Inspiration on Pinterest || Chinese & Japanese Prints


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I thought I'd share a few of the Chinese and Japanese prints I've been collecting over on Pinterest. Aren't they wonderful? I adore the style, subjects and compositions, and I find the muted tones very calming.

There are some Eastern Art prints on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and it's such a delight to view them up close. Just the tonic when I'm searching for a little lunchtime inspiration or escapism!

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Mr Tumnus and a Snowy Oxford Valentine



'There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind'  C. S. Lewis

When asked what I wanted for Christmas I said 'anything that doesn't require dusting,' and so my clever man treated me to National Portrait Gallery membership (Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is happening this year) and tickets to the ballet. I was thrilled to have stuff to look forward to rather than stuff to find cupboard space for.

I'm selling things. You know last year when I gave everything away? Well now I'm at the point where the things I no longer love are too valuable to donate. I've been boxing Blythe dolls and designer handbags for rehoming. It feels good, although I'm ashamed of the money I spent (wasted).

Last week my mum, dad and I looked after my niece and nephew while my sister was on her annual work trip in LA. At one point my nephew was crying and my niece said 'don't worry Auntie Tasha, babies cry, it's what they do.' I'm always learning, even via a 3 year old.

I'm into my second month of mindfulness meditation. I swapped evening sessions for mornings and it's working better for me. I identify my thoughts as I walk to work; feeling, feeling, thought, thought, thought. I'll definitely share my mindfulness journey. Taming this over thinking extrovert who dislikes being alone has been quite a conquest.

Last week the snow arrived and while drifting through Magdalen College and the Botanic Garden I thought about C. S. Lewis seeing similar sights many years ago. It made me wonder if his inspiration for Narnia was here. I'd like to think it was. I could just see Mr Tumnus disappearing through the beautiful snowy arch in the image below. Oxford gives me goose bumps.

Anyway, this weekend we're spending two days in London where our plans include seeing Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, visiting the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and soaking up the London atmosphere. A Christmas and Valentine's Day treat rolled into one. I can't wait!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's weekend and I'll leave you with some views of my home city, after all few places are as romantic as Oxford in snow.

Via Instagram

Thank you Mary who featured me on her blog (At Home on the Bay) earlier this month. I must find the time to take some up-to-date photos of my home, it looks very different now!

Snapshots of January



Chanel pearls, pale pink and Audrey Hepburn :: Love and snapshots :: Retro kitchen essentials :: Outfit planning for a friend's 40th party :: The pink Lights of Soho :: London graffiti :: A kitsch deer and big eye print throwback :: I had my 30th birthday party here, 10 years ago! :: My DIY patchwork papercut bookmark for Mollie Makes


Not wanting Christmas to end :: My happy shelf :: A fawn for Friday :: I'd love a cushion in this delicious tulip fabric :: A Babycham, Diana camera and Boden inspired fawn Friday :: I love Oxford :: My first shot for A Year Of Moments with Lobster & Swan :: The view from here :: Goodbye Christmas, you were the best


Sunshine and frost :: A gift from Boden for bloom Monday :: Country cottage perfection :: Mon Cheri! (Santa was very generous) :: A blissful day in London with an old school friend :: Hello bookworm! :: Love and adventures :: I love my walk to work :: I like pearls, Breton stripes and things with bows on


Ooh la la! Adorable fabric from my Mum :: Home sweet home :: To love something is to give it room enough to grow :: Fun times in the Cotswolds with my man :: A shot of my parent's Christmas Russion dolls :: Another day, another door :: Candy Pop in Mollie Makes magazine :: Foxy lady :: I can't complain about attending a meeting here

Welcome to my first snapshots post of 2015. I hope you had a wonderful January and your February is shaping up beautifully.

If you'd like to follow my onward journey please pop over to Instagram. Have a great weekend!