Thursday, 11 November 2010

bring on the brights

well today has truly been a blustery cold and altogether unpleasant day around these parts.. this morning it was sooo dark i had to have all the lamps on just to get some light in the house.. i can not be doing with dull days.. yesterday it was gorgeous.. bright clear sky's.. beautiful sunshine.. i walked miles yesterday today i wanted to hibernate!!
so i thought i would cheer myself up with some colour.. it is true just seeing bright colours. ( nothing to garish mind...I'm not a clown!) makes you feel so uplifted doesnt it.. i think that's why i love reading all the lovely blogs out there.. because the pictures are just so pretty and usually so bright and colourful that you cant help but smile!!

so i thought i would post a few piccies of things around my house that are nice and bright and a little bit cheerful!!

this is actually a tea towel.. i got in a set of three.. its to beautiful to use to dry dishes me thinks and I'm going to buy a few more to make cushions from.. the little china cup pattern is so pretty don't you think

a basket of toys .. i love the bold colours next to each other.. have you seen Timmy the dancing sheep watching over them.!!

my polka dot shower curtain along side my Paris rose wallpaper.. i wasn't sure if it both went together at first but i like a bit of clashing of patterns from time to time!!

my lovely crochet bargain blanket !

just a little corner in the kitchen of paler colours but pretty all the same!

the fab detail on a monsoon skirt i bought from the charity shop the other day.. this detail goes all the way round the skirt.. and its so vivid and bright.. a real party skirt.. ooo just picture me dancing around the living room whilst x factor is on haha.. ( this is the sad sorry state of our social lives at the minute!)

i also picked up this vintage skirt as well.. i just love the colour so bright that i had to buy it. .im thinking a big pussy bow blouse with this and heels ( I'm channelling the "Mad Men" 1950s-1960's look here if you hadn't guessed... just got to get Joan's killer figure first!)
my Russian dolls..although they arnt a full set.. and they are a bit different from the usual Russian dolls as these are cerise pink.. but still fab all the same!

my slowly increasing utility china collection .. (apart from the spotty jug that's from sainsburys!) ..i have a few more of these around the house but these are the ones that actually get used for gravy's, sauces etc

the fab new cups we bought for the boys the other day .. i couldn't resist taking a pic as i loved the colours together.. they reminded me of a fruit pastel lolly ice!!

and my red and white candles in a lovely wooden holder.. which i cant believe Ive never painted... see there is a tiny bit of wood that lives in my house unpainted.. !!!!
well the wind really has picked up outside now..eeek.. theres a storm coming..batten down the hatches and all that.. im off to get snuggly and cosy and finish the rest of my book ..
bye for now

Monday, 8 November 2010

get yourself there

oooo get yourself over to cake decorating courses blog for a chance to win some lovely goodies from Squires kitchen cake decorating ( im putting it on my blog because it means i get another chance to win !!!)
right then .. hope you all have a go and maybe one of us may win.. !!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

id like to thank my family.. my dogs..

ooo Ive won an award!!!

always wanted to do one of those terrible award speeches.. award gripped near to my heart.. the tears flowing.. me wearing a vintage fish tail gown.. it ain't going to happen is it..

so i'll just give my thanks to Victoria's Vintage for awarding me this!!!

To accept the Versatile Blogger Award the rules are:

1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass it along to 7 blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy
4. Leave your recipients a note, telling them about the award.

So here's my 7 things about myself but it isn't that versatile nor interesting ...sorry!

1. i get very excited by the thought of making over furniture, giving a tatty old piece of brown formica a whole new look with the power of the paint brush.. i get sleepless nights over things like that... now that is sad isn't it!!!

2. when i was a child i was obsessed with brides.. i use to draw wedding dresses and collected pics of wedding dresses and would keep them in a file. i didn't particularly want to be a bride i just wanted to be a wedding dress designer.. once i even started a range for pregnant brides very modern of me!!!

3. I'm a terrible cook... i try my best and no matter what i cook it always tastes of nothing, or something goes wrong!!.. now i make a good cake so i suppose I'll have to be grateful for that at least, Ive only ever made one roast dinner in my life!

4. my favourite colour is pink and in my little house i had when i was 21..i painted the dining room all in bright pink.. it had silver accessories.. i thought it was amazing at the time.. thinking back it was pretty vile!

5. i would love to open my own shop and sell lots of pretties.. lots of china and fabric and pretty things for the home.. it would be called pretty vintage and have a cornflower blue exterior with red geraniums in pots outside to make it look cheery.. and then pale blues and reds and pinks on the interior!!

6. I'm constantly on a diet but have such terrible willpower.. that the hubby only has to suggest the idea of crisps or sweets or a takeout and Ive fallen of the waggon.. not good.. especially when i cant get into any of my clothes!!!

7. i am a real period drama fan.. my favourite at the minute is Downton Abby.. i am gutted that its the last one on Sunday as it is just so lovely to watch.. other faves have included pride and prejudice, i even loved Lost in Austin as it was so gentle and romantic to watch.. i always think I'm miss hard hearted but i think I'm a bit of a softy really!!.. and one of my fave films is sense and sensibility. .. my favourite line from that is.. "there is some blue sky...let us chase it !"

well thats my lot.. see not very interesting but thats me!!!..
.. thank you anyways victoria for thinking of me!!..
as the award has been going round for a bit i wont pass it on as i dont want to send it to someone who already has it.. so i'll just say if you read this blog.. take the award for yourself and if you fancy it.. tell us a bit about yourself....

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

that was the week that was

well that's half term over and done with !!!..
phew..honestly i was shattered by the end of the day!.. id forgotten how active my little boy is in the day ..he never stopped.. at the minute I'm so use to strapping the youngest in the pram and out we go that to suddenly be running around after an extremely active 4 yr old ( but extremely gorgeous so we'll let him off) was a bit of a shock to the system!!!
one day i just said right its a pyjama day today and didn't get any of us dressed for the whole day.. in one way it was very slobby of us but in another way very much needed!!

so Ive not really had that much time to shop around and buy pretty things as much as i would have liked.. but i did manage to get an hour to myself last week oooo one hour what luxury !!.. so managed to cram in some charity shop hunting ..

i picked up this lovely set of bedding.. its the palest of pink and I'm just in love with the lace edging especially on the pillowcases. i'll just bung this in the washing machine and give it a wash before i use it.. i don't have a problem with thrifted bedding. obviously if it was completely rammy to start with i wouldn't buy it but a good ol 60 degree wash wont do it any harm!!

i got these great baskets for storing my veg.. i think because i keep it in its plastic wrapping the whole time it goes off quicker.. so i thought these would be ideal..and they have pretty tile pictures on of fruit etc so very apt..

ooo here's a pic of my under stairs cupboard which i lovingly call the pantry!!.. its a right mess at the minute.. it gets sorted out at least once a month and then never fails to become a mess again..
I'm thinking of giving a it a paint and putting oilcloth on the shelves brighten it up a bit.. and then maybe it will be given a bit more respect!!!

bought this pretty little lights off ebay for £2.50!! how good is that.. i love the light that they give off its really soft and i think they are v pretty..

a sweet little cushion.. that I'll pretend Ive made ha ha.. actually this was pretty weired.. it was in a vacuum packed plastic bag and was as flat as a biscuit.. i didn't know if it was a bag or what.. the people behind the till had to open the packaging up as we were all a little bit unsure of what it was.. but it soon plumped up when it got into the air .( how mad is that!!)

oo here's an addition to the winter wardrobe.. a red tartan kilt.. i love it.. its actually a couple of dress sizes bigger than what i wear but a bit worryingly it fits perfect.. eeek.. we'll just say its because its vintage!!!

it even comes with its own kilt pin!!.. I'll just have to buy a fantastic pair of brown leather boots now.. !!