The Fiddly Bits (and winners)

It’s been -900F here for awhile and when I’m not frantically trying to make sure that all the parts are on the truck (I will tell you a story about someone saying ‘we didn’t miss anything!  the only things we missed were those clip angles’ some other time because it still gives me hives) – well, I am fully into trying to not freeze to death.  And I’m fully into mild sedatives.  And I’m fully into Fluff.   I listen to Michael Franks songs.  OMG.  Back in the 80s he was MAH JAM!  He has a MA in Literature and it shows in so many of his lyrics – and I love his …voice?  intriguing atonal whisper?  Whatever.  It still has the ability to drop my bp by 30 points.  Plus he’s always yowling about getting the hell out of the frigid weather and drinking a fruity drink….or just getting into a hammock and taking a snooze.  One of the YouTube commenters said it best:  “omg…my parents were jammin’ this CASSETTE when I was a kid. I was like…..5 years old and I knew all the lyrics. LOL…I didn’t know what I was singing but I liked it! It always calmed me and made me feel like love was in the house”

80s intense

liking the ‘now’ look – and the dog

I’m also watching a lot of The Great British Bake Off.  A lot.  As in, I’ve watched all 8 seasons at least twice – okay 3 times. Loving Noel Fielding, btw – I didn’t think I would, then I heard him tell one of the bakers ‘one day you’ll crack, though…you know that.  And burn the tent to the ground‘.  And, just like that, I Was His.   and I don’t even know who the hell he is!

But here’s the thing:  I realize that I have also been rewatching all these episodes because of the Fiddly Bits.  Y’all.  There is so much aqua.  So much pale lilac.  Bright green spatulas.  Royal Doulton coffee cups (and I will be forever indebted to whomever can tell me the maker of the white cup & saucer with the wide pale lilac band Mary Berry uses in the judge’s gazebo)….I see something new and more fabulous every viewing and I’ve nearly worn out the pause button, as I try to determine if Steven is using a Riess or a Mason Cash measuring pitcher.  Because I want one.  Or both.  Or all.   Which is just insane.  Because…well, when I went into the kitchen to try to justify spending $60 on a measuring pitcher I…6.. and that doesn’t include the Jadeiteware I have upstairs.  And…$60?   All the nope!

But.  It’s periwinkle (or lilac).  (and that pretty pale blue)  And cute AF.  Which makes it a Fiddly Bit.  And don’t get me started on the little aqua Mason Cash mixing bowl.  Aqua.  The Ultimate Fiddly.  And…….omg.  O.M.G.  The Kitchenaid Mixer in APPLE GREEN.   (sez the girl who has 2 mixers, of which one is a Kitchenaid Pro – but it’s in red, not my fave color).  This is veering close to porn, folks.  I mean, I pause the video.  I replay it over.  and over. and over.  Stopping at the exact moment the Fiddly shows up.  If this was tape it would be worn out now.

I am so easily distracted by color and a bit of bling.  Just started watching Good Karma Hospital and I cannot take my eyes off Amanda Redman’s swingy pendant earrings, in that perfect shade of turquoise that looks so beautiful on lightly tanned (or naturally tan) skin.  Blue.  Swingy.  Fiddlybit.

I always tell myself I’m not going to be swayed by Fiddly in perfume.  Then a line like Romea d’Ameor comes out with gorgeous bottles with (gulp!) tassels!  In different colors.  And those lovely, fiddly, Princess names.  The scents are lovely – but what got me first was the fiddly – because there were several, in different colors…I wonder if that is a Requirement of Fiddly….

sooo pretty! but not all at once…maybe 2 or 3?

can Flora Danica be ‘fiddly’?

Now, I’m not looking for a houseful of fiddly.  In fact, too much fiddly negates the whole point of fiddly, imo.  Aqua, for example, needs to sneak up on me, like with Amanda Redman’s earrings.  I love me the hell out of a neutral room with little touches of warm blue therein but really don’t like an entire blue room.  Moderation and the element of delighted surprise.  A tassel or two.  A bit of bling.  Flora Danica is best enjoyed in moderation, imo.  An entire dinnerware service is visually exhausting.  But a coffee service?  Sublime.

my fiddly bangles – 3, not 300

Are any of you besotted by Fiddly?  Tell me your Fiddly Tales!

OH!  I haz winners from the Struggle post!

Kathleen SmithMaggiecatCindi!  gmail your evilauntieanita!

  • Kate E. says:

    Just to go on a Noel Fielding/Sandi Toksvig tangent: I adore them both and I highly recommend the show QI, which Sandy took over hosting when Stephen Fry left. Sandy is perfect and Noel has been on the panel numerous times.
    And I love the Fiddly (I blame my beloved grandmother).

  • March says:

    I LOVE the fiddly bits — I think my kitchen is all about the fiddly! And my tall jewelry chest which holds other delights like embroidered hankies. Sometimes my house makes me feel just like a girl again, rearranging her dollhouse.

  • DinaC says:

    I’m late to chime in, but I haf to, because of the Fiddly. I love the GBBO, too, and rewatch episodes whenever I run across them. I could write an ode of love to that show because of it’s spirit and ethos, but I won’t. But I love the furnishings and the Fiddly bits. I have a weakness for Wedgwood Wild Strawberry pieces, mainly the tea set, not the regular dishes. Like you said: that would be too much! Love aqua touches in jewelry and clothes. Have a tassel on the door of my china cabinet! Like Rosarita, I collect sterling silver jewelry too with and without semiprecious stones like turquoise, lapis, malachite, amethyst, etc. Love me some sparkle, too! 🙂 My Kitchen Aid mixer is white with a red stripe. AND, I also used to love listening to Michael Franks songs. The Washington DC area used to have a smooth Jazz semi-New Age-y radio station that played him a lot, I loved his stuff. I was sad when they changed formats. Now in the days of satellite, I can go find him again.

  • Jennifer S. says:

    Lol at the ‘fiddley’! If my house wasn’t in a perpetual state of renovation I might acquire things of a fiddley nature!

  • Tara C says:

    I just love fiddly! I have a pink Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer (love) and a red Kitchen Aid Pro mixer (do not love). I really wanted the sparkly metallic red but they didn’t have it in the Pro model. :-(. I would love an aqua or lavender one but I can’t justify buying another one just for the colour. I love those measuring pitchers in pink and aqua! But I will be good and not immediately google them to try and buy one. Sigh. Too many fiddlies, not enough $$ or space.

    • Musette says:

      I love the power of the Pro but honestly, getting the bowl out without having to take out the blade/whisk is a PAIN! I will prolly end up selling my Pro…then again,I dunno…..I have always had 2 mixers because what if one blows up in the middle of making something like petit fours and you’re stuck blending the icing by hand! Oh, the humanity!

      Those pitchers cost waaay too much, imo. I love fiddly little measure-y things like that but, to be honest, all the joy is sucked out when I realize I just spent $60 on it! I’d rather thrift and hope for the fiddly best! xoxo

  • Kandice says:

    I love it too. A little bling, a little gold leaf, an unexpected color just makes me stop to admire whatever it is. I love your bracelets you pictured above and didn’t even know they made a mixer in apple green but now I want one of those. Or aqua. Hard to choose. If I still haven’t convinced you I belong in the fiddly group, then I’ll mention I was in Neiman’s yesterday and walked by the House of Sillage display. Did I smell any of them? No because I know they are out of my price range. But that didn’t stop me from admiring the beauty of the sparkly bottles! And then I have to reconsider on the price point. Perfume in a sparkly bottle? Hard to beat that. Thank God reason intervened before I actually bought anything! (They sure were pretty though.)

    • Musette says:

      we must’ve been separated at birth! lol!

      and ps. You should definitely sample the HoSillages – why not? N-M is second to none when it comes to customer service, imo. That’s what the display is for, to sample! Have at it! They usually will make you sample(s) if you ask – then you can take your time deciding if you want to go into hock for the sparkle!

  • tiffanie says:

    Fiddly forever! I love a touch of lilac or periwinkle in a room. I have a Noritake Magnificence teacup next to my laptop. It holds my lip balm and a handful of perfume sample vials. 🙂

    Also Noel Fielding forever! He’s awfully endearing, or awful and endearing, or something that means I just can’t look away. He is guest host on season 2 episode 3 of the show Travel Man with Richard Ayouade. They awkwardly travel to Copenhagen, of course understated hi-jinks ensue.

    • Musette says:

      He’s pretty understated in GBBO – but then there are those weird little moments, like the one mentioned in the post, and you realize there is a razorlike wit there, with more than a hint of darkness!

  • springpansy says:

    I’m not a big fiddly fan, but special things, YES! And I love the aqua and lilac (yet simple) pitchers you have pictured here. Want. Sigh.

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh, yes. I’m susceptible to fiddly, too. I love my pistachio green Kitchenaid mixer but that does not stop me from yearning for another in aqua sky. Those pastel measuring pitchers are so lovely that I foresee an afternoon, at least, spent finding out all about them. Perhaps I’d better spend some time re-reading Marie Kondo in order to keep my wants and needs in balance. That’s never an easy thing for me to do.

    • Musette says:

      Riess is just AMAZING! Personally, I do not plan to spend Riess $$ but that doesn’t mean I don’t love ’em! Eh, Marie Kondo. Well, okay…a bit Marie Kondo…but just a bit!

  • AnnJune says:

    You bet! Although my obsession is more with fabric and home furnishings. I had to laugh about your rewinding and pausing… I actually have pictures on my phone of various fabrics, upholstered antique chairs (with tassel fringe no less!!), etc. taken from my television screen after rewinding and pausing to capture a particularly gorgeous item. They’re usually fairly clear, too, which always surprises me. British period shows (Masterpiece anyone?) are a treasure trove of fabulosity : )

    • Musette says:

      oh, yeah, honey! I’m with you on the fabrics as well. I have a few on Pinterest and have spent waaay too much time trying to locate them. And isn’t it funny how something as tiny as a tassel can make or break a look? xoxo

  • Kathleen Smith says:

    You’re speaking to my heart! I little bit of fiddly makes me happy as well. When I spot aqua, or Sparkly, my heart skips a bit! My sweet grandmother taught me a few special pieces of what you love are needed in a home. And she passed on some beautiful tea cups to me. I know we talk about fragrances; however, gorgeous bottles make me swoon as well. And I love fiddly detailed, sparkly dog collars! I have only a boy dog now, his collar is stunning and sparkly and he doesn’t mind one bit!
    Thank you and the Girl for choosing me as a winner from your previous post. xoxo

    • Musette says:

      Aqua is THE ultimate fiddly. And omg yes! on your boy’s collar. I haven’t had a boy dog in awhile but lemmetellya – I had NO problem blingin’ the living stars out of them – and they were HUGE dogs. They rocked those collars!


  • rosarita313 says:

    Yes, definitely. I had a great aunt who hand painted gorgeous china pieces and I have a beautiful teacup and saucer covered in violets from her, and lots of other things that I can’t display because of small house + curious fat cat. Sigh. I do have a great collection of sterling silver jewelry, much of it with stones both opaque and faceted, that I started when I was 8, and I really enjoy putting things together. The Great British Baking Show is so good, and now I want an apple green mixer, which I would literally have to store suspended from my kitchen ceiling since I’m out of counter or cabinet space. Sigh again. Stay warm, my friend.

    • Musette says:

      My heart breaks for your stuff – well, not really. I mean, it breaks that you can’t display it – I feel your paiiiin. Half my stuff is still in storage. Next house, I’m going to really bust out on a kitchen, so I can have all my beauties out!


  • Magda says:

    Oh yes, I love all the fiddlies. Particularly if they are sparkly.

  • Gina says:

    I collect china, art and books. Yes, I like fiddly.

    • Musette says:

      I do not consider art or books fiddly so you are behind the Fiddly Curve. Which gives you more curve space to collect more china! 😉