Friday, 30 January 2009

And The Winner Is..........

The name drawn from the vintage flower hat was..............


Let me know your address and I'll send them out to you post-haste!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

I'd Like To Thank..........

I've received my first blog award from No danger of tear-stained Kate Winslet style acceptance speeches here, just a short and sweet thank you!

The authors say that blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming. This blog invests in proximity in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be new friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandisement. Our hope is that when ribbons of these awards are cut, even more friendships will be propagated. Please give your kind attention to these writers.”

A condition of the award is to pass it on to 8 other blogs. I've read so many blogs by so many lovely people, it's hard to choose just 8, although a number of you have already received this award. I'd just like to say it's been great taking a peek at all your lives and talents!

The 'winners' are:

The Washerwoman

Nostalgia At The Stonehouse

A Thrifty Mrs

Country Heart and Home

Country Cottage Chic

Snapdragon's Garden

Jane and the Happy Crow

Things Handmade

Monday, 26 January 2009


This is my first giveaway! Angels aren't really my thing, so I'd love to pass these two on to a good home.
If you'd like to be in with a chance, please leave a comment below and/or click to become a follower. I'll draw names on Friday. Good luck everybody.

The Floral Dance

As flowers seem to be a major theme in my home, I thought I would share some of them with you. Some are thrifted, some are not - but all are definitely floral:

Monday, 19 January 2009

All Systems Go

Many apologies for the previous post - I'm afraid that was not a good day for me. I know everyone has their bad times and I really shouldn't moan - there are so many people so much worse off than I am. In some ways, I'm almost thankful that the only things I was worrying about was how to get people buying non-essential items from me as well as someone else.

I've now decided to take the plunge and have a stall at the Shepton Mallett Flea Market - somewhat scary, but I'm sure I can cope - I've survived a few car boot sales in my time and at least this is inside! I'm also going to sign up for craft fairs to be held in Bath, Marlborough and Devizes throughout the year - so watch this space!

This is a selection of the things I'll be taking with me, which are also available currently on my website:

PS - I have one favour to ask of you folks - if you regularly read my blog, please would you consider clicking the 'Follow this Blog' option - it's about half-way down the page, above the list of blogs I follow. Many thanks x

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Moany Post

I'm afraid I have to be honest - I'm finding the whole positive thinking thing very wearing at the moment. I'm really struggling with motivation at the moment and I just can't seem to get the shop off the ground. I look at all the wonderful blogs written by talented and successful people and I feel like a complete fraud. I can't get hold of anyone to even get a table at a craft fair or flea market as starting point and I've got no idea where to go to market the shop, or how to get people buying my stuff.
Please accept my apologies for this self-indulgent c*** - hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly x

Friday, 9 January 2009

I Told You I Was Ill..

In the words of the late, great Spike Milligan. I might be able to croak out a few lines of The Ying Tong Song if pushed, but don't hold your breath!

After one day back at work on Monday, I managed to catch the office lurgy having been germ-free all Christmas. Karma, I suppose for telling everyone how I'd been lucky not to catch it! I've been coping up til today, but had to call in sick this morning, after a bad nights sleep and a killer head cold.

I managed to walk up to our new library this morning and found The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficieny, Choosing And Keeping Chickens and The Victorian House. Looking forward to getting stuck into those later. DH has suggested we could use part of the cellar for the (theretical) chickens to roost in and have a little door so they can go outside during the day.

I must go and get on with some more sewing so that I'll have some samples to show to the craft fair organisers. Luckily, inspiration has been coming through thick and fast this last week or so! Cross your fingers that at least one of them will let me have a table.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Keep Me Travelling

I thought I'd add this picture of a beautiful 'Angelique' tulip to remind us that Spring will soon be upon us. Now that the shortest day has passed , the Earth turns back on it's axis and warmer days will surely return. DH took this picture a couple of years ago in the garden of our previous house. With luck, this year will be a productive time for us - we've put our names down for an allotment where we should actually stand a chance of getting a plot before we both hit retirement! We also plan to keep a few chickens at home once we've sorted out a suitable fox-proof home for them to live in.

I'm pleased to report that so far, I've spent some time of every day in my workroom. In an effort to kick-start the next phase of Rose & Bird, I've been concentrating on sewing and producing some new items to sell. The results will soon be available.

I've also been scouting out contacts for craft fairs that I can exhibit at to increase my presence and hopefully boost sales. At the moment, I'm waiting to hear back from various organisers, but if any one can point me in the direction of fairs within a couple of hour's drive of Bristol, I'd be very grateful.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year


A Happy New Year to you all!

2009 dawned cold and grey here in Bristol, after attending a 70s/80s themed New Year party myself and the DH left our friend's house with tiny snowflakes on the car windscreen. Both of us were happily hangover-free due to a sensible (and conscious) lack of over-indulgence. The same can't be said for all party-goers!

I'm pleased to report that I have actually been sewing today, although I had to walk away from the machine earlier than I'd have liked due to it's reluctance to stitch properly. Had I carried on, I can't guarantee it would have seen the rest of 2009 it one piece! Subsequently, one of my goals for the year is to not let so many little things irritate me (hence walking away from the sewing machine), the others are to be positive and stop putting things off so much. I would also like to achieve one of my major dreams this year, but that's under wraps for the time being (I will say it doesn't involve babies or moving house!).