Monday, 27 April 2009

Rain stopped play!

We've been very busy here in the kitschen household. But the rain caught us out and so this is the new look in the dining room!
The half refurbished garden furniture has taken over until the final colour top-coat has been applied and had time to dry to a lovely weatherproof sheen. Why it found it's way in here and not into the barn is a mystery to me!
It's not a good look but since wonderful mumsie spent nearly a whole day doing a fantastic job of the primer, we'd hate to see it all washed away!
So as we returned to indoor jobs, I received a wonderful surprise parcel to cheer me up! Don't you just love that dear little birdy?Can you guess where it's from? Ooh lucky me!
The lovely Michelle over at Cowboys and Custard saw my iced gem china post and sent me this yummy little jug along with some super duper goodies! What a lucky girl I am!I just love that Kitty card! And as you can see the perfect little jug has settled in happily with the other iced gem pieces!
Which takes me neatly onto sweeties! Do you remember I mentioned a sweetie swap?
I was contacted by lovely Punkinpie to do a retro sweetie swap. Of course I turned to old favourites, Barratts, Swizzels and Maynards for the parcel I was sending to America. The sweetie names of my childhood.
And then we received this wonderful parcel in a pukka stateside grocery bag (I will never understand the lack of handles!)!Of course I had help with the unpacking!
Oooh look at all those lovely packages!I was surprised that there was only one sweetie we knew! Pez. They're the only sweets in the parcel we had heard of before. I really hadn't expected so many surprises!And the next most notable thing? The colours! I mentioned in my iced gem post that the colours were not what they used to be.... well clearly in America they have alternative ingredients - I could frame these beauties for the wall!!
...and I think these were making me giddy before I even considered eating them!
... and look at these! Aren't they just too beautiful to eat? I'm saving them for my next photo session when I need more colourful sweeties! Can you see the American Pez?
These are the English ones!
Wierd hey? So, what were the favourites? Well, the Charleston Chew was heaven but I think one a year would be enough!
This lolly gets a high mark for the laughs!But without a doubt, these delicious peanut caramel chews are my absolute new obsession! Perfectly nutty, chewy and yum! I might have been biased already by the lovely packaging - well who wouldn't be! My granny's favourite sweet treat was a toffee called 'Plain Janes'. Perhaps that they reminded me of her was part of the appeal. There have been lots of memories of my gran this week. We have a very exciting date with a homes journalist next week. The lovely lady has asked me to think of stories behind the things in our home..... Where to begin?! We have a home which is full of sentimental old this and that, much of our furniture and china are hand-me-downs, make do and mend. Even the biscuit tin we use every day, is from my gran's kitchen.
She wouldn't have worried about additives in sweets. Hers was a kitchen where grandchildren were spoiled - if there was a new Angel Delight ,I could eat the whole bowl. If we felt sickly, Coca Cola with a spoonful of sugar in it. Demerara sugar sandwiches were a favourite treat and biscuits. Digestive biscuits topped with a huge heap of Whipped cream and a dollop of jam... hmmm. Happy memories.I shall be busy busy for another week or so. Sorry not to be here chatting. And after the photoshoot I shall also be working on another article for Sew Hip magazine but I won't be spoiling any surprises by telling you about it! It's scheduled for issue 9!
Have a lovely week. t.xx


bex said...

oh wow! my nan used to give me and my cousin sugar sandwiches too! she would feed them to us and let us run riot in sugar induced rage!

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

I recognised the Chiclets as well as the Pez. Sugar sandwiches here too. You must have been very posh having demerera sugar. We only had good old White Tate&Lyle!

marble rose said...

I loved your ice gem collection when you first posted them and am amazed another piece has joined them, they're so unusual - how lovely! Will you dare to eat the sugar daddy??? Love the blog!

Menopausal musing said...

Aha! so that answers the "where is Kitschen Pink at the moment" questions. Lovely post, like you, I love the colours of all the sweets. Aren't the wrappings wonderful too. Lucky girl to get another "iced gem" piece. Congrats on magazine interviews etc. x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi T!
Well done to Mummy, she deserves a gold star for the paint job - hope the furniture makes it into the photoshoot!

How sweet of Michele - how thoughtful.

And all that candy! Gulp, do you have any teeth left? (Especially after grans help too ;-))
Those 'Peeps' are amazing! Zing!
(Did you know you're not supposed to post chocolate to the US?!!! - I promise I won't tell)

Have a great week and good luck for next week,
Niki xx

vanessa said...

It's all about the colours isn't it! Looking at those gorgeous colours makes me drool. I love the idea of a retro sweetie swap with another country's sweets, brilliant idea!
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

Cowboys and Custard said...

Glad to see the little jug is settling in well with the rest of the family...
Those sweeties look lethal... you'll be bouncing off the walls if you eat those colours.. oh... but just think of the fun!

The Antidote said...

I am getting a sugar rush from this post!!

beck said...

What a lot of lollies! Have you got a good dentist near by? Don't mind me, I'm just jealous. Can you save me a Sugar Daddy? I've always wanted one x

Vintage Tea said...

What a fun swap idea. When I returned from USA last year I brought home bags of sweets for all my friends kids to try (I'm sure they didn't appreciate it after the children were hyper after all the E numbers!!)

Victoria x

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Hi there

Just thought I would pop on a comment only recently discovered your blog and think its lovely! real eye candy all those colours!

I remeber sugar sandwiches as well! a real blast from the past that. I used to like the wham bars as a child and of course spangles (yep 70/80's child)

good luck with all your exciting interviews.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Sweey sugar overload! It's a good thing you're not three or you'd be hyperactive & not go to bed! LOL!

It's always fun to receive a surprise in the post isn't it?


Rhiannon said...

amazing colours on those sweeties :D
It always makes me sad about the lack of colour these days (smarties in particular are a dissapointment. oh and shrimps which i swear used to glow in the dark). On the other hand, my brother used to get banned from anything blue when he was small so maybe its not quite such a bad thing?

Hurrah for iced gem crockery (also a food thats gone dull - what is the world coming to?!)

ps. word v = blesses - most real word I've ever got!

Melanie said...

Hi there, I love your blog and I hope you dont mind, but I've added your blog to my blogroll on my site.

Take Care
Love Melanie xxx

Shannon said...

Lucky you! And we may have colorful Pez in the states, but we don't have Cadbury Flake, so I think you would win in a battle of delights. :)
I am going to have to track down the next issue of Sew Hip. The nearest bookstore that carries it is three hours away... perhaps I can talk my husband into picking it up on his next trip to the coast.
And thanks for the lovely photo of forget-me-nots. So sweet.

myminimocs said...

what a fantastic and very generous gesture from Cowboys and Custard - it's perfect with your set! all the candy look deadly ~ moderation dear moderation LOL

Squirrels & Tea said...

thanks for visiting my blog sweetie! your blog is so all the candy posts...yummm...

Melanie said...

I am hosting a swap over on my site if you would like to join, please feel free to pop over and take a look.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxx

Mr Lee said...

You blog touchs us,Bless you forever.Let's keep in touch.

cocoa and blankets said...

Hi Sweetie, there was an article on radio 4 yeserday about sherbert dib dabs which are now going to be put in plastic very dare they...they wont be the same without that soggy yellow paper....

Floss said...

Wow - what an amazing bunch of stories and photos! I can see why you're going to have trouble selecting just a few stories and memories for the article. I've seen some of those 'dots' on an American post within the last few days, but I had no knowledge of them before, even though I spent 4 years of my childhood in the States! Here in France there is another set of retro sweets to encounter - there are wonderful ones flavoured with either honey or violets, which have gone down well with our boys...

comfortstitching said...

Demerera sugar sandwiches?? coke with more sugar!!! Definately my kind of granny! Bring on the sweeties....

Aqeela said...

I was just reminicing today about eating spoonfulls of demerera sugar as a child. The sweets youve recieved look fun and tasty, im sure nobody beats the USA when it comes to sweeties!

Aqeela xx

GWEN said...


MelMel said...

Mel here!
Sorry I've dashed away, hoping to be back soon!

Lovely yummy scrummy post, really enjoyed it!xxx

Melanie said...

Hi there, I am hosting a book swap over on my blog. It is a permanent feature, which will always be on my blog, it is not a one off, like the rose theme swap I'm hosting. I have listed a load of my books which I am willing to swap, take a look, there may be some you fancy. If you would like to list books which you no longer want, and are willing to swap, just contact me at, or leave a comment on my blog, with your name, the name of your blog and the books you wish to swap, and I will type them up and post them on the swap page, so the more and more people who participate, the wider the range of books there will be to choose from, and remember, it will always be there on my blog.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxx

Lucy said...

Oh my mouth is watering. They all look soooooo delicious! Love your blog. Lucy x

lynda said...

Oh so yummy!
But where were the Jelly Tots! Sadly you can't get them in Australia anymore and the South African ones just taste too different.

That reminds me, I must post the "basket" disaster for you! LOL