Monday, 14 July 2014

14 loves {July 2014}

Welcome to the next in the series {14 loves} for 2014 based on the original concept by my beloved friend, Pam, back in January 2013. I enjoyed sharing my loves so much through the year that I decided I needed to continue through 2014. I hope you will come back each month to see if there is anything in my list to inspire you. You can find previous posts  {here}

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


Just a Pinterest find (here) that caught my eye and resonated with me!


I don't get much time when I have control of the remote. So I record all my shows and binge watch while I'm ironing. Suits is one of my favourites and as an added bonus, it's set in NYC which reminds me of my time there and Pam. This last week I watched a whole season and got a bunch of clothes back in the cupboard at the same time. Win-win.


We are on the move again. Time to declutter, recycle, donate and throw out. I've been going through all corners of my scrap room (again) and my niece will be the happy recipient of these bags full of crafty goodies. Just the tip of the iceberg and an activity which makes me feel really good.


There are so many wonderful scrappers out there whom I admire. So much talent and so many pages I could pin. This one from Sian Fair (here) over at "From High In The Sky" is one that I particularly love. I drop in at Sian's blog on a regular basis and her creations never fail to impress me. Her style (scrabooking, writing and blogging) is wonderful and if you don't know her, you should head over and say hello.


I think that strawberries have reached their peak this week. I can't believe how delicious they are right now.


We had a discussion on our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB group about organisation and I commented about how I love my Ikea Raskog trolley (here). It corals most of my embellishments and I just adore it. I think I will be needing at least another one in my new room!


Always on the lookout for new sketches, this one made it to my board and I will be using it sometime soon. Citrus Twist Kits have a new sketch every Sunday and they are very inspirational. Another one for your list. 


Still living on the memories of my amazing NYC trip from March. Throw Back Thursday (#tbt) gives me a weekly chance to continue my flooding of Instagram with my photos. I'm limited to photos I have on my phone as my other photos are still locked into my dead computer, but these are still making me happy. The Waldorf Astoria was such an iconic place to be.


It's summer but we are experiencing lots of storms at the same time. Love that! Well, at least, I love the storms that just come and go (like this photo below) rather than the destructive storm we had a few weeks ago. These angry clouds always fascinate me.


I was sad to hear about 2Peas closing down. I'm not a forum or online gallery user but signed up to the new Paperclipping forum as soon as they set it up - less than 48 hours after the 2Peas announcement. It's lively and friendly and full of familiar faces. I don't think I'll become a regular but it's nice to drop in from time to time. On that note, go read fellow Master Forger Stephanie's blog post about the 2Peas closure. Well written and reasoned, it reminds us that this is not the beginning of the end if we all take responsibility for the industry that we love.


My new/old job is in full swing now and I like to see how the companies I visit can be so interesting and unusual. One of the firms had a suite of meeting rooms full of antique wooden elements such as this door. The previous owner had an Austrian Schloss and incorporated bits of it into the modern office building - cute details!


I'm addicted to podcasts. Mostly downloaded from BBC Radio 4 but also including Paperclipping Round Table and Get It Scrapped, I hardly listen to any music these days. Love how varied the downloads are and how many bits and pieces I learn as I potter around with these programmes just running in the background.


Warmer weather means sitting outside having copius amounts of BBQ food and taking the chance to slow down and just relax. As night falls and the temperature drops, the fire gets started and we enjoy the warmth it provides and chat about everything and nothing. We won't be able to do this in our new home so we are making the most of it while we can.


I've watched more football this FIFA World Cup than ever before - and I'm not even a big football fan. With England losing early on (as always), it's nice to support Germany through to the final. I'm writing this before the big match later this evening so I don't know if they will win or not - of course we have everything crossed that they will - but we will be watching and cheering them through the 90 minutes of play regardless of the outcome. As we shout round here... Schland!!!

Id love you to share your own {14 loves} lists with me. Why not link up in the comments below?


  1. Yay, another 14 Loves :)
    What a lovely quote. Never heard of Suits - will keep an eye for that one..
    Good luck with the move - do we get a clue where to?
    You have a very similar style to Sian!
    I wouldn’t want a “wee” with my strawberries, we had some really tasty ones a couple of weeks ago, I had a choc ice with mine :)
    I love these trolleys and I’m always on the ebay lookout!
    Glad you have so many wonderful memories of your trip and hope you get those locked photos out soon.
    Great stormy photo.
    Looks more like a castle door than an office one!
    Graham Norton!!! His voice puts my teeth on edge ;)
    Aw, enjoy 13 and keep those memories.
    Well done to your “home” team!
    Thanks for the read :)

  2. What a great summery summary - love the door!
    Well done on the de-cluttering and good luck with the move!

  3. Oh I do love a good list :)

  4. Love these posts - although I have ambivalent feelings about #14 this month. Good luck with the move - seems like you haven't been there all that long?

  5. Hi Lisa, I'm catching up after my holiday and what can I say? Thank you so much for adding my layout to your post. That's the one I did on the hop! I love these posts and always find something we have in common, or something I fancy trying. keep them coming

  6. I always enjoy your lists and links - such variety! That's a stunning cloud photo ...


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