Thursday, 31 May 2012

Back Soon....

I am leaving this afternoon for Shingle Cottage and i am staying for ten days!...four of these will be by myself which will be a  first for me....there is a lot of work to be done and i am all by myself knocking out the old bathroom which will become my laundry room  and filling a large skip with all sorts of rubbish and soil...i have the old plasterboard to knock out of the kitchen walls and ceiling and the wall to knock through into what was the old toilet to make the kitchen bigger...i am also papering the main room with lining paper and painting my brick wall in an aged  faux stone finish and the bathroom will be getting another two coats of Antique White.....the fireplace hearth has to be grouted too.
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Steve and his friend will be putting in the bow windows to the main room and bedroom and taking the outside walls down and re covering them in ply and breather membrane ready for the shingles to go on top...they will also be fitting new shaped boards to the eaves at the back of the cottage and i have a lovely french blue that i will be painting them with....

We are really starting to get somewhere on the inside and it won't be long before i can furnish our cottage and take room shots,oh i can not wait for that on my blog,real pictures of our cottage and not of a building site......


I love this pretty rose covered  Shingle Cottage  taken by Debby of Inspired Design....the roses covering the roof are just beautiful....

I have packed a bag full of  home decor books and a pile of girly dvds to keep me busy on my nights alone...

I will be back blogging soon with pictures,tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage....
XxX

Monday, 21 May 2012

Rosey


I am so looking forward to the first flush of roses in our garden....buds are everywhere waiting to open and with the mid-week heat wave predicted  for England i might just have some roses to cut and bring inside...
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I dressed my stone girl statue last year with blooms from our garden....
I also covered the lamp shade below with a faded old bark cloth fabric covered in little raspberry covered roses recently.......
I love  how the draped lace looks on the frame in the background.......
I sew all the edges and trims by hand...i don't care for glue as it yellows over time and spoils the fabric...it takes longer to do but i enjoy the work and the softer  finished result....

I also added vintage crocheted trim to the top which looks really pretty when the light is on as you can see in my sewing room post here  

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I love the texture of this bark cloth fabric and the faded roses

Talking of roses...i planted the  David Austin rose below named 'James Galway' at Shingle Cottage last Summer and it bloomed for months,it has the most beautiful shaped petals,if you look closely they are shaped like this { on the edges which makes it catch the light like an old oil painting....it has a lovely old rose perfume too....
The rose bush has really grown this year so i am hoping to have lots of blooms all Summer long at Shingle Cottage.....i will then be able to make pretty display's and pop them here and there in our cottage.....
Such a lovely shade of pink.......
I am recovering some  lamp shades this afternoon and i have a few pillows to finish off too and all are in rose covered fabrics.......
My fingers are crossed for the sun to shine and open those sweet little rose buds........

I hope your week is a rosey one too......


XxX

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Shall we?

I have been very busy this week packing our belongings here in the city and tidying the garden up,i am lucky as my boy has helped me this week now that he has finished school after his exams....we have of course been busy building at the weekend at the coast,i don't feel stressed with the work or nervous about the move but sometimes i am a little pooped and i will be much happier when we have one home and not two as it can get a little much going back and forth and working at both ends and i am looking forward to Summer days out on weekends at some of our old haunts,one being the pretty village of Grassington with its picture postcard cottages......i found these pictures in one of my folders from our last visit and seen as how i can not be there in person i thought we could visit together here on my blog girls,what do you say?.....

Shall we?
We would pass pretty cottages covered in climbing roses and flower filled baskets and little painted porches that welcome you up to the front door......all seem to have a bench to sit and read or pass time a while.......
The carved stone  at the top of the beautiful house below is dated 1896  Grasmere ...... i love how the wisteria stem has been plaited as it has grown and the dressing table in the upstairs window looks beautiful......
A  garden of topiary trees in this manicured garden are always admired by visitors and i know American girls love it as i have over heard them saying how pretty everything is.....
Underneath the topiary the planting is a little wild and cottage garden while above it is clipped to perfection.....i really like the contrast between the two,do you?......
To the left the topiary hides french doors that open out onto a Summer garden.....so pretty it makes you wish you could stay the night.......
Well we can! this pretty place is a Guest House......oh they are full!
Well  here then?.......i love the ivy clad walls and flower baskets.......
I dream of having a weekend off to visit this shop.....lets go in shall we?
And  climb these stairs inside........
I would take this mirror hanger below home with me......i like the paint finish and i am guessing it could be Annie Sloan,Amy?......
Steve would carry our bags girls as he is lovely that way and he likes to be a gentleman........there he is waiting for us.......
We could wander the cobble streets and peek in the lace covered cottage windows.........
After we could stop and have tea and cake at a cafe and take pictures of the beautiful hollyhocks growing outside....see the chandelier in the left window? too pretty....
I would like to grow hollyhocks at the coast,i did grow some pretty double blossomed ones here inland  called 'Apple Blossom' last year that looked beautiful......We have planted laurel hedging all around the gardens at Shingle Cottage to  stop the sea breeze burning our plants and an apple tree and two Rowan trees were planted in the gardens  last weekend,tomorrow we are taking a pear tree,this hopefully will make us a little micro climate where our garden will flourish.

I hope you enjoyed our day out at Grassington.....

Until next time
XxX

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Sew Happy!

Oooohhh it was all go at Shingle Cottage over the weekend,we had all our wiring updated and new fuse boxes fitted and flooring went down in the attic...old concrete paths were broken up in the garden and piled high ready for a skip which will arrive in a few weeks,hedges were cut and our new toilet was fitted.

We can now use our new bathroom which is heaven and the shower is really powerful,i can actually get the soap bubbles out of my hair unlike the old one.....

We had our friends stay with us which was really fun,it was lovely to see their children snuggled up in front of an open fire watching tv while we worked away and a big thank you to Roy and Andrea they helped us do so much  and they are coming to stay in a few weeks time to help fit those bow windows i posted last time,wow things are really moving along and it won't be long before i am hanging blinds and arranging furniture.

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Today the rain is softly pitter pattering outside the window of my sewing room here in the city,i have the lamp on which makes it look oh so cozy and i am happily working away,with fabrics,beads and vintage millinery while listening to Debussy Clair de Lune......it is one of my most favourite classical pieces of music to listen to although if you could see my ipod you would be surprised at how different my taste is from track to track......as i sit here writing this post life seems good....really good,i am happy,i love those moments don't you? 

I have my lined dry crumpled fabric hanging ready to made into something pretty and my imac to listen to music or to play a movie on,it is lovely for inspiration or taking a break and reading your blogs.....

I sew most of my work on my old Antique/English white Cresta sewing machine,i found her on Ebay many moons ago and fell in love with her straight away.....i have thought of sanding the wood in the past and white washing it or painting it pink but so far i have resisted.....
A vintage style doll i made named Rose sits quietly in the background watching the goings on,she is made with vintage fabrics and antique lace......resting next to her is a pretty  Boudoir pillow made with soft pink french linen and lace...
I have created a lot of pretty things in this sewing room........

My Belle Epoque Hat....
A memories purse for a dear blogging friend....
A boudoir cushion for a very creative blogging friend...
A little white swan was decorated.....
I made her a  Marie Antoinette style hat box to rest upon......
And a sweet floral hat to rest inside.................
All three were proudly featured in Creating Vintage Charm Magazine....

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Today i am working on an antique wedding dress sleeve and have gathered together soft aqua velvet trim,a ruffled flower,fresh water pearls and french silver beads,it is too beautiful not to be worn again....i use my sons old pine computer desk as it is a great size to fit everything on,i didn't paint it as it won't be going with us to Shingle Cottage....

My new sewing and crafting room  will be in the attic at Shingle Cottage...

It needs a lot of work doing to it as you can see  and a window or two.....i have this room all decorated in my mind and it will be very feminine,i have an old wrought iron daybed which i will pile high with vintage floral duvets and a floral standard lamp that will give me that cozy glow i love so much....it has to be just as i imagine it as i am going to start my own little shop full of pretty sewn pieces and plan to spend a lot of time working up here..i will start small with an Etsy shop and see where that takes me......

So today i am here and simply enjoying being  Sew Happy and dreaming of my attic and what the future may bring........


We will be driving back to Shingle Cottage in the morning...i hope your weekend is a happy one wherever you are and whatever you are up to!

XxX 

 


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