Sunday, 3 February 2013

Thoughts have wandered off to warmer days ...

 Unfortunately, this week has seen one of the many flu viruses strike our home. My poor son succumbed the beginning of the week followed by me the end. This means I have been grounded all week, not great for providing material to write about ~ sorry but I'll do my best x

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Finally, this week began with the sight of tarmac and normality.
Bye bye snow.
Whilst being surrounded by snow and winter my thoughts have wandered off to warmer days, namely to the beach.  I have decided that by the end of this year I want to have whiled away sunny days foraging for treasures, my tick list of beach combing treasures to find are:
1) Driftwood
2) Pretty shells
3) A heart shaped stone
4) A sea creature to photograph
5)A piece of glass that has been worn perfectly smooth by the sea.
I can't wait to feel the sand between my toes and the salt wind in my hair, come on Spring ~ don't be shy, we're ready and waiting for you.
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Spring is starting to appear in our patch of the world by way of fresh green shots peering through worn brown autumn leaves ~ yay.
Lil snowdrops have started to appear in pretty clumps ...
and delicate flowering buds bring welcome colour...
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Paintgate! The ongoing saga of choosing paint for our living room took a completely bonkers route this week, resulting in many a trip to Fired Earth being taken and our sanity tested to the max.
In brief:
We decided to go with Fired Earth paint as they are our fav.
We painted over 12 of their tester pots on the wall.
Overwhelmed, we went back to Fired Earth with a mood board (containing colours not the state of our tattered emotions).
The lovely lady emparted a wealth of knowledge and help.
We came away with all of this paint ...
Once home it looked too dark for our room.

It all went back!
After several weeks of angst, over 20 tester pots, a fed up husband and a paint induced head ache a decision has been made.
We are painting it the exact same colour it already is! Yep you did read that right.

We are officially a bonkers West Oxon couple who have injected way too much cash into the tester pot market and have taken paint way too seriously! Total Loons.

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My fav bargain buy to share with you this week is this really pretty vintage cushion cover. Not everyone's cuppa I admit but it's most definitely mine (as my friend describes my taste as granny chic). I bought it two weeks ago at a local charity shop for £1.00, an absolute bargain but not an easy find as it was buried at the bottom of a box which was full of tatty table clothes. Since then I have been searching for the right size feather cushion pad, again not an easy task as the cushion pad (as with most vintage finds) is a non standard size. With said cushion pad now in my mitts, both have been married together making a scrumptious, pretty and unique cushion.
The decoration has been hand sewn on to silk and it must have been a labour of love for some lady who appreciated fine home furnishing. Hopefully the very talented lady who made such a lovely thing will be happy to know that I appreciate and love it as much as her x
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I just wanted to share with y'all the usual scenario when taking photos for a blog post. As soon as I point the camera at something either one of our dogs or cat will show an interest thinking "whats that then, what have you got there"? They will appear from no where and immediately start sniffing, circling and even nibbling the beautiful thing I am trying to photograph.
Below are just a few of this weeks spoils ...
Cat tail in the shot. If the cats there you can bet your bottom dollar puppy dog will soon arrive on the scene. Eating the very flower I'm trying to photograph.
It's like having toddlers all over again!!

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This weeks fav photo has to be this ...

 Simple yet delicate.

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Until next Sunday, bye y'all xx


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