Saturday, 31 January 2009

Camera shy

Hectic day. Rummaging in lofts, moving furniture, framing pictures that have been waiting their turn to adorn our walls and cooking extra meals to keep for days with less time.

I am going to update my shop tomorrow morning, from the comfort of our cosy kitchen with a cup of sweet hot spiced tea, all the while keeping another cup warm for the return of my crazy husband who will be out running (most likely in a blizzard).

10. I hate having my picture taken. Thats how come you don't get to see my face around here much.

Have a fantastic evening whatever you are doing. Bye for now.

Friday, 30 January 2009

country bus

Its all about postcards today, the mini art works for the show are mounted and ready to hand in and my printed cards are here too, packaged and ready to hopefully go in the shop tomorrow.
There is supposedly snow afoot, so I am heading out on a good old country bus ride to visit a few remote friends before the roads get icy. Have a splendid Friday.

9. I can only eat eggs over cooked. Boiled scrambled fried. Make mine with a yolk as dry as a bone.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Pretty pages

This post over at {frolic!} got me thinking about my favorite magazines and I have stacks of them piling up at home. The magazine fast of last year is truly over and more and more titles have been creeping back into the house. But the dreamiest one is Lula, it really appeals to my romantic nature.

8.I like to try and recycle old unusual words that are seldom used nowadays. Its fun when I have blended them into everyday life and my friends start using them too. I loved reading the legal papers when we bought our house. It explained things as if we were living in Shakespearian times.

All images Lula magazine

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


Red ribbons threading in and out of pretty paper hearts and a dash of antique lace. One of many wonderful commissions created by Emma Cassi, this time a shop window display for a delightful tea shop.

7. The first thing I do every day when I get in from work is change into my pajamas. We call them snugs.

Image by Emma Cassi from Emma Cassi blog

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The girl with white hair

6. Sometimes I miss being blonde. Crazy white peroxide blonde.

Photos from the beautiful LuciaHolm at Etsy.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Bright yellow

Left to my own devices tonight watching university challenge, which when I actually get a question right (not often!) excites me immensely, eating dinner AND I'm ashamed to whisper, all of the remaining strawberry creams. Uh oh now I feel rather sick.

5. I am not afraid to quit something. The up side of this, I don't smoke any more, the down side there are a lot of half finished projects laying around my creative space.

Hope you haven't overindulged and your Mondays have been good all round?

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Rainy days are sometimes the best

Rain splashing. Fresh coffee. Papers piled high. The melody of human voices. Waves crashing beyond a bustling cafe. Then the quiet of home.

4. I love helping my friends clean and re-organize their houses but have to really psyche myself up to do my own.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

winter treat

Fact 3. My brightest smile today was the result of seeing an elderly gentleman enjoying a mint choc chip ice cream cone in the cold winter sunshine. The smile of his youth flickering through his joy.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Learning is such fun

Found notes, being shy to say "I", sweet little birds, teeny feet, over organized, ginger cats, beginning books, wish myths, lemon grass shrimp, cheese of all types, commercials, stolen bed clothes, wow! so many great things and so many we have in common although I know nothing about motor cars! I have loved your responses, thank you for taking part. I find this a very addictive and want to hear more.

Fact 2 Although my life's not perfect I do enjoy making the most of every day.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

A little bit of optimism

Long tiring day. I am a generally cheerful person, but sometimes smiling all day really does take it out of you. January people are so grumpy. Roll on March I say. Spring bulbs, sun in the mornings, all the tree's coming back to life. A little bit of optimism.

I'm just so glad I get to come home spend time with my friends and family and read about you folk getting the most out of each day.
I have been tagged over on flickr by Melissa to reveal 16 facts about myself. 16 is quite a lot, so while I was thinking about it, I set myself a little challenge, I will try to post a fact a day sixteen days in a row.

Here is number 1. I think my favorite food is dark chocolate. But I could not live without bread and cheese.

Instead of tagging individual people I would love it if you posted some random facts about yourself in my comments so I can get to know you all a little better.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

willow pattern china

Hello and happy midweek to you, I have spent my morning going through all my photos and trying to decide which ones to have printed as post cards.

Met with my darling sister for lunch, who brought with her some delicious homemade flapjack, which lasted all of two seconds! Then off to view a house which was a perfect light, airy space and a real bargain even though it would take £60'000 at least to fix it up. There were scenes from "the money pit" running through my mind. It had views to die for right down to the coast and the sunshine shimmering on the sea. Shame one needs essential things like heating and so on to survive the crappy English winter.
It seems an old man had lived there all his life, there were six layers of wall paper peeling back to reveal all the previous decades trends. One was a fabulous willow pattern china print. Also there were vintage gift boxes and old books piled up in the hallway, I thought of you guys, I wonder if there was anything inside? How wonderful would it be to gather up some great friends and look through them all? It breaks my heart to think they may be waiting to be thrown out.

Poking about in shabby old houses is not the only place you'll find me today, my dear friend Melissa of Melissa loves has invited me to tea and talk, won't you stop buy and join us?

Sunday, 18 January 2009


A sweet someone (and her wonderful creations) I met via flickr today.

Blog Shop Flickr

Saturday, 17 January 2009

strawberry creams

Saturday. Lunch with friends. An afternoon eating (too many) strawberry creams and a few grapes. Toying with the idea of turning some of my photos into postcard sets? Happy weekend to you.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Number 198

This friday is fantastic. The two reasons so far 1. I have tomorrow off 2. This arrived today from Hello Handmade Paperie, how happy I am to be number 198. My old empty frame is also happy to have a purpose at last. Thank you Shanna thank you Betsy.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Revive and replenish

A brief visit, just popping by to let you know I have a week off at the end of january, and this means time for an overhaul in my shop. I have reduced the last few items and will leave them there for the next two weeks only. Then its farewell and on to spring 2009! I am so looking forward to making some new pieces.

Also you may be pleased to know that despite my husbands attempts to pass on his cold I stood strong and managed to dodge it (this time) and thank you all for your compliments about my post cards, I think I will make a few more, I hope the first lot find a good home with someone from the show!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

The tiny flutterby fairies

I still adore these fairy folk from The magpie and the wardrobe hand made by Sam McKechnie. I know I have posted about them before but as there are new ones added every now and then I like to capture them before they flutter off to good homes. Maybe one day one will come live with me?

Monday, 12 January 2009

the healing power of honey and lemon

Sunday, a refreshing walk to buy some lemons and locally produced honey, (someone is suffering from boy flu) Did I hear a chuckle? Surely its far worse than any kind of flu you or I could possibly catch!
Sunday afternoon saw me at home adding the finishing touches to my entry's for a post card show. It will be held at a cafe nearby.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Butter sugar flour

I tidied. I painted. I baked. I iced. I stitched. I ate.

What did you do today?

The chair

Looks as though a year later this chair is still on my mind. record the day

I am off out to get supplies.

cream cheese
double sided tape

Back soon.

spending the day at home

I always find a deeper appreciation of fairy lights after the festive season. I come in and switch them on before any other lights and some how can't let them go, so now mingled in with one of my paper garlands they form a swag above our bed.

Friday's first smile

courtesy of Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Crush & Lovely on Vimeo.

Found via taza-and-husband via Jessa

Thursday, 8 January 2009


Hello, just a fleeting visit on my lunch break. I love to come home and enjoy my house for a snippet of time during daylight. At last I have my inspiration back even with hands that are feeling the January cold, and have managed an update over here! The new star is the oak of a new (old) table that we have in our kitchen. I am so in love with it. I wonder if the previous owner used it as an artists desk, there are lots of different coloured paint flecks in the grain.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Happy January

So its a new year. Meaning new inspiration and new experiences and new friends! Sweet Kari of Artsy mama has invited me to join her great new project A year of color. With lots of wonderful contributors there will be different colour themes each month, tutorials, projects, swaps and interviews, just click the link in my side bar to find out more.
I promise to update over here very soon!