Saturday, 27 October 2007

Samhain....the bringer of Winter, of Dreams, and of Our Beloved Ones




Soon it will be the Fire Festival 'Samhain' or 'Halloween', the Celtic New Year.

It is a special time for me, a time put aside from my everyday living, a time to reach out to the people beloved to me, and for me to send my love to them across the mists of mystery, to speak and say, that they are remembered forever in my heart and will be part of me until we can be together again and rejoice.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Cabbages & Roses



Cabbages & Roses www.cabbagesandroses.com/ have the most super new web page. I ordered for free their new cataloge and look what came, a huge pack of large, beautifully photographed, oversized postcards, showing all their super new clothes and homewares, real eye candy.
I shall indulge in some serious drooling, have some chocolate, and a cup of tea, and dream........

Friday, 19 October 2007

Wrap up warm.....



You know when you need somthing just to perk up your spirits, I needed that........ sooo I had a hunt in my room and discovered a nice selection of alpaca, cashmere, and merino fleece I had bought last summer, I also found some white silk velvet.....now guess what I have been doing this week.
I dyed the velvet a turquoise shade to go with my beigey fleece then felted the wools some to the velvet some on it's own, and now I have made two new softer than soft scarves, I added a vintage rose to one ( very Sara Parker, I wish ha!) and a vintage pearl pin to the other.
So send on the snow, winds are no problem, I shall be skipping and dancing in the spiraling Autumn mists no matter how frosty it is.......

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Making pumpkins and watching Practical Magic....


Can I recommend the most lovely, brilliant, watchable film 'Practical magic'http://www.amasveritas.com/ it is just perfect for this time of the year, you do need props though, they are hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on top, soft cushions, socks, cosy fire, candlelight, family and friends (if possible), sit back and just enjoy.
I made my pumpkins last year, they are made from old linen then stuffed with hay and essential oils of cinnamon and vanilla pods and star anise, so when the room gets warm they still smell scrummy, I then washed them with lime wash to get the peely old look.
I have been watching and painting the Autum leaves as they fall silently into my garden, then in that magical silence remembering...... When I was a little girl my beloved Nanna Pitt told me that if I could catch a falling leaf I could make a wish and it would come true. I tried really hard, but so often failed, but I had sooo much fun playing this game in the woods with my grandparents watching and laughing with me. Now grown and with my own family, I always think of my Nana with love when I watch the Autum leaves falling, and I know too that she is watching them with me.
Why not try catching them yourselves it's not easy you will see what I mean.......

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Heart.......

Heart is an artists Gallery in Hebden Bridge.

We go a lot to Hebden Bridge to see our friends, stay up all night drinking hot chocolate under moonlight wrapped in blankets and mucking about in the canal, like children really. Then spend Saturday somtimes wondering down the High Street, pottering about, well today we saw lots of pink ballons, it was Hearts' First Birthday party' can you see the teeny tiny cakes and fab mini sandwiches, and we also had sparkling pink champange in tiny glasses, all made by 'sugar plum fairy' it was divine. I thought it was a great idea for any feasty, festive, thingy, cos you just get scrummy mouthfuls of every delight, and not get greedly overfull, or too tipsy. Loved it.

Then I saw the most fantastic Angel Cake with White Wings, it is ceramic, it is the most prettiest item I own, it kept trying to fly away on the way home, so I have to keep it under glass now, or it may well escape. I have it in the kitchen. I don't know the name of the lady that made it, but if you do, then tell her from me I am thrilled, and that she is very very talented.














I know my kitchen table is on bricks but that's not the problem.....

the problem is the window.... our kitchen is in the basement, the window is opposite a brick wall, I would love to do something to make this look prettier but just don't know what, does anyone have any suggestions.....please xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Bargain to share..........


I had to tell you about these tea towels, they are so pretty and very very cheap.....£2.00 for two Primark, I just felt compelled to make a swooping purchase, knocking small children and grannies out of the way...... It was ugly.....
I now feel bad because I could have sewn them...I could have printed them...... but it was so nice buying them, a real treat, calorie free. I know I am starting to look like a serial lunchtime shopper, be reassured it will pass..........I think mmmmm.

Monday, 1 October 2007

Feeling pleased..........


I can't help it, even when it's Summer, even now I know that it's too early, I cannot help thinking of Christmas when I come across 'Noel 'super buys.

Friday I found this wonderful.... falling apart , rusty, candlestick, in a junk shop in my lunch hour, (if I put a candle in every holder we are in danger of looking like a light house) then today in T K Max I found the glass cake stand, how could I resist, I could see it full of snow white fondants, or suger topped mince pies. or I could fill it with vintage silver'd glass balls, with a white sugar mouse peeping out.... there is no hope for me, no hope at all.......