Friday, 29 April 2011

Beautiful Books

Since getting the lovely glass bookcase not so long ago, I've been offered old hardback books from both sets of parents.  I've finally gotten round to collecting the books from my in-laws; and have now got some amazing hardbacks, some very beautiful Art Nouveau bindings, and ranging in age from the 1890's to the 1950's. 

Many of them belonged to Hubby's grandmother, some given as Sunday School 'prizes' for 'Good Behaviour and Good Attendance'!

stunning covers

and some have lovely bookplates

and old adverts for other books

and colourful artwork

and there's also a real mixture of knowledge books, it's going to be fun looking through some of these, including Wonders of the World, The Great War, and  The Empire Youth Annual

I'm so very grateful for these wonderful books from Hubby's family.  Hope you all have a fab weekend. x

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Royal Wedding Fun

It's been on everyone's lips for months now, and it's almost here, the Royal Wedding of William and Kate.  We're off to Suffolk for the first trip of the season today and we plan on having our own tea party for two, complete with crust-off sandwiches, pots of tea, and jelly and ice cream.

I'd love to have these cake toppers by SelinaLake adorning some quintesentially British (ie Mr Kipling) cakes...

and some Union Jack bunting from ZigZag Bunting

and I LOVE these fab paper plates from Talking Tables, great for any street party, or any time at all

and perhaps a glass of Pimms and a big bowl of strawberries I think, yum!  Congratulations Kate and William.  Enjoy the day, whether you're having a party, watching it quietly at home or ignoring it completely. x

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Easter Birthday

Mum's 70th coincided with Easter Sunday and after Church we had a great family get-together: us, my parents, my brother and my Mum's brother, her sister and her husband. 

Because of her shoulder we went out for lunch, to a great pub called the Poacher's Pocket in a local village, Thurlaston.  Hubby and I had never been before, but it was a fab atmosphere in there and we had a delicious Sunday Carvery in their 'Chef Patron' restaurant.

We then went back to Mum and Dad's for cake!  My aunt makes the most incredible chocolate cake, to which I have always aspired, but I still can't make one as good, her sponge is soooo light...

The cupcakes I made on Saturday also went down very well...

We also had a slideshow on the tv of old photos of Mum and her family, cue much laughter!  Apparently after we left around 6ish lots of their friends descended and more fun was had by all. 

All in all I think Mum had a great 70th Birthday, hooray, mission accomplished! x

Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter Cupcakes

Saturday was another beautiful sunny day - it's been more like Summer this past week than April!

We spent a good deal of the morning at my in-laws, in the garden.  They live at the other end of our village and it's a lovely walk through countryside, especially in the sunshine.  Later I forced myself into the kitchen to make Mum's Easter Cupcakes.

I tried a new recipe this time, one with sour cream, and added Mum's Easter Bunny toppers along with some mini eggs.  They certainly looked the part...

I always lose my taste for sweet things when I bake, but everyone seemed to enjoy them and I think I'll use the recipe again. x

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Good Friday

Although Hubby had to work yesterdat we still managed a busy, but fun Good Friday.  In the afternoon we popped to Queen's Road and had a wander in and out of the charity & vintage shops.  The sun was blazing down and it really felt like Summer!  As we walked along we were showed with soft pink confetti from the stunning blossom trees...

I did spend a little pocket money on this beautiful Buttercup Carlton Ware pin-dish (I've wanted one for soooo long & it was a total bargain, yay)...

Then we had to pop to the DIY shop (yuk, it was so mad in there) for some paint & managed to get out alive, and Fosse Park for a bright Spring cardi for Mum.

Today I'm making Easter Birthday Cupcakes for Mum's birthday tomorrow, involving Cadbury's mini eggs & these cupcake cases & toppers that Mum chose.  Will post a photo when they're done :)  Fingers crossed we'll get some time in the garden as well today.

Have a very Happy Easter, whatever you're doing. x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Mirror Mirror

We have a couple fo great charity shops near us, but as with these type of shops, it's always hit and miss whether you find anything.  However, a fab find this past weekend from a local charity shop, and a complete bargain at £4.50, was this fab 1930s/40s (?) mirror!

it even still has an original label on the back of it

It just needs a new pin in the chain and then we can get it up on the wall :)

Also found this great vase for £2, funnily enough we actually have a smaller version of it already...

We also managed to get a few bits & pieces for the garden and a some plants for the house too...

love these jurassic-looking leaves

and went for a different type of Orchid this time - just loved the bright, happy colour

Don't you just love getting plants for inside the house as well as out? x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The View

This past Saturday was Record Store Day (RSD), which is a "one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances."

Well... our local record store, Rockaboom, had a coup - Dundee's The View would be playing at the store at 2pm.  As our nieces' parents were off to see The View in Birmingham that evening, and the girls were very disappointed to be missing out, we invited them to go see the band with us at the store - cue cheering & happy faces.

We queued to get into the store, as is the norm for RSD, as Hubby also wanted to purchase vinyl.  He timed it just right and we'd just made our purchases when two of the band arrived.  There were some serious fans in there & I chatted with a couple of lovely 20-year old girls from Glasgow who basically follow the band around.

The small shop was packed, the band played three songs, including the song they'd specifically recorded for RSD - a cover of 80s powerpop classic "I Want That Record"; it was released on limited edition 7″ vinyl only available from participating record shops on RSD.

Afterwards the lads sat down & signed pretty-much anything presented to them.  Our eldest niece got them to sign her two old albums, along with their new one (Bread and Circuses) on cd (hers) and on vinyl (Hubby's), two copies of their RSD single, in addition to two posters the store had given them.  What nice lads :D

We had a great afternoon and it was fab - like a private concert! x

Monday, 18 April 2011


Following on from my previous post on textiles, here are a few of the things I made whilst at school, from the age of 10 - 15 I guess.  I get an allergic reaction to clay, so it wasn't my favourite of subjects, and once again, I don't know where half my projects went to, but I still have a few...

country cottage, complete with roses

'the head' as we refer to it - it certainly has character, but Hubby loves it (go figure)

and my personal favourite, probably the best thing I managed, this blue vase that I still use now

Mostly I remember being constantly warned that if we got any air bubbles in anything, it would explode in the kiln! x

Friday, 15 April 2011


At school we had, under the banner of 'art' - pottery, painting and textiles (which was silk screen printing) - these were on a rotational basis and sadly you were not allowed to choose your favourite.  I've recently come across a couple of my textile items, although I wish I knew where the rest went to as I certainly did a lot more over the years ...

this was one I did for my Mum as I remember

and I really love this one, which I might turn into a cushion as it's just the right size

I also dated this one, 1988.  Some pottery to follow :)

Hoping to go see Red Riding tonight, fingers crossed everyone else has gone to see Scream 4. x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Linen drawer

The chest of drawers in our bedroom was where my Mum kept here linen - and it was filled to the brim.  Slowly she's been emptying it for us and finally it's all done.  Some things she's kept for herself, some we've sent to the local charity shops and some I've kept for myself. 

Here are just a few of the latest runners, napkins and tray cloths I've kept...

Each one has something lovely about it, whether it be embroidery, the stitching or trim.

I've also kept some old hand towels, I've seen these in magazine shoots before, how my Grandmother kept them clean I don't know, perhaps she boiled them?

They are heavy duty linen with a beautiful trim

I'd love to use them, although I'm not sure if I dare. x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sunny weekend

This weekend the weather was gorgeous!  Sun, sun, and more sun. 

I spent most of the weekend in the garden listening to Agatha Christie audiobooks and sewing more felt flowers, it was bliss ...

view through my sun hat

in progress

Hope you enjoyed your weekend too. x

Monday, 11 April 2011

Newark International Antiques Fair

Well, last week just flew by, we spent a good deal of time with my parents, Mum's slowly getting used to her shoulder bless her, and looks much better.

Hubby took the day off on Friday to take me to Newark International Antiques Fair, our first visit to this MASSIVE fair in Lincolnshire - there was almost too much to look at.  It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for browsing, we even saw the BBC filming episode(s) of Bargain Hunt, though there was no sign of Tim Wonnacott.

I found a few lovely little bits and pieces...

a coronation mug and a glass plant 'frog'

a cute little pin dish

We also found this wicker stand, I've been looking for something for next to the bath for a book and a plant - once it's been re-painted that's where it's going

And finally, Hubby spotted this amazing table made from an old Singer sewing machine with a beautiful oak top - I've seen a few of these on the web recently in interior photos, but this is the first I've seen to buy.  It's sooo lovely, and couldn't be more perfect for my crafting & sewing table!

Just got to sort out the radiator now and also find a comfy cute chair, but I can't stop looking at it. x