Life is lovelier when you concentrate on the little things and so with that in mind I hereby present another darling little collection of curated to-dos – or puttery treats as I like to call them. Work through the list or just pick one or two.
None are necessary to good housekeeping but all elevate your way of keeping house and bring both order, seasonal celebration and a touch of whimsy to your day.
~Start a collection of Tasha Tudor books…
~Fill a tin with “home from school” treats and offer it with milk or tea to tired kids.
~ Buy a ceramic pen and write your favourite quote on to a vintage plate.
~Fill a large apothecary jar with dried nature. Think fir cones and crunchy leaves in stunning colours.
~Add a chair to the bathroom (a folding one if necessary) so you can have company during those long cosy evening baths. Or else use it to prop up your iPad so you can watch a film as you bathe. Bliss…
~ Transform your bathroom linen closet by stacking your towels and face-cloths the hotel way.
~Take a plain, or past it’s best table-cloth and patch it all over with tiny embroidered vintage place mats, doilies and coasters. The perfect project for Autumn evenings methinks.
~ Diffuse three drops of neroli, three drops of patchouli and one drop of clove to add a little cosy comfort to your living room.
~Lay an extra blanket or quilt at the end of each bed in the house for chilly snuggles.
~Create a gallery wall with Mrs Fancee’s rather fabulous PDF links to FREE art…
~Tie a huge bunch of fresh eucalyptus to your shower head and steam those September sniffles away.
~ Add Hannah and Her Sisters to your movie list and transport yourself to Autumn in New York…
~ Make home-made headache rub by melting a few spoonfuls of virgin coconut oil in a bain-marie and then adding 5 drops each of lavender and peppermint. Scoop in to a tiny tin and allow to solidify, then rub on to temples or under your nose when you are feeling a little fuzzy
~Choose the cosiest cardigan you can find and declare it your “fireside” cardigan, keeping it at hand for an instant warm up as the nights start drawing in.
~ Eat Autumnal lunches of celery and cheese, after A.A.Milne, in September and October, making a game of tasting as many different cheeses as possible throughout the season. Get adventurous!
~Make a wind chime from an embroidery hoop and a collection of string and vintage ephemera. Now is just right for listening to the tinkle of chimes in the late afternoon as Autumn sweeps in.
~Hang a huge gilt framed blackboard above your bed and use it to write love notes to your partner, each night before you both go to sleep.
~Make a huge jug 0f chilled honey and cinnamon lemonade. A little bit of summer and a little bit of Autumn in a glass.
~Hunt out a box of extra-long matches and keep them on the mantelpiece – just right for the elegant lighting of a roomful of candles
~Take yourself out on a creative excursion in search of one giant mug in a cozy colour for extra special, grown up only hot chocolate on Saturday movie afternoons.
~Buy a garlic plait … not only because it looks so deliciously cosy hanging in the kitchen but also because it will remind you to stuff Autumnal meals with as much garlic as possible to fight off colds.