Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Somewhere to day dream...

Hello my lovelies! It feels like forever since my last post, and I have missed you all! Life has been a little hectic over this always is when the kidlets are on holiday! But, I have been somewhat productive, and have a good few snaps to share with you. Regardless of how busy life gets, there is ALWAYS time for baking...

Mmmm...banana loaf...
                         One of my five-a-day?

Do you like the Sweet Williams? They are some of my favourite flowers ever, and I always get some from the market this time of year. These were a gift from a friend.

Apart from eating too much cake, I have been playing house again. This occurs quite frequently. I have concentrated my efforts on our boudoir over the last couple of days. My writing bureau which has been sitting quite happily in our livingroom, has been uprooted and re-located to our master bedroom. And I am delighted with the change! It meant emptying all the drawers though, and they were packed with paperwork and photographs...there is now a MOUNTAIN of STUFF on my dining table which I have to sort through, and I'm not quite sure where it's all going to go...The bureau drawers are now full of my unmentionables, so there's no room there! Anyhow, I thought I'd show you some pictures...don't panic...I won't show you any pictures of my knicker-drawers!

Let's start at the beginning...

The bureau was a gift from friends, lovely, lovely, lovely!

I decided to give it a little make-over...Paint, wallpaper, new handles for the drawers...

Here's a picture of the inside, unpainted...

And the way it looks after the make-over...

I've been longing to create a little corner in our room, somewhere where I can read, write, day dream, and have some quiet moments. I love writing, I always have, but life and it's demands get in the way, and it's hard to find those quiet pockets in the day, where one can come up for fresh air and breathe...Moving the desk upstairs will hopefully create a corner of peace where I can retreat to.

As I didn't bother painting the inside of the bureau initially, I thought I'd lighten it by adding some pretty wallpaper to the inside. It has done the trick for me!

Somewhere to read...

Somewhere to write...

I love poetry! My favourites are undoubtedly Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dylan Thomas and South African poet Ingrid Jonker. I found a copy of Elizabeth's works a few years ago, and it is just the most beautiful book. Bound in leather, with a rose print on the cover, it will be a very mature 100 years old next year!

A poem worth a mention...

A few feminine touches...

No more rummaging for these in a bundled mess at the bottom of a box!

Cake stands and tea cups for storing jewelry? Why yes! I hate rummaging for things! This way I can see where things are!

So, a L-O-N-G post today...Thanks for stopping by, and do say hello! You make my day when you do!



  1. Lovely pictures. So many pretty things....the poetry book, how very special and I love the earrings around the teacup, what a pretty idea. That pink tatted doily is beautiful. I love tatting, so intricate and delicate. Lots of time in those pretty tatted pieces. One doesn't see alot of tatting. I would love to learn. I hope you have quiet relaxing times in your new space. It is a beautiful space for reading and writing.

    1. Hi Mary! Thank you for all your lovely comments! When I discovered the tatted doily at the bottom of a basket in an antiques shop, I was delighted! It is such a lovely colour, and I can only imagine the love and effort that someone had put into making it. It saddens me when I think that these lovely things have ended up at the bottom of a pile somewhere, but it's a sweet taste when I know that they can come home with me! Tania ♥

  2. Oh, my, oh, my!!! Where do I begin, dearest Tania? Your makeover is incredible! You took a sow's ear and made it into a silk purse! All the lovely knobs, soft paint colors, printed wallpaper, creative vignettes...are so beautiful! The artful way you have displayed your jewelry is genius. I wish my kitties would leave my pretties alone when I put them out.
    I couldn't help but notice your sweet tatted doily! My grama taught me how to tat, but, unfortunately, I have lost the touch. Oh, how I wish she was here to give me a refresher!
    I have missed you and I thought you were most like busy with your children now that they are on holiday. Thank you for the delightful treat it has been visiting your latest post! I haved love, love, loved every single word and feminine touch!
    Big hugs across the pond!
    Carolynn xo

    1. Hello my sweet friend! Thank you for stopping by with your cheerful comments! They bring me much joy! Hugs, Tania ♥

  3. I love what you did to your writing desk. So very pretty. I especially love the the rose paper inside! I adore all the feminine touches you have added to your decorating and how clever to display earrings on a teacup.


    1. Hi Danielle! Thank you for your sweet words. I'm glad you liked the paper. It was a sample piece that I picked up from the DIY store, so totally free! Yes, I'm a girl who likes doing things on a shoestring...and sometimes no string! :) ♥ Tania

  4. What a lovely, lovely post Tania, your bureau is absolutely beautiful! And using teacups and cake stands to display jewellery - genius! And they look so so pretty. The wallpaper you have put inside the lid is what I have on my bedroom wall - love it! That poem is one of my favourites! And I deffinitely think banana loaf is one of our 5 a day! Sweet Williams are one of my favourites this time of year too!
    Victoria xx

    1. Hello Victoria! Thank you for popping in and leaving such lovely comments. It warms my heart! On account of the banana loaf, I'm glad you agree! :) Have a super rest of the week! Tania ♥

  5. This is so beautiful! :) I love it!

    I love the tea cup earing tidy! Its so original!

    Kate xxxxxx

    1. Hi Kate! So glad you like the post. It was long overdue! Thanks for stopping by! Tania ♥

  6. Hello beautiful Tania, I am so happy you enjoyed holiday time with your dear children. Your photos are beautiful and the banana bread looks yummy. I love Sweet Williams! The fragrance is wonderful and they are so lovely. The ones your friend gave you are really stunning! Like you, I am always rearranging and moving things around. Right now, I am working on my sewing room and hope to have it finished by the end of this week. I have a bit of a mess too! I enjoyed reading about your going~ons and seeing the bureau makeover. You did a beautiful job and the wallpaper is the perfect touch. What a sweet gift from your friend. I love all of your pretties, so feminine, sweet and inspiring. You are a gifted writer, so I am very glad you have made this special place to write, read, daydream and have quite times. That is so important dearest. I love poetry as well, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is one of my favorites too. I love the poem you shared, as that is one of my favorites that she wrote. I also love Christina Rossetti. You were a gorgeous bride sweetie!!!! I love that sweet vignette you made with all the pink and the photo of you in your beautiful wedding gown! I love how you displayed your pretty earrings in the lovely teacup and put your jewelry and other items on the cakes stands! You are so creative dear friend! Your post was not long at all, I loved every moment of my visit with you and seeing the the fruit of your work! I hope you have a beautiful rest of the week lovely! Much love, Paula xo

    1. Hello darling Paula! It is always so lovely to hear from you my friend! I really enjoyed doing this post, and I'm glad you like it. So, you're busy in your sewing room? I do hope you'll share all your hard work with us...can't wait! I'm off for a cup of tea to Sweet Vintage Rose Cottage in a bit...Blessings and hugs to you! Tania ♥

  7. So beautiful! You have created a very peaceful spot.

    1. Hello Kristi! Thank you for staying and leaving a lovely fragrance with your dear comments! Hope all is well with you and yours! Blessings, Tania ♥

  8. Tania, everything you do is so beautiful. You're my inspiration to create something beautiful in my home today. Have a lovely day.

  9. Hello Tiffany! It's so lovely to hear from you! Thank you for the cheer you bring with your lovely comments. If I've managed to inspire a little, I'm pleased as punch! Do let me know what you get up to in your nest! Blessings, Tania ♥

  10. What a lovely makeover...
    and I miss baking,
    don't have much time lately.

  11. Thank you for stopping by Dee at the Carlton & for leaving a comment. I have a desk almost like yours (I think you saw the photo on flickr) and I too had to paint it Cream / Ivory to update it so that it is somewhere I enjoy using. I use my little desk in my bedroom for my special quiet times & I just love the pure pleasure of having a space all of my own.

    I am most definitely going to be using one of my pretty vintage cups for earrings - what a f♥b idea. Please stop by my blog again ....

    Dee at the Carlton blog

  12. Oh my - I do love the look of your baking.


    Nina x

  13. What a lovely post- I too use tea things for jewelry! Your nook is refreshing! I love what you did to the desk!


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