Friday, 30 November 2007
Is there a way to prepare a blog in draft and have it appear as your most recent post and not when you were drafting?
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Tonight I'm off to the cinema with my sister so the real work will have to wait till the weekend....
Before I go I'm putting the finishing touches to my blog on Rachel Ashwells Shabby Chic store in New York and hope to publish tomorrow for you all to see.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
I just LOVE this armchair and cushion...
I look kinda scared here as my items are been rung up!
And here's me all finished posing outside the store with all my purchases!
Unfortunately I packaged all my finds away and sent them away to be stored in a friends loft before I had the opportunity to photo them for you ladies but I did manage to get these cute matches
I hope you enjoyed the photos and the journey inside the store via blogland.
As a neat freak this doesn't go down well, I can't even sleep with a door or draw ajar... and it gets worse on the other side of my bedroom,
Whilst I sit and chat to you ladies the items have all been moved on to my bed which is going to cause some problems when I want to get in it later!
I just hate mess and need everything to be organised and I just know I will not get time to sort my room out before the weekend. And all these items don't include a large box of homewares I brought and have already been boxed off to a friends loft until my home is purchased. Nor the smaller box of bakeware that is sitting in the kitchen.
I shouldn't complain as a lot of these items have brought me great pleasure and many are Christmas gifts and I will tell you more about them this week (when I should be tidying them away!).
Well blogging about the mess has given me itchy fingers to go and sort out my mess so til tomorrow....
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I can tell you that I had a lovely time, spent lots of money on fabulous things and more importantly was able to visit Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic store and see her Vintage Prom Dress collection (see for yourself here).
I took many photos inside the store and will add them for you to browse at some stage this week. I also got to visit a flea market and brought some vintage christmas tree baubles which again I will photo and add for you in due course.
The gingerbread bubble bath is run and is calling me so I'll be off.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
I suppose some of my attachment to them comes from the day of the 7/7 bombings on London Underground. These boots were what I was wearing when I had to walk home from work when the transport links were closed. Hours I walked in these but they never let me down, I wonder if I should I keep them and package away to tell the story to my grandchildren?
Everyone looks at the heel and asks “how do you walk in them” and I tell them the story of my walk home that day.
Good news today was I met (if not very briefly!) Nigella Lawson who was signing copies of her book Nigella Express.
It took an extended lunch break, an hour and a half standing in queue in the cold and rain but was worth it to get it personally signed and see the lady in the flesh. She appeared a lovely lady and very sympathetic to the people that were not going to get seen (I was practically the last person!).
Here’s her dedication,
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Anyway I've got a list of things to get through before I take myself to bed and begin another week of work... well actually it's only 4 days of work and then it's off to NEW YORK!
Saturday, 17 November 2007
And the finished product... was quite pleased esp as it looked a little thin when i got out the tins
I was glad that my friend gave it the thumbs up, even going back for second helpings. I found the frosting a bit too "coffee" for me but the cake itself was pleasant, maybe add some more sugar next time to sweeten up?
It's also worth knowing I made the cake Friday night and iced this afternoon so good to know (as we ladies love to be prepared) that it can be made up the night before.
Anyway sleep beckons... till tomorrow....
Friday, 16 November 2007
I am pleased to announce that Alison over at Brocante Home has extended the deadline for her Puttery Treats Challenge which means… I can take part!!
The rules are simple… blog about your favourite Puttery Treat ensuring Alison’s descriptions are included in full.
I have taken the liberty of choosing 3 to write about today but I think they all lend to each other so well I could resist and I hope you agree.
So I start here;
Allocate a fabulously snuggly jumper or cardigan as your house jumper. Leave it folded in the basket next to your armchair for long cold nights. Men’s oversized jumpers work best. Go root through his wardrobe now. In kids rooms dig out winter jumpers and hang on their wardrobes as a visual reminder of seasonal change. Change lightweight dressing gowns for snuggly flannel, and tartan jamies and slipper socks.
When I read men’s oversized jumpers and tartan jamies I couldn’t help but chuckle as this is exactly what I feel happiest in when in the comfort of home. The minute I return home from work I run to my room to change from my work “uniform” of suit and heels into my cosies and immediately feel calm! Work is behind me now.
The tartan bottoms I wear were another act of “theft”. Staying with a friend one evening she handed me some pj bottoms to sleep in, the next morning I returned home in them and the love affair began. She was happy to pass them onto me as they made me so happy; the only problem was they belonged to a former boyfriend of hers.
“He’ll forget about them” I said confidentially but typically he didn’t. When I saw him next he questioned me on them “but I love them” I said. It’s unspoken but these are now mine, he will still regularly joke when I see him, in much the same way as my brother, “where are my pj’s” and with a smile I say, “I’m looking after them”.
I love pyjama’s and have a whole draw devoted to them though these items are still my favourite, my comfort blanket maybe, I take a cup of tea to bed, climb in with hoodie still on and when I feel the warmth enveloping me I can remove it and snuggle down (and yes, i'm wearing them now!).
Of course if it’s the weekend and I’m wearing these clothes they can lead onto another Puttery Treat…watching old movies. I love them, I always say I was born too late for my time and these movies can transport me back to places and times I wish I’d lived through.
Old films just smack of cosy afternoons curled up on the sofa. Go through your collection and choose a little pile you haven’t watched for a while, or better yet, sign up to one of the online DVD hire companies and get old films in the mail, as and when they unexpectedly arrive. Failing that choose a deliciously old fashioned radio station and listen to the afternoon play as you potter around the house. I use Sky radio (on the tv) to select from a variety of BBC radio channels most afternoons…
Thankfully Audrey Hepburn is my idol, she decorates my bedroom and her DVD collection is on the book shelf, do I start with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, (Moonriver anyone?) or Sabrina? Want to hear a secret? Once or twice I’ve tried talking like her! Crazy I know but them clipped tones, she just sounds fabulous and elegant, and I want a piece of that!
If I have a few hours with no interruption it’s Gone With The Wind….. Rhett Butler might not give a damn but I sure do…. The colours… the clothes…. I could go on and on…..
Has anyone seen the new Marks and Spencer’s advert? Doesn’t it just make you nostalgic (aren’t us girls always feeling that way??)
And of course that brings me to Christmas, last year a friend and I started a new tradition of Christmas film watching over the weekends, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Santa Claus the Movie and we add a new one each year. She’s just brought Home Alone (although we’re worried about giving her daughter ideas!!) and I’m thinking what my contribution should be – any suggestions?
So on that note I need to follow Alison’s advice and;
Dig out all the Christmas cds and DVDs you own and put them in a basket near the TV, for impromptu festive viewing….
If I’m honest I’ve already had my Christmas cd playing in the car for the past couple of weeks!!!
Good luck to everyone else taking part and hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Mum treated me today to a a trip to the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia in London. A lovely day if not a little pricey, £17 for a ticket and that just gets you inside what is essentially a showground for companies looking to sell you something!
We were quite restrained as we're off to NEW YORK in under 2 weeks to do our Christmas shopping but I did manage to pick up this wooden V which will look lovely painted up and this cute little book of sayings about the house and home... well you have to get something don't you!
Lastly thank you very much for all your wonderful and enouraging comments on my first post. As this is my second already I think it's safe to say... I'm hooked!
Friday, 9 November 2007
Alas I am still waiting for my own home to create a vintage oasis but that doesn’t stop me from buying treasures along the way (which i hope you don't mind me sharing with you!) that I hope to use in the future and here are some recent purchases.
These ladybird books I had as a child and for 20p I couldn’t ignore reclaiming some memories and thought they would be useful for scrapbooking as would the dictionaries I was specifically looking for (I have some ideas to play with). I wasn’t sure about this rose’s book until I saw this picture of the elegant lady and had to buy it, again I’m sure it’ll become useful in a project somewhere.