Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Tiered tray and teacups

Tiered trays - anyone who follows fellow bloggers across the Atlantic will perhaps have noticed the popularity of decorated tiered trays.  I usually come across trends when they are on their way out, so these have probably been around for years and I've just noticed!  Anyway, I thought a tiered tray would be a great way to bring a pop of colour into my white kitchen, so looked around to find one.

Couldn't see anything that I liked so, after showing a few pictures to Hubby, I just happened to ask if one of these would be easy to make.  Of course the answer was yes, if the the right components could be found.  We found them!  Two box frames from Ikea, a wooden candlestick, the thingy bit from a curtain rail and four knobs from our old kitchen doors were all he needed to make me a gorgeous tiered tray.  (I think he's a keeper!)

I decided that I wanted to bring some pink into the kitchen so looked around at my vintage bits and pieces to see what would go together.  This is what I came up with.  Some vintage crockery and linen, pink flowers, a gorgeous, almost pink stone and some other bits and pieces put together and I had my first tiered try styled!

I love this thing, because it means that I can show off some of my little vintage bits and pieces.  Being grouped together they make more of an impact than just on their own.  I can change the colour and style with the season, or if I just get bored!

Blogging is a great way of getting ideas for crafts and decorating - there are so many creative bloggers out there.  Pinterest is also a fabulous resource for ideas - although in my case it is slightly addictive!

I love my tiered tray both because Hubby made it for me and also because it means I can bring some of my "treasures" back into my kitchen.  For those of you who have seen tiered trays in blogs and online, you will notice that there is not one single bit of the ubiquitous Rae Dunn ceramics in these photographs (although you might notice some Cath Kidston).

Love, Liz

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Cosy craft day

Snow and sleet in Greenock today and cold!  Hubby and I went out and got some shopping and now we're glad to be back home.  Got some gorgeous gerbera  and put on some little lights to brighten up my kitchen.

The kitchen table is my new favourite place to sew.  I'm working on a new cross stitch - another little house.  Love these colours.

That's us in for the day.  No need to go anywhere.  Just going to sit and craft while the rugby is on.

Hope you are warm and cosy wherever you are.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Love, Liz

Friday, 15 March 2019

Finished and framed!

I did it!  After all your wonderful suggestions I decided that I had to do something immediately about all the little cross stitch pictures I had in my box.

I found a lovely vintage style frame that I had in the cupboard and with the help of a bit of gingham fabric, added a little cross stitch flower basket to it.

I think it looks fine.  OK - so no one needs to know that it is all held together with double sided sticky tape, do they?!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Thank you friends

I just wanted to say thank you to all the lovely people who commented on my blog yesterday.  You have given me lots of suggestions about what to do with my finished cross stitch projects.  As usual, it is the finishing off that I least like with my crafting projects!

Last night we were bombarded by Storm Gareth - very high winds and lots of rain.  Couldn't sleep for fear of the windows blowing in or slates falling off the roof so got up and read some lovely blogs and scoured Pinterest for gorgeous images - that calmed me down a bit.

Nice day now, but I believe there is more bad weather to come.  Hope all is well wherever you are.

Love, Liz

Monday, 11 March 2019

I'd live here!

I've finished my little cross stitch house.  I love it!  I can just imagine what this house looks like inside - sort of colonial chic - not to cluttered but with beautiful antique furniture.

It was a joy to stitch - couldn't wait to get it finished.  The pattern is from Cross Country Stitching (May/June 1991).

Also finished this little angel, isn't she cute?

Pattern from Cross Country Stitching (December 1993).

While I love stitching little projects, what to do with the finished articles is always problematic for me.  I've enough framed pictures, so don't want to go down that route.  What on earth am I going to do with them?  Any ideas?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Thanks, Maw Broon

Maw Broon, you are my hero!  I've never been great at making scones!  Cakes, pancakes, dumpling everything else I'm passable at, but scones have always been my downfall.  Until last week. 

I decided that I would give scones another go, and picked a recipe book at random from my collection - Maw Broon's Cookbook.  Of course this Scottish stalwart had a recipe for scones - and it worked!  Yeah!

The scones look a bit rough, probably because I wasn't expecting them to be a success and didn't take much care in presentation, but they actually turned out edible!  Crumbly and delish with lashings of butter.

Chose a vintage plate (charity shop find) at random to put them on and found out that it had a Scottish connection too - made by Haviland, France for McDougall & Sons in Glasgow.

The Broons are a Scottish cartoon strip family made famous in the Sunday Post newspaper published by D C Thomson.  My Dad used to read my brother and I the cartoon, with all the different voices on Sunday evening at bed time and we used to get the Broons or Oor Wullie annual at Christmas.  I bought them for my sons too.  Love the older cartoon characters.  I've noticed recently that they have tried to update them - do not like that at all!  This is how the characters I love look.

The Broons D C Thomson
Going to see if my luck holds and make another batch of scones next week.

Love, Liz

Friday, 8 March 2019

Cream and pink tea

My latest (sewn up) tea cosy in lovely shades of cream and pink, with just a few colour flecks through the wool.

A bit different from my usual bright tea cosies.

Loving gypsophila just now.  Love its other name - baby's breath, just so beautiful.

I think that gypsophila has had a bit of a bad press from the days when it was usually teamed with bright red carnations, even although it is part of the carnation family (I only found that out when I checked the spelling online!).  But it seems to be all over the place now and love it just on its own.

Really enjoyed knitting this tea cosy - I'm right into pastels at the moment.  Enjoy your Friday.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Can you guess what it is yet?

I've been busy crafting over the last few days.  This is my latest cross stitch - can you guess what it is going to be?

It is going to be a little house with a very ornamental roof.  I'm enjoying this one!

No prizes for guessing what this is going to be. 

Yup, another retro tea cosy.  Love the bright green!  I do my cross stitching when the light is good during the day and sit knitting in the evening - perfect combination.  Are you enjoying your crafting at the moment?

Love, Liz

Monday, 4 March 2019

Vintage gold & daffodils

I bought a pot of gorgeous little tete a tete daffodils to bring a bit of spring into the house. 

I then had to have a rummage through what's left of my vintage china because I knew that I had some plates and cups that would just go beautifully with the golden daffodils.  (A lot of my stuff is still packed away in boxes after the kitchen redo.)

This Royal Vale gold and white plate is just gorgeous teamed with a delicate Balfour fine bone china cup which matches perfectly.

This is a Sutherland china cup with pretty little flowers.

My favourite is the Roslyn cup with a very blousy, over the top yellow flower - I just love it!  Need a cuppa now!

Look who I found lurking in the daffies!

Love, Liz

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Vintage vehicles

These little toy vehicles have been well used as you can see!

I think they date from the 1950s or 60s and are very sturdy and well made.

The fork lift is a Dinky toy and still has its little driver.

Ecurie Ecosse was an actual motor racing team and this is a model of the transporter used to ferry racing cars around.  (Amazing what you learn through blogging!)

They remind me of the toys my brother used to play with when we were young.  I think someone gave them to my sons when they were young, and they stayed in the car box ever since.  Only rediscovered them when looking for cars for grandsons to play with on their recent visit.

Think I'll hang on to these!  Have you still got toys from your childhood?

Love, Liz

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Simply blue and white

You can't really beat blue and white china for effect.

Love these frilly tulips - have no idea what their name is, but they are just so pretty and delicate.

Teamed this up with a vintage Bristol ware cup and saucer in a lovely shade of white.

Very calming, don't you think?

I thought that I would be stuck for a background for my bits and pieces without my dresser and all the stuff that was on it. But having a plain white backdrop in my new kitchen is making me see things in a totally different light and I love photographing them in a less "busy" environment.  Helps me appreciate the shapes and intricate details - especially on this pretty vintage cup and saucer.

Have a lovely Thursday.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Who was your favourite Beatle?

John, Paul, George or Ringo?

I didn't really have a favourite - loved them all!  Recently came across my Beatles Quiz Book from 1964.  It cost all of 2/6! 

Must have spent hours pouring over this with my friends, trying to learn as much about the Beatles as I possibly could.

Some great pictures and illustrations.

My very first LP - "Beatles for Sale" - got it for my Christmas all those years ago.  Cost 32/6 - a fortune in those days!

It is a wonder that it wasn't worn away as I played it so often on the record player.  Still play it occasionally - there's a very special sound when you play old records - takes you back!
Were you a Beatles fan?

Love, Liz