things that make me smile

what i wouldn’t do to own one of these gorgeous lights by Mathieu Chaillieres

Featured in Because Magazine

“Because it’s more than a flight of fancy. Paris-based lighting designer Matheiu Challieres has created a series of strange aviaries, beautiful, copper-wire lamps housing delicate birds of every colour. These frozen menageries seem to await the fairy dust that will bring them to life and let them flutter free from their birdcage. Challieres avoids the mumsy pastiche of putting birds on a chandelier by turning the cage into the chandelier. Warming and delicate, the fantastic whimsy of these pieces lures us out of the safety of modernism into a brave new world where illusion is king and rooms are transformed by avian mirages. What a dream to be a bird! La Voliere Shade”

LOVE the lego flowers & lego men in these – has given me great ideas for birthday cakes, as I know 2 little boys who would love them too. Of course, I love the cake stand too (from meauldchina). Heard about them in the piece in the Irish Times this weekend:

Maria and Andy Morrison are giving vintage china a new lease of life by turning it into pretty cake stands.The Dublin-based couple scour auctions, car-boot sales and antique shops for plates, which they then drill holes in and insert pretty handles. They are always on the hunt for new stock, and have even brought plates home from a holiday in Beijing. The cake stands come in one, two or three-tier varieties. You can give them your own selection of plates to custom-make a cake stand – “Mothers find that it can be a good way to share out the family china among daughters.”

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”

i wish! on the television, Antiques Roadshow no less, a set of Lucienne Day plates – bought for a fiver in a charity shop. They are stunning, I would give my eye teeth for them.

We made play dough at the weekend, with some good success. Very easy recipe, just equal parts salt to flour, and then add enough water to form a doughy mixture. You can add food colouring, bake it in the oven, or just leave in a warm place (away from little poking fingers preferably) to harden by itself. And so, a family of dough conker hedgehogs were born!

think i’ll try and make some more for christmas this year! Really easy to make just on your hand, wrap the wool around two fingers and slip it off and tie a piece round the middle before cutting the looped ends, and giving it a trim into shape. I sewed these ones onto H’s light.

Wish boats

“The little boats sail out to celebrate weddings, new babies, new jobs, birthdays, anniversaries or sometimes even as treasure ships (with money or candies). Before you start folding, give your little boat its own name and write a personal wish or message along the railing. The writing and folding takes about 3 minutes per boat. In each pack there are 8 folding boat sheets (4 large and 4 small – each with a different design) and clear instructions.”

by jurianne matter

…reminds me of the gorgeous paper bunting made by Sophie Cuvelier, her blog is here. Managed to make a sweet birthday bunting version, it took so long, i thought out onto the rug one sunny day in the summer with the boys running round, thought I’d have it whipped up in no time. Am pleased with it though!

Loving the new Orla Kiely kitchen ware, particularly the Poppy meadow teapot, reminds me of all those funny 70′s bits we had at home.

take a look

Orla Kiely in her new book writes ” Colour is an incredibly powerful element in design, as it in life. A short cut to the emotions, it is almost visceral in the way it connects with our moods & feelings…..Colour is happy, sexy & playful. If feeds the soul”

Orla Kiely Teapot