A few of my favourite things:
If it’s blue and white, I’m all over it. I’m not really sure how it started, but I have a growing collection of Delft, blue willow and assorted other blue and white vintage crockery/vases etc scattered all over the house. (Yes, I even have it in my bathrooms)
I’ve spent hours trawling the interwebs looking for pieces to add to my collection. This weekend The Fiance and I stumbled upon a treasure-trove of vintage crockery.
Where? Memories in Midrand. Entire rooms filled with shelves upon shelves of teacups, saucers, teapots and the like. Gorgeous retro furniture, mirrors, antiques, rugs and collectibles. My eyes nearly had an orgasm over all the blue and white in there. Why were we there? To collect this bookcase/shelf thing that I snapped up for 300 bucks. I have big plans for this. Unfortunately it involves lots of sandpaper, which spells hard work, no doubt.
Which brings me to my next obsession: clever storage ideas and shelving space. We have a lot of stuff in our house – that the hoarder in me refuses to throw away. So I’m constantly looking for new ways to pack cupboards/store things/re-arrange things in the hunt for that ever-elusive thing called ‘organisational bliss’.
I bought the aforementioned shelf with the vision of using it to store DVDs and books. The DVDs belong to The Kid and his father, the books are mostly mine. The floating shelves that we put up a few months back are battling under the weight of the hefty fantasy novels that I love to read, so now I just need to figure out how to give this bookshelf a kickass makeover. Which means, of course, loads of time trawling Pinterest for ideas and how-to’s. Yay! (Sidenote: if you come across any rad ideas for shelving makeovers, please feel free to send them my way!)
I’ve also been severely into my cooking of late – although I must admit that my culinary skills and recipe book collection is taking strain since a homeopath recommended that I cut carbs out of my diet. Why so? It’s a long story, but basically it involves me being hospitalised for a monster 3 week (and counting) headache, sore eyes and general misery. During which time no doctors nor neurologists (with their MRIs and chest x-rays and blood tests) could tell me what was wrong with me.
So I’m attempting to cut down on the carbs. Which is kind of devastating to me, because I really, really love pasta. And potatoes. And mash. And spaghetti. And cous cous. And and and… You get the picture. This also co-incides with my fiance wanting to return to gym and a healthier lifestyle – so my recipe books have been well-thumbed these last few weeks. I’ve also recently discovered a fascination for these old-school recipe cards. Highly collectible back in the day, I’ve been promised a set by my mother and some from a china’s mom. (Sidenote: Anyone know where I can get more of them?) I borrowed a set (incomplete) from my mother in law, but had to return them when my sister in law requested them.
Guilt-free pleasures. In an effort to be more kind to myself, recently I have taken to indulging in:
- Reading the Game of Thrones series of books. I’m currently three-quarters of the way through the first book. I plan to read the first book, and then watch the tv series that I’ve got waiting on my hard drive.
- Watching How I Met Your Mother. So I’m a bit late to this one, but I’ve been watching this series, and have come to love it. It took a while to grow on me, and I’m now into the last few episodes of season 6. Despite being told that you never actually find out who the mother is, I’m keen to see how this one will end.
- Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream. My fiance (bless him) has a very sweet-tooth. Fond of white chocolate, nosh bars, ice cream and banana milkshakes – when I heard about Paul’s ice cream – I knew it would be something that he’d love. I ordered the Peanut Butter and Banana ice cream. It went down an absolute treat – it’s creamy beyond imagination and it’s thick, sweet and utterly delicious. If you’re an ice cream fan, you won’t regret the order you’re about to place.
- Long, hot baths. Particularly in Body Thrills Chocolate Pudding Bubble Bath. While I might not be a fan of eating chocolate, it sure is spectacularly awesome to bathe in chocolate.
And you? What’s on your current obsessions list? What are you spoiling yourself with?