to find out more.
All I know is that they are exquisitely detailed and quite beautiful.
Which do you prefer?
We could all learn a few lessons from our Nordic cousins at this time of the year.
Their homes always look so light and bright and cheerful whatever the season but they also know how to capture the few daylight hours they have in winter. And they know how to do this without compromising comfort or cosyness.
And think how much easier it will be to spring clean!
Before I disappear for the Christmas break I just want to say a big thank you to all of my lovely readers. I am so grateful for your support and for all of you comments throughout the year, on the blog and on twitter. Without you blogging would be a lonely old pastime.
The magazine without a doubt is my biggest achievement to date. All three of us have been overwhelmed with the response it has received. The first issue has clocked up over 85,000 readers and the current issue has had over 55,000 readers in the first two weeks.
Of course without all of our contributors this would not have been possible at all. The fact that they had faith in us and continue to do so has been the biggest encouragement of all. Thank you to each and every one of you.
And last but not least I would like to thank my long-suffering BF, my family and my friends. They have supported me throughout the year and have not complained at all that I see more of my computer screen than I do of them.
Illustration by Sowa
I hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
All photographs are from the current issue of Heart Home magazine
Stockists for images 1,2 and 3 can be found here.
Every year at about this time I start to wonder why I’m not jetting off somewhere warm for Christmas? I start to think that it would be nice to escape the frenzy of shopping and wrapping and cleaning and baking and just relax for two weeks instead.
It would have to be somewhere in the southern hemisphere naturally and when I say escape that’s exactly what I mean.
This is just my cup of tea. A safari type camp on 100 acres of bushland in New South Wales, Australia. Not exactly luxurious but pure escapism of my favourite kind, getting up close to nature.
There is diving, hiking and sailing available but the desire to curl up on that bed with a good book or two might be too strong to resist.
Take me away now!
Moonbasket is a South African initiative started by Cape Town designer and artist Dani Le Roy which aims to support a community-based project and create beautiful items for the home.
Le Roy and crochet maniac Laura Summs have created the beginnings of a range of lampshades, vases and votives using natural strings and braids. They promise that colour will be next and that is definitely going to be worth waiting for.
By the way, did you know that crochet is one of the few crafts that cannot be replicated by machine?
Handmade objects just seem so much more beautiful don’t you think?
Hopefully by now the Christmas shopping is all done. You’ve braved the crowds, emptied your purse and have a mountain of carrier bags in the corner of the room waiting for the Christmas fairy to come and wave her magic wand.
Or maybe you are one of those madly creative creatures who puts on the Christmas CD, pours the mulled wine and actually enjoys the process of turning those carefully chosen gifts into gorgeously wrapped parcels.
I must admit I am not one of those creatures. I like the theory. I love to scan pinterest for ever more elaborate and clever ideas. Putting them into practise is another thing altogether. I just don’t have the time. Who does?
So this year I am quite liking the idea of the brown paper parcel simply decorated with rubber stamps, ribbons and a few berries.
Surely I can do that?
Image credits 1 Stylesncream 2 Beauty Spot 3 Sweet Paul 4 Eddie Ross 5 Pretty Petals 6 Cupcake Wishes 7 Pinterest 8 Flickr 9 The Inspired Room 10 Creature Comforts 11 3 at 12 12 s3 Amazonaws 13 The Haystack Needle