Good morning! It's another grey, damp day today, the view of the hills from the Attic24 window is still gorgeous but oh I am disappointed with the weather.
Yestderday it rained on and off all day, we spent a delicious few hours up at Lovely C's wonderful farmhouse, C and I sat in the kitchen nattering, drinking coffee and eating flapjack while the Little People ran round outside, went to feed the chickens and collect the eggs, and bounced on the trampoline. Even when it rained they refused to come inside, they were so excited to be let loose in someone else's garden. What a thrill, bless 'em.
Late afternoon after being home and stuck indoors for a few hours we decided to go out regardless of the wet stuff. We pulled raincoats on and went on a little expedition up the road to the small woods at the top of the park. I wanted to gather some small branches for a Project I'm working on :: yes, branches indeed, how mad am I? Now that's gonna be a good show n tell when it's finished, bet you can't wait to see what loveliness I'm gonna be making with wet soggy branches?!
It was fun :: the Little People rose to the challenge and I ended up with an armful of twigs and sticks, some very small weeny, spindly ones (Little Lady's offering) and some big, fat, dog-chewed ones (Little Man's contribution) which had to be discreetly slung back into the undergrowth. But there were some that I think will be just right for The Project. Oh the intrigue!
So anyways, on with today. My bloggy contribution today is a bunch of Lovely Things that I've been meaning to share with you for a while, ie recent purchases. The last couple months, in various locations, I've been indulging in Retail Therapy my friends. J and I have since had words, and I've been asked to Restrain Myself henceforth into the month of August (good job twigs are free then), but it was good fun while it lasted, this little spending spree of mine.
As you will already know from this post, Retail Therapy for me usually includes tea towels, and four new beauties have joined the ranks :: the two on the left (above) are Greengate and came from the Girls Own Store, and the two on the right were in the Cath Kidston sale when I visited the York store last month.
So they've joined the stash, and I now have about 19 tea towels I think. However, last week when I was stroking and photographing them (as you do with tea towels), I had this Eureka moment :: I layed them all out on the floor and decided there and then that they would make the PERFECT quilt. Nothing elaborate as I have never made a quilt before, but I thought simple squares, as beautifully demonstrated here and here, can be very effective. You see, I am not daft. By turning towels into a quilt, I have a sewing project, a lovely quilt to drape over the second sofa downstairs, and furthermore, a valid reason to buy more tea towels when our existing ones have all been chopped up. Three ways a winner.
Gosh, I am rambling this morning aren't I? Need to be a bit quicker with this blogging lark cos today we need to be somewhere at 10am. Yikes. So speeding on :: more new household kit following a trip to Sainsburys :: Sarah Smith dishcloths and some scrumptious new scourers. Ooooo the pleasure!
A tin of pins (CK) and some lovely ribbon....
.... a vintage tin, again from the Girls Own Store, the one that caused much shaking of the head by J who thought £5 was a criminal amount to pay for a rusty old biscuit tin. Hmmmm...
...some pretty paper lanterns to hang in the kitchen....
...and a rosy lampshade for the bedroom, both from Girls Own Store again (how I love that shop for providing the perfect Retail Therapy Experience).
Phewwwww, spent out now. Thanks for coming along with me, hope you enjoyed the therapy. It's been a pleasure sharing it with you.
Same time, same place tomorrow? Its the big Ripple Reveal, so see you then? xxx