Collected Treasures...

30 Sep 2015

Some of our collected treasures from the last couple of weeks or so. I love seeing all the various colours in Hydrangea blooms at this time of year... so many shades from just one plant! The bottom picture shows the same flowers as in the first, pressed and slightly faded now, but still so pretty. 

Our finds will be mostly Autumn treasures now... conkers, acorns, seed pods, berries and crunchy leaves. I've been searching for ideas on Pinterest for things to do with the conkers and acorns we've collected. I love the idea of sticking felt balls inside the acorn tops to make Autumn decorations. And Elizabeth had the idea of making a conker garland, so we might well try that too! 

What treasures have you collected lately, do you have any ideas of things to make with them? x

Bits and Bobs...

Painted pebbles // Spotty leaves // All the greens // Sun prints // Felt balls // All the browns // Hydrangea flowers // Pink seed heads.

Vintage Jumble and Prop Sale

29 Sep 2015

Hello! I'm just popping in to let you know about a vintage jumble and prop sale some lovely friends are having this Sunday, in Lindfield, West Sussex. There will be vintage and handmade items, plants and flowers and tea and cake too. Hope to see you there! x

Collected Treasures...

23 Sep 2015

Its been a while since I shared any collected treasures... so I'm having a little catch up from the last few weeks. I'm hoping to get back into a routine of blogging now the kids are back at school, and will try to post our finds at the end of each month, as per usual.

The square dishes of sea glass hold pretty much all of the pieces I have found locally, from our nearby beaches over the years. It differs somewhat to the round and smooth pieces in the photo below, collected some time ago on the beaches at Seaham, Durham.

My plastic collection is also growing. I keep any interesting bits in jars at home, all organised by colour, of course. The Lego Lost at Sea pieces are my favourite thing to find, tiny blue and red flippers or scuba tanks that have been washed up after being lost at sea for over 18 years now. Oh and connecting snap beads, you know the ones that you can just pop together? I do love finding those too. If only these things could tell the story of where they come from, and just how far they'd travelled.

Autumn Fabric Giveaway...

15 Sep 2015

Hello! It's feeling quite Autumnal now isn't it. I've been loving all the sunshine and warm weather we've had the last week or so (shame there wasn't more of that in the school holidays) but there's a definite chill in the mornings and evenings. The leaves are turning and we've found a few conkers already!

We've had lots of cute new Autumn fabrics arriving in the shop, like these fun hedgehogs and raccoons. I especially love the colourful patchwork style print featuring foxes, brolly's and rainclouds.

I have a little bundle of fat quarters and some wooden buttons to give away. To enter just use the Rafflecopter below. I'm happy to post worldwide and the giveaway ends on the 29th Sep. Good Luck! x

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Isle of Wight

31 Aug 2015

A couple of weeks ago now, we spent a few days away on the Isle of Wight. As somewhere I grew up, moving to the 'mainland' about 10 years ago, it always feels good to go back and visit. It's not really somewhere I appreciated at the time, finding the ferries to get to concerts or shopping trips a complete hassle. But taking the kids back now, I realise just how beautiful it is, and what a wonderful place it must be to bring up young children.

A visit to Blackgang Chine had been much looked forward to. There had been lots of talk about it in the upcoming weeks before our break. Archie was excited about revisiting cowboy land and choosing a cowboy gun with his pocket money. Elizabeth enjoyed panning for gold, carefully picking out the little tiny nuggets to exchange for a shiny gold coin.

The kids love playing on the sandy beaches there, building sandcastles and collecting treasures, as I did when I was little. And there where lots of treasures to be found. We picked up pocketfuls of coloured sea glass and smooth pottery pieces, along with a few fossils and hag stones. I do love searching for treasures in new places, there's always something interesting to be discovered.

Etsy Shop Sale...

30 Aug 2015

Hello! I'm just popping in to say I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop. Everything is now half price, making the wall decal packs just £1.75 each and the postcard packs £1.50 each. The taggies baby blankets are half price too!

Sorry for the blog absence over the Summer holidays. I always intend to keep it up, to share our Summer adventures, but the reality is actually a bit harder.

We have one more week left before School starts again here, I'm hoping to get back into everything when they're back. I think we're all ready for a bit of routine again now, the kids are looking forward to seeing their friends, and I'm looking forward to spending some more time in the shop and adding to our Etsy store. It certainly feels Autumnal now doesn't it? I even put the heating on for the first time yesterday!

Smoke Bombs and Bumble Bees...

11 Aug 2015

Working on some little DIY's in shades of green // More stamps to go with the pretty ones sent to me from Janice in my Summertime Surprise Project // Drawing on pebbles... and paper // Playing around with coloured smoke bombs // Dissected Cornflower // Faffing with flowers // At the beach // Decorating some plates for my wall with stickers and Lazertran decals (you can find a previous DIY here!) // New wooden buttons in the shop // All the pinks!

Hello! Hope your all having a good week. I cant believe we're nearly half way through the holidays already. The time seems to be flying by - we've not yet managed to tick anything off our list of Summer plans.

I'm hoping that the Sunshine will return again soon... its all feeling a little too Autumny right now, and I'm not ready for it just yet! xx