Christmas Door Love

I love front doors. Front doors are possibly one of my favourite features of any home. Maybe my love of beautiful front doors stems from my desire to be a home owner and that I have never had my own front door (I have rented for nearly the last 9 years..gulp thinking of all that money spent on rent makes me a bit green..)

Front doors are like a little peek of what great things might be on the other side, they are a home owners opportunity to make a little statement about what kind of person they might be or aspire to be. Sometimes I even think of front doors as lipstick for houses, the perfect one bringing warmth and character, sophistication or even fun…an ugly front door is like a coldsore, needs treatment and fast.

My love of front doors extends to friends sending me pictures of doors they think I might like or me getting my camera phone out to snap little beauties, which is exactly what I did today whilst walking down a particularly lovely road in my neighbourhood. If a front door is lovely in its own right, a beautiful pathway and gate are icing on the cake and if a door has a beautiful Christmas wreath, well that’s like the jewel in the crown. Today’s offerings are nothing short of spectacular dressed up in their Christmas finery, I just wish my camera could do them justice.

Yes, I know I’m slightly unhinged (get it!) but each to their lovely own I say.

I think dark blue front door with the two Bay trees either side was my favourite today, followed by number 33.

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Autumn inspired quilt in progress

Autumn is my favourite season. Fact. I love it so much, that if Baxter had of been a girl his name would have been Autumn. Love it. So being inspired by my favourite season I decided I needed an Autumn quilt, my only challenge being that I had to use fabrics I already owned.

I chose fiery reds and purples and originally a lilac polka dot ‘to add interest’ – what was I thinking! The lilac red looked hideous, so I swapped it out for some ‘bonfire/firework’ fabric that I treated myself to earlier in the summer from Cornwall. I think it looks muchas better with the new fabric. I’m planning on binding it with a navy small star fabric to look like a cold starry night. The backing unfortunately is an uninspiring plain pink, as it was the largest single piece of fabric I could get my mitts on… so any ideas for jazzing it up would be greatly appreciated!

On a separate note, Fabric Land on Western Road, Brighton, why oh why have you put all your patchwork fabrics at the top of your steep staircase? How am I ever going to wile away a happy half hour looking at your fabric goodness when I can’t get up there when I’m in town with B in his pram!? I’m going to have to shop in the over priced shop over the road!!! Pants.

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Sunny afternoon in Portishead

A couple of weeks ago, my rather large family had a bit of a get together to celebrate my Aunty and Uncle returning to the UK after 30 years abroad and my cousin popping over from Canada for a visit. We hired out Portishead Lido Kitchen for the event, which is nothing like the scruffy open air pool I remember from my childhood! This place is gorgeous, the views are amazing and the food is great.

Baxter was a bit disappointed he couldn’t go for a dip (he has got over his bath phobia fortunately) so settled for a walk in the somewhat changeable autumn weather. Cloudy and wet one moment, glorious sunshine the next.

I can’t wait to take Mr Egg and Baxter there next year for an alfresco swim, as we will be living near there by next summer!

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like to match my food to my pants!