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Saturday, 18 July 2015

A 1950's Dreamhouse

I found this pretty kitchen while ambling along being nosey at other people's interiors. It's been untouched for over 60 years (well I'm not saying it hasn't been kept clean, just not updated) and I think it's so pretty. Apparently the pink was very popular in the 1950's because of Maime Eisenhower, so it was often referred to in the US as Maime Pink and was very popular due to housewives wanting to emulate their first lady.

It was full of state of the art appliances that still had their instruction manuals with them.

I think though that the above pictures are a far cry from what would have been in my grandparents kitchens at the time. Colour would have been the least of their concerns, I imagine they probably wouldn't have even owned a fridge and a dishwasher would have been unimaginable!

I also found this pretty, well kept house. It was last decorated by the owner in the 1950's and '60's, and according to google was in the house owner's favourite colours.

A beautiful entrance hall, so light, bright and welcoming

I would be too nervous to touch anything here for fear of making a mess, it's like a show home

Everything is so pretty and goes together so well

I think many people would be glad to have this kitchen today!

Pretty little breakfast nook, I showed this to my husband and he just said 'no' without me saying anything else! Bit too pink and too much frou-frou for him I think.

Not sure about the carpet in here, but still pretty colours

I can't imagine how house looking as tidy as this in every room at the same time, I think we have more of a 'lived in' look... hehe!

Off to enjoy a bowl of cherries

Have a good weekend
Take care

Friday, 10 July 2015

Flower Posies

After reading your lovely comments on my last post about my Sweet Peas, I thought I should get out there and pick some, so now we can have the loveliness of them continuing to flower outside and their delicate prettiness and perfume inside too.

 They aren't very long so I popped them in an old school milk bottle, this posy will sit on the kitchen windowsill

While I had the garden scissors out... wahhhh ha ha.... I thought I pick some more for the sitting room. We only have a couple of Sweet Williams that have flowered, but I thought they'd look lovely in my old jug

Popped some Daisies and Lavender in there too so it wasn't too sparse.

They look really pretty on the mantelpiece and it feels extra special because they grew in our garden.

We've built a second raised bed with sleepers. I'm really pleased with it and it's growing some sprouts, broccoli and red onions for us. I also put 3 sunflowers along the back.

We seem to be avoiding the slugs and snails this year (usually our Sunflowers are stripped bare when they get planted out), but they aren't thriving... the stalks look nice and strong, but the leaves, particularly the lower ones, are wilting. They get plenty of water, so I'm not sure why it's happenning - any advice very welcome.

While I was taking photos of the bed, I thought I'd take one of the Flamingoes... I love them!

Hubby really wasn't sure when I whipped them off the shelf, but has grown to like them. They make me smile when I see them.

Back to the dead heading and weeding then...

Take care

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Giraffe and This or That

I've barely touched my laptop recently, the weather has been so beautiful that I've wanted to soak up as much sunshine as possible. I'm to be found either in the garden or in an evening, in the conservatory with the doors flung wide open, rain or shine.

The garden is a riot of colour, I get so much pleasure from just looking at it. It's our first year growing Sweet Peas, and they're scrambling up the fence, such a pretty mosaic of colours, and they smell divine.

We shall definitely be growing more next year, perhaps all along the fence, it'll be beautiful!

I've kept my hook busy too, it's been so nice to have some time to sit and crochet outside. I've whipped up a giraffe, if I make another one I'll make the neck a bit longer I think. He he is sitting among the flowers

A cosy up with my Blythe beauties

And another one by himself, stretching his legs in the sun.

I've also managed to finish my shawl for wearing in the garden in an evening. It's been so useful to have something light to throw round my shoulders when we sit outside in an evening

I used the new Stylecraft doubleknit colours. It's a simple Granny Stripe triangle, clusters of 3 trebles except at the beginning and end of each row, which is 4 trebles.

Such a simple item and it makes me happy and keeps me warm.

As it's swinging between brilliant sunshine and torrential downpours, I think I'll stay inside now and catch up on some blog reading.

Take care

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Trollbead Bracelet

When I was a girl I used to think having a charm bracelet would be so grown up. I loved the idea of collecting the charms on special occasions and for them to represent special things. I never had a charm bracelet and I think as I got older they fell out of fashion really.

For my 40th birthday I wanted something special to mark the occasion, that's when I discovered Trollbeads. I loved the story behind them and the idea of being able to build it up over time with beads that had a personal meaning for me.

'Trollbeads jewellery is made from 18-carat gold, sterling silver, Italian glass, freshwater pearls and precious stones, and is created from a blend of traditional and modern techniques.

You can choose gold or silver or of course both. I went with silver, I have to say partly because of the enormous price difference, but I like silver too.This is what it says on the Trollbead site about the beads

'Trollbeads is an exquisite set of interchangeable jewellery pieces which let you create your own look. At the heart of the collection are the beads themselves. Each piece in the Trollbeads collection has its own little history, taking its inspiration from mythology, astrology, fairy tales, fauna, flora, cultural diversity, and last but certainly not least, the familiar things of everyday living.'

I like the idea that no 2 beads are ever truly the same. While they may be more expensive than similar beads that have come on to the market, it's because they aren't mass produced, each has it's story from it's design on paper to reaching you, I love where the inspiration is taken from.

'The gold and silver Trollbeads are modelled using the so called ‘cire perdu’ or ‘lost wax’ method. This 3,000 year old technique allows for fine details to be reproduced from wax to precious metals. Each glass bead is handmade from red-hot glass in the open flame and no two Trollbeads are ever completely alike.'

Here are some of the beads I've collected over the years

When Andrew bought me the hearts, they were to represent the 4 of us and our love for each other.

Four hearts close together. Hearts of fire, hearts for Christmas, hearts for the one you hold dear

A mermaid. When she was small, Imogen was desperate to be a mermaid, she was my little mermaid.
The little mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale. This mythical sea-creature symbolises female mystique and magnetism, which is sometimes fatal to men.

This bead is called Wisdom, something we all hope to grow in
Five precious stones, which together symbolize wisdom. An opal for loyalty, an amethyst for peace of mind, a garnet for devotion and grace, a turquoise for courage and success, and a lapis lazuli for competence.

Teacup... my favourite drink is a cup of Earl grey tea, good for what ails you.

Tea is a good drink. A symbol of care that keeps us warm. This cup is for you - for all the wonderful times we've shared.

A lucky knot
A lucky knot for fortune and happiness.

Kitten, I need a puppy too!

Few creatures are as adorable and playful as kittens, jumping at anything they can get a hold of, their eyes full of eagerness. This is quite the little troublemaker.

Lotus flower. Imogen chose this charm for a birthday present quite a few years ago.

The lotus flower appears in the legends of India and ancient Egypt. It is a symbol of light and enlightenment, forged where the rays of the sun meet the pull of the moon.

Three flowers

Three beautiful flowers, each with its own dichroic glass orb. A new, bold and beautiful combination.

Fairy. I love fairies, who doesn't!

At dawn the fairies sprinkle morning dew on every blade of grass and cornflower, vanishing well before we wake up to the sight of their fairy masterpiece gleaming in the sun.

I have glass beads too between the silver ones and a couple of silver ones recently that aren't actually trollbeads (though still rather lovely)

I'm very lucky and my troll bracelet means an awful lot to me. It's full now really, so I'm not adding any more to it... perhaps I could start a new one for my 50th?

If you're interested in trollbeads you can look them up here, and just to add that I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I just like them!

Take care

Thursday, 18 June 2015

A Good Read and a New Friend

The beautiful sunshine didn't last very long here, I'm hoping it will come back soon, it's been more like early Autumn than Summer.

I did get a chance to finish my book though, 'The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August' by Claire North.

It was a bit different from my usual reads, but it's good to try something different! Harry August lives his life over and over, always born in the same year to the same parents, each life is different though depending on the choices he makes. The intrigue comes when a message is passed back from young child to elderly dying person until it reaches Harry when a child tells him the end of the world is getting nearer.

There's intrigue, suspension and mystery, a thoroughly engrossing read!

Now to introduce my new friend, my beautiful, darling Delores. She's wrapped up tightly and safely as she's had a long journey from the California in the States.

Delores is my first customised Blythe doll.

Look at that gorgeous hair, it's so soft, I'm quire taken with her.

As a Blythe doll she has pull strings that when pulled change the colour of her eyes and direction of her gaze.

She went into the garden to check out the fairy houses

Sigh... my beautiful Delores. And as I was in the garden, another shot of our growing Sweetpeas

Take care