Thursday, 28 May 2009

Just for Me ~

, originally uploaded by Thenostalgiafairy.

I love roses and lace.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Latest Addition

Meet the latest addition to our family. He arrived yesterday and lives with my son, daughter-in-law and grandaughter. Fortunately they live just across from us so I get to see this sweetie often. We collected him from a farm way out in the middle of our beautiful Shropshire countryside. He's a sturdy little Border Collie and behaved impecably in the car on the way home.

What can I say - I'm besotted already. Completely in love with him.
Now the fun begins.......and the work.
Mmmmm - the plant is already minus one leaf and those wires will have to be moved out of the way of tiny, needle sharp puppy teeth.
But I'm sure the effort is going to be worth it. He wasn't easy to photograph, most of the pics ended up as blurs of fur but I managed to capture a few shots of him.
He is in a loving family home where already there is Thomas, a gorgeous little Yorkshire Terrier and Barbie, a sweet foster girl who just wants to lick everyone.
Not forgetting Milo, the biggest, tamest rabbit I have ever set eyes on who happily wanders into the house whenever the mood takes him.
Such a lovely menagerie and long may it continue to be so.
Ah I think I need a few more fur babies myself.
Until next time,
Bye for now,
Sandi x

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Little things~

Sometimes it's good to escape to a world of simplicity, where we can be ourselves.
This is my world and it's where I am happiest.

Surrounded by my little 'treasures', each with a story to tell.
I know I am sentimental, a magpie, squirrel, hoarder, but it's the way I have always been.
My husband put me a set of shelves in my own room and I have filled them up.
Just small bits and pieces that please me.
I am fascinated by tiny, miniature things.All kinds of cuteness :)
Bye for now, Sandi x

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Vintage Boho Chic

I'm busy as a bee working on some pretties for my shop. This is a vintage bag with lots of vintage and recycled details. I think this would be lovely for a Summer wedding.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sunday Afternoon Walk

It's Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining and there's a gentle breeze. Grab the camera, Mr Dante's collar and lead and let's go for a walk.

Up the lane and into the field through the kissing gate. Turn left and descend down the gently sloping grassy pathway. Spy a clump of Buttercups and do the butter test. You know the one, hold a Buttercup flower under your chin and if it reflects yellow then of course you like butter.
Did you ever play that as child?
Zoe loves butter and so do I.....
Turn right out of the field at the bottom and follow the pathway through the woods.
Smell those Bluebells......mmmmmm.....delightful.
Wandering along the gently meandering path, softly carpeted with year upon year of fallen leaves turned into the softest mulch underfoot.
Listen to the birds singing overhead.
Notice how a shaft of sunlight creates a dazzling contrast to the darkness of the shadows...
Coming out of the shade into the light again.
Lichens adorn fallen trees creating soft carpets for insects and small animals.
Oh, the delicious scents which absorb an acute canine nose.
Paths going off here and there from the main walkway.
Underground dens excavated by unseen creatures.
Emerging once again onto the main path.
Traversing the upward slope on the far side of the field. Huge clumps of Buttercups are everywhere, dazzling the eye and oh the memories evoked - of childhood summers, long school holidays spent with cousins who lived in a country village.
A stunning butterfly flutters among the trees and I try so hard to capture a photo but alas the ethereal beauty eludes me. Small with dazzling white wings and the edges of the wings are the brightest orange that I have seen. Almost like a fine paintbrush has been applied with the lightest touch......
Sitting on the wooden bench at the top corner of the field, catching our breath and just enjoying being in such a peaceful spot. Look at the sea of Dandelion clocks. We feel rested now so on with the walk.
The pink blossom on this young tree deserves closer inspection. All the other trees wear white blossom.
How pretty....Hawthorn flowers.
Masses of delicate blooms smothering the branches and look how green the young leaves are.
These are the darling buds of may.

We leave the field and woods behind, clip on Mr Dante's lead and wander back down the lane.
A little further on and to the right my eye is caught by a field full of young cows quietly grazing.
We stop to look, they catch sight of us too and we approach each other from opposite sides of the fence.
Soon the whole herd are lined up next to each other.... one by one in a nice, calm orderly fashion. We size each other up and I exclaim over the beauty of their eyes. Huge brown eyes, so gentle and curious.

Every head now turned towards Mr Dante who is politely well behaved in front of all this bovine scrutiny.

We smile and linger a while longer.
Ahhhhhh I think it's time to move on. We are tired and thirsty.
Bye bye sweet creatures.

We hope that we provided you with a little diversion from your usual routines and you posed beautifully for the camera.... thanks so much.
In the kerbside hedgerow as we continue the homeward journey.
Beautiful flowers growing with wild abandon.
Here we are back home.....look at the Lilac tree, dazzlingly white and perfuming the air with delicious scent.
Time to put the kettle on and make a pot of tea.
Fill Mr Dante's bowl with plenty of cool fresh water.
I hope you enjoyed your walk with us.
We feel refreshed in body and spirit.
Until next time,
Bye for now,
Sandi, Zoe and Mr Dante x

Thursday, 7 May 2009


For Phillipa - the winner of the draw - please email me to discuss your gift :)

Sandi x

Friday, 1 May 2009

May Day

Another cuff I made - this one reminds me of all the colours in the garden at the moment so I shall call it 'May Day'. Modelled for me by my daughter :))