Monday, 31 January 2011

Judging a book by it's cover

Look what I found in Waterstones this afternoon...

Classic books with blank covers so you can design them yourself. Genius! . Have a look at the illustrations uploaded by budding artists in the gallery.

I love this idea, but part of me would really struggle to get over the feeling that drawing on books is seriously naughty!

Em x

Friday, 7 January 2011

The Obligatory New Year Post

Last year, instead of making resolutions, I posted a list of things I had learnt in order to mark the passing of an old year and the beginning of a new one. Reading over these musings, I am struck by how each of these lessons have reappeared in some form over the last 12 months and how I am all the stronger for knowing them. So, in the hope of keeping on the path of learning, here are my lessons from 2010:

- Make Your Own Experience. Those words from that German stranger still resonate with me and probably will do for some time. I am guilty of waiting for the excitement to come to me, but I will do my best to get out there and find my own experiences too, no matter how daunting. As I found in September, the biggest rewards are to be found at the end of the biggest challenges.

- Know Your Own Style. One thing I have enjoyed since starting working in Manchester city center is being able to embrace my own style. Clothing-wise I have enjoyed refining my own look without the worry of standing out (as there's no shortage of unique tastes in this city). Applying this thought to my home, I love the idea of relaxing in surroundings full of my favourite things. OK - not everything matches perfectly, but if I love it, it's good enough for me.

- Think Quality & Not Quantity. After detoxing my home last week, I was struck by how my biggest mistakes were the cheap impulse buys. Today, with certain high street shops selling clothes and home-ware at shockingly low prices, the temptation is great to spend money on throw-away fashion, that I have worn once and never again. Issues of labour exploitation in the production of these things aside, I find I never love these budget buys and with the money wasted, I could have invested in something that would last and make me happy much longer.

7 days into January, I'm feeling a bit blue. With Christmas over and no holidays on the horizon it's difficult to find that energy needed to make the best out of long days at work and dark mornings. Now would be a fantastic time to hibernate for a few months! My plan is take baby steps to brighten things up until I reach February. To cheer up my work space I have used this lovely desktop wallpaper at Wild Olive and I think a bunch of flower are in order at home. Roll on spring time!

Em x

Friday, 31 December 2010

E is for... Detox

New Year's Eve 2007

New Year's Eve already. How this year has flown by!

Today I am busy detoxing my apartment. Cleaning, organising and lots and lots of throwing out. How do I manage to accumulate so much rubbish? I should be able to fill up a whole charity shop with this lot. I can't wait to start a fresh in January. Today is my Dad's birthday so it's a double party this evening. Hope you have a great day whatever you are doing.

Em x

Saturday, 25 December 2010

E is for... Christmas Wish List - Day 25

I wish you a merry Christmas...

from me & the bunnies.

Em x

Sunday, 19 December 2010

E is for... Christmas Wish List - Day 19

I wish I had a reindeer to get me to work.

Because my car is a nightmare in the snow!

Em x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

E is for... Christmas Wish List - Day 18

I wish Strictly didn't have to end!

I (heart) matt!

Em x

Friday, 17 December 2010

E is for... Christmas Wish List - Day 17

I wish I had a roaring fire for us to gather around.

For those of us chimney-challenged, you can just pop this on your screen and imagine the rest!

Em x