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Monday, 19 November 2012

10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend

1. My first attempt at making a gingerbread house had a rather amusing result...! Things I learned: I need to be quicker at pipping the icing so it doesn't start to set in the bag, becoming impossible to pipe; I should remeasure and resize the pieces once they cooked; when planning on photographing it, I need to leave enough time so that I'm not racing to finish it before the goes down!
2. I can't go into IKEA just for a rug and come out without a trolley full of fabulous and super affordable Christmas decorations!
3. I laid down my new rug in the living room; the underlay makes it feel really tactile underfoot.
4. The type on Merci's paper bags is fab.
5. How sweet is the entrance to this florist's shop?
6. I can't help but smile when I'm wearing stripes!
7. I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with this festive Paris print!
8. This year's seasonal decor calls for stylish paper decorations.
9. Love this colour block watch.
10. This is my kinda Christmas card - colourful and typographic.

28 comments:

  1. You look handsome in stripes! The gingerbread house turned out quite nice...sounds like it was a mad dash to get shots, ha. Lesson learned ;)

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  2. The gingerbread house looks just great. Love the Paris Print at #7

    xoxo
    Anna

    Http://www.handmadearoundtheglobe.blogspot.com

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  3. That ikea cart looks like it's full of good stuff! I have to go check out the holiday section for myself :)

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  4. would love to know what rug underlay you use---i have the hardest time finding a hefty one like you have shown that adds some weight and keeps my thin little rugs in place. would love it if you could share :)

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    1. Hi Mary! Sure, I bought IKEA'S STOPP FILT underlay when I bought the rug. Here's the link: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90132261/

      It seems to work really well: no slipping and a nice 'thickness' underfoot, too.

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  5. that gingerbread house is adorable! I still remember when I made my first one, I didn't know that making one would not be so easy! :) stripes are adorable on you!

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  6. love your jacket Will!! I am looking for a short jacket for awhile now and still can't find one that short in size 34!!

    crazy about that yellow block watch too! what fun!

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  7. I love the Gingerbread house! I never made one neither.... You really inspire me to try!

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    1. It's not as hard as I thought it would be; you should definitely give it a try! :)

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  8. That's s pretty fair crack at a gingerbread house Will! My sister and I did one last year and we were pretty proud of ourselves :) Have a fab week!

    Abbey x

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  9. Brilliant first attempt! My one did not look like that and I've never dared try again.. :) hx

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  10. Great stuff Will! I think your first Gingerbread house attempt went very well. And I love that Xmas card! Paperless Post looks really interesting, will bookmark for later investigation.

    :) Holly

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  11. That is a pretty good first attempt Will....even better than the ones I saw on GBBO! Maybe you should apply next year :-). I agree, the stripes are cute. Great colour combo you have going on too. Anna x

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  12. Your gingerbread house looks so lovely Will! I'd love to give making one of these a go :) How fab is your rug? I have it too and love it! xx

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  13. I love the honesty in your gingerbread house description, haha, and I'm so picturing you in Ikea falling flat for all the temptations in there ;-) I love the rug.

    If you keep on adding more prints to my wish list I may go broke one day!

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  14. Did you make that gingerbread house? It's perfect! Oh, I never could make them. Mine are always a hot mess. I've been a bit obsessed w/ stripes as of late too. I love the mustard yellow pants too. I have a pair of mustard yellow cords which are my absolute fave! xo

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    1. I sure did! It was my first attempt and I loved every second. I can't wait to try again to improve on it! Thanks for the kind words! x

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  15. that house is amazing!!! of course it's beautifully designed too! :)

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  16. What a great post, made me happy this dark London Monday :)

    I laughed at you driving to Ikea Birmingham just for a rug.....although I have been to Ikea for the last three Sundays buying home office bits & pieces so I should not be laughing at you! I have also driven to Ikea on the pretext of buying something when what I secretly wanted was their cinnamon rolls ;)

    Love the Christmas you featured above too :)

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  17. Love the rug and Christmas goodies. I don't think anyone ever goes to Ikea leaving with just one thing. It's impossible!! And your gingerbread house is quite charming!

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  18. Oh a gingerbread house:-) That reminds me of my childhood in Austria, Will:-) so cute!

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  19. Oh you did so well with your gingerbread house! So cute! Love the jelly tot entrance ;-) That picture of you is gorgeous!! x

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  20. I am terrible at Ginger Bread houses. That seems embarrassing to say. But it's true! Haha.

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  21. I'm so glad you got your rug! It's a good one, Dubs.

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  22. That's a way more technically sound gingerbread house than I've ever been able to pull off...be proud!

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