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I'm a native Londoner and, among other things, I draw little pictures and design and make jewellery (though until we find a new house with space for a workshop that's firmly on the back burner at the moment as chemicals, metal filings & toddlers don't mix!). I also like to cook, write, read and make and do. Thanks so much for popping by, its lovely to have you!
Interests: my small boy, food, friends, tea, the sea, the smell of spring, words, art and architecture, northern european light, american style hazlenut coffee, chilly autumn mornings, pleasure and beauty in everyday things, tunes, scandistyle, learning to live gently, sparkly shoes { *especially* sparkly red ones} make-and-do, parks and woods and grass as far as the eye can see. daffodils - surely the happiest flowers ever.
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In which I grumble about the implication that a woman being seen in public without make up is equivalent to her going about her business in the nude... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at {mally powell}
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One of the things that has stayed with me from Gretchen Rubin's (ace) book Happier at Home is the idea of celebratory breakfasts. These are nothing particularly fancy, just a few things to mark special days in the calendar (valentines,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at {mally powell}
This week has been a bit better than last, though still far from exemplary. So much for my plan for three runs, I managed zero. In my defence, I've been surrounded by poorly males this week and both time and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at {mally powell}
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I made these last night, expecting them to turn out like little baked custards. The taste and texture is actually closer to a baked cheesecake which, once my tastebuds adjusted to the idea, is a very good thing. They are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at {mally powell}
The theory goes that the first week of a challenge should be filled with vim, resolution and enthusiasm. It's an excellent theory, and one which I wish was true in my case... The reality is that I sort of forgot,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at {mally powell}
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This year started out with good intentions and initial progress but has already been waylaid by more Big Stuff. I'm struggling with my weightless goals, my exercise goals, my budgeting goals, my personal development goals, my make and do goals, my home improvement goals... I think I may have too many goals. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at {mally powell}
Thank you for your kind words Laura, I really appreciate it. Best friends are special aren't they? Part of them stays with us even when they're not around. Do you know the artist Robert Montgomery? He has an amazing illuminated piece which spells out "The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive." Beautiful and true.
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A lovely friend of mine has recently been posting instagram pics featuring a fabulous tall, ribbed glass teapot she received from a girlfriend familiar with her love of tea and gorgeousness. I am not ashamed to admit that I covet... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at {mally powell}
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via www.messynessychic.com This has been doing the rounds for the last week or so but is nonetheless magical for that. Vivien Maier: nanny, recluse, street photographer extraordinaire. I can't decide whether the story or the images are more moving. Either... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 29, 2013 at {mally powell}
There seems to be something in the air at the moment. I've been wittering on about wanting to achieve X, Y and Z for, well, pretty much forever if we're being really honest. I'm a great starter, less good at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at {mally powell}
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I have been trying - and quite spectacularly failing - to take my finances in hand for a while now. Big events like Christmas and birthdays blow me out of the water, mainly because I don't do the sensible thing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at {mally powell}
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I am currently wrestling with a bit of a quandry. Next weekend we have a house full of guests and a family celebration on Sunday for which I want to cook something suitably celebratory - it's Mothers Day here in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at {mally powell}
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via www.clothingattesco.com My newest blog crush skinandblisterblog.com included this little beauty in a recent round up of loveliness and I was instantly smitten. It's a satchel! It's duck egg blue! It's affordable! I have no need for another bag. I... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 27, 2013 at {mally powell}
Ace isn't it? Thanks Noel, very kind of you to say so :)
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2013 on All the pretty things - Node rug at {mally powell}
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via shop.uniqlo.com Did they learn nothing from the horrors of our youthful misadventures? Who looked back at pictures of the flower of 80s youth looking like a sack of spuds in blouson, elasticated, patterned cotton trousers and thought 'Now THERE... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 18, 2013 at {mally powell}
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While I was pottering around the interwebs over the weekend I came across (via Apartment Therapy) a lovely Fair Trade company which makes fantastic rugs. Node rugs are hand made from wool hand dyed with beautiful natural pigments in a... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 18, 2013 at {mally powell}
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via www.sivusivu.co.uk Apparently the artist, sivu, spent several hours singing in an MRI machine to make the film. Fascinating, beautiful and a little bit ookey. Like so many of the best things in life. I wish I could remember where... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 14, 2013 at {mally powell}
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ooh. Happy list #2 was published way back in November 2010. I promise I have been happy since then... My list for this week includes: * promises of spring, small and shy but very welcome. * brief visits back to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at {mally powell}
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So I've been making my Mighty List recently. It is long. Excitingly, dauntingly long - there is a LOT I want to do (so I really need to start getting on with it). To that end I hauled myself out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at {mally powell}
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I keep getting stuck. I work from home, for a company. I come up to my office every morning and sit at my desk, looking at my computer; but just lately I have found that my brain really doesn't want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at {mally powell}
I drafted these posts a while ago and never published them. I wanted to run them by my friend first, to make sure she didn't mind (when in fact I knew full well that Mrs Positivity would have been horrified!).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at {mally powell}
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Mar 1, 2011
Happy thanksgiving! As a non-American its a holiday that I've only really come to understand in the past few years through following US based blogs. Though I get the history, being European (or perhaps just being a bit ignorant) my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at {mally powell}
Ah. Oh dear. The whole weight loss thing seems to have slipped my mind entirely over the last week. So here we are - I am - more or less back where I started. Right. So. New week - time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at {mally powell}
* whitstable. In fact, British sea-side towns in general. (promising myself that one day I will live by the sea again). * remembering one perfect meal in a little wine shop near the Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris. * staying self-catering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at {mally powell}