Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Who will win the Yule Log Competion!!!!

Last friday saw me on my way to one of my favourite places in Cornwall, (no not the beach) but the lovely Cowslip Workshop run by Jo Cowill.  Every year she runs a Christmas Fair, full of stalls with so many things to choose from, vintage, handmade, french fabrics, pottery and this sweet reindeer plate found its way home just right for my mince pie!
But this year unknown to me there seemed to be twice as many people there, maybe it is going to be bigger this year I thought, but no the place was a buzz around a marquee where ladies were bringing in their Yule Logs to be judged and one lady in particular was joining the competion our very own Kirstie Allsop, she was there filming her programme Kirstie's Handmade Britain. I can't tell you whether she won or not as we were all prevented from entering the tent!! If you read my blog from further afield then the UK - then this lady makes a television programme promoting Homemade Crafts in England.

I did manage to sneak a few photos but only on my phone so it looks like she has a flower growing from her head!!
I promised you on one of my last posts that I would show you what I bought in Anthropologie in London, well these cute measuring bowls shown on my shelf which I have just painted in Farrow and Ball light blue only yesterday, a job I have been meaning to do since we moved here,

(sorry I should have done some before photos but it was a grim yellow pine!!) just shows what a pot of paint can do. 
 As you can see I did buy my morrocan lights. I also treated myself to this top while in Anthropologie I haven't worn it yet but I am sure I will find somewhere to where it!!!

Busy weekend ahead going to my first Christmas event at Knightshayes Court to a 40s style Tea Dance, perhaps I will wear my top. Hope everyone is having a lovely week and enjoying the crisp days and sunshine.  I would also like to thank you all for your fabulous comments on my Advent Calendar I have decided not to sell it as I don't think I would get the price that it is worth, but that is another story!  A final picture of a visitor to my garden this morning!!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Finished at last!!

I seem to have had a busy week, visiting the Country Living Fair last Wednesday.

I have been going for quite a few years now and although I always enjoy the fair I do think there are too many exhibitors selling scarfs and jewellery, anyone else agree. After the fair thought I might take a look at Anthropologie in Regent Street and of course didn't leave empty handed so will let you know what I bought when I have taken photos.

Can you hear the drum roll yes at long last I have finished the advent calendar, I have used  old french linen for the backing and different vintage french fabrics for the remainder including crystals bought from a Paris Flea market

What do you think?
Off to read some blogs while sitting by the log fire - seems like winter is just around the corner. 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

My favourite time of Year

I don't know about you, but it is only in the last week that I think the colours of Autumn have truly come to their best.  We have had some lovely fine days here in Devon which I have taken full advantage of and been outside as much as possible.  Today we went for a walk hope you like the photos the colours were fabulous.

  Lunch or maybe not!!

Last weekend I visited the Vintage Fair in Frome unfortuantely I didn't take any photos but there were so many beautiful things and every stall was a treat for your eyes.  Definitely worth a visit you can see where the fairs are held if you visit Lizzies lovely blog The Washerwoman where she lists all the fairs.   We also visited one of my favourite seaside towns in Dorset Lyme Regis - it was packed so many people enjoying the sunshine, you would think it was summer. 

I love Lyme especially the pretty houses along the front.  This weekend saw us at another Antiques Fair where I picked up these pretty cups,

fell in love with them so had to have them of course!!
I know I haven't taken many photos of my home recently so here is just a few (actually its our front door porch)

The Angel I acquired recently she has a lovely smile. I still haven't finished my Advent Calender it really is a labour of love perhaps next time  I will have some photos for you.
Have a lovely week everyone - I am off to London on Wednesday to visit the Country Living Christmas Fair meeting my sister, so no doubt money will be spent!!! Country Girl up in the smoke!!!
have fun