Monday, 17 October 2016

16 loves {October 2016}

Welcome to the next in the series {16 loves} for 2016.

For the last few years, I've been sharing my loves each month - a little bit of everything that has caught my eye or been enjoyed over the last month. So, a new year and new inspiration. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. 

To see what's inspired me in the past, click to find all my {13 loves}, my {14 loves}, my {15 loves} and my {16 loves}.

I hope there's something in here to inspire you or maybe just make you smile.

A day late for this because of my really über-late posting of the September version!


Loving the autumn skies these days. #watchmesmile


Found this on Pinterest and it spoke to me. I need to get to the coast before the year is done. I especially love the seaside out of season. Maybe my love for that "sharp salty smell of the air" is due to me coming from a city that's just about as far from the coast as you can get in the UK!


The October Scrapabilly kit features the Posh collection by Simple Stories and the layouts practically made themselves - such a pretty selection of papers and embellishments which I hope to share in the next week.

This detail of a page about the wine festival I mentioned in the 16 loves {September 2016} features a pocket full of pretty beads and sequins. I was inspired by something I'd seen online (sorry, just a layout in passing and no reference taken so I can't give credit). 


Google informed me that it was 358 years since tea was first advertised in the UK. Fun facts that no-one needs to know!


I'm back on the treadmill. Again. Got to do something to get rid of this mid-life flab and this appears to something that might work.


There are some gorgeous autumn/thanksgiving decorating ideas in this post over at but this is my favourite! Not that I think I want real antlers as part of my table decoration but isn't it gorgeous!


*sigh* autumn leaves just make me happy #watchmesmile


I've heard a lot about the concept of hygge recently - it's part of what makes Denmark one of the happiest places to live apparently. This Pinterest find was interesting, as was the BBC article about hygge here.

There was a challenge prompt last month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for us to be inspired by Kate Spade. My wonderful scrappy bestie Pam introduced me to Kate Spade and her wonderful colours so I instantly printed out these photos to make into a layout only to realise that I need to use my NYC kit rather than a CKC one. Not to worry, they will be turned into a layout sometime soon.


Happy mail all the way from the US. Another sweet package of happiness from my mint-green-washi friend Coda Kathy! She's visiting at the end of the year, and I'm excited to show her a bit of my part of the world!


A recent Whimsical Musings prompt asked us to be inspired by flamingos (WM#231). I was rather surprised at just how many items I found featuring flamingos in my scrap stash. Making a page proved easy and simple but I'm going to have to make a full album full of flamingo pages if I have any hope to getting through it all! There's even more than in this photo. Oh well, time to get creative.


Another journey south to the city of Worms meant some more local sightseeing. Speyer proved a lovely town and one to head back to again some time. The beautiful cathedral, which is the largest Romanesque church in Europe, is a highlight and it simply shone out on this gorgeous, sunny afternoon. 


Simple food with a glass of local wine seems the perfect choice when you're in the Rhineland wine country.


And on the road again to visit my adorable sister and her sweet family who are staying in the Netherlands for a few weeks at the moment. We headed out to Delft which is just gorgeous - I'm such a fan of Dutch culture and their pretty towns. It was a fun day - baby P wasn't so impressed by the look of it.


Little P didn't really want to have much to do with me but even she couldn't resist this blue heart piece of art in Delft


Further to my quote about being busy in my 16 loves {September 2016}, this short BBC podcast series about the same topic seems rather appropriate. I say I'm busy all the time. Apparently, that means I'm one of the least busy people around. Food for thought.

Find the podcast series here

Ilove you to share your own {16 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?

{16 loves} is a series that will feature on my blog each 16th of the month


  1. Funny you mention hygge - I was at the bookstore the other day and saw a gorgeous looking book called Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness. I was tempted to buy it but, alas, I have about a hundred unread books on my shelf already so I had to show some self-control ;)

  2. As always, a pleasure to read. And with plenty to get me thinking too

  3. Fun pics this time around. And I need to get back on the treadmill and the bike. I listen to audiobooks while exercising - do you multi-task? (That would be the right kind of being busy I think.)

  4. A great collection as usual! I've been loving your #watchmesmile pictures on Instagram - autumn is just so beautiful! And I will be re-pinning your quote about the sea - we're actually heading there tomorrow for a little visit and I'm hoping that we'll be able to take a little walk and inhale that lovely, salty air!


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