Summertime! x

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Merry Christmas

...I hope everyone is enjoying the snow! It is Ok, if you have nowhere to go to, but my thoughts are with those people who need to travel! I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY PROSPEROUS 2010.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Christmas is nearly here!

I have been busy this weekend, It has taken a while to get into the festive spirit, but I couldn't put it off any longer. Inspired by Kirstie, last week, my son and I, had a go at making salt dough decorations. This is how we got on....

This is my son kneading the dough, just like pastry!

The ingredients we used are half salt to half water to whole flour, mixing together until you get a firm dough.

Rolling out the dough!

We didn't have any fancy cutters, we made the shapes by hand

Ready to go in the microwave for about 4 or 5 mins

Son having fun!

All painted and glittery

Hanging merrily

Not a bad first effort! and with no cutters.

We also put our tree and decorations up!

Just the baking to do now, and the wrapping and the cards...........

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

New Arrivals

Lots of new arrivals over at the Country Style Living shop, if you have time, please take a look.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Create Country Style Living for the home and garden.
At Country Style Living you will find decorative and stylish homewares and collectables, that will create that country, vintage or shabby chic feel to your home and garden. To visit please click on the link.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Welcome to Country Style Living

My name is Maria and I run a website called Country Style Living. I love everything about the country way of life, from log fires in winter to sweet peas throughout summer. Walks with the dog, making strawberry jam, homebaked cakes, a wonderful bright colourful garden and above all else an individual eclectic country/vintage home and garden. The website is a chance to bring all that together, to enjoy browsing the markets and auctions, car boot sales and charity shops, looking for those special pieces that make such a home.

I love all things bright and beautiful, colourful pots and jugs, prints and fabrics.
I especially love Clarice Cliff ceramics and anything Art Deco.
Visiting Charleston Farmhouse, the Bloomsbury groups country retreat, was heaven!

I hope to visit Sissinghurst in Kent and Sarah Raven's garden in the near future.

Colour runs riot in my home and garden, through the soft furnishings, decoration and colourful prints and other objects.

These places and people have all inspired me and still do.