Saturday, 17 December 2011

Crochet Star Garland

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I found this gorgeous crochet star garland on etsy. I love it... It is perfect at this time of year for table decoration or hanging above a door, a fireplace or over a window.I'm having a go at making my own version of this using a metallic thread mix with linen.
Details of the above are:
Hand-crocheted of 100% linen thread.
12 stars, each measures approx. 6 cm or 2.3 inches in diameter.
Garland approx. 115 cm or 45 inch long.
Colour: Butter Cream.
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Friday, 11 November 2011

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Ceremony: Employees of Lloyd's gather in the company's Underwriting Room for a service
Employees of Lloyd's gather in the company's Underwriting Room for a service

Lest We Forget

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dottie Angel's Book

I have been buying loads of books at the mo and one that has bought me such great pleasure is this book by Dottie Angel.

I love her really is something very different from what I normally like to read and I love it!  I pre-ordered my copy and was rewarded with lots of extra goodies!!! I found her Blog through the Molly Makes First Edition magazine. There was quite a large article on her homespun ways which I found very interesting and her way of writing very funny. Like I said, her style is different to mine but I love looking at her photo's and crochet creations and reading her witty comments on life at the 'Mossy Shed'. She has recently had a book launch in the US and this records the evening...

I like watching this clip and thanks to the internet I can capture the atmosphere of her book launch. The display is fantastic too, only wish I could of been there to meet her.x

Monday, 10 October 2011

I have a thing about Crochet Bags...links to some of my favourite free patterns

I have always liked the look of a crochet bag.
My Gran had a lovely green broomstick crochet knitting bag with a scarlet 50's print fabric lining which I really used to envy. It was finished off with over-sized tortoiseshell handles that clacked together whenever it was in use.
There are some beautiful crochet bags online many with free patterns of varying complexity. 
Take a look at my Pinterest board here.
One of the more popular patterns for a crochet bag can be found here.
Its a good basic pattern with easy to follow instructions for those of you who want a go.

It was a pattern taken from Lucy's bag here, but made in a single colour.
 I set about making this exact bag for my mothers birthday in July this year and it turned out fine. I used 100% cotton and lined the bag to stop any little buttons etc. escaping. She seemed over the moon with it.
 I have been looking on Raverly for some other patterns for crochet bags for my next project (for me this time) and these are my favourites 

Links are on my Pinterest board

 So now I'm just mulling them over,wondering which one/ones I could make......mmmmmh.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Suzanne Vega

Coco Rose Diaries inspires this post tonight. I remember this Suzanne  Vega track from when I was at my first year at Uni and wanted to record this somewhere so I don't lose it again. This song evokes such memories for me. The lyrics are ...

The Queen and the Soldier......

The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
He said, "I am not fighting for you any more"
The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before
And slowly she let him inside.

He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will
Only first I am asking you why."

Down in the long narrow hall he was led
Into her rooms with her tapestries red
And she never once took the crown from her head
She asked him there to sit down.

He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun
And now will you tell me why?"

The young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
But she closed herself up like a fan.

And she said, "I've swallowed a secret burning thread
It cuts me inside, and often I've bled"
He laid his hand then on top of her head
And he bowed her down to the ground.

"Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel
As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed
But I won't march again on your battlefield"
And he took her to the window to see.

And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was grey
And she wanted more than she ever could say
But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away
And would not look at his face again.

And he said, "I want to live as an honest man
To get all I deserve and to give all I can
And to love a young woman who I don't understand
Your highness, your ways are very strange."

But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached
She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
She would only be a moment inside.

Out in the distance her order was heard
And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word
And while the queen went on strangeling in the solitude she preferred
The battle continued on


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Jitterbug - Supermario style

Found this link through a vintage knitting blog on Raverly.This dance is fantastic and really shows what fun Jitterbugging is and how it can be adapted for the modern day. Myself and the kids watched this in awe this morning...and couldn't stop smiling!!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Distressed Vanity Unit....

Another Pinterest find..........

This is an antique dresser that has been painted white and then used as a vanity unit. I love this idea. I am going to try this in the guest bathroom if I can find a suitable base unit. Love the pink towels and wire mirrors too.

Undecorated Dolls House

I have been browsing on Pinterest this morning and have come across this image....

I bought an undecorated dolls house from a car boot a couple of years ago for £25 and during the house move it was left at mams house. There it has sat for ages neglected and hidden upstairs in one of the attic rooms. It came fully furnished and with a family of three generations. This image is ideal for a make-over. Both myself and my daughter are in agreement that would suit just fine. We especially love the pink chandelier wallpaper in the bedroom, its gorgeous. Now all we need to do is go and find the dolls house and bring it home!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Apes are so cool

Watch Movie Trailer HERE 
Had a rare night out with #R tonight and went to the cinema. It was fantastic. We went to see 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' The special effects are amazing, so much so infact you forget that it isn't a real ape acting. haha. I was particularly taken with Cesaer as a baby, such a cutie don't you think.

Baby Ape Love

Monday, 15 August 2011


Having a family holiday has proven to be difficult over the last few years for us. Since we had the kids we have stayed in the UK and gone to the sea-side in a caravan, which has worked well for us and we have developed a huge fondness for Dorset and Cornwall. A couple of years ago I caught pnemonia and became seriously ill. It has made it difficult for me to go away and the furthest we got was North Wales in our other home.

(last year we made it up to Scotland for a few days with Mam & Dad).This was lovely but very weather dependant. I had promised #1 & #2 that we would go abroad on a plane (of course) this being part of the adventure for them both. Last year we didn't have a holiday because we moved house and this we can't go because we are totally skint!!!. As soon as we sell the house in Wales I promise we will go straight away on holiday somewhere warm for a week. Until then we are going away to Peebles in Scotland,my childhood holiday destination. I must admit it is rather lovely there and is so familiar its like a home from home. Mam and Dad have found an amazing place to stay there, last year we were in the farmhouse and this year we are in one of the cottages. Ned is booked in for his holidays at a kennel near here so we are all set. All we need to do now is keep our fingers crossed for the weather. x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Great Blog Giveaways

I have entered blog giveaways to see if I can get myself some goodies the first is at:

this is a new blog to me but it is great as I have loads of back reading to do!!!!

The second is for a gorgeous free afghan blanket. This also has pages of great inspiration.

Fingers crossed x x x x x

Saturday, 23 July 2011

A Tiny Victorian Cottage

THE most magical things in life are the ones that spring up where you least expect them. I found this tiny little cottage truely inspirational. It is an example of what can be made with car boot finds, scraps of wood and paint. I love the style and feel of this place and more importantly the spirit in which it was made.
 As its creator so beautifully says "It was everything I had dreamed of, in every novel I had read, every song I had heard."

Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted, using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself. The shabby-chic retreat doesn't have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands.
little victorian cottage
A stream runs between Ms. Foster's cottage and the trailer that she and her husband, Todd, live in. Furnishings must be lightweight enough to carry across.
The sleeping loft is accessible only by ladder — which has kept Ms. Foster's husband, Todd, who has back troubles, from joining her there.

The porch: a triumph of salvage. The vintage door has its original paint, plus gingerbread trim. Ms. Foster made the window box from salvaged wood, then glued on garlands from The step (also a tool drawer) is topped with wood from a bench pulled from the creek. Flooring was salvaged from partly rotting boards in a previous house. The chair: $5 at a flea market.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Fathers Day Hubby, Dad & Bruce...x

We have had a lovely fathers day here. I had the opportunity to spend the day with both my father and husband. It was smashing. Dinner was cooked to perfection (beef today from Sainsburys) and relatively hassle free. We are getting ready to watch a film in front of the TV with a bottle or two of beer for Daddy this evening. Well earned in my mind as he was still performing his 'taxi' duties today for #2 who went to a birthday party.
Meanwhile I'm having a go at Dottie Angels  circle of crocheted goodness. This took me about a week to work out the stitch needed but once done I am whizzing away with  this one. I am intending on making my first attempt the same as dotties - a warm and woolly coat for a cold mid century stool. The other item I can't say as it is a suprise for someone and I am working it out in my head to see if it will be ok.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Car Booting....!!!

I love to go car booting. Every saturday morning we head off to Chester market and have a good old rumage. Yesterday, #2 and I went to a local school carboot instead. I must admit, it was rubbish. I did manage to purchase a couple of things which I am chuffed to bits about. I bought a Jamie cookbook (Cook with Jamie) he promises to make you a better cook ha ha ...brand new...I 'm a bit funny about buying second hand cookbooks being next to food and all that. Its a good book and I've always liked his recipes. It was £2.00!!! I also bought a tiny little cup to keep my pins in when I'm sewing. I tend to have them heaped next to the machine which is not good as they end up everywhere. Its very small and very old...pre-1890 I know that much and it was 50p... should have haggled really....!!!

Our Back Yard...

In our new house we don't have a garden so to speak...its more of a back yard. Now I like this, it reminds me of childhood days at my grans. It was all concrete but had big plastic tubs of hydrangas, they were lovely. It also had a tin bath attached to the wall and a washing line. They are fond, happy memories for me. So having a back yard instead of a garden is not such a bad thing. It means I can cream-wash the walls and put lots of terra cotta pots around, I can gravel the bottom to keep the snails away from my hosta's. Its coming on a treat, it really is.
I also treated myself to some Morrison crockery for the table outside. They are lovely and a fraction of the price of M&S. I prefer the green colour of this set anyway and it works well with the purple cushions I have.


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

RHS The Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show 2011
I normally love the rambling traditions of a cottage garden but I must admit I am absolutely blown away by the Monaco Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Chelsea Flower Show 2011
A side view of the same garden, those loungers look so the hot colours of the planting and I don't know if you can see but there is a carpet of lavender on top of the roof of the structure at the back of the garden.
Chelsea Flower Show 2011
My second favourite is the M & G Garden and once again features lavender in its planting........
Chelsea Flower Show 2011 was designed by Bunny Guinness (.fantastic name!!). Also really really like vegetable gardens and think that is why I liked Bunny's so much. Here is the info and inspiration behind the genius...
"I just thought it would be lovely to do a garden which could actually use... generally I do like gardens that really work hard and they allow you to do things in them and they work for you and provide things... and have several different functions"
List of plants featured in the garden
Vegetables: golden runner beans, golden French beans, frisee lettuce, golden lettuce, red lettuce
Tilia cordata - Pleached lime trees
Mespilus germanica - Medlar
Malus Domestica - Apple
Pyrus Communis - Pear
Angelica archangelica - Angelica
Hesperis matronalis - Sweet Rocket
Lysimachia atropurpurea 'Beaujolais' - Loosestrife
Knautia macedonica Macedonian scabious
Rosa 'Vielchenbleu' - Rambler Rose
Rosa 'Wilsons Worcester' - Worcester Rose

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Virtual Happiness at Anthropologie

I spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at loveliness on the internet. I especially like the Anthropologie website both for clothes and the home. These items below are on my top wish list. I have started to teach myself how to cook and would love to have these to help me along a bit.

And of course to finish off a baking session there is always a mountain of washing up and what better way to dry those dishing than using a gorgeous tea towel like this one...

Friday, 6 May 2011

I wish.........

I wish we still wore gloves like these, they are so elegant. I am reading The Crimson Petal and the White at the moment and its full of Victorian gorgeousness like these gloves. They talk of the women wearing cages under their skirts to keep their bodies away from their clothes. It caused their dresses to swish and sway as they walked by. The fabrics also caused the dresses to rustle in a rhythm to their walk. It must have been a most interesting time to have lived. 

Monday, 2 May 2011

Amy Butler Wallpaper

I love fabric and therefore I am a great fan of Amy Butler. Her fabrics are just awe inspiring and modern classics. Check out her web page here. She has recently teamed up with Graham and Brown to produce some wonderful wallpapers. The field colour palette is my favourite as green tones really work with most other colours.

They are just gorgeous aren't they? I would love to be able to use this wallpaper somewhere in my house but where? I will definately be giving it some serious thought though.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Found this book on Amazon  Knit Your Own Royal Wedding. What fun these dolls are...I only wish I have discovered this book earlier then me and Lulu could have played with these while we were watching the Royal Wedding on TV yesterday. Doesnt Harry cut a dashing figure, very handsome indeed!!!

But being a dog lover the Corgi's are alway very cute too.

Hope you all enjoyed the wedding.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Royal Wedding

Best of luck for Wills & Kate.

We will be watching from our sitting room but  dressing for the occasion. Can't wait really we are all sooo excited. We have the union jack flag ready to go up in our drawing room window, then over to a friends house to celebrate for afternoon tea (which may turn into a barbeque if weather permits).

Hope you enjoy the day.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Bunting fun


I got to thinking with the Royal Wedding and all that...that I was going to make myself some bunting for our yard and put it up in time for Friday, if it was a nice permitting!!!.

But the problem is I don't have a selection of high quality individual pieces of fabric that could be made up. I suppose it will also need to quite weather proof as I'm sure once  it is up I'll be wanting it to stay up for a few days--weeks, especially if it looks as good as these pictured.
 I really really like these ones with words on...what a great idea!!! OOhh and also these below, they are lovely for indoor use.
Duck-egg blue/pink rose mini wooden bunting
 I have found this website for Party Bunting ~ Nautical Bunting from deckchair strips a fantastic website. Check it out as there are some fabulous ideas for vintage deckchair fabric. The bunting comes in approx 5.5 metre lengths

party bunting 18 flags in striped fabrics 5.5m long

 great for garden parties or dressing your yacht! Each flag - there are 18 of them - is a different stripe measuring 17 x 20 cms, sewn on to beige and white striped cord with 50 cm ties at both ends. I think I might just have to order myself a piece or two.

If you would like to have a go at making your own bunting and are fortunate to own a selection of gorgeous fabric then follow this link "how to make bunting" it also includes a handy template.


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