April 4, 2018

spring things


Hello sweet friends! Well, apparently I am experiencing the 'Spring of Deception' as explained to me by a Very Helpful chart of weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest. Still cold. Still rainy. Still grey. Andrew and I tossed around the idea of attempting to add on a sun room outside on our patio area, and then realized......WHY???? There isn't any! We decided our money would be better spent just getting OUT of Seattle at some point during the winter.

Anyway, I've collected a few things for you to look at. They might not scream "SPRING!" at you, but I do think they work most delightfully for the spring that we've actually been experiencing. I see you, folks who have new SNOW on the ground.

First up, is a gorgeous print I discovered in the human fairy I like to call Emily Winfield Martin's art shop. I can tell that she made this art work JUST FOR ME, because it's like she crawled around in my brain and decided to make my most favorite thing - chinoiserie inspired lanterns! Seriously, how pretty is this print? I'm going to get it, I'm just trying to decide which size. She has so many lovely prints, you can't even believe. Yes, at some point I will create a post for 'Snow & Rose'. I'm trying to decide how I can photograph and style the book to do it justice. Not sure that I can.

This lovely little shirt is actually in my home. Boden sent me a coupon AND they recently were running a sale. It's wonderful. The sleeves are fantastic. I got it and wore it two days in a row. It's my new favorite shirt! I hadn't purchased any new clothes in like.......6 months? Maybe more? I just got so tired of clothing ha ha. I just wore the same three shirts and sweater all winter long.

One of my favorite bloggers, Beth Kirby from Local Milk, has been singing the praises of Wooden Spoon Herbs for ages. I'm about to make a purchase of the Anxiety Ally (I have really bad anxiety and I don't tolerate pharmaceuticals. FUN!), and I'm so enchanted with the idea of the 'Rosy Cocoa'. I'm not really sure what it is, but anything called ROSY COCOA needs to be in my home. So many lovely things in this shop!


Several books by Elizabeth Fair have been re-issued with these beautiful new covers. Fair wrote gentle stories of quaint village life in the English countryside, and my next to-be-read book is this one. These books would be such a great match for a future book box, except right now since they are newly published with these covers,  they are sadly too expensive for my boxes - I'd have no budget for the treats and such. But can you believe the prettiness of these books??

Ok I've been meaning to SHOUT about the greatness of Julie from Latherati for some time now. Samples of her seasonal hygge-inspired scents went out in my Hygge Book Boxes, and a new treat from her will be included in my British Springtime Box that is going out in a few days. I'm convinced that Julie attended Hogwarts and is a perfumerie wizard potions master. Her scents are based on classic literature! Can you imagine my delight when we discovered each other on Instagram??? She sent me several samples of things to try, and my daughter stole everything. I'm very sensitive to fragrances (along with everything else I'm sensitive to), and nothing gave me a headache, it ALL smelled ENCHANTING, and it's my goal to include something from her in as many future book surprise boxes as I can! I just ordered myself a bag of her Cozy Spring milky soaking salts. COZY SPRING, don't you love it??

For my readers, Julie has provided a coupon code, JBB15, which will be valid until this April 30, 2018. This code will give you 15% off of your entire order (no min. necessary). RUN RUN RUN to her amazing online shop!

And last I leave you with an eternal tea crush, Bellocq. They are pricy. But amazing. And their sunny yellow boxes are just what we all need right now, yes? Here's some irony for you: as we all know, I LOVE TEA. I'm the tea lady. Except......it's actually a once in awhile treat for me, because that sensitivity thing I just mentioned? Yeah, I can't really handle much caffeine, and also too much tea irritates my tummy. So I do a lot of herbal blends instead of black teas, most of the time. Bellocq has  a box with all herbal varieties that I would love to try sometime! This would make an amazing Mother's Day gift. Andrew, are you listening??

Don't worry friends ~ Spring will eventually turn into Summer, and maybe then all the rain, gloom, and cold snow will go away? Maybe?

12 comments:

  1. it is so much fun to read your blog! I always discover something I haven't seen before, a little treasure hunt!

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  2. The same weather pattern is going on here in North Dakota! It teases us and we think it's about to be Spring then it laughs at our faces and starts to snow again. Today was snow on and and off the whole day. Lovely links!!!
    Love when you share about those goodies out there! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Sharing is caring, I always say! Hoping that snow clears up for you pretty soon - next month is MAY and snow needs to banish itself by then, surely?!

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  3. Thank you for the shout out Melissa! Great post and I’m checking out everything you shared! I’m a big fan of Emily Winfield Martin and that print is gorgeous. And that shirt??!! And the tea??!! I desperately need both 😬

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    1. Thank you for making such amazing things! I tried out the bath salts and they are WONDERFUL! Just loved them.

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  4. I love that Boden shirt! Most of my tops and dresses are from Boden and about 99% of my daughter's wardrobe is from Boden. We love Boden!!!!

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    1. I've worn that shirt about 4 times in the past week. I think I need to get it another color so I don't wear this one out instantly! It feels like a pajama top, it's so soft.

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  5. You have the best suggestions. I am always amazed at the great things I discover thanks to you! Gotta try some tea from Bellocq! I didn't know about it. By the way, I never had Queen Anne tea before you sent those samples to me and I loved it so much that now I have to get some more :D Thanks about for a great post!

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed the tea - that's a really lovely tea line! And thank you again for the kind words - I'm happy if others like the things that I like ha ha!

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  6. I got the bookbox and I love it! The book looks very interesting. Love that tea!! Everything in the box is useful. Thank you very much!!

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    1. Angela, I'm so thrilled that you loved your box!!!! That's just wonderful to hear! Isn't that book just the prettiest? Really happy you enjoyed the tea!

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