Monday, November 29, 2010

Delia, Darling

Okay, Mother and Father have undertaken the daunting task of the Delia Christmas Cake. So far the ingredients have cost them 45.00. I cannot wait to see how this turns out!
Updates will follow...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Eiderdown Love

I am totally aware of the fact that this is a terrible picture, but the battery ran out of the camera and I had to use my blackberry. This is an eiderdown I found last week for a very good price. We know how eiderdown crazy I am right? Well this one is stunning. It is a pale green/blue with pinks, egg blue, greens just too beautiful for words. Did I mention it was like brand new? Right now it is in DN2 bedroom, the colours are quite lovely with her Cath Kidston colours and the touches of the Laura Ashley that are spread around the room. She will be home for Christmas around the 15th. The poor thing has been sick for over two weeks now and it is getting her so down. It is hard enough having away but when she is ill I JUST WANT HER HOME. I want to make her tea and honey and chicken soup and dippy eggs with toast soldiers.

Again trying to bring in all the flowers from the garden that are too healthy and beautiful to leave to the elements. Where these are going to go when the Christmas decorations come out I have no idea.

Okay, I know these pictures aren't the greatest either but it's the best I could do.

Do you bring in your geraniums in the fall? I have some that are 3 or 4 years old now. Where do you keep them?

And a gratuitous pug picture.
I did go and buy the coat I wanted. It is perfect for this damp and rainy weather. And oh so easy to dress up. You know they ship worldwide don't you?
Have a superb week my lovelies!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

what i am loving right now

Lululemon clothing. Above is Gisele Bundchen wearing Lululemon pants.

Avril Lavigne (although she obviously did not take advantage of the free alterations)

Eva Longoria, again too long.

Ahh the beautiful Megan Fox. You can find zillions of photos with Megan wearing their clothing. She seems to live in it and now that I have been wearing their items I know why. The pants do something to your bum. In a very good way. It will look better. I am not kidding here.

Nicole Kidman, with a helpful trainer I might add.

Pink working it.

Reese Witherspoon looking cute as always.
I am totally hooked on this clothing line now. Everything I put on makes me look (and feel) GREAT. The pants can be worn with almost anything. Of course you wear them for working out, but you can dress these pants up no problem. With a nice cosy sweater or a comfy cardi everything will look good with these. They have an online site although I have several stores quite close. You have to try it. You will love it! My next purchase will be the yoga coat. Water repellent with a hood. Just what I need.
***and secretly it feels good knowing I can wear the same pants as a supermodel

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Little Peeks

A peek at my new bed. But that is all you are getting until I paint it. Soon I hope. It is the iron bed "Savannah" from Pottery Barn.

Autumnal roses. And the only lobelia that did well in the whole garden. Nice.

Quick peek at the potting shed. Still waiting for a few odds and ends. I still have to paint the door the blue/grey colour, it is just primed.

And I think the tin on top is new (to me). I found it in the summer and I think I forgot to show you.
Still busy painting, doing some clear out and going away here and there to see my daughter. The weather is cooling nicely now thank goodness. Love Autumn.
Lisa xo

Note: Okay my writing skills are next to nil. I meant I would be painting the room not the bed apparently that autumnal air is not as invigorating as I originally thought ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Unpopular Opinion

Before I begin, let me first say I love Christina Strutt style. Her sitting room is so tranquil and soothing.
But having just read her new book, "At Home with Country" I must say I was disappointed. I felt as though it was just a very large, expensive Cabbages and Roses catalogue. Almost every room is styled with her fabrics. Cushions, curtains, tea towels, the list goes on. Again I love her style and her fabrics are indeed lovely but I found it a bit much.

I do own most of her books and love her tips and philosophies with natural cleaning and her re-use, reduce kind of ethic.

I am thinking I am on my own with this. Any opinions out there?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Camera Lazy

Too lazy to find the digital camera, find batteries that are charged, take photos, upload to computer, resize and post. Just sending some from my blackberry. I am reading the Miss Read series, and loving them.

It is ridiculously hot here. Mid thirties (C) with humidity. Gross. Today is suppose to be cooler but tomorrow just as hot. Gross. I want cold nights and cool, fresh days. I want to cosy up in duvets and take walks with grey woolly cardigans.

Oh and bad pug. Barking his fool head off every time the crazy dog next door teases him. He just doesn't understand he is playing with his mind.
This is one of the rooms I am thinking about painting. I am still debating about the colour. This colour has been very warm and really the perfect colour for a more formal living area and dining room.
But change is in the air...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Staying busy helps...

As part of my plan to stay busy the potting shed is in the process of being built.

Along with the potting shed project I also want to paint my bedroom, the living room at some point (really big job) and a few other rooms.

I love all these photos.

But let's face it, they are a step beyond a simple potting shed aren't they?

But they are so lovely.

I want one of each!

As I said, I am trying very hard to stay as occupied as possible, both physically and mentally. I also want to thank you all for your sweet and thoughtful comments. I LOVE the bloggy world. I know many of you know exactly how I feel.
One day at a time...
all photos :: Shed Chic

Sunday, September 05, 2010

A Rather Large Confession

I know I haven't popped in at all the last month and I should have. I really should have. But I couldn't. I mean the beginning of August was really quite busy and I knew that was going to happen but the last week and a half I HAVE HAD THE TIME TO COME AND POST. I even have a few bits and bobs I could have shown you that have been picked up here and there throughout the summer. BUT I DIDN'T. The truth is I am not dealing with my second daughter going away to university very well. I mean I am not breaking down and crying all the time. I know this is a sort of a crossroad with new choices and new paths.

And I know it is a time for a couple to reconnect, blah blah blah. But the truth of the matter is my husband and I have always connected. We have an amazing relationship. He is part of me. My soul mate, my confidant, my lover. I am incomplete without him. He has been an absolute sweetheart since I came back from dropping her off. He purposely booked up the following weekend to the point of near exhaustion to keep my mind and body busy. He calls me a few times a day just to say "hello". And I have two other daughters. The oldest is 21, still goes to uni and lives at home and the youngest is 12 and we are still active with her. But you don't replace one child with another, do you? I guess I'm just trying to say to please be a bit patient with me and I will try to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible.

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I plan on doing a few painting and decorating jobs over the next couple of months so I will try and keep you posted with before and after pics.

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Thanks for listening.

Lisa xoxo

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Reading

A compelling and at times, confusing read but well worth the almost 600 pages.

From Australia to the Cornish coast you will turn the pages with anticipation and wish to finally find out who and why.


Sorry for the lack of posts but the summer has been a whirlwind since my little trip. Planning three birthdays, holidays away and preparing DN2 to leave for school has been exhausting. Hopefully updates will follow soon!

I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing summer.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wee Trip

A few days away with the girls. We will drink too much wine, eat too many carbs and spend way too much. Bliss. I will see Rachel Ashwell at Target...
Hopefully see Liberty of London at Target.

OOOOOhh how scrumptious!

And of course...

visit Martha

at Macys.
See you next week my lovelies!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Roses, Peonies and Thrifty Finds

Hello my friends. Today I have gone through my pictures on the computer that I saved for you. These were my lovely peonies. They are quite finished now as the wind has been atrocious and many downpours had left them sodden. Thank goodness I cut them in plenty of time.

And that sweet bookmark? My dear mother made it for me for Christmas and it is one of the most treasured gifts I have ever received from her.

Just a snap of a dahlia and the pretty Mother's Day card I received.

The forget-me-nots were quite abundant this year. I had them spread all over the house. Every available vessel had wee blue flowers peeking out.

Such a pretty little flower, so humble.

Alfred de Dalmas. Has not made an appearance in my garden for many, many years. Two years ago I moved it to a new location and lo and behold, gorgeous blooms.

My dear, sweet William Baffin. Never, ever disappoints me.

Oh, you beautiful boy!

While we are talking about flowers, look at this sweetie I picked up. Charming tin with the most vivid colours. Really makes me want to pop something in the oven to fill it with!

And have been very lucky with the pink and green. A yummy pink stripe pillowcase and a little rosebud one as well. A wonderful sheet, all rosy and some stunning Laura Ashley fabric with tiny flowers although I am not sure what pattern this is. Anyone? Adorable all the same though.

The latest addition to the family.

The girls suprised me with this for Mother's Day. Almost as cute as my real handsome man.