Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Something Blue!

I thought I'd share a couple of blue tea mugs to show that we do have other colours in our house other than pink!  One of my sisters gave these to me a few years back. They are really nice to drink from and are from the 'Misty Charm' range from Royal Bone China.

 I will be joining Sandi for her 61st Tea Time Tuesday and Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday.

New Blogger...Wendy, my sister who gave me the above tea mugs, has just started a blog and is in the process of learning all the 'blogging ropes'!! I'd love you to visit her and welcome her to blogland. You can visit Wendy here wendy-countrysampler

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A few pink things!

Last weekend while visiting my Mum and Dad I took these photos of their hydrangas.

They didn't think they were going to bloom this year as the buds were very late. But they have and the heads on flowers are huge! Mum and Dad have been asked if they could keep the hydranga heads so they can be used in a wedding in the coming months.

Whenever I go into gift shops I'm always drawn to the pink corner. I love this display from one of our local gift outlets.

And this beautiful welcoming table at a Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

And a few pics of some pink flowers around our home. These cyclamens put on a good show last year by our back door.
And these verbena just keep on flowering!

Look at my previous post to find out how to make a very simple necklace / scarfe. Always good to add something new to the wardrobe!!

If you want to see more pinkness, make a cuppa and hop over to Beverly's Pink Saturday party

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easy necklace / scarfe to make

A couple of months back a friend made a beautiful smocked cushion for her niece and I loved it so much she came over last night to teach me how to make one. While crafting and chatting away, she said "have you got an old t-shirt?" I went and got one and she started making this scarfe come necklace!! It was so easy. I took pictures as she went along!

 Lay the t-shirt flat and cut 2cm strips. It's important that the t-shirt has
some elastine in it so the fabric curls up
Once you have as many as you want, double the above pieces over
so it looks like below. Then cut a rectangle piece out of the t-shirt
and wrap it tightly over and over the end that has all the joins of the t-shirt
and stitch in place.
This is how it ends up! She has 2 on in the below picture.
I wore one of them today

As you can see it's amazingly simple. I know now that I'll be keeping an eye out at the Opp shops for nice coloured t-shirts!!

I made good headway with the smocked cushion, but it's a work in progress so I will show you when it's all finished!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We've added a bullnose verandah - before and after

Earlier in the year we had a bullnose verandah added to the front of our house. My hubby has just got around to painting the posts and gutters so I can show some pics now!

Here is a photo of a few things I picked up at garage sales on the weekend. A really pretty single sheet set and pillow case which I bought for the material and some china. Just some more pink things!!

And this cute little cane thermos or wine bottle carrier. My hubby actually found this in a car park in the city!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A new blogger

I've just spent a lovely weekend with some of my sisters and friends down south at Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale. After explaining about how blogging works to them one of my sisters started one on the weekend...yay!!!
Please visit her and make her feel welcome at Wendy at her new blog here.
She is a creative girl and I'm sure you will enjoy her posts.

I didn't take too many photos on the weekend, but we had a lovely time, opp shopping, having lunch and checking out the local shops. We visited Goolwa and took a photo of this beatuiful gift shop. Will show some of my opp shops find in a later post.

 And the rose garden next to it.

Don't forget to show some love to Wendy at her new blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shelley - Fine Bone China

My husband's grandma gave me this delightful tea set many years ago. The series is called 'Charm' from Shelley in England.

I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday again this week.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Painted Cross Stitch Wall

While enjoying a coffee with a friend this week, she said "have you seen the cross stitch painted on a wall?". I hadn't, so we hopped onto the computer and I was amazed at what I saw.
See for yourself.

I love it!!  Eline Pellinkhof is the creator. Visit her blog here, she is a freelance designer and illustrator and her blog is full of creativeness. Enjoy!!

We also got given a pumpkin during the week...just couldn't resist taking a photo of it with the 2 squash that are still looking like porcelein! (See a few posts back for more photos of the squash!).

I'm joining Beverly for Pink and Green Saturday.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

I haven't joined a 'blog' party before, but always enjoy visiting Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Tea Time Tuesday , so today I decided to join the fun and feature the lovely cup and saucer I purchased last week at a garage sale.

Follow the below link to discover some more 'Tea Time Tuesday' delights.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Out with the paint...before and after

A couple of posts ago I showed some items I'd bought from a garage sale. One was a turned pine reading lamp stand and shade and also a shade on it's own. Today, I took off the shade, sanded the stand, primed it and painted it a very light beige colour and then placed the other shade on it. I really liked how it turned out.

White I had the paint out, I decided to give a new lease of life to a couple of dark wooden picture frames.

Late Friday afternoon we organised to have some friends come over for a casual pizza and wine. It wasn't essential that we had dessert, but I opened up my cupboard to see what I could make in a short space of time and saw a Chocolate Instant Pudding mix. I quickly whipped that up along with some cream to which I added some icing sugar, vanilla and instant coffee which was dissolved in some water. This gave the cream a nice delicate coffee flavour to compliment the chocolate mousse. I had some strawberries in the fridge, so cut them up and grated some chocolate over the top. A nice quick and easy dessert.

 Not too much is happening down in the garden, but my pink butterfly's are having their second burst of flowers after I cut them back.

I hope your weekend has been enjoyable.

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