Thursday, 4 March 2010

Better Late!!

Well so much for the February giveaway! It is now squeezing into March...oops! How did that happen? Well, I got here eventually and if you can't bear to read all the way through a catch up (well if I can't get here so often you'll have to let me waffle on when I do!) quickly skip to the end to enter the fun!
I am so enjoying the arrival of Spring! The flowers on our doorstep make me smile every time I pass them by. Snowdrops with crocus and muscari bulbs following soon and there's a warmth in the sunshine at last! Have you noticed? And the birds! Oh my they are getting busy and noisy fussing around all over the place!
With Easter fast approaching, the barmy bunny parade took over in the workroom last week!
I do always find myself giggling at this stage - almost like they need something to cover their modesty!
Starting to look a bit more rabbity here.....
...ah! That's better! I call them barmy because they somehow seem to have that look that rabbits get when they're caught in the headlamps - your car screeches to a halt and they stare at you this particular way.... but do they get out of the way? Oh no. Do we wait, and wait whilst they ponder around wondering which way to scamper off? Yes we do!
Another batch cut and ready for stitching already.....
those first little cheekys came with me to the seaside for a visit to lovely Jo's store.... oh you'd love it here ....
...so many wonderful treasures. Everywhere your eye falls there's more to cherish...
I especially loved this donkey on wheels as it reminded me of a dog the beautiful boy had which he used to walk for miles.... very.......slowly!!!!
I fell in love with this birdy....
Now this is a kind of bird-watching I could get used to... nice and cosy and warm....
Needless to say the boy continues to monitor birdlife on his feeding station and his drawings and photographs are a delight... here are a couple of the many many Long-tailed Tits who have been visiting us all through winter..
and I especially love this photo of Mr Robin which I found whilst downloading my pictures. The beautiful boy gets up very early at weekends to watch his birds from the kitschen window. Apparently we grown-ups are far too noisy once we arrive and start to do unreasonable things like make coffee and toast!!
and just for a bit of gratuitous wildlife cuteness, he took this picture on a behind-the-scenes visit to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital at East Winch. An amazing afternoon of close-up contact with poorly animals and lots of activities like how to handle a seal using a trusty floral towel (although for the record, the advice to the public is to never ever handle a seal - they look cute but they are very strong and very, very dangerous and they have a viscious bite!! If you see a seal in distress, call the RSPCA!). This, however, is a sleepy hedgehog! Oooh!
Now, since I'm doing a catch up, it occured to me that I haven't caught you up on any shopping lately! Well, partly because there hasn't been a very great deal of buying. So here's a little update on a few recent finds too special to miss out on .... china, of course!!
The beautiful boy and I are both being very possessive about this very fine woodpecker!
and there was a bit of a birdy theme with this china as there's a darling little songbird on the tankard too...
For 20p, this little sweetie had to come and live on the barmy shelf...
.. but it's getting a bit over-crowded now so I may have to stop....or get a new shelf unit!
I do love to find things in their original packaging. Always very exciting!
This wonderfully elegant 'Lady Scripto' mechanical pencil intended for someone far more ladylike than myself I'm sure!
Oooh and look! Crisp, bright, new embroidered linens! It will take a while to cut into these!
More flowers here - my lovely Hyacinth in full bloom! Two flowers from one bulb! A bonus!
The bunnies are taking up a bit of time. I shall be popping some into my store in the next couple of days....
And now, the moment you've been so patiently waiting for! Enough waffle about me! May I introduce the lovely, creative Lisa Leonard!
Her Blog is one of the most humbling and heart-warming places you might ever visit. I love to go there for a bit of peace and quiet.
And then there is her jewellery design... ahhh. Such ponderous work. So much love and care in the concepts. It just shines through don't you think?
fly free necklace
She makes personalised items too which are even more heartwarming but I love all her designs... they are original and thoughtful....
illuminate necklace
So, Lisa has very kindly offered an item of jewellery to one of you! Aren't you lucky lucky lucky?! All I would like you to do is leave a comment on this post telling us your favourite thing about the arrival of Springtime! Lisa and I will choose one lucky winner who can pop over to her website and choose an item they love which Lisa will send over in her precious packaging. How's that for an exciting start to Spring?!
Now, what shall we say? I think until Monday? We'll pop in Monday evening to choose and I'll let you know who's the lucky one?! Have a lovely weekend everyone. t.xxx

57 comments:

TracyJane said...

My favourite thing about the arrival of spring is taking the dog for a walk on a crisp sunny day without having to wear a hundred layers of clothing, seeing the snowdrops and crocuses bloom and knowing that the daffodils are not far behind.

The dog just likes to see the increase in squirrel and bunny activity!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

The arrival of spring for me always means the arrival of fresh starts - new beginings.an engery I dont find I have at the begining of the year.

I also love the colours you see springing up around you. And people start losing that dour expression that we tend to wear like a heavy overcoats in the colder months.

So to fun colour and more smiles I think. Love you bunnies by the way. They are very cute.


MBBx

CraftyHelen said...

Spring for mr this year means the creation of my vegetable garden. The beds have been marked out, the wood has been purchased - I am so excited about growing my own veg on a reasonable scale.xx

redelcie said...

Spring for me means a weight being lifted as we emerge from the depths of winter. Knowing that things always seem better in the Spring sunshine!

RavenJoolz said...

I love the arrival of Spring as it means that I can pack up the latest crafty project, put a few nibbles in the bag with it and wander down to the beach 2 minutes from my house. I can then sit in relative peace and quiet with no disturbance and enjoy nature whilst crafting. There is nothing better than the sound of the ocean as a back drop to crochet. I even have a favourite bench and people know to find me there!

Kelly said...

i think i have to say i look forward to seeing more of the sunshine (& feeling it's warmth)

Tracy x said...

i cannot wait for Spring as we have had so much snow up here in Scotland that i had honestly started to think that we were going to be stuck with it all year! We are in to March and still have patches of the blooming stuff around...
but i know Spring is coming as the birds have increased in numbers, the sheep are in lamb and the dogs are rolling in the grass again (albeit really rubbish looking grass!)
this Spring will be the first year that i can start a real garden and hopefully not be stepping over builders rubble!
Spring may not be my favourite month but it will be most welcome :)
love the candlewick bunnies by the way - sent me straight back to my nans house as a child - thank you x
t x
ohh - also a giveaway on my blog (mondays post) if you are interested x

fern said...

My favourite thing about the arrival of Spring?
All the YELLOW!

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

Spring is cleaning time as all the dust is very noticeable when the sun shines :D love your rabbits :)

cupcake studio said...

My favorite thing about spring is everything outside "waking up"...the smell of the new grass, pretty bulbs poking their heads from the ground...can't wait!

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

I love the pic of the rabbits all together. It looks like they're on the starting line waiting to run a race! SueXX

Jemm said...

What beautiful springy-ness!! I love the candlewick bunnies. SO cute. My favorite thing about spring has got to be the spring blooming shrubs-lilac, forsythia, quince. I don't know if you'll ship to the States, but I'd thought I'd give it a whirl ;) I love the bird necklace!

Kate said...

Spring for me is green. I love to see the grass strt growing and the bulbs pop up. I think of dresses and sandals. I think bunnies too so I loved to see your little pink cuties. I just wish our snow would melt faster so that I could feel spring in the air.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your pink flop eared bunnies are adorable! And that tiny little hedgehog as well. I really like the woodpecker handled jug too!

The Curious Cat said...

Hey hun,

Sorry, I've been rather neglectful - sounds like you have been up to lots of fun things - loving catching up xxx

Cilla said...

My favourite thing about Springtime is the return of the warm sunshine which makes even the most mundane of tasks seem so much more pleasurable and makes me smile that little bit more.

gill said...

i'm definitely a spring person - i love it!! the light,the colours and best of all the breezes - they have a special quality all of their own in spring

gill

wintunancy said...

Definitely it's the green hills instead of drab brown...and the wild flowers that do it for me in spring. It's definitely not the weeds, weeds, and more weeds in my yard.

Menopausal musing said...

A lovely post, as always....... Love the photos your son has taken and of course, like everyone else, think the bunnies are wonderful.

What I love about Spring is the way everythink reawakens again. The birds in particular are a joy, and I am listening to a Robin singing as I write.... :O)

Devon Dumpling said...

My favourite memory of Spring is going to stay with my grandparents during the Easter holidays. They lived deep in the Devon countryside and the Devon banks (hedges/walls for everyone else) would be cover in every imaginable wild flower. In those days, folk would pick a careful selection of them making sure that they were never greedy and always left plently of flowers on each plant. We had violets, primroses, snowdrops, daffodils, allsorts and we would take them home and admire them and their smell and my grandad would spend ages drawing pictures of them with me. Sadly he passed away when I was just five but I remember him so well. I have his guidebook to wildflowers and it is one of my most treasured possessions x

Carie said...

Spring in general is so many things; the return of the sunshine and lighter evenings. My favourite thing most years is when the ornamental cherry blossoms and covers the street with soft scented pearl flakes of cherry-snow. This year though Spring means that I have succeeded in growing my baby past the all important 12 week mark and I can properly start to look ahead to his or her arrival in September.

MoniCue said...

The return of walking the dog! My sweet Labrador is a mature 10, and refuses to walk in snow and on icy paths. It makes for a long winter for her, so spring means the return of a wagging tail and busy nose! (And I love the excitement of bulb flowers pushing through the earth!)

MoniCue

Attic24 said...

oh Lisa's jewellery is absolutely fabulous, I would dearly love it if a little bit of it would wing it's way into the Attic!

my favourite thing about springtime arriving is just that ♥feeling♥. You know what I mean? That beautiful, invigorating, heart-skippy feeling when you walk outdoors and can just feel that Spring feeling in the air. Can't say it's a particular smell, or that it's temperature related, yet it's still something quite amazing and it makes me feel soooooooooooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!

Not had that feeliong yet this year, but oh-my i am waiting waiting waiting for it to come. Soon I hope, i really do.

Pixiedust said...

Spring for me is being able to walk my springers, with a spring in my step, instead of being stuck in the mud!

A lovely post. xxxx Pixie xxxx

myvintageparty said...

What I love about spring? Waking up early to sunshine shining through the windows, hanging out the washing in a lovely spring breeze, watching my chickens bask in the sunshine and of course daffodils! I LOVE spring!
Laura x

Sarindi Sews said...

I love that you use candlewick for your bunnies, it makes them look even more precious!
The one thing that makes me realise it's spring is what I saw from the car window today. After a week of myself, toddler & husband being housebound thanks to colds we went out for a drive to blow away the cobwebs. I looked across at some fields and saw them - lambs! Gorgeous little pristine white lambs, skipping around their mothers!
Two years ago I remember watching all these lambs popping up and wondering when my 'lamb' would be born. He finally arrived a month later but I'm always reminded of it when I see those little fluffy white Spring lambs ♥

Shannon said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the stretching daylight hours. It is so much easier to get out of bed and tackle the day when the morning light is shining through the window!

claire said...

I love everything about spring. I could quite happily hibernate for January and February...but especially..not needing lights on in the daytime!!!!

VintageVicki said...

Apart from my birthday, Spring means shedding layers of winter clothes and the chance to feel warm again :)

Catherine said...

Spring...it's the fresh smell in the air...hard to define but it's there!! Also the longer afternoons...sitting at the dining room table sewing without having to resort to switching on a light!! LOL!!
Loved the update..feel free to waffle...I do it often! Cx

Lottie said...

It has been wonderful to read your posting. And I don't mind a bit how long it is. The longer the better, so that I can soak up the colours, the 'exploits', the special finds to add to your collections adn your needlework. Oh those candlewick bunnies - the cutest ever!

Sadly I don't have a romantic, or vintage tale or memeory to share about 'Spring'. For all the reasons mentioned, and the joy of being alive and watching with renewed surprise the emerging bulbs and plants, leaves bursting through their buds and unfurling like ballet tutu's, and the exquisite joy of finding the very first warm little egg laid by my little bantams. And jolly yummy it was too!

Lisa's jewellery is just stunning -I would love to go on a workshop and learn how to engrave her discs.

Off to check her website

xx

thegallopinghorse said...

I love several things about spring. My first thing that I've experienced so far this spring, which isn't quite here yet, are the ground hog/mole tunnels near the surface of the yard. It annoys some people, but it reminds me that all the animals are waking up and getting a move on!

Jessica said...

spring means my birthday, my lovely polka dot rainboots, & brightly colored flowers!! yay!

Sunny Tuesday said...

What I love most about Spring is the new life. Everything is beginning - buds on trees, flowers shooting out of the ground, baby birds. Spring is more about a fresh start to me than New Year's.

woolpiggy said...

I love spring. I especially love the still cool mornings that have that hint of warmth to come later in the day.

Trine said...

its all about not having to wear socks anymore! definetly! ;-)

xoxo trine

melanie said...

The bunnies are so cute, as is the sweet little sleepy hedgehog. xxx

Ginger and Pickle said...

Lisa Leonard's jewellery is as wonderful as can be! What a thrill it would be to have one of her pieces!
Spring for me - and this may sound strange - is smelling the first skunk - off in the distance, of course!!! Animals seem to know before we do, that Spring is arriving! I'm happy when they let us know - "it's okay to come out now!!!"

Kayla coo said...

Hello,
Thank you very much for your lovely comment and how nice to find your beautiful blog.
I love spring because I can put my woolly tights away and wear pretty shoes instead of my boots!
I also love getting out in the garden and seeing the new green shoots.xx

pennygj said...

Spring is the light at the end of the afternoon,the blackbird in the cherry tree, the tiny, lime green buds on the hawthorn hedge, primroses on a mossy bank, fresh air pouring through an open window, the smell of washing dried in a warm breeze.
Love the woodpecker!
love Penny (Planet Penny)

Entre Nous said...

Pink is my favorite color (for my sister who passed away from breast cancer). I am noticing a LOT of people in this comment list that are on my daily blog roll. Apparently I am not the only one who thinks you have a gorgeous blog!

Attic 24 is my fave, I'd love losing this giveaway to her!!!!

Anonymous said...

Daffodils and sunshine and hanging the washing on the line again, even though it might not dry! And the birdsong makes my heart sing.

Happy Springtime!

with best wishes
Trina

Kissed by an Angel said...

Thank you for your lovely comment!! Good luck with my giveaway!!! My favourite thing about spring is the return of the sun and the gorgeous spring flowers!!! Those rabbits are sooo cute!!!
xxxx

Lynne said...

My favourite thing about spring is seeing a bit of colour in the form of spring flowers, just lovely. As is your blog!

Lark said...

A gorgeous post full of lovely things as usual. I adore the bunnies! xxx

Viki Vintage said...

Best thing about Spring? Watching the baby birds in their nest in the forsytha tree just outside my living room window. The parents have been using it for the past few years and it always cheers me up seeing them fly in and out of the yellow buds xx

maryannlucy said...

Best thing of Spring? The feeling coming alive again! Casting off the dark and letting in the light. The colours, the sounds, the smells - love it x

michelle said...

my favourite thing about spring is the arrival of daffodils they are easily my favourite flower just so bright and cheery

Elise said...

Wonderful !

Have a lovely week

Celeste said...

This might sound a bit "cheesy" -- but something that I really do love most about springtime is seeing how excited kids get with the warmer, sunnier weather.
I'm a kindergarten class aide-- and I just love to watch the little ones run & frolic (love that word: frolic!) :) outside...watch them chase butterflies...swing for what must seem like hours to them on the swing...blow bubbles. I just love the kids! - they bring such big smiles to my face each day, and I can tell that once springtime comes, they just start to "blossom" --- just like the flowers :)

What can I say? I just absolutely love seeing the kids enjoy a gorgeous, spring day!

Jenny Lilac said...

My favorite thing about springtime is being able to spend time outside again - I love to sit in my yard with a good book and watch my daughter play with the neighbors.

Wanda said...

Right now, my favourite sign of spring is the sugar bush opening up for the season. It's great to take the kids for a breakfast of pancakes and fresh maple syrup, have a horse-drawn wagon ride and wander through the maple trees.
Right now, that is our ONLY sign of spring, and we still have a fair bit of snow.
I look forward to the spring bulbs pushing their optimistic heads up, eventually, lol.
Love the jewellry and thanks for the generous givewary!

Jenn's Crafty World said...

Being able to open the windows again after they have been sealed up with plastic film all winter. Those first whiffs of softening earth are filled with promises of new light and soft colors and a deep well of inspiration for all the creative stuff I am positive I can do, if the sun just keeps on shinining.

Jill said...

Fresh air and sunshine make me smile! =D

Kitschen Pink said...

Thank-you for all your lovely comments on Springiness! The giveaway is closed now. t.xxxx

The Fairy Glade said...

For me it is the dawn chorus, there is nothing to beat it in my humble opinion. I throw open the window, and snuggle under the duvet in that half sleep, half doze zone and listen. Balm for the soul! Dev x

The Fairy Glade said...

ooops, seems I am too late, never mind. dev x