Friday Favorites: 12th April

1. I’ve started keeping a mini ‘tweet’ diary – instead of having to make time to write down the minutiae of my day, I just write a sentence about something that made me happy that day in a notebook I bought a while ago from Etsy, with handmade paper and a distressed leather cover. I’m pleased with it, it’s only been a week but it is good to think back on the day just before bed and capture a moment to record.

2. I became fascinated with finger rings, not liking the feel of rings at the base of my fingers (!) but liking the look. I now have a bunch of different sized rings which I wear up and down my fingers on both hands and I really like them. They are comfy, not annoying, never too tight and they look awesome.

3. I baked some Banana Bread during a bit of procrastination from some chores yesterday and despite it being a standby recipe, it never fails to fill the house with that amazing aroma of baked goods and it makes a satisfying teatime treat – healthy too, ‘cos of the banana. 😛

4. I’ve been recycling a pile of magazines before the house move by ripping out colourful pages, paper beading them and then sorting the paper beads into colourways. I intend to cover a canvas with them in a paper collage. I love texture in art, and I’m a sucker for bright colours so hopefully it will look good in the new flat. The canvas I originally thought to stick the paper beads to however turned out to be gigantic when I got a second look at it, so I might save that for something else and get a smaller canvas for the beads…otherwise we’ll end up overwhelmed by a wall-sized paper montage!

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Friday Favorites: 5th April

I’m grabbing a minute to tell you what I’m loving:

1. I’m moving house in two weeks time and have replaced my usual obsessive trawling of fashion blogs with interior design. I am loving this site, houzz, for the never-ending ream of inspiring pictures!

2. Its April, its snowing, its still freezing and I wouldn’t be surviving without my alpaca wool socks scrunched up inside my boots!

3. Chocolate cherry brandy brownies. Yum. I made a third of this recipe, skipped the walnuts (who wants nuts ruining all that squidgy goodness?) and added cherry brandy chocolates (the type with a cherry and dash of liqueur inside!) Then I twice baked for a chewy exterior and a gooey interior and by golly, I had nothing else for dinner that night.

4. I read this Derralyn Anderson series this week and found it both compelling and a great series to just sit back and relax with. Marina’s Tales are beautifully written, entertaining and also escapism in the purest form, in that it is not deep philosophies or facts about life. The characters have no worries other than the bad guys out to get them – money, housing, fashion, talent – all taken care of.

5. I’m on the verge of taking my Winter hair in hand and changing it up from its current coppery brunette to a softer strawberry blonde. Not sure how to do this myself however and I have no intention of paying my week’s food budget for a professional. Next week, I may have accidentally bleached all my hair off. You’ll know this is the case if I profess myself to loving baldness next Friday.