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Friday Finds- very nice things to eat, buy and do

Hmm- it's that time of year- getting colder makes me want to stay in more and, well, nest. Which is probably why my picks of the week have a shopping/home furnishing theme...

Website of the week 

Website of the week is the beautiful Patchwork Harmony, an online boutique selling beautiful homewares and gifts. They are hand-selected, eclectic and really beautiful.  home accessories. 

The site is simply organised into categories:


and has a lovely range of products from candles, picture frames and pictures. I particularly love the vintage range of tea cups and plates (oh and did I mention the vintage shot glasses?!).


Patchwork Harmony also has a blog with lots of interior design tips and inspiring photographs. Dip in and enjoy!


Local Gems

It's interesting how you can drive past the same spot almost every day and not get out to explore. We drive past Sussex Ring in Woodside Park EVERY day- but only recently got out for a last minute run to the drycleaners- and discovered two really great finds!

Eat

Vero Caffe is an unassuming cafe on Sussex ring which moved from a small location round the corner to a central spot which was vacated by a fashion store. The cafe serves some of the best coffee this side of the channel, and a great  breakfast menu and range of lunch time snacks. No kids menu, but lots a snacks that kids can tuck into, plus highchairs, couches for a lounging Sunday morning, and very friendly staff.

Shop

Just round the corner  (now inhabiting the original location for the cafe) is a furniture/interior design/gift shop- aptly named "Woodside".

I must admit that I am slightly dubious about these sorts of shop- I often find that they are very expensive or have nothing that is really useful once unwrapped. But I loved this shop and spent about half an hour in there before restless toddler dragged me out. It has a great range of gifts, the sort of things you expect to find in a gift shop such as vases, candles, photo frames- but all unusual, high quality and reasonably priced. There is also an eclectic selection of unusual gifts from beautiful trinket boxes to presentation dishes and candle holders. Gifts are hand wrapped if you wish.

The shop also stocks interesting and reasonably priced furniture- there is a killer chaise longue in the window that I was drooling over. If you can't see something that you want, the helpful staff are happy to go through their catalogue to find a suitable piece. I am just trying to think up an excuse to go back...

Play

If you're looking for something fun to do in the week (and holidays), we visited Makes 'n' Bakes, a cooking class in Stanmore. The class is run by Karen, a Montessori trained teacher and follows the same structure each time. Parents wait outside whilst children go in to the small kitchen set up just for them. There is a maximum of six children per class so it is small and unintimidating. They read a story, bake something then whilst it is cooking they do a craft activity. Our children really enjoyed this and the biscuit they made was delicious. Class costs £8 per session or you can book for the term. Karen books up very quickly indeed and we are going to book now for the Christmas holidays. Contact her on 07887 984 401 ir wilkin@afrormosia.com. Class suitable for  2.5 - 5s.

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