Our kitchen is making me smile so much right now 😊 It really is the silliest thing to be smiling about but I just can't help it! Even glancing at the photos for this blog post have me all 😊
I always adored Douglas honeys. Hang on, I'm ahead of myself aren't I? After all, what if you don't know who Douglas is? Douglas lives on a shelf in our kitchen, or rather a few mini ceramic versions of him do.
Douglas was a creation of Aardman Animation, famous for their stop motion work which of course includes the wonderful Wallace & Gromit characters.
Douglas, sometimes known as the "butter man" appeared in a series of TV advertisements promoting Lurpak butter which ran from 1985 until the early 2000s. If you haven't ever met Douglas you're in for a treat honeys...
Isn't he adorable? I do hope you watched through to the end because as the ads progressed he became quite the charming little character 😊 I did adore seeing him pop up in ad breaks on TV and would always stop whatever I was doing to watch him 😊
Over the years Lurpak have occasionally produced special promotional, collectable items such as these ceramic egg cups and butter dish...
The above items I collected with purchases of Lurpak around 2001 or 2002. I can remember what a struggle it was to find one of the sets of egg cups, which were supplied in two sets of two to a box. I was determined to find them though to complete our mini collection, which also includes an adorable Douglas tea towel, and eventually I did.
There was also I seem to remember a toast rack too but unfortunately I was never able to find one of those. Our little Douglas ceramics though are much loved and live on a glass shelf in our kitchen.
While browsing the online clearance section of a favourite card & gift catalogue, among other things such as a pug duvet set & beach towels for our neice, I spotted the cutest egg cup cosies.
What are egg cosies I hear you ask... or not if you already know what they are dear ones😊 Egg cosies are a smaller version of a tea cosie which is used to cover a teapot and is insulated in order to keep the tea inside the teapot warm.
The egg cosies arrived with the rest of my order and I couldn't wait to see them sitting on the Lurpak egg cups because I just knew they'd look fabulous and so they do...
The egg cosies are insulated to keep your boiled egg warm and have a rather jolly Union Jack design which I'm loving.
They were sold in sets of two cosies, so I ordered two sets so that all of our Douglas egg cups could have one each but I have to admit I would have loved to have been able to buy a set with a Saltire (our beautiful Scottish flag bearing the Saint Andrew's Cross) design on them.
I really am happy with these adorable little egg cosies honeys and I can't help but smile each time I walk into the kitchen 😊
The upper of the two glass shelves, directly above the shelf where Douglas lives, is again home to our pretty cappuccino cups...
I have a confession to make honeys. I don't drink cappuccino but I just fell in love with these cups when I first saw them, a good number of years ago now and still adore them. Just like our much loved Douglas ceramics, they make me smile 😊
The Union Jack design also ties in with the two tea trays, bearing their friendly "keep calm and carry sandwiches" message, which live by the cooker and a tea cosie we have with mini union jacks and Mini cars printed on it too...
If you'd like to see how we arranged the walls of our kitchen after it's mini makeover, and how we used lots of useful storage solutions to make the most of the wall space, you can see lots of photos here.
We've since made a few changes to the area around our cooker, by adding an Ikea Fintorp rail and two of the amazingly useful Fintorp baskets, you can see them here.
Had you ever met Douglas honeys? Do you remember the Lurpak advertisments? How do you feel about egg cosies? What's been making you smile recently?
I hope you're having a wonderful week so far and that you've been enjoying the sunshine. Our furbaby Jade has been loving laying on the grass in the back garden in the warm sun, bless her.
Till next time dear ones, keep smiling and never let a chance to share a hug pass you by, huggles always xx