Reflections: one year, one boy, 1,004 ft above London

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See the girl waving on the left… that’s me. And next to me… that’s ‘K’. I’ve not introduced you before, but for the last year this funny, complex 10 year old has been my most familiar weekend companion. Two summers ago I applied to be a mentor through Chance UK, a charity that matches volunteers… 

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Sawdust & Sparkle: Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb Shop

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When I read that Lee Broom was transforming his Shoreditch studio into an old general store, complete with mahogany panels, sawdust floor and 200 of his glittering crystal bulbs, it sounded like a very attractive combination indeed. {all Decorator’s Notebook} The glittering cut-glass bulbs looked so beautiful against the dark wood walls – I was… 

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Mind the Map

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I’ve long been fascinated by maps. Perhaps it’s the fact I have an atrocious sense of direction that means I pay more attention to them than most! Mind the Map at the London Transport Museum is a must for anyone with an interest in cartography or vintage advertising. The exhibition explores the relationship between the… 

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Shop tour: Folklore

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My discovery of Folklore in Islington took a rather convoluted route – five stops on the East London line via a post on an Australian blog! Anyway, once I’d worked this out, I decided to nip out during my lunch hour and see for myself. Folklore was started as an online design store by Danielle… 

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Raindrops on roses at Chelsea Physic Garden

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Tucked down a tiny alley moments from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road lies a little-known green oasis. Chelsea Physic Garden has been on my London to-do list for ages, and a visit from a friend with a passion for plants made it the perfect choice for a sunny summer afternoon last weekend…. 

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DIY luggage tag business cards

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Ill be at the Papermash craft and shopping evening tomorrow (21st June) so thought I should make a few blog business cards to give to lovely new people I might meet. Here’s how they turned out… {all Decorator’s Notebook} Materials-wise, I used a mixture of these white and manilla luggage labels and this rather nice… 

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Local tourist: Sydenham Wells Park

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When I moved to my little patch of SE26 I managed – not entirely on purpose – to choose one of the best spots for parks in the whole of South East London. Being opposite Crystal Palace Park was a dig draw, but it wasn’t until several months later that I discovered the other verdant… 

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