Every night, when it's quiet upstairs, the kitchen's clear and I've shoved all the toys back into the playroom, I light a candle. I've always done it; it's become a kind of ritual - marking the end of the day and beginning of a few hours of uninterrupted peace. Well it doesn't always work out that way....but having a candle flickering beside me somehow helps restore a sense of calm, even after a tricky day.
I have a good supply of scented ones in jars or pots, and bought these painted enamel candle holders in a charity shop for £2.50. They're not old, but look pretty good on the kitchen table.
I found another pair of candlesticks in the same charity shop....and a rather lovely looking cake...
Can't resist dolls house bits and pieces, ever since I won this one in a raffle when I was in my early twenties. I remember the lady handing it over saying, 'I'm sure this is going to make some little girl very happy...' - and I was thinking, 'yes, ME!'
I had no intention of giving it to anyone else; I've always loved mini things, and whiled away plenty of happy hours, flicking through a Dolls House Emporium catalogue.
Have to say not many of my friends shared my excitement for little painted tea sets, or nut crackers with teeny tiny walnuts.... My daughter has it now and she seems to love it too.
I gave her the candlesticks, and kept the cake in its package for another time (both had been reduced to 50p) - but on closer inspection it would appear she doesn't need another one! There's some serious baking going on in this dolls house....
I also spied a sunny ray of colour peeping out from one of the clothes rails in the Sue Ryder shop. Such a cheery Warehouse top and not too bad at £3.75. I'm so fed up wearing wintery stuff.
Time to brighten things up I think!
I'm linking with Liz's marvellous Magpie Monday.