Thursday, 31 March 2011

Delicious Penguin Classics

Following on from my last post on books... the fabulous Penguin Books have recently been publishing classics in cloth bound hardback. 

I am so in love with these books; I treated myself to Pride and Prejudice (only having a very battered, scrawled all-over old paperback from my A-levels)...
Here are a few more I'm lusting after, both for the book AND definitely the covers ...

a Christmas Carol
 Treasure Island
 Alice in Wonderful & Through the Looking Glass
 Little Women
 Oliver Twist
Puffin have also been releasing limited edition cloth-bound hardbacks, I'd really like Anne of Green Gables...
Give me a 'proper' paper book anyday. x

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Hardback books

One of my (many passions) are books, I soak them up, and when I find ones I love, I read and re-read, and re-read.  I NEVER get tired of them and classics are usually the best.

Since getting our new bookcase (see Monday Antique Fair post) I've been able to get some cherished hardbacks out of the loft. 

These fabulous Agatha Christie (my favourite author of all time) hardbacks are from 1969/1970 and my Mum collected the whole series published at the time by Hamlyn.  Growing up I had to be really careful when reading these books and finally, a few years ago, Mum gave them to me (YAY). 

They now have pride of place...

I love seeing them everyday and I now plan on re-reading them all (probably for the thousanth time)!

What books do you cherish? x

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Owl wallpaper

WOW! Had to share these amazing owl wallpapers from Abigail Edwards...

.. my favourite - Owls of the British Isles

then you have Briar owl, silver

and gold

and even better, 5% of profits from the Owls from the British Isles wallpaper will go to The Barn Owl Centre ( to advance the conservation of the barn owl and other species of owl.

Super cool. x

Monday, 28 March 2011


I managed to get some deep blue velvet on Friday, so was able to make my vintage mug pincushion, I'm quite pleased with it...

I'm on the lookout now for other cute mugs to turn into storage containers for my desk; now I just have to find a desk :D x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Owl bookends

Look at these beauties from Strawberry Fool ...
Ollie Owl are fab bookends made from grey linen and black faux leather - yes please!

They also stock the gorgeous draught excluder that we have at home, I call him Dash (they call her Ella) ...

Isn't he/she cute? x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Rediscovered Treasures

Following an extract in the April issue of BBC Homes and Antiques mag, I bought this yummy book, Rediscovered Treasures by Ellen Dyrop & Hanna Kristindottir, it's fabulous...

and is full of wonderful ideas on how to "repurpose" some of your vintage finds, here are some from the magazine extract:

an old toast rack

vintage glass bowls into domes

doilies and potholders into a cushion cover

If you want fresh inspriation on what to do with your vintage finds, or just love to look at beautiful vintage, this book is for you, x

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Spring inspiration

Ah Spring, it's so inspiring. 

Just a few things it makes me want to do:

hang washing on the line - not only does it smell wonderful & cut down on the ironing, there's something hypnotic about washing dancing in the breeze

place bunches of flowers all over the house

plant vegetables and flowers

decorate (I'd really like this in my utility room)

tidy and organise drawers & cupboards


go for long walks

surround myself with Spring-colours (pink, lilac, yellow, green, blue)
as per my latest issue of...


I've also changed the throw on the spare bed - it now has the Spring/Summery patchwork my Mum made me, rather than the faux-fur arctic throw for Winter

in fact, my whole spare room screams Spring with it's shabby chic greens and pinks. 

What inspires you about Spring? x

By the way, you can find a guest post from yours truly at the wonderful city birds nest today.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Rosettes & purses

As I've been poorly all week I didn't get to go out over the weekend (boo), but did get a bit of crafting in (yay) and watched some great movies with Hubby in the evenings.

Spring is finally here and we've had a couple of days of sunshine and it's been lovely - even getting some washing out!  In that vein I wanted to use some spring-like fabric...

...for some rosettes

and a couple of purses

It's hard to see in the photo, but the pink 'flowers' are heart-shaped, so they just need a pretty heart-shaped button now to secure them. 

I also did a bit of organisation and tidying of my wardrobe, and rotated some Winter and Spring clothes - I'm probably being way too optimistic but the sunshine inspired me; whilst Hubby was inspired to pressure wash the patio and driveway & get the car washed - thank you darling they all look fab.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. x

Thursday, 17 March 2011

White chocolate raspberries

One of my birthday pressies from my sister-in-law was these absolutely, tantalisingly-delicious white chocolate raspberries from Marks and Spencers...

They're sweet, tangy and all round heavenly - needless to say, they didn't last long. 

Seriously amazing - if you have an M&S near you and like raspberries, go get some today - you won't be disappointed! And a huge apology for those of you who haven't :( but I had to share this yummy find. x

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Silhouette jewellery

I'm full of a very nasty cold yet again this week, so posting will be sadly lacking, but did want to share with you some crafting from last week.  I finally got my printer ink so was able to complete the silhouette jewellery I mentioned previously.

I'm really pleased with them, what do you think?

Can't wait to start trying to create some new silhouettes when I'm better. x

Monday, 14 March 2011

Tuesday Antique Market

On Tuesday I took my Mum and my Aunt to Melton Cattle Market for their Antique Market held every week.

It was wonderful, especially so because we used to go to the Cattle Market on a regular basis with my Poppa when I was little (always remembering to keep my arms by myside, no sneezing, no nodding, etc in case I bought something!). 

The market is now diverse and includes Antiques on a Tuesday, Car Boots on Sunday and a Farmer's Market, in addition to the usual cattle market.  Tuesday also sees Fur and Feather - though sadly all the fur was dead (NOT good) - but it was cool to see all the chickens, ducks, geese, pheasants, and even a pair of peacocks for sale.

It's obviously difficult to take photos as you don't want to scare them with a flash, and the 'cages' bars get in the way.  This was my Mum's favourite and I managed to get a flash-free photo of this beautiful silver-lace hen...

and a not so geat photo of these HUGE chickens, trust me, they were massive

The antique market was great and I found some wonderful items for crafting...

a bag of vintage stamps and a wonderful ladbird book which I had when I was very little

A fab King's coronation mug from 1937, which I intend to give a pincushion top for my own use

A great original scrabble set with the wooden tiles to make jewellery with

It even still had someone's score sheets inside - written on the back of what look like council minutes or something similar, from the late 1960's, early 1970's

We also came away with some sweet mini daffodil bulbs and a piece of Stilton (Hubby's favourite). 

I got some really great bargains.  All in all we had a great morning, and all agreed we must do it again. x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Monday Antique Fair

After our weekend in London, Hubby and I went to RAF Swinderby on Monday for an Antique Fair, it's one of those things I always want to do, but they always seem to be on work days (so Hubby took an extra day off, YAY) ...

It was a gorgeously sunny day, perfect for a huge antique fair.  It took us about 4 hours to walk round it all; people were selling everything from furniture to vintage bicycles...

I picked up a few bits and pieces for myself - for crafting purposes - a couple of old maps and a FAB stamp album; I also got a "camera" compact (I collect powder compacts) which is a little battered, but very cute...

We also found a great Lloyd Loom basket, still with the glass top (which is sometimes missing), which I plan to spray paint a vintage white and use as a laundry basket in our bathroom - I've been looking for a good-sized one for ages and this was perfect at just £20.

You may remember from my post Home Vintage - part 1 that we have a lovely oriental-inspired cocktail cabinet.  Well, the manufacturers also produced a chest of drawers and a glass cabinet at the same time it was new, and Hubby and I are ALWAYS on the lookout for these to add to the collection.  We missed out on the glass cabinet on ebay some while ago, and ironically enough we were discussing this on Monday when not a minute later Hubby spotted one! 

Needless to say, we bought it straight away (and substantially less than it went for on ebay, whoppee!).  I practically jumped for joy - a clean and some beeswax later and it looks lovely; we've just got to find the chest of drawers now...

Can't wait to go to some other Fairs now. x