This may be stating the obvious but I love my half term holidays! Not only does it provide a much needed break, but it also allows me to spend a few days getting my house and life back in order and I always seem to get my blogging mojo back too as I have time to write every day, take photos in good light and also think up some new and interesting posts.
Today I wanted to share a rather large haul from one of my favourite online shops. Dotcomgiftshop is my go-to place for presents and treats for the home (their vintage kitchen accessories are my favourite!) Once a year they have incredible sales and I always make a few purchases, stocking up on birthday presents and of course a few items for our house too.
Despite getting daily emails telling me about the sale, I hadn’t even gone onto the website to browse until my colleague showed me some of the amazing things she had ordered so I blame her for enabling me!
Anyway, here is the huge box that arrived:
And the goodies inside:
First up, the Christmas stuff – yes, I realise I am way out of season but I always buy festive stuff in the sales and put it away until next year (oh dear…that sounded so old!)
Two pretty Christmas tree decorations – a vintage looking silver bell and a scandi print heart.
Some lovely printed baking cases for individual lemon drizzle cakes or something equally as tasty.
Some fairy cake cases and matching napkins with a lovely snowy print.
A pack of vintage-style paper lanterns to hang and brighten the place up.
Now, some foodie/ kitchen items:
My Dad has a new wood-branding kit so I thought a couple of plain wooden spoons would be ideal for him to create something personalised for me and Ian!
I love hanging signs around the house and this ‘Bon Appetit’ one is great for the kitchen. My Dad, who is a chef, used to work in an Italian restaurant of this name too so I bought one for my parents to remind them of all the nights we spent there over pizza and pasta!
These adorable measuring spoons are pretty and practical.
You can never have enough nice cupcake cases and I love this retro design…so much so I also bought the matching bunting and paper chains!
I am forever spilling tea and dropping crumbs when I bring them through from the kitchen so hopefully this tray will solve this problem!
These glass bowls are so handy – I am always running out of Tupperware to keep leftovers and work lunches in and these are just a bit prettier than our plastic ones.
I love having nice tea towels hanging up and these two floral designs will fit right in with our kitchen.
I also bought a matching oven glove after Ian left my Cath Kidston one on the hob and burnt it!
I am determined to put more art up around our house and bought four pieces. I love this heart design, made using various pieces of pretty floral paper. I still have the protective wrapping on but I think you can see how delicate they look. I saw these for about four times the price in Covent Garden recently too.
These would look great in a child’s bedroom but I couldn’t resist them either! I remember reading books with these retro style covers when I was younger and think they will be a unique and colourful addition to our walls.
This little heart frame was only £1.95 and I am sure I can find a little corner for it.
Finally, some completely random but useful bits and bobs!
I always need pretty cards so these birthday and thank you cards were a steal at 50p each.
This floral washi tape will look great when used for wrapping presents.
As a teacher, it can get very expensive buying presents for your class throughout the year. I always keep my eyes peeled for cheap and cheerful items and these packs of rubbers were reduced to 10p each so I bought enough for all my kids.
These two patchwork cushions look like so much work has gone into them. The fabrics used are lovely and they even came with the cushion inside too as opposed to just being the cover.
We currently keep all our medical stuff in one of my old make-up bags and can never find the things we need. This vintage-style medicine cabinet will hopefully get us a bit more organised and looks wonderful too.
These his and her desk calendars will make a great gift and are handy for people like me who can never remember the correct date!
Finally, I love bird cages and have several of them dotted around our house. This large cream one can be hung up and has a great little candle holder inside it too. I will hang this outside over the summer but that feels a long way off at the moment!
Phew…so that’s everything and I now have the not so exciting challenge of putting everything away and clearing up the huge amount of packaging left behind!