Today I need strength.
Maybe this little guy dangling from my neck will help?
Maybe I’ll get some of Minnie Mouse’s sass with underwear like hers?
Red lipstick always helps, especially a Rockalily lipstick…
I will repeat this mantra hourly…
Where I am sat it’s pretty miserable outside today and I’m hankering after some strawberries. Not the out of season sort currently in the supermarket that don’t really taste of anything, but ripe, red, juicy strawberries that evoke memories of summer and tennis and dribble juice down your chin.
This beautiful necklace by Rebecca Wilson looks just the sort that I fancy, alas I’d probably chip my teeth on the porcelain, so I’d have to make do with wearing it round my neck instead.
And what is better than one juicy strawberry? Why, two juicy strawberries of course!
If anyone would like to get me an early Christmas present, one of these would be just lovely…
The unusual shape of it, the gold mirrored perspex and the etched triangles all make it really special but it’s still affordable at £60. There is also a beautiful cherry wood version at £65.
Which would you get?
Yesterday after an unsuccessful trawl around my local shopping centre I was feeling disheartened. It would seem I’m in-between sizes as everything I tried was either too small or too big, the one dress that fitted was bright orange and I could foresee taunts involving Tango from my nearest and dearest.
When a sales assistant came and asked me if I was ok, as I’d been there “an awfully long time”, I decided it was time to head home. On my drive back I passed Mela Mela Vintage and popped in. They’ve got such a beautiful range of vintage clothes and although it’s always pot luck what sizes there are, they have some gorgeous stock.
First on my list of hankers is this red and white long 1950s sundress.
Such a beautiful cut that frankly left everything I’d seen on the high street in the shade and at £130 it’s a lot less than many dresses on the high street. At first I thought the print was of teacups with steam coming out but on closer inspection I saw they were actually fountains.
Although I loved it, I didn’t get it as I just don’t wear long dresses and after toying with the idea of getting it altered to be shorter, I decided that would be an awful waste of such beautiful material.
Also in red and white was this stunning 1950s crepe dress with embroidery and cut away detail. You’d have to wear a slip underneath this but a blue or yellow one would look great, or even a bright clashing pink.
At £175 it is a little more, but it’s in such good condition and still has the original belt.
I left with this plastic bunting style necklace from the 60s/70s which I picked from a lovely display of red, white and blue jewellery in one of the many display cabinets.
At £25 it put a smile on my face.
Continuing my theme of reusing things from earlier today, I wanted to tell you about another shop that’s had me hankering recently. Zincwhite reuse, recycle, remould, remodel and reinvent items to create brand new things for you, your home and your kids. I love their strapline:
‘Where discarded objects become desirable again’
These scatter cushions are like the building blocks you had when you were a kid. Regress to your childhood when you get bored watching telly by building cushion houses and Godzilla-ing them to your heart’s content. They’re £65 for the set.
Zincwhite have taken artists’ old paintbrushes and turned them into pretty and unique necklaces. You can also get them from Designers Makers. They come with details of who donated the paintbrush which is a really nice touch and they’re under £25 each.
My favourite piece from Zincwhite is their personalised musical television. They take a clockwork toy television and turn it into a moving story using your own pictures. I really, really want one. Go to their website to see the moving image. The price is on application.
What story would you put on yours?
At the weekend we went to a christening. It was a lovely day full of pregnant ladies, babies and dressed up adults. The sun came out just in time for everyone’s arrival at the church and we spent the party afterwards on the terrace sipping Prosecco with kids frolicking round the garden.
I ummed and ahhed for ages over what to get as a gift but finally decided on this French 1930s mother of pearl rosary.
The silver was a little tarnished when it arrived from France but with some silver dip and a little elbow grease it came up much shinier than in this photo. I thought as it was old and unusual they may not get anything similar as a gift. I hope it will rise in value as the little one gets older so when she’s older she can trade it in for something that she likes. If you like it, this rosary is quite similar in style but from the fifties.
After I bought it of course, I kept hankering after other christening gifts that could also have been perfect. This silver money bear was one of them, he’s £10 from Three Jelly Moulds and a Wardrobe. Isn’t he sweet?
Finally, this clever little bracelet spells out god-daughter in morse code. It’s £69 from Between You & I. Although if you’re not a godparent you can get it personalised to whatever message you like.
I’m sure we all know someone who is running a 5k, 10k, half-marathon or marathon this year, especially with the Virgin London Marathon almost a week away. I saw these necklaces by The Run Home and thought they were a fantastic way of congratulating a runner on their achievements.
Look at this gun-metal 26.2 necklace with cute running shoe charm.
For the person you know who loves to run, this sterling silver necklace might be perfect.
The nervous runner could be lifted by this Believe in the Marathon sterling silver necklace to wear for their race.
I’d need this No Excuses Runner Girl necklace to keep my training up I think, as I’m ever the procrastinator.
There are so many charms and pendants to choose from and you can mix, match and customise until you have one perfect for the runner, swimmer or triathlete in your life. Prices range from $3.50 for a pendant to $41 for a sterling silver necklace with four charms.
I’m not a natural runner, the most I can do comfortably is 10K and although I did once apply for the London Marathon I was secretly relieved when I didn’t get a place, but it would be amazing to run one day. If you need some running inspiration take a visit to Bangs & a Bun or Nicole is Better.
This is my 100th blog post. A mini milestone for me since I started sharing my hankers with the world in December.
To celebrate I might order this vintage 100 typewriter necklace.
Or as it’s Easter, see if I can scoff every one of these one hundred tiny chocolate hearts.
Or learn the 100 secrets to life from this print by Pearl & Earl.
Thank you to all who come and read my hankerings :) This hankering lark and interacting with you lot makes me very happy.
Are there any hankers you’d like to see more of? Have you got a hanker you need help with? (nothing smutty please!) Just let me know in the comments section below…
Happy Easter and see you next week about half a stone heavier!
Easter isn’t something we really celebrate which is why I enjoyed my Easter so much at the home of those who do. The only part of Easter my family take part in is the chocolate side of things and a couple of extra days off, which isn’t proper Easter. And this year we’re not even doing that as my mum and my daughter have stipulated a no chocolate rule, so I was looking at some alternative presents.
I had to look twice when I saw this chocolate crème egg necklace. You may have random kids trying to lick it though, I warn you… This is £7 by Blue Cherry Jewellery who also do very realistic nibbled chocolate mini egg earrings.
Will the sterling silver hungry bunny on this necklace ever reach the carrot I wonder? A bit more expensive at £59 but a unique design.
Some of us in the UK will be doing Easter egg hunts in the snow this year and this sterling silver snow globe ring captures this perfectly. It’s also available with a brown bunny or deer inside at £75.
Or more spring-like with a patch of grass and no snow at £73.
What do you give at Easter in place of chocolate?
Not the ‘Tiger Tiger’ of drunk women on hen nights dancing with men in bad suits at a dimly lit bar.
More The Tiger of William Blake:
“Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”
With the join at the middle I can imagine them prowling gorgeously on the end of their silver plated chain.
These tigers reminds me of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, do you remember that book?