Friday, 30 August 2013

Long time, no post!

Oh my goodness me the time has certainly flown this year, my poor neglected little blog! I thought I'd pop on and say hi and that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth!! I wish I could say that the time has flown because I was busy having fun but the truth is that this year has been a bit stressful to be honest!

It started with my Husbands lovely Nan passing away on boxing day and then her funeral early in the new year, she was an amazing lady and we all miss her dearly, my hubs then started his new job, my Mum who was waiting for surgery on her wrist slipped in the snow and broke her shoulder, she then had the surgery on her wrist so was laid up for some time, then my husbands Dad became ill in April and has been diagnosed with lymphoma for the third time. He has been in hospital since the 2nd May and it has been a very bumpy ride, under going surgery, many procedures etc and now having chemotherapy. It has been very stressful and upsetting to see him so poorly and going through the mill. We are just hoping and praying that the treatment works, he recovers and gets home soon. It's been a strain on the whole family to be honest, we miss him and it would be lovely to have him home where he belongs.

It's not all bad though, my hubby's sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy which has brought a lot of joy to his side of the family at such a difficult time. We are smitten and spoilt him with lots of lovely presents, I had fun choosing and wrapping them! I also made a keepsake box and card with a lovely little verse on. I can't wait for more cuddles now.

We also managed a little weekend away to London to see Michael Buble at the O2, he was amazing and we had a lovely time together which had been much needed with everything that had been going on!

My little business has also had some great developments, I've been working with Claire over at The Vintage Hen House on some handmade hen party accessories and decorations and these have gone down a storm. I will do a separate post all about these soon! I'm also in the process of getting a website designed for me and I'm hoping to have this up and running late Autumn, the fabulous Lucy Ledger is designing it for me and I'm very excited to see what she comes up with. I've also had more orders and enquires than ever before and I'm overwhelmed with how popular some of my items/designs have been. I have never worked so hard (I have a full time job too), I'm not complaining, it's kept me occupied during worrying times and made me lots of pennies to enjoy spending on my holiday. I am excited for the future of my little venture. I post often on my Facebook page as it is quick, easy and a great business tool, so you can see my latest creations there if you are interested and don't already follow me on there.

Hubby and I are hoping to have a holiday soon, a much needed break away from it all. If all goes to plan it's somewhere I've always wanted to go and the things we have booked/planned look amazing. There will be a few posts about our travels I'm sure.

I'll be back soon with the post all about the hen party accessories etc!

Until then, thank you for stopping by, I'm hoping to get chance to visit some of my favourite blogs and catch up with you all soon.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Vintage Glamour Wreaths.

I thought I'd share these wreaths I made in the run up to Christmas. They were something I had wanted to have a go at for quite a while and as Christmas started to get nearer I found the time to put my little idea into practice. I LOVE wreaths, not just for Christmas but for all occasions and everyday home decor. I wanted to create something along the lines of my brooch bouquets and vintage tea cup arrangements but in wreath form. I then found the most gorgeous satin ribbons in such decadent colours and set about the task of creating a wreath.

Here are what I came up with! I was really pleased with them, I shared them on my Facebook page and the orders came flooding in! I also made them as extra little Christmas presents for family and friends and they loved them, in fact they insist on keeping them up even though they have a sparkly snowflake on!

 Hence I have now made some everyday vintage glamour wreaths! I will also be experimenting with sizes, different colours etc, they would also make fabulous keepsakes to hand to a bride on her wedding day or something pretty for bridesmaids or flower girls to hold, I can even imagine them as venue/party decor, oh how pretty these would look as pew ends, if only I had thought of this before our wedding!!!

I have lots of ideas for different kinds of wreaths and can't wait to get chance to have a play. I'll hopefully share more wreath creations soon!

Thank you for stopping by,

Much love,

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Cosy Whimsical Christmas

Happy New Year to my lovely blog followers and readers! I hope that 2013 holds lots of happiness and good times for you and yours. I hope you all had a magical Christmas too.

We had a lovely Christmas, the run up was hectic as usual and I had lots of orders to fulfil too, but I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the festive season and seeing lots of our family and friends. I absolutely love the build up to Christmas, from decorating our Christmas tree and little cottage, to Christmas shopping, wrapping and crafting, watching Christmas movies and those Christmas parties and gatherings! I really look forward to that time of year! We popped over to see my hubby's family once I had finished work on Christmas Eve and then we had my family over to ours and went to our local pub! Always good fun. Followed by a cosy Christmas Day in our little cottage just the two of us, a lovely dinner, few glasses of champagne, the tree lights twinkling and our log burner glowing ... perfect! Then we went to see Adrian's family on Boxing day.

I can't believe how spoilt we were with all our lovely gifts, I must have been a good girl again this year ;) My hubby managed to get me some tickets to see Michael Buble at the O2 arena in July, I'd been desperately trying to get them to no avail, and alas he managed to get some, bless him! I'm a huge fan of his music as I love the Rat Pack and everything from that Era, so it's great to have an artist like that today! I know they must have been hard to get and he won't tell me how much he had to pay, so I know it was probably well over the odds! Thanks hubs! I will look forward to a weekend away in London to see the show :) I had so many beautiful gifts, too many to list them all. I was even lucky enough to have a few handmade ones too :) See below for pics. Most importantly though I feel so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends and I love them all dearly, after all that is what Christmas is all about

 Me and my gorgeous hubby!

This is the beautiful Christmas decoration that my lovely and very talented Dad made me, completely handmade and hand painted. I will cherish this always, such a lovely, thoughtful gift, I love it and it will always hang on our Christmas tree year after year, along with the others he made me last year, thanks Dad! xxx

My Nan also made me a handmade gift, isn't this beautiful, it is made of sugar crafted roses, don't they look real? It must have taken hours, she is so patient and talented! It is lovely and again so thoughtful. I was really touched and will treasure this. Thanks Nan! xxx

 Hubby and I on New Year's Eve!


The we celebrated the New Year with our friends, we had a lovely meal, followed by a few drinks and as always a few laughs, which were much needed, it had been a sad time unfortunately between Christmas and New Year as my Husband's lovely Nan took ill on Boxing night and sadly passed away on the Friday. I feel so blessed to have know her, she was such a wonderful lady and will always be missed. Hence not getting chance to pop on here until now to wish everyone a happy new year.

I WILL TRY to post more often this year! I do love my little space here on the www and miss posting when life gets so busy! I now have a backlog of posts to write, photos to share etc so I better get cracking!!!! Hopefully I'll be back soon (famous last words, ha, ha). Thank you so much for stopping by!

May 2013 be filled with all your dreams come true,