The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Sunday 20 April 2014

Handbag organisation.

There is nothing like being out and needing a something and knowing not to worry as you have just what you need right with you in your handbag. As I get migraines keeping a headache tablet with me to take right away is the difference between a headache and it developing into a migraine and being ill for a couple of days. 

Other things like a hanky or tissues, a band aid,  pen, note pad etc. are on my list of things I am always needing. Then phone and purse of course. 

As the weather has cooled I thought I would change to a more wintry handbag. On Flylady she has you clean and tidy your handbag and purse every Friday. I wasn't doing a very good job obviously as yesterday I emptied my bag out and my purse and started again. I think it weighs a kilo less now!

My Mum has always needed a lot of stuff and had a big handbag. One day years ago she realised her bag had become ridiculously heavy and decided to have a clean out. In the bottom she found a horse shoe! You know, a real heavy old horseshoe. She remembered she had picked it up thinking it was interesting and someone would want it... and forgotten MONTHS ago! lol. No wonder her bag was heavy. So in this fashion I emptied out my summer bag and found all kinds of bits and pieces that accumulate. 

I love having an organised handbag and I hate it getting too heavy. I use a larger size bag. Apart from the fact I like to have what I need I think a large bag is more flattering overall. (proportionately to your body, in the same way as a larger watch does... nothing makes you look fatter than a tiny watch!) Also I hate not being able to find things, rummaging for keys etc.

The easiest thing I have found is to have little purses to contain things. I have one for coins, one for makeup, one for tablets etc. This way I don't have to rummage so much.

I try to use mini versions of things, tiny powder, lip gloss, foundation, perfume, these are all sample sizes. And just a couple of things rather than whole packets. Otherwise it all gets too heavy in no time.

Then I find it really easy if I have a few scarves that work in with my bag. Then you look instantly like you thought it through ... without having to think it through! 

Ages ago I wrote a post about colour coordination and working out what suits you. I keep to a few colours that all go together and are my best colours. So really everything goes with everything. But the tip that saved me or sanity and hassles than any other tip is this.... if you match your accessories to either your hair colour or your eye colour they will really flatter you and you will always look coordinated since it is tough to leave either your hair or eyes at home. Lucy mostly wears a shoe or bag the colour of her hair (ash blonde) and she caught on to this well before me. It always looks stunning. If your hair is a deep red image wearing boots the same colour... see what I mean. No more issues with what colours to wear and what will go with what. 

My hair is blonde and my eyes look blue if I wear blue or green if I wear green. Mainly I wear soft blues, smoky blue, grey blue... and cream. Sometimes burgundy and blue. Anyway it is very simple. 

I have lots to do, everyone is coming for an Easter dinner tonight. I am hoping the weather will still be ok and we can have it outside as that is much nicer. Although evenings are much darker already I have fairy lights and we can light our chimnea so there is a lovely glow and it isn't too dark. I make lots of food so left overs will be everyones lunches tomorrow as well! 

This year I didn't buy much chocolate for Easter. Both the girls have households and budgets and are always watching their weight etc so for a few weeks before Easter I added extra things to my grocery list and made them up a little hamper each of useful things for winter cooking. Other times I have made it slippers or warm nightie, dressing gown or something like that. We are celebrating a day late this year, just going along with things everyone had on.

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. We have a short week, really short week due to Anzac day as well. This week will fly! xxx


  1. Annabel, your ideas are always divine. We are a nightie/dressing gown/slippers for Easter family too. It's so luxurious to snuggle into soft new things for the cooler weather. I hope you and yours had a lovely and blessed Easter

    1. Thank you Mimi. We did have a lovely Easter, it's hard to get back to a normal day today! And it's a short week due to Anzac day so there are only three days of "week" I hope you had a lovely Easter too xxx


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