Thursday, 31 July 2008

Splashing out!

Some of my purchases from my holiday. 3 FQ for £3, a pink storage jar from Tesco's, 4 old cotton reels from a fab antiques shop in Aberfeldy for £1, a fab book from the same shop for a £1. 3 beautiful cards. A gorgeous spinning top in the shape of a chicken. The black thing is a old wooden stamp in the shape of a chicken, it's great, from the same antique shop. A beautiful piece of Poole pottery bought for £3 from the same antiques shop in Aberfeldy.
A new letter rack for my studio/office when it's complete!!!

A super cute cup & saucer bought for little dear from the same antiques shop for £6, a little expensive but worth it!

Isn't this bird gorgeous, I bought this from a local shop before I went on holiday, it goes really well with my colour scheme in my front room!

I received some book tokens for my birthday so I ordered 2 new books this one and another, they are both great but in very different ways.

I bought this stash from a local charity shop for £4.50, the main set has Sweet Peas on them they are gorgeous. I have big plans for them!!

The rain has finally arrived here today (thank goodness) I know some will be cringing at that thought but it is a pleasant change and it means I don't have to water tonight!
Have a great weekend.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

What you get for a £1 these days!

You get to play in a shop!

Catch up on some sewing!

Do a bit of ironing!

Put on a puppet show!

Catch some fish!
Do some drawing!

We spent a rainy afternoon at 'The Beatrix Potter Exhibition' at Birnam Arts centre near Dunkeld.
We love Beatrix Potter in this house so as soon as we saw the brown signs we followed them. We did not know quite what to expect but we were most surprised. We were the only people in there, so I got to play as well. The exhibition was great as we got to play with everything and they had put some real thought into it. The shop had an old fashioned till and weighing scales, pretend food, carrier bags. There was even a dressing up section where you could get dressed up as Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher or Mrs Tiggy Winkles. Little dear did not fancy that but it did not spoil it.
We had the most fab afternoon and all for the bargain price of £1 per adult.
I will show you my purchases next time (well you always keep folk wanting more!)

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Were back!

Well we have been home 5 days now and believe me it feels like an eternity! We have been to beautiful Perthshire in Scotland. It has just reaffirmed mine & hubbo's decision to move up there. I am not talking immediately as funds and plans will not allow that, but we are making plans. We have choose a suitable area, we have I think decided on how we are going to make a living up there, depending on what type of home we pick. I have checked out the train timetable and found some nice cheap fairs from our local station up to Dunkeld with just one change for the bargain price of £25. The journey will take a while but what can you expect for that price. But it does mean its affordable for folk to visit. We visited family graves in the most beautiful grave yard ever.
We had our picture taken on a bridge that my great great great grandad built. Here I am with my Mum, little dear & sister.

This is hubbo and little dear contemplating where the best fishing spot is. I did not realise until now that they were both in pink stripey tops. Little dear finds it so funny that her Dad wears pink.
I also met 2 fellow bloggers whilst up there, firstly Karen from Time for Tea & Cakes came and cooked me & my family the most gorgeous meal and she tidied away afterwards. I then went to visit Lisa from Primrose Hill Interiors who has recently opened a wonderful studio at her home. Both girls were fab and again confirmed my feelings about moving up to Scotland.
Any way I will be back soon with pictures of some of my purchases, and also how I spent £1 and had the most amazing time.
Take a look on Northern Belles blog for news on a get together with the chance of making some cash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 5 July 2008

What a let down!

Last Sunday me & my trusty assistant went off to Renishaw Hall to do a show. We were escorted to our parking space, shown our pitch, asked if we needed any further assistant. The signs looked good, this should be a good show! We managed to put the gazebo up in super quick time, displayed our wares. We were really pleased with how the stall looked, probably our best ever. The bargain clothes horse and herb rack to display the dishes on added a little extra to the table.

But where were the punters, no where to be scene. I know the weather was not 100% but it only rained twice, once when setting up and then a heavy down pour for about 45 minutes. One thing we did notice as we were driving to the venue, there were no signs saying 'Craft Fair here today'. Why o why do these folk take your money give you some posters to advertise the show and then leave it at that!
Some of the stalls did not even take any money, luckily I covered my costs and made a bit more, and potentially I have got a wholesale order. So I can not grumble but I will. The other thing I noticed was that people were been very careful about there money. normally people buy some of my stuff as gifts, not necessarily knowing who for but they know someone will get it. That was not the case, people were purchasing with other people in mind!
Got lots to do as I go on my jollies next Friday up to Wee bonny Scotland! In fact with that in mind I might make a list on here!
  1. Iron
  2. Wash little dears bedding
  3. Sort out reading matter for Holiday (unfortunately my copy of CL will not arrive in time)
  4. Go and buy the provisions for the holiday.
  5. Chase up replies for little dears birthday party.
  6. Take photo's of stock.
  7. Try and complete a bit more on website (going quite well)
  8. Write a letter to my friend in Oz, I love writing letters.
  9. So much more!!

Have a good weekend, whatever the weather where you are.

Vanessa x

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Take the test!

You Are An ENFJ
The Giver

You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed.
Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections.
Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down.
You find the most energy and comfort in social situations ... where you shine.

In love, you are very protective and supporting.
However, you do need to "feel special" - and it's quite easy for you to get jealous.

At work, you are a natural leader. You can help people discover their greatest potential.
You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

How you see yourself: Trusting, idealistic, and expressive

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Bossy, inappropriate, and loud

I saw this on Catherine's at Mollycupcakes and thought I would give it a go. It is nearly accurate I am not the jealous kind of all. But I am very loud and bossy.

Will post tomorrow with pictures of the fair I did at the weekend. Tomorrow I am spending the day revamping my website, will let you know when to take a look.