Tuesday, September 25, 2012
|It had to be done! - I spent half of the day today sorting out my very untidy workroom...|
I've been trying to be ruthless and clear out some of the things I know I shall never use, which I shall save and offer for sale at the Vintage Jumble Sale in November.
|I do feel slightly ashamed of my messy space when I look back to 2008 when I first set up my workroom...|
|But it is very much a working environment and I get a lot done in my little hideaway.|
|It was another very gloomy day today, so I'm sorry the photos aren't great...my workroom is down in the basement, so natural daylight is a little limited.|
|At least I managed to clear my sewing table and am now able to pull back the little curtains that have remained drawn for several months!|
|(A cushion I have made for a friend who has offered to help at my daughter's wedding.)|
|Quarter to five was time to think about cooking the evening meal...|
|So the rest of my very untidy pit is going to have to wait!|
|Have a lovely evening,|
PS: I've just realised this is my 900th post on this blog! - Thank you for visiting me here...its always nice to welcome you :) x
Posted by Niki Fretwell at 6:23 pm
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Thank you for all your recent comments on my blog...I'm sorry I don't get to visit many of your blogs at the moment, but my spare time has been taken up with all the wedding preparations (when I'm not at work.)|
We had a bit of a bake-a-thon yesterday, which was a very comforting day - the rain lashed outside, but we were cosy and warm inside whilst cake smells wafted through the house and the windows steamed up!
|I'd rather not show photos here yet, as some of my relatives read my blog, we want to keep lots of the special personal touches a surprise for now. Instead I'll share with you what I got up to on Saturday at my shop.|
|I'd bought a selection of fragrant French soaps which I wrapped in vintage wallpaper. I tied with vintage seam binding and decorated with dainty pink violets.|
|I love this dramatic black paper, but realise it isn't to everyone's taste, so I made another version using a 50's wallpaper printed in pink and turquoise.|
|These I tied with vintage velvet ribbon and the same little pink violets.|
|Another task was to package some tiny Edwardian collar pins that I'd bought at the recent Antiques Fair.|
|I printed several images onto thin card, which I copied from the book that Anna kindly gave to me last month, and cut them out.|
|I then wrapped a small lengths of antique lace around the shoulders of my lovely ladies...|
And fastened them with one of the pins.
|Each presented in a clear cellophane bag.|
(I've been bag making too.)
|Hope you had a lovely weekend,|
Posted by Niki Fretwell at 8:52 am
Friday, September 21, 2012
|Our daughter and granddaughter are coming to stay with us this weekend...|
I think we'll find time for some more baking...
|We have plans for lots more cakes for her wedding...|
|So I've fished-out this old copy of Good Housekeeping's Cake Making from the 1950's.|
|You can't beat some of the traditional tried and tested recipes that have provided a treat to families over the decades...|
The Tala icing set is at the ready!
|Wish us luck! :)|
|Have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned,|
Posted by Niki Fretwell at 7:38 pm
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|Some photos taken in our garden this week...I wanted to capture some of the late summer sunshine we've had recently.|
|There's not been much time to sit and relax here though...|
|I can't tell you how much weeding I need to catch up on...|
|But at least on my blog it may fool you into thinking all is calm and organised here at the Stone House!|
|I'm hoping that I may be able to harvest some of the late blooms for our daughter's wedding...|
|But with a couple of weeks still yet to go, anything could happen...|
|Hopefully the sedums will be something we can rely on...|
They're a flower that always remind me of my Grandmother's garden, as she had masses of them lining her herbaceous borders which would attract hundreds of butterflies.
|Others may not fare so well if the weather turns on us soon.|
|I hope its not goodbye to summer just yet, but for sure, autumn is just around the corner.|
|Despite all the wedding preparations, I've still had time for some buying for the shop.|
A lovely metal framed mirror, which had been painted in thick white gloss paint was one of my best buys.
|A little 'Oh-la-la' - |
Two c1950's French lingerie shop point-of-sale cards, complete with miniature undies - Perfect little scaled down versions of the real things!
|(This little baby is staying with me.)|
|A fabulous (and very large) hand embroidered boudoir pillow from the 1920's in perfect condition, fresh from France.|
|(I sold today - thank you!)|
| Lovely old floral French textile in an antique frame.|
All of these and more arrived at my shop today and found their place on the shelves and displays...
|I have lots of new mirrors, French textile boxes and the metal bed canopy (above) too.|
Actually a piece from an old dressing table, but very attractive in its own right...The door to the little cupboard is on a swivel and is a mirror on the reverse.
|Antique tapestry kettle stand, all lovely and worn with age :)|
|Lots of new vintage brooches for my mannequin to wear...|
|And a tutu made from crochet lace doilies!|
|Thank you for visiting...|
Hope you are happy,
Update: I just wanted to mention my eldest daughter's blog. She recently travelled down to Christchurch in New Zealand for her Birthday and visited the CBD Red Zone
- She's written a powerful post about the devastation there.