Friday, 29 May 2009
Clothkits! Fun and funky clothes for you to sew at home. My mother informs me that these were really big in the 1970s - basically the Clothkits peeps send you the outfit with the sewing patterns already printed on, plus everything you need to make them.
Now Clothkits have teamed up with hot designers like Rob Ryan and Annabel Waterman to produce some truly gorgeous pieces.
This trellick skirt features an illustration by People Will Always Need Plates, comes in a variety of fresh colours, and can be yours for a snip (literally) at £34.50.
Imagine, if this cupcake tree stand from John Lewis was actually real! A bit like a Willy Wonka or Hansel and Gretel kinda fairy tale. Cupcakes growing from trees would be the best. Until someone actually invents a world that looks like my imagination, I'll have to settle with buying this for £25 instead.
You'll need these things:
- Half a shot of Cognac.
- Angostura bitters
- Sugar cube
Put a sugar cube into the cocktail glass. Add a shot of bitters and the Cognac. Then top up with champagne. Add a twist of lemon and garnish with orange.
We are not responsible for your headache the next day. No.
Flickr image from flem007_uk's photostream.
It comes in three different colour ways meaning that there should be one to match your room and comes in four different sizes which provides plenty of choice!
Prices start at £195 and will be shipping from August.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Look how lovely these are! Now, I don't have kids, and if I'm going anywhere lovely I'll need suitcases a little bigger than these. But I think they'll be perfect for keeping trinkets and papers in. Like that pile of receipts on my desk that isn't getting any smaller. Or those letters my nan sends me. You could even use one as a retro lunch box or put them in the kitchen for packets of herbs and spices. They come in sets of three and you can choose polka dots or pastels. And the best bit? They're only £14.63 from Colloco. I'm going to have to start keeping a close eye on Colloco.
You'll need these things:
- 3 shots light rum.
- 100ml pineapple juice.
- 3 tablespoons coconut cream.
Mix everything in a blender with crushed ice. Pour into a high ball glass and garnish with a piece of pineapple. Then, put on some huge sunglasses and go and soak up some rays.
Flickr image from Randy son Of Robert's photostream.
Yes, those salacious rumours are true. We Domestic Sluts are throwing on our frocks, dragging ourselves away from the
We promise to share more details with you very soon, just make sure you cancel your holiday, record Big Brother and get yourself into London town. In return, we promise you presents, shopping discounts, bubbly and cakes. And, you'll get to meet us and quiz us about just what we get up to when we're not tapping away at our laptops with a hangover.
We're very very excited! See you soon!
Every now and again, I'm unashamedly girly. Not very often, but when I do feel like being a bit girlish, a little bit of pink and vintage is great. So despite this purse being $76, I love it. It's made from vintage fabrics, and it's so pretty. This would be a great gift for someone getting married, but really, I just want to keep it for myself.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
And they don't just do cupcakes, there's also slices of cake, cherry bakewells and gateaux aplenty to tickle your fancy.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
You see, I'm sorely tempted by these Onion Goggles. Yes, Onion Goggles! They actually exist! You may laugh, but as someone who actually did once resort to wearing swimming goggles to chop some particularly strong onions, these are actually a lifesaver. And they come in pink for girls and white for people who don't want to look like complete idiots. Sublime or ridiculous, I've yet to decide, but I know next time I'm preparing a spag bol, I'll wish I'd splashed out £14.99 on a pair!
"I must dance...or I will die". A truer word has never been spoken by a purse. Surely the perfect little purse for those nights out on the town?
I rest my case.
I'd love somewhere to put this blue horse shoe hanging rail. It's £45.
Make your old jars of stuff, and your shelves pretty with this chicken edging. Cheap and clever!
There is no reason at all why you would need these little tiny toadstools, but I don't care! They're £2.75 and I want them. I'll put them in my flower bed. Fun!
Friday, 22 May 2009
Loving your work Fleur, loving your work.
This cushion of loveliness is £25.45! And check out this lovely candlestick - quite literally a candle-stick! At £77.32 I will just have to covet this one for now. (I'm also wondering if this buyer person is also making up random prices, explaining the bizarre additional 45p and 32p?)
My favorite though is this rather genius set of indexed chopping boards!How brilliant are they? I regularly wish that I had a more organised kitchen (seriously the draining board currently resembles some sort of ceramic jenga / cutlery buckaroo challenge) and these are just the thing to get me sorted. And methinks £42 is a small price to pay for chopping board and kitchen perfection!
What is it about Cloudberry Living that makes me childish? First it was their Moomin range, now it's this pretty hanging mobile (£33). And I know it's for kids. But here's the thing: I DON'T CARE! I actually think it's just a very pretty piece of design. What would I do with it? Hang it in the hallway. Of course, if you've got kids yourself, then hanging it in their room would be a pretty clever idea, too.
These lanterns are just £8.95.
I'd love this recipe box to keep all of my magazine cuttings in.
And I really really want this giant connect four! Even if my garden isn't really big enough for it.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
But until this morning, I'd never seen these deckchairs. I want them all. And they're only £64.99 from Crocus (sooooo much cheaper than the last deckchair I showed you!). That's around the same price as a set of their coffee mugs. I'd like to buy them as a set and sit in my chair and drink my coffee at the same time. And then have a nice Big Sleep.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Mosaics are one of my favourite things. They're a big jumbled mess, but they're pretty too! They're always different and if you get good ones, they're works of art on their own. Even Kirstie Alsopp was getting in on the action a little while back. It's not very often I find them on anything other than a table top, or picture frame. So these little doorknobs from UneekGlassFusions are perfect. Even if they are $30 each.
But sometimes picnics aren't that great. By the time everyone gets to the park it's raining, and half the people coming have already eaten (you know who you are you big picnic ruiners). Lugging hampers anywhere is a bit of a pain too.
But I want this Cath Kidston Strawberry Hamper so much! So I suggest an indoor picnic! Like you did when you were a kid! Just get everyone to sit on the floor and you can eat yummy food and stay nice and warm. You don't have to worry about grass stains on your pretty dress now. And if it rains, who cares! Extra points if you make a fort in the living room with a blanket and your kitchen chairs.
The website is very fancy and uses big words. Darn pretty will do for me. I'm not going to ask how much they are. That'll just make me cry.
Mmmmm tea. Lovely tea. I've had three cups already this morning. And the lovely PR folk behind Make Us A Brew clearly like us lots! They sent us a box of free tea! Yay! In Domestic Sluttery HQ, that's like Christmas presents.
DJ Mr. Scruff is behind the tea (yes, really). This brings back memories of me dancing about in a cellar club in my hometown. That's fun. It's organic and Fairtrade so extra points for that. And there's a cute little cartoon on the back to keep you amused while the kettle is boiling.
Taste wise, I'm not so sure. It's actually really really nice, but it tastes more like Earl Grey than PG. And that might be a good thing for some of you. I'm too much of a tea fiend to get used to it. 'Delicate' is a good way of describing it. Not bad, actually quite tasty. It's just not going to get rid of my champagne hangover any time soon.
I know I tend to lean towards vintage furniture. But, sometimes something modern is just so stunning I can't help but fall in love a little bit. So these Kartell chairs have got me having a little love affair. I feel like I'm cheating on my pretty rickety old furniture. I love the glass panel at the top. Sometimes simple can be very effective.
Unfortunately, these Phillip Stark designed chairs won't look right in my house, but that's just as well as they're £143 each from Lifestyle Bazaar. They're quite striking, no?
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
So I want this Self Shelf. It might have a stupid name, but look! Books floating on their own like magic! That's the dream! These nifty little shelves are £19.95 from Dutch by Design. Very clever.
Do you actually put memos on a memo board? Those stuffy corporate messages asking ALL STAFF TO KINDLY WASH THERE (sic) OWN DISHES AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T LEAVE OUT-OF-DATE SMELLY FOOD IN THE FRIDGE IN CASE WE'RE SHOWING VISITORS ROUND AND WE HAVE TO PRETEND THE CEO FARTED TO HIDE OUR SHAME?
Well, I'm not going to. In fact I'm not going to call it a memo board; I shall name it a Flat Trinkets Aggregation Device. You can get this pretty magnetic Flat Trinkets Aggregation Device at Catkin Collection for the princely sum of £44.50.
Not enough green: that's my main gripe about living in London. Also that there are too many people, and why are all the buildings so close together?
I'm told I can't really do anything about my last two complaints, but I can add some greenery to my house (albeit in a clever and urban way) with this green ivy shelf by designer Susan Bradley at Hidden Art. She also has a black ivy shelf and a rather nice white rose silhouette shelf, if you're in the mood.
Monday, 18 May 2009
I'd stumbled into the Brighton Foodies' Festival, where I was about to learn how to make one of those fabulously useful, multi-purpose recipes that result in a whole range of dishes that really impress: chocolate ganache. Ganache can be used as an icing, it can be used to sandwich cakes together and has many other tasty applications. But perhaps most impressively, it can be used to make mouth-watering after dinner truffles in just a few minutes. Here's how.
You'll need these things:
- 150 ml cream (whipping cream works best but you can use most other sorts)
- 300g chocolate (a two-to-one mixture of plain and milk is ideal)
- optional: icing sugar or ground nuts to coat the truffles, booze of your choice to fill them!
and you'll need to do this with them:
- Melt the two types of chocolate together in a bowl. This is best done in a microwave: just put the chocolate in for ten second bursts, taking it out to stir very gently after each burst until it's completely melted. Be gentle with it! Too much stirring will affect the texure. If you don't have a microwave, you can place the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and stir gently till smooth.
- When the chocolate is smooth, gently add the cream
- Leave the mixture to cool
- Shape it into truffle-sized portions, and roll them in the icing sugar, nuts or other optional coating of your choice.
And there you have your almost-instant truffles! Once you've made a few, why not give them a professional touch by presenting them in gift bags or in decorative boxes? Your friends will love you forever.
These earrings are why I was looking for Les Nereides! So cute!
How cute are these dolly necklaces? (Or too creepy corn dolly for some of you?)
Love these cupcake cups.
I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this shop, these will make for excellent presents. I epxect you all to be nicer to me in anticipation of pretty things.
Cox & Cox can be annoying at times. For some reason they see fit to send me a new catalogue every month. Or sometimes two in a week! And they can be a little bit twee. But, if you're looking for something sleek (and indeed, twee) then they're a good place to start. As I've just put a new writing desk in my bedroom, I think I need this notice board too. It'll help me procrastinate while I choose what pretty photos I choose to pin on it. It comes with the bird images and the little egg shaped pins too!
How much do you wanna get doodling right this second? Well get to it! The price of each doodle guy varies, but just send Stuff Your Doodles your work of art and they'll tell you how much it'll cost before they get sewing. Best idea ever!