Summertime! x

Friday, 23 December 2011

Tis the season to be jolly........

Well after all the planning and prep it is finally here! (nearly) once again.....


















The tree and decorations are up.......
The TV is planned.......love this years front cover.....

The wreath is on the front door.......

All that is left for me to do is wish you and yours a lovely Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Thankyou all for your support, comments and kindness over this last year, it is all very much appreciated. I look forward to joining you all again in 2012....Have a good one!


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Bit of a catch up.........

life has been a bit hectic recently, the 'elderly relative' is still in hospital, 6 weeks on, and it seems to be one step forward, two steps back, I don't think he will out before Christmas.........unfortunately. Anyway we are trying to make the best of things and stay positive!

I have just received this lovely fellow in the post this morning, from the lovely and talented Planet Penny ...

Isn't he cute........

To get us in the festive spirit, we visited Lincoln Christmas Market at the weekend, very busy, but some lovely food stands and unusual stalls.........
















including this Bubble Inc stand -because we visited at night, my images aren't that great!

I also recently purchased these lovely Avery sweet shop scales

If anyone can tell me how to reset them to 0 it would be very much appreciated..........

I have recently added some new items to the 'New Stock' section on the website, including this pretty 'Dahlia' tin

Perfect for those homemade cakes and biscuits......

To view the full selection, please visit the website

Have a really festive week.......

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Autumn days, You mag, and discounts!





Well today is one of those lovely sunny, Autumn days with clear skies and a cheerfulness in the air!

This weekends issue of You mag, had a great article written by Mimi Spencer, noting the comeback of tea cosies on the teapot, afternoon tea, baking...... fuddy-duddy living is back on the style radar, as she puts it!

















Also included, aswell as the great recipes and of course Liz Jones column, was this advertisement for a great looking book 'Homemade Gifts vintage Style'..........

Just a quick note also, there are new arrivals over on the Country Style Living website, aswell as a special offer, if you are thinking of giving vintage gifts this Christmas, you may wish to take a look..........

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

George Hann prints and more.........



We had a rather stressful week last week, when an elderly relative had a fall and had to be taken to hospital, everything stood still for a while, after the initial shock and emotional roller coaster, hospital visits and family to stay we are trying to find some normality this week. Luckily he is making a bit of a recovery, but unfortunately things will not be as they once were. On a brighter note, I took a little break on Saturday afternoon, and what better way to relax than to spend time scouring junk shops. I found the top George Hann print, which I originally bought to resell. That was, until my husband saw it! The two bottom prints already hang in our bathroom and so now does a third. I don't really know much about the artist, but I love his paintings, the vibrant colours, the loose style and of course a lot them are set in Paris.




We inherited this bush when we moved into our current home, and very nearly threw it out. I am so glad we let it stay, as a couple of days ago it really looked so pretty with its multicoloured Autumn leaves. It is also very prickly! It is hard to believe we are approaching the middle of November, the garden, although there are quite clear signs of Autumn, still looks pretty good. We still have some colour with pretty roses, fuschia, and sedum, but I am dreading that first sharp frost, when nothing will survive. Plus some days I am still able to wear a tshirt and sandals............

Have a lovely week!

Monday, 17 October 2011

At last! a little place to call my own......

For a long while now I have wanted to be able to get the sewing machine out, and leave it out, be able to leave what I started and go back when I had the time, and now finally..........












I have that space, a little desk and bookshelf in our conservatory, yes it will be cold in winter, but there will be plenty of light and nice view of the garden in summer!Don't get me wrong I am not a great machinist, in fact it is quite a while since I have had the machine out, but since watching Kirsty enjoy herself so much, with freehand embroidery I have wanted to have ago, and so with the help of this book by Poppy Treffry...

I highly reccommend this book for anyone wanting to have ago, everything is so easy to follow........ all I need now is the time to practice!!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Grow and Cook Recipes.....

It is such a joy when the new edition of Country Living magazine lands on the doormat! One of the features I am really enjoying is Grow and Cook, which follows Tessa Webb and her friends on their allotments and also includes some lovely simple recipes using their homegrown produce.........






































The butternut squash recipe looks very tasty!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Vintage Hats..........

Last week I did a post about the vintage clothes, hats and bags, which had been kindly given to me, these photo's show some of the hats, all Mitzi Lorenz of London........














































I think I like the above one most, which is your favourite? I hope to post photo's of more items later in the week.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

New arrivals........






















Just thought I would show you some lovely items which I added to the website recently, I especially like the pretty watercolour! I couldn't decide whether to keep it or not, but one of the perks, is being able to borrow pieces for sometimes a short or longer period of time, hence the painting is now on the wall of our bedroom, awaiting new ownership..........

Thankyou for all the advice re the vintage clothes, hopefully I will be able to show some photo's next week of some the items..........

Have a great weekend all!