Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Liebster Blog Award

I have been nominated by the lovely Kay at Deep In The Cornish Countryside to take part in the Liebster Blog Award nominations. THANK YOU KAY :)

Here's what you have to do to take part:-

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to his/her blog.

2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
3. Answer ten questions you’ve been asked.
4. Nominate 5 new bloggers that you want to share with the world.
5. Then create ten new questions for the bloggers you are nominating.
6. Notify the bloggers that you have nominated them.

Here are the ten questions I was asked, and my answers:-

1. What is your favourite meal?
Hmmmm, this is a tough one, however, probably traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

2. What has been your best ever bargain buy?
I tend to get bargains on a regular basis, however, possibly my favourite is the set of four vintage Alfred Meakin dinner plates with Hathaway's Cottage on which I got for £9.99 on Ebay. I love those plates :)

3. What are your top 3 favourite films?
This is tough but The Adams Family, Every Which Way But Loose and Steel Magnolias.

4. If you could invite 3 people for dinner, either living or dead, who would it be?
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Junior - for the sheer entertainment value !

5. What was the last book you read?
"A Half Forgotten Song" by Katherine Webb. FANTASTIC.

6. You are stuck in a well and the cast of the last television programme you watched are coming to rescue you ..... who will be hauling you out? 
Hawkeye and BJ from M*A*S*H :)

7. Marmite .... Love it or Hate it?
Love it.

8. If you could have a super-power, what would it be?
To fly.

9. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Toast and marmalade with a mug of Lady Grey tea, which I have every day.

10. What is the one thing that makes you think of Summer?
Seeing my flipflops.

My own five blog nominees are:-

Sustainable Mum

Emma at Handmade by Em

And here are my ten questions to those five nominees:-

1. What book are you currently reading ?

2. What is your favourite season ?
3. Do you prefer Halloween or Bonfire Night ?
4. What is your favourite kind of cake ?
5. Which historical figure would you most like to buy a pint/glass of vino ?
6. Do you collect anything ?
7. Where were you born ?
8. What is your guilty pleasure ?
9. What is your favourite Christmas movie ?
10. If you could have a super-power, what would it be ?

Thirsk Yarnbombers - All Hail Yorkshire

I work in the small market town of Thirsk and in this quiet community a group of anonymous ladies (and very possibly men) hailing themselves the "Yarnbombers" has transformed the centre of the market town into a knitted fantasy world in readiness for the Tour de Yorkshire which passes through on Sunday, 1st May 2016.

Nearly every bollard and lamp post is festooned with knitted cosies and characters, there are knitted creatures and dream-catchers in the trees and the whole town is adorned with blue and yellow bunting. It looks fantastic.

Sadly it was inevitable that there would be some to steal what has been so generously made and donated to the town. However, the Yarnbombers response was to position a knitted policeman in the middle of the market place ! Good for them.

It really looks the bees' knees and I hope you enjoy seeing the photos.

Here's to Yorkshire, it really is the best county.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Home Sweet Home

Lucy's Cottage
I must apologise for the long delay since I last posted here, however, we seem to have had week after week of illness or health problems since Good Friday - first with me and then with Lovely Hubby who has had a terrible time with high blood pressure and nosebleeds. Fortunately we are just about recovered now. It's good to start feeling human again, I can tell you, and just in time to enjoy the recent sunshine we've been blessed with.

Anyway, in this post I just wanted to share some pictures of our wonderful home that I've taken over the last couple of weeks. You'll gather three things about me straight away from my style: I'm quirky, I love colour and I love vintage :) 

I recently sourced these cushions on Ebay - the velvet ones are vintage and the floral tapestry ones are "vintage lookalike". I painted the picture frames on the wall which are red and yellow - they were plain wood before.

I love this corner of our lounge. You can't see from the photo but the lamp shines up on a dark green metal toad who is wearing a yellow bow-tie :)

I have a gnome and toadstool obsession :)
This bedding looks lovely but it won't stay clean for long with Lucy & Whiskers around !!
My FIRST EVER sewing machine :) :)

I bought this lovely mustard make-up purse from a lady on Instagram - she made it herself out of vintage barkcloth material. I love the colours.

I received this wonderful parcel today from another wonderful lady I met through Instagram - she makes the most beautiful felt creations !

Our tulips at the front of the house are positively blooming !
My fairy garden :)
Our scarecrow "kids", Georgina & George. Looking good in their new togs !

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and an even better week ahead.

Fiona x