Sunday, 13 April 2014

'Hoppy' Easter!

Today has been a lazy day...
A sewing day...
Happy thoughts turned to 'hoppy' thoughts...


























I snipped...I stitched...I stuffed...
And then she took shape...


























A happy...hoppy...Easter bunny!



















































And so, with a new little bunny needing a home, I nested...

























An old favourite Easter wreath all dusted and tidied up...



And lets remind ourselves of the real reason for this season...


























May this week preceding the Easter weekend, be full of lovely, happy thoughts...

Blessings
Tania ♥

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pastel polishing...

Hello my lovelies! Well, it's finally here. Sunshine, daffodils and brighter evenings! I revel in the changing seasons, as they are so beautifully and characteristically defined here in the UK. Every season inspires a little nest primping in our home, as I love to change things around to reflect the time of year. My favourite corner to dress is most definitely the dresser which sits in our living/dining room. Since we acquired it, it has always been styled with red accessories. Red is my favourite colour after all! But, for while now I have longed for a change, something a little more brighter, ethereal, springlike! It felt like it needed a bit of polishing...with pastels! And, what better time to tackle a change of mood than spring, with a little Easter celebration thrown in for good measure!

The dresser before...in red at Christmas time...


























The dresser now...pastel spring colours of pinks, blues and yellows!


























Some Easter chocolate bunnies in jars...



























An old favourite...'E' for Easter...















Some decorative altered books in a stash...tied with velvet ribbon...
I cut out a display window through the cover, added some gold leaf, glitter and Scrabble letters...


























Fresh flowers...


























And a few favourite things...



A basket of eggs...and an egg box prettied up...


























And who said deer are just for Christmas?


























I'm in love with the cheery lightness in this corner. It might stay like this well beyond Easter!


























Blessings, Tania ♥



Monday, 31 March 2014

Spring and Celebrations!

Spring has finally sprung! I cannot tell you how I have longed for warm rays of sunshine to drive away the grey gloom of a winter that's overstayed it's welcome! As soon as Shrove Tuesday arrived, I felt ready to shake off my winter coat, banish woolly socks in favour of sandals, and reach for the nearest floral summer skirt to cheer up my somewhat dull countenance! But, it was a little chilly for that, so the pancakes had to cheer a little louder to lift my mood...Yummm...

Pancake Day...

But, there were a few celebrations to be had, and that always puts the spring back in my step. Now, I am a fickle girl. I love shoes. And dresses. And sparkly things. We had a Golden Anniversary Ball to attend, and so the outfit planning commenced...




































The dress and petticoat arrived, and I was smitten! I did however do a little alteration. The dress needed a little something to lift it, so, I removed the lovely satin ribbon tie from the petticoat, and made it into a sash to wear around the dress instead. It seemed a waste hidden under the dress! I added a sparkly vintage brooch for a bit of glamour. Ta-dah!


Ready for the ball!


We had a wonderful time dancing the night away! 


There were a few birthdays to celebrate too. My dearest friend turned forty. I made her this apron...

And with it, a few more treats...




And now? Finally celebrating the arrival of spring!



Here's to warm, hazy, lazy days...

Blessings, Tania ♥



















Saturday, 22 February 2014

For the love of books...

I'm feeling a little rough around the edges today...nursing a nasty cold. There is only one thing for it...


























 Oh yes I do...I believe in well thumbed pages, printer's ink on paper...not gadgets and gizmos, for they fail to lift my romantic soul...




 Don't get me wrong...if reaching for a Kindle means that my child is going to explore and embrace the written word, then that's a good thing. Whether it's a hardback or an iBook, as long as they develop a nose for exploring the freedom that fiction and fantasy can bring, I don't really mind. But for me, nothing beats a proper book...I'm a little old fashioned like that...







But imagine my delight, when my eleven year old's face lit up in the thrift shop...She had discovered a book from her favourite Enid Blyton series...printed in 1951. She insisted on spending all her pocket money on a well-loved book! Well, this little apple doesn't fall far from the tree!


























I'm off to bury my nose in a book now...Till we meet again!

Blessings
Tania ♥

Monday, 17 February 2014

Ice cream Protest!


Well hello! Yes, I know...it has been quite some time since I tended my little blog allotment! But, there is a very good reason for my absence. I have only gone and joined the working classes! Yip, I am now a fully fledged office receptionist, and I'm settling into my day job very nicely! The only down side is that there still remains just twenty-four hours in every day, hence the weeds have taken over a little in this corner! But, I have great plans to make time for this very important piece of my heart, and I will become a little more productive once things have fallen into a steady, manageable routine! Needless to say, my creative juices have dried up a little as there just hasn't been much time for creating and crafting! I did manage to join up some squares...



I am planning to make a little memory quilt from these lovely little squares. Once I've joined them up nicely, I will add some embroidery, decorative stitching, embellishments, and a few other surprises...which no doubt will come to me as I work on it...I hope!

I feel a little lost this year, as I normally do something special around Valentine's day, but the time and the inclination just failed to find me this February! Hubby had to work, and the kidlets and I had a quiet night in in front of the box. The UK weather has surpassed it's soggy reputation this winter too, and the general mood at home has been equally damp because of it! So, what does one do in the middle of a windswept, cold, sodden winter? One has an ice cream party of course! That's what we did, by candle light, in protest of the weather!




It cheered us up no end! I think it also has something to do with the fact that I'm longing for summer to burst through the door with warmth and lazy, hazy happy days! But, for now, I'll leave you all with a few tempting ideas to host your very own ice-cream party...even if the summer is still a little way off...

Mason jars

Backyard ice cream party

Pretty paper cups

Print your own pretty labels
It's a wrap!

Wine glasses and silver spoons

Roll on summer!






Saturday, 25 January 2014

My retro soul sings!

And so I have waited...patiently...And I'm not the patient kind. But sometimes that's all one's purse allows for, waiting and hoping  that somewhere someone will want rid of that one thing that would bring the zing back into your home, without having to cut off an arm! And then I found it. A superb specimen of retro revelation... a magnificent 1960's teak McIntosh sideboard which I have longed for, for such a very long time! These retro sideboards have made a fierce comeback, and hence they are quite pricey. But my thrifty soul is singing, as I found one for an absolute song! Eventually...Why, I ask you, are they so sought after these days? Well, for me it evokes nostalgic feelings of a time when it seemed that time stood still. The pace of life these days leave little scope for reflection, simplicity and calm, and there is something quite calming about the structure of these retro pieces. So, there has been some re-shuffling, nesting and tweaking...

Finally, a resting place for old collected pieces, that breathes new life into them...somehow, they now fit...




































































And so the oak cupboard had to move, but it's found a happy spot!




































































Adding a few spring like blooms in blue...

























A teapot re-purposed...

























And with that done, I can now sit back, transported a little further down memory lane to the sounds of the Beatles, with 'Love me do' and 'Hey Jude'...My retro soul sings!

♥♥♥♥