Thursday, 30 June 2011

Vintage Life & Paper Goodies

I’ve been making Postcards from scraps of vintage lace and buttons. I felt like a child, with my fingers all gluey & paper all over my desk. But there’s no adult here to tell me to clear it up. Just Mr D, who comes past and looks every now and again. He doesn't say anything. Just looks at me. Then my desk. And moves on.

Well lets face it.

He knew the risks when he married me.





I also at last finished my lists for The Happy Mail Project, which is organised by the lovely Gracie.




I did it in picture form Smile. It took longer though as I couldn’t help reading all the magazines again that I was searching for pictures from.

Talking (typing) of magazines….for all you Vintage fans….I came across this..


A magazine for us Smile Not available in many shops…so I ordered a few copies on line.


Pretty Pictures. I haven’t read them all yet. I am collecting magazines at the moment for my 10day Gypsy trip this month. I cant wait.

Is there any other Vintage Magazines out there I don’t know about?

So. The day is stretching before me. I have the day off. (Before you judge about me having another day off….I do a sleepover job on a Wed night for a disabled lady which believe me is not like sleeping at home, so Thurs I’m always working at half speed)

I have so much to do.

And here I sit.  I blame you. Bad influence.


Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Weekend Fun (Gypsy Style)

So. The weekend seems so long ago, but here I am remembering the glorious weather we had, when at the moment we are in the middle of the biggest thunderstorm I can remember. A house in my town got struck by lightening this afternoon. I was going to post a picture, but I just felt a bit weird about it. The family & dog are safe, but their roof is gone and all their possessions went up in smoke. Makes me not like thunderstorms as much as I did.

Any hoo as promised pics. Friday night I didn't take my camera to the party, left it back at home (AKA the Lorry) so the pics from that are still on Mr D’s camera.  The party was in a friend's garden, for his Birthday. There was a band playing, a BBQ, lots of little wood burners dotted around, much fun.

Saturday off we went to a nearby village, where some friends were having a party for their 17th wedding anniversary. In..and around… a barn which they use to cut and store wood for his business. Here’s where we parked the Lorry, next to a friends home on wheels.


Friends arrived, bringing various methods of staying over, some with wheels, some under canvas.


They brought with them musical instruments to play..


Even the children had a turn at the mic, with their dirty knees..










The band played till the wee small hours..


I went to my cosy bed gone midnight, but the hard core revellers could still be heard around the bonfire at 5.30 am!!

Sunday we moved to Rougham airfield, about 1/2 hours drive away. It was the hottest day of the year so far. I sat in the shade of the lorry, or the Cider tent, and read ‘Catching Fire’. Fabulous. Then started Mockingjay, which I haven’t finished yet.

We didn’t come home after the show on Sunday. We were left, pretty much alone in the middle of the airfield, with a few fairground people, the stragglers drinking the last of the Ale, and for about an hour a gazillion Billy Witches that attacked the lorry (i’m going to have to Google them to see what their purpose in life is. They arrive as soon as the sun goes down, and seem to blunder around getting into peoples hair, then they disappear to? Where do they go?)

Anyway. It was Bliss.

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Monday morning it was time to come home. Brunty was sad.

PS. I have at last opened the door of my shop. The Etsy Shop I set up hundreds of moons ago. Or actually nearly a year ago looking at my account :0.

I am fumbling around in the Etsy wilderness at the moment, so please be kind. You can click on the photo on the right side bar, and take a look around.

Just a few goodies for now. Baby steps. If you have any advice/thoughts please feel free to share your wisdom.


Monday, 27 June 2011

When I’m not being a Gypsy

Before I show you the photos of my Gypsy weekend (yes we had a great time…thanks for asking, and the weather was fantastic) I thought I would share these couple of pics I took at work last week.


This pic was taken from the top of the steps which leads into the kitchen of the shop. Where we used to make the ice cream before we expanded and now make it off premises. Now we make the lunches and baked goodies in there mmm.

It’s looking empty and clean as I’ve only just opened the doors. See my bike just outside? That’s how I get to work if the sun is out :)


This is the other side of the doors…taken from the same place.


This ice cream is extremely popular! White Chocolate and Flake. Mmmmmmm


And look! Here’s me all ready to work…best I put the camera down and get on with it eh?!

See how I’ve just noticed I can put a little watermark on my photos? Go me! So now you can tell which are mine. If you cared.

Tomorrow I will show you my weekend fun. Of which there was much. Really did not want to come home, but I was in need of a shower. Baby wipes can only do so much you know.


Friday, 24 June 2011

Hello Weekend (Gypsy Style)

This weekend we will be doing what we do best.


2 party’s and a country fair, starting tonight, and not coming home till we’ve conquered them all.


This is why we love our Home on Wheels. We get to take our bedroom to the party’s. Hello cosmo’s around the camp fire without having to worry about who’s driving home Smile


I am soooo looking forward to it. Better go charge the Nikon battery up, cos you do want to see photo evidence…don’t you?


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Book Review No 17!

Yes. Although I have been slacking in the review department, I have actually still been reading as much as ever. Because you know, no matter how busy life gets, no matter how many fabulous blogs there are to read, & virtual pals to keep in touch with, there is always time to read a book. Or two.

About 3 weeks ago, I read 2 books in the same week. They were both Christmas themed, & I loved both of them.

Onto the first one.


It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the Christmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she's invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

First 5 sentences…Tuesday 14th Dec, 4.45pm, Bea. Terry and I were having an argument about garlic. Actually, that's not quite right: we were having a discussion, a perfectly genial one, pesto, specifically regarding garlics place (or not) in a pesto recipe. Terry claimed every Italian recipe book he’d ever seen advocated the use of garlic in pesto sauce. He may well have been right, but I learned the hard way, from my Italian mother in law, that garlic has no place in pesto.

Where I got my hands on it.. This was another charity shop purchase. For the bargain price of1.25. It has sat on my shelf since a good few months before last Christmas, and I’m not sure why I waited until June to read it…

The cover.. is exactly the right amount of Christmas, for a Christmassy themed book (shall we see how many times I can throw the word Christmas in the review?)

Made me want to… Open my own cafe, which would be called something equally cute like The Honey Pot, work in there with my friends coming in to visit, filling the place with the smell of coffee and freshly baked mince pies, and generally living the dream life. Oh sorry is that too much to ask?

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. I’m giving this to Mum as I have another Christmassy themed book for her which she gave me (for Christmas no less!) haha are we keeping count? That will be book review no. 18 to come very soon!

The book is set in the two week run up to Christmas day. This is one of those books that sucks you in, I loved it. While I was reading it I could picture every character, coming into the Cafe, meeting Bea, and I got totally involved with their lives and problems. Shouted at them (in my head of course) (I think) actually come to think of it Mr D did look at me funny a few times) (or maybe he always looks like that) and laughed with them.

Christmas is my favourite season, ( Spring is a very close second) I love everything about it, the sparkles, the smells, the little traditions, and so reading a book which is based over the Christmas period and set in a lovely little cafe like The Honey Pot is just my ideal book.

As you can tell I loved this book lots, I’ve never read the author before, but I’ve found her latest book on amazon. Hmm do I need more nooks…?


ooooooo look at it…..!

Well it’s Tues night and Mr D is out spending the house keeping on beer and talking boys stuff at the pub, and I’m here at home with my pinny on, thinking up the menu for the rest of the week, (which will be made out of half a tin of chic peas and some rice as that will be all the house keeping money gone) ironing his socks and generally pining for him to come home.

Hmmm. Yeah right.


Monday, 20 June 2011

Swanning about in Southwold

I think Dad will be very chuffed that you all think he was cute in the last post Smile I did make him a Fathers Day cake, which I’m sure is probably all gone now….

While he was eating that, and going to my sisters for Fathers Day Dinner, Mr D & I were whisked off to Southwold for our annual jolly with the bosses.

We stayed here.. The Swan.

the swan

Right on the main street. We went out for a wander around on Sun evening, (left my camera in the hotel room…durrrrr..) Dinner was quite a fancy affair in the hotel, then on to more wandering and Adnams drinking. (I’m much more of a lady & prefer Aspalls cider or G&T).

The next morning, we enjoyed a lie in, until the builders woke us us! Stuffed ourselves on breakfast, and had a look at the church. Mr D likes to look at churches. This one was big, and Beautiful.

I had to take a pic of the organ






All was going fine until Mr D put me in the stocks I mean really, I wasn’t even that bad..


I did eventually get to run away though….!




Fun!, So now we are home, a wash has been done, the M&S 2 dine in for £10.00 has been purchased, and the evening is beautiful.

Another weekend over, hope you all had a great one. I’m off to have a cuppa, I’ll come visit you all later, maybe there will be cake?


Saturday, 18 June 2011

Fathers Day

Fathers Day tomorrow here in the UK



In case you didn’t know already he is a wee Scottish lad.





Happy Daddy Day

Now I must go and get on with my list. It’s long, and I have work this afternoon. I have been making postcards, creating lists for the mail project,  And I have an exciting new project just around the corner…!and now I seem to have a wee mess to clear up..


(ha! I eventually got around to uploading all the updates for my computer and now it’s all changed! And I seem to have a smiley! LOL)