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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Getting New Ideas for 2011

I spent a few days of Christmas cheer at DD1's house where ten of us mucked in and had a really wonderful time. When we're all together, I love having the opportunity to play cards and Rummikub punctuated with frequent tucking into chocolates and other little sweetmeats.

I think I may have found a way into selling my artwork in London which is chock-full of arty-farty shops. My grand-daughter lives there whilst at university and is going to be my ambassador! I was so excited last night and full of ideas for new products, I couldn't get to sleep. I'll let you know if this takes off.

I put my Etsy shops on vacation till 3 January but sadly I can't do anything with listings in that mode. My to-do list is creeping up already!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Little Foodie Snippets

What should you expect if you're invited for zakuski?
Small Russian dishes - probably served with iced vodka.

 What language does the word 'bistro' come from and what does it literally mean?
It is from Russian bystro, meaning 'quick' and used by Russians in Paris during the Napoleonic wars who demanded their food be served quickly "bystro, bystro!"

We all know that Harry's Bar in Venice is famously expensive, and is where the Bellini was first created, but what classic cocktail was first created in Harry's Bar, Paris, in 1921?
The Bloody Mary.

Good for a bit of conversation round the Christmas table!!

Merry and Happy Christmas everyone!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

And a Christmas Present for Myself

I've treated myself to a Hungarian goose down duvet - light as a feather (pun not intended) and soooo warm! Just got an email saying that it will arrive tomorrow.

The one I have is a feather and down mixture but although it's warm, I find it too heavy - DD1 said 'you're getting just like your mother', aah it comes to us all!

I made myself wait to switch on the computer today till I'd wrapped the presents and done a few chores. The rest of the family arrives tomorrow - can't wait to see them.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Foodies Observation

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian

Wine and tarragon make it French

Sour cream makes it Russian

Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek

Soy sauce makes it Chinese

Garlic makes it good

Alice May Brock

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Here's the birdhouse

Well, I've been taken up with other things and have stupidly got a hamstring injury! And I did the same thing again 2 days ago, so limping at the moment. I look like a 'real' granny hehe!!

 And the snow is back so I'm marooned once more.

But finally I got the birdhouse photos done, you can see how hard the perches are to stay straight!!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Little Birdhouse

I've been making a fabric birdhouse with some lovely American fabrics which I bought at the quilt show - spots and old roses. I'll take some photos tomorrow as it's dark now. Getting the perches inserted into the wadding wasn't easy, I tried using eyelets to support them but it didn't work - there must be another way to do it....

Fresh snowfall is forecast for tonight - hope it's not as bad this time.

Got the Xmas decorations up - seem to want less each year but always want more lights! I'm going to keep some of the lights up all year round, it makes the house look so magical!!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Fabric Labels

I was thinking of ordering some fabric labels on Etsy and made my sample on Photoshop (which took ages BTW). But before finalizing the order I had a look at the feedback and was put off by the various comments.

So I thought I could do them myself with inkjet cotton sheets, I'll be sewing the labels on so I don't mind frayed edges. Next problem - the colours on the printer aren't correct probably because I haven't used it for a few weeks. My next job is doing the maintenance - how I hate that, it's always so time consuming and takes a good while before the colour is perfect again..... wish me luck!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Found it!

Quite by accident I found a ist of blogger blogs I follow - in case you need it see here:

Monday, 6 December 2010

Secrets Shared

Kim Carney of Little Somethings blogged about Secrets Shared by Keri Smith and it makes for a great read - thought you might like it and learn something really useful as well.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Californian Poppies

I painted this a while ago and thought I'd keep it for myself, but on a whim I've listed it on ETSY (I can't keep them all LOL) -- here it is:

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Aargh I deleted my fav links by mistake!

I was editing my links and accidentally deleted the whole lot - I've looked back at yesterday's bloglink but they're gone!! Oh my goodness, I hope I can find them again.

If anyone knows how to undo that delete I'd be so grateful for any help.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Upheaval and sewing

I'm still clearing stuff in my studio so I can start painting again. I have had a passion for boxes since childhood and have loads of them - just can't resist.

But I managed to 'decant' into fewer boxes and now have empty shelves for my paints which are stored under the bed! I also have lots of canvases to use but as soon as they're finished, I'm moving onto paper as I like the fact that I can move paint around with a razor blade but that doesn't work too well on canvas as it can tear it.

The snow is still battering down at the moment!

I finished another pair of baby shoes - they do take ages to make because they're small and fiddly - but they're so sweet. I listed them here

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow and more snow

We've had heavy snowfall for 4 days now and people have been stranded in their cars for hours in sub-zero temperatures. It's like looking in on the antarctic and not a soul to be seen (that is the sensible ones)!

I've taken some photos this morning to give you an idea of how deep the snow is.

Monday, 29 November 2010

It's a whiteout!

It's official - we're snowed in!! Everything is silent and nature has given us a feast for the eyes.

But it's an ill wind and all that, I've had a truly massive clear-out which is quite a feat for a died in the wool hoarder like me! I've been wanting to re-organize my work space for such an age and I've finally done most of it. I have 9 bags ready for the charity shops and apart from shoes (why did I think I could walk in heels that high?) and clothes, I've included lots of art and craft items, and some finished projects that I don't need to keep. I hope they'll make some money for charity.

My artwork has taken a different direction lately and all I needed was to focus on what I want to be doing now. I want to paint and sew and that's it!!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

The Bag Making Bible

I've had this book on order for weeks as It was out of stock, imagine my pleasure to get it in the post today.

If you have any inclination to make bags, you can't go wrong with this complete guide and it has full-size pattterns. Just a couple of little bits of information - flat-headed pins to save sore fingers on thick fabrics, and a machine for making bias tape, woohoo! I feel a retail therapy moment coming on!!

I've not been clever enough to drag and drop the cover photo....

Monday, 22 November 2010

12 for Christmas

This year we thought there'd only be seven round the Christmas table but it's been creeping up steadily - and now we're twelve!!! It'll be so much fun with lots of cooking and laughs and joy - I feel truly blessed to have such a beautiful family.

My daughter Fran has taken on the role of hostess over Christmas for the last few years, and this year her flat will be bulging at the seams, she might have to put the tree out on the balcony!!

I was thinking of having cocktails on Christmas Eve so am busy lookig for something special. I remember having a Sea Breeze or two in Jamaica and brought the recipe home, if I can find it though! Anyone have any good recipes to pass on??

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Finished Baby's Red Shoes

I'm quite pleased how these wee shoes turned out - white hearts on red with a black and white treble clef lining - a bit fiddly to sew because they're small but they make me smile!

Oh how frustrating, now blogger won't upload my photos saying permission denied! But they're here on flickr if you'd like to see:


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Sewing Baby Shoes

I'm all ready to start sewing baby shoes with Christmas fabrics - they're such sweet things to make! I'll post photos asap.

Hope you're all having a lovely day - the weather's definitely seasonal and we might get snow this year in the city.

Monday, 15 November 2010

What a Sweetheart!

Just thought I' give you a glimpse  of my beautiful grand-daughter Alice who is 16 - this was taken by a London modelling agency.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sunday Lunch

Just got home after a lovely lunch at my daughter's - spaghetti, meat balls, banana loaf and chocolate cake with deep frosting - very yummy!! My appetite is slowly picking up but as yet no inclination for a glass of wine - how strange for me!!

Had a lovely chat with three of my grandchildren - boyfriends, wedding next year (eek I could be a great grandmother in two years' time), old photos are always good for a laugh, there's nothing so dating as hairdos! I'm always being accused of cutting my daughters' hair myself but I promise I only ever did their fringes. But it would appear that maybe I wasn't the only one!!!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Online Shops

I've had time to think things over and have decided to quit my Folksy shops and open my Etsy shops again. Having had a look around Etsy after over a year, I realize how polished and professional it is and for sure they're known worldwide now with over 1,000,000 hits daily!

I'll have to shelve my Folksy business and MOO cards though and get some new ones for Etsy - but that's fine.

I'm going to get it all ready to roll but unfortunately I won't be in time for Christmas. I look longingly at my sewing machine but can't do anything for another 3 weeks anyway.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Lives They Left Behind

I'm reading The Lives They Left Behind - suitcases from a US state hospital attic 1869-1995. It is  profoundly moving and ..."is a fascinating glimpse into a closed world, where "incurables" were sent as a last result, with no expectation that they would ever return to society. The haunting thing about the suitcase owners is that it's so easy to identify with them" (Newsweek).

Monday, 8 November 2010

Beautiful blog - giveaway

One of the blogs that I never tire of is Lost Bird Studio and there's a blog giveaway under way - lovely gifts to win.

Looking Forward to Creating

It's a sure sign that I'm beginning to feel like my old self - I'm itching to start painting and sewing again. I like having the proper use of the dining room back so I definitely want to keep my painting gear etc. in my workroom. But there's no space for the sewing machine too there.....

 I've ordered books from Amazon - that's what becomes of boredom!!!

I'm finding my way around the latest version of Photoshop Elements 9 - such an improvement on Elements 5 - but am waiting for the manual from US Amazon (quicker delivery than UK and even with the shipping cost it works out cheaper).

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Phones are a nightmare

My house phones are driving me mad - intermittent beeping whilst in use, going dead and then a second later on again, they're destined for the bin!!

DD2 is out now with a shopping list which includes 'phones'. I don't know why I always get the troublesome gadgets - or is it more common than I think??

I have to tell you something really funny - when I changed to blogspot, I chose a new name but 'Savoir Faire' wasn't available. Neither was 'Savoir Faire Toute'. So I thought I'd be quirky and made it 'Flaire' -- some kind soul who IS French gave me the translation:

savoir = to know
flaire=to smell
toute = all

Might as well laugh 'cos I can't change it now hehe!!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I'm back!

Well, I came home yesterday and feeling fragile just one week after surgery. So many things to remember and feeling like a baby having to learn how to do simple things. I have my wonderful daughters to help me through it and their halos are shining very brightly!


Monday, 25 October 2010

All Ready Now

I've set recordings on TV for all my favourite programmes. I've got my case packed and made sure my Ipad is set up for keeping me in touch with everything.

I go into hospital for surgery tomorrow. I'm feeling OK but no doubt the nerves will kick in in the morning. I will have to set the alarm so I can have breakfast before 8a.m.

That's all for now!!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

The time has come

Well things have escalated this past month and I'm scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. It seems such a ridiculous thing to say but I'm actually looking forward to it even though convalescence takes six weeks. But it'll be wonderful not to have the daily grind of pain.

I'll have time to learn to use my Mac and of course the Ipad will be with me in hospital so I can keep up with the world and my blog!!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Way to go!

I've had a wonderful few days with my friend - we went round the art galleries, and saw a beautiful exhibition by textile artists - very inspiring.

And I went mad and bought an Apple Mac - the difference compared to a PC is really amazing. It's so easy to use - and my friend Kim set it up for me and installed all the programmes.

But the cherry on the cake is my Ipad - oh boy, I'm so excited, I can take it everywhere with me and have all my bookmarks at the touch of a finger, email, internet, even Amazon's Kindle with lots of free books, and on and on!!

I'm so excited I think I need to go and lie down!!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion

I put all painting paraphernalia away to tidy the dining room up for my friend's visit. And now that it's back to normal, I think that I must find an alternative space for painting.

But my house isn't very big and I've already used the guest room for everything else - maybe I'll just have to juggle things and take my canvases in there too.

Here are a couple of photos of my reclaimed dining room!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

What a Find!

I found Draw on my computer and it's probably always been there but I've never looked at it. Sometimes the obvious is staring me in the face!

So today I fiddled around and it's a Eureka moment - I made a card template so easily and it prints out perfectly. I could have saved myself so much time and frustration but anyway now I know what to use for card making.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

My friend is coming to visit

I haven't seen Kim since we went to Paris in February and I'm really looking forward to her visit. We're going to the gallery where we'll be exhibiting in March so as Kim gets an idea of the space. It's a lovely bright gallery with large windows and up-do-date hanging system.

Then the day after we're off to the Apple Mac shop to get my new laptop. I'm so lucky to have Kim's expert advice as she's had a Mac for many years and -- drum roll -- she's giving me a copy of the professional edition of Photoshop with all the bells and whistles - very exciting!!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Finally a Card is Born

I've been so frustrated with trying to print greeting cards. I used a template but it always printed in the wrong position. You know when something is bugging you, it's like an itch and you can't leave it alone.

Last night I had one of those light bulb moments and perseverance won the day and it's worked perfectly. I am really really pleased!

Here's the card on Folksy - Grubby Little Angels -

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Frustrating Start

It was all systems go this morning and I started to paint that big canvas. Unbelievably the paint (I use professional acrylics) separated like I was using waxed paper. So I tried undiluted paint and it happened again. So phoned the supplier and it seems I got a faulty batch of Winsor & Newton's canvases.

I was just desperate to start and didn't want to send them back if I could help it. So I gessoed it and hooray the paint went on beautifully. So now it's dry and I'm going to give it a go.

Friday, 1 October 2010

A Bit Terrified

I'm finding excuses such as 'I need a coffee' - 'do I have enough paint' - 'should I be tweeting' etc. because I'm scared of starting to paint on that huge canvas. I can imagine I'm not the first to feel like that but once I take that first step, I'll be fine. See, I'm delaying just by writing this!

It's a good day to be indoors as the rain is lashing and very windy. OK, I'm ready and will let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The most gorgeous bird paintings

The artist Bridget Couc has a remarkable gift in the way she portrays the subject - her delicate paintings are from the heart and it shows. Her bird paintings are amongst my favourites!

Baby Shoes for Halloween

I've been thinking of something new to make and, although Halloween has not held much importance for me since my family is all grown up, I bought some beautiful fabric with pussy-cats, birds, and BOO in the traditional colours of Halloween.

I decided to make baby shoes with the fabric and had so much fun, and they're adorable. They're here on Folksy:

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Book giveaway

If you'd like to take part have a look at this lovely blog

"One lucky reader will win this book filled with exquisite photography, recipes and stories. At my French Table by Jane Webster, captures the simple pleasures of family life in a beautiful corner of France."

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Quilt Show

I really enjoyed myself yesterday at the Quilt Show - some of those quilts are so very beautiful but the real reason I went was to buy fabric. It was the equivalent of a child in a sweetie shop!!

I got the only set of fat quarters in the new range of Antique Flower Collection from the US. Can't wait to start sewing! And then I went mad on another stall and bought loads, some of these fabrics had rows of cloth already stitched on  - just as well I'd taken my buggy as I'd never have been able to carry it all.

I bought only one book, it's The Found Object in Textile Art by Cas Holmes - chock full of inspiring artwork and many projects using things that cost very little. I read it cover to cover last night.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

vintage style inspiration

I've sent off some Ipod/Iphone cozies to Stampington's Sew Somerset and hope to be included in next year's magazine, and remember you saw them here first hehe!!

Here they are:

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


My laptop is nearly 4 years old and is starting to show its age. I deleted as much as I could and transferred my photos to an external disk so as to free up space but PaintShop Photo won't work unless I close everything else.

I was thinking of buying a new one and a friend told me that she's changed to a MAC and is absolutely in love with it. It's more simple and that's a definite lure for me non-techie minded person!

So I'm going to have a look this week and will let you know what happens.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

If you're looking for eye candy!

I can't believe how many days have passed since I blogged. I'd like to share my incredibly talented friend Kim's new art - huge panels on chiffon!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Got to Grips with Twitter

I am so pleased to have found out how to schedule tweets - it's been bugging me for ages. I use Hootsuite and it's great and now I have the final instalment! Did you know that someone who uses Twitter is called a Tweep LOL.

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia

Isn't it funny how things to do or see in our own towns are always put on the back burner. Well I finally went to see the Queen's yacht which is now in retirement and moored permanently at Edinburgh Leith docks.

It was fabulous to see the dining room with a really huge table laid out with silver and crystal and beautiful china. Everything was sumptuous but the thing that struck me was the size of the beds. The Queen and Prince Philip had separate bedrooms and tiny narrow beds, and there was plenty of space for bigger beds - hmmm.

There was the honeymoon suite for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the bed was a three-quarter size, maybe it was cosier??

The laundry was like a factory and one of the ironing machines was for shirt 'sleeves' only - see picture below.

I took so many photos, I think I'll be running out of space on my computer soon.

I'll post more soon.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Now it's time for ART

I've had a wonderful week enjoying the good life with my youngest daughter and family who came to Edinburgh from Florence. It's always so hard to see them go but they'll hopefully be able to come for Christmas. We all put on weight indulging on forbidden, well not so much forbidden as unwise hehe, food!

So now I'm getting back into art-mode. Bought new pinking shears which cut so easily even through thick felt. My old ones (which I couldn't even find) were hard on the fingers, probably no longer sharp!

I feel really motivated and ready to go, at the moment the sewing machine rules - but soon I'll put it away to make room for painting. That huge canvas stares me in the face and I'm not going to let it intimidate me!!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

I've done it!

I know that for many people working with Photoshop can be simple - but I'm not one of them. It's taken me hours of trying to get my new banner ready. I'd downloaded fonts and couldn't find them using Elements. I then realized that I had to re-boot to have them on my font list, but I didn't twig till much later and gnashing of teeth (slight exaggeration there).

I used one of my paintings as background but changing from portrait to landscape stretched it beyond recognition. So I turned it on its side and cropped it.

So it's up and I'm pleased with the result.

Friday, 27 August 2010

It's Late

This morning I started to create my own banner for this blog - but got side-tracked and have been out till this evening. I had some TV programmes that I wanted to see first so haven't done much with Photoshop.

And tomorrow my youngest daughter, Julia, is arriving from Florence for a week with her partner and little Edoardo who is 5. So not sure when I'll get a chance, but soon I hope!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Papier Mache

Today I had a great play-day with my dear friend Lolly who showed me how to make a doll properly in papier mache!! So I have the frame and will make the face and shoes, and will finish with fabric and maybe a bit of knitting. So watch this space hehe!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Lost Bird Studio

I came upon this beautiful blog and thought you might like it too. Marie has photos taken in 'Nesting' in Maine which are really fantastic. With all the mouth-watering pale colours which are so fashionable just now - makes me want to pay a visit but I'm in Scotland!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


I'm so frazzled having spent literally hours trying to get my printers to print pictures. Oh everything was messed up. How can that happen? Faded colours, horizontal banding, bits missing - and even the text was hardly visible, not to mention the bleeding -- oh rats!

I even changed all the ink cartridges but have probably used up half already with all the nozzle checks etc. and head cleaning - I hate it when I'm beaten by machines! Will have another go tomorrow.....

Monday, 23 August 2010

What a result!

I'm trying to de-clutter and thought it'd be a good idea to start on my non-fiction books. I had a look at ebay but having to scan the covers etc. was going to take too long.

So I went to Amazon and became a marketplace seller. As long as the book is listed on Amazon, it's OK to sell it used. Listed seven books and within 45 minutes I'd sold one. I looked at that email thinking it must be something to do with the listing - but it was a sale. Can you believe that? I know that they have millions of hits but ..... and the buyer lives not very far from me!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Ipod/Iphone padded sleeves

I've been creating a new line and have the first two ready and listed on Pavlova on Folksy - these have vintage style images which are guaranteed colour fast and the sleeves can be washed on a delicate setting.I've padded them with wool felt and they're cosy! The toddler's sleeve is delicate hand-dyed pink muslin, and the lady is on cafe-au-lait muslin.

I've added my usual bits of lace and beads - I just can't sew anything without!!

Friday, 20 August 2010

This book is not for me!

I got this book yesterday from amazon and the reviews were really great and probably helped to make up my mind.

I do like illustrated books and love Nick Bantock, but this book Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am by Sara Fanelli just left me disappointed and I didn't even look at more than a few pages. So it's going back today!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Another Leo in the Family

Here's my gorgeous grandson Max on his 18th - these rocket candles are fab! We've had quite a few occasions recently when the champagne corks popped. And September looks like the same!

And my beautiful grand-daughter Alice all suntanned literally just back from Spain .

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Painted Insights - Victoria Crowe

Today I went to see an exhibition by Victoria Crowe at the Scottish Gallery - it was inspiring and exciting. She paints exquisitely with such delicacy and almost mysterious treatment - she lives in Venice 3 months of the year and you can see the influence of the Renaissance art coming to life in her work.

Seemingly, at the preview people were jostling each other and rushing to buy her paintings and in fact most of the exhibition is already sold. She really is a phenomenon. I was chuffed to have her dedicate my exhibition book.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

How many cookbooks can one need?

I'm in the middle of a huge revolution in my house - tidying the cupboards and the wardrobe shelves (as soon as I get something out of there it's a mess again sigh!) and trying to be ruthless with my de-stashing. BUT when it came to the kitchen I just couldn't give even one cookbook away and I'm almost embarrassed to say that I have 76 cookbooks. My latest one is marinades for BBQ although with the Scottish weather we haven't done more than 2 or 3 this year. But I think it would still work with grilled food.

I do occasionally try a new recipe, that's so enjoyable - but, glass of wine in hand, often I thumb through and lose all sense of time and so end up starving, and cook something that takes the least time.

My favourite cuisine is of course Italian, but I also like Indian and Moroccan.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Vintage dolls and dresser

I feel so satisfied, my dresser is now blue!! The whole room has come to life with the pastel blue furniture and at night with the lamps on, it's just so relaxing.

Here are the before and after shots, and a few of my vintage dolls have put in an appearance. The littlest one is Edwardian and about 100 years old, shows that it was loved - still wearing its original clothes and with a grubby face which I haven't tried to clean in case I damage it.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

How could I resist?

I was all set to finish painting today when my daughter Angela phoned to see if I wanted to go to Ikea. Hah! As if I could resist that!

But all I bought were paper napkins and wine glasses - but Angela was worse than me, she bought batteries!! I would have taken an orchid but they didn't have the colour I wanted.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Apartment Therapy

I came across this book from another blog but can't now remember where, sorry!
I'm always on the lookout for ways to cut down realistically on clutter (with my art supplies) and revamp even the tiniest space.

With surprising ease and without elaborate professional help, Apartment Therapy will help you clear a path through disorder and indecision - to reveal a home you'll love.

So as soon as I've finished my furniture painting, I'm going to make a start, in fact, I've really already started because I moved all my vintage dolls to another room!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Fashionable Tote on Facebook

If you're in the mood for a new tote to make you feel more trendy, have a look at the one I just listed on Facebook - you get two for the price of one because it's reversible!!

Contemporary Painting THE HARVEST

I was going to keep this painting for myself but decided on a whim to list it on Folksy ArtBazaar, and at a very reasonable price.

I love the colours and the semi-abstract feel it has. What do you think??

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Edinburgh International Festival

Well the city's bursting at the seams - thousands of visitors and even more to see than last year. Loads of specials offers like 2 for 1.

I'm going to see some street theatre this afternoon and will take some photos. Nice warm weather today!

Friday, 6 August 2010

My blue mantelpiece

Well funnily enough after painting my mantelpiece with the same paint as the table - it dried too dark. So I had to then give it another coat of very pale blue paint which I had left over from something else. And now I like it.

I've had a passion for any shade of green for years and I was able to display my green ornaments together on that lovely pale blue. The peacock feathers I picked up from the villa I worked in for the European University Institute in Florence where we had peacocks strolling about - beautiful but very noisy!

Now that I'm changing the look of my lounge, I've started thinking about moving the furniture around - I don't know what's happening but I really am in the mood for pastures new but without moving house, just moving things in it hehe!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Blue Furniture

Here's my table that I painted with a white undercoat and two coats of duck egg blue. I'm not going to put everything back on it because I need a kind of minimalist effect.

Now the next piece is an antique dresser and I can't wait till my room is transformed with paint. I also have a beautiful fireplace with a georgian wood surround which will also be painted. I remember a friend of mine being aghast at me wanting to paint it, like it was sacrilege. But I'm going to do it because it makes me happy.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Necessary Repairs

I've had this wooden couch for years and I love it. Imagine my horror to discover that all the dovetail joints had sprung open and it's all wobbly. I really thought that it wasn't fixable and all the beautiful cushions with irises would have to find a new home.

But a dear friend put me in touch with a cabinet maker who is coming this a.m. to fix it by using a super strong glue. Happy person here!!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Seven Spoons

I stumbled across this blog and wanted to tell you about it. There are recipes galore and the photography is second to none. The Eton Mess is so mouth watering, it makes me want to rush into the kitchen and cook!

If you're on a diet - don't look LOL!

The Spider and the Fly

A new handmade shop in Edinburgh filled with things to make your heart sing!!

Some of the amazing mail art which survived the post from the cut-click artwork wall:

One Five Two Four Three

Thursday, 29 July 2010

More Felting News

I washed the knitwear at the highest temperature - wrong choice!! They're felted alright - but loads too much. I tried to make some flower brooches but the wool is too thick so it didn't work too well. They don't lie flat - maybe they're not supposed to be flat....but they are lovely!

I'm going to look for some more today and try again!!