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Fold Up Your Heart

For as long as I can remember, I have publicly complained about Valentines Day. I still stand behind what I dislike about Valentines Day – I don’t think we should need one day a year to tell your boyfriend/girlfriend/(s)/whatever that you adore the pants off them, you should do this every day!

So, here’s my secret.

I quite like Valentines Day. I like all the ridiculous tat that crops up this time of year, I love pink and red, I love hearts. I really love Love Hearts. (I’m not allowed them very much anymore. They send me a bit loopy). I like using it as an excuse to tell everyone I love them.

So here’s a few things that I’m considering buying to decorate my house and so I can bake up a love heart storm for my nearest and dearest (lets face it, I just like baking)

valentines home stuff

For the actual baking, there’s these measuring spoons (£5), heart cookie cutters (£4) and heart baking tray (£8), both from Paperchase, or for a more traditional style cake, I love the heart cake tin (£5) or perhaps this silicone heart muffin tray (£7.50), both from M&S. To serve the treats on, M&S do well with these heart serving dishes (£17.50) or the heart cake stand (£25) (which I think I need to go with my other cake stands. Yes, I have a collection of them.) These snack boxes (£7) from Paperchase would be really useful to carry the treats to the office in as well.

If you’re not into baking, you could serve up tea and toast with these mugs (multi coloured heart mug (£6) or two hearts mug (£6)) and the heart shapes toast cutter (£2), again from Paperchase. You might to serve that up with a little pretty heart valentine tree (£14) from Paperchase as decoration.

If you’re like Sarah and want to wear things covered in hearts, perhaps you could have a go at making these heart printed tights(seriously cute in the grey and white!) or a sequin heart t-shirt?

Perhaps you’re into crafting instead? Here’s a few crafty ideas you can get into this weekend, and who cares if the end product is a bit wonky? Just tell the recipient it’s made with love.

A few heart patterened mason jars would look very pretty with a tealight inside them.

Sweets hidden inside brownies – what’s not to love about these heart shaped brownie boxes?

This blog post has a few different DIY’s for you to do – I love the wall of hearts and the tissue paper heart wall art

If the weather around you is going to be nice, this tree heart installation could be a pretty backdrop for some nice photos – but I’m sure this could be just as pretty inside, to keep it safe from the rain!

Chocolate covered fruit is one of my favourite things to eat (it feels healthy! IT’S COVERED IN CHOCOLATE) but I hate to make it (I get too impatient) so receiving a box would be awesome!

Finally, the wonderful (and very very beautiful) A Thrifty Mrs has rounded up a few Valentines cards you can print off – just don’t do it on the office printer.

Or, if all that crafting just isn’t for you, La Tasca have a bouquet that I would definitely love to receive next Thursday…

It’s made of cured meat. Which is much more delicious than a rose.

HtCC – Oliver Bonas

When I was at university, there were very few shops actually on campus to distract us between lectures. There was the little supermarket cum stationary shop cum clothes shop cum copy shop (What didn’t that shop have? It made the giant Tesco Extra that I shop at now seem like a tiny corner shop), the bookshop (with a disproportionate amount of books for my school – finance people like to read too!) and what we would refer to as the “pretty pretty shop”

For those of you who know Aber, it’s actually the arty shop inside the Arts Centre, but my bestie and I have never let silly little things like real names distract us. (After 10 (!!!) years, I still don’t know the real name of Cafe Perv – or for those of you who don’t know, it’s the cafe at the bottom of the arts centre. Good mochas there.)

So much of our (my) student loan was spent there, I was almost glad to move back to Chester after my course finished because as nice as I’m sure Chester is for you tourist types, it is dull as watching infomercials for a week if you’re a resident.

Bristol, on the other hand, has many gorgeous shops, but luckily (or unluckily, depending on whether you are me or my debit card), they are mostly in the Clifton/Redland/Cotham areas of the city and close before I even get out of work.

Then Oliver Bonas came to Bristol. Now I have to walk quickly past the store, without looking at it because otherwise I’d be drawn in. I allowed myself a wander recently, and fell in love with the majority of ~*things*~ there.For those who haven’t been, it’s a shop with a small selection of clothing for both men and women, accessories and homeware. It’s the homeware that I’m especially attracted to at the moment – a sign of growing up?

Here’s a few of my picks if someone would like to let me go a tiny bit crazy with their credit card: don’t worry, I only want one of the sofas, I just don’t know what colour!

oliver bonas

HtCC: Habitat

With all the nice weather (*looks out of window at ominous grey cloud, sighs*) we’ve had lately, I’ve been looking at Habitat’s* range of outdoor things and of course made a long wish list of things I’d need to have a party. (Top of the list of course is one of those amazing huge BBQ’s, Costco has one with an inbuilt tap and sink. Because the kitchen is just so far away)

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However since its unlikely that the weather is going to be nice again until next year, I ended up making another list of  things I don’t really *need* in the house but ooooh look at the pretty colours!



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I usually go to Ikea when looking for little housey bits like this, but looking over the Habitat website reminded me that their branch was just around the corner from my old office which I never went into! Must start paying attention to the local area really.

Also, when buying online until 22nd June, you can get a 10% discount on full priced items if you use the code X1AU. Like you needed more of an excuse to buy everything.

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