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!