The other night I heard the most beautiful story about a little boy who goes to a friend's church. His grandparents are caught up in the mess left from the recent flooding in the Philippines. Soon it's his 5th birthday - a chance to be happy and showered in gifts and entirely selfish. But this little boy instead stood up in his church on Sunday, and asked everybody to please not buy him presents, but to send his grandparents and their friends money to stay alive and well.

Earlier this year, Allen and Violet Large, an elderly Canadian couple, won  $11.2 million on the lottery... 
and gave every last bit of it away. 

"That money that we won was nothing. We have each other."
- Allen Large

I'll admit, sometimes I think people are pretty rubbish. But I LOVE being proved wrong. 

My dear friend and almost-sister Liz recently wrote... 

"Idealism isn't necessarily unreachable abstract concepts that we daydream about, 
idealism is the truth, depth and beauty we see in the world around us. 
It's about seeing something pure and thinking, 
I want more of that." 

I want more of this.
I want a world FULL of these people.
And I want to be that kind of person...
I want to know that I could give up millions of pounds or a day of justified self indulgence just because I love people so deeply and truly and beautifully.

Sometimes I think people are wonderful.


Time to get doodling...

I've just spent the most lovely weekend with friends watching fireworks, drinking Baileys, playing guitar and baking cakes.

Last night, three of my gorgeous friends and I had a bit of a dinner party.
We decided that since Bonfire night is over, it's now officially OK to be excited for Christmas, so my housemate Liz and I made a big meal of pumpkin soup, mulled wine and gooey (charred - not burned) chocolate cake! And though I say so myself, it was rather lovely. Largely down to the company. I adore good food shared with good friends.

So anyway, one of these friends is wanting to get a new tattoo... and after seeing my recent success as a tattoo artist (...kinda) she's asked me to design her a pretty little something to go on her hip!

I'm VERY excited.

I may do a little something for myself too... though I still can't decide if I'm brave enough to get a tattoo!

As for my home-made Christmas plan, I now have lots of pretty teacups that I'm planning on turning into candles and pin cushions and containers for home made sweeties... but I'm still waiting to have an old sewing machine donated to me for some slightly more daring projects. Watch this space...

I love winter this year.

And toffee apples... I LOVE toffee apples.