Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey, it's good to be back home again, yeah it is............

Hello everyone. After being missing for a wee while, it is lovely to be back amongst all you lovelies. My husband has had his surgery and after 10 days of excellent care by nurses and doctors in hospital, is back home again, convalescing and taking it easy. Before I go any further I must say a heart felt thank you to those of you whom have emailed me, sent positive thoughts all the way down here and of course have sent petitions heavenwards for my husband's surgery and recovery. As always, your generosity of spirit has blessed my heart.

It is a delight to be back ensconced in our humble abode, surrounded by green velvety paddocks where  new-born calves sleepily snuggle close to their mothers and sweet, sweet bandy-legged baby lambs frolic with each other.

It is a joy to behold the expectant air of Spring, where the air is filled with delicious scents of early budding flowers. Wherever one goes, the eyes are delighted by the miracle of the awakening Spring season. The glorious trumpet-shaped Daffodils are slowing arousing, being tempted by the sunshine to raise their pretty faces, making a glorious spectacle and blessing everyone with their cheerful exuberance; as are the Jonquils, Tulips and other Spring blossoms. I am always amazed by the wondrous miracle of Spring and the blossoming of God's sweet earth. Spring truly is a provocative delight to the senses.

As I haven't stitched a stitch for the past three weeks or so, my sunny sewing room has beckoned me to it's sunny warmth; tempting me to enjoy a little stitching. Who am I to refuse?? Though I have several quilts which need to be finished, (my cathedral window and hexie) I am in the mood to stitch a quilt with no plan, no rhyme or reason nor difficult patterns. I am in the mood for a quilt filled with oodles of colour and pattern and yet again, some lovely linens.

Upon seeing this lovely quilt of Dee's of Dees Doodles a couple of years ago and filing it away in my brainpan under the heading "Must Stitch Pretties" now is the time to begin the begin. With the apprehension and worriment of the last month behind me, this past week I have snatched moments to piece strips of fabric bordering pretty linens here and there, into blocks and then joining the blocks together in an arrangement pleasing to my eye.

In this quilt filled with a plethora of pattern and colour, there are baskets of flowers.

There is a vase of Daffodils, sweet birdies and embroidered flowers galore.

There are pretty ladies in pretty dresses.

There are butterflies fluttering by.

There are gracefully elegant swans floating by.

And....of course there has to be at least one cup of tea.

Arranging the different blocks on my design wall. =))

My botanical book wall is the perfect back drop for my pretty quilt.

Let the pretty birdies joyously sing.....Spring, Spring, Spring!!

Aah yes, what's not to love about pretty fabrics, linen lovelies, splendiforous Spring flowers and the odd birdie or two. It is lovely to be back in the land of bloggy loveliness. I am looking forward to visiting all your lovely blogs this coming week to have a bo peep at the gorgeousness you have all been up to.

Me thinks I will steal more moments in the embrace of  my sunny sewing room over the next week or so and enjoy a little more stitching happiness. I am loving stitching this quilt which is awash with pretty colour and pattern.  This quilt truly makes my heart sing the happiest of Spring tunes. Oh how wonderful it is to be back home again!

Until the next time......................

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A-thrifting we will go, a-thrifting we will go, Heigh-ho, the derry-o, a-thrifting we will go

Hello lovelies! Thank you so very much for all your sweet comments re my oh-so-theatrical curtain last week. I can put it in writing that my friend's daughter is deliriously happy with her new window dressing. She really is a sweet young lady.

As my good husband and I have been in the car a lot lately, meandering around the country side for one reason or another, I  have been on the lookout for little, out of the way shops, where behind the door, some treasure might lurk. Finding a new treasure trove always puts a smile on my dial. Some days there is not a single thing that makes my heart sing, but other days.......lalalah lala......well....one does sing the happiest of songs! Those are the Eureka moments, the hit-the-jackpot type moments when a 'find' jumps out from it's hiding place, trips you up and finds itself in your bag ready to begin another life in another home!

We happened upon a tiny, very ordinary little bric-a-brac shop. Most people would drive by this little shop as it certainly had no curb-side appeal. We stopped. I asked my husband if he was coming in, to which he replied "I'm game if you are!" 

When we crossed the threshold, oh my giddy aunt, there was treasure everywhere; a treasure trove of articles of people's decluttering and throwing out their trash. From top to toe items were burgeoning everywhere. My eyes darted here and there, ricocheting from the floor, under the shelves, on the shelves, above the shelves. So many shelves and cupboards hoarding one person's past trash and another person's (li'l ole me) future treasure. They were crammed with bric-a-brac.

What did I find. Well..........

I found this sweet cardie. With it's pretty colour, the embroidery and the pearls.....oh those pearls, it is the perfect find for moi! AND......the label says LAUREN no less. You know the American designer Ralph Lauren; not that that matters to me.....I just love the pearls and embroidery. The best bit is I only paid four smackeroos. Those of you in the know, Ralph Lauren can cost an arm and a leg,  here downunder!

Isn't the embroidery pretty?? And those pearls.....as Lulu Guinness, that sassy, bag designer extraordinaire,  once said" put on your pearls, girls"!

Add a little clutch purse, a string of pearls and perhaps a pair of gloves......and....ooo-la-lah!

This little soft leather clutch (or you can wear it as a shoulder bag) is a treasure my family bought me many Christmases ago. My daughter happened upon it in a rather swank vintage shop in Sydney. It is a Patricia Smith design, who designed for Moon Bags in the USofA. If you have time visit this link; there are truly gorgeous purses to drink in. Apparently these purses/bags were the rage and are popular by ladies who love vintage. I understand perfectly why these were and still are so very sought after. This truly is the most darling purse. It is absolutely stunning and apparently a one-of-a-kind purse.

 It has petit point, wool needlepoint panel of pansies embroidered on it with a smattering of luxurious beadwork. The pastel colours are so pretty. The little handle is beautiful. It is a hand painted, lacquered wooden panel with pansies, complementing the gorgeous needlepoint. Truly, this is one of my favourite gifts my family have given me. Aren't I a lucky gal to have one of these one-of-a-kind purses in my vintage collection??

Did I say I lurve this cardie?? =)) It is so versatile. I wear it with jeans or dress it up a bit and wear it with a gorgeous lace skirt with cool boots. A wonderful investment for not a lot of cash.

But....I digress. Please forgive me for oohing and aahing over my gorgeous clutch,.......back to the subject of this post. In this funny little shop is I found this pretty bag. It was the pattern and colours that captured my attention.

The pink and green are so pretty and the soft velvety texture is so tactile.

It is a fairly biggish bag; just the perfect size for an overnight bag. A win win, if you ask me.

I purchased this lovely summer dressing gown from a vintage fair quite a while ago. It is fashioned from the most luxurious and silkiest fabrics. I adore the colours and patterns.

It hangs on my screen in my boudoir all the time. Ooops.....I digress, yet again!

Do any of you lovelies have memories of shopping trolleys like this one?

As a small girl, I remember my mum always pulling one behind her when we went shopping. I have been on the lookout for one of these vintage beauties forever.

Of course you have to use your imagination with this one. I am going to remove the red vinyl fabric and replace it with something more lovely and also give it a lick of paint. This will be an excellent repository for some of my pretties. Here are some linen pretties that came home with me from my treasure hunt in that funny little shop.

I found these golden books hiding under a shelf. In the school house, of which I wrote about last week, there is a very large pin/notice board in the wee two year old, girl's bedroom. It is fairly ugly with a gazillion pin holes accumulated over years and years. So, I thought I would cover it up by pasting oodles and oodles of colourful pages from these Golden Books. I adore the illustration of the little girl in the sweet hat on the Prayers for Children cover, so, so very cute! I have kept this cover to do something creative with it sometime in the distant future.

The noticeboard is very large and and it would be too expensive to cover with fabric. So....my good husband and I, pasted page by page, book by book, all over the board. Such a lovely montage of cute illustrations, wonderful language, rhymes, numbers....a plethora of gorgeous imaginations to thrill a wee, small child.

After pasting the pages onto the board and giving them a couple of coats of Mod Podge, I decided that this sweet little girl must have some pretty bunting to hang on her storybook wall. I stitched..."Once upon a time there lived a little girl, Ari......" on polka dot fabric (Ari loves polka dots) and stitched these onto ric rac to bring it all together.

Little Miss Ari sitting on the ladder, supervising.

I machine sketched a cute li'l girl flying a heart balloon at the end of the bunting.

Then, to add the finishing touch I hung some hexagon shelves to give the wall some dimension. I don't think Little Miss Ari is too young to be introduced to the hexagon shape.....do you?? =) Everybody needs a hexagon or two somewhere in their lives, and the sooner they are exposed to this wonderful shape the better!!

Love, love, LOVE the illustrations of Eloise Wilkin.

 My husband and I crafted the storybook wall for a birthday present for Little Miss Ari who was two years old this week. She really is the sweetest little girl! Those curtains I chatted about last time are coming a little later.....still psyching myself up for them. The truth of the matter is that I just ran out of time.

I am hoping this Golden Book story board filled with rhymes, stories and poems, together with gorgeous illustrations, will not only cover the ugly noticeboard and provide lots of colour and fun from the pictures, but as Little Miss Ari lays in her bed at night and snuggles under the cover of her pretty quilt; she will drift off to the land of counterpane, where her magical dreams will weave in and out of children's slumber.

Though I loved finding the golden books to transform the wall, my favourite thrift find of the day is this piece de resistance. My favourite find of the day is this chair.

It is a fold-up chair, but the thing that I love is the cane. I have been looking forever for a chair, any chair....big or little....with some cane on it somewhere, to tart up and work some magic on it. I am reading your mind......"what a strange little chair......it doesn't look much" but I have plans for this little chair. Let's hope I can pull it off!

It was my clever husband with those eagle eyes of his, who spotted this chair. He said "you know what you have been talking about for ages, well would this funny little chair suit?" Oh my giddy aunt!! It will suit very well, thank you very much. Soooo happy my husband shares 'the thrill of a thrift shop hunt' as well.

Ooops I nearly forgot......this sweet li'l cup came home with me, too. My husband found it and he insisted it would make a pretty addition to my teacup collection. Who am I to refuse a man of such exquisite taste!

This pretty teacup is marked Queens and is called English Chintz.

This English Chintz teacup is a welcome addition to my collection of other pretties.

So, a new favourite little shop to explore when we visit the city. Every time we visit there is always something new. This little shop is not one where you think I won't buy it now, I'll get it the next trip. No siree, if you don't grab your treasure there and then, it will disappear, be gone forever. The proprietor charges such reasonable prices  that everything is snapped up in the wink of an eye.

The thing that really tickles my fancy about thrifting is the amazing finds one happens upon unexpectedly. More often than not the treasures are hidden at the bottom of a pile of stuff.

Anyway, over the next li'l while, hopefully, I will be able to transform my funny little chair into a one-of-a-kind chair that you will never, in a thousand years, find anywhere else. Let's hope what is in my brainpan looks equally marvellous in real life.....fingers crossed. =) You will just have to watch this space.....though it could take a while.

Until the next time........