A scattered kind of week …

Hello there, how’s your week been treating you? Mine has been a bit all over the place to be honest … and that has left me feeling a bit ‘walnutty’ … you know, kind of like I just want to curl up and hide away from the world for a little while. Do you sometimes feel like that too?

There’s no real explanation for such a mood, it just feels like there are a lot of little things which have added together to make the big things (like my mind) seem more scattered than usual … So I thought that a lovely fresh bunch of flowers might help us all out. Aren’t they pretty?

Flowers to brighten the day

I’ve been cleaning and re-organising my home office once again, and I made the decision to clear the shelf above my desk (it’s normally filled with books). While I still have various animal guardians looking over me as I type, it felt like something else was missing … but as soon as I saw this cheerful bunch of flowers at the local store, I knew they were just the thing I was looking for.

One of my botany tutors at Uni told me that she hated her boyfriend buying her fresh flowers as they ‘were already dead and she didn’t want dead things in her house’. While I can appreciate her perspective, I tend to disagree with that rather macabre point of view – I think freshly cut flowers are a way to introduce life and light into the home. I know they’ve certainly brightened my immediate view.

So, what else have I been up to? Apart from work, not much to be honest … and yet at the same time I feel like there’s been a lot going on:

  • I’ve been thinking about my planned trip to Japan, whether that will still happen and how I can help a country that will have such a long road to recovery. I’ve been making donations where I can – Primoeza is holding a wonderful sweater raffle to raise money for the Red Cross, Katie is taking part in the Japan Quake Appeal Raffle to raise money for Global Giving, Shelter Box are raising money to provide shelter and supplies for families, and Ark Bark are accepting donations to care for animals made homeless during the disaster.
  • Some parcels arrived recently, including a lovely package of papery goodness from Gracia & Louise, and Hila‘s beautiful book – ‘The Elements of In-Between‘ (I’ll tell you in more detail about both new arrivals another time).
  • I’m trying out a new fancy facial cleanser, and I’m almost out of shampoo … so clearly there are some big decisions to make in the cosmetic department soon.
  • We’re contemplating adding another furry family member to our household, in the form of a cat (adopted from the pound of course) … but a few logistical issues have to be sorted out before we can commit.
  • I’ve been culling more clothes, shoes and accessories from my wardrobe. I’m even starting to see the results of my efforts as more free ‘space’ is revealed … not space to fill with more things, just space to appreciate for the potential it creates.
  • The second issue of ‘Bespoke‘ hit the shelves this week, and apart from being a wonderful treat in itself (and produced with love by Jess), this issue also features an article written by me! So if you always wanted to know ‘How to Find Your Vintage Fashion Era’, then hopefully my introductory guide (based around iconic films of each era from 1920 to 1970) will help.

So there you have it. Aside from promising to catch up with you all this week (whether that’s by email or via a blog visit), that’s about all from me for now. How are things in your world? Has life been making you feel a bit ‘walnutty’ too?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    I know you were so super excited about Japan, and it’s so tragic what happened over there. I have a plan hop in Tokyo and want to reroute because everything that is going on over there. Maybe you two can go somewhere else ๐Ÿ™‚ how about Thailand :)?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – It is terrible about what’s been happening in Japan … and the more we think about our planned trip, the more we seem to sway towards not going … but we’ll give ourselves a few more weeks before deciding.

      So yes, we are starting to look at ‘back-up’ locations … everyone tells me that Thailand is amazing, so it might be a wonderful alternative … we’ll wait and see.

  2. Hayley Cafarella

    That is an absolutely gorgeous bunch of flowers!! I love the feeling of fresh flowers in the house, I definitely don’t think of them as dead! Sure, they’re headed that way…but isn’t everything? Not being permanent adds to their beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do hate those topsy turvy weeks! I hope that you feel better x1million over the weekend xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hayley – I think they’re lovely flowers too … and guess what? They only cost $4!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Fresh flowers are wonderful additions to any home … and like you, I don’t think of them as dead … they add such colour and cheer to any room that it’s hard stopping at just one bunch.

      I think you’re right in saying that it is their impermanence which makes them all the more beautiful.
      Thanks for your well wishes – I think I’m slowly getting back to normal … I think it’s just going to be ‘one of those years’. xx

  3. jan

    I love to get fresh flowers. I don’t have to worry about where to store them and when to donate them to Goodwill.
    If she doesn’t like dead things in her house, wouldn’t that eliminate cotton clothing and pretty much everything we eat?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Fresh flowers are a beautiful gift, either from yourself or from someone else. I really like your point about them having a finite life in the house … they offer temporary beauty, and are a wonderful way to change the look and feel of any room. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think that tutor of mine was just an all round silly person … she was honestly one of my least favourite tutors.

  4. Caz

    I am definately feeling a bit ‘walnutty’ at the moment (great word!). I think it’s because I feel a bit lost in all the monumentally awful things happening all over the world at the moment;we haven’t really had much sunshine down here this summer; Daily Light Savings has another week to go and it’s dark when I wake up in the morning etc. But still I count my blessings everyday!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – I hope your ‘walnutty’ feeling has moved on by now … I think I’ve slowly been emerging from my ‘shell’ once more (glad you like the ‘walnutty’ term). Like yourself I think all the terrible things that have been happening in the world this year have been weighing heavily on my mind and heart … so those major events plus any personal upheavals seem to just add all together and make us feel a bit sensitive about life in general.

      It is definitely hard when you get up in the morning and it’s still dark – worse still when it’s dark when you leave home AND dark when you arrive back home in the evening. I hope you rug up against the coming cold! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Keep well dear friend.

  5. belinda/gretchenmist

    love your ‘walnutty’ description! often feel borderline that way!
    congrats on the article. can understand your concern re your japan trip.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Belinda – Thanks for your sweet comment. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who has those ‘walnutty’ moments … I suspect it makes life hard for people around me when I head for ‘the shell’ (prying open walnuts is hard work). ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks – it was lovely writing for Bespoke, Jess is indeed a wonderful friend and delightful editor! ๐Ÿ™‚

      We’re just going to wait and see for a bit longer re: the Japan trip … but I just don’t think we’ll get there this year now. We’ll see …

  6. Jess

    First – thank you SO much for your wonderful *bespoke* article (and Lee for the awesome illustrations) xxxx
    Second – oh my goodness yes. I think after launching both my Epheriell Autumn Collection and Issue 2 of *bespoke* about a week apart, my brain is a little fried! What I really need is a day or two of being off-line and immersed in non-work… I’m HOPING that I can squirrel away a day or two soon to do just that ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – You are so sweet! Thanks so much for the opportunity to write for Bespoke in the first place … as I’ve already told you it was lots of fun to pull that article together … the next one is being drafted as we ‘speak’. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You have been extra busy of late (and that’s saying something considering it’s you – Queen of the busy) … I can understand you’d be feeling like you need a little break to just rest and recharge. You most certainly deserve it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. urban muser

    even if you are feeling walnutty, you certainly have been busy! love the flowers.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – Haha, so true. It’s amazing what one can achieve whilst in the ‘walnutty’ state of mind! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      They’re a lovely bunch of flowers for sure … I’m hoping to find an equally lovely bunch later today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sonia

    I’ve not read Bespoke yet. I’ll try and get my hands on a copy. Well done on your feature!
    Do you worry about getting a cat with your friend Pasta and Pasta’s baby?
    Fresh flowers are not dead in my eyes if in a vase, as they still die on a plant or bush anyway.
    Such a glorious day with the clear skies and cool shift. With three cups of tea under my belt I’m feeling banana. You know when you want to peel off your layers and be free. I hope you’re not walnutty for too long.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – I hope you’re able to grab a copy of Bespoke because it’s filled with all sorts of lovely articles, photos and people. Thanks so much for your kind words about being featured – it was great! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Pasta and Pasta’s baby (we’ve christened him ‘noodle’) actually just dropped by today … I don’t think they’ll be troubled by a cat as they are safe on the outside, far from the reaches and sights of a curious cat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      That whole ‘dead’ flower statement by my tutor was pretty silly for sure … everything is caught up in that cycle of life, and as you say the flowers would just die anyway if they’re left on a bush … some tutors are a little mad I suspect! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Your days of blue skies and cool changes sound wonderful … especially when accompanied by lots of tea or coffee! I love your feeling of being ‘banana’ … I’ve most definitely felt that way too … actually perhaps I’ll jump straight from feeling walnutty to feeling a little more banana! Haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. hila

    I feel exhausted too, I hope things calm down for us soon. Oh and that comment about flowers being dead – so is hair, and I have no problem with it either ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my book with amy, we really appreciate it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – It seems to still be a busy time of year … I’m keeping fingers crossed for calmness ahead for both of us too! I think my tutor was a bit odd to be honest … you would have thought a botany tutor would have more of a clue about the pleasures of plants and flowers?!? I should have challenged her with that hair point you raise … I think I was just completely dumbfounded by her statement at the time.

      I’m so very excited about your beautiful book’s release – the illustrations by Amy are the perfect accompaniment to your wonderful words … I shall try to pull a blog post together about your book sooner rather than later (let’s remain optimistic about less chaotic times ahead).

  10. Mel

    Yay, congrats on your article! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve had a mad week, mainly trying to sort out our trip to California (when, how long, where to stay, etc) – but it’s been a good kind of busy ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you feel calmer and more on top of things soon xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Thanks so much for your kind words about my article, it was so great to pull it together! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Gosh you have been having such busy times lately too … I see that mad March is continuing for a few of us.
      Though it must be exciting planning your California trip – definitely a good kind of busy. I’m sure things will settle down in my world soon … or at the very least, I hope my holiday arrives before I know it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Fourth Daughter

    Walnutty! Great description!
    When are you going to Japan and where are you going? Have you been before? Let me know if you want tips. I was planning to go in May or June (in my head, that is. ie no tickets have been purchased) but am not so sure now. I recently donated to Doctors without Borders after a little bit of research as to which charity was best for Japan and other disaster areas, but it’s hard to choose!
    Cosmetics… I am on the hunt for a good shampoo too (organic and all that) so make sure you tell us about your research! And can’t wait to hear about the new cat!!!
    By the way, re Peppermint, am sure you could send some of your writing in for them to review…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Glad you like the ‘walnutty’ description … some days I think it fits me a little too well! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I’m planning on going to Japan in early May for a month – initially we were thinking of trying to cover as much ground as possible, but in the end decided to base ourselves in Tokyo to immerse ourselves there, with day trips here and there … now though, I’m not too sure what we’ll do. I think we’ll wait a few more weeks before making a final decision.

      I haven’t been to Japan before, so I’ll definitely be looking for some tips from you if the trip comes together. There are so many fantastic places to visit there I’d appreciate any help I can get in knowing where to go.

      Doctors without Borders is an amazing organisation … it is hard to choose where to donate our money … I think we just have to trust that so long as the charity is reputable, our money will be put to some good use.

      I will be sure to report back on the cosmetic front, when I make a decision on which shampoo to go with (I’m after an organic, environmentally friendly, no animal testing one too!).
      Thanks for the tip about Peppermint … I shall have to do just that (they’re my favourite magazine after all).

  12. fairchildstreet

    Life gets too hectic at times. But flowers, presents in the mail and books can make it easier to get through. I am trying to go slower with the blogging thing. See how I go. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – LIfe most certainly gets too hectic, leaving us feeling a bit too rushed and rough around the edges. I think you may be right in your thoughts that flowers, mailed parcels and lovely books offer a trifecta of happiness (they certainly help me).

      It’s wonderful to see you blogging again Charmaine … I hope you’re able to find the right blogging balance that works for you.

  13. lenore*

    Fresh flowers = instant joy, Tracey!
    Wow, you’ve been quite a busy bee, a productive one I must say~
    Hope you get to adopt another furry family soon…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – I like that floral equation of ‘fresh flowers = instant joy’ … I certainly can’t argue with such logical mathematics! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Life has been busy lately, but I think it’s a bit that way for most of us … maybe I’m just a little too walnutty for my own good sometimes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It’s wonderful to have welcomed a new furry one into the house … we’re all settling in together.

  14. sofia

    me too I’m feeling “walnutty” ๐Ÿ™‚ this past days, things aren’t always as we would love them to be and when you check to see how the world is going, it’s even worst. All this negativity in the world is becoming very hard, I can’t even rejoyce completely of some good things that have come my way this couple of weeks.
    Love your flowers they are gorgeous, and agree with you that they put on light inside the house….congratulations on your article I would love to read it , is it issue nยฐ2 ?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sofia – At least us ‘walnuts’ can stick together! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It has been a terrible start to the year for the world … I suspect those events are leaving us all feeling more than a little unsettled … it is hard to stay positive at times when there is so much negativity about the place.

      I know how you feel about not really being able to take complete joy even in the good things that have come your way … it almost feels a little selfish doesn’t it? (even though it isn’t).

      I’m glad that you liked my flowers … I’m going to make sure there are more beautiful bunches of flowers around the home, they are a true joy to behold.

      PS. Thanks for your kind words about my Bespoke article, it is indeed in issue two … I really should do a blog post about it soon so that I can share a little of it with you all. Keep an eye out for that.

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