hand-me-down hot toddy

Folks have been asking for this so much, and I have been making so many, that I am posting it!

Annoyingly, as nice as they are, Tilley Toddies only appear when snot does, or worse, effing flu. This one has been made by my Papa T for years and does a grand job of alleviating symptoms and comforting; the lemon is antiseptic, the honey soothing, and the whisky helps you sleep…or something like that.

I have added a few optional extras for those that need an extra hit! Just ditch the whisky for a kid friendly toddy :).

Hot Tilley Toddy Recipe
(makes 1)

Ingredients:
1 Fresh lemon
5 Whole cloves (I like more than this!)
Glug of whisky, about 60ml (dont worry about using a pricey one)
Dollop of honey to taste
Wedge of fresh peeled ginger*
Chunk of cinnamon stick (don’s use ground cinnamon)*

*optional

Method:
1. Poke 5 holes around 1 half of the lemon with a cocktail stick (or other implement) and stick the cloves in
2. Cut the lemon in half
3. Add the clove-studded lemon, whisky and honey to a big ole mug and squeeze in the juice of the remaining 1/2 lemon (my toddy mug of choice is a lovely Rob Ryan number), add the cinnamon and ginger too if you’re having it!
4. Top up with hot water – remember a metal spoon if using a glass mug! You can reduce it on the hob to make it into a thicker syrup if you prefer
5. Add blanket + slippers + sofa + Planet Earth and rest for 30mins or until warm and sleepy

Tilley Toddy

DIY pen pots

I couldn’t find any pen pots I liked anywhere, so I made some!

What you’ll need:
Pots! (I used glass and terracotta)
Masking tape or frog tape
Plastikote spray (I used flat copper)
Newspaper

How to do it:
1. Make sure all the pots are clean and dry
2. Wrap tape around the part of the pot you want to cover, ensure the edge of the tape is firmly stuck down so paint does not seep in and ruin the finished paint line
3. Spray the pots on top of newspaper outside (a few thin coats are better than one thick coat)
4. Leave them to dry for 30mins and then remove the tape

Tip: Get the wax out of used candle jars by putting a metal spoon in the jar, pouring in boiled water and leaving to go cold…the wax will float to the top and then you can give them a scrub! Be super careful.

Done! :)

boys of yoga

To most guys, yoga is pink lycra and vegan chicks. It’s breathing deeply while doing poses named after animals and feelings. It’s done in dimly lit rooms with candles and incense, followed by gluten free cupcakes and kale smoothies. And if that’s your mentality then you’re not alone. But it doesn’t mean it’s right.

Boys of Yoga have launched in London and there’s not a snipsy bit of pink lycra in sight…mainly because they have their own BOY merchandise! Go check it out, a percentage of each sale helps Railway Children too!

Have a nose at the crew here and if you fancy yourself as part of the team, or know someone that needs a little push, give them a shout…sorry no girls allowed (buy a tshirt instead)!

Namaste.

@boysofyoga | @instagram | facebook

All images by @michaeljameswong

DIY fort kit

fort kit

Sometimes I struggle to think what to get my nieces and nephews for their birthday and Christmas pressies. I have 5 and between them they’ve racked up 102 presents. I KNOW.

So. For my niece’s 3rd birthday she’s getting a fort kit. I don’t care how old you are, everyone enjoys a fort.

Here’s what I included for the little rascal:

- Flat sheets ~ to actually make the fort
– Glo sticks ~ to snazz up the inside
– Pegs ~ to clip it to things (?)
– Glow in the dark paint ~ to decorate it
– Googly eyes ~ for…god knows what
– Feathers ~ because she likes them!
– Fairy wands ~ for when she needs to zap her big brothers
– A fairy skirt ~ for serious fairy activities
– LED butterfly lights ~ to make the inside like a ruddy dream

….and then I tucked it all inside a pillow case. Yep. The bag would not tie.

fairy wands

You. Are. Welcome.

petalon flowers ~ london

A little post for posy lovers…

I came across Petalon flowers a few weeks ago – I bloody love finding a company that does something so simple so well. They’ve squidged together a love of bicycles and an equal love of flowers to create a little business that delivers beautiful seasonal bunches within London for £25.

If you end up becoming a fan, which is probable eh?, you can have frequent flowers every week, fortnight or month. You can also sleep a little more soundly knowing that £1 per bunch goes to Capital Bee to help little bumbles in decline.

Have a peek on social, this is where you’ll find out what the bouquets for the week are going to be. And let me tell you, they are always ruddy splendid (there’s also the odd picture of lovely Huxley the hound, ‘helping’).

@Petalonflowersinstagram | facebook

on my winter wishlist

These are a bunch of things that I am currently coveting…they will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine…

1. Studio roller by George & Willy | $240.00 NZD
2. Copper bowls by Rowen & Wren | £36.00 for 4
3. Gradient file by Present & Correct | £27.50
4. Rose asteroid ring by Ros Millar | £580.00
5. Paper rhino by Assemblishop | £20.47
6. Pomander candle by Diptyque | from £20.00
7. There was an old man print by Frith Kerr | £53.50
8. Ceramic pot by Wacamole | €45