Sunday, 27 June 2010

Scent-sational Roses

Thanks to Sal for her lovely rose garden photos, they reminded me of the rose garden near us at Saltwell Park, we went too late last year but this year they were just perfect, if I could bottle that scent I would, a close best is the YSL Paris Roses that I wear every spring/summer, it's a real old fashioned scent but always cheers me up.

This one is my absolute fave, I love the yellow centre and gorgeous waxy peach petals, they're so big and blowsy

We just spotted this cheeky chap on the way for an icecream

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Pooch friends and a WIP

We've had a lovely day Toby and I, for the first time we had a friend round with her two pooches, one little labrador puppy (a real andrex puppy!) and a lovely old boy. Our little rescue pup was a star, don't know what I was worried about, they played really nicely all afternoon and it was a joy to see, think we'll be having friends of the canine kind round here more often! He's asleep now bless him, this is the only photo I got, a flurry of tails!

This is a work in progress, as you can see I stitch sporadically, it's nearly done and I have a little frame and ribbon waiting for it for my front room, I love swallows, they're beautiful and I also have a thing for these 'tattoo' type designs, it's an Emily Peacock design that came with this month's Cross Stitcher mag, I'm not a regular reader but this design jumped out at me!

I hope you're enjoying this lovely weather, it's been blissful today, I'm off to read the Guardian out in the sun!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Cath Kidston goodies

I was lucky to have a work team building awayday to York this week - Mr TTC and I don't drive and so I rarely get the chance for a day out! We had a terrific terrifying time at the York Dungeon and I had the chance to pop into the CK shop to stock up on two Crush mugs to replace the one we broke and so we also have a spare (I'm such a sucker for a matching set!).

We've been saving to get our kitchen done for so long that treats have been few and far between, we started our frugal living plan in January and said this would be a month of little treats to keep us going (hence my shoes, the lovely earrings and book!) I couldn't resist these CK teatowels which will be put away until the new kitchen is done in September! The little lighthouse lamp was spotted at an antiques market last year and I bartered it down so I could spend our last tenner on it, it's a fave in our house!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Crafty Sunday, and new spring shoes

I've spent this weekend making a little gift for my sis's birthday, she asked for vouchers but I hate to give them without a little something, hence this little bird in the style of the lavender birds in CK's Sew! book. I think the scrap of fabric is an Amy Butler offcut, but could be wrong, the wings are felt and the beads were picked up in John Lewis recently, a huge pot of pink, gold and plum waiting for the right jewellery project.

New shoes are very exciting in this house because I have big feet and find shoe shopping a trauma at the best of times! I'm overjoyed that New Look now sell size 9 shoes and so when I saw these beauties in my size I had to have them! They fit like a glove and I love the range of flowers and vibrant colours, no more clumpy trainers for me! They're probably the prettiest shoes I've ever had, these and a new haircut have really boosted my mood this weekend! I'm back to a short blonde crop again which is lovely and light, and now I have a spring in my step too!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Help! My dog has turned into a football hooligan!

Now Mr TTC quite likes to watch a match or two, I have little interest but am quite happy to read quietly in the background with one eye on the score, the game makes no sense to me at all. Imagine my surprise when I found out yesterday that my little Toby dog is quite keen on football too, so now I'm outnumbered two to one!

He went from this, lovely happy dog on a walk:

To this:
To this, note the teeth, that's a growl that says gerrof Dad, it's mine!

He didn't burst the ball himself, a bigger dog did that earlier in the day!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010


It's no secret that I have the best boyfriend in the world! He had a day off yesterday and when I returned from work he'd bought two gorgeous pizzas for dinner and a little later on presented me with a beautiful pair of earrings from the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle! I'm so lucky! They're by Allison Wiffen and they're made from ceramic white clay overlayed with a printed photo of one of my favourite buildings, the Baltic Flour Mill in Gateshead. They're divine!

I thought I'd share two of my other faves, the first is my birthday handbag bought in March by aforementioned lovely man, I love structured doctor's bags and fell in love with it when I saw it in a little boutique in Tynemouth, especially the punchwork!

The second is Herbert Spencer (I did a politics degree hence his name!) the Steiff bear my parents gave me for my 21st birthday five years ago. He lives under a glass cloche bell jar that my parents carefully carried back from an antiques fair in Holland in the hope he would fit, and he does! He's ever so solemn but I kind of like that!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Kitchen revamp and a very good read

I'm suffering from fuzzy brain today, I have three times been to the kitchen to make a cuppa and each time returned with food but no drink, I'm now sitting comfortably!

We have finally saved enough money for our kitchen makeover. Living in a Tyneside flat we have a tiny tiny galley kitchen which is a difficult thing to work with. As it feels so small we have decided to get base units only, and have the upper walls open shelved to hopefully give a feeling of more space, currently we have upper and lower units and I think it feels oppressive and darker than needs be. I'm not brave enough to post a 'before' pic as it's a tip at the moment but I promise I will in due course!

So onto our plans. We definately want the IKEA Varde freestanding units and I'm praying they will be a good fit and not too wide as to leave even less space down the centre of the galley. I definately want this because it has such lovely character! I'd also like to ask our joiner if he can make something like this which I could paint in a similar colour to the plate rack so I can get all my lovely crockery on display!

So to this weekend, on Friday, after a particularly long and difficult working week I returned to these beauties from my lovely other half, he's a gem, he also made a huge pan of chilli which is seeing us through the weekend and probably most of next week!

I thought I'd share my lovely lady with you too, she was found in a vintage shop in town frame and all for just £8, I just love the headband and her darling smile, the darker border shows from some slight damage to the back but adds to her charm! The picture has a blue/green tint that you can't see here, she's by my front door and I love her!

And finally, a new book, a recommendation from a friend, I ordered it through Amazon and thought this version in hardback with pretty roses was particularly lovely, then when I opened it I thought, hang on, that's very CK, and it is indeed an anniversary CK edition! I'm about a third of the way through already, it's incredibly witty, quite a gentle read but perfect for a bit of escapism on a Sunday afternoon! I well recommend it myself!

Enjoy your Sunday everyone!