Oh my goodness it has been a little while, we are already a few days into 2016! Time to update….
Having time to share some internet pictures, all the ones that I like, everybody went Facebook mad for a little pair of white crochet edged socks…
Now, I eventually tracked them down to a Russian Website which I then asked Google to translate and I will be attempting to buy a pair and try them out…the link is here – but if anyone can just tell by looking, the stitches used here can you let me know as so many people are asking and I am not crochet clever enough to work this one out. When I do get some I shall share my findings with you.
I also discovered Andrea Singarella – I am totally in love with her style of jewellery. I purchased her series of videos bought directly through the website and passworded and would hugely recommend, it has given me back the beading bug. After all I do now have that big craft cupboard.
This is an example of Andrea’s work, don’t you love it! She also sells through her website so go and take a look. Especially if you are into all things vintage.
So, I filled the craft cupboard, not totally arranged yet but it is all in there. Including Mollie Topshop….
I have had a little bit of a bead and tools buying session, most of it still to arrive, but hugely excited by it.
Finally finished Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin.
Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…
Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.
As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.
But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?
I loved this one as much as the last one, Holly’s mix of characters were as entertaining as ever and I loved the crossover with the previous novel including some of those characters. The characters are all really really lovely and pretty endearing and I love White Cliff Bay…I do wonder if Holly has based this on somewhere she has visited or if it is a wondrous place created in her mind…my favourite bit?? The pool table was interesting…
or if you want to start with the first one you can buy that one here Christmas at Lilac Cottage: A perfect romance to curl up by the fire with: Volume 1 (White Cliff Bay)
I now find myself bookless and awaiting two more to read in the post, I will of course share them when they arrive.
Then it was time to catch up with some cooking…the Christmas chocolate is nearly all gone now…we find ourselves sighing with relief really, even though it was good whilst it lasted.
I dug out my Deliciously Ella Cookbook – which you can find here –Deliciously Ella: Awesome ingredients, incredible food that you and your body will love in an attempt to get back to healthy again. Now I have a proper food processor I can try them all!
You can find Ella’s recipe here.
I had no flax seed or nuts so used sunflower seeds ground up in the processor, I also had no hemp protein powder. But you can see the results of mine up there on the right, they are actually really very nice and taste like a chocolate truffle. I have a batch in the freezer to take out when we fancy them, big success. Don’t copy Ella and roll these beauties up whilst holding your pet though, it is a pretty messy job and I hate getting sticky fingers…(my daughter says “that’s what she said” which is apparently the modern version of “the actress said to the bishop” I prefer the oldies version personally).
Finally, what I had been waiting for, time to get the beads out and try some creating….
I love to take old broken jewellery and make it into something new….I had a red rose vintage necklace which has helped create some wonderfully exquisite red dangle earrings.
A bib tie necklace got a bit of vintage bling (the necklace I think originally Monsoon).
I had a go at making a double strand bracelet and was pretty pleased. Using a really old watering can and pearl bracelet, a string of daisies was added to make it really spring like. I love this one and will be making some similar items soon.
I finally opened an Etsy shop so you will find everything I have available in there….it was easy and so far no problems, so initially hugely recommended, I have found some great supplies in there too…
Please do visit and if you have any questions please fire away. I have bought some vintage decoupage supplies to make some little jewellery gift boxes and again will share when I have a go at them….
Onto beds…..I shared a selection on a previous post as we were trying to decide on a new bed….after much deliberation and pouting on my part, we have chosen this one…
Bought from Wayfair at very reasonable cost with free delivery. Due to arrive around Thursday, fingers crossed! Watch this space, I might have to buy new bedding for the whole experience! I might also have to get Christopher to enter the boudoir wearing a frilly shirt in the style of Poldark….there will be no pictures of this….
And that’s about it for the catchup! A very Happy New Year from Mollie Topshop and Timmy Twoshoes the felines of the family!
Love from Geri x