Spring is finally here in our little corner of England and I'm thinking about doing a spot of spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Thinking about it takes no effort at all - try it!
But what better guide for a Springtime de-clutter, than that old William Morris quote : "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"...
...or 'bootiful', as they say here in Norfolk!
This is the 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' pattern bowl I just finished. I love working with hexies all of a sudden! I am hopeful that this falls into the 'beautiful' category.
The new range of mugs, however, ticks both the 'useful AND beautiful' boxes for me and for you too, judging from your wonderful comments on the new homewares collection!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, though, and for me it always lies in the detail; and obviously colour and pattern. I can also appreciate calm,understated minimalism too.
Nothing minimalist about the new quilt-block patterned teatowels and coasters, though! I think they scream at the top of their voices "look at me, look at me!".
Useful AND Beautiful was my guiding principle when I designed the new collection, to make everyday things a little special.
What would be fun to know, though, is what you all have around your house which is neither useful nor beautiful!
And, as I write this on International Women's Day ..... ladies, you're not allowed to apply this principle to people in your house, just objects!
Quick reminder ... don't forget my very, very useful and beautiful GIVEAWAY! The winner can choose any item from the online shop : www.cathydaniel.co.uk. Closing date 22nd March 2014. Just leave me a comment and mention it on your own blog/facebook/etc. Take the picture if you wish.
And finally a HUGE thank you to all those who've sent their good wishes and support - it means so much. You are brilliant!
So, tell me ... what are you looking at that's not useful or beautiful??