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Roses and Peaches

20140408-212207.jpgI was very proud and stunned to see that a photo taken in my house (for Selina Lake’s book Pretty Pastel Style) was used for the front cover of Homemaker Magazine in January.

20140408-212804.jpgSelina put David Austin roses into a couple of my drinking glasses and put them on the shelf in my hall.

20140408-213416.jpgThe lovely ribe (current) plant that I bought a few years ago is flourishing and flowering in the front garden at the moment. I cut a bit of it to bring inside and when I sniffed it it actually smelled of Ribena ! Imagine my surprise ( remember the letters page in viz ?) anyway, that must be why it’s called Ribena ! Fancy that.

20140408-214042.jpgthis is a very random blog post I know…….partly because when I tried to do it a few days ago it didn’t work so maybe I’ll mess it up this time too and it’ll be another failed post and partly it’s because Peaches Geldof died yesterday and although I didn’t know her or anything much about her I’m sort of reeling with shock like most other people. I’m subconsciously thinking about her all the time. It’s unbelievably really, and tragic.

20140408-214911.jpgI love orange roses and these were in the Flower shop at John Lewis the other day. If this post works then I shall feel triumphant and might do another one tomorrow because I need to practice. For now though I’m feeling so sad for the Geldof family and all their friends and of course her boys. Xxx

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Here I go again

I’m trying to get into a rhythm of blogging but it’s hopeless. It’s like doing homework and I put it off and put it off and then when I try again WordPress has changed and I get stuck and email Lindsay at http://www.reddesk.co.uk who helps me but then I leave it again for a few weeks and then something changes again and arggggggg.

I want to blog. I have ideas constantly and I write blogs in my head all the time, while I’m walking the dog, having a shower, cooking etc. It’s just the mechanics I’m not good at. Ideally I’d like to have someone to do it for me, so they could follow me round while I’m doing doing the washing and cleaning, shopping, working and driving and I could dictate stuff and they could blog it with the photos I take. Oh I’d love that !
They could also maybe take the rubbish out for me, go to Tescos, unload the dishwasher, cook me lovely healthy dinners every night and mend my cutlery drawer which is stuck. I’d be very good to them and pay them well because I’d have won ten million pounds on the lottery, which is the only way I could possibly afford such a luxurious extravagance.
I’ve just eaten 3 caramel Lindor chocolates and an Easter rabbit’s bottom so I’m in a chocolate induced hayes dreaming of what will never be.
I pledge that I will make myself to blog once a week ish from now on and hopefully it’ll eventually come naturally…..

20140307-140523.jpgThese are one of my sets of Dutch drawers. I don’t know real real name for them but years ago I’d go to Amsterdam regularly and I collected them. There weren’t many around even 20 years ago and now they’re quite rare.
I think it’s from around the fifties and most houses had one in their kitchen for their flour, sugar, herbs and spices. In the Uk we had plastic ones I remember.

20140307-142622.jpgI keep lots of my sewing things in this one including my name labels.

20140307-142756.jpgThis one is for sugar. I know sugar is the devil but I love it and always have. I especially love sugar lumps but if I had a box in the house I’d eat them all in a couple of days.
My friend bought me these lovely brown sugar stirrers the other day.

20140307-143812.jpgMy youngest turned 18 last week so technically they’re all adults and my work here is done ! ūüôā whew.

20140307-145335.jpgI’m making a new little picture with vintage fabric to go in my etsy shop.

Till next time xxx

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Random photos from Christmas 2013

I haven’t done a blog post for ages and its like starting again from the beginning, so here are some random photos I’ve taken in the last couple of months.

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20140117-191729.jpgVintage fabric bunting I made for Christmas.

20140117-192310.jpgThe door that goes down to my teeny weeny cellar.

20140117-192623.jpgMy orchids having a drink in the sink. I’ve started giving them much more water than I used to and now they re flower which they never did before ūüôā

20140117-193035.jpgThis one was by the till at HomeBase and I couldn’t resist it’s acid yellow colour.

20140117-193532.jpgVintage Bambi bunting for a special order.

20140117-235235.jpgExquisite Christmas biscuits I bought at a school fair.

20140117-235551.jpgAngel bunting made with vintage lace.

20140117-235711.jpgI made lots of angel bunting and sold it at a couple of Christmas fairs.

20140118-000114.jpgChristmas cards of my collages. I have a large amount of these which I sell very cheaply. Let me know if you want some.

20140118-000344.jpgEaster Bunny with Father Christmas and the Angels.

20140118-000632.jpgDivine roast potatoes. Boiled completely (not par boiled) and then shaken vigorously to make them fluffy. Then lots and lots of butter and oil ūüôā

20140118-000934.jpgA very special friend always makes us the most beautiful Christmas cake which I cover with my glass cake dome. It’s a sad day when the last crumb has been eaten.

20140118-001147.jpgMy son bought me a little tin which is supposed to be like a slice of cake. I put it on the shelf in my bedroom and all I can see is a comedy shark with bad teeth and it makes me smile. Can you see it ?

20140118-001613.jpgA lovely customer who lives in Scotland bought one of my quilts the other day but wanted me to make it a third bigger so these were all the squares all ready to sew.

That’s all for now. It’s 12.20 am on Friday night and I’m going to watch Coronation Street and Celebrity Big Brother in bed now. What pure bliss. Night night x

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Mumsnet BlogFest November 2013

On Saturday I went to mumsnet blogfest. http://www.mumsnet.com/blogfest with Lindsay from http://www.reddesk.co.uk/.

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We went last year too which was the first time they did it and it was very lavish and impressive. This year it was in Kings Place which is a massive swish building in nearby Kings Cross. I’m not one for big corporate events at all but I started blogging (with Lindsay’s help) about 2 years ago so it’s a lovely day out with lots of blogging tips and talks plus panels of interesting people and lively discussion.
As different as everyone there is, we all have one thing in common…..that we’re interested in social media. A few months ago I’d have felt a bit of a twit using that expression as it seemed a bit twatish but I don’t think it is any more. It’s progression whether we like it or not and with Linday’s help I’m vaguely managing to keep up by the skin of my teeth.

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About 400 people, mainly women attend from all over the country and we were treated like kings with as much tea, coffee and biscuits as we wanted.
I’m very comfortable in the company of women and it’s all very relaxing and friendly. It was superbly organised like last year and worked like clockwork.

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I’ve had a great affection for Mumsnet since 2008 when I stumbled upon it by accident at a time of crisis and I found more support there than I knew was possible. It’s a massive place of support, friendship and laughter as well as spats, rows, entertainment, help and lots lots lots more. I shall always be grateful to Mumsnet and in turn I also lent my support to women in crisis who had no where else to turn.

Anyway, the lunch on Saturday was out of this world just like last year, and the puddings were sublime.

Jo Brand, in her role as feminist comedian was there at the end to finish off the day with some funny anecdotes and a Q&A which was a huge thrill for me as I adore her, especially in her series Getting On.

On leaving everyone was given a heaving goody bag full of lovely things. Needless to say the champagne truffles have all been eaten And I love the nail varnish ! Just my colours.

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Thank you Mumsnet. I’ll be back. Xxx

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Flowers, hearts and a pigeon in June 2013

Photo 10-06-2013 16 42 10Vintage fabric mini garland in my shop. I love making these so much as every piece is different and beautiful. There is old embroidery of hyacinths and patchwork in this one and I’ve cut out some flowers too.

Photo 12-04-2013 18 59 12Patchwork vintage fabric cushion covers with old Disney characters, embroidery and florals.

Photo 27-03-2013 11 41 00One of my cut flower collages which I make using vintage floral fabric.

Photo 15-04-2013 12 38 12Vintage fabric patchwork throw. Lovely over a settee or bed.

Photo 07-05-2013 12 57 29Flowers from my garden a couple of weeks ago. Tulips, wall flowers, bluebells and forget me nots in a tiny little glass.

Photo 08-05-2013 12 26 04One of my vintage fabric lavender hearts. This floral fabric was made in the thirties.

Photo 10-05-2013 19 08 31A small selection from my little on line shop.

Photo 08-05-2013 12 55 52Little patchwork pin cushion. The blue fabric is from 1940’s America and is so precious. I ¬†treasure every tiny piece ūüôā

Photo 16-05-2013 19 54 16The bluebells in my garden were extra blue and lasted a long time this year due to the cool damp May/June.

Photo 21-05-2013 13 44 38Flowers from the garden. Lilac, bluebells, wall flowers. I LOVE this picture………

Photo 27-05-2013 15 51 11Lilac, borage, ceanothus, forget me nots, fairy washing up liquid, my lovely pigeon card and cut out vintage fabric flowers.

Photo 27-05-2013 15 15 12More lovely blue and purple flowers. xxx

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Golders Green Crematorium in Spring

Photo 06-05-2013 11 43 51I’m sitting here thinking, and drinking tea and wondering. I can’t decide how candid to be on here. It was initially supposed to be about vintage fabric and what I make etc but I don’t seem to be able to stick to just that at all.

Photo 06-05-2013 11 44 24I love taking photos of flowers ( I was a florist for 10 years) and all sorts of things and I want to be able to blog about slightly more personal things too but I need to be careful, very careful.

Photo 06-05-2013 11 56 10I’m a very open person and could easily let this blog become a den of¬†intrigue, love, hate, death, divorce, depression, betrayal and¬†debauchery !! (no debauchery really, I made that up). But I won’t. I mustn’t. ¬†I’d regret it. Maybe I should have another blog too but it would need to be under a made up name. ¬†It’s tempting I tell you.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 01 28That still doesn’t help me to decide what to do about this post. I’ve nothing to hide but……right, I’ve decided to keep it very vague, for now. It feels right…..I couldn’t choose between these two duck pics as I liked them both.

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Suffice to say that for the past 9 years at the¬†beginning¬†of every May, ¬†we go with friends to Golders Green Crematorium¬†in North London to ‘see’ two very close relatives, one of whom died very¬†prematurely¬† of breast cancer.

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It’s an amazing place. A sort of ¬†huge well kept park full of trees and plants with thousands of little name plaques in the ground by the trees and shrubs that have been planted/paid for by the relatives. I’ve never been to another crem so I don’t know what others are like in comparison.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 02 56It’s a beautiful place with lots of history, my grandfather’s somewhere there as are lots of famous people such as Spike Milligan,¬†Marc¬†Bolan and so many more. I went there the day after Marc Bolan was cremated to see the flowers and there was a huge white swan (after his album) all made of flowers and lots of Gothy fans. I was a fan too. Loved him.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 02 46I wanted to stay longer and take more photos of the more poignant plaques etc but it didn’t seem¬†appropriate¬†and would have meant the others waiting for me. Maybe I’ll go by myself sometime and do it. Maybe in the Summer, I never go in the Summer.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 10 39We amble along slowly, chatting, laughing. Although it’s sad it’s far from morbid and the trees and flowers are so breathtaking that our sad/bad memories are¬†readily¬†distracted. ¬†My friend remarked how it’s now quite a long time since we lost our “person”. For me that makes it much worse. While her passing was still quite¬†recent I felt she was still close, still near, could hear us chatting and I sometimes imagined her¬†uncouth and irreverent ¬† responses to us which made me smile. Now that eight years have¬†unbelievably gone by she seems much further away, left far behind, truly gone. I’ve got to stop this now as I’m shedding quiet tears and my kids have just come in. I’d love to go on though. S**t. Oh well.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 16 12At the far end is a little pond where we sit on benches or on the grass and eat biscuits and strawberries and feed the birds and¬†squirrels which are very tame. It’s¬†paradise actually like a secret garden. I love ponds so I’m in my element. There are MASSIVE fish which we feed too.

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The gold and white ones are fine but the huge brown ones which lurk in the shadows are quite¬†eerie, (there’s one underneath this gold one) and I¬†automatically get the creepy “Jaws” music in my head. They normally fight for our food but they weren’t impressed with my¬†hastily grabbed stale rice crackers this year. Don’t blame them.

Photo 06-05-2013 12 07 20It’s the sort of place where you could¬†happily¬†spend hours on a nice day, sitting, reading, thinking thoughts you wouldn’t normally make time to think, with your face in the sun and ducks at your feet. There’s a tiny cafe in the car park which hasn’t changed since time began and is very dated. It has kit kats and iced buns I think. ¬†Should have gone there, don’t know why we didn’t.¬†¬†Photo 06-05-2013 12 06 40So after a while we start heading back and we always say we should go more often to see the trees and flowers at different times of year, but we never do.

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My next blog post will be chirpy as chirpy can be :):):) xxx

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Icicles on the Summer house

Icicles on the Summer house

Icicles on the Summer house

These were the icicles we woke up to yesterday. I’d been calling them stalactites, partly because I’ve always loved that word but apparently stalactites are only the ones in caves and and the ice ones are just….icicles.

Icy fangs ?

Icy fangs ?

Ice PalaceMy son came home early evening yesterday and broke some of them off and made a little ice palace on the garden table. I thought they’d be gone this morning, blown down or melted but it’s still there. The longest one is 83 cm high !

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This was just a bit of fun and my fingers are cold as I type, however there so many people and animals  in other parts of the country and on the continent who are suffering terribly and my heart goes out to them. A lot of them have had no electricity for days so I with my beloved electric blanket feel so blessed and lucky compared to the misery of so many.

On the news ¬†last night¬†there were pictures of a farmer¬†literally¬†digging his sheep out of the snow. It was so high you would never have known there were big animals below. One of the sheep had ¬†given birth a few hours before but there was no happy ending. It’s shocking this bloody weather. Most people I know are fed up with it, it’s boring, grey, cold and there’s snow when there shouldn’t be but lots of people are suffering hardships that I can’t imagine. Well done to all the emergency services and other¬†heros¬†¬†who are working so hard to help the people in need. I hope it’s over for them soon.

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26/03/2013 · 7:55 pm