Saturday, 28 August 2010

Wow, that's a bright cardigan!

Mr TTC treated me to this beauty today, one of the very few items of clothing purchased in the last six months, but worth breaking the 'no spend' rule because this is by far my favourite ever colour! It's a little more orange than this, more a mustard colour. Mr TTC no longer rolls his eyes when I ask for quite random photos for my blog! Have a lovely weekend sweets!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Books books books! and a plea to visit your local library if you don't already!

Having re-visited the local library I'm amazed at what they have on offer now! When I was younger I was an even more avid reader, but started to find I'd read all of their stock! Now I have new interests and have found lots of lovely craft and cookery books at my local. I picked up this little gem, I was going to buy this a while back, how thrifty is that! It's a lovely book, part thrifty ideas, like a cakestand made from old plates and dainty teacups; part designer furniture, lots of inspiration here.

I'm also re-reading these beauties from my own collection, lots of snippets, tips and titbits to dip into so they're kept by the bed, I adore their covers too! My love of macaroons spiralled out of control after reading the Laduree pages! Apologies for their jaunty angle, problems with the editor!

And finally, a Lapin and Me buy, a 100drine tin for my love letters from Mr TTC, they were getting a little worn and faded so now they have a lovely home! I'm a sucker for a love letter, we send each other little notes now, but the ones from the early days, from when we were 17, now they're really special! I'm getting all mushy, time for a cuppa I think!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

A day out at the beach

Had a fantastic day out yesterday, a good friend called over to pick me and Tobydog up for a day out at Marsden Rock. It was all clear skies and a little bit of sun too.

Toby really did me proud, he was fabulously well behaved in the car, and with my friend's two dogs and we had a really nice long walk to blow the cobwebs away. I think you can see from his little face and his salty beard that he enjoyed his day out! Days like this really make me wish Mr TTC and/or I had learned to drive! Although I like to think we're an environmentally friendly family having a car would definately enhance the way we spend our weekends, so I'm encouraging my man to learn soon in the hope that we could maybe just hire a car as and when instead.

We're off to the flicks tonight to see The Secret in Their Eyes, an Argintine film at our lovely little independent cinema, will let you know how it was!

Friday, 20 August 2010

Troc Broc and Recup's Magazine Swap!

I'm super excited to be taking part in my first blogland swap! I'm a real magazine fiend, if you are too then check out the swap being hosted here! Floss' french blog is a lovely place to stop by and read and I think this will be a popular swap judging by people's reactions to the last one!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Come back summer!

We've had some stinking weather recently in Gateshead! The driving rain and cold nights have really been getting me down but Mr TTC has been keeping my spirits up, this is the special coffee he made me on Sunday to cheer my spirits, with squirty cream and cinnamon, yum!

On Saturday the weather was vile but we buttoned up and headed to the coast for the night to blow the cobwebs away. As a surprise my lovely fiance (still love saying it!) had packed a dinner so we didn't get fish and chips, instead we had still warm quiche on a little bench on the seafront! I love eating outside, everything tastes better don't you think!

I promised an antique, here they are, a stunning engagement gift from my in-laws-to-be! So thoughtful and so us, I still can't get over how sparkling they are, a lovely surprise from lovely people!

Friday, 13 August 2010

A fab book recommendation

We've taken a long weekend together but the weather has been absolutely rubbish! I did something I haven't done for ages and ages and headed to our local library. I read my book in just one day, that's right, it was that good. The chosen book was The Italian Wedding by Nicky Pellegrino, I think the taste of Italy on a rubbish rainy day is what made it so appealing, it was brilliant and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a bit of escapism. Now I must read her other books!

No photos, but I do have a very exciting antique to show off tomorrow!

Saturday, 7 August 2010


Hello again! I have finally sat down and filled out the forms so I will officially be a student again come November, I hope full time work and part time uni will be manageable but suspect crafty activities may unfortunately suffer, that said, I might be well on the way with my first patchwork quilt by then and might need somewhere to hide from all the work!

Thought I'd start by showing you the lovely giveaway goodies I received this week from Sal at her beautiful blog Sal's Snippets - thanks Sal, they're gorgeous and my shaky cam doesn't do them justice, the smell of lavender in my wardrobe is divine and the lacy beauty now adorns what was a very bare bookshelf!

I'm a big fan of minitures and would love to own a dolls house, hence I tend to covet tiny treasures, latest finds, a pretty little teapot bangle, very Alice in Wonderland, no? Also a lovely little pin picked up at the lovely new shop Made in Newcastle perfect for my autumn wardrobe.

Finally, this week saw the return of an old treasure, my now 27 year old baby blanket as made by my mother when I was a tiny dot, much loved, passed from me to my siblings and then onto cousins and extended family, I thought it might never return but it has, a little worn and faded and in need of some new binding and TLC but still precious to me!