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This is the photo Barack Obama posted on his Twitter, with the caption “Four more years”. This one picture sums up everything he is to me – real.

This man is solid gold.
Txx

PS. This is now offically the most re-tweeted tweet ever. Clearly, I’m in good company.

A year go, Steve Jobs sadly passed away – Apple’s homepage today has a lovely dedication to him. But it was the passing of the renegade Steve Jobs, that gave me the inspiration to start this blog, and I’m sure he has inspired so many others onto so many things. Thank you Steve, for being a pioneer and an inspiration.

Over the last year, I have since settled into an area of the blog where I feel most comfortable – sharing my inspirations. It’s much less about my personal life than I thought it would end up, but over the months, that side of my life felt less relevant to share and it’s been interesting developing it.

Thank you for coming on the journey with me…
Txx

Here is what I wrote a year ago on my very first blog post:

To blog or not to blog? That is the question…I’ve been asking myself for a while. But what do I have to say (maybe nothing, but that’s never stopped me in a meeting or lunch break or just random stumblings-into with strangers)? What do I have to contribute to the already over-saturated world of blogging? Should it be personal or professional? Many questions spun around my head, none of which had a definite answer.

And then came the news of the sad demise of Steve Jobs. And the outpourings of thankful messages. And the quotes – this one in particular really struck a chord with me:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs

And, my goodness, isn’t he right? For whatever that means to every individual (and not everyone has to dream big), it’s a helluva mantra. So, I thought, “Instead of over-thinking everything (a trait I readily and constantly succumb to), just get on with it, the rest will follow.”

So this blog will be a complete mash-up of everything that inspires me in work and in life (photography, fashion, interiors, colours, great brands, illustrations, fonts, music, beautiful print, changing seasons, bike rides, cooking), general observations of life (gives me the liberty to have the occasional rant) and maybe sometimes a glimpse into my personal life. Maybe. I haven’t quite thought that route through yet.

Hope you enjoy it. Txx

I thought I’d turn this gloomy day to our advantage and bake something! I adapted this banana bread recipe to muffins as I like the texture of banana bread but thought the Kiddipops would be more likely to try them if they were small – and I was right, she polished off 4 straight from the oven. She would like me to add that she is not greedy – they weren’t that big!
Txx

Banana Muffins
Makes 28 muffins

Ingredients
285g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used 1 tsp of cinnamon instead)

Method
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well by hand.
Fold in the flour mixture by hand.
Place paper baking cases into a muffin pan (saves greasing everything)
Transfer to the oven and bake for about twenty minutes, or until well-risen and golden-brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.

Well, the previous post was our 300th. Can’t believe that what started very hesitantly (I wasn’t sure at all what I was going to blog about and whether I’d be able to maintain it) has grown into a space which is never a chore to maintain. Looking around for great work is always a pleasure – there are so many talented and passionate creatives out there inspiring us all.

A massive thank you to our followers and commenters (here or on Facebook), I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it along the way too.
Txx

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