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As you may have guessed, I am a big fan of all things vintage and handmade. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to a ‘real’ shop and each day I find settling for something badly made and cheap from H&M less and less appealing. I’d rather be unique, thanks.

This is why I’m delighted to see poppytalk is doing a series of blog posts containing 70 reasons to buy handmade and vintage.

If I weren’t on a shopping ban, one of those embroidered clocks would be mine, mine , mine!

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I don’t know whether it was my Dad’s incredible photos, Sigur Ros or a school project that made me want to visit Iceland but I’ve wanted to for a long time. It has always struck me as a beautiful, desolate, friendly, vast, lonely, dramatic and powerful place. Bleak and wild. It somehow forms a complete fantasy world in my head to the extent that I just can’t imagine any corner of it being without some sort of charm or magic.

After booking flights a month or so ago, it’s now just 26 days until me and the boy depart for this land of folklore, vikings and gnomes and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m also terrified. I’ve built it up to be such a wonderful place in my mind that I’m not sure it can ever live up to my expectations – but then, I’m yet to meet anyone who has come away disappointed, so fingers crossed.

We’re not trying to be ambitious, especially as neither of us drive, and will be spending 4 nights in Reykjavik, followed by 2 in Stykkisholmur and 2 in Isafjordur before flying back to Reykjavik for a final night. There don’t seem to be many resources online, or other blogs, that really cover their trips (especially by public transport in detail) so I’ll be trying hard to layout what we did, what we planned, what was good and what wasn’t. But I think first things first, let’s have some photos…

These are all from Hrabina von Tup Tup on Flickr


The light! The jumpers! The ponies! Why is it all so perfect!?

More soon…

This is absolutely one of the loveliest videos I’ve ever seen. I’ve been an avid reader of Francesca’s blog The Snail & The Cyclops for quite a while now and have since fallen in love with both her shop and Forest Bound‘s. I wish my house was like this and that I was half as sweet as they are!

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Thanks Etsy!

These are the things I’d be buying:

1950s novelty print dress from Allen Company Inc. on Etsy

New lingerie range by 3.1 Phillip Lim

(Seriously, this range is everything I want; simple, soft, pastal coloured, perfect)

The Weekender Tote by DNTX on Etsy

The reason though that I have no money is that I have recently bought a bunch of new stuff to make my room tidy and cosy, a load of 1930s feedsack fabric for quilting and am planning a holiday to Iceland which I am sure you will hear more about soon…