Friday, 15 August 2014

Sail Away...

'Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes'

There is something so very magical about the way the waves kiss the shoreline, and nothing soothes your soul quite like the feeling of sand between your toes, and the waves drowning out your woes...To me, the biggest joy of summer is a day spent at the beach. Having enjoyed the most perfect two days at the English Coast not so long ago, I came home dreaming about sailing away...

Three boats went a sailing...'Love', 'Joy' and 'Hope'...Do you remember folding paper boats and setting them to sail in a puddle? Making these took me all the way back to my childhood...

I figured that I'd like to surround myself with reminders of happy, sunny, beachy days...And so, the dresser has been redressed...again...Let's go to the beach...

Let's build a sandcastle...

...and spend our pocket money on some rock...
These Batger's Confectioner tins were a boot sale find. They have been around for more than fifty nostalgic...

Honeycomb 'beach balls'...

A cheery summer dresser...

Ready for a day at the beach? Let's sail away...


Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer lovin'...

Hello my lovelies! Oh, this summer has been sublime...Every bloom, every sunbathed morning, every balmy evening...I cannot tell you what it does for my soul when the sun is shining! Today, I will not bore you with long sentences or over-emphasized descriptions. A picture says a thousand words...

Summer favourites...

Here's to more summer loveliness!


Monday, 4 August 2014

Come on over and say hello!

Hello my lovelies! I have a new post fresh out the oven...or writer's pen, over at 'Every Little Vintage Thing' Just click on the link and it will take you there! Do pop over and sail away with me!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Out of this world!

Well hello there! Phew! It has been a hectic few weeks, with plenty of end-of school-year activities taking up time, and one birthday celebration after another! Just this week we celebrated our youngest's fifth birthday. And this time we picked a theme...We opted for all things outer space...rockets, planets and of course aliens! It goes without saying that I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest, searching for a little inspiration that is 'out of this world'! And I was not disappointed! After a little planning, and a lot of baking, our little guests arrived, and we had a wonderful time! Here are a few space alien party snaps!

Space themed food labels...

Alien paper cups for drinks...or 'rocket fuel' as we called it!

'Martian Mallows'...Marshmallows dipped in coloured white chocolate, and decorated with sprinkles and sweets.

And Pinterest inspired, slightly adapted planetary cupcakes... 

And the birthday cake of course...I saw this idea on Pinterest, and I fell in love with it straight away, as it's inspired by one of our favourite books too!

And so our little one is another year older, and I would hope to think that he will always remember is 5th birthday! Well, one thing is for sure...I will NEVER forget his big smile when he walked in from school to see the table decorated, alien balloons up, and the way he excitedly greeted all his little friends! THAT smile was worth it!


Friday, 13 June 2014

Easy Peasy Spring Pea Salad!

Hello m'dears! If there is one thing that the sunshine inspires in me, it's healthy eating! Suddenly the idea of a salad supper sounds more appealing than a hearty stew! And with all the seasonal veg winking temptingly in the grocers isle, I thought I'd try out some new recipes, in the hope that they will become firm family favourites. Today's pick of the crop, is a 'Spring Pea Salad'. We've tried and tested it, and it went down a treat, so I thought I'd share it with all of you.

I fondly remember the joy I used to get from squishing open pea pods as a child, and picking away at the 'pearls' inside the shell. There is something quite magical about those sweet little green gems! I think for me, it had something to do with the fact that my favourite Ladybird book was 'The Princess and the Pea'! There is also something very special about the warm feeling of togetherness, when everyone is sat around the kitchen table shelling peas. My children aren't overly enthusiastic about cooked, frozen peas, but somehow the unspoilt, earthy nuttiness of fresh peas go down a treat.

Spring Pea Garden Salad

You will need:

  • 1 cup fresh peas, shelled
  • 1 bunch radishes, finely sliced
  • lettuce/salad base.....we went for a mix of baby spinach, rocket and herb lettuce
  • a couple of boiled eggs, sliced
  • feta or goats cheese
For the dressing, combine in a jar by vigorously shaking together the following:

  • About 190 ml natural Greek yogurt
  • 2 tblsp Mayonnaise
  • 1tbsp chopped Dill
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard
Combine all the fresh ingredients, and top with the eggs and crumbled cheese. Spoon over the dressing to taste, and save the rest for another time! 

Dive in, and enjoy!


Friday, 6 June 2014

New Beginnings!

Hello my lovelies! It's been a long old while since I picked up my blogging pen over here, but it's not that I've been idle. Oh no sirree! I have been spinning words on a new blog over at 'Every Little Vintage Thing'. I have intended to start a new blog for a while, separating my love of sewing, and my love for all things vintage. I am still wondering if I've done the right thing, but not everyone who likes sewing necessarily likes vintage styling! I also get bored very easily...the curse of the creative mind I'm told...So, I fancied something new and different. Any thoughts on this? Suggestions on a post card pleas! But, do pop over and take a look. I'd love to know what you think. Hope all is well in your valley!