Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Leap Year Pay

This week at work, much has been made of the fact that we unmarried ladies are allowed to propose to our boyfriends tomorrow, on Leap Year Day.

It seems slightly silly that so many people still believe that tradition dictates when women should propose, as if it's only once every 4 years we are allowed to do the things men can do any day they choose...

How about if every 29th February, women's wages were increased to match those of men in their offices who do exactly the same job as them but get paid more.

Really interesting infographic here highlighting the pay disparity which still exists.

Sunday, 26 February 2012


Cool lampshade spotted in a bar near London Bridge yesterday.

There were about 4 bird cages in all, covered in hessian.

Like I say, cool.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Clay Jam

Look what's coming! I can't wait to get addicted to clay jam on the iPhone. And there's still a chance to enter your very own monster to be included in the game. You've got until 29th Feb to get your entry in!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Marigold Giveaway

So here’s a little something to brighten up a cold, Wintery evening.

I’m about to commence my third year on the allotment and for the first time will plant some seeds that I collected up last year. I picked up some marigold seeds at Seedy Sunday last year without knowing that they would outperform all other plants in the strebergarten by a mile.

Here are the reasons why I think marigolds are the best plant ever:
  • They look stunning in a garden or allotment. Bright yellow and orange flowers filled the garden from May to October, there were even a few left in December.
  • They grow easily and in abundance, you will get lots and lots of flowers!
  • Slugs and snails detest the smell. I had virtually no slug damage to my vegetables last year as I made little calendula borders around everything.
  • They make beautiful cut flowers.
  • The seeds are super easy to collect for the following year.
  • You can put them in cake.
  • You can put them on cake.
  • You can make a healthy tea directly from the flowers. Calendula is a great detoxifier.
  • You can dry the petals and drink the tea all year round.

I was excited at being able to take my own tiny packets of seeds along to this year’s Seedy Sunday. I decorated the packets and procured a number of vegetable seeds in exchange. It was all very Jack and the Beanstalk.

Because I spent most of the day promoting The Green Centre “Mile of Potatoes” project I didn’t manage to swap all of my seeds. I have 10 packets left so thought it was a great opportunity to do a little blog giveaway and share the beauty of marigolds with my lovely readers.

So there are 10 packets of marigold seeds up for grabs and I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a selection of other marigold themed goodies as well!
  • A box of my home made tea bags, containing six bags of black tea with added calendula.
  • 2 marigold coloured crochet hearts (one orange, one yellow) for you to hang up in your home. These are made of 80% bamboo yarn so are silky and soft and made of eco-friendly yarn.
  • A very pretty photo frame. The tenuous link to marigolds is that it’s yellow and has birds on it.
  • The Royal Horticultural Society Treasury of Flowers, found at the flea market yesterday morning!

To be in with a chance of winning, please add a comment below with a link to a beautiful or handmade or vintage version of your favourite flower.

It might be a link to something you’ve made, something you’ve spotted online or simply a photo of something you’ve found and fallen in love with. At the end I’ll make a little summary of all the lovely things you’ve shared!

Last date for entries is 29th February and I’ll pick a winner and 9 runner ups at random. For an extra chance of winning, you can follow me on Google Friend Connect too.

Thanks for entering and Good Luck!

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This month, I have mostly been crocheting hearts. I'm trying to learn how to invent my own crochet patterns and have had great fun making tiny hearts to hang around the flat.

Here's a little video of me making a heart to hang up, music courtesy of Matt Berry. Thanks to Jonathan for putting this together.

And here is Sid the teddy enjoying the hearts I've stuck all over the place at home.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


Check out our new friend! Found her on my pillow last night. Isn't it a little early for ladybirds?

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Joel Devlin

Spotted in Sunday's paper, beautiful images from Joel Devlin using a 40 minute exposure. What wonderful inspiration.

I've recently started trying to take pictures with a longer exposure so will put some of my first attempts up on here soon!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Liebster Award.

I was so excited to recently receive a Liebster award from lovely Emma over at Lemons for Lemonade!

The aim of the award is to give recognition to exceptional up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers that deserve more readership, and spread the word about them.

Thank you so much to Emma for nominating me! Emma and I met on twitter back in September, sharing our excitement about the forthcoming End of the Road festival.

She writes an adorable blog containing tales of her crocheting adventures. She’s also been working really hard on her Etsy shop and is doing a fab job; her products are brilliant, the branding is spot on and the packaging is just so pretty! And although I have never actually met Emma, I found myself squeaking with excitement to see her Valentine’s brooches getting some lovely press recently!

Anyway, I digress. Back to the job in hand.

Upon accepting the Liebster Blog Award, you must abide by a few simple rules:

1. Show thanks to the blogger who nominated you for the award by acknowledging them and linking back to them.

2. Reveal which 5 blogs you would like to nominate for the award, and let them know by posting a comment on their blog.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from some of the most supportive people on the internet - other artists and writers.

5. And best of all - have fun and spread the karma.

The following 4 amazing blogs win my nomination for the award, Emma’s would definitely be my 5th:

1) Hello Veri

Although I speak no Portuguese and therefore cannot understand most of Veri’s writing, it still makes it very comfortably onto my list of favourites! Veri is also on Twitter and most importantly on Instagram, where she brightens up my days with pictures of the cutest cat that ever lived. Veri blogs about cats, and crochet and fashion and vintage things. Delightful to read.

2. Debbie Hill

Debbie is a dedicated knitter and crocheter and I spend many an hour, enviously witnessing the patience she shows in seeing her very complex knitting projects through to the end. She has a fantastic eye for colour and takes some very pretty pictures indeed.

3) Polka Dot Lighthouse

It’s exciting when you come across a blog which matches your interests so well. Polka Dot lighthouse is a beautifully curated blog which has so far included features on Bokeh Lenses, Clouds, Birds, Recipes in a jar, Cinemagraphs, Plants, Origami and Cake amongst many, many other lovely things. This is the blog I wish I wrote!

4) Assistant Blog

Last but certainly not least, the very swoonsome and very inspiring Jonathan over at Assistant Blog whose blog was the very first I ever read and who encouraged me to start writing about my Strebergarten in the first place. He inspires me every day in his writing and tweeting about music, politics, art and his lengthy digressions on a variety of other topics. In the interests of full disclosure, should I mention here that he’s my boyfriend? I’m not biased, I swear.

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