Tuesday, 25 August 2009

September? September!!!!

Well I have no idea what happened to August but I find myself whizzing around getting ready for a little man's birthday which means it must nearly be September! So sorry to have been away - I hadn't intended a break - it just sort of grew!
I finished a lovely commission for flags and then managed, rather foolishly, to fall off of my bike. My left arm has been a nuisance, and as I am left-handed there has been little in the way of productivity. Very frustrating! But there have been new cushions - the ones on the sofa have multiplied...
and on this sofa too.....
on the little wicker chair from my childhood...
and on one of the kitschen chairs....
and this beautiful birch tree cushion in the reading corner.....
and another of my old tapestries finally made up into a cushion...
and why this latest splurge of cushioning? Do you see something odd here?
Does the beautiful boy look a little over-dressed for a sweltering hot August day?
and what's this?
No I didn't bump my head and go do-lally..... well I did bump my head - I had two lovely black eyes for a couple of weeks! But that does not explain all the festivities....
The boy was in his element - very happy to play along!
Editor, Angela happily allowed him to crack crackers securing a place in his heart (crackers are his favourite part of Christmas!)...
Nick the photographer had an exceptional eye for colour and produced some wonderful gemlike images...
and there's Homes Editor, Katie who stoically played 'squares' with the boy despite his rather vague attitude to any rules!
I don't want to spoil any surprises - happily a bit of make-up covered the remains of a black eye and thankfully I was only required for one picture!
The boy is now away at Hotel Granny for his last family holiday of the summer. The nights are already drawing in. It will soon be Autumn, a return to school and I shall be here to chat with you more often.
I hope you are all enjoying the remains of the summer. t.xx

Saturday, 8 August 2009

A bird in hand

Another week has whistled past - we had a beautiful sunny day at the Buns cottage, home of the giant dahlia....!
There was even enough sunshine to need ice-creams! I just wanted to bring the van home with me!
And now the beautiful boy is off on another mini break, this time in Cambridge with his beloved Aunty and Uncle and one of his very grown up cousins! Lucky boy is being spoiled rotten again and I am home alone wondering what it would take for me start on all the jobs I am supposed to do when I get time.... Instead I have taken some china pictures to share with you!
When the boy was little I was keen to teach him how to be around china. We have many precious pieces in the house - all of them of far more sentimental value than could ever be covered by insurance! My plan was to ensure he had his own china collection from an early age and the theme I chose was birds. You know of his owl collection...but he also loves the pictorial china of the 1950's and 1960's.
The beautiful boy has always loved bird watching - his first bird word was Pigeon... not a difficult one in an agricultural area - now he is an impressive bird watcher and can identify many common and not so common visitors to our countryside. If you have a little person I recommend avoiding 'dicky bird' or 'birdie'. Children are remarkably capable of learning the names of different birds from the beginning as everything around them is a new word!
This Peter Scott trio for Midwinter is an especially prized set. The illustrations are incredible and we love that the goose is flying away on the reverse of the cup!
The illustration on the tea plate is breath-taking and shows a master of his subject.
As well as china the boy has a great collection of vintage bird identification guides, all with equally wonderful illustrations. Of course he has all the modern pocket guides as well! We don't shove these in a ruck-sack and trudge out over muddy fields!
Of course not to be left out I have a few birds of my own. I love Victorian Milk Glass and these beauties are one of my best ever bargains. For just a few pounds!!
Each one is a perfect little work of art...
I love the little blackberries...
And of course there are textiles too. This vintage tea towel was going to be a cushion but the boy has claimed it for a pillow cover which I hope to finish this weekend! Avocets are one of my favourite birds. So delicate they look like a breeze might break them.... until you see one defending it's territory - their agility and speed is a sight to see.
Enough distraction now. I hope you enjoyed a few pretty pictures. I have work to complete so that I can be with the boy when he returns home next week. A personalised order from my shop - I do love working on items which are made with one special little person in mind. And.... for the second time this week I find myself mentioning the 'C' word. I have Christmas items to make - I can't tell you much more about it at the moment. It's all very exciting but I've learned not to count my chickens.... But I would like my little bird back in hand..... How's that for muddling birdie metaphors!
Enjoy your weekend everyone! t.xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Better late than never?

I am so sorry - I promised to post and somehow the week has got away from me!
Well, with a very tired boy who had been to a drumming gig at our neighbours', the incredibly talented Anna Mudeka, he arrived home way past bedtime and was really not in the best frame of mind to be awoken at the crack of dawn to come to the Little Vintage Lover Fair! But with the promise of seeing his treasured Little Buns belonging to Mrs Bobobun, he soon whipped out of bed and off we travelled to Heydon to set up stall in their wooden hut village hall!As ever Zoe had attracted a great crowd of beautiful vintage loving shoppers and stall holders... the quality of the visitors was unquestionable!
The teas were served in the sunshine and the cupcakes were almost too beautiful to eat! (I did say almost! I suspect the beautiful boy polished off most of these ones!)
Mrs Bobobun had a stall overflowing with her beautiful handmade pretties and vintage treasures.
I was fortunate to be sandwiched between my lovely friend and on the other side we had the pleasure of Craig and Tracey's company. Their stall, Faded Splendour is just soooo tempting though. It was a constant act of will to resist spending my hard earned pennies (focussing on the new school shoes and blazer was the only way to cope!)!
And here is the beautiful Tracey modelling a very fine Beryl cup of tea! And yes, she is every bit as beautiful, warm, loving and fun as she looks!
I didn't get out much as it was so busy and somehow I wasn't in a camera kind of day. But I did snap Fiona and those lovely owls and lions she makes so beautifully!
It was a dreamy day! The venue, the stall holders and the people who came by with such appreciation and enthusiasm. All in all a wonderful event and all credit to Zoe, her sister and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make an event so perfect as this! Roll on next years first event! The sooner the better Zoe!
And now a little announcement! As there is not another Little Vintage Lover until next year now, Mrs Bobobun and I felt the need to find an event for Christmas which would include our favourite people... and so we are organising one!

It's a little bit different. We are inviting stall holders who are makers, maybe inspired by vintage, but first and foremost we intend to have a hall filled with people who are original thinkers and passionate about their products. We have found the most adorable venue slap in the heart of Holt and already stalls are filling with an eclectic mix of marvelous handmade things to buy.. so I'll be leaving my Christmas shopping until Saturday 12th December this year!
Do pop it in your diary and come to say hello!! We would love to see you. Mumsie and her friends are going to be serving teas and cakes (what a treat!), and our hubbies will be sorting the sound system (this may or may not turn out so well.. ).
That's all for now. Thank-you all for your lovely comments. Another month of holidays and so intermittent posting. But I still find time to visit many of you when I have a moment to myself..... usually around midnight! I so hope you are enjoying the sun when it shines. Tomorrow we are off East to visit the Buns for a day of fun and sun! Yippee! t.xx