Are you a fan of workshops? I attended a fabulous flower crown workshop hosted by Rebecca at Ivy, Pip & Rose and took a few photos, if you’d like to see…Read More
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
William Shakespeare,The Merchant of Venice
Although candle trends have moved on since Shakespeare’s day, we will always turn to our favourite candles when we need to spark some joy in our environment. Some candle scents are wonderfully uplifting and can be useful when we are working at a desk or whizzing around the kitchen cooking up a storm. Other scents are stuffed with relaxing properties that have a mysterious ability to promote slumber and cosiness.
I have been meaning to write a guide to choosing candles for a long time, and after some prompting from a lovely friend and customer Liv (who herself found it hard to choose a scent!), I have finally written the Firain Guide to Choosing a Candle!Read More
New York gets under your skin - that feeling can be quite literal as you examine your grimey, black fingernails at the end of a frantic day. But its so much more than that. When I am in New York, I know I change more than a little - living in Brooklyn Heights a few years ago, I had a confident stride in my step that I haven’t felt elsewhere. i felt positive and enthusiastic. I keep my eyes open in New York - you need to look up at the menacing skyscrapers, to look down at the sidewalk graffiti (and the dog poo) and of course there is all the people-watching to do.
I have written a little mini guide to one of my favourite parts of Brooklyn - Williamsburg. Do let me know in the comment where I have missed.Read More
Chatting to my friend Huma of Our Story Time for a feature for the 91 Magazine blog was a dream come true! Huma has herself owned a lifestyle store, and wanted to delve into the inner workings of three small businesses at different stages of the journey. I was thrilled to answer Huma’s questions alongside two women I greatly admire: Emily Mathieson of Aerende and Tabara N’Diaye, shop owner of La Basketry.
Here is the section of the article with my part of the interview. Do make sure you read the whole piece on the 91 Magazine blog and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the nitty gritty of opening your own small shop!Read More
Rebecca at Ivy, Pip & Rose has created a beautiful autumn wreath that makes the most of the sensational colours, textures and scents available as the seasons shift.
In this guide, she teaches us the art of crafting our own.Read More
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
A month ago, I walked up Cnicht mountain with my marathon-running husband and athletic friends visiting us from Thailand. For me, being out of shape at the moment, it felt more like a desperate scramble than a climb but it was one of those in-ya-face lessons about finding your own pace, your own footings, your own rhythm. It got me thinking about my values.
Can you describe your pace, your pulse, the speed of your flow?Read More
Over the years, Ben and I would snatch hasty visits to the North Wales coast to see our family and empty our lungs of grimey city air. We would feel soothed after a trot along the beach at Llanbedrog or Aberdesach; we’d drift into heavy sleep, agreeing that if us nomads ever returned to the UK from our travels, we would try to live here.
Last year, rather unexpectedly, we found ourselves needing to set up home somewhere new and our hearts were urging us to head for North Wales. Maybe we were experiencing ‘hiraeth’; a nostalgia for a home that we hadn’t yet created. Whatever the reason, we felt the pull.
It’s this same indescribable pull that I feel every time I walk along the beach - y traeth in Welsh. Sinking into the sand, feeling humbled by crashing waves or slowing down to watch the tiniest of sea creatures - whatever the pace, I am at my happiest.
I know that I am not alone in my deep love for this coastline, so I asked my favourite North Wales thalassophiles about the beaches in the area which have captured their hearts (and keep reading to the end for a special treat).Read More
It was so much fun chatting about Firain with the lovely Josephine Brooks for her wonderful podcast ‘On The Make’. Click here to listen to me describing how I set up the shop and how much I love working with small makers. Josephine is a generous supporter and promoter of handmade, small businesses and craft and has a gorgeous, calming instagram feed @josephinepbrooks.
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns."
Are you a die-hard summer girl, like me? My earliest memory is being three years old and my cousin Helen swinging me by my spindly arms on Exmouth beach. I can still hear my own squeals and visualise the stretches of golden sand as far as my baby-eyes could see.
This love of the heat and that sense of freedom was just one of the reasons I adored living in Puerto Rico a few years ago. Those lazy, hazy days on the beach that ended with a few new freckles are the happy days in my mind that I return to when its too noisy in real life.
But even for me, there is nothing quite like autumn. Some of the best memories of the year are made in the autumn - that cold Guinness at the end of the country walk, and the way the wooly jumpers cuddle you like an old friend.
Here are five more ways that we can adjust to, and embrace, that nip in the autumn air.Read More
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
my mum is well-known for writing thank you notes. She keeps a stash of cards, postcards and pretty paper at the ready in a basket in the kitchen. she scribes adroitly with her left hand, never smudging the ink or letting her prose run away from her. the thank you letters and cards she has posted to me over the years are some of my most precious possessions, especially as a few months ago the family home burned down and my mum lost the hundreds of cards and letters that had been sent to her. But that’s a story for another time…Read More