So, September has been and gone and it was definitely a month of two halves for me. The first half was so much fun, full of promise, I had loads of great pieces of work lined up and I fell in love with working from home almost instantly (although I admit I did have a little wobble the first couple of days!). However, I spent the second half of the month either in pain, hospital, or on bed rest after having a double ovarian torsion and haemorrhage. All very scary and I am now precariously propped up on a mountain of pillows in bed, as I type this post, as I had surgery at the weekend. Thankfully, all seems to be well now, I just have to force myself to rest properly so that it doesn’t happen again, which is the risk, and move onwards and upwards…
That brings me on to this month and what it means to me. October is a month of nostalgia, filled with childhood memories.
The first thing that comes to mind is that it is definitely the family birthday month: mine, my sister’s and it was my grandfather’s. Therefore, I have chosen to style the top of a really sweet antique writing bureau that my parents gave to me for my seventh birthday. My older sister, Juliette, had a similar bureau in her bedroom that had exciting compartments and lots of little drawers that I used to rifle through – I was super jealous of it and wanted somewhere to hide all my secret things. When my parents bought me my own, I will always remember seeing it for the first time and feeling such happiness.
I have used a jelly mould because we always had big jellies at our birthday parties, and just because who doesn’t love a jelly mould? The picture above the desk is of me and my little sister, Amy, whose birthday it is on the 22nd of the month. I have styled the surface with Observers Books of Garden Flowers because this reminds me of my grandfather who was an avid gardener right into his nineties and whose birthday it was on the 15th of this month.
The other two things that I think of instantly when it comes to October, and the reason for using the mini pumpkins (one of which I made into a tea light holder for cosy Autumn evenings), is Harvest Festival assemblies at primary school – it is so odd the connections you make as a small child that stay with you into adulthood – and Halloween, which was always one of my favourite celebrations. We always used to get so dressed up and join up with loads of the children in our neighbourhood and go trick or treating. So, so much fun.
What does October mean to you? Charlotte and I would love to know and see your styled surfaces. It is such a lovely thing to stop, reflect and re-style a surface in your home, clearing what was a dumping ground – I promise it will make you smile every time you walk by or sit and look at it so please do join in! Tag me and Lotts and Lots and use the hashtag #StylingTheSeasons – either write a blog post or post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Happy October styling everybody!
P.S. If you would like a bit of inspiration from last month’s amazing Styling the Seasons posts, you can find them all on my Pinterest board. Such a gorgeous collection of posts, pictures and words and so many beautifully styled surfaces, so you must take a look…