Sunday, 25 September 2016


Another week's whizzed round and we are now going into the last week of September ! Not sure how I feel about how the weeks just seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate ! So we'll move on...

Tricia asked in the comments on the last post as to whether I'd be showing the other picture we bought in Sussex. So here it is.

Try as I might I could not manage to take a photo without the reflection in the glass! Anyway, both Paul and I loved this on sight. The artist Andrew Redden used to live in Rye but now lives near Tunbridge Wells.

Here's another try at getting no refection, although this time the flash's gone off. These are my colours, blues and greens with a nice vibrant feel.

We knew this would be perfect for our hallway once it's all finished and so we went back and bought it. The picture is painted to be like those station posters of the 30's to 50's encouraging people to use the railways to travel. This is a print. We purchased it in Rye Pottery another lovely place where I could have spent a small fortune on piece's of gorgeous pottery.

Funnily enough once I got back into work and saw the new five pound note, I thought a great match for the colours I seem to be favouring at present. We also seem to be having a slant towards the 20's to 40's feel to what we are doing in the house, which was built in 1926.

One of the things happening with all this change is that I seem to be having to find places to store furniture which is either no longer needed or no longer as a place !

These are the latest no homers, the bathroom cupboard, the smallest bedroom antique bedside cupboard and a small narrow bookcase.

At present  since starting this I now have the following sitting about needing re-homing.

A large Linen style Cupboard, in two parts.
A large pine bookcase ( Sold)
A small pine cupboard
A tall narrow bookcase, above
A antique bedside pot cupboard, above
A pine bathroom or storage cupboard, above.
An old dark wood blanket box.
A small non pine bookcase
Two long wooden cd units
one wide wooden dvd unit
Two large unpainted radiator covers
One small white painted radiator cover
A Habitat small antique sofa ( will come back into house once a space found)

This is bottom of linen cupboard

and this is top.

 Cd and dvd units.

small bookcase, non wood.

Old wooden blanket box.

The last few photo's were taken by Paul on his mobile, so I need to wait until we are finished with the work in the next couple of weeks before I can take some better photo's and put them up for sale.

This week we were discussing colour's and paper for the hallway. I found a paper which we both liked .It's called Simi and comes in three colourways all of which I like but two of which I prefer.

This is grey pearl colourway.

This is Opal colourway, Paul's preferred choice.I like this one too.

and this is Aegean, my preferred colourway but Paul's says it looks like bedroom paper! We will probably go for the middle one but each time I see this one I just love it's vibrancy and it goes with my new picture! Not that counts for much.Now before you all think,  all that pattern in the hallway !, we will be using the paper in just a couple of places but will be picking up one of the colours in the paper chosen for the rest of the walls. We've ordered some samples of all three and discussion will commence once they arrive. But feel free to give an opinion if you'd like.

Now on the doll front a miracle has occurred! After two and a  half years, I do not lie, my little darling doll that I ordered from a US Artist has arrived ! When I went on her waiting list back in April 2014 it was supposed to be ten months wait. Now I don't know why it should have taken so long but I'll never join her waiting list again, which is a shame as I would have like another one.
 Anyway here she is , no name or clothes yet, but sweet all the same.Name suggestions welcome :)

a brown eyed blonde lass.

So far she has some boots and a pair of tights! I may have to knit her a sweater dress, so she can come out of her box and meet everyone. I seem to be having a small doll buying spree at the moment but since they are not Sasha's I'll leave their details to my Dolly dreaming blog.
I have also finished a blanket this week, which I found in a bag when having to move everything for the plumber, it only needed a couple of rows to complete so I did that one evening.

So now it can be put away safely until needed.

I sold another doll ,whose gone off to a new home in Australia but not managed to do much else on the selling on front. The Chat n Snap is approaching fast, so will need to jump on that once October gets here.

Well I need to go take some photo's of  Sasha's and Gregors for the blog and then there's loads of sorting out and house work to do...... I may actually try doing some of it!

Enjoy the week ahead, I hope the weathers lovely for everyone.


Saturday, 24 September 2016


There is no escaping the inner child, well in my case at least! While we were away in East Sussex , we looked in lots of art galleries. Something I love to do ever since wandering the Tate Gallery and others as a child.
I can always find something I like unless it's pure 'modern' three lines on a canvas called wilderness or some such! Then I think as no doubt most do, I could do that and charge a fortune! lol

But I do love art and if able  would have a home full of it. One of the problems with knocking down walls is you are taking away a place to hang a picture or six!

Anyway when going round galleries etc , you can come across pictures you'd love to buy and such was the case on our trip this year. There was one ltd ed print we saw that we when back to get on the day before we came home. It seems to sum up our current style choice for our decor and in my case I just love the colours used.

But also on my second visit to Rye I found an artist who spoke to my inner child, the part of me that's not grown up and still likes books for children and toys and dolls etc.
There was a watercolour that I would have liked to have bought but that would have meant I could not buy the picture we'd gone back for , as original water colours are not cheap and I may buy it later, if still available. But when I saw this numbered copy of one of her paintings well I just had to have it!

I just love this picture and could not pass it by.

Potter's ice cream van, often licked but never beaten !

I love the rabbit , Potter?, doing his accounts while waiting for a customer. I went back to buy this picture and my daughter Courtney came with me and we stood looking through all the prints available and there was another which she preferred due to the detail so wants a person to do! Why buy them both!

So we also have...

Stanley's Ice Cream Van !

Stanley's famous Lemon Ices plus you can get a Hot Dog !

Is the seagull giving Stanley an order? or are they discussing the days events?  Can we get close enough to listen in?

Funnily enough when I started to do this post I remembered seeing an email I'd been sent from Belle and Boo and went back to check it and it appears that today , 24th September , is the International day of the Rabbit! and here are two Rabbits selling their ices , Potter and Stanley, so perfect timing!

I have to say I do love my inner child, she likes such wonderful childish things! But now I have to find somewhere to put them once they are framed.