Friday, 25 February 2011


Ok so I have signed up for Annie Felt Fairie's  Monthly Make and as I am getting ready with bits for the Vintage & Home Made Fair I thought I would use my latest make as my show and tell for this month.

I had some old sheets lying around the house and I could not just throw them away and so I decided to tea stain and age them, rip them into lengths, fray the edges  and then hand stamp  to make ribbon ties for presents or just to use in general artwork, cutting them up into portions for cards, etc.

All my Christmas presents were tied with this ribbon, I used the word Joy and I was so pleased with them I thought I would repeat the idea and take them to the fair. 

So there are you folks my February Monthly Make - Simples.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Many years ago youngest daughter used to sing at open mic events in pubs and clubs in our area.  Sadly like the nightingale she stopped singing and we could not get her to even sing at family get togethers, it was almost like she had lost her voice.  Last year along with my neice who is studying music at college she decided that she would sing a couple of songs at her sister's wedding, this she did - I think the champagne helped to grease the vocal cords - and that was that.  Then a couple of weeks ago she decided that she would give it another go and together with her cousin's friend Jasmine who is an accomplished singer and guitarist they booked a spot on an open mic in a small village pub the New Inn in Abthorpe. 

Had to laugh at the sign above their heads.
Anyway to cut a long story short a very proud mum and dad listened as their nightingale found her voice again and at one stage she sang an Adele song acapella and the whole pub went silent, no mean feat when it is a lot of burly blokes downing pints.

A warm up...

The two girls together.

Looks like her dad and I could be visiting a lot of pubs in the near future...

Thursday, 17 February 2011


I sometimes have to agree with Dorcas Lane – and all of you who watch Larkrise to Candleford will know exactly what I am talking about -  when describing myself, I have to say I am a woman who has certain weaknesses, one of those is that I have too many collections.
I was perusing in Etsy (as you do) and found the sweetest little tin of talcum powder being offered by Mary of thelostrooms that would go just right in one of my collections and so my weakness overcame me, even though I had promised myself to be good this month and not buy anything  for myself, I found myself pressing the ADD TO CART  button and low and behold it was mine.
In my bathroom is my cabinet full of lovely pretty vanity items including bottles of perfumes from days gone by that when you lift the lid actually don't smell too good anymore but that I love.

These are nestled in amongst Victorian floral trinket pots, pots of lotions and potions and Victorian trade cards.

I have the excuse that this collection does not take up too much room - only one cabinet - but I really don't know that I believe that as I know eventually it will spill over, in fact what I have not shown you is that there is actually some more floral china sitting on the top of the cabinet..... as I say collecting is my biggest weakness.