Monday, 7 April 2008

Sometimes it snows in april

But it's nice to be cosy indoors with a cup of tea....

This week I'll be busy uploading this lot onto the website....

lots of pretty floral china, waiting patiently to grace someones dresser

I also wanted to show you some books.....

the one on the right I bought from Ella's nursery, because last year my mother gave me the one on the left. It was my great grandmothers, and she owned it in 1916

The new version is very funny, and makes me giggle out loud when I read it, so if you come across it (I got it from The Book People for £4) I would definitely recommend it.
I just wanted to show the the preface from the book on the left, published in 1914.....

"If this book had been written many years ago it would have contained more pages about needlework and fewer about out-of-door exercises. Each year, however, shows how fallacious are those no more conventional notions concerning the limitations of women, for men are being eclipsed from time to time, not only in the examination room, but even in the field, upon what they had considered hitherto to be their own ground.

How gracefully and well does a woman ride a bicycle usually; how hump-backed and ungainly do most men appear upon the same machine! Moreover, girls do not throw away the good they have won on the hockey field, and in the swimming bath, by imbibing whiskey and other absurd concoctions, crowding into hot billiard rooms and bar parlours. Thus it is easy to see even now as we walk along the streets how girls and women are surpassing boys and men in carriage, health and intellect.

It has not been possible in this book to exhaust all the subjects that have beeen mentioned, but intelligent girls, having selected their hobbies, will find means to purse them beyond the limit which space has imposed upon us in these pages."

I don't know about you, but I was surprised how forward thinking it was!

I have recently received a couple of lovely packages that I wanted to show off.
I won this gorgeous little needlecase in a giveaway over at Florence Hope, thank you very much Ladies!

and this morning postie brought me this lovely package from Beata at Rosehip, I'm so chuffed I managed to get this one from her Etsy shop, as they where selling like hot cakes, and each one was bought up as soon as she listed them! I was determined to get one made with this pretty floral fabric - just by chance, does anyone know where I can buy this fabric from, or what it's name is?

Finally I thought I'd let you know that I am going to be at the East London Craft Guerrilla Craft Fair in Walthamstow Village on 26th April so if your about, come on down.


  1. Oh my! what a huge post you must have been feeling really guilty! Lovely books and the china looks great too! I'ytutll(soorry jojo ishelping me type) see you at the craft show! Zia

  2. Hi Jessica,

    I'm so pleased that you like your babushka!! I'm actually quite surprised at how quickly you got her... Thanks for the sweet mention and the pretty photo - It's rather fun to see her again in your lovely blog... The pretty floral print used for her shawl comes from "Fabric raditions"...unfortunately, it says on the selvedge that it's from 2005 -- I don't know if it'll be available anywhere... It's a favorite of mine and I don't have a lot of it -- I'd love to find more of it!

    Nice to meet you and your blog!

    Beata xxx

  3. Ooops...that is: Fabric Traditions...

  4. Hi Jessica!
    So glad the cookies arrived safely and that you like your Union Jack Heart! (I am slightly embarrassed to tell you that the gingham fabric is from Hobby Craft) x
    I am in love with the books - what treats!

  5. Snow in April, not really what you want is it?
    So many beautiful pictures you are showing us!

  6. Just popped in from Sophie Stansfields blog! How lucky were you to get hold of one of those gorgeous dolls. I was after a pink one but by the time they were a checked them out they had all gone!

  7. I love the bambushka I hope she makes some more I want one! Lovely books that makes a nice keepsake from your Grandmother. Very pretty china too you can't beat a cup of tea in a pretty cup!

  8. What strange weather you are having! I love the pretty china ~ makes me wish I had a nice dresser to display some day.

    Marie x

  9. Hi Jess..wonder if they ever did a book called 301 things a thick girl can do..It might help me!
    love the little needlecase you won, and well done getting a babushka from were fast!They're gorgeous.
    Enjoy your craft fair and I hope you do well too with all your lovely goodies...
    Sairer x

  10. Lovely china, and i love your babushka.
    Sarah x

  11. Beautiful china...don't you find it hard to part with some of it!
    I love those books and will have to see now if I can order one, it looks interesting. Your Great Grandmothers book - what a lovely treasure to keep and and pass on.

  12. I LOVE that china!!! And I love all of your gorgeous new things...the little russian doll is beautiful.

    I wish I could come to the fair - picciolo is going to be there too, and I'd love to put faces to names. But my parents are visiting from your neck of the woods (ish) so no can do :(

  13. You've such a charming and beautiful site! Was a pleasure to visit! See you again,Lori

  14. You wre a lucky girl getting those great gifts, love the china and books.


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