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