Sunday, 30 September 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
And who is this strolling into the picture?
This carving is part of a seat where you can sit and admire the views all around. It is a girl with a foal draped around her shoulders.
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Now to me this can only mean one thing and one thing only. Yup, I mean serious cooking. Nay, not just cooking, we are talking the business here - real baking!!!!!
Ah that's better. Feel a bit more up to the task now.
Put some music on.........Love listening to this particular cd.
Get some company. He's my litle shadow and loves to be in on any action, especially if it involves food. A dog never knows when some tasty morsel may land in his paws if he plays his cards right. Don't get in the way, pose nicely for the camera and watch out for any possible falling edible debris. Anyway, I finally got the quiche and the apple pie made and guess what? I didn't use those new wooden spoons at all. Stuck to my tatty old things just because the new ones look so nice, seems a shame to use them really.
Here is the finished apple pie. I always cook mine on an old enamel plate. Love those plates, so useful for lots of things.
Slice of apple pie anyone? With a generous dollop of fresh cream of course.
Monday, 24 September 2007
I took the opportunity of picking these whilst the weather was dry and windy. I love the faded colours which work so well with the vintage look. They will get some glamour treatment for Christmas with a dose of gold spray paint and glitter.
A trinket box which I have had for years.
Both of these are from Portugal and were bought on different holidays by Zoe.
Another Christmas present, from my son Dan this time. It says "Carry your dreams with you and the world will be a more beautiful place".
This rests on a cut glass salt pot.
This one was bought for me by my husband last year. It was from a craft fair in Shrewsbury. I love little surprise presents like this. They don't have to cost a fortune but they always seem more special when they are bought just because......
Friday, 21 September 2007
Excuse me folks but I feel a tad delicate today. This, of course is the reason. We celebrated my son's birthday last night with a lovely meal, cooked by my husband. Pan fried steak in red wine sauce - mmm lush. Washed down with a glass or three of wine, followed by this very chocolatey cake. I usually have a cast iron constitution but having worked all day too and eating quite late I feel a bit muzzy headed. Much quaffing of tea has taken place by yours truly today, just to settle my heaving digestive system.
Not hundreds, but I am a very infant blog and I was thrilled that any comments were left.
All neatly folded up......
And the winning name is Sophie Honeysuckle!!!!!!
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
This is one of those fibre optic lamps that I just love and isn't my usual vintage style. I have been sitting in front of the computer this evening catching up on blogs that I like to visit. This lamp is sitting on the table right next to the computer. It has found its way here from my son's room which is in the throes of being decorated. I thought that it looked so pretty, even if it is wafting around right under my nose. So of course, I had to take a photo of it. Little Miffy was already in the background, sitting on top of the processer so has managed to get into the picture! It got me thinking how so many advances have been made in technology. How fortunate we are nowadays and how easy it is to take all of these things for granted. I'm sure that my own grandparents, born at the turn of the last century would have marvelled at something like this.
I have a fibre optic Christmas tree, all twinkly pink fluff, and one of those little cottages covered in twinkling snow and icicles, all courtesy of fibre optics. I love history and of course delight in nostalgia but I am so grateful that I live now and can enjoy all of the benefits of the 21st Century.
It is my son's birthday tomorrow which means I will be drawing out the winner of one of my Nostalgia Fairies, no fibre optics but plenty of sparkle and oodles of prettiness.
Bye for now.
Monday, 17 September 2007
A shabby chic candlestick.
A few things in my china cabinet.
Pretty pink bits and pieces.
Lovely green and blue birds - with glitter of course. I don't know who coined the phrase shabby chic and made it trendy but this has always been my style. It's never really been my way to do minimalism, I just wouldn't feel comfortable. To me, all of my accumulated things make my house homely, somewhere to feel relaxed. I don't mind if the cushions get squashed or people eat snacks whilst sitting on the sofa. Dante is very much part of the family too and makes himself comfortable just about anywhere.