Winter Projects


A few years back I decided to give crochet try, coming from a fabric background I had always found yarn a little daunting, especially knitting! I don't know why but it looked so complicated. So my first attempt with yarn crafts was crochet.

Very quickly I got the knack and fell in love with it, my first real project was a few years back and it was the chevron blanket (which is used daily and lives on a chair in our living room) it's by no means perfect, but having said that it held up through sick days, camping trips, movie nights and uncountable forts.

I have a few places I get my patterns from, I think my ultimate favourite pattern shop is Two Of Wands I have five of their crochet patterns so far, but this pattern and this one are really inspiring me to try out knitting! What I love about Two Of Wands is how they are very minimal and modern, the patterns are great whatever your style.

A second Etsy shop I have a few patterns from is The Velvet Acorn They have some really lovely earthy style patterns which are a little more whimsy. Both of these shops offer knitting and crochet patterns plus they are very reasonably priced.

Another place I head to for patterns is good old ravelry, I'm pretty sure they're most peoples first port of call. It's a great place to discover new pattern shops and designers.

When it comes to learning new stiches or if I need a bit of a refresh I genrally head over to youtube,  personally I find the tutorials by New Stitch A Day  really clear and helpfull.

I'm Currently working on the Creme De La Creme pattern from Two Of Wands, thats my current crochet project of the week.

Do you do any yarn crafts? got any favourite patterns for me?



Gifts with HomeSense



This year I have been pretty good with my Christmas shopping, but let me be honest there are always a few last minute dashes to grab a few extras, or you might be like my brother who is notorious for doing 99% of his shopping on Christmas eve!

While most of my shopping is done I'm guilty of going out and grabbing a last few bits and pieces, in fact that was on today's to-do list. HomeSense is one of my favourite haunts for gifts, no matter who I'm buying for (including myself) I can always find a bunch of options so it's always my first port of call.

HomeSense have such a great collection of unique gifts for everyone and every style. One of my favourite gifts to buy from there are photo frames, they have some beautiful Indian wooden ones in all shapes and sizes then you can personalise them with a lovely photos to give to friends or family.

Another great gift idea is perusing there food and condiments section, I love that bit! You can always find beautifully packaged goodies and yummy sounding treats, you can collect some great bits and bobs to make a hamper to gift and in the words of my Grandpa "if you can't eat or drink a gift then what's the point".

One last gift idea or add on gift is buying a pretty holiday decoration for the tree, I think they make a great gift.  In my local HomeSense they had doughnut and dinosaurs decoration, they were so cute! Plus they have such a huge collection of amazing designs so you will surly find one to fit their style.

What's your top gift buys for the holidays?




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Insta-Life






How is it already December 7th?! We decorated our house pretty early this year which was on the 29th of November. We usually wait until the first weekend in December but what can I say I'm feeling pretty festive.

I love sifting through my decoration collection each year, a lot of them have lovely memories, I have so many gifted from family and friends, including a very loved one from my Great Granny (as a kid I always loved a specific velour red bauble and blue bubbly glass bauble, and now I love that they have pride of place on my tree). Personally I think sentimental decorations are so much more special for this time of year.

My gorgeous twig and dot candle is still going strong and filling my home with an incredibly festive scent. Plus I gave my homemade door wreath a mini makeover which I'm pretty happy with, I like the idea of changing it up each year.

 However you celebrate the season, happy holidays.


A Twig and Dot holiday




It's no secret I'm a huge lover of candles, just try and show me a fellow bohemian who isn't! At the start of a season I enjoy nothing more that picking out a scented candle to burn within my home. Of course the holiday season is probably one of the best times to pick out fragrances to fill your home with, I love how a scent can whisk you way instantly and get you in the festive spirit.

This year I have been trying out Twig and Dot 2015 Christmas collection, oh my! as I mentioned I love seasonal scents but I still have a particular scent style which generally airs on the side of crisp and natural. The two I am currently burning are sleigh ride and merry kissmas.

Sleigh ride has a really fresh, crisp smell which I think is gorgeous over the holidays, especially with all the spiced holiday baking and cooking. When it comes to pine candles I think they have to be a high quality blend to avoid the "bathroom cleaner smell" so many seem to have. Sleigh ride achieve this perfect blend when burned, it really does have a delicate natural pine fragrance and mixed with the fir and resin result in the ideal crisp, fresh holiday. 

My other candle is merry kissmas which is a completely difference scent style. Merry kissmas has a bright, fruity and lively smell, the blend has cranberry, pomegranate and mistletoe (it would be a perfect thanksgiving candle also) it makes the room deliciously tart and juicy. I had a lot of compliments on this fragrance as it's quite unusual.  It is definitely festive but would be a gorgeous candle to burn throughout autumn and winter. I wish I had the merry kissmas in a large jar because that and sleigh ride smell amazing when burned together, like seriously amazing! They blend together so well.

The packaging for Twig and Dot candles are gorgeous and would make beautiful gifts. They are hand poured in a white milk glass style jar and  the large ones are finished off with a silver lid to cover between burning.  I love how clean the design is and because of this they honestly would suit any home style throughout the year! The burn time for these candles are pretty good, the large jars are 30-40 hours and the votive jars 5-8 hours.

On the Twig and Dot pinterest they have a board dedicated to the scent of their holiday candles here is sleigh ride and here is merry kissmass, such a fun way to get a visual vibe for the scent!



Warming Root soup



When winter comes by I love nothing more than hearty soups and crusty bread rolls, they are super warming, comforting and just the ticket for chilly days.  Honestly, they are so quick and easy to do, you can make a huge batch to keep in the fridge as easy lunches for the week ahead.

This soup is so easy it doesn't really have a set in stone recipe as such!  How I start is by washing and cutting fresh beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoes and parsnips (sometimes I add in butternut squash if I'm making a huge batch) roast all the veg in the oven with a good grate of fresh nutmeg, black pepper and rock salt. Roast until soft, tender and caramalised, which is roughly around 45 minutes give or take and depending on your oven. Now mix up a pint of vegetable stock (once again depending on how thick you like your soup you can use more if needed).

Once your vegetables are soft and well cooked you will blend your vegetables with the stock in a food processor to your perfect consistency.  Add the soup to the pan and put in a good teaspoon of garam masala, crushed garlic and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat up and give the spices a chance to cook through. Serve with plenty of coriander, drizzle of chilli oil and a hot fresh roll. Yum! and enjoy.

I know this is all very vague for a recipe but that's part of the fun, you can't really get it wrong and you can tweak it to what you like, try adding in other vegetables, beans or pulses. And honestly with all the yummy ingredients used you just know what ever you do it's going to taste delicious. 

The beauty in the broken.







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How beautiful are these?!  I have such a love for old Polaroid photos,  you really can find beauty in the broken.

Getting ready for the holidays







How are we storming through November already?  I feel like I have blinked and it's time to prepare for Christmas again. Not that I'm complaining!

I love nothing more than getting my home ready for the holiday season, while I don't fully decorate my home until December 1st, I start to filter out the autumn decor and bring in the winter stuff throughout November.

A great way to get in the Christmas spirit is by lighting some gorgeous winter inspired candles, I am a huge lover of candles and it's the first thing I add to my home to get me in the festive spirit. Currently I'm between two scents, which are cinnamon chai and the other is fresh pine. They smell soooo good.

I get so much of my Christmas decor from Homesence, we have a great one in Newcastle which I pop into on route home from my yoga training (probably more than I should admit). 

I got all our stockings from Homesence and almost all of our decor, apart from some pieces that have been handed down from family. It's a great one stop shop for unique, quality items plus they offer something for everyones taste and style. I love the place!

When it comes to decorating I have a few things on my check lists that are a must:

- A pretty wreath for my front door.
- Seasonal fragrances candles everywhere.
- A new decoration to add to the collection.
- Festive mugs for hot chocolate and spiced chai. Yum!

This year I am after a few extras to add to my Christmas home decor, I really fancy a garland to go across the arch in my kitchen, some festive hand towels and a little tree for the kids room. I have to admit I'm feeling extremely Christmasy this year!  

How do you decorate and prepare your home for the holidays?


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Hello Monday





Happy Monday!  Let be honest most of the time Mondays get pretty bad press, so here are a few idea that will make your day just peachy.  What do you do to make your Monday a little sweeter?



Saluting Magpies or Knocking on wood.


As today is Halloween I thought it would be fun to share some superstitions and folklore, I have always loved hearing what peoples superstitious are or what little lore rituals they do. Whether you believe them or not I have never meet anyone who doesn't have a little something they say or do.  I have a couple like saluting magpies, salt over the shoulder and knock on wood, it totaly just habbit now and I cant even remember starting them!  I would love to hear any you do and why you started, or is it something you have always done?  Below are a few I have heard of and some I haven't.

-Peel an apple skin in one, long strip and toss it over your left shoulder. The letter it forms is the initial of your future Love's Christian name.

-A pinch of salt under the chair of an unwelcome guest Will get them to leave quickly .

-When you ring a bell on Halloween, all the scary, evil spirits will fly away.

-Snails were used to predict the first initial of your sweetheart. Basically, catch a snail and lock it in a flat dish, then check in the morning for what initial the snail's slime has made.

-If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

-Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

-Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

-If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.

-To drop a fork means a man is coming to visit.

-If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter.

-Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder Bad luck will follow the spilling of salt unless a pinch is thrown over the left shoulder.


- spying a single magpie is considered an omen of bad fortune and saluting it is a way of showing the proper respect in hope that the magpie won't pass on some of the misfortune that follows it.


Do you have any lores or superstitions?



A little bit of boho




Today I'm over on the Laura Ashley Blog and I'm excited to share with you a few tips on creating a bohemian vibe with in your home, head on over and take a peek inside my living room. Come back and tell me your favourite way to add a hint of boho to your space I would love to hear!




My yoga teacher training #1



I took my first official yoga class at 16, I had dabbled with a few poses thanks to the help of an old 1970's book that I found in my grans loft (which was my mums from back in the day) but my journey really started  just after leaving school.

I took a local class with a teacher called Peter, he lit incense, played hypnotic sitar music and chimed bells at the start of each vinyasa flow. I LOVED it!

Right there and then I knew at some point I would teach yoga. I started college, then went to uni, adventured with my then boyfriend now husbands band, joined and toured with a band as a drummer and had my babies. I never found the timing to be right. But the ride was a blast so i wasn't to worried.

Only now everything has fallen in to place and I have began my yoga teaching adventure. I'm crazy excited about the journey and look forward to this new chapter. I look forward to documenting and sharing my experience here.



Wallpaper adventures

When I was at university my degree was in textiles and surface design, It was so much fun!  I got to create designs for interiors, fashion and gift.  So as you can imagine I have a big love for prints and pattern.

This week is national wallpaper week and it runs from the 5th-11th October. When the opportunity arose to team up with Graham & Brown to celebrate of course I said yes. They are a company I have used with in my home over the years and studied designs during my uni years.

I decided to use my hallway as the space to makeover. So often they are a place that isn't made to feel special and are just the room to get from one place to another. I wanted to change this.  As its the first place you see when you enter the house, I wanted to use this place to set the scene for the rest of my home. I decided I wanted a calm and inviting look.

As you read my blog I'm pretty sure you know what my style is like and the kind of things I love. The word I am using to start my hall concept is calm. I'm going to share my progress with you to see how this project evolves.

To me calm is natural earthy tones with colours that are relaxing and soothing. The paper I picked out as my base is this one Kells Ikat Wallpaper but this one was a close second. Amazing or what?! Check out more about national wallpaper week here 

So watch this space for my update and find out how I got on playing decorator. Whats your thoughts on wallpaper, love it or hate it? Have you ever DIY decorated?



Happy Autumn




Happy Autumn!  With today being the first day of autumn I thought I would share a few things I love to do during this season.

 -Collect apples from my grandparents tree to make lots of yummy things with.
-Go for long walks in the moors or park and find crispy leave to kick about.
-Start a new crochet project.
-Watch practical magic a million times.
-Read, a lot!
-Start watching Sabrina the teenage witch boxset with Penny.
-Overkill my love of pumpkin spiced things
-making these. Hearteyes! 

I'm pretty sure this list will grow rapidly but so far that my must do's.  Do you have any autumn/fall rituals or traditions?



Getting Autumn Ready

A Character Cottage : Country style living room by Heart Home magazine
Once again it's that time of year (is it just me or is it flying by?!) where summer is starting to slowly creep away and signs of autumn are close by.  I love seeing the transition between seasons and switching up everything to fit.

During the summer months I love everywhere to feel fresh, light and airy.  Everyday, wherever possible I like to open all my window and doors and spend as much time outside as we can.

But now those days are very much numbered I want to create a warm and comforting space.  The base of my home is very simple and easily transformed with accessories and soft furnishings, usually the first place that gets a seasonal makeover within my home is the living room. 

The first thing I like to do is change up all the cushions on my sofa and chairs, it's such a simple and quick way to refresh a space plus it doesn't break the bank!  I reach for much richer colours that are earthy in tone, also I love adding anything with an interesting and cosy texture.

Candles are my next port of call, I'm a huge lover of a scented candle especially in my living room.  I'm one of those people who has a fragrance that suits the current season.  During autumn I choose scents that are warm, woody and spicy.

Not only do candles smell gorgeous I love the comforting glow they give off on an evening, which make any room automatically feel snug and the ideal setting for curling up with a good book. Also what bohemian home would be without them?!

The final thing I like to do to transition my living room is add in some more blankets and throws, I have one I crocheted which stays in all year round but adding something in a faux fur or sheepskin really add that comfort that's wanted as the days get colder.

The best thing about these mini makeover is they are not expensive to do and you can easily suit them to your budget, you can really refresh and change up a space without having to dedicate much time or money.  Plus you can always store away your other items and get them out next season instead of purchasing things each season.




Spanish Summer








Things have been a little quiet as we decided to take a little trip and go on an adventure to the Spanish sun in Mallorca.

It's somewhere I have visited to many times,  it's only a two hour flight  so its the perfect quick escape to the sun. Plus it's the first time we took the kids on a plane!  We usually sneak away like this time here, here and here.

The weather was perfect not to hot for the kids but bright, sunny and warm, and sea had been warmed up nicely through out the summer leaving it the perfect temperature for swimming in.

On this trip we travelled to the east coast of Mallorca, it was a love quite town just outside all the hustle and bustle.

We took a mini sight seeing bus around the town which the kids loved! Spend many a lazy day by the pool and beach, so it was a perfect mini break.

But now we are back to reality and getting back to routine.

Have you ever been to Mallorca? is it somewhere on your travel list?


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Kitchen daydreams


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We all have an idea of what our dream kitchen would look like, currently in my home its the one space I desperately want to make over sometime soon.

Recently I was contacted to say I had been put forward for an Amara Blog Award which is incredibly exciting and I'm just thrilled to be in the voting stage.

I also got an opportunity to share my idea of a dream kitchen in a mini article, it has been posted here today! Can you guess which one is the kitchen I picked out?

I would be incredibly thankful if you spare a second to vote for bohomixology here or via the blog button in the top right, a big thank you in advance.

How does your ideal/dream kitchen look?


Stevie love.








Byron Bay brand Stevie May offer beautiful feminine design that has the right amount of expressive edge and perfect amounts of tassels, lace and texture. Swooning yet?!

What I particularly felt drawn to was how effortless the collections are, you can literally jump on a flight, head to the beach or hit the town in these minimal bohemian wears, in my eyes that's the making of a pretty great collection and a must for any wardrobe

There is also a really cool section on the site here which offers style advice, it gives you some great tips to mix things up or help you transition from season to season. Well worth a check out. Tell me what your favourite piece from the collections?

I'm really excited to be able to share this short Q&A by Stevie May designer Cassie Vecchione.


1. WHAT GAVE YOU INSPIRATION WHEN DESIGNING THE FIRST BRIGHT COLLECTION?

I WAS INSPIRED BY TEXTURE WHEN DESIGNING FIRST BRIGHT. WHILE THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE HAND PAINTED GEOMETRIC PRINTS THROUGHOUT, FIRST BRIGHT IS PRIMARILY ABOUT TEXTURE.  TEXTURE IS SEEN IN PIECES WITH INTERESTING TRIMS AND PANELLED CONTRAST FABRICS. I THINK THIS IDEA OF TEXTURE CAME FROM THE LANDSCAPE AROUND THE BYRON BAY AREA, WHERE STEVIE MAY HQ IS LOCATED.


2. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TRENDS OF THE MOMENT? 

STEVIE MAY ISN’T NORMALLY ONE FOR THE CURRENT TRENDS, SHE’S PLAYING TO HER OWN TUNE. SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE LOVES AND WHAT SUITS HER AND SHE’S ALSO AFTER CLOTHING THAT REFLECTS HER RELAXED LIFESTYLE. IN SAYING THAT, MIXED PATTERNS IS A CURRENT TREND THAT HAS LENT NICELY TO THE FIRST BRIGHT COLLECTION.


3. WHAT MAKES A WOMAN STYLISH?

WE THINK ABOUT THIS A LOT IN THE STEVIE MAY DESIGN ROOM AND IT ALWAYS COMES BACK TO HAVING INNER CONFIDENCE. SO WITH THAT IN MIND, WE TRY TO DESIGN PIECES THAT WILL MAKE THE WEARER FEEL LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS. WE WANT TO CREATE THAT FEELING OF CONFIDENCE A GREAT PIECE CAN GIVE YOU. OBVIOUSLY IT HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN TOO, BUT I KNOW HOW FASHION CAN GIVE ME AN EXTRA SPRING IN MY STEP, SO I WORK REALLY HARD TO RECREATE THAT FOR THE STEVIE MAY WOMAN.


4. WHAT PIECE FROM THE FIRST BRIGHT COLLECTION ARE YOU WEARING  DAY AFTER DAY?

I CAN’T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH OF THE DON’T TASSEL ME DRESS. I LOVE THE PAIRED BACK EMBELLISHMENTS. I KNOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN OXYMORON BUT IT’S TRUE! IT’S COVERED IN THESE BEAUTIFUL EMBELLISHMENTS BUT THEY’RE MADE FROM NATURAL FABRICS AND RAW COLOURS, SO THEY’RE ALSO PAIRED BACK.


5. WHO IS THE ULTIMATE STEVIE MAY WOMAN? 

SHE’S ULTIMATELY REALLY COOL. SHE’S CONFIDENT IN HERSELF. SHE’S UNAFRAID TO HAVE A DIFFERING OPINION AND TO STAND OUT IN A CROWD. SHE’S RELAXED AND ELEGANT BUT ALSO WELL TRAVELLED AND WORLDLY. I ACTUALLY THINK OF HER AS AN OLD SOUL WHO KNOWS HERSELF AND IS TRUE TO HERSELF.




Skull Bliss









Skulls have been used as decoration for decades, they have become particularly popular recently and no bohemian home is right without one adorning some part of a room.

Skull bliss is an amazing global team who have sourced talented indigenous artists from Bali to create these beautiful and intricately carved skulls, the best part is they are 100% hand crafted and most importantly cruelty free!

What I really loved about them is each skull is unique, they have such beautiful lace like detail and which ever piece you display you know has been hand created.  I just adore this onethis one and the turquoise on this one......heart eyes.

As much as I'm a lover of mixed pattern, bohemian layers, texture and stuff!  I have been drawn to a much more minimal boho vibe over the years, kind of Byron bay, white washed, beachy with travel inspired nicknack's vibe. How perfect would one of the skulls be in either of those homes?!

Skull bliss have a huge range of  carved skulls for sale in many designs,  including cow skulls, buffalo, ram and horse. Want to check out more? you can visit there website here, facebook here, instagram here.  Whats your favourite piece they have? where would you have one in your home?



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