A personal favourite from my Etsy shop

I just love this set and if I didn’t already have something almost exactly the same then I wouldn’t be selling it. With Christmas round the corner it’s perfect for some midcentury vintage festive ┬ástyling.





Making decisions


imageSometimes things happen and it kinda takes things out of your hands and you have to run with it and hope for the best. In January I fell over (no alcohol involved) and I landed on my knees in a twisted heap.

My knees were pretty badly damaged and I was on crutches for quite a while, the basic short story is I need new knees, but I’m too young. My knees were buggered before, and now they seem so much worse. It means carrying anything heavy even shopping bags causes a lot of pain. I hadn’t been in my little bricks and mortar shop for months although obviously still paying for it.

With a nudge from the guy who owned my shop/workshop (he had people interested in it) I decided to let it go. Weirdly I had very mixed feelings about it, sadness as I loved being in there even though I hadn’t been there hardly at all over the months, to relief at making a decision to move forwards. the knock on effect has been my creative output one way or another has gone through the roof.

Edith and Alice the bricks and mortar shop has moved into my garden summerhouse all be it impossibly cramped at the moment and my online presence in my etsy shop has grown.

For me I need to clear out the garage of the furniture from the shop so I can put back my lovely old VW bug in his home and then I shall finally feel relaxed.

For the first time in months…

It’s been months since I’ve been able to get out in the garden to try and tidy it up. My lawn is still spongey to walk on and there’s more moss than grass, it will be a few more months I recon before I’ll be able to mow it!
I need to plan a trip to the dump, there’s so much that needs to be cleared out to make it a nice place to be. Sadly we’ve lost 2 rabbits in this time and today I’m attempting to put the remaining pairs together. This will mean they get to live in the bunny palace and the other hutch and run can go, leaving more room for garden chairs and table.
The summerhouse I acquired and put up in October will be my little work in progress project. Some where to sew and make in the peacefulness of the garden. I want to do cream teas too in the garden, a little oasis of old fashioned loveliness.
So for the first time in months I feel positive, I feel like I need to get my living space to how I want it to be to feel calm and relaxed. 


Stan earns a wash and polish


My hansom ol beetle has done me proud. He’s driven from Cornwall to London without missing a heart beat.

Stan is a lovely 1972 1200 beetle, not the speediest of cars, but definitely very steadfast. And for his trustworthy and steadfast manor I decided to give him a wash and polish, and doesn’t he look good!

If every cloud has a silver lining, does it follow that every silver lining has a cloud?

While thinking about the old saying “every cloud has a silver lining” I suddenly realised that if that was so then surely every silver lining must have a cloud.

What I mean by that is there must always be 2 sides, or 2 ways to interpret, or 2 ways to react to a situation. In reality it’s about how we work through what life throws at us as well as what we make of our lives. Infact there is a multitude of ways, not just 2.

Depending on our mindset at the time of the incident that happens, it will then be assessed with a different set of parameters than if the incident had happen the following day.

For example, are we hungry, are we tired, have we had a stressful day at work? All of these things have the ability to access our coping mechanisms, and if more than one thing is factored in then our reactions will be different again.

So every cloud having a silver lining must also mean that every silver lining has a cloud. It just depends on our approach to see things positive or negative at the time of the incident. There is always an alternative way of looking at things.

Looking at all things and finding the positive in them can be the difference between a fulfilling life, and a life filled with regret and a feeling of victimisation. All things that happen do so for a reason, it is not for us to necessarily understand why. This I guess is not always the easiest thing to do.

We can sit and ponder the meaning of life or if there’s a god, but at the end of the day what really matters is that we are one amongst billions, each being a cog in the cycle of life. We can choose to be a positive force in that cycle or a negative one.

It is us alone that has to live with the consequences of who we are. We may affect people around us and we may destroy what we do not know by ignorance, but we must still live with our actions.

So should we view the so called silver linings as such, or the outcome of things that we have not been comfortable with? I don’t know the answer, but I do know however bad things get there will always be a reason. I don’t profess to understand the reason, but I believe in cause and effect.

Whether the weather could be anymore windy…


Today has felt like Chinese torture, the continuos gale force wind that has been blowing has not only been damaging to people’s property but also my mind.

Relentless would be an understatement. Rain, hail, thunder, lightening and furniture being hurled round the garden. Oh roll on the summer or at least a calm dry day.

My poor rabbits are not wanting to venture out and look miserable, they’re not the only ones.

The value of good friends!


The value of good friends is unmeasurable and without limits. These people choose to care and advise and love us for what we are. There are no ulterior motives and a genuine want for us to do well.

I truly am blessed with some of these people, and am lucky enough to have sisters who I also treasure as best friends. In life we can get bullied, and blackmailed and harassed in so many ways and with the way the world seems to be going these things appear to be coming more common place.

People seem to be losing sight of their humanity for each other in a need for what they feel is a necessity to survive. In reality to survive we need air we can breathe, food we can eat, shelter from the storm, and heat to keep us warm. We also need good friends, who when we have no food to eat, no shelter from the storm, and no heat to keep us warm will move over to make room for us to share theirs. Unfortunately if we have no air to breathe they most likely wont have any either.

In return for their friendship they get an unquestionable return, not out of duty, but out of friendship. We all need to remember these things are what makes the world go round not the things that are rammed down our throats by media and the person that will preach a self centred sermon. We all need good friends and we all need to be good friends.

New premises or not…

Hmmm, how much of a risk is worth taking.

Having started up a small business and finding restrictions are hampering our progress do we stay put and stay hampered or do we move on and take a financial risk? Do we believe in what we are doing disproportionately when it comes to taking said risk because we so very much want the business to succeed, not out of financial greed but from a love of what we do.

It’s really hard to go with your gut instincts when the finance involved, if we can get it, looms over the need for the business to be financially successful. I guess that’s where the whole risk taking gets involved.

Hmmm, so how much of a risk is worth taking…image