These excellent greetings cards cost around £2 each from Sapling Press at Etsy and there are lots more ‘Dear…’ designs to choose from.
Okay, so I’ve stolen the idea of ‘Friday Five’ from… Many blogs, probably.
But let’s not dwell on that; let’s get to the linky goodness. Five fabulous distractions for your Friday afternoon:
1. The picture above is from this Guardian article about the Bajau sea nomads. I just found it in my saved links folder (meant to write about it here ages ago) and was captivated all over again by the description and photographs of the Bajau’s way of life.
2. Weird writing habits of famous authors… Should I be worried that none of these seem particularly odd?
3. I will probably never go to Las Vegas, but if I fall into a portal or win a holiday or something, I will definitely visit the Neon Boneyard; final resting place of ‘retired’ Vegas signage. If you have any interest in retro glamour, design, typography or the unusual, go to idsgn and ogle the pictures.
4. An excellent work-space for a nature writer. [Happiness Is]
5. Word-nerd alert! Mental Floss lists 15 foreign words which have no direct English equivalent. I particularly the last one:
15. Kummerspeck (German)
Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.
Mmm… Grief bacon. *Drools*
Look at these sweet little crochet houses. They’re available from Etsy (MonikaDesign), priced $35 (just over £20). You get six in the set; four little ones and two tall ones. You can use them as coasters and bookmarks, or stick up the whole lot as wall art. Want.
I spotted Mollie Makes online and, seeing as it’s about craft, looks pretty, and is a Future Publishing production (my rather wonderful first place of proper, grown up employment), I had to hunt down a copy.
Consequently, I just spent a happy hour flicking through its well-designed pages, stroking the lovely matt cover, and day-dreaming about spending lots of money on fabric and the like. Now, that’s how to do Mondays…
The magazine costs £4.99 per issue, but the eagle-eyed may have noticed a special launch offer: Subscribe for three months for just £5. Bargain!
I love candles and use those bumper bags of tealights from IKEA around the house. However, for a treat (or as a gift) something a bit different it required. This hurricane lamp has antique lace embedded in a wax holder. When you pop a tea light inside, the pattern is illuminated with a warm glow.
At £32, it ain’t cheap, but the wax is protected from melting so you only need to replace the tea light in order to use it again and again. From Cox & Cox.
I visited Liberty on the weekend (one of my favourite shops in London) and, as usual, was treated to a surfeit of pretty. Now, I have neither the sartorial style nor bank balance to be a silk scarf kind of person, but I adore the classic Ianthe print. Here it is on a cobalt blue silk scarf. Sigh.
Liberty also has a delicious haberdashery, which reminded me how much I was missing messing about with my fabric stash (try saying that quickly). In addition to pretty florals and peacock prints, Liberty does a great line in paisley. This modern interpretation is just lovely. So bright, so cheerful, and only £19.95 a metre. Oh .