bus stops in belarus.
in a series called ‘it must be beautiful’ photographer alexandra soldatova shares pictures of painted bus shelters in her home country of belarus. created by unknown artists for the sole purpose of beautifying empty landscapes…
i don’t know how this makes me feel. calm? hopeful? i love that no one takes credit for their paintings. like an anonymous gift.
see the full collection on IGNANT.
[from the series ‘plucked’ by GEIR MOSEID – via IGNANT]
last weekend we hosted our festive flat warming – a busy and messy cosy and christmassy night of family and friends eating and drinking. all merrily squashed into our new home celebrating december in #thebigkitchenlife with us. we made a lot of food and a mess. the start of our festive. all of a sudden it’s christmas next week and noone is ready it always seems. but cramming it all into the next few days – i feel all the more festive for it each year. december is not a slow month. tonight i’m listing and cleaning and stacking for packing. christmas gifts almost ready – all books this year – and party scraps almost finished. my last wedding is tomorrow and after? some slow christmas living. a little work before a lot of family time – warm whiskys – cold walks – and many naps in between i hope.
some merry slow days for us all please.
cake & biscuit tins by hemingway design / unique and unity
tea towel / laura spring
oven dish by bisotti home / unique and unity
i know how to cook by ginette mathiot
mug by de terra / unique and unity
cake stand / howkapow
chocolate bars by arthouse meath* / unique and unity
i don’t think we have the most distinct kitchen style. my love of kitchen bits is almost confused. i want all of the bright colours and heavy patterns. AND any and every imperfect-perfect natural, ceramic or stone piece. so I buy them all. its a miss mash of beautiful messes and muddled objects in #thebigkitchenlife. and it works. for me …
but i’ve narrowed things down for a list easier on the eye. i know not everyone likes a mess. even a beautiful one.
shopping for our home is (in the words of John torrode) a lovely lovely thing. and receiving a house gift – something i wouldn’t have bought myself, or couldn’t afford, have never seen before or a piece that has been given to last a long long time (sentimental again i know – i cried looking at johns few grey hairs the other day.. it’s a very romantic idea this big kitchen life with a husband getting older with me in it) gifts like those – where did you get that tin? ah we were given it back in 2015. it has seen many a biscuit/Christmas/kitchen – gifts like those are perfect.
a basket of bits or a bundle of tea towels. an oven dish or a collection of spoons.
THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD BITS OUT THERE.
the above are some of my favourite more colourful ones. (and a beautiful chocolate bar with a great story behind it the packaging)