Category Archives: these are a few of my favourite things

one handed

One of the things you learn when you have a baby is just how many things you can do one-handed.  And I have recently learnt the art of breast-feeding and browsing Etsy (usually at 4am).  So here a couple of treasures that have caught my eye of late.

George Washington Art Pendant (just for fun!)


From The Wheat Field (I love these prints, they are so bright and sweet)


From Allicoate

And from Roddy and Ginger (I could buy everything in this store!)




At the moment I am loving…

Jerome K. Jerome (not just because of his name!)

friends getting engaged

finding ways to help little girls to read and write

preparing for a very important wedding (my little sister’s!)

And I am eagerly awaiting…The Italian Film Festival (and my TOMS).

tick the box

Oh happy day!

Tick box where applicable….for things that make you happy.

French Film Festival

Anthropologie shipping to Australia ☑ (big tick!)

Little girls who love Mary Poppins ☑

Beautiful cook books like Rustica

blue rose

It seems that owls are the ‘in’ thing at the moment.  They are everywhere.  Even we have seen a little influx around our house in the shape of soft toys and a birthday cake.  It’s always a bit tempting to jump on a band wagon and go with the flow (in so many instances and in so many ways…).  While the current ‘I love owls’ band wagon has no great moral ramifications one way or the other, for myself or anyone else, I am choosing to not jump on. Instead I am going to start my own little band wagon (of 1!).  I adore blue roses.  They are unique and romantic and slightly ominous.  I just love them. And it seems I may have a few potential band wagon jumpers out there.  I found more than a few little blue rose treasures out in the blogesphere/etsy world.

This gorgeous blue rose necklace from tiedupmemories.

This sweet mobile by thimblythings.

Or this gorgeous fabric pin from carriegirl.

And for even more blue rose love – check out this little Treasury on Etsy.

Feel free to jump on.  I may even make some ‘I heart blue roses’ badges for all those on my little band wagon. x

common ground

Sometimes you meet people and it is difficult to find the common ground between the two of you.  Sometimes there is but a small crossover of ideology or interests or passions.  It is not a negative reflection of you or them, it’s just difficult to find common ground between you.

And then sometimes the common ground is vast and beautiful and beyond reason. 

I had breakfast this morning with three spectacular girls who I adore and it was a special treat for the four of us to get together. 

I savoured every second of it.     

These girls are honest and kind, beautiful and gracious.  Being near them breathes life into me and inspires me towards what I know is true and right.  

I have known these girls for over ten years and there is always the risk of growing apart.  But I think that I can safely say, this side of 10 years, that we will grow old together.  And the loveliest of things is that the common ground gets greater and firmer with every year.  For some reason, despite different interests, abilities and stages in life, it feels like our friendship gets better and deeper.     

I find it quite extraordinary that my life is full of these lovely people who speak truth and grace in necessary and equal quantities. 

I am sure there will be many more breakfasts to come and I am so unbelievably grateful for that. x



Watching a little girl chase her shadow (and then offer it a glass of water!)…is the best way to spend a spring morning.



The only way to attempt housework on a Sunday morning – gumboots, ballet costume and Josh Rouse playing very loudly.



I am not crafty. I don’t care what people say and I don’t care how apparently easy something may be, I don’t really get it and I don’t really enjoy it.  However, when necessity calls – I must answer. 

We recently needed new bedside lamps and I couldn’t find anything I liked.  But I stumbled upon these great glass base’s really cheap and grabbed those.  Now to find shades I like…whole other story.  There is a definite style of lamps and shades out there at the moment, and it’s a style I don’t particularly warm too.  So I bought myself some plain shades and decided to cover them myself.  Not very crafty, more just a necessity. 

But I am quite proud of my efforts and like them a lot.  And very easy to do (which is not only important when I  am involved, but crucial to success).



Nancy's Jewelry Jar

I don’t often do this, but this is one I am happy to make an exception for. 

One of my most favourite people in the world has recently opened an Etsy store.  If you are not familiar with Etsy, check it out.  Great for supporting small business while finding unique pieces of handmade art, jewelry, and pretty much anything you can think of. 

I have known Jamie (aka Ladyjamie) for a long time and she is a dear friend and among the most honest people I know.  She has a great eye for detail and beauty.  Her Etsy store is a lovely collection of vintage, unique pieces she has found or vamped up or made herself. Just gorgeous.

Check out her store at.

tour de france

Yes it’s true – I love the Tour de France. I love the commitment and passion of the riders.  I love the complex strategies and technicalities of the race. I love the competition, rivalry and camaraderie.  I love that it is, to a degree, a team sport and they rely so heavily on their teams.  I am impressed by the pure strength and determination of the riders. 

I have a team I am deeply committed to – Saxo Bank.  I have a favourite – Fabian Cancellara (although I have soft spot for the Schleck boys).

As someone commented the other day, ‘who’d have thought Catherine would be into watching sport!’  And they are quite right,  even I find it weird that I love it and stay up all night to watch it.  But the Tour inspires imagination and possibility.  These men are not only good at what they do, they have committed to pursue it to the highest possible level.        

I find that incredibly challenging.  There are things that I claim to love doing and have a degree of competency at and yet I rarely pursue them outside my comfort zone.  I guess I am trying to push myself  a little more of late, but the watching the Tour does encourage me to be bolder and more determined.   

We have friends coming over tonight to watch the Tour with us (the lovely Geoff and Bec) and I feel they maybe slightly shocked at our involvement.  Maybe I’ll get them to sign a confidentiality agreement first….