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books glorious books

Ok so saying as I’m already kind of on the subject of obsessions. I have another to confess. I love books. There I said it. I cannot for the life of me understand how someone can not like reading, and no as much as I love magazines, they don’t count. I have a profile on goodreads.com and I like to set myself yearly challenges. I love that feeling you get when you connect with a fictional character to the point where as the book ends you feel you have lost a friend. I have a few favourite authors to share in case some of you haven’t heard of them and a few favourite books by authors I haven’t gotten round to reading anything else by.

Douglas Coupland – Mister C is my all time favourite author. His writing is not fancy or extravagant in any way. In fact what I adore about him is he writes about normal folk, boring, everyday, average joe type folk. My favourite of his books that I have read was Girlfriend in a coma.

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Haruki Murakami – Mister Murakami has such a way with words. I adore 99% of what he writes. He is poetic and descriptive and then just when you were settling in for an easy comfortable ride he throws in a curve ball. He has this amazing way of making the abnormal seem normal. He creates characters that you fall in love with. His words make me want to move to Japan. My favourite book by him was actually the first one I read and I would recommend it to EVERYONE. I adore it THAT much. In fact its my favourite book ever its Norwegian wood.

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Okay well I’m getting picked up by my friend in 20 minutes to go for some lunch so I will be back later to share more books I love.

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Found on Etsy – Fruitflypie

Okay I admit it I have an addiction to Etsy…. okay now we have that out in the open I want to share a lovely ceramics company I found while wandering the virtual aisles last week. Today I am sharing items from Fruitflypie, I adore almost everything that these guys do but here are some of my favourites. Click on the images to get a link straight to the item on Etsy.

 

I adore the owls! How sweet would those planters look with some really pretty flowers in them? or even better cacti?!

Do any of you guys know of any Etsy gems? I would love to hear about them so feel free to send me a link in a comment!

 

 

 

Life, The kitty’s & me.

Saying as animals are such a large part of my life I thought it would be fun to introduce you to the two kitty’s I share my home with. 

Firstly I will introduce Peanut. We got peanut first & as much as I love cats I really hadn’t planned on getting one at all. Mr H & I were on our way to buy a carpet for our living room as we had just recently moved in. The flat was a mess and we were quite literally in the middle of decorating. We passed a small pet store on the way and decided to have a quick look as we were thinking about maybe getting some rats. We walked in and there she was… 

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She was as you can see, this tiny little creature and she immediately stood up and wrapped those tiny paws around the bars of the tiny cage she was in. I couldn’t resist. I couldn’t leave her there. I am quite opinionated when it comes to the welfare of animals and usually wouldn’t want to give money to a pet store but I just couldn’t walk away from her little face. And so we dashed off to buy kitten supplies, forgetting our carpet and welcoming a new face into our lives. So she became my baby, she would sleep with me and follow me everywhere I went, and she still does. Peanut is quite camera shy and seems to know when I want to take a photo of her so I only have a few decent ones.Image

This is her lounging on our newly fitted living room carpet when we finished decorating. Image

However… I was worried about her. Whenever we went out she would greet us at the top of the stairs and start mewing wildly like she had missed our company. I decided it would be good for her to have more cat company. I started asking around and looking for people who needed homes for kittens. i wanted another young cat because peanut was still silly and boisterous. A friend who I had gone to school with got in touch on facebook and told me her aunt had some kittens that would need homes in a month or so. ImageImage

And after waiting what seemed like forever we got to take Boo home. We had no idea what to name her for a long while. Then one day we were talking about how she always looks scared and I suggested we call her Boo. The name stuck and it does really suit her. Boo and Peanut are the polar opposite when it comes to their personalities, Peanut loves cuddles and attention and will follow me through every room I wander into. Boo is independant and fiesty, she always wants to play and will only come and sit on you for a cuddle when she really wants one. I love them both tremendously and am so happy to have them in my life. After all what is life without cats? 

 

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A little bit about me….

Hello and welcome to my shiny new blog. One of my resolutions this new year was to start blogging more seriously and regularly.

I will start off by telling you a little about myself. I am 27 and I live with my boyfriend of 9 years. We share our home with two adorbale kitties. If it was upto me the house would be filled with animals and no doubt I would be sleeping in a little corner somewhere while they took over the flat. My boyfriend however keeps my animal crazy feet firmly on the ground and reminds me (quite rightly) that we dont have the space for any more animals sadly. We are both vegetarian and looking to start gradually becoming vegan this year. We both love to cook and even though I used to work in kitchens the boy has definately overtaken me in the cookery stakes. I love sewing, knitting, crocheting and anything arty or creative. We recently turned our spare room into a studio of sorts and are still working on making it perfect. My boyfriend, I will call Mister H from now on, is studying illustration and animation and I am studying textiles & fashion. I will be applying for the FDA textile and surface design course later this year which is extremely exciting. I work as a visual merchandiser for a jewellery company, which basically means I set up jewellery stands that you see in stores. I am hopefully going to start my etsy store this year and am excited at the prospect of making beautiful crafty things for people to buy.

I am a hair dye addict and so my colour will change from time to time. I love to bake and to read and will most likely blog about all of these lovely interests at some point. I cant wait to find some wonderful crafty blogs to read so if you have any suggestions please feel free to link me to them in a comment!

Happy new year

Ashy