Monday, 5 October 2009

Absent

My internet connection is being a nightmare or it could be this laptop of mine that needs a good cleansing. Hence my absence lately. I need my man to take it a way for a mac spa day and return it rejuvenated. A new one is simply out of the question at the moment.

I have had a lovely three day break, dark skies and rain, no husband and more rain have helped to get me motivated. I have been stitching cutting wrapping and packing. Making new garlands and decorations to put in the shop.

All the autumn colours outside my windows inspired me to use some vintage 1950's fabric in the packaging.

I also wanted to thank you for all your ideas for our holiday, I am feeling homely and thinking maybe we might hit the road and see some of the UK for a change, B&B's, chilly hands warmed by hot chocolate in little cafes bye the sea, lakes and mountains, rolling hills and castles. I am thinking head to Arundel then towards Bridstow to visit Bailey's home and garden store. Then a little of wales and so on until the week runs out. What are your favorite towns and places to visit in old Blighty? Any great tea shops or other things I should know about?

Happy October by the way!

29 comments:

Gabreial said...

These are simply beautiful.

Have a lovely day, hopefully your Mac will be feeling better soon :o)

Emma Bradshaw said...

I live near Bailey's Home and Garden - it's such a fab shop I could spend a fortune there! emma ;0)

Pond Hopper said...

There is a really great tea shop in Lincoln called Imperial Teas of Lincoln(http://www.imperialteas.co.uk/) that I love to visit and one of my favourite areas I've been to recently is in western Scotland- especially around Kirkcudbright!

alice said...

If you are heading that way then you should stop off in Oxford or one of the little Cotswold villages :)

Rhia said...

I just visited Arundel last week! What a lovely little village and magnificent castle. Unfortunately we arrived rather late in the afternoon so all the little shops and castle were already closed. But everything was so pretty and athmosphere was amazing. You could spend the whole day there just browsing little shops and coffee places. I recommend that absolutely! We must return there next time when we are in England. My favourite towns at the moment must be Dorking and Redhill. But I also like very much LittleHampton.

Cathi said...

Wow..love your garlands....!!

I would love to go on your adventure....someday!

Have a happy monday!

merry said...

hello there - excellent idea about the road trip. I live near Baileys and it's beautiful - the country side is also very pretty and lush through Herefordshire and the Golden Valley. What about staying at Arne Maynards bed and breakfast near Usk (Allt-y Bella I think its called)? check out some pics at lightlocations.com (welsh house). the Lough Pool pub near baileys is good for food too.
Doubt if you want to come as far north as Ludlow but Leominster and Ludlow have lots of antiques/bric - a - brac (Zani Lady probably best) but Presteigne, Hay on Wye and Ledbury are all worth a visit (Tinsmiths in Ledbury, lots of shops in Hay and The Workhouse/David bamford carpets gallery/shop in Presteigne). Happy to pass on more thoughts if you do come up to Herefordshire!! hope you have a good week.
merryx

Hens Teeth said...

Beautiful, beautiful work and the packaging, gorgeous!
Had a Baileys fix myself a couple of weeks ago, sigh. Then went onto Ledbury...have you ever been to Ledbury? Lovely shops i.e. Tin Smiths and there is a stunning scandanavian homeware shop too:-)

countrymummy said...

You may need a longer trip to take in everyone's tempting suggestions...on your way to or from Wales you could tip in to Tetbury for some serious antiqueing and a stroll around Westonbirt arboretum for the wonderful colour or for some great independent shopping, try Frome, still in Wiltshire but on the way to Somerset.

Dionne said...

Oh this is all so lovely and gorgeous! Beautiful!

The Curious Cat said...

Happy October! Loving your work as usual! Glad your mac got some special spa treatment and I think your ideas for holiday sound lovely! xxx

heather smith jones said...

Your garlands are beautiful Jeska, and these autumnal tones are so nice!

katiecrackernuts said...

The garlands are beautiful. I have a whole heap of magazine pages to cut into squares and origami into butterflies for spring garlands. The theme of most magazine pages I seem to have cut, many of them are ads, are quite dark though, so digging around for some bursts of colour. The packaging is so simple and soft and beautiful. It seems though you might have been absent you've still been busy and thinking and planning.

flowrgirl1 said...

Great projects! Love the garlands.

Jan said...

Love your garlands. Cotswolds area very worthy of a visit. Had the most amazing 'cream tea' there, but sadly I forget the name of the cafe.

red ticking said...

may i jump in your pocket and go with you??? sounds so fun... have a wonderful time... x pam

Zia Meadows said...

such stunning photographs!(as usual) I know all about macflu, my old macbook just wouldnt charge unless I absolutely held the charger in or balanced it precariously somewhere-nightmare!

If I ever get a min free I dream of Southwold for a cold rainy weekend with new gloves and scarf from monsoon and a pile of good books!

Have a great time wherever you go....

Amanda said...

Your garlands are beautiful. Nothing like a little extra time on your hands to spur that creativity.

carole said...

you simply must go to 'baileys' - i went there earlier this year - i was in heaven - great coffee and cake too x

a little something... said...

Those garlands are lovely! When we were in the UK last year we went to a super cute little town called Fowey in Cornwall (I think that's right?). I really liked it anyway! :)

sodapop said...

I like your beautiful garlands and the photos you made. Lovely colors!

Kristen said...

I love the creative packaging, and I wish I had the chance to tour the countryside like you can... And I'm also glad to hear someone else also loves the rain as much as I do!

postcards from... said...

i've been salivating over baileys home & garden for a while and still not made it there.

a trip to arundel sounds fun too - i know they have a great vintage camera shop there, so that's on my 'must visit' list also

:)

mamauk said...

Aberaeron in west wales, all the houses are candy colours. I grew up there it is very pretty!

Renee Stephens said...

your photos are so beautiful! Visual candy. Love it!

Inty swetha said...

your work is really beautiful!! and your blog too...

~L~ said...

So lovely.

Lauren said...

those garlands are so gorgeous.

Floddertje said...

Waouh...so beautiful...