lovely things


Tatty Devine goes a bit Tudor

As you’ve probably all guessed by now, I have a tremendous soft spot for jewellery and especially like the designs of London based company, Tatty Devine. Those of you with long memories may recall that I posted last year about their amazing collection of Georgian eye jewellery inspired pieces (there’s some in their sale so hurry if you want to snap some up – sadly I was too late to get the pearl drop earrings that I had my eye on though but I think I may have to buy the star necklace for myself as I’ve been eyeing it […]


Lover’s Eye Jewellery at Tatty Devine

Eye miniatures, early nineteenth century. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum. As we all know, the eighteenth century was a bit of a heyday for weird, wonderful and often super creepy fashion from the amazingly funereal get ups of the Merveilleuses with their white powdered faces, red ribbon chokers (to evoke their guillotined chums) to false eyebrows made from mouse hair to having entire miniature gardens decorating the tops of their towering white coiffures. However, to my mind, the creepiest eighteenth century fashion of all time has got to be the brief fashion towards the end of the century for eye […]


Little Minette

I’m a big fan of Deri Dolls, which are super cute customisable little felt dolls made by the very lovely Andreia in Portugal and I’m sure that many of you are familiar with them as well as I think Andreia has made dolls from pretty much every era of history by now! I have a few ideas for future commissions but decided that my first Deri Doll really had to be a miniature version of my beloved Henrietta Anne Stuart, heroine of my novel Minette. It took me a while to decide which of her portraits the doll should be […]


This Week!

Homemade sushi!/My big mug/amazing present from my friends Mike and Tish – it’s the 1889 POVERTY MAP/oh yum at Wagamama. Haha, it’s been a long time since I inflicted one of these posts on you all but seeing as I’m having a bit of a busy time right now I thought I’d check in with some pictures and STUFF! so you can see what I’ve been up to! A plethora of Halloween stuff. We’re getting a bit more into the whole spiced pumpkin thing here in the UK although obviously we have some way to go before we’re quite as […]


This week…

From Whitechapel and the ever lovely Diggory Cat. I’m not feeling too great right now so I’m posting this from the comfort of my bed, where I am currently covered in cats and books about Jack the Ripper as I work on From Whitechapel. It’s going well at the moment – I’ve written almost 78,000 words now and just cleared a writer’s block hurdle which held progress up for a few days. It’s been a fairly quiet week to be honest, mostly involving writing, reading and watching a LOT of Miss Marple. Oops. I don’t really enjoy the summer holidays […]


Lovely candle goodness…

I received a huge box of gorgeous goodies from my latest sponsor Piixlwix Candle Company last week and just had to share pictures of it all with you. I wish someone would hurry up and invent a scratch and sniffable internet as well as the scents involved are out of this world! I keep picking up the candles for a surreptitious sniff every time I go past them and as for the perfumes? Ooh la la. When the lovely Krissy of PiixlWix asked me to choose a selection of things from her site, I felt completely spoilt for choice but […]