Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Postie Called Twice

Phew, it's been another scorcher of a day here and I'm lovin' it!!

I managed to get all the washing dried on the line, makes such a difference doesn't it drying washing outside, it comes in smelling all fresh and I need to iron it straightaway then  wash day is over and done with in a day.

The Postie called at the door twice, first with some gorgeous tins from Millie and Dottie's Emporium,

the digestive biscuit tin was given free back in the days of "His Majesty The King"

The little orange tin held children's cough pastilles... both were wrapped in green tissue paper and string  with a charming post card.

The second parcel come from Cath Kidson, 
I'd ordered some files to keep all my snippets and knitting patterns in,

two are flowered and two have budgies on and they're ever so "tweet"!!

And also a writing set (I do love a letter through the post) 

and the best bit was they were all in the sale.

The third parcel I had to collect from the GPO as I was out yesterday,
remember the lovely old "Boots" First Aid Case I got? it now holds a blue "eye wash" glass and a bandage that I got from MY Vintage World in Thirsk, a first aid booklet and some safety pins, it still needs a few more bits to fill it up.

As my Uncle would say, "segwaying" slightly, I've knit 2 poppy brooches for a friend, I think these are to be sold at a fair, 

sewn a tiny dress on linen to make into a brooch,

and managed  6 honeycombs out of the millions I need to make a blanket!!
I think that's going to be a looooong job.......

Lucey X

Friday, 20 June 2014

Flying a Kite

My lovely skirt made from a piece of Sanderson fabric that I got from Hope and Elvis studio, with a pocket on the front to hold a hankie,

it just needed a bit of lace and a few buttons sewing onto it and maybe a bird or two to pretty it up and it's ready to wear on a sunny day.

I just need to sort out a brooch,

 I think it's a sailing a boat, fishing for tiddlers and flying a kite kind of day.

Long Summer days are the best.......

Anyone got any plans for the weekend?

Lucey X

Monday, 16 June 2014

Vintage Pop Up Shop

On Sunday we tootled down to Thirlby in Yorkshire to visit, 

where everything was set out beautifully by Jackie and  Sarah.
Lots of old items for the kitchen,

a garland made from hankies, lace and post cards, a lovely idea,

sweet little green cupboard,
as soon as I'd snapped a pic of it  a lovely lady bought it for her kitchen.

This pretty blue hut was outside, it would make a lovely hideaway at the bottom of the garden for spending warm Summer nights in......

 This lovely old "Quality Street"sweet jar had to come home with me to go beside my scales, as well as a big glass jelly mould and an a "Boots first aid case" to go with my collection.

After a cuppa and a cake all set out on little tables with embroidered tablecloths and china we set off down the road to Sowerby " open gardens", I do love a nosey round other peoples gardens and we weren't dissapointed.

They all had perfectly manicured lawns, bulging borders,

seating areas to catch the sunshine and a summerhouse to sit and enjoy the garden,

beautiful blowsy poppies growing beside the roses,

even the log store looked lovely filled up ready to be burned on winter fires.

We enjoyed another cuppa and bought a few plants before setting off home to light the barbecue and have a glass of wine....

The perfect way to spend a Sunday in June.

Lucey X

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Jessie Chorley

Today was the day I should have been to Hope and Elvis on a Jessie Chorley workshop, circumstances meant I couldn't go but it also meant I made someone really happy by giving them my place.

So as I'm "confined to barracks" I thought I'd show you a few pictures.

Old paper money bags,

a basket full of shopping,

going for a picnic,

listening to the radio,

jelly mould lights,

it's time for a .....

train ride.

Cinderella's watch,

"spider" plant, grown from a cutting,
 who remembers these hanging in a macrame plant hanger?

"Pretending to be someone else"

in her blue summer dress,

a display on the table.

I'm going to spend the afternoon in the garden doing a bit of sewing and knitting a couple more honeycombs for the beekeepers quilt.

Lucey X

Thursday, 5 June 2014


I was asked if I would knit some poppies so I braved the rain this morning to visit the wool shop to get some red and green wool. 
I hate this typical English weather where cardigans and tights are abandoned while the sun shines and then you wake up to cold and rain and out they come again......still, the rain does the garden good and it saves filling the watering can about a million times!!

So here I am on this wet afternoon  all cosied by the fire with a dog at my feet, a big bowl of yarn ready to be knit into poppies, a "fleur d orangerier" candle burning, filling the air with the smell of oranges,

 a  nice mug of rosy lee and a packet of wine gums to chomp on while I look through my patterns....bliss!!

What fills your afternoons when it's raining "cats and dogs"?

Lucey x