My room has always been one of my favourite places, a personal sanctuary almost.
Over the weekend i had a good sort out through old boxes and got rid of years worth of bits and pieces. I seem to do this when there is a lot on my mind, almost preparing myself for a change, forcing myself to get over whatever has been plaguing my brain.
Last night happened as follows...
- Cable Knit Cardigan
- Cashmere/Cotton Mix Socks
- Candle Light (lit by swan matches, they have the best smell out of all the matches i think)
- Ella Fitzgerald Vinyl
- January 2010 Vogue
- Ceylon Tea Sipped from Habitat Hybrid Mugs
Quite possibly the most perfect December late night.
Everyone always wants their decorations to look the best, better than last year, better than the rest of your family, better than your friends and neighbours and so on.
So something to get excited about this year are the scrumptious hand made hessian hearts you can lovingly walk away with. Sure to make any tree feel loved. Stitched in an array of colours, you're sure to find the perfect partner for your home.
If they don't tickle your fancy how about these shiny little beauts - 1950s-1970s glass and plastic baubles.
Sold separately so you can hand pick your favourite little fellows and get them hung on your tree :)
Every November the great Christmas wrapping paper stamp begins.
My right thumb dreads it, he doesn't like the blisters that try to befriend him. However he certainly feels joyous when he waves goodbye to his creations, happily in the hands of its new master; The jingle of the bell as the door closes is like a celebration of his hard work :)
Various colours and designs make your presents look good enough to eat.
Yay it's December at last, 24 days until christmas.
I love christmas the most, mainly because it's an excuse to play and make everything look amazing, and wear lots of nice wool and get wrapped up warm and have fun ... i could continue this list for the rest of my days so i'll stop there.
Over the weekend ruby was placed into her christmas outfit. So i decided to make the decoration process the best EVER!
I enter the store alone, set all the decorations out and plan in my head where everything is going to live. Next i drag the deliciously smelling christmas tree in, trying not to damage any needles, and place him into his pot.
Next...my favourite bit.
Little mince pies, little clementines, little glasses of mulled wine, little christmas playlists, all the while wearing one of my all time favourite christmas jumpers.
Sounds amazing right?
WRONG! This is not a process to go through alone, i ended up feeling like a lonely old man spending his first Christmas alone :(
Ahh well, still a nice few hours spent, but once again let my imagination get the best of me.
I've been meaning to add a post like this for a while now. My scanning concentration is pathetic, so i've only added two pictures for now, expect more soon.
Old family photographs captivate me like nothing else, whether they belong to my own family, friends or a mystery stranger, i can't help but gaze at them for hours, thinking up little stories in my head about the scenes captured.
Below are two images of my Grandad, Grandma and Mother.
My Mum's side of the family are all from Cyprus and were quickly forced out of the country when the Turks invaded in the early 1960s, leaving behind most of their belongings; Possibly one of the reasons as to why i love these pictures so much is the fact that not many of them survived.
Having a) never visited Cyprus myself, and b) never meeting my Grandad, photographs of my mum growing up have always intrigued me. The below image is one of my favourite photographs that i own, taking pride of place on my mantle shelf.
Above is my beautiful Grandma Dolly.
I think she will remain my most cherished person while breath enters my body.
Over the weekend a very welcome addition to the ruby blue toy family entered the store, looking pretty darn neat in the process. I can't wait to hear him sing all day long. I think we're going to be the best of friends :)
In other news, come and take a look at all the yummy new men's autumn/winter wear. There are lots of jumpers, shirts and scarves to keep you toasty warm.
With still more to come, i'm sure you'll find something to wrap around you.
Over the weekend i had the pleasure of playing host to a delicious little peach by the name of Phillippa Henley.
The weather was cold and wet, the skies were mean and grey, after a spot of late lunch and a autumnal wander around the town, we decided to lift our spirits by entering the enclosed courtyard, hot chocolate and coffee in hand and played mannequins into the night.
The results as you can see are quite scrumptious.
Three powerful, skillfully wrapped beauties ready to brighten up my favourite season.
Ruby Blue first opened it's doors in late 2007 and has been providing the beatiues of Carlisle with jurassic threads ever since.
In 2011 we relocated and downsized, joining the Carlisle Antique Center family. Come and say hello!