| Plants | Roots + Water

"I take care when I water my plants."

When you manage not to kill your houseplants, you get a lovely happy feeling inside that does mini fist-pumps and happy dances all at the same time. 

When those same plants not only survive, but thrive through your moments of neglect and over-attention and then start sprouting babies - well that's just next-level blinky heart eyes glee right there! This is not just crazy-plant-lady talk. Trust me.

My kitchen window has become quite a nursery of cuttings. It's teeming with planty little 'uns, their little roots treading water, and catching light. I like to watch the magic of their growth as I do the washing up (there is always so much washing up here). 

I collect/repurpose all types of vessels for my plant babies. Bottles, lab flasks and even a few victorian bulb vases.

Of course, I cannot keep them in water forever. I will pot them up soon. And here is the BEST bit of this tale....I will give them away to other plant lovers that I know. How amazing is that!? I can't think of a lovelier, more heartfelt way to share plants.

How I take cuttings:

I save the trimmings left over from pruning some of my trailing plants. I trim off a section of leaves on the end that I plan to stick into water and then just put it into a glass vessel.

I take cuttings from my Spider Plants and Pilea Peperomioides as they are the ones that most often have babies. I carefully cute them free at their base using a sharp knife and place them into water.

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The Word For Love

Hearing of Dick Bruna's death last week made me sad. Miffy has made her mark in our family life. We often watch animated episodes in Japanese and our little boy likes to try and sing along to the addictive ditty at the opening. It is through this that he learned the word "daisuki", which means love. 

Thank you for Miffy and all your stories, characters and illustrations, Mr. Bruna.
23.08.1927 - 16.02.2016
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| Installation | Passage/s

Walking through Do Ho Suh's delicate chromatic passageway, I am drawn to its translucence. The white walls of the gallery, daylight punctured with spotlights, all dilate the hues as I make my way through. I am moved by the devotion to detail revealed in the polyester and wire corridor. Every other step is a pause to consume what my eyes taste. 

In another room. Ghostly formations that suggest a fragility akin to desiccated onion skin, are static in bright white light. The palpitating light frequency makes my eyes quiver. And it is beautiful.

You can see Do Ho Suh's Passage/s at the Victoria Miro Gallery till the 18th March 2017

Victoria Miro Gallery.
New Wharf Road,
London N1 7RW
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| Table Top | My Winter Essentials

Sorry for the silence friends. I've been battling the flu, whilst battling teething pains with our little one, whilst chasing away them winter-induced blues that make me want to hide till the sun grows a little warmer and shines a little longer. 

Till then, here are a few things that I consider to be essential lately.

|  The beanie | 
Staying warm is a priority and everyone knows that you loose loadsa heat from your head which is why I love my beanies at this time of year. Norse Projects' Top Beanie is made using lambswool from UK and knitted in Portugal.

| The socks |
Because I hate it when my feet feel cold, I always have cosy socks to see me through chilly times. This pair are from one of our favourite shops in Tokyo. If you are heading to Tokyo and find yourself in Daikanyama - don't leave without popping in!

| The hand soap | 
I wash my hands a hundred times a day - at least. I mix mum life with making and everything in between so I get properly OCD about clean hands. Many hand soaps are too harsh but Meraki do some nice gentle ones that aren't so potently fragranced that they make my kid sneeze!

| O-nigiri calendar | 
So I can count down to Spring away from a screen. I bought this in Kamakura. The shop that I found it in was soooooo cute!

| The lip balm |
My mum in law uses this, Hiro uses this, it's a proper family staple.

| The boiled sweets |
I couldn't have survived my recent bout of laryngitis without these throat soothing sweets. Two flavours that I am partial too, Japanese salted plum and acerola.

| The Cactus |
Plants up the sense of wellbeing in a home. It is true. This particular cactus came from PRICK.

| The gold tin |
This is a tin of Hada Labo's Gokujyun Premium Oil Jelly and I cannot be without it in winter. I bought it in Japan after reading Nicole's blog post about it: http://thebeautymaniacintokyo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/hada-labo-gokujyun-premium-oil-jelly.html

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