Monday, 31 October 2011

Bits and bobs

Well, at last I've got a new laptop to muse and peruse on, and it's about jolly time as I haven't had a chance to blog much! So, normal service can finally resume! After what has been an unnerving period of time following the break-in, I am slowly finding my feet again, with the desire to share my little world with you. I will ease myself in slowly by sharing a few bits and pieces with you, just a little glimpse into what has taken place over the last week or two.

As always, a girl has to make time for a bit of thrifting. I had the luxury of a couple of hours to myself on Saturday afternoon to meander around town. I popped into one of  our local charity shops, and was all giddy with excitement when I found a stash of vintage buttons! I spent ages rooting through the basket, handpicking every button with a purpose in mind...or day it will come to me! Needless to say, I came away with nearly the whole collection for next to nothing! Result!

At this time of year I start to sew up a storm in preparation for the festive season. These are a few of the little things I have completed thus far. Lots to do still, and feeling slightly overwhelmed by the amount of sewing I want to complete over the next couple of weeks. Yikes!

Life might be hectic, but there is ALWAYS time for baking, especially when it involves chocolate...Mmmm....

Making the most of the last warm rays of sunshine, to me, is synonomous with a peruse at the weekend car boot. I have found a few little treasures of late, but none delighted me more than this red and white polkadot Chance handkerchief vase, which was produced by Pilkington glass in 1974. I love the fact that it is older than me! And of course, that it is red....and polka-dotty..

I adore deer! It must stem from my love of the film 'Bambi'. There is something so quiet yet strong about these gorgeous animals. Of course my Mama deer had to have a wee baby at some point! And then there were two....

And with that, I say goodbye for now. Be blessed!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Loving Saturdays....

Today is a beautiful, crisp autumnal morning,with clear blue skies and sunlight draping every surface...Excuse me for getting all lyrical about it, but it cheers me up! We are still in our P.J's, (oh, the shame!), but it is lovely to have no plans, no commitments, nowhere to go! On that note,  my car has been found, in good nick, and had been abandoned by the thieves not far from our house! It had been there for over a week until a member of the public reported it! So, now it is in police possession for forensics to look it over, and I should have it back next week. Hooray! Thank you all for your well wishes and support. It is so good to have sympathetic ears and shoulders to have a cry on!

Although we (the 'royal we' that is!) are still in pyjamas, it doesn't mean we've been lazy this morning. I have managed to tidy the house (well, a little...) and have done some sewing too! I have been on a bit of a roll this weak, and after completing my little Strawberry mouse, I thought I should have a go at making a boy mouse, and opted for this little sailor...

I have also wanted to try my hand at making another project from Tone Finnanger's book, 'Crafting Christmas Gifts'. I made this Goodnight Angel, and was pleased with how it turned out. If you're keen on sewing, give it a try! It's so much fun!

I hope you're having a good day wherever you are, and wish you all a happy sunny weekend!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Let the sewing commence!

Christmas is coming! I know that some of you don't want to hear it, but it is fast approaching. Especially when there are a hundred and one sewing projects to complete! My head is spinning at the thought of all the gifts I want to make, and also of the possibility of participating in the odd craft fair, which initially I thought of giving a miss this year,but having decided to do it, I am now WAY BEHIND!!! So, lots of late nights to be had me thinks!

To get me in the mood, I decided to make a one does. I am a big fan of Tone Finnanger's designs, and love all her books. I have made quite a few of her projects in the past, so decided to tackle another one to get the juices flowing. And here it is...

So, now that I've finished one project,on to the next one I shall go!

Now, I have to apologize if my posting over the next few weeks is few and far between. We had a very unfortunate break-in last week while we were all tucked up in bed! The perpetrators let themselves in and stole my laptop, some jewelry and then drove off in my car! We had no idea until we woke up the next morning, and realized that we had been robbed. As a result I don't always have access to a computer. I'm currently using a very dear friend's laptop. Until we get it sorted, I might be quieter than usual! Thank you for you continued support!  Have a very blessed week!

Monday, 3 October 2011

A touch of red

Hello to all of you! It seems like ages since I've had the chance to share a little something with you, but between settling the kidlets back into a new school year, and one very busy little two year old demanding mummy's attention, things have been a little hectic around here. But, as always, there has been a little thrifting and sewing going keeps me sane! I've been playing catch up with domestic chores too, although I think I may be losing THAT battle! This is mainly to do with the fact that we have been enjoying a freakishly tardy  heatwave, and knowing that temperatures will be taking a steep nosedive sooner rather than later, we've been making hay while the sun shines...hay meaning cocktails, BBQ fires and socializing!

Hubby and I, and our wee little man, took a little excursion last week to a lovely English town called Towcester, near Northampton. I just wish I had taken my Canon with me, as I would have loved to share some pictures with you! We pottered around the lovely streets in the sunshine, had cream tea at a quaint cafe, and hubby managed to spot a gem of a boutique which he led me to. I kid you not, he did! VERY strange behaviour for the male species, who generally would distract you from such finds into the opposite direction, in fear of their wallets hemorrhaging cash!

The Vintage Boutique is an absolute treasure trove of gorgeous new and vintage ladies clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. It is a new shop which opened it's doors for the first time on the 13th August, and judging by the beautiful shop decor, delicious merchandise and friendly service, I'm sure it's going to be a great success! Needless to say, I didn't walk away empty handed, but found some lovely additions to add to my autumn/winter wardrobe. I fell in love with a vintage hacking jacket, so decided it was to come home with me.

I did love it just as it was, but after much deliberation, I decided to tweak it a bit. I love red, and as it's my absolute favourite colour, especially in the form of a velvet ribbon, I added some trimmings to the jacket. I also removed the original buttons, and replaced them with different ones, only to sew the old ones back on! Sometimes you need to know when to let things be! (I'm still toying with the idea of changing them, but so far I haven't found any that I feel will fill the existing ones' shoes with more flair!) Do let me know what you think! As it is now...
I'm very happy with the results, and look forward to pairing it with some jeans and boots when the colder weather takes hold. So, just a little something I wanted to share. Now, off to bed to rest my head! Night-night!