Monthly Archives: January 2015

Found: Anna Rifle Bond Illustrated Classics

One book that has remained a small obsession for me since I was a little girl is the canadian classic, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery. 

Some of my earliest memories are laughing hysterically at the shenanigans she and Diana got up to, feeling enraged at Mrs. Lynde’s cruelty, heart all a flutter with Gilbert & being utterly inconsolable at Matthews death.

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So when, on Christmas morning, I found this little beauty in my stocking I was more than a little excited. The cover was beautifully illustrated by, Anna Rifle Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Swoon!

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Gather a little gang of these beautifully illustrated girly classics to hang out together and look all lovely! ‘Heidi’, ‘Little Women’ & ‘A Little Princess’ are also available if you want to complete the  ‘In Bloom Book Collection’ published by Puffin. It is the perfect gift for someone who is little and loves to read or someone big that loves a bit of nostalgia.

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If you already own most of the Rifle paraphernalia & you still can’t get enough then you can also get these sweet tattoos from Tattly, for a little bit of temporary fun!

– Celeste

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Milk Bath

Milk Bath

Milk Bath

MILK BATH RECIPE

This year i bought Karen Gilbert’s lovely and accessible book ‘Natural Beauty’ to inspire me with Christmas gift ideas.  I made this little bath recipe for a bunch of people and thought I would share it with you if you are in need of something luxurious and warm in these freezing nights or for a gift idea

If you are a vegan, you could make the same recipe with more sodium bicarbonate, or use kaolin (white clay) instead, but I love the luxuriousness that the milk powder gives.

Ingredients

  • vanilla pod (optional)
  • 50g goats’ milk powder
  • 100g sodium bicarbonate
  • 20 drops essential oils

(optional)

  • 10g cocoa butter
  • Handful dried red rose petals
  • (optional)
  • Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • Cheese grater
  • An airtight 350ml jar

1) Place the vanilla-scented goats’ milk powder and the sodium bicarbonate in the mixing bowl. Add the essential oils at this stage, if using, and mix thoroughly with the spoon.

2) Grate the cocoa butter into the bowl, stirring in gently.

3) Stir through most of the rose petals. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of the mixture into a running bath yourself (if you don’t have any handmaidens to do it for you!).

4) Spoon the remaining mixture into the jar. Sprinkle a few more petals on top for decoration.

Suggested essential oils – This recipe calls for all-out luxury, so choose sensual woods or heady floral oils that work with the milky scent of the goats’ milk powder, such as ylang-ylang, cedarwood, sandalwood, rose, geranium, patchouli and vetiver.

Grating cocoa butter – Place the cocoa butter in the freezer before grating. Use the finest side of the grater so you get a powder, rather than chunks, and use either a pastry brush or a paintbrush to dust off any cocoa butter that sticks to the grater in the bowl.

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Weekend in Pictures

It’s blue Monday and we’re thinking of the fun we had at the weekend…

IMG_2746Sarah & her 1 yr old, Elliot had an early morning front room disco to Head & the Heart videos.

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Wandering through cobbled streets with good ones.

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“It’s great!” to spend some quality time with the beautiful niece. Sarah & Eve.

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Hot buttered popcorn, m&m peanuts & binge watching ‘Borgen’. Perfect.

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Celeste has been tucking into ‘Fifteens’, a Northern Irish delicacy, in an attempt at assimilation.

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But not forgetting where she comes from, getting some Aussie grog in celebration of Australia Day.

Happy last week of January! (Yikes!!) 

– Tracks of Foxes 

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