• Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: May 2018

    Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: May 2018

    Nine Things To Share May 2018 by XOXO stationery

    Well here we are, over half way through the fifth month of 2018... I really feel like just pressing 'pause' for a wee while!  Anyways, here are my nine things I'd like to share for May:


    1. Jewellery


    Going through the various stages of my marriage breakup last year I bought some pieces of personalised jewellery from Amy at Chambers & Beau.  This 'smile' necklace was my first purchase and I got it personalised with BE STRONG BE HAPPY BE BRAVE ...I wore in non-stop for a long time!


    2. Artwork


    Saw this lovely hand pulled print from Deborah Champion and had to have it!  It's called 'Seven Fish For Luck' and sits perfectly on the mantelpiece.

    3. Garden

    Plants and Pots

    Well my definition and all that will be my garden - three plants! There was a (pretty yeuchy) rough flower bed running the length of one wall but yay - it's now gone!  Not sure if Polly Dog is as happy about it's removal as I am though but hey-ho.  I'm totally clueless with all things gardening...I just knew I wanting tall black pots and these three fab Mum went on a couple of garden centre visits and came up trumps.


    4. Magazine

    Good Company

    It's been a while since I picked up anything except house-y magazines but when I read that Design Sponge (if you have never visited their website, it's the perfect place to get lost over a cup of coffee, a big long cup of coffee!) were publishing a new print magazine "..will provide motivation, inspiration, practical advice, and a vital sense of connection and community for women and non-binary creatives at every state of life.." it sounded too good to be true.  A great read.


    5. Words


    ...Amen!  YOU are enough. 

    6. Lighting

    I'd had my eye on this light from John Lewis since literally moving into twenty-three early November. Saddo that I am, I was so excited about getting it - the hallway is high, it's now pure white and it could take a statement light but, but, but come March it was still out of stock so I eventually gave up and many hours of internet searching later I found this one and I'm happy!


    7. Fresh Air

    torrs point

    You know that thing when something is virtually on your doorstep...but you have never actually realised?!  Yes!  That!  Am now familiar with a lovely coastal walk, through forest, across fields and voila - clifftops and beautiful views.


    8. Clock


    Firstly, my friends and family think I'm kinda weird having to have a clock in I?!  Thing is, I totally love my morning shower and can easily lose track of time - nothing worse than a sudden panic thinking you have to get a move on, jumping out the shower, checking the time only to realise you could have had another 5 minutes.  
    ps. My picture is rubbish and doesn't do this beautiful clock from paladim on Etsy justice.  The wood matches the flooring in my shower room so well


    9. Before and After - My Bedroom

    bedroom - before

    Bedroom - After

    I love my bedroom soooo very much, it's my little oasis of calm (and bonus being it's on the top floor of the house - away from my two noisy teenagers!)


  • Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: April 2018

    Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: April 2018

    ...well yes, it is still April - just! Has been such a funny month and I do wish the weather would stop teasing with it's occasional sunny days...bring on May - sunshine and heat if you please!


    1. Flooring

    Got the new vinyl laid in the bathroom this month.  Slightly nervous as I bought it online without a colour swatch but the shade is perfect and I love it (unlike one son whose verdict is "disgusting").



    2. Footwear

    ...erm so do I admit that I found these when I was 'unpacking' a just-dump-it-in-there cupboard this month (yip, I've still not fully unpacked). I'd forgotten that I bought them last fun new boots.  My first pair of Art Company footwear but I'm loving the chunky-ness and playful design...I guess there is some bonus to it not being sandal weather quite yet.


    3. Plants

    You know that saying 'fake it until you make it' well I say 'fake it if you kill it'.  Have never been into artificial plants before but they are growing on me (absolutely no pun intended).  How could I have forgotten to water plants that I pass every single time I go up/down the stairs?!  Anyway, these artificial green bamboo plants from IKEA are just fab!



    4. Decor

    So when I saw Besty Benn's velvet map embroidery hoops I just kinda had to have one..and it's so lush!   Love the simplicity of it - just shows roads and rivers of the location of your choice - and  I opted for simple text "Home - Twenty Three".  (and yes, check out the artificial cacti...ebay special!)


    5. Mistakes

    We all make them, perhaps some bigger than others but regardless...



    6. Before & After - Kitchen

    So the kitchen was never. ever on the agenda (nor budget!) for changing at the moment - I just wanted a couple of more cupboards and I would have been quite happy for a while...except I discovered that the range had been discontinued.  What's a person to do?!


    7. Yum!

    If you love chocolate (and who doesn't....we all know chocolate makes everything better right!), and if you haven't already, you need to introduce yourself to the delicious makings from Holly at The Slabb.  Honestly go check them out ...'The Amaretto Cherry One', 'The Gin One'  'The Biscoff One'  and on I could go!  Highly recommended joining 'The Slabb Chocolate Society' facebook group videos, votes on special edition flavours, giveaways.  Soooo good!


    8. Etsy Finds

    Have had my eye on Rebecca Killen's colbat blue dipped milk bottles for a wee while and now I actually own one - yay!  It's stunning!  And the felt 'billy ball' flowers from Mellsva set it off to perfection, least I think so!


    9. Coat Rack

    So I originally purchased this in sunny yellow from block and with every intention of using it to hang coats but...well...I sprayed it black and have used it as letter art inside the front door.


  • Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: March 2018

    Nine Things I'd Love To Share With You This Month: March 2018

    Each month, I share some of the things I've been discovering and loving. I love a good recommendation or spark of inspiration, and I figured I'd share some of mine, too!

    Neom's Face Oil

    1. Treat Time

    I just adore Neom's products, they are my absolute favourite go to treat.  I have been going through a wee spell of crappy sleeping so when I saw this Scent to Sleep Face Oil... well, it was a bit of a no-brainer. It's just arrived today... roll on bedtime!

    Cable and Cotton lights

    2. Fairy Lights

    These are so fun. I discovered Cable and Cotton a few years ago, have a couple of sets and have given vouchers as gifts. Each tactile ball is handmade in Thailand by skilled craftswomen and the 'pick and mix' from 49 colours is just amazing.

    Loch Grannoch

    3. Walking

    What a beautiful day this was and such stunning countryside, literally on my doorstep (half hour drive and four mile walk). I didn't even know this place existed - Loch Grannoch - but I do now thanks to a wonderful friend.  Polly had a blast too - off lead and three playmates.

    Hand Lettering For Relaxation

    4. Relaxation

    The pretty looking workbook, 'Hand Lettering For Relaxation', just happened to fall into my Amazon basket recently.  I'm so looking forward to getting stuck into it this month, once I overcome the "I don't want to spoil the page" fear! (It's not just me, is it?!)

    Spring Flowers

    5. Flowers

    I picked up this gorgeous wee posy from the supermarket.  Aren't they so pretty? They can't help but lift your spirits.


    6. Sweets

    Jeezo! I think these are my new all time favourite sweets ever, ever!  The peanut butter ones somehow beat Reese’s and the coconut ones... I have no words!

    7. Something Special

    I've been a long time admirer of Jane Ryan, OPI so I just knew when I lost my westies within a few months of each other that a Jane Ryan commission was called for. Jane makes the most original mechanical art and I treasure this piece she made for me.


    Be kind or be quiet

    8. Kindness

    We need more of this in the world. I love this simple rule, and I'm committing to sharing and encouraging more kindness!

    Hallway before and after

    9. Hallway

    A wee 'before and after' for you, and please say I don't need to explain that the image on the left is the 'before'! I am in lurveeeeeee! We've gone from dark carpet and yellow walls to some gorgeous panels and crisp white. It's so light, bright and airy... and I admit that the other Friday when I sneaked away from work early I actually squealed when I opened the front door... the sun was shining through the window - the light!

  • How To Cheer A Friend Up Even If You Aren't Sure What's Wrong

    How To Cheer A Friend Up Even If You Aren't Sure What's Wrong

    Seeing a friend going through a tough time or looking a little down can be as painful as feeling down yourself - sometimes worse when we feel helpless.

    Sometimes we aren't quite ready to talk about exactly what's going on, and sometimes we aren't even sure ourselves. So what can we do, even if we don't have the specifics?

    1. Let them know they're not alone

    Step one, simply let them know you're here if and when they're ready to talk. Or even if they just want some company. You might send a text to say, "Just thought I'd let you know I'm thinking of you. How are things?" Or pop a postcard in the post you know they'll love.

    2. Put down expectations and pressure

    Gentle contact and letting them know they're not alone is important, but not if comes with pressure for them to respond, meet, or do something challenging. If you don't get a response, gently send another reminder you're there in a few days. But pressure can shut us down. 

    3. Send something fun

    Flowers, chocolates, biscuits, a DVD, a book, a link to a video - something you know they'll like that will make them smile or laugh or light up. It doesn't have to be huge, simply a gesture of kindness that's just for them.

    4. Share a memory of them

    When we're going through a tough time, remembering happy times can be hard. Even if you don't know exactly what's wrong, sharing a photo of a lovely trip you shared, or reminding them that they're a great painter or brilliant listener, can help to boost spirits on down days.

    Most importantly, I know that the gift of listening, of kindness, of attention is the most precious thing we can offer a friend who's struggling. So when in doubt, offer your kind ear and a cuppa.