Tuesday 13 November 2012

See you on the other side

Hi everyone, I've decided to stop blogging at Tea for Joy, and have set up a new blog at Papermash. For branding purposes I thought it made more sense to start a Papermash-specific blog, and I need to focus all my online energies into promoting my shop - as I'm trying to also find more balance offline, and spend more time pursuing things which are important to me (which are mostly not design-related). I'm not sure exactly what form it will take yet - am not a fan of blogs which plug their businesses in every post - but will find out as I go along. I hope you'll take a look.

Charlotte Love styled a pretty travel-themed story for Papermash, which I've shared in the first post.

I haven't transferred over subscribers, and won't redirect this blog, so please subscribe if you decide to follow along.

I'll always be thankful for this little blog, which has given me so many opportunities (Sunday Times Style magazine being the highlight, thanks Sian), and introduced me to some amazing people. I've really found bloggers to be some of the most positive and encouraging people I've met. Some blogs of friends and people I've met, whose blogs you might want to visit, are: Decorator's Notebook, Chocolate Creative, Hey Homewrecker, Anamu, My Creative, Playdoh and Poo, Lobster and Swan, Patchwork Harmony, Something I made - more on my blogroll. Hope to see you on the other side!

Photo: Lenka Rayn H.

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Taking a break...

I'm taking a break from blogging to figure a few things out. I'll still be on Instagram (@teaforjoy) and hope to find more time to comment on your blogs. I'm not sure when I'll be back (from time to time I've wondered about setting up a new blog, more branded with Papermash - what do you think?) I update the Papermash Facebook page regularly, you can find me there too, and on Pinterest. 

Can anyone see an angel in the light? The photo above is from the Royal Courts of Justice, from Open House Weekend. (For what it's worth, I can also see a dinosaur.) 

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Wednesday workspace

I've been busy, wrapping orders, visiting little friends, and working hard in my day job, but I wanted to pop in and share one of my favourite desk spaces. I love the simple string and pegs / washi tape collage - something I hope to perfect soon. I'm not sure I could confine my mess to such a small space, but I love this one!

Image: stylist Scout / photographer Julie Harmsen

Friday 7 September 2012

Happy weekend + links

I never love Paris quite as much as I think I should; but it's so accessible and easy to get around when you're there that I think I should persevere. I had a great trip last Friday (if you follow me on Instagram @teaforjoy you'll have seen some photos) but I 'm still to discover a favourite cafe, a favourite shop or two and a quiet garden square so that it's feels more familiar with each visit. I like to discover new things but also to revisit the same special places.

No specific links to share this week, so I'll share some blogs I 've been particularly enjoying recently:  A Merry Mishap // Reading my tea leaves // My Second Hand Life.

Have a lovely weekend! The English Philarmonic orchestra are visiting my workplace this lunchtime (as they do) so I'm off to enjoy some classical music in the sunshine. I'm helping a friend with an exciting business plan this weekend, which is just my idea of fun!

Thursday 6 September 2012

Supermarket Sarah + Jonnaxkangan

It's been a while since I checked out Supermarket Sarah, but I spotted that Jonnaxkangan had a wall so I took a look. Things which tempt me; bright dishcloths, the hot water bottle cover (with 'hot water' written in Hindi) and this bright geometric cushion.  Some of the items are sold out already, so I'm hoping to make a (small) purchase soon!

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Wednesday workspace

White, and bright, to showcase the wares of Danish brand Oyoy. I love storage, so I like the geometric sack (and have seen similarly great designs at Varpunen.)

Tuesday 4 September 2012


I've been off work sick for a few days, with nothing to do except trawl the internet, which I think makes you feel even more unwell. Still, I've spotted these items from new autumn collections, which I love. The boots! I've never bought anything from Boden {feel like that is a step too far towards middle age}, but these are nice, right? There's actually quite a lot in the current catalogue which I like. What does that mean?

1. Metal trolley £145 2. Retro Barber Board £55, 3. Suede boots £129*, 4. Pendant Light £69.

UPDATE: not available for 3 months! Splurge averted.

Thursday 30 August 2012

Day trip

Going on a day trip to Paris tomorrow for a friend's 40th birthday - exciting! Let me know if you've any tips for St. Germain or the 6th arrondissement. I'm packing a Paris notebook, Pia's book and preparing for a very early start...

Tuesday 28 August 2012


A few items from recent new stock at Papermash; 1. Birthday stamps £12.95, 2. Rifle Paper Co thank you postcards £7.95 (love these!), 3. To Do list £7.95, and 4. Bookplates £4.95 (I decorated a plain brown notebook instead of putting them inside a book.)