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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Housekeepers Carousel


Ok Sweetie Pies, I am kicking off a new feature here on BrocanteHome this morning. The Housekeepers Carousel will be a weekly post listing all the lots and lots of little things I think about telling you all week long, but which neither warrant an entire post to themselves, or I simply can't find the time to share. It will be a list of "where I'm at's", "I'm so in love with that's", short quotes, links to die for, moans and groans, things to watch and lot's of other Brocante loveliness, hints and tips not to be missed. I kinda hope it fills a gap... 

*First up, look at the great postcard at the top of this post, I mean Heavens above, what's not to love? The fabulous pink tights? The curtains, the spindly legs of the gorgeous chair? (I heart chairs with a vengeance!). Which all goes to prove, methinks, that nobody did style quite like an Edwardian Hussy...


* Next, Boots Original Beauty Formula. Vintage styling and old fashioned products like Cold Cream, Damask Rosewater and Vanishing Cream that actually work without a whole lot of fuss and ceramide this and anti-oxidant that. Beauty for old -fashioned girls like us! Kath bought me a few of the products for Christmas and then in a moment of oh how much I love this stuff, I went out and bought the rest of the range, cos it looks pretty in my still un-finished bathroom...


* Added to my Love Film list this week? OnceMr Blandings Builds His Dream House and I've Loved You So Long, a French Box Office smash  with Kristen Scott Thomas, who is so stunningly beautiful she makes my tummy hurt.



* Obsessing over Alice In Wonderland and a heart shaped magnifying class, Miss Marple was using in an episode I watched last night. Eating Marks and Spencers Red Onion and Mint Chutney with every thing.

* Getting to grips with Photoshop with the help of the supremely talented Pioneer Woman. Loving this post  about the complex relationship between Mums and little boys on Scribbling In San Antonio (Thanks Leslie!). Feeling irrationally excited about Liberty of London for Target. (The bike! The flip flops!) Especially since I will never get the chance to shop there...

* Reading Debbie Travis's Not Guilty, because I have followed her career since I too, was once a decorative paint artist, and wanted to read her take on raising babba's alongside a great career. But feeling mildly irritated by the slightly rubbish writing, peculiar attitude to raising the boys she clearly adores, and worst of all, her memories of her Lancashire childhood. All that and in the next week I've got to tackle The Line of Beauty for the Playground Mommies Bookclub next friday. Damn life being to short to fit in every book I want to read...

* Planning something kinda big for BrocanteHome at the end of May and working my socks off behind the scenes for all that entails and for all of those of you eagerly awaiting it's arrival, you will be pleased to hear that the HUGE Houseeepers Planner is almost finished too. Keep your eyes peeled Honey Pies!

* And finally, feeling this quote from Maira Kalman resonate somewhere deep inside the writer in me...

"I tell you these stories because these things happen to everyone. It's not about being starched or polished. It's about having ears that stick out. About breaking yet another glass. It's about seeing something for the first time and mking a million mistakes and not ever getting completely discouraged."

May we never be completely discouraged...

Happy Thursday Housekeepers!  

    13 comments:

    Sasha said...

    Love your little snippets - good idea! And I hope you'll love the film 'Once' as much as I did!!!! I went straight onto iTunes and downloaded the soundtrack and also his album, that's got duets with her on too.....x

    Carlie said...

    Oh please, yes...may we.

    Love the Carousel! Will look forward to it immensely!

    Jenifir said...

    Love the carousel idea: it suggests the up and down of domestic life as we cycle through its routines. Also all the pretty horses and other animals we meet on the journey and the intoxicating music of the ride.

    Ali said...

    I'm glad you like Boots original formula! I'm an aromatherapist and work part time as a skincare consultant in the W'hampton store. So I'm always interested in what other women think about the products I sell. The vanishing cream IS nice, isn't it.

    Looking forward to finding out what your May plans are!

    Ali

    Kelly said...

    What a great Idea!
    A few bits made me giggle, I could eat M&S red onion chutney with everything!
    I'll have to try the Boots original stuff, I like to have a change now and again!

    Anonymous said...

    You are awesome.....Love the Carousel and can't wait for the planner....love your stuff:):)
    Terri Warren - snow67cwth@yahoo.com

    Jenifir said...

    Wanted to comment on the specifics of your post as I already said how much I love the idea of the Housekeepers Carousel. Edwardian Hussy indeed must be a secret alter ego for us all. We do have some Boots products here (sadly we no longer have the stores or M&S in Canada) but not the old fashioned products because I certainly would have them already! Our family loves the soundtrack of Once and the older members really enjoyed the film (I bought the DVD and have shared it with many friends). I will need to look out for the others while I wait to see Alice in Wonderland. I would like any lovely magnifying glass but heart shaped would be perfect. Which version of Miss Marple? My twelve year old son is quite keen on both Miss Marple and Poirot. I will check out the blogs and Liberty at Target (also not in Canada). Debbie Travis is definitely an interesting case. I have not read the book but have read excerpts in a magazine and I am not sure this is information I really wanted to know just like I have yet to read a Martha Stewart biography. We really do not need to know everything about the people already in the public eye! Looking forward to your surprise.Thanks for the resonating quote.

    Anonymous said...

    I'd add "A Single Man" to your list... and possibly a heap of freshly ironed hankies....

    Cheers
    Lynda

    A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

    LOVE the Carousel idea! Here's my Carousel version of this post:

    Gotta love a hussy!

    The Boots is great! Love the look; think it will look good with black & white/cream toile in the master bedroom?

    I googled -heart shaped magnifying glass' because I fell in love with the very idea as soon as I read it! Couldn't really find one though. :(

    You already know how much I love Scribbling In San Antonio, so I won't dwell on that one!

    I personally adore the wellies from LOL! That's not something I usually see around here. I'm satisfied with the bike I've got already - it's a bright kelly green - lovely!

    Haven't read Debbie Travis' book yet, but I adore her decorating shows. They've run a couple of years behind here in the states, but I've seen as many of them as I can (a lot), as well as How Clean Is Your House with Kim & Aggie (two of my favorite ladies from anywhere - I love them!).

    And next-to-the-last, but not least, I'm DYING to see the **NEW** HOUSEKEEPERS PLANNER!!!!!

    And a secret on top of that? Oh my gosh - do you realize how far away that is? Secrets and surprises are my downfall. Guess I'll have to put my big girl panties on and tough it out till then. Maybe things will move along quickly. My son announced earlier last week that he & his fiance'e are expecting a baby, and last night they told us they're thinking of getting married ...the end of May! Tra-la! Leslie Anne

    lauren said...

    Your posts never cease to make me smile... <3

    SK said...

    Great idea--I love this kind of post! I am also looking forward to the surprise!
    :)
    Katherine

    Deanna said...

    "Mr.Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse" is one of my very favorite old movies. I also have the book. Love, love, love it!

    Kim said...

    #1-Mr. Blandings is one of my favorite films...sooo funny!
    #2-Liberty of London at Target!!! Squeal!! There is a Target literally around the corner from me -- I will buy them out!!

    Thank you for sharing the news.

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