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Let’s go shopping – Recipe storage ideas

Here’s a question for you – how do you store your favourite recipes? The ones you see online, in magazines etc.? Do you keep scraps of paper in a pile or have a book or index card system? I’m curious, because I’m trying to work out how to get my recipes organised.

I see so many recipes I like the look of, but usually at the worst time – so when I’m at work or someone tweets a link, or I flick through a magazine at a friends house. By the time I’ve remembered that recipe I MUST COOK, I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw it. Bah. So I’m thinking I want to get myself a book or tin or somewhere where I can put them all. It doesn’t necessarily resolve the problem of seeing recipes at the wrong moment, but I’m hoping my little brain will do something proactive if it knows it has a place to store them at the end of the day.


Let's go shopping - recipe storage ideas - how do you keep your recipes organised? Looking at ideas from Cath Kidston, WHSmith, Etsy, John Lewis and more. This Little Space of Mine


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The most obvious option, and the one I’m swinging to at the moment, is to opt for a recipe tin/box where I can add in index cards – these ones from Cath Kidston and Caroline Gardner look great, plus they’re pretty (everyone’s a winner!). They do come with dividers too and I could always make more if I choose to.

Or I could go completely the opposite and buy a template from Etsy which I print myself; very different but might work. There are also folders from WHsmith and Paperchase, which I like, but I’m just not sure they’re right – though the WHSmith one could be filled with A4 wallets where I put in sheets of paper. Maybe I need both?

Finally, my other favourite is the collection from BusyB – I like that it stands up and has a magnet to keep the recipe in place while you’re cooking.

What do you think? Where else could I be looking? Any help much appreciated!

Thanks for reading – I hope this has given you some ideas too.

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for bakers

So it appears everyone is in full on Christmas mood – it’s everywhere! This weekend I’m off to the Winchester Christmas markets before having a Christmas meal with friends on Sunday. It’s nonstop at this time of year, isn’t it?

This week I’m sharing some gift ideas for bakers; those that actually bake, or maybe those that don’t but want to or just like to enjoy baking from afar! I’ve picked out 6 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.


Christmas gift ideas for bakers - Kitchen Aid, Mary Berry Print, recipe book, apron and more! This Little Space of Mine



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When I was researching for this post one shop I had to include was Nikki McWilliams and her biscuit related product range. The pink custard cream cushion is ace, but do have a look at her website for even more ideas. On from the cushion, how about this hilarious Mary Berry soggy bottom print? It’s excellent.

The KitchenAid is for the very generous, but keeping it back to the affordable I love this jelly apron from SMUG. The biscuit tin is for bakers and non-bakers alike and finally I’ve included Frances Quinn‘s, Great British Bake Off Winner 2013, first book – which looks to be jam packed with recipes and ideas..

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for the final Christmas gift ideas post. Enjoy your weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for new home owners

Hello, how are you? We’re now officially in full-on Christmas mode, with just three weeks to go. I’m almost there with my shopping and I really want to power through and wrap presents and write cards as soon as I can. This weekend I’m going to bake some biscuits for our neighbours; we never really introduced ourselves properly when we moved in so hopefully we can start getting to know them a bit.

Thinking about Christmas gifts, this week I thought I’d look at ideas for new home owners – or even couples perhaps. Of course buying a house this year taught me a lot and when I was researching for this post I kept thinking of things that we were given that were handy or things we would’ve liked. Plus it gave me an excuse to browse online shops I like! I’ve picked out 7 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, couple, work colleague, or I hope just give you some inspiration for what to buy or where to buy a gift.


Christmas gift ideas for bakers - soft furnishings, sweet treats, candles, keeping organised and more! This Little Space of Mine


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In terms of kitchen bits and bobs, a mixing bowl will always come in handy. Even if you already have one, they always have their uses. I’ve only recently heard about Bluebird Tea Co. and they have a great selection of teas and gift sets on their website, including this glass teapot with infuser. Plus, a pot holder will always have a place in any kitchen! Really tempted to treat myself to a couple of bits from their store as I’d quite like to try some new teas.

Comfort and homely touches can often be added with soft furnishings and H&M home have a great selection of cushions, throws etc. I went to their store in Edinburgh and only wish my suitcase was big enough to have bought more back with me! This grey moss stitch blanket looks especially nice. While a bit more of a girly gift (well, certainly in my household!) I’m a big fan of Flamingo Candles‘ range. Plus, who doesn’t like a tin of biscuits? I’d imagine a good gift if you don’t know the couple too well or want to give a token gesture.

Finally, for the organised I reckon this KikkI K folder for important documents will come in handy. OK, not the most glamourous of gifts but if they’ve just moved house the likelihood is they’ll be drowning in paperwork and grateful for some help! Have a look at Kikki K’s website, oh and they now have a pop-up store in Covent Garden, London, which I really need to get to. Claire‘s been talking about it recently and oh boy does the store look good!

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for more Christmas gift ideas. What do you have planned for the weekend? We’re putting up our Christmas tree tonight and then celebrating my best friends’ 30th birthday tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for stationery addicts

Can you believe it’s four weeks until Christmas? Where has the time gone?! Tonight we have our work Christmas do at Madame Tussauds which’ll be fun. Onto Christmas shopping, have you started yet? I feel a bit stop start with mine and still need to work out gifts for secret santa with friends.

So first up was cat lovers, then crafters and this week it’s all about stationery addicts – which I’d like to think applies to everyone in some shape or form – who doesn’t love a brand new notepad or diary to write in? I’ve picked out 7 gifts which will hopefully help you along with your shopping; it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.


Christmas gift ideas for stationery addicts - planners, pens, notepads, diaries, desk accessories and more! This Little Space of Mine



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You may have spotted a bit of a floral theme with the BusyB address book, Cath Kidston recipe card holder and Rifle Paper Co planner from Tea and Kate. Totally unintentional, but they’re all quite pretty aren’t they? And useful. Of course, always useful! I need to find a better way to store my recipes and I’m torn between the recipe file from Cath Kidston and/or a book.

I’ve included a couple of desk accessories, the mint green desk tidy is really cool and I’ve heard good things about Mark’s Tokyo Edge pens; these are from Fox and Star. Also, who doesn’t need an animal print pencil case in their life?

Finally, I’m a big fan of Erin Condren, having ventured into the land of planners in the summer. As well as planners she’s got some cool accessories and smaller notebooks, like this wellness journal, which I think would make a great gift.

Oh and if you fancy catching up on previous shopping posts, there are some more Christmas gift ideas over here –

See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Enjoy your weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for crafters

How has your week been? Have you managed to start your Christmas shopping yet? Last week I talked about gifts for the cat lover in your life, so this week I’m turning my attention to Chirstmas gift ideas for crafters. Crafters and creatives can take all shapes and forms so I’ve kept it fairly wide open to include paper crafters, sewers and knitters/crocheters.

In case you missed my first post, the idea is that each Friday in the build up to Christmas I’m sharing six items from a theme to help you along the way – it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.

Christmas gift ideas for crafters - washi tape, colouring book, stamps, a sewing machine, yarn, a cutter and even a sewing pattern! This Little Space of Mine


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Has this given you any ideas? To start with, who doesn’t love a bit of washi tape? Fox and Star have a really wide selection of washi tapes for all kinds of occasions and themes that I think you’ll love. As well as washi tape, the Waffleflower stamps from The Homemakery come highly recommended; I bought them a while back and use them every week in my planner – alongside lots of washi tape.

You may notice that I’m again trying to support independent shops this Christmas – Wool and The Gang‘s yarn collection is a joy to work with, Tilly and the Buttons’ patterns are bang on trend and the rotary cutter is from Sew Over It – where I had my introduction to sewing course many moons ago.

Oh and all crafters need a sewing machine in their lives! I have a purple version of this John Lewis sewing machine and it’s great to use and avoids the sewing machine fear I hear other crafters experience.

Finally – who doesn’t love colouring in? If you don’t own a colouring book, I highly recommend treating yourself to one. It’s especially fun after a stressful day at work.

See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Have a good weekend!

Leanne x

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Let’s go shopping – Christmas gift ideas for cat lovers

Believe it or not, today marks six weeks exactly until Christmas day! Have you started your festive shopping? I’ve scratched the surface a bit but still lots more to do. I’m determined to have the majority of it finished this month so December can be spent enjoying the season.

With Christmas in mind, I thought I’d share gift ideas I’ve seen on my travels. Each Friday for the next six weeks I’ll share some items from a particular theme to help you along the way – it might be a stocking filler, a gift for a friend, or (hopefully) just give you some inspiration for what to buy.

This week, well it had to feature – Christmas gift ideas for the cat lover. Dog lovers, look away, or maybe find the canine equivalent – there are a lot of dog related gifts out there (pug themed especially!).

Christmas gift ideas for the cat lover - cat socks, print, origami, brooch, purse, tote bag and flask. This Little Space of Mine


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For the cat lover in your life, I quietly confident that there’s a Christmas gift in among this selection. My favourite? Well the cat socks need to be in my collection – I love that they’re pink and have bows on them, I’m not sure they could be more girly? I could also do with a flask so why not make this kitty themed one, from Paperchase. I also think the cat brooch would look so sweet on a jacket or top.

Do have a look at these shops for other ideas too; the majority are independent shops and it feels good to support them where we can.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and apologies if you’re not a cat lover! See you next week for some more Christmas gift ideas. Have a good weekend!

Leanne x

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Instagram fridge magnets from Sticky9

Moving house inevitibly means living out of boxes for a little while, which I’m generally OK with. What I’ve found, though, is that wherever I can add a homely touch – like put out a cushion or frame, or light a candle, I’m all for it. Even if it’s just temporarily. So it’s safe to say I’m really happy I ordered myself a set of Instagram fridge magnets from Sticky9 before we moved.


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For £9 I have 9 Instagram photos on my fridge and I love them! If you don’t use Instagram, you can also upload photos from other places. I picked a couple of Freds, one of the day we completed on our house, a couple from our holiday and then some of our friends and family.

I’ll probably be ordering more soon; the quality is really good and they arrived quickly – a winner all round.



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Apologies for the boring fridge photo; it’s not the most interesting of snaps, but you get the idea!


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P.s. This is in no way a sponsored post. I saw an advert, bought them and love them. Promise.

Travel stationary for California!

I love stationary. I always have, yet oddly I haven’t really blogged about it! The obsession seems to be growing, especially thanks to some blogger pals who make me want to buy all the things! So with our upcoming trip to California I wanted to get myself some travel stationary (including a journal) to store our memories and keepsakes. You may remember me searching for a travel journal a couple of months ago.


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So here’s what I’ve got…

I’ve also got a few rolls of washi tape already and plan to take a few with me to stick any receipts, keepsakes or photos in. How cute is the sticker pack? There are over 120 stickers in the book and 2 sheets of each design. Love them.



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It was my second travel journal purchase – that’s how important this purchase is to me. Sadly the first, as lovely as it was, wasn’t quite what I was looking for and I was keen to find the right thing. Stu was of the opinion that it didn’t matter that much, but the perfectionist in me wanted the very best.

We’re visiting eight different places while we’re there, so it’s a holiday of a lifetime for us. I can’t wait to fill it in and see the finished journal. I’ll be sure to share photos with you too once we’re back.



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Where do you like to buy your stationary from? I can often be found browsing Etsy and the likes for cute, independent stationary shops.


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Let’s go shopping – Valentine’s day cards from Paperchase

It’s Valentine’s day this weekend – had you forgotten? I wouldn’t blame you if you had, it’s not my favourite of ‘seasons’. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with spoiling the one you love, but why does it have to be the 14th February every year? There are 364 other days.

Opinions aside, it’s this weekend. So don’t forget to buy a card! If you need some last minute ideas, run to Paperchase and pick up one of these four beauties. Gotta be honest, the octopus card is my favourite.

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Also, how grown up is the bottom right hand corner? Very sweet and says it all without saying too much – I imagine this could be quite a good ‘en for ‘new couples’.

Oh, if you run out of time to buy a card Rachel at The Crafted Life has shared some cool Valentine’s printables – I love the ‘fries before guys’ concept.

Happy Valentine’s day and all that jazz!


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Let’s go shopping – Travel journals

We’re going to California in April! I am so excited and now thinking about getting myself a travel journal. We’ll be visiting lots of different places and, while I’ll take lots of photos, it’d be nice to store notes and keepsakes in one central place. Plus, when I was travelling in Europe in 2008, I always remember two Australian friends recording notes and sticking in tickets, leaflets etc. in this notebook. They must have so many memories stored in that one book.

I’ve been having a look around and so far I’ve found these four:

Travel journals

Paperchase | Notonthehighstreet.com | Fox and Star | John Lewis

The Fox and Star journal is my favourite as it has lots of lists and interesting pages, but it’s not spiral bound so I’m worried I won’t be able to stick lots of things in. The Paperchase one, on the other hand, is spiral but lacks any lists and I could stick lots of keepsakes in. It’s quite big though! The John Lewis one might be a bit too fancy for me, but I like the world map and the Notonthehighstreet.com looks similar to the Paperchase journal, though is the most expensive.

Decisions decisions! I was swinging to the Paperchase journal but it’s much too big. Are there any other places I could be looking for travel journals? I’d love some help!


Looking for a travel journal - This Little Space of Mine



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