I probably shouldn’t, but I do love it when I find a new thing to waste time with online.
I remember when I first discovered Pinterest. I was in the final few weeks of a very dull job where I was supposed to be managing a team packing up files ready for an office closure.
The files were already packed and the team didn’t need any management, so I sat at my desk trying to look busy. Pinterest was my saviour and I became evangelical about it.
Roll on nearly a decade and I have just discovered a new and equally enjoyable online time-waster, at(mine).com
To be honest, at(mine) probably would not exist without Pinterest. It has quite clearly taken much from it in terms of ideas, styling and ease of use.
But whilst I have wearied of Pinterest’s colonisation by “brands”, tedious bolted-on “monetisation” and ruthlessly promoted “picked for you” pins, at(mine) is still too new a baby to be similarly corrupted (yet).
Actually, it is still in “private beta” (i.e. not-quite-finished) phase, and you can join by invitation only – just like when Pinterest started.
at(mine) is a simple idea: an online community for home and design fans. You can upload and share photos of your home under categories generally arranged by room, and follow, like and comment on other people’s pictures. Oh, and you can also tag products and link to shops’ websites, should you so wish.
at(mine)’s styling is wonderfully simple and clean and it’s ease of use puts social media giants like Facebook to utter shame. And no, I’m not being paid to promote it - I just really like it!
Best of all, there are lots of beautiful photographs of inspiring interiors to ogle.
For anyone obsessed with interiors it is heaven on stilts.
I’ve uploaded a few pictures of my own humble abode, some of which I’ve shared here. You can find me on at(mine) here and explore a wider range of other users photographs here.
If anyone would like to join, message me with your email address via my contact page – I have five invitations to offer, although I’m not sure exactly what the criteria are for acceptance.
To give yourself over to pleasure, allow yourself to partake without guilt and to feel nothing but joy at doing so.
That sums up my Saturday in Sheffield.
Yes, I know that probably sounds a little odd, because if you try to think of a place symbolising pure pleasure, Sheffield probably isn’t the first one that springs to mind.
But you’re clearly just not as au fait with what Sheffield has to offer as you should be. Because my Saturday meet-up there with Jen of Little Birdie blog was about as full of pleasure as any day I could wish for.
Jen and I hadn’t met in person before. And neither of us know Sheffield that well. But it’s appeal lay in the fact that it lies about halfway between me in Nottingham and Jen in Leeds, and that it boasts a developing antiques quarter, crammed with enticing places to shop and eat.
First of all there was the matter of breakfast. Jen was keen to try Marmadukes Cafe Deli, which turned out to be spectacularly nice, both in terms of decor and food…
I know my granola looks healthy. But that really was honestly what I fancied most in the world – and it was absolutely delicious.
Suitably fortified, we headed for Abbeydale Road, home to the Sheffield Antiques Quarter’s attractions, aided by the helpful maps app on my phone.
I love a good rummage in a vintage shop or two, so being spoilt for choice I was in my absolute element.
Particularly when we got to Honeysuckle at Home. I even had the honour of having owner Jude go and rummage up some extra items out of her car, just for me!
Here’s some of what I brought home with me…
To be honest, I could happily have spent all day in there.
But I think I was pushing it as it was, as I realised that Jen had done her browsing and was patiently waiting for me to be ready to move on.
I know that flowers are a difficult thing to mess up in terms of making your shop look nice, but really, Swallows and Damsons is floristry styled to die for…
The smell was divine too!
So divine was it that Jen left with a pot and an armful of eucalyptus, despite the impracticality of lugging pots and plants around, whilst I succumbed to a couple of those trendiest of plants, succulents…
They sit just perfectly in the pair of vintage eggcups I got at Honeysuckle At Home.
I could, I suppose, list all the other things we bought, and ate (Forge Bakehouse, where we had lunch, richly deserves a mention, despite it’s predilection for calling quiches “pies”) and all of the places we went to, and the conversations we had, but that might leave you a bit bored.
It’s one thing to experience pure pleasure, but it’s quite another to hear, at length, about someone else’s.
Suffice to say that you can read about Jen’s favourite bits of the day over on Little Birdie.
And that I’m hoping to be heading back to Sheffield soon.
And if you should fancy a sybaritic Saturday of your own, you know what to do…
Not only is it warm (well, sort of!) which means that my bones don’t ache so much, but now that the craft fair is over the pressure’s off for a while, so I get time to experiment with making new things.
I thought I’d try out my bag-making skills on a new design.
I like the fabric envelopes I made before, but I wanted to make something with a bit bigger capacity.
Still small and dinky, but with slightly more “heft” to it - more of a mini-bag or pouch than a purse. A bag-ette, so to speak.
So I tried out a design with a gusset, and used the last of my bits of bag hardware (left over from making cat bags yonks ago) to finish it off.
Oh, and I topstitched with neon thread (which I rather love).
It needs a few tweaks, but I think it turned out well.
Although, I did manage to chop the strap in half after a brainstorm over how long it needed to be.
In fact, the making experience went a bit, well, like this…
But all’s well that ends well.
I might not actually go so far as to describe the finished article as awesome.
But then, I’m British.
Which means that even if my bag is awesome, I’m just not made that way. ♥