Thursday, 30 June 2011

Updated furniture

You may remember that earlier in the year we found a couple of pieces of 'furniture' from different Antique Fairs...

a Lloyd Loom laudry basket

a wicker stand

I finally managed to paint them (in between the rainy days) with spray paint - it's the easiest way to paint woven furniture I've found - and they now take pride of place in the bathroom and ensuite respectively...

I'm really pleased with the way they turned out, such bargains too :) - always the best kind. x

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Renegade Woooo Hoooo !!!!

Wooooo hoooooo - Renegade Handmade is coming to the UK! To London to be exact. I'm soooo excited. I've wanted to go for ages but our holidays to the US never quite seem to coincide. And now, we're having one of our own, and Hubby's said he'll take me, yippeeee.

It's being held on 8th & 9th October at the Truman Brewery, which was one of our stop-offs during our trip to the capital in March. 

If you've never heard of Renegade it's basically a large-scale Craft Fair! Each fair features hundreds of artists, and sellers travel from all over to sell and showcase their handmade goods and original artwork. RCF is held yearly in urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship – including Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, and, now, London.  They also have a fab boutique in Chicago's Wicker Park, well worth a visit.

Have any of you been to a Renegade in the US? Did you just visit or were you selling your crafts?

Cannot wait! x

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Vintage jewellery

Many years ago my late Aunt kindly sent me a couple of items of jewellery of hers, knowing my passion for vintage vanity.  These lovely items, paste/rhinestones, still glitter today. 

 These beautiful rings also separate so they can be worn individually too...

I've never really known how these/this would've been worn, the back shows loops...

These beauties are shoe clips I believe

However, funnily enough, with the recent acquisition of more family photos from my cousin, I came across this photo, showing my Aunt wearing the first piece...

Not only does she look really beautiful, but it's a wonderful feeling seeing her wearing the piece (as a brooch I guess here), it really makes me feel a connection. I hope to find a way to wear them too. x

Monday, 27 June 2011

Pittas and Pirates (shiver me timbers)

Well, the weekend started wonderfully, with Hubby making more yummy pittas, this time adding cumin seeds and chilli flakes...

and we filled them with Moroccan houmous (even better than plain) and home-made falafel - one of my most favourites things. YUM YUM YUM, what a lucky girl!

washing them down with a French Martini (recipe on the Recipe page)

Sunday the weather was perfect, bright and sunny and off we went to the theatre with Mum & Dad to see Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.  This is an outdoor theatre and we had a picnic before the performance beneath a shady tree, which was lovely.

The theatre is in the grounds of a beautiful old house, now Kilworth House Hotel.  We've been before to eat at their restaurant in the fabulous Victorian Orangery and Mum & Dad had their 50 wedding anniversary party there last year - the food is AMAZING.

The theatre itself is great and is in a wooded area of the grounds full of beautiful smelling orange blossom, and a log cabin nearby where you can get food & drinks

The performance was awesome, I love the story & songs anyway, but the actors were fab and really hammed it up, we all laughed and clapped along...

A fabulous weekend, and somewhere I'd definitely go again - the next performance later in the year is Little Shop of Horrors, so if I can persuade Hubby... x

Friday, 24 June 2011

Little bits

I haven't done as much crafting recently, it's been a bit slow on that front (other than the skirt), I just haven't seemed to have much time.

Still, I have managed some more purses ...

I just LOVE the Mexican-inspired fabric and would've loved to have made a long skirt out of it, but sadly I only have a small amount, hence the purse.

And some initial pendants

these are lovely and chunky tiles from an old word/anagram game.

I've recently treated myself to a fab-looking crochet book, 'Cute and Easy Crochet' by Nikki French, so just need a hook now and will have a go!

We're off to the theatre on Sunday with my parents, and it's an outdoor theatre, so I'm hoping for sunshine!  Enjoy your weekend. x

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Owl teatowel

Look what my mother-in-law brought back for me from a recent trip...

such cute owls! x

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Alpine strange-land

The alpines we have in the garden have 'sprouted', and they look like nothing I've seen before, they're beautiful and make a strange-looking wonderland. 

As a child I loved a tv programme called Chorlton and the Wheelies (see it here) and they look like something you'd find in that odd world...

Can't wait to see what appears next! x

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Pittas and yoghurt cake

Hubby tried his hand at making pittas at the weekend, they were a great success...

we had some with houmous and others with a smoky sweet potato soap I made...

We also made a delicious yoghurt cake, which is flavoured with fresh orange and sprinkled with pistaschios...

It's kind of like a cheesecake, but a little better for you if you also use low-fat greek yoghurt.  Although we didn't put enough gelatine in it, so it couldn't come out of the tin, ha ha ha.  But all together yum. x

Monday, 20 June 2011

Charity shop delights

I hope you all had a fab weekend?  Friday I spent a wonderfully relaxing 3 hours being pampered at the Clarins day spa in John Lewis.  I had a body scrub, massage then their triactive facial - sigh - it was bliss.  Sometimes you just HAVE to treat yourself don't you, and Clarins have a great loyalty programme too, so my facial was "free" as I used my points.

Whilst I was relaxing, Hubby was busy finding himself lots of LPs and me, lots of audio books in charity shops, YAY!  So later we went back and bought some, look at what we brought home...

...Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen's Emma and Persuasion, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

ex-library audiobooks

Two more in the Harry Potter series (only missing two books now) and really bargain prices, even better!

Prisoner of Azkaban and The Half-blood Prince

Whilst I was there I also found this cute little dish (perfect for a soap gift, though I think I'll keep this one)

and some fab vintage plates for crafting

Even after such a great haul, I also found another Agatha Christie cd at a local charity shop

It was an amazing find-filled weekend. x

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Summery Skirt - take 2

You'd think I'd learn after the first summery skirt I made, that perhaps I should get a pattern to follow before embarking again...

... nope, I got the urge to create, so late Monday I (slowly) figured out what I needed to do and cut out some fabric I've had for ages and managed to put together another a-line skirt.

I just love those rosettes.

This one is definitely better and includes a waistband this time, although the fit of it isn't perfect, I wore it to work today and got compliments, yay. Next time I MUST use a pattern, I'm sure it'll make things much easier x

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A Slice of Victoriana - part 2

Some more of the Victorian family photos I've recently come into, check out the gorgeously OTT hats...

...what a frothy creation - looks like it's weighing her down :)

a straw, ribbon and flower combination

two sisters, in big straw hats, covered in flowers (and check out the HUGE bow in the hair)

The ladies of the household - I wonder where they're off to?

Just look at the amazing detail on every piece of clothing (I believe this to be my Great, Great Grandmother), the lace at the neck of her blouse, the embroidery and beading on both her jacket and her waistcoat (I think), and the feathers (?) on her stole - what a put-together lady

An era when people dressed to impress. x