Monday, July 18, 2016

Notes Of Hearth and Home

The sun is back! Yes after a long absence it has decided to grace English shores once more. We are in for nearly a week of clear sunny skies and very warm temperatures. 

Yesterday we went down the river for a picnic and a swim. Why is it that wild swimming is so much better than swimming in a pool? It is good for the soul to be so close to nature :) I was blessed out of my socks when we got home after our wild swim, my daughter said to me, "We've had an amazing childhood you know mum. It's been just like the Famous Five's childhood but without the going away on our own for weeks. We've had a childhood lived outdoors, picnicking, exploring and playing. We've visited amazing places and done so many wonderful things - thanks mum."

Now hearing that just makes my heart swell with immense joy!

So keeping with all things hearth and home today I thought I would show you a few things. Firstly, I wanted to show you the up-cycled coffee table that I worked on a few weeks ago...

I used the same Annie Sloane chalk paint that I used for the chest of drawers in my room. I loved how it turned out.

I hung this adorable little tin bird that a friend gave me on the drawer knobs...

and I put together this little decorative centerpiece.

I spotted this 'burner hack' on a blog a little while ago and thought that it was brilliant!

Line you burner with foil and pop your melt into that. That way you can remove it easily once it's run it's course or when you want a change in aroma's.

Nifty hey?

With all this sunshine around I felt the urge to celebrate summer (even if only for this rain-free week) by hanging up some bunting on the garden shed. I just love how festive and fun it looks.

It makes me smile to catch a glimpse of those cheery little triangular flags while washing the dishes.

Well my lovelies, I hope that your week is off to a wonderful start - see you back here very soon :)

Linking up with Strangers & Pilgrims On Earth...
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Who Loves Peter Rabbit?

Can one really ever be too old to enjoy Peter Rabbit and friends?

This is my favourite BP series - I have them on DVD and will delight in watching them with my grandchildren one day ;)

I don't think so. I think that Beatrix Potter created a world that is timeless and stretches across all ages. I can honestly say that I love this little lot of characters now as much as I did when I was small. And I know for a fact that my grandmother feels the same ;)

This year the Royal Mint has brought and is bringing out a series of 50p coins to celebrate and mark Beatrix Potters life - her 150th birthday I do believe. My daughter happened to get one by pure luck - I don't think the lady operating the cash register knew what she was handing over. You can buy each coin in the collection for £10.00 a pop! While I am not a coin collector nor do I plan to become one, I will be keeping an eye out for any other Beatrix Potter coins that are in circulation.

I wanted to show you one of my own prized Beatrix Potter treasuries that I adore and could never part with. In fact it was one of the few books that got shipped from SA to England in our move just over five years ago.

It's the Beatrix Potter A Journal...

It's pages are an absolute delight to read over and over.

There are little additions throughout the book, as if Miss Potter is writing personally to you. There's a copy of a game she made up, letters that you can take out of the envelope and read, and embedded into the back cover is a copy of her first book 'Peter Rabbit'.

You can buy this book from Amazon for around £4.60 - there is a kindle version but I would not recommend buying it in that format - the hardcover edition is what you want.


I have a few Peter Rabbit cross-stitch charts actually - have had them for a few years - and I am always meaning to get around to stitching at least one of them - think I might make that a goal for this year.

Wishing you all a whimsical weekend... ;)