Sunday, 8 June 2014

My Week




Picked up this rather sweet metal sign from one of my local chazzas. It was painted in a garish red and black and was a bit worse for wear rather than looking 'time worn' and vintage chic. I didn't want to buy any special paints to give it a make over as we have pots and pots of paint in our garden shed. I had a quick delve and found some nice Farrow and Ball tester pots. They worked perfectly well with a little bit of primer underneath. I have hung it up in my garden studio where I will be holding my workshops, just in case we forget to have some tea and cake, as if!


Spoke to lots of lovely folk at the South of England Show on Friday. I managed to have a quick squiz around too. I was given some lovely free range eggs from the chap on the Mantel Farm stand and have been invited to visit a farm where my favourite sheep live. I'm hoping I may secure some fleeces from the breeder as I will be starting to learn to spin wool next week. VERY excited about that.


My hanging baskets are now back up as our painter has finished the back of the house. These gorgeous baskets were an incredible super scrimpy price of £10.00 each, from Morrisons. And as they can't seem to stop giving me vouchers at the mo, they really were free. The middle pic is of our raspberry canes that are fruiting for the first time since we were given them a couple of years ago. If the birds don't get them first we should have some delicious fruit soon.

12 comments:

  1. Hanging baskets look nice..I'm doing mine next week..
    Bought some hanging lobelia last Thurs, from a local W.I.
    Planted them in old pairs of trainers, and hang them
    on the fence and wall...They look really good when in full
    flower..Different!

    The 'Tea Time' iron work looks nice to.....Would'nt mind
    one, if it said...'Bed Time'. HeHe! :).

    And, for lunch to~day...I had 18 fat juicy snails, l picked
    off my hostas a couple weeks ago...mmmmM!
    With a little garlic bread....Out on the patio.
    Now l'm settling down for tennis..Then the Gran Prix.......
    Happy Sunday...! Saluti! Cheers!

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  2. Your hanging baskets do look great. I didn't spot ant at my local which is a shame. I'm looking forward to seeing a post on your spinning exploits!

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    1. I bought mine at the Crowborough branch and they still had them this weekend, that probably doesn't help you Joanne, sorry. But if any one is local to me and wants some give them a call first.

      Jean x

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  3. I was thinking about the show today and wondering how you got on, unfortunatly we couldnt make it last moment change of plans and we had to head to wales instead to sort a few things out about the house, I am intrested to see how you get on with your spinning too, its something I have been teaching myself for the past year.

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  4. I wonder if you will hand-spin with just a spindle? My mother produced some lovely bobbly yarn this way from the Yorkshire wool I used to send her, gathered from the fields on our weekend walks.

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    1. I'm using a floor standing wheel initially but the lady who is teaching me does use a drop spindle too so who knows? The drop spindle is great if you're spinning on the hoof.

      jean xx

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  5. Hi, I've had a lovely time looking round your blog. I came via Cornish Chickpea and I'm very glad I did. Thank you x

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    1. Morning Julee. What a lovely comment, and welcome to my blog. I've popped over to yours, I shall be following you, once Google lets me.

      Jean x

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  6. Learning to spin wool sounds an exciting new venture Jean!
    Your painted sign looks great, I love how even a tester pot can be useful - I once painted a while chest of drawers with only two tester pots!
    The hanging baskets are a really good deal - you couldn't buy the basket, compost and plants to do it yourself any cheaper. The new paint job is lovely - love the cream against the blue,
    Have a good week Jean
    Gill xx

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  7. The sign looks perfect, you've done a lovely job on it. I keep a lot of tester pots too, they're great for little projects.

    Mustn't forget the tea and cake!

    Such pretty hanging baskets too :)

    Have a lovely day x

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  8. Your sign is a real find and looks lovely after i'ts make over :)

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  9. Doesn't that look good, amazing what a lick of paint can do!! Your baskets are looking great. Between yours and those I saw at Bloom, mine are quite underwhelming me!

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