Friday 26 June 2009

Tuesday 23 June 2009

garden party

Floss at troc broc and recup had a garden party to celebrate her 40th birthday, so I thought I'd throw the perfect virtual garden party in her honour!

prayed for sun

made (more) cakes


got out me best china (hehe)

Hired Betty and her tea hut, you cant have a garden party without tea!

strawberries and cream

A surprise guest, its Josh Holloway!!

He's a sucker for home made cake and a bit of vintage chit chat!

Afternoon spent relaxing in the garden,
the air filled with the scent of rose and lavender

At the end of the day it had all been to much!
Its time to return home!

Happy Birthday Floss!

Wednesday 17 June 2009

thrifty business


I've just this minute bought these cute cake plates.
I love their shape, what do you call an 8 sided shape?
I also love the green, quite an unusual find in a charity shop.
They were marked up at 99p, but I gave £1.50, sometimes my generosity astounds me!
You know what this means now?
More cakes!


I bought this old apron for the vintage fabric not realising it was a full size one, so maybe I'll wear it whilst... making cakes!


Another pint sized item that nearly didn't get purchased is this nice ribbed vase (arrangement of sweet williams courtesy of this gardens life). I have a thing for ribbed/textured things, don't get any filthy ideas ladies!


I'll leave you with my snapdragon badge and moi!

Ooh heck its raining I'm dashing off to rescue the lounger cushions!

(after thought duh its an octagon!!)

Thursday 11 June 2009

stars and stripes

As promised the finished quilt!!
(photos courtesy of mr fetes camera)

I am quite pleased with the finished quilt, though I would have preferred no binding, but as the quilting stitch was so close to the edge it would have been tricky.

I'm glad I chose a patterned reverse,
(inspired by Marys quilt I think)
I was going to use white, but now I have two quilts in one.

Oh heavenly machine quilting, this was my first go with the machine, I like the way it gives a more professional finish. As I sat down to begin it dawned on me that it would turn out a stars and stripes quilt, much to the amusement of the old man. Such excitement!

It is a quilt to keep our toes warm in the winter, so during the summer I might use it elsewhere, which is another bonus for using a beachy style stripe that seems to go with the rest of the house.



Now maybe I can get on with making some hearts to sell at last!!

ps. for the inspiration and progress of this quilt click on the label patchwork.

Tuesday 9 June 2009


Thought I'd catch up with some blogging as the sun has disappeared, not that I'm a fair weather gardener! Anyone who grows roses will agree that its going to be a great year for blooms, so good in fact that I'm able to pick some for the house which I love.

The veg garden is producing too. However a tip for budding growers ~ don't forget to label if you plant peas and mange tout next to each other!! These could be mange tout or maybe they are peas??

Here is my badge that I got from snapdragon.
Do you remember the blue sky?

My second free (the horlicks offer) magazine arrived and its a blinder!! A beach style special, every page is filled with loveliness, go check it out you wont be disappointed.

Great fresh fabrics!

So why the random selection?
My camera has just about died,
so I shall leave you with this ghostly image
of what?

Friday 5 June 2009

Wednesday 3 June 2009

garden special


Noelle this is the Josephs coat rose.

Monday 1 June 2009


You may or may not have heard of Millvina Dean. She was the last living survivor of the Titanic.
This rose is a tribute to her life as sadly she passed away yesterday. She was 97 and had led an interesting life, more recently so, due to the growing interest in anything Titanic.

My interest is slightly more personal as my Mum did her dress making and what not.
Millvina told mum recently that someone asked her to send a lock of her hair to them so she did, and received £100 in return!

Rest in peace Millvina.