Set In Stone : The Candy Files, wedding anniversary special!

What's hot, what's not and what's what at my place. This week...

House Candy = Stoneware

Denby's  best selling  Natural Canvas  stoneware. 

Denby's best selling Natural Canvas stoneware. 

I'm getting all nostalgic today because it's my wedding anniversary and 16 years since I said "I do."

These two little words have a lot to answer for when I think of all the trouble they've got me and the House Candy husband into over the years. For example:

Him: "Do you want to tell me about this stuff on the visa bill?..."

Me: (Lying) "I do".

Me: "Do you want another baby, even though the other one doesn't sleep?"

Him: (Drunk) "I do".

Both: "Do you want to buy that big, old house that we can't afford to furnish?"

One louder than the other: "I do".

I don't actually remember the happy event of going hand in hand around a department store picking things for our wedding list, but at some point, someone older and wiser than me said, "What you really need is a classic Denby dinner set that you can add to throughout your married life."

And I - being all about the autumn theme and spotting one with a leaf on the bottom, said "I do".

The Energy dish by  Denby  that fulfilled my Autumn theme criteria!

The Energy dish by Denby that fulfilled my Autumn theme criteria!

So 16 years today I became the proud owner of an 'Energy' dinner service by Denby. And whilst I'm saving all the ins and outs of why Denby still rocks for a rainier day, I wanted to use today, my wedding anniversary, to say thank you to this particular stoneware for putting up with:

  • 16 years of sub-standard meals
  • The rigours of two clumsy little boys
  • The extra large size mugs that fuelled endless 5am appointments with my insomniac eldest son. 

Now that we've been married long enough for our dinner service to go out of production, I wouldn't mind starting up a new collection. With its mellow chevron detail and misty autumn day hues, the latest Natural Canvas range is still a perfect fit with my theme. 

Do I want another cuppa? "I do". 

Natural Canvas  mugs by Denby

Natural Canvas mugs by Denby


Fine and Candy = The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses £11.99  HMV

The Stone Roses £11.99 HMV

The secret to a happy marriage is admitting when you are wrong  and husband, I hold my hands up and say I was foolish to insist we throw out all the vinyl back when we waved goodbye to your beloved 5 storey Panasonic sound system.

The Stone Roses is the soundtrack to our life together and now that I've fallen out of love with soul-less CDs and banished mobile phones for playing music, I'm slowly having to replace all the vinyl I took on secret trips to the charity shop. This album is one very apologetic anniversary present.

Happily, my love for the new Crosleys turntable in the kitchen is easing the financial pain I'm going through in HMV as I re-buy all our old songs on vinyl. For the Stone Roses fans out there, THIS piece of equipment wants to be adored.

Crosleys record player £160  Urban OUtfitters

Crosleys record player £160 Urban OUtfitters

Candy Pandy = Precious Stones

Despite 16 years of love and devotion, I appear to be missing the precious stones that are traditionally given to mark this milestone. 

Vivienne Westwood gold Topaz ear bling

Vivienne Westwood gold Topaz ear bling

Depending on which website you look at, my loyal lobes should be rocking Golden Topaz today. And what a pity, because just LOOK what fortunes they bestow upon their wearer:

"Topaz conjures up thoughts of opulence and luxury, influence and generosity, vibrancy and strength. To possess one brings true love and fidelity, friendship, and a gentle nature, bestowing the gifts of courage and wisdom, and success in all endeavors. Its energy, harnessed from the sun, transcends both time and space, and is one of the most loving, beneficial crystals one can gift."

Happy Anniversary anyway my love. Here's to many more years together (because dammit I've come this far I may as well hold out for an Emerald).

Claire x