Cosiness and Space

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I write this sitting in someone else's kitchen, too early in the morning, watching a line of light trying to escape from beneath the cover of curtains. This seems like the perfect time for such a post. This is my way of saying thank you for all the kindness and support. My post about the negative emails I've been getting left a bad taste in my mouth, like I was being ungrateful. I've been meaning to do a post on blogs that I enjoy for a while now, but I've realised I'm not very good at playing favourites. Basically, all the blogs on my blogroll are fantastic, so go forth and visit them.

Rather than picking out favourites then, I'd like to share some blogs that have quite simply attracted me to them lately because of their sense of cosiness and space; two contradictory qualities I'm drawn to. They're also run by intelligent, kind and lovely women.

: : Simple Village Girl, run by Siubhan:

There's something so gentle about Siubhan's blog, I always gravitate to it when I'm having a stressful day. And it's not just the beautiful images she presents, but her intelligent and sensitive perspective on them. Have a read of posts such as Nightlife, Unseasonal and Seascape, and you'll see what I mean.

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: : Ill Seen, Ill Said, run by Jane:

What can I say about Jane and her wonderful blog? There's so much depth to her posts, which are often laden with a curiosity, openness, honesty and inquisitiveness. And she can take a mean picture. I have to confess to being totally enamoured with her shop, Coterie, as well. I've been browsing it regularly lately, adding things to the wish list in my mind.

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: : Middle Grays, run by Niina:

I view Niina's blog as a somewhat undiscovered treasure, although I do hope you've heard of it before. If ever there is a blog that makes me feel calm as soon as I click on its link, it's this one. The glimpses into Niina's daily life and creative process just fascinate me, and on a personal level, Niina herself is such a supportive person. It's also hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy after you visit her shop and contemplate wearing her handmade mittens. What is it about looking at mittens and wool that's so comforting?

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Image credits (from top to bottom): images 1-11 are by Siubhan, from her blog and flickr; images 12-20 are by Jane, from her blog and flickr; images 21-28 are by Niina, from her blog and flickr. All images are used with Siubhan, Jane and Niina's permission, so please give them proper credit by linking back to them, not me, if you choose to re-blog any of them. Thanks.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who gave me brownie recipes via twitter yesterday (at my request). I did receive them all, I just didn't have time to reply to everyone.