This is a post about Ella. And me, obviously. But mainly Ella.
To those of you who aren't aware, Ella is my a-little-older-but-a-lot-littler-sister. We are #BFFs lol, we don't look alike, though some say we do, and in many ways we are very different (good cop, bad cop: I'll leave you to agonise over who is which). There are, however, two particular things that we share (apart from almost every aspect of our lives): our very weird but nevertheless flawless sense of humour, and our obsession with bow ties. I can't remember the exact moment at which this addiction escalated from "problem" to "pathological" (haven't forgotten my A-Level psychology), but I do remember that it happened very quickly, and is now irreversible, even with the aid of extensive therapy.
In the wake of this and on the occasion of my birthday last weekend, Ella gave me (among the assortment of gifts in a SENSATIONAL goodie bag) a bow tie. But this was not just any old bow tie. Oh, no. Knowing how much I hate accidentally matching outfits with people, she ensured that she presented me with an item that no one else in the world would have: a hand-made bow tie of the highest quality. Ella has always had an incredible talent for textiles and DIY that I could only dream of, and a level of patience that I am incapable of comprehending due to limitations on my attention span and control over irrational frustrations... She also has a little bit of a weird thing for using jam jars for other things than jam, so the tie came in a tiny jam jar complete with personalised label.
I'm hopeful of receiving more bow ties in the coming months, though of course I will be purchasing them in the future.
I think that this is the start of a beautiful bow tie world takeover.
Bow tie: Hand made by Ella