What makes a house a home?
Of course it's the person/people you share it with.
It's the laughter, the love.
It's also the little things, wouldn't you agree?
The memories you create, the things you buy and are given to fill and decorate your home, and the stories behind the little things.
Here is a selection of my favourite things.
Pink tiger lilies. One of my fav flowers. My mum has always surrounded our family home with fresh flowers. And I remember thinking, many moons ago, that I would do the same when I was lucky enough to have my own home. And so I have, I do.
A cream rose, with silver glitter. It's not every girl who can say she has glitter on her rose. Lovely boyfriend bought me these flowers as it's my brothers 21st anniversary today. I've mentioned him again. Mark encourages me to talk about him, understands my grief and my reluctance to sometimes talk about him. I feel I've come on leaps and bounds since I met Mark, with facing the demons and awful memories from July 6th 1991. And this rose is a respectful reminder of my dear brother Lee, and how caring Mark is.
The vintage cake tin. One of the first things I bought from the delightful gift shop a few steps away from our polka dot home. Because I can bake now! And this is the tin to carry my cup cakes in.
The pretty cake stand. My friends in the office thoughtfully bought this for me on my last birthday. Hopefully they appreciate the cakes I've baked for them, and they knew I would love this to display my baking in the home! At present it has no cakes, the wedding dress countdown has begun.
The teddy family. See how they are posing for you! They've been on quite a journey with me, and I reckon they love keeping guard on the wicker basket in our bedroom, realising I am the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. They were presents from my mum and my god mum. Two special people.
And a mother is a precious gift. A Christmas present from my fab mum.
The vintage dinner set I bought one lunch time not long ago. I popped out to buy shampoo and excitedly came back, arms aching, with my charity shop find. It's served many a family Sunday lunch, and here's to many more.
The grandma recipe book my mum bought me. I adore this book and the idyllic photographs. Notice the strawberry cheese cake easy peasy recipe, I shall be sampling this for the first time for family lunch on Sunday.
I love old fashioned tins. The first tin caught my eye during a weekend trip to a charming Suffolk village, Lavenham, with Mark and my parents. ( Incidentally, it was Mark and I's first weekend away.) It was spotted in an antique shop just around the corner to the cottage we were holidaying in. The next two tins are from Lille, an extravagant birthday day out with my friend Claire.
I purchased this on the day I chose our lace themed wedding invitations, at a craft centre with my mum and dad. It's now displayed in our bathroom. I wanted to do something to mark the occasion. Happy days indeed!
The retro radio. I'm a big fan of retro stuff. And when I look at this I smile. Lovely boyfriend used it for the first time on the day of his stag do. He sipped a beer in the bath, whilst listening to music and nervously wondering what his friends had decided to dress him as. It's tradition amongst his friends apparently. And for the record - he was the only gay in the village! (Character from popular British comedy!) Only 2 weeks until my hen do, expect more pictures, dear readers!
I hope you've liked stepping into a glimpse of my world, our home.
So, do tell, what are your favourite things?