Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit and leave with a smile! Love Thea x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Blue Shoes ***

As a little girl I had a few special books that I will always remember, I still get the warm cosy feeling when I think of them, sitting by the open fire, trying to read the words by the light of the flickering flames, (I make it sound like we had no electricity) The Party by Ladybird was one of them. I always wanted to be the little girl in the blue dress because she wore blue shoes to match, blue shoes!!! I fell in love with the idea that one day I would own a pair. So I waited and waited until the day came, it was in the 90s I saw them, there they were in the summer sale twinkling at me, yes I still have them and I have worn them (to a Party) so I will always remember The Party. It must have sewn a seed in me, as now I love shoes and collect children's books...

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Our Cornish Cottage+++++

We lived in Cornwall for six years until Fin's job moved up country to the Moorlands, we have beautiful memories of living in our tiny cob cottage, and a little bit of us will always be there.
Although the cottage had been renovated , the garden had not, we inherited a 1/3 of an acre of wild wilderness, so after having  two 30 ft laurels and four dead trees removed we started to make a garden. We had never tackled anything like this before and just used the landscape we had  to make paths and steps, we used what was available, we dug a pond , and planted with the cottage theme in mind, we kept the bottom of the garden wild (where the fairies lived ). It was an idyllic place to live, but cold and damp in the winter months, log burners are fine as back up but not as main heating, and they make the walls filthy we were forever redecorating. When we first moved in our neighbours told us they never had snow, (the funny thing was in the six years we lived there we were snowed in three times).

We have only been in our new home for a year and we are now beginning to make it ours, it is totally different from the cottage although still in a lane, it's a 1930s red brick semi on the edge of the Moorlands it still has the cottage feel inside but we have gained extra rooms and space and its warm!!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Sprucing up the Lampshades *****

I found this idea in a book that I have had for quite a while, so I thought I would have a go and add a fresh look to a couple of uninteresting  lampshades, It's like making a small skirt that you pop over the old shade, I am very pleased with how they have turned out, much prettier!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Pretty in Pink****

I keep looking at my empty herb drier, (posh name for a piece of metal)
and decided it needed prettying, so I sprayed it a cream colour, then found some wooden hearts, sprayed them pink, covered half with paper doily for lace effect, threaded with ribbon, then tied  on bunches of last years lavender,
There that's better until the herbs need drying again xx

Monday, 20 February 2012

Baking Day!!

Baking Apron on.....

Gather Ingredients

Lime and Coconut Cake ready for afternoon Tea !!
Looked in the cupboards and the fridge and decided to bake a cake, I had 3 limes that had past their best,
so I plumped for a lime and coconut cake, I had collected the recipe years ago but had never tried it,
It turned out beautifully very light and the flavours complimented each other, very pleased (as was Fin) Thea x

Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Sunny Sunday Walk.....

Boots On***

A Beautiful Tree

A  path  beckoning

A friendly Robin 

The Enchanted Tree

Special messages left for loved ones

Sparkling water in the sunshine

A stairway of Fungi

The water tower through the trees

Looked at the day and decided to go for a walk, it is so special to be out in the air and the beautiful sunshine, I love the trees they hold so many secrets and provide homes for so many creatures, a friendly robin stopped to say hello, the birds were singing their little hearts out sheer bliss***

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Best Thing About A Saturday......

Looks so exciting !!!

Only 75p from M&S 
My little Saturday treasures*****

The best thing about a Saturday is that, I can spend an extra hour in bed in the morning with my lovely man and a lovely cup of tea, then pop the shops to choose something nice for dinner, and then visit the charity shops and have a good rummage to find some pretty things, and then to top it all I picked up the new Mollie Makes and a bunch of daffodils (I haven't looked at it yet, saving it for later)    ****

Friday, 17 February 2012

A Crafty Friday....

Tea Tray Cloth

Teapot Handle Holder

Pink Crochet Heart

Green Daisy Heart
I have had a sewing day to day,first I made a tray cloth for the afternoon tea tray,then a teapot handle holder (it gets very hot when its been in the cosy) Then I decided to make two hanging hearts , oh what a lovely time !

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Springtime Soon......

I Have just had a little walk around my garden now the snow has melted,  the Hellebore's are looking so lovely, perhaps Spring is just around the corner xx
Woke up this morning and decided it was a wear a flower day,so I have chosen this pretty rose,Its a bit on the the large side but it will have to do,I love wearing flowers, I am always looking out for them when I am out and about x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Little Treasures


I visited my local charity shops on Saturday and found these little treasures - Two pairs of pretty pillow cases, a vintage laced mat, a pair of Easter yellow pretty curtains, that no doubt will be cut up and made into something else, a lovely picture depicting a poem about smiling (so sweet), and a pair of salt and pepper china cottages! so pleased