Ben & Emmanuelle, Florence (Italy), 2010

I love a little flourish

While you celebrate the first day of a new year, I hope you’ll also celebrate the end of my 636 day project with me. Yes, I’ve finally blogged every snowdome that I own! Through changing seasons, through sickness and in health and through numerous time zones across the globe, it was a daily project for 20 months. I can’t believe I finally got here. I can still remember that cold Easter day in my pyjamas when I embarked on this project!

What next you ask? No, I won’t stop collecting, but the daily posts will obviously come to an end. I won’t pretend that I’m not a little relieved; dashing home from the pub in the initial days was annoying. So I’ll be posting once I receive new additions to the collection.

A ridiculously huge thanks to every contributor – I hope you had a day or a couple of special days celebrated on the blog. Thanks to all the religious daily followers – you really made it worth it. And finally, thanks to the Hubs who has not only put up with the space-demanding collection, but the constant need for additional toys like lenses, tripods and the ever-changing storage!

Here is a look back on the year’s Shakes.

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Shake 633: Wearable domes

December 29, 2011

Emski, London (UK), year?

With silver star flitter

How can you not love a bit of snowdome fashion? From perfume to jewellery, looks like every designer wants to have a go. I’d totally forgotten about this fun Paul Smith top in my drawer until Em reminded me. Apologies for the bad photography, I had no one around to model it for me!



Shake 624: Before midnight

December 20, 2011

Glendalicious, Ravello (Italy), October 2011

I love how every side looks like a different dome


Shake 617: Last legs

December 13, 2011

Willy, Switzerland, 2000?

Sorry, these jelly domes are pretty depressing especially during this festive season. I think this is the last of them though. So to lighten the mood a little, check out the designer Karl Lagerfeld’s new little love available in Sephora stores (thanks for the tip-off Anne)!

Karl Lagerfeld's snow dome (image courtesy of


Shake 616: Festive birthdays

December 12, 2011

Shiney, Sicily (Italy), July 2011

That's volcano smoke by the way... it sort of looks like a brain...

How fun is the base?

Happy birthday Shiney!

Ron, Stratford-upon-Avon (UK), 2002?

Friends, snowdome-lovers and countrymen, lend me your eyes! I have but 8 days left and I’ll be done blogging the entire collection, can you believe it? If snowdomes be the food of love, shake on!

(For those of you who are a little confused, Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare)

Shake 606: Ligurian luxury

December 2, 2011

Glendalicious, Riviera Ligure (Italy), October 2011

The view from the back

How gorgeous is the little city that comes with it?

Glendalicious knows how to live it up. Her little journey to the Italian Riviera was filled with great food, good-looking men and a generous tan. Gotta love that.

Shake 602: Mon-dome

November 28, 2011

Andy Zito, London (UK), April 2011

Big Ben


Shake 599: Freedom Friday

November 25, 2011

Divinely-favoured Glendalicious, Paris (France), October 2011

Off on a mini-break up the coast. I plan to behave.


Glendalicious, Pienza (Italy), October 2011

...and the other side

I was eagerly awaiting Glendalicious’ return. After 6 weeks of hopping around the Italian coast and dropping into Paris with her girlfriend, I was sure she’d return with more than just a Prada bag and a tan. And I was right. She proudly presented me with four snowdomes! However, her attempts to explain that there was some divine influence on her fantastic trip fell on deaf ears. When two hot girls are travelling together, there’s no surprise when there’s an upgrade to business class, and some guy they just happen to meet gets them up to the top of the Eiffel Tower without waiting the 2 hour queue; not to mention a string of other fortunate events. Divine? Seriously? Having said that, if you bring back four domes, I’ll let you think whatever the hell you want to think!