Tuesday, 28 April 2009

another year older

On saturday I celebrated my 26th Birthday, I had a party with some family and a few friends outside on our new decking. It was such a lovely day, we where very lucky with the weather as on friday the weather forecast was pretty grim for a garden party. 
Saturday morning started out rather overcast, with a light drizzle of rain, but come lunch time the sun managed to make an appearance. 
As you probably know if you read my blog regularly, I was was going for a pretty village fete theme, and with a little help from family and from my friend Lesley who kindly let me me borrow some tables a benches that she hires out as part of her business, it turned out to be just that.
So I thought I show you some pictures (courtesy of Lesley)

Friday, 3 April 2009


I made some of these little tea light holders last year, we live on pesto in this house, so I always have loads of these little jars around. I especially like the sainsburys own brand, because they have a pretty ribbed neck. 
They look so pretty on a warm evening, hung on branches, or lined up along walls or tables. Last time I just left them plain, but this year I thought I'd pretty them up a bit.

my first thought was to use some of my ribbon stash, but then I thought I could use some left over fabric scraps instead, which is more along the reuse, recycle theme, so out came the box of fabric scraps, useless for most sewing projects, but I just can't bear to through them away.

I think they look really pretty, I really like the effect of the torn fabric, and the only thing that I bought to make them was a reel of wire which I got from the florist for a couple of quid, and I still have loads left. They would be lovely for a country style wedding on a budget, you could use baby food jars as well, and because they require so little money and effort to make, you could afford have loads of them dotted around.

I've decided that I'm going to use them for little posies of flowers for my birthday lunch at the end of the month, it's going to be outside on our soon to be finished decking, so I will be praying for a sunny day, and in the meantime I better be cracking on with making some more bunting. I think I will have rhubarb eton mess (new family favourite) in pretty teacups for pudding too.

simple pleasures

Three vintage stools, begging for a lick of paint, 50p each


vintage duck egg blue enamel weighing scales £1

wooden crate with 'simple pleasures' stamped on the side

wrapping a little gift I made gift for my mother, a little lavender bag made from a pretty vintage embroidered coaster, or a 'smeller' as my daughter called it.