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 ! 🙂 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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I have a B&B at home in North London, visitors are welcome.

20140122-183108.jpgIn June 2013 I decided to turn my lovely little back living room into a guest room for people to come and stay. Not a B&B in the conventional sense because I don’t do breakfast. The B&B in my case stands for “Bed and Biscuits” 🙂

20140122-184154.jpgSo I got rid of the sofa and bought a good double bed with drawers underneath…..

20140122-184615.jpggot rid of some shelves and in their place put a clothing rail covered by a curtain….

20140122-184848.jpgand spent the Summer having a nice time “playing house” and making it into a sweet little boutique hotel room.

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There was already a bathroom ( originally this was the kitchen when the house was built in 1865). So now it’s a private en suite just for the guest room.

20140122-190022.jpgThere’s a kettle with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, and there’s always a good selection of biscuits plus a few Lindor chocolates.

20140122-190342.jpgI put our flat screen tv on the wall to create more space and kept the Sky box for added luxury.

20140122-190605.jpgI bought some books of Muswell Hill (where we live) and books of London. My house is featured in this lovely book by Selina Lake.

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20140122-191135.jpgI swept and tidied the area outside the French doors and put two of our chairs and a table out there to create a little private patio area for eating/smoking/sitting in the summer breeze.

20140122-191519.jpgThe beautiful Robinia tree which I planted 10 years ago gives a delicate dappled shade.

20140122-191814.jpgGuests can sit at the garden table too if they like.

20140122-192134.jpgThe hallway outside the room.

Since I started 4 months ago I’ve met so many lovely people from all over the World.  Some come just to see London, some come to visit family, some come for events at Alexandra Palace which is very near by, some come for courses or work. It’s always lovely to meet them and they have all enjoyed their stay here. You can read all the reviews on the website.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1626486

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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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A few things I’m going to sell on eBay

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111205828670

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111205849140

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111205858716

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111205862824?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/111205853792?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

20131108-171658.jpghttp://www.ebay.com/itm/111205839799?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Andy Bridge is my favourite artist and I’m lucky to have collected his work for years. Now that I’ve given over a room to my little guest room business https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1626486 I’ve had to be a bit ruthless and de clutter slightly so I’m going to give other people a turn to have some of these beautiful pictures.

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Flowers in my garden this Summer

I haven’t done a blog post for so long I’ve almost forgotten how to do it. Plus I’m attempting to do it with my iPad. Lets see if it works……

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Tiny flowers from a packet of wild flower seeds.

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Purple orchid against an enamel tray.

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Blackberries from the garden.

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Nasturtium flower.

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Picking blackberries every couple of days from the brambles at the end of the garden was so lovely.

I’m going to see if this has worked. If it has I might need to lie down from the shock.

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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 🙂

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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