Monday, 28 February 2011

The Oscars

What can I say, other than I LOVE the Oscars!  Since I saw my first one in 1988 (Gina Davis in an ice blue gown as Best Supporting Actress for Accidental Tourist was the first award I remember) I HAVE to watch them - albeit on the Monday morning.

I LOVE movie award shows in general, but of course, the Oscars are the ultimate.  The gowns 'sigh', the (sometimes) dreadful attempts at humour from the host (or occasionally, a dreadful host!), all that lovey-love, what's not to like?

The only thing I do fast forward through is the UK commentary during the US "go to commercial" - always some odd group who just commentate on everything that's happened and what they think about it all, and predict what will happen next - I REALLY can't watch that, yawn.

This year, (most of) the gowns were gorgeous, there was plenty of gushing from the interviewers, typical Oscars (yay).

Great film-montage at the beginning with Anne Hathaway and James Franco (Alec Baldwin is soooo creepy), thought they did a good job for the most part.  And Anne Hathaway's song was fab and funny, I never knew she had such a great voice - then James Franco in drag completely upstaging her, hee hee. She had some gorgeous dresses!

As usual my eyes watered during the "in memorium" (always gets me) and there were some I hadn't heard of either, so sad.  Kirk Douglas giving out the Best Supporting Actress Oscar was different (and sweet) - Melissa Leo looked SO shocked she won, I think she thought he'd got it wrong.   And great to see Billy Crystal back on the stage (always funny).  And seeing Eli Wallach on the stage also, so good.  And I even liked the winners coming back on stage at the end, mixing with the school kids singing (cheesy, but good cheesy).

I think I was happy with the award results, perhaps with the exception of Christian Bale (yes I know being English I'm supposed to support our lot, but I can't stand him, sorry).  And YAY, Colin Firth won, didn't think he would, but he did, yay.  He seemed so overwhelmed, but was really funny too.  In fact, us Brits did rather well this year, with lots of the biggies, which was nice.

The red carpet HAS to be E's coverage, they always have the best celebs and the funniest commentary, and I think I'll be watching the Fashion Police on the Oscars too as Joan Rivers NEVER disappoints.

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. x

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Pretty plate

Look what I found in our local charity shop, it's so pretty...

Can just see it covered in little cakes :) x

Friday, 25 February 2011

So many lovely things

have come in the post this week...

Some wonderful books

(thanks for the recommendation on the Handmade Market cb, it's fab x)

Some more yummy fabric (yes, I did manage to narrow it down to a few)

And a lovely glossy magazine

I love the promise of a new magazine and book, don't you? 
Hopefully they'll be some more magazines dropping through the door shortly.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. x

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Whilst on the subject...

... of London, I'm loving these items:

fab bangle from Jings Things

cute London upcycled-vinyl badge from when the music's over

this fab London double decker crayon holder from NinDesign

tea towel from Michelle Mason
super cute lunchbox by Lola Joe

and wonderful vintage posters from London Transport Museum

Loving them! x

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

London - take two

We've decided to once again pop to London for the weekend for my birthday (see August last year's post 'London 2010').  It was a great trip last year, and hopefully will be again.  We stay right by St. Paul's which is lovely, but in the evenings, it being 'the city' it's very quiet and there's not a lot of places to eat.

I'm hoping we'll go to lots of markets and perhaps come back with some cool finds this time.

Whilst having made many trips over the years to the capital, I am still a country girl so lots of London is still unknown to me - we've done the main museums (British, V&A, Natural History, Tate Modern, National Gallery, etc) and the touristy areas and shops, but this time we'd like to do something different. 

Any suggestions? x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

Inspired by the fabulous Vintage Seaside photos at SeasideSundae, here are a few of my vintage family photos by the seaside …

Mum and her cousin, Clacton on Sea

Love Mum's cute outfit

Mum, spade in hand (but where's the bucket?)

A family shot - love the beach-friendly outfits - very English :)

My Mum, and her two brothers (with donkey)

I LOVE this photo of my Mum (far right, such a fab grin), and my Aunt (in front with super cute ringlets) - some 60+ years later they haven't changed much :)

My Dad (second from right), his sister (far left) and cousins

Dad and his sister, at Rhyl

Dad and Grandpa on the promenade, early 1950s

Makes you want to get out your bucket and spade (once it warms up of course!) x

Monday, 21 February 2011

Ruby Star Rising

The postlady brought round a lovely package this morning...

...full of Melody Miller's 'Ruby Star Rising' collection for Kokka - 'Transistors' (in all 3 colourways) and 'View Finders' in pink. 

I just couldn't resist - now I've just got to decide what to make with these delicious fat quarters.  YUM! x

Saturday, 19 February 2011


I decided on Friday that a cake was needed, you know, sometimes it just is.  I tried a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing for a change. 

Hubby loves it (I am withholding judgement - you know what it's like when you bake, you lose your taste for things).

Recipe on the recipe page as usual.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend. x

Friday, 18 February 2011


Yippee, the first signs of Spring in our garden ...

Lovely. x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Glorious Fabric

I'd buy fabric every day if I could - as it is I have to be very strict with myself - but here are lots I'm currently craving (all available from Fabric Rehab, and elsewhere, some can be found on etsy).

Vintage sewing girl

Vintage sewing pink

Vintage dishes

Vintage teacups

Mid-century harbour

Mid-century trees, in green or orange?

Retro fairground

Scandi apples and pears

Fabulous 50's, Granny's best china

And finally, from Fabric Inspiration (who have lots of owl fabric), so cute...

YUM!  Now, I just have to try to decide what I want the most... decisions, decisions. x

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Things I'm liking right now - Part 3

With Spring around the corner, here are some recent, lovely, finds...

From Mirjami Design

Birdie plant labels from The Garden Boutique

Glass owl earrings from Acorn and Will

Velvet heart pincushion from whichgoose

Bunny earrings from melt'm design studio (it being Year of the Rabbit & that's my year)

One of these fabulous Fairisle berets from Girl's Own

and this stunning lace necklace from white owl


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Picture perfect & sewing

Last week we took my Grandfather's self-portrait to be framed.  After MUCH discussion on what would work best (oval frame did NOT look good), I'm happy with the results... 
(sorry about the rubbish photo - couldn't seem to find a place where I didn't get a reflection!)

Whilst there, I found another little charity shop dish...

...just waiting for a fancy soap.  It would have been two dishes, but Hubby dissuaded me from another one, naughty Hubby ;)

After much deliberation (knowing it would only do small things, but knowing I have my other machines to be fixed), Hubby treated me to the mini sewing machine for my birthday in a few week's time.  He insisted I start to use it straight away though, so I did...

This bag was originally going to be lined, but then I realised I didn't have enough fabric, so now it's a lightweight summer bag, but I'm happy with it... 

I also made another little purse, this time using the machine in addition to handstitching it...

It's certainly a light, handy, little machine, perfect for small projects like these, and I'm very pleased with it so far - thanks Hubby x.

Hope you all had a good weekend. x