Sunday, 25 March 2012

Garden Dreams

 I've been scheming in my head now for quite sometime (by that I mean since before our new house was even secured) as to what to do with all that lovely jungle garden.  Having been garden free for quite a number of years I must confess I'm a little giddy with the thought of alllll the lovely lovely blooms that could be mine! So much choice! So much to consider, colours, aromas, whether it attracts wildlife (yes, yes I do want pretty butterflies and lovely bees to visit me!) Prettyness of the flowers in question, so much to take in, and I'm the first to admit I'm not green fingered or the garden type at all, oh no, 
So, my first idea as you can see from the picture above was maybe to just ease myself into it gently, mow the lawn, tidy the boarders and get heaps of pots filled with lush blooms that make your heart sing.  But that just simply. will not. do.
What I reeeeeeaally want, yes what my heart is aching for is a cottage garden, y'know those types you see belonging to chocolate box thatched cottage normally situated in the costwolds or devon or some other lovely part of the country.  But that doesn't mean to say that the dream can't still be mine.
The garden I can see in my minds eye is full of lovelies like these ::

 A bit on the wild side, very pretty, very dainty, happy garden flowers..........

And Holly hocks ::

 Holly hocks must be the staple for cottage gardens, well English cottage gardens at least.

Look at the colours soooo B-EAU-TI-FUL, can you imagine spreading a crochet blanket and sitting down to sun yourself amongst these? Yesssss! I knew it you want them too don't you?

 See, now thats the type of garden (and house) that I want right there!
It's not just the plants and flowers that I have thought about going into the garden, I also thought that some kind of seating arrangement was definately a must.  Take for instance these::

If I had a porch, they would definately have a place on it! Yes sir!! as it happens, I don't have a porch or anything remotely porch-like in the garden, but would it just be amazing to sit in the lovely sunshine, on a rocking chair? I adore rocking chairs, I think it stems back to my childhood, because one of my aunts had a rocking chair in her house (in fact she may still have it) situated in a conservatory next to a bookshelf, she's a publisher too so you can imagine just how amazing this space is, she always seems to have an amazing array of literature whenever you visit, she also has very similar taste in books to those that I enjoy reading, which makes it even better!  But, I digress, we can chat about books another time, right, back to the garden and potential furniture::

The green bench kind of reminded me of when you visit a stately homes formal garden they tend to call them 'love seats' I think they were quite popular back in tudor times, which as it happens is roughly when cottage gardens first came into play.......before then gardens were used to supply a household with all the necessaries for survival, fruit, veggies herbs etc but in come the tudors (around elizabeths time) and BAMM! we don't just want necessities anymore we want something for pleasure! So, I'm thinking that maybe I could persuade the other half to knock up a little green love seat, it doesn't need to be as fancy as the one above but if you could train roses to grow up the side of it that would really be something else wouldn't it?  So, I was all settled on the cottage garden complete with love seat arrangement when I happened to spy this little gem ::

I.want.that.chair. Eeeeeeek!!! how fabulous is this? I absolutely need this in my life right now, in all its ostentation and opulence and gorgeousness. Perfect for lounging around in the sunshine, and entertaining ones guests :)
 I dont think they make those in my budget thought *insert whistful sigh here*

So, as you can tell, I have about a million and one ideas for the garden, but absolutely no idea as to how to put those ideas into practice.........

Sunday, 18 March 2012

First of all I'd like to say Happy Mother's Day to all you yummy mummy's out there!

I hope your day has been filled with lots of kisses, cuddles and snuggles, as mine has :)

Secondly, I need to tell you all about my supety dupety lovely new home, yes, thats right, I've upped sticks and moved AGAIN!!! 

But all is well, I love my new humble little abode, a cottagey type house in a lovely little village, dear to me because its where my dad and his family grew up, it's strange how familiar and homey it feels to me all ready, it even smells just like how I remember.  It's lovely because as I take the small people out for a walk around the village for a good 'ol dose of fresh air, I start to get flash backs of long-ago forgotten memories, treading the same paths of years gone by, and I love love love it!

It's safe to say our new home is a very HAPPY home <3

So, I've nearly got all the crap stuff sorted out and have enough cardboard boxes to make a pretty decent shanty town,  I'm planning on how to make my new home A-MAZ-ING on a veeeeerrrrry tight budget. Thank heavens for pintrest.
At the minute I'm thinking lots of cath kidstony inspired crochet and colour pallettes.....yum! I'm now going to be searching for country cottage inspired interiors for the rest of the week, I can see it now *sigh*

On a happy note, I'm back to my full scale craft operations after being able to rescue all of my posessions that were in storage,  yeesssss! The crochet hook will have sparks flying off it lol.

So, If my blogging is a bit sporadic (well actually no change there really is there) then you know why I'll probably be fighting with boxes for a while!!!!
Happy times to you all xxxx

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Ta-dah Moments!

I'm excited to write this post today because I have not one but two ta-dah moments for you!!!
How Exciting!!!!!!!

So, can you remember way back (it seems like a gazillion years ago now) when I told you I'd picked up my stick again and started a little knitty project? I'm acutually really proud of this one, hence the reason I've waited such a long time to get some decent light shinning through the windows for our little photoshoot. Well, today was THE day and so, ta-dah::

Do you love it? A bow garland in all different shades of pink, exceptionally girlie and exceptionally me! :) with so many males in my house it's very rare that I get to be girly and so when I do I embrace it whole heartedly.

eeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! I love,love,love it!!!
I'm thinking of making one in shades of blue, to go in my bedroom. I'm not sure the other half will be too impressed but once its done.........
I've put the bow garland up in my etsy shop, It was inspired by one that I saw on pintrest, that one was sewn together and made out of fabric.....oh how I wanted one!! I'm a tad rusty on the old sewing machine though so I thought it best to stick with what I know. Oh sweet, sweet bows!

Ok, so on to my second ta-dah moment::

Let me introduce you to Gladys my lovely ripple cushion cover in scrummy raspberry and cream. Don't you just love her?
I love the ripple pattern, there are alot of ripples out there on the wonderful web, all of them wonderful in their own way, but this ones just a tad different.......granny ish in style but not quite.
Cute huh?

I knitted the back in a textured stitch, It's very tactile, very me! Squooshy and cuddly and flumpety pumpety.
So, you see, I'm not just a woman of words, I do sometimes make things, and photograph them too lol.
Lets hope the creativity and good weather continue.