Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Simple Things That Mean So Much . . .

There's an icy nip in the air and today for the first time we had a small sprinkle of snow. With tights under my jeans and my under layers tucked in to my tights, I braved the cold to pop in to the village for provisions, when I say provisions what I really mean is comfort food the type that nourishes the soul as well as your tummy and is so often desired in the winter months. A cinnamon swirl pastry with a cup of cherry blend coffee was enjoyed as a mid morning treat and in the afternoon a warming bowl of butternut squash and sweet potato soup with fresh beetroot and apple bread.
Alex has been away in Greece for the last four days, just before he left I was so happy to discover he had left me a surprise on the bed, a Beautiful plant to bring a little colour during these dark days and the latest issue of Elle Decoration one of my favorite magazines. It's these little acts of love and kindness that mean big things to me and my heart. Other little gifts my husband often surprise me with might include a box of my favorite herbal tea, a hand picked flower, a thoughtfully chosen pebble from the beach or a beautiful feather, all of which bring me so much happiness and joy, for me it's the simple things that mean so much.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Prayer Trees

This week seems to have come and gone before my eyes, I can't believe it's Friday tomorrow, I've only caught glimpses of it, peaking out from beneath my covers where I've been hibernating since Sunday, recovering from one of the many winter bugs that seem to be making their rounds at the moment, it's that time of the year.
Our weekend days pre-bug were spent with our lovely friends in Somerset, roaming the rolling valleys, visiting markets, sipping hot Chai from a flask and eating Amazing food from The Good Earth in Wells. Alex and I spent a day in Glastonbury where we went for a walk to visit the prayer trees with their colorful ribbons blowing against the grey winter sky, all of the hopes and wishes of the many who have made the climb to tie their intentions in such a poignant way. it was at this loacation just six months ago that Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was wonderful to be there again as man and wife reflecting on all that has happened in the time that has passed, our wedding and honeymoon but mostly the days that have followed since then, Quiet in our home. Just us. Newly wedds. Happy. Content. Secure. Relaxed. At peace. Imagining and making plans for our future.
Thank you Mr Hooley, I'm loving being Mrs Hooley x

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

At The Coffee Table

Hello, Happy Tuesday . . . . .Today has seen me camping out in our sitting room finding comfort in blankets, cushions, books and SO many cups of tea. The rest of the house is feeling very hectic, with a kitchen dressed in dust sheets and masking tape, a bath tub filled with rollers, trays and brushes and paint splatted decorating clothes strewn on the bedroom floor, the front room has become a haven away from the chaos. The dining table is filled with all of the contents of our kitchen sides so it was breakfast at the coffee table which I actually really enjoyed, sat on the ground Japanese style, I might have to make that a regular morning feature.

 The ceiling should be finished tonight so normality will hopefully resume tomorrow. I'm looking forward to cleaning every where down and then putting out our new things. My husband and I were married last October and so over the last few months we've been slowly picking up beautiful finds for our home as and when we've seen them, using our gift money (thank you Lovely family and friends) We also got a few gems from our honeymoon in India. Curating display areas in our home using our favorite, much loved treasures is one of my real joys, I'm not a materialistic person at all by nature but I do feel that it's important to surround your self with the things that make you feel, happy, inspired, loved and even safe and nurtured, also it's a wonderful self expression.

Be back soon with pictures of our newly decorated kitchen! Have a lovely evening.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dawn-Light and Frost

Awake early this morning to greet the frost, wrapped up warm I was out the door not even five minutes after getting up, I love to be spontaneous like this sometimes it makes me feel so alive. The sun was only just starting to come up, the low dawn light was Beautiful.

Making my way through our village, pathways were white, puddles had become frozen sheets of ice and the grass verges crunched under foot. Every inhalation exhilarating the senses , filling the lungs with cool fresh air, every exhalation produced a fine mist. Neighbors were out jogging, walking their dogs or on their way back from collecting the Sunday paper, as I meandered along pathways and lanes with my camera, encapsulated by the Beauty of it all. Dried petals, seed heads and berries dusted and edged in a fine icy white,  showing intricate networks of detail and veins.

It was wonderful to get back home, and defrost under a blanket with a cup of tea. We've painted our kitchen today, it's not finished yet but already looks great, there's something quite exciting about a freshly painted wall. I hope you've had a lovely Sunday see you next week.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Walk In The Grey

I love to walk out under a moody grey sky, I find it far more visually beautiful than a bright summer sky. It's the range of tones and the depth of emotion.  I'm someone who finds it difficult to be bound by a single favorite, of anything, I can never choose just one. But grey is one of my all time favorite colours, for clothing and accessories for interiors, for architecture and in art, especially when applied liberally to a canvas or when black ink is permitted to dance with water on the page fading in to a wash of grey. 
These images were taken at various stages along my walk today before it poured with rain.

I have been busy around our home this last week, arranging, clearing and sorting, with many more plans to decorate and 'revamp' the corners of our house that are feeling a little worn and tired ready for the new year ahead. We rent our home and are lucky to have a landlord that allows us to make it feel our own, we're careful to mostly invest in aspects that we will be able to take with us when we leave, but as we plan on being here for a good few years it's well worth the time and effort to live in an environment that nurtures us and makes us feel happy.
Some pics of what I've been up to in the house to come . . . 
Have a lovely day, embrace the grey!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

A contribution

Stepping forth In to a new age. 2014. As one year draws to a close another begins presenting us with the opportunity of renewal, new hope and fresh inspiration. As always I find myself making ambitious goals for the new year and this time based mostly around the idea of simply putting myself back out there, which inevitably means processing the attached emotions of vulnerability, fear and self doubt. In many ways I find myself in a transitional place poised between my old life and a new one. Our very existence provides us with opportunities to explore our life's purpose and share our gifts in a positive way, using our talents to demonstrate an understanding of our own power and capabilities and maybe even inspire others along the way. I've felt 'out of society' for some years as I have worked through a life changing period of ill health. During this time despite the hardship, my life has been made richer not only by the lessons my illness has taught and the love, support and kindness of personal relationships but also (thanks to this technical age) through the joy of an on line community who have brought so many feelings of comfort and warmth via their offerings of art, design, creativity, visual beauty and inspiring words. On so many occasions I found solace in the inspiring life's of others who write their blogs, post their images and share stories from their lives. Often unable to leave the house I sought refuge in feeling connected with others who were living wonderfully creative and exciting lives while mine stood still and just as these individuals (without even knowing) added a richness to my existence I hope in some small way to be able do the same.
I have a degree in design and before becoming unwell worked as a fashion designer for a well known high street retailer. while I still have a love for fashion my interests have in recent times become more varied and include a passion for interior design, styling, art and photography. 
With this platform I hope to offer a glimpse of the many things that warm my heart, from a hand made project, and interior styling ideas to a home made cake or a beautiful walk in the countryside, I'd like to share the things that make me happy , a lifestyle blog inspired by the joy of finding beauty in the simple things and the beauty of being present in the moment and the moments in between the moments that make up the days and weeks of our lives.
I have had a very long time to dream up the many projects I hope to share with you, Inspiration for my work is generally sourced from a foundation of two main aspects of importance to me : A love of the visual beauty I see And feel around me, mostly in nature and the pursuit of understanding my connection to the deeper and more subtle layers of my existence, some might call it spirituality, my ideas are usually  combined by bringing the two together.
Although daunting it feels exciting to be in a position after so long to make an offering of my self again, a contribution to the world even if only a small one!
Thank you.
Happy New Year.

I took this photo in January 2012, It was the first frost of the new year, I share it here to represent the light and Beauty you will receive if you strive to have the courage to branch out.