Summertime! x

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Embracing the new year......

I had another topic in mind for this post, but I can't seem to find the right words this morning, so this may be a bit of a ramble......life is very busy at the moment, I am not complaining, in fact I quite like the fact I am too busy to watch much TV or sit comfort eating, I am just dreading that day, when the motor stops running, and I feel too worn out to do all that need doing! The elderly relative is still in hospital, and unfortunately will not be coming home, so there is a lot to sort out, both literally and emotionally, we has a family have difficult decisions to make! More on that another time, perhaps. I am not sure whether I mentioned 'my resolutions' on here, I lose track a little with Twitter and Facebook etc...but apart from the usual losing weight (which I need to do!) and looking after myself (which I don't do enough!) I decided to a) try to keep on top of my ironing, what I mean is iron little and often each week instead of putting the job off and letting it build up into a huge pile that you don't want to look at, let alone tackle! That job is a must this weekend to keep that resolution in tact! and b) was to bake one morning a week, which I managed last week but not this, so again that is todays job..... This is what I am hoping to make



















Both recipe's are from last Sunday's You mag....... I have the ingredients so that is a start....and love lemons!

Also I have added some new stock to the website this week, please pop over and take a look....














This lovely vintage luggage trunk will be added shortly....(camera batteries ran out, and weather has been lousy since!)
Sorry to ramble....
Have a great weekend and lovely week!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

To be Thankful for?

Last week I caught a snippet of the tv programme Loose Women, not a programme I watch regular, but it happened to be on and they were talking about David Cameron's New Year speech and the fact that 2012 is going to be a tough year. Sally Lyndsay made a comment, saying that we need to thankful for and appreciate the smaller things of life and that way we will stay positive. Carol McGiffen then said she felt thankful after landing at Heathrow and there was no queue at passport control.

During my thoughful daily dog walks, I dwelled on this conversation and after mulling it over, I found I agreed with her, Yes, we should be thankful for the simple pleasures of life and the small achievements we make!

This is what I am Thankful for this week..........

The weather has been so mild and very Spring like, which has mean't I have been able to hang the washing out most days, and although still damp afterwards, it has mean't not having to waste money using the tumble dryer!
This one is also weather related. The mild weather also means we haven't had to use our oil heating as much as normal, and also we still have a half load of logs left, whereas this time last year, we were desperately awaiting a new load!
and lastly I am Thankful we have not got carried away this Christmas and over spent!

2012 is going to be tough, which means it is going to be a year of being Thankful for what we do have and the small simple pleasures of life..........
What are you Thankful for this week???

Monday, 9 January 2012

And the winner is.......

Apologies for not posting this sooner! Thankyou to everyone who entered the giveaway........





























And the winner is
Please send me your details and I will post this lovely book to you......


















Have a great week!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Candle love....

If you like me are a candle lover, and have often wondered what to do with the candle leftovers that never burn through fully, then this useful tip from Sarah Moore's lovely book Homemade Gifts Vintage Style, will come in handy!


































The instructions are very simple to follow, I just melted down my old leftover candles with one new plain white one, in an old saucepan, removed the wick from the new plain white candle, once melted, held it in place over the chosen vessel, pour in melted candle wax and wait to set, thats it.....new candle to light!
So simple and no more wasted candle leftovers..........
Just a reminder, to enter the giveaway for this lovely book, please see my previous post.........
Have a great week!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Welcome 2012 + Giveaway!

Well goodbye 2011 and hello to 2012.....Happy New Year to you all! Lets hope 2012 is a good year for us all...

I received this lovely book in duplicate this Christmas, Homemade Gifts Vintage Style by Sarah Moore, and thought what better way to start the New Year, than be able to offer a lovely giveaway to my fab followers........






















The lovely Sarah Moore and her great book are also featured in this months Homes and Antiques...



To have a chance of receiving the book, just leave a comment on this post, the giveaway will close at 6pm on Sunday 8th Jan 2012. Good Luck.........
Have a great week!