Wow… Well even by my standards, this has been quite a procrastination between posts!
– I can’t even claim it’s because I’ve been all consumed with a new baby as I’m still very much blooming away. I guess that life has just been getting in the way & I’ve been rather distracted of late.
Time to get back on track & what better way to do that on a Tuesday night than with some gorgeous interiors inspiration, specifically bathrooms.
..but for me, the most gorgeous & inviting bathrooms contain pieces not specifically designed to be in a bathroom…
Pretty bottles of bubble bath, lotions & potions & scented candles.
A beautiful rug repurposed as a bathmat..
A twinkling glass chandelier in preference to the more common spotlights…..
Is your bathroom a haven & what makes it so, I would love to know…
Have a good week.
All photos & their links can be found on my Pinterest board along with lots more gorgeous bathroom inspiration.
Courting candles were traditionally used by Father’s to limit the time that potential suitors got to spend with their daughters.
The candle extinguishes once it reaches the clamp so Father’s were able to set the time that a gentleman would have with his daughter by how much candle he pulled through before lighting and potential suitors never outstayed their welcome!
I’m not sure that I would have been too impressed as a daughter but all the same I’m rather smitten with the story & the object.
This one is available from here.
It’s definitely a night to stay in & light candles here, hope you are keeping warm!
Yesterday, whilst out & about I bumped into the lady that used to work in my local dairy when I worked in town. We started to chat & I very quickly recognised that she seemed to have a renewed energy & zest for life.
Indeed – it transpired that at the age of 72, having never before left NZ, she booked herself a return ticket to India for 2 months & awoke her soul.
….and was bursting with the things that she had seen & experienced & tasted & smelled….
….& is currently saving up again to return for her next fix!
As someone equally obsessed with India, I was more than happy to listen to her stories & I too came away with an extra spring in my step
& a craving for curry.
Considering that we are at the start of a Wellington winter & I am about to have a baby, my love of summer & wanderlust isn’t going to be answered anytime too soon.
With holidays rolling around few & far between for a lot of us, I like to make sure that my home is filled with souvenirs & reminders from past adventures. Textiles & rugs from India, oil paintings from back street brocantes & wonky olive oil soaps from the market in France, silk lanterns & cooking utensils from Vietnam – just some of the things that fill my home & keep my wanderlust sated & alive between adventures.
It was so inspiring just to be listening to such tales of adventure & bravery yesterday as the rain poured down outside … sometimes we all just need that little reminder that there is a great big world out there just waiting to be discovered & enjoyed.
These photographs of Jade Jagger’s home in Goa are all taken by Idha Lindhag
I like to pretend it is actually mine when the weather gets really cold here.
The reason I didn’t announce this in the title is that I didn’t want to put you off it!
I think we’ve probably all experienced some hideous gluten free creations in our time but the fact is that this is so yummy that Mr Boiled Egg & Soldiers who is one of the most vocal people I know when it comes to bad food declared upon tasting it that he would never know that it was gluten free….result!
Enjoy! with a big dollop of yoghurt, cream or ice-cream… unless you are dairy free like me!
Happy Weekending x
Recipe from the fabulous Marley & Lockyer.
I can’t believe it – exactly a year since my very first blog post.
I posted it on the very same day that I discovered I had won Interiors Addict’s 7 Vignettes & we toasted new beginnings with champagne & friends.
I must say that I’m very proud to have reached this little milestone but more importantly, I am delighted that I finally stopped procrastinating long enough to start!
This little blog is one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done & I am constantly delighted & amazed at the lovely, loyal following that it has. I’d like to believe that I would blog even if no one read it but I’m not sure I’d enjoy it half as much, nor keep so motivated without the lovely comments & likes that I get from you.
Thank you – it really does make my day when I hear from you & your feedback is so appreciated.
It’s been fairly crazy to get to this point & I have a feeling that things are about to get even more so as we eagerly await the arrival of our first baby in around 6 weeks time
We have also just bought a new house
although we aren’t moving until September & of course we are still working on The Boiled Egg & Soldiers online shop…
…….which naturally means cake!
This one is particularly scrummy – as you can tell by the big wedge already missing from it
actually, If we are being honest this is in fact the second cake, the first one got demolished before I could take photos because it really is that good!
Most importantly though, it is super easy & quick to make…
maybe a little too easy & quick for this greedy Mama to be.
Alas, there are decidedly less bubbles for me today than this time last year, so I urge you all to pop the corks & celebrate all things fabulous & Friday on my behalf
maybe I’ll go crazy & have a bubble bath instead!
Sometimes the best thing about a holiday is the perspective it gives you to appreciate all that you have & that little confirmation that you are living a happy & full life.
In the chaos & general rush of our day to day lives I think we so often forget to enjoy the little things. For me these include pottering about the house re-arranging bits & pieces, discovering new recipes & having friends round to try them out & curling up in a sunny spot with an inspiring book.
What are the little things that make you appreciate home?
Looks like I’ll be making chutney this weekend…
Hope you’re having a good week…. Friday tomorrow, yay!
It took us two and a half days to finally reach our destination with two thwarted attempts thanks to high winds, severe flooding & fallen trees … but we got there in the end & found a magical spot to enjoy a few days with family.
Mr Boiled Egg & Soldiers & I found ourselves in a simply gorgeous, rustic chalet for two.
My clever niece & nephew caught fresh salmon which was quickly smoked….
With 8 little people all desperately looking forward to Easter & the excitement of treats from the Easter Bunny, combined with very limited space in my suitcase for packaging swamped Easter Eggs, I decided to get
crafty creative this year.
The solution is something that I hope will be a winner all round as it is decoratively pleasing to the stylist in me & crammed with enough pretty foil wrapped chocolate eggs to satisfy the little ones.
I should note that I had no qualms about really stuffing these full of chocolate as none of these little people are mine – whether their parents will be so enamoured is a different matter entirely!
To create the hanging egg cages, you need some balloons, brown string, PVA glue, mini chocolate eggs, pretty ribbon
& a whole lot of wine. I don’t recommend you do the same thing as me & push the mini eggs into the balloons before inflating, which took both time & a lot of expletives but instead pop the eggs through the holes at the end.
Inflate your balloon to the size of ‘egg’ you would like to create then basically dip your string in PVA & start wrapping the balloon making sure that you don’t leave your gaps too big that your eggs will fall out but do leave a couple big enough near the top so that you can insert the chocolate eggs & the kids can shake the eggs out.
Hang your balloons up to dry overnight, then once the egg cage is completely hardened pop the balloon.
I was a bit impatient & ruined a couple of mine by popping the balloon before the string was hard which meant they collapsed…. I have managed to turn them into string nests for the Easter table so all was not lost!
Fill with Eggs & add a pretty ribbon to hang your ‘eggs’ in trees for the Easter Egg hunt or pile them in a top hat in the centre of the table.
Easy, pretty, winner.
It probably goes without saying that a celebration centred around eggs is always going to be a popular one at Boiled Egg & Soldiers HQ. With none of the stress that comes with Christmas, it’s a lovely few days off with friends & family….
…and it’s practically the law that you have to eat chocolate at breakfast
a win win situation.
It makes perfect sense to start your Easter celebrations at breakfast over eggs. Of course it’s going to feel more special if you make a bit of an effort when laying the table & if you have children around then you really have a good excuse to go to town & create magic.
When I was a little girl we used to spend Easter weekend at my Grandmother’s house. She would lay the table beautifully & my brothers and I would sit decorating our boiled eggs
I’m sure they tasted all the more delicious because of their brightly decorated shells.
I’m not actually sure that Grandma let us eat chocolate at breakfast but they are still some of my happiest memories.
This years inspiration comes from the many feathers I have crammed into jars around the house that I have started to document in a series of paintings.
I have simply photocopied the paintings to use as placemats around the table – such a simple, cheap but effective idea that would work with any imagery that you wanted to use, be it your own artwork, pages from an Ornithology book, or even some of your own feather collection or photographs.
A happy Easter all round!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a really simple Easter present DIY that I have done for the little ones.
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