Summertime! x

Thursday, 23 December 2010



the tree is up and the gifts are all wrapped, all that remains, is to have a wonderful time with family and friends......

WISHING YOU A VERY 'MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR'

See you next year......

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Making....beautiful crafts in your home

..whilst out shopping recently, I came across this magazine on the rack, now it's quite expensive, I must admit, but after flicking through, I thought I would need to have a closer look.....now I am one of those people who loves tinkering and making, but is not really very good at it, the things I attempt to make turn out OK, but just OK, they don't have that professional look...Anyway as we are now approaching Christmas head on, I am trying to be ultra organised this year, so I have the time to make a wreath, gift tags and decorate my own wrap paper, well thats the aim!? Anyway back to Making.....it just turns out to have ideas for making a wreath, decorating wrap paper plus much more...











I especially love the letters and will be having a go at those, and the blackboards look fun too....There is also a guide to quilt making and an interview with Kaffe Fassett...
Issue 3 is out on the 9th December and is being advertised as the Vintage edition, interesting!!
With the snow falling, what better way to pass the time.....
Have a good week........

Monday, 15 November 2010

Lovely Stamford......

During the half term holiday, we enjoyed a day out in lovely Stamford, not to visit anywhere in particular, but just really because we had been told what a great market the town holds on a Friday. And yes it does have a great market, the day we visited, the fortnightly Farmers Market was on, we came away with lovely breads, homemade jams and chutney aswell as homemade fudge and a great bunch of flowers (bliss).....Aswell as the market there are a good range of shops, aswell as a great trail of charity shops ( always a winner) We enjoyed a lovely lunch in The Tobie Norris pub

Lovely vintage style interior......






Great Street Entertainment!

Whilst there I came across this picture in a little shop opposite the Tobie Norris, I fell in love with it straight away, and luckily still had some birthday money to spend, so indulged in a little treat...

I Still really love it! Very Charleston, don't you think......
Also there are lots of lovely new items over on the website, including Christmas baubles, pretty tablecloths and cosy blankets aswell as a great selection of vintage books, and much more....
Have a great week.......

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Winner is........

andddddd the lucky winner of the Country Living Mag Giveaway is.........

MAUREEN

Please email me your address and I will post the mag out to you on Monday.
Thankyou to all of you who entered the giveaway.......

Have a lovely weekend

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Country Living Mag Giveaway......




....Be in with a chance of receiving a copy of this months (Dec) Country Living mag, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. The giveaway will close at 6pm on Friday 12th Nov, and after my son has kindly drawn a name out of the hat, the winner will be announced. After having a quick look through already, this issue is full of joyful Christmasness.......Good Luck!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Apple Picking at Sandringham......

On a glorious sunny Sunday morning we headed over to Sandringham, for a spot of apple picking, it didn't take long, but was well worth the drive. And as my son said, as he was picking off the trees "It was well worth coming for this, wasn't it" it just goes to show that not everything in a childs life has to be money and technology driven. We now have plenty of stored apples to use over the coming months..........



Apple trees are so pretty, I love their craggy branches....



There is plenty to do and see at Sandringham, aswell as the house gardens and museum, which we didn't visit this time, as we had taken our dog , there are woodland walks, a gift shop, restaurant, an outdoor picnic area and plenty of room for children to enjoy bike rides and ball games. We were also lucky to find the Farmers Market there. We then drove up the coast to Hunstanton for lunch and a walk on the beach. All in all a lovely day out, which we hope to repeat next year.......

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Great Week for TV!

Once in a while, whilst looking through Saturdays 'Daily Mail Weekend' mag, I realise what a great week it is for someone like me, who loves home interior and cookery programmes, aswell as a good drama or film. And this is certainly a good week!! Here is my pick of the week ahead, although I am sure there are still some hidden gems too....

Today SAT I have already watched 'Whale Rider' and am looking forward to X Factor this evening. Wagner singing Kings of Leon?!

SUNDAY X Factor and then Downton Abbey at 9pm on ITV I don't want this series to end! I look forward to this programme in the same way I used too with Pride and Prejudice, the one with Colin Firth......

MONDAY Jamie at 5.30 on Channel 4 sometimes have to plus 1
The Little House 9pm on ITV

TUESDAY Jamie plus the long awaited new series of Kirsties Homemade Home 8pm Channel4 can't wait.....

WED Jamie again....then Nigel Slaters Simple Suppers, I love the simplicity of his meals

THURSDAY Jamie then Nigella 8pm BBC2 followed by River Cottage Everyday plus oned on Channel 4 at 9pm

FRI Jamie Last in the Series followed by Gardeners World BBC2 8.30pm

Please feel free to add any of the hidden gems I may have missed!

Have a great week.........

Monday, 25 October 2010

Finally I've Got It!

Yes, finally I was able to collect this long awaited read from the local library. I first read a review of this book, on one of the blogs I follow and promptly ordered it at the library, I was in a queue, and was finally able to collect the book about a week ago......




The book blurp says - Phoebe Swift always dreamt of opening her own vintage dress shop. She imagined every detail, from the Vivienne Westwood skirts hanging next to satin gowns, to sequinned prom dresses adorning the walls.
At the launch of Village Vintage, Phoebe feels the tingle of excitement as customers snap up the fairytale dresses. Her dream has come true, but a secret from her past is casting a shadow over the venture.
I am about a third the way through the book now and just getting to that can't put it down stage. I would highly recommend this book to all you vintage lovers out there.
Have a lovely week....................

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Country Living Mag Winner......

A little later than anticipated, I am pleased to announce the lucky winner of our recent Country Living Magazine Giveaway.........BLUEBERRY HEART. Congratulations!

Please email me with your address, I shall post the mag out to you on Monday.

Also 'Thankyou' to all of you who entered in the giveaway, I shall run another one next month...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Another Country Living Magazine Giveaway......

Get that Autumn feeling with a copy of the new issue of (November) Country Living magazine......for your chance to win a copy, please enter a comment below, the competition will close on Friday 15th October at 6pm, and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards....Good Luck!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Help needed please.....

Whilst out on my travels bargain hunting, I came across this picture, at the time I was looking for a frame to show a piece of artwork my son had done,which I was very impressed with, so I bought the picture with that in my mind, once home I started to feel differently about the picture looking at the trees and the movement they showed and how realistic the picture was. I thought I may offer the picture for sale on the website ,but once I started looking at it again, I started to wonder if the picture was in fact a watercolour, I am still not completely sure, but I didn't want to open the frame up and spoil the back which still has it's original seal. So this is where your help is needed please, does anyone know of an artist by the name of Tatton Winter, the picture is called Returning from Market, as you will see it is a lovely picture in a pretty original frame. I have had a quick look through Google and know he was born in Lancashire, but also lived down south and died in 1928. Any other information would be much appreciated......








There is some lovely new stock over on the Country Style Living website too, if you would like take a peek.....

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Escape to......

Well, we had a little emergency at the weekend! You may remember me writing about our new pet hamster, Stig, well after a disturbed night, with the dog unsettled and barking , we awoke to find Stig had gone. Gone where? I asked. Just gone, he's Escaped! was the reply. He had been cleaned out the evening before, but looking in at the empty cage, you wouldn't know it. it looked like it had been ransacked, the roof of his house was strewn across the cage, All the food had gone too! We looked high and low, even taking the skirting boards off in the bathroom, where there is small hole behind the sink. I got the vac out to see if that would bring him out, we asked Ruby the dog, as we now realised this is what had disturbed her in the night. There was no sight of him.....until, all had gone quiet, the thought of not seeing Stig again, had sunk in a little.....I heard a rustling in the kitchen and turned around to see Stig, fall out the side of the cupboard which houses our fridge. 'I've found him' I called 'Ring your Dad'. (I can't touch him you see, I stated this when we bought him, It makes me shiver just thinking about it!) No reply Mum. The next thing we know, he is on the very top of the cupboard which houses our fridge, looking over the edge!! Son is now in a state of panic and so am I, the phone then rings, it's not Dad, but a customer. 'It's for you Mum', what to do? Stig is on top of the highest cupboard in the house, and there's the phone, Son is now crying, screaming Noooooo Stig!! I get rid of the phone call. Get a chair and his plastic ball and hope.......Stig climbs quietly in to his ball. Panic over.....Dad finally arrives home to place him in his cage. I can't help but admire the Stig, his cheeks full of food, venturing out on his adventure......We all kinda love him more now........Who didn't shut the cage properly? The doors are now tied up, I wouldn't want to go through that again!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

and the WINNER is........

of our recent Country Living mag Giveaway!

MARIGOLD JAM! Congratulations!

Please send me your details and I will post the magazine out to you.

Many Thanks to all those who entered the giveaway, I hope to run another one soon.....

Monday, 13 September 2010

Country Living Giveaway!

I have a spare copy of this months (October 2010) Country Living magazine.....full of country style lovliness and much more, to give away to one lucky reader. To have a chance of winning, all you need to do is enter a comment below, before 6pm on Wednesday 15th September, and your name will be entered into the draw. The winner will be announced on Wednesday evening......GOOD LUCK

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Summer Wine Country.......

Last weekend we managed spend a day away at one of our favourite places to visit, the lovely Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, one of the settings for the tv programme Last of the Summer Wine, we have had the chance to visit a few times now, as my sister in law now lives there. We always love the cosmopolitan feel the place has, aswell as lots of charity shops and gift shops, for some vintage and country style shopping. We spent a few hours in the town aswell as spending time with our new niece Martha and her brother Angus. In the past we have managed to spend a few days in the area and would reccommend it as a lovely place for a short break.......












The summer hols are now over and my son has just finished his first week at his new secondary school, I think he enjoyed it? I didn't realise it would be so stressful.....for me. LOL!
I have also added some new stock to the website, please take a look, if you get chance. There are still some sale items available too!

Here are couple of my favourite new additions.....




Have a lovely weekend!
Best Wishes
Maria

Thursday, 26 August 2010

'August Madness' Summer Sale

...there are lot's of lovely vintage and country style goodies over on the Country Style Living website now at reduced prices, there are reductions in all categories.....please take a look if you get the chance.....




Pretty Renoir Print.....now only £10.00

Wishing you all a lovely Bank Holiday weekend....(lets hope the weather improves!)

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Catch up!

Yes, like so many others, I always seem to be playing catch up, and now the children are on their Summer break, well, there never seems to be a spare moment somehow. Life has been busy, no sooner do you start the week, the next thing you know it is Friday again! Anyhow I have managed to load new products onto the Country Style Living website, please take a look if you have a spare moment, they include





Other than restocking the website, we managed another visit to London, this time visiting the Tate Modern and then catching a game at the Emirates, between Arsenal and AC Milan, this was the first visit to a home game for my husband (a life long Arsenal supporter) and also my son, who is of course also an Arsenal supporter, so it was quite special, walking with the fans to the match etc, instead of just tuning in on the TV. Even I got into the swing of things!

Aswell as this visit we have enjoyed the usual trips out with friends, walks on the beach etc, with plenty more to follow, another 3 weeks of the holidays left still!
I am also proud to say my husband and I have become Aunt and Uncle again to lovely, Martha, a beautiful baby girl, born yesterday, weighing 8lb 6 oz, a welcome sister for Angus. My son was especially pleased with a new baby girl for a cousin. Congratulations to all the family!
Hope you all have a lovely week!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

'Five Pleasures of Summer'

Well, we are midway through July now, so 'Summer' is in full swing, and we have had some lovely proper summer days, lets hope they return soon....through the lovely hot days, it got me thinking, what do us Brits most enjoy about our summertime. Well here is my top 5 fav pleasures...

1) Picking fresh flowers from the garden, especially Sweet Peas with their sweetly smelling scent, which makes them ideal for bringing indoors. They will be growing in abundance now, which means pretty flowers available every day!

2) Enjoying an Ice Cream! whether it be your fav lolly or favourite flavour of ice cream (homemade strawberry) in a cornet, or an ice cream sundae with fresh fruit, this is certainly a pleasure on a hot summer's day....


3) Relaxing with a good read, either that new magazine, that must read novel or just the daily newspaper, there is nothing more relaxing than sat indoors or outdoors enjoying a good read...


4) Outdoor Living and Picnics, whether it be a long lunch or dinner in the evening sun or enjoying a glass of wine, it is really lovely to let the outdoors in so to speak. Even just eating your lunchtime sandwich on a park bench brings rewards!


And last but not least at Number 5) The Garden the biggest pleasure of Summer is the garden in full bloom, all those plants coming to life and showing off, surprising every year, making that colourful back drop to all the above, but aswell as flowers there is also the vegetable garden, producing the food we eat, Tomatoes, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Lettuce to name but a few of the things we grow here, without the garden the outdoor living would not be possible, the fresh flowers could not be picked, the fresh food could not be served at the table and so it goes on...



What are your favourite pleasures of summer?
Also there are some lovely new items over on the Country Style Living website
Please take a look if you get a spare moment.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Busy Week!

Well, it seems a while since I last posted, and a lot has happened in the meantime. Thankyou for all you lovely comments regarding Stig the Hamster, he has settled in well, although we have found, he has a nasty nip!




Special request 'Top Gear' cake please Mum......

My son celebrated his 11th Birthday, which meant a friends tea party and a family tea party to organise. All went well..... He then visited the National Space Centre near Leicester, with his school on the actual day of his birthday, which he described as Awesome! And then for his Birthday present from us, we all went as a family on a sightseeing weekend to London....

Visiting the Dinosaurs section of the Natural History Museum, which he loved!
Especially the life like T Rex


And the large Blue Whale

We then caught the Tube to Green Park, walking through St James Park to Buckingham Palace, where the Guard very kindly did a routine, which really impressed my son, we then carried on down the Mall, heading for Trafalgar Square, and from there to Westminster, passing Downing Street along the way. We walked over Westminster Bridge and headed for our trip on this...


The London Eye ( the 4D film they show you beforehand is excellent )



Sorry the photo's aren't better! But a really enjoyable experience

Next day (Fathers Day) was a boys trip to Arsenal Football Club, for a trip around the ground, changing rooms etc


We had then wanted to visit the Tate Modern, but short of time after spending so long at Arsenal, and with some of the Tube lines not running, we decided to spend some time on the Southbank, before catching our train home....


All in all a lovely weekend, which we plan to repeat again soon.

I seem to have been playing catch up ever since, and what with the hot weather, World Cup ( say no more about that), Wimbledon, I am still playing catch up, anyhow I have managed to upload some New Products onto the Country Style Living website

including

This lovely Sewing Box


Pretty 'Bird in Flight' Tin


Vernon Ward 'Silent Harbour' Print

If you have a spare moment, please take a look...
Have a great week!