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My Blue Garden

20140516-194548.jpgEvery year at the middle of May, my garden turns blue.

20140516-194751.jpgThe Solanum which I planted about 5 years ago is very happy and has grown over the swing hammock so we can’t sit on it yet ! I’m a very lazy gardener and shouldn’t have let that happen but I don’t mind.

20140516-195247.jpgThere are lots and lots of bluebells which have now spread and are growing against the ugly old wall that I painted in blue emulsion when we moved here.

20140516-195636.jpgThe Ceanothus which was a tiny little thing is now 7 feet tall

20140516-195927.jpgand the Wisteria is apparently over 100 years old and is now on borrowed time as it relies on a very tall, brittle, dead plum tree for support.

20140516-200556.jpgA friend once gave me a very small old enamel bath that she no longer wanted. She said it was from an old ship. I put it behind the back door and planted a little lilac shrub in it which has got huge and smells divine in the morning sun.

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20140516-201142.jpgThe forget me knots spread more and more every year and I love them so much.

20140516-201818.jpgI’ve been cutting bits off very few days to have inside and they last surprisingly long as cut flowers.

20140516-202033.jpgIt all flowers together for about 3 weeks and it’s a very special time in my garden.

20140516-202237.jpgIt inspired me to make blue and purple floral garlands which I’ve put in my etsy shop.

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My Beautiful Eggs

20140421-153105.jpgI bought them from Carluccio’s a few weeks ago and hid them away from my scavenging children 🙂

20140421-153332.jpgI put them in the green bowl I got from the charity shop last week and then got a bit carried away making bluebell hats.

20140421-153650.jpgI put the bits of spare flowers in my little blue spotty enamel cup.

20140421-153816.jpgAnd then put the eggs on on the Victoria sponge I made for pudding yesterday. I’m obsessed with those eggs. Xxx

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Very tasty pin cushions

20140414-184322.jpgI’ve been making pin cushions out of damaged, vintage embroidered tablecloths.

20140414-184916.jpgThe embroidery was done in the Forties and Fifties and I only recently realised the pattern was already printed onto the linen so in that sense it was easy as they had a pattern to sew on.

20140414-185619.jpgYou can tell how good the person was at embroidery partly because sometimes they didn’t cover the lines properly so you can see bits of the printing which should have been covered.

20140414-190022.jpgThe real art though is in the colours. I’ve been collecting vintage table cloths for 20 years and so often I’ll see one which has been expertly made yet the colours aren’t very inspiring and I always think what a shame to have worked so hard and spent so many hours making it yet the result isn’t too enchanting. That’s unfortunately the case with most of them which is why when I find ones like these it’s like finding gold dust.

20140414-190842.jpgI wonder about the ladies who made them. Were they young, middle aged, elderly ? How did they even have time to embroider tablecloths when they had so much else to do, cooking from scratch, hand washing, looking after their families etc without all the mod cons we have.

20140414-191429.jpgSaying that though, they didn’t have televisions and if I didn’t watch so much TV I could probably embroider at least a couple of large table cloths every week 🙂 I’m glad they did it though so I don’t have to.

20140414-192300.jpgSo here they are all together. I’ve also added some vintage fabric flowers to make them even more colourful and scrumptious.

20140414-192538.jpgAnd here they are all dressed for Easter.
I think a pin cushion should be beautiful because it’ll be next to you while you sew  year after year. Mine is one of the very first things I made and I still love it.

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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.

20140122-190946.jpgplus maps and shopping guides etc.

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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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, 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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