Where am I at? Heaven knows, so I thought I’d round up everything I’m doing, reading, eating and coveting if only to get a feel for who I am right at this moment, now. And so without further ado mostly because I haven’t got the energy for much ado about anything today, I hereby present the Brocante Zeitgeist…

Working On….

1. Choosing wallpaper for one wall in the living room. Settling on something kind of neutral. Worrying about ignoring screechy voice of mildly appalled inner eccentric secretly hoping for big fat rosebuds while I watch Richard paint ceilings grey with candle smoke…

(Oh and finally, finally planning on saying goodbye to the truly terrible green wallpaper on the landing that I chose when I was bonkers, oops I mean pregnant).

2.The BrocanteHome Advent Calendar. Up to my smutty eyes in all things pretty and festive. Because I am a lucky girl and this is my job…

3. Not smacking the teachers who see fit to put the same kids in the same parts year after year in the school nativity. Heck, who thought I’d be one of those Mums??

Reading…

1. The Agatha Raisin mystery series, because all of a sudden,  the silliest of Cotswold whodunnits are quite my bag and there are enough of them to get me through a Winter in which I am already feeling chilled to the bone. Remember Puttery People how I suggested we should choose one author to befriend through the darkest nights? Well consider M.C.Beaton my new B.F…

2. The latest online edition of By Fryd. Because a person needs all that pretty to swoon over when she’s on a dull old reducing plan.

Eating.

1. Much scrambled egg with parsley and sugarless tea. See reducing plan above.

2. Mainlining Berocca Boost because I start a-flagging in November and this helps a tad.

3. Sneaking nibbles of Raspberry Ruffle sweeties because they satisfy my craving for dark chocolate and I can simultaneously convince myself that coconut=fruit=angelic  dieter. Let me be.

Coveting


1. An iPad. Because I have got it into my head that the world is being divided into the haves and haven’ts. And Martha Stewart isn’t helping my theory with her blooming (literally) iPad only version of the magazine. Damn her. Damn that Martha and her fancy ideas: I was doing fine until I saw this and now I’m prowling around the Apple store with a hungry look in my eyes, hoping Father Christmas has won the lottery this year.

2. Cath Kidston’s “Stitch“, because inspired by Kirsties Home-made Home last night, I am feeling the urge to try my hand at the gentle art of cross-stitch. Heck I could do it when I was six so surely I could manage it now I’m all grown up? So come January I plan on tackling the tiny little purse project that comes free with Cath Kidston’s third book in her craft series. How wrong could this little craft adventure go??

3. And a Sally Jean pendant. Because six years ago when I started BrocanteHome, Sally Jean was one of the first vintage artisans I came across and though she has spawned an awful lot of imitators since, she remains the cleverest, and the funniest of them all, and while back then splashing out on one of her little pendants was a teeny extravagance I could ill afford, now I see that we owe it to ourselves to mark the passage of the years with objects we truly covet. This then will be my very own, deeply personal celebration of BrocanteHome. I celebrate myself

And Thinking…

1. About change. Real change. The deeply unsettling, deeply welcome kind of change that require the shifting of furniture and embracing of the future.

2. About getting off my bottom more to help with the reducing palava. If only it wasn’t so darn cosy at the fireside…

3. About what could have been and isn’t. About contentment. About chocolate (did I mention the damned diet??). About being scared. And doubting myself. And excited. All at the same time.

4. And about taking a warm bath now? With cinnamon scented bubble bath and candlelight? Yes… that’s what I need.

Night night Sweethearts.x