Thank you for supporting a small business…


I don’t have a small business as such, I have a collecting hobby and sometimes I have too many things so some of them have to go….and I let them go willingly to spark joy with someone else…But, I do love the whole “Etsy thing”…I love that people make such beautiful things, or they have found or collected beautiful vintage things that should not be thrown away….

So, I am going to start bringing to your attention my favourite Etsy finds (these will be #affiliate links because I work hard to find them for you).  If you have an Etsy shop and I haven’t found you yet, for goodness sake make yourself known to me, I am more than happy to add you to my list of favourite shops.

Don’t forget when Etsy shopping to check the postage before purchasing, some high posting costs do make it worthwhile limiting your shopping to the country you are already living in….

Here we go….I currently have over 300 favourite shops so I’m just going to bring you my favourite things from all of them….not all at once today….let’s not get overwhelmed….


This beauty is from Vintage Magnifique on Etsy.  It is currently £24.48 and located in The United States even though the seller will post overseas for you.   There is a large selection of beautiful vintage jewellery especially catering for Brides, Bridesmaids and Proms…or just if you like to treat yourself to something special.  This gorgeous piece is from the 1950s….a great jewellery era.  The shop is run by Kimberly in Cupertino, CA, United States.


The pieces in this shop are absolutely beautiful….Poppy In the Sky shop based in France.  As far as I can see, very reasonable postage…showing as Freepost to us in the UK.  Here you will also find some gorgeous little gnome and fairy doors….I have a new garden soon so I might be visiting here myself….


And here some original boho earrings from Jeweliansun based in Ohio in the United States.  This shop is run by Cathy who brings you an array of colourful earrings made with soldered tin….please do go pay her a visit.

That’s my bit for today my lovelies…don’t forget to contact me if you have an Etsy shop…I do love a good browse…and just sometimes a purchase…

Cheers and gone x

Every Day I’m Snufflin’ …


Yes indeed I am back with another update….3 days in a row….

Let it be said that even though I totally love the sunny weather, I’m just not sleeping well in it….yes, the dreaded pollen….I don’t mind the sneezing, I don’t tend to get watery eyes, I don’t mind the nose blowing….it’s the itching I can’t bear….my throat! My tongue feels about five times too big for my mouth and the roof of my mouth….another story altogether…Anyway, holding it together to enjoy the sunshine.


The Mundic report as of yesterday has sorted itself out, no, we don’t need a Mundic report for a natural slate built house….good news and thanks to the original Navy guy owner who built a quality building and didn’t take the cheap route.


Of course, as always, I feel I am completely behind schedule and you just know in the last few days before moving you will be cramming half the house into unlabelled boxes never to be seen again….Anyway, Bedroom 3 has empty cupboards, bed stripped ready to dismantle and curtains coming down later on today…an almost emptied room, there is a start…

I still have some treasures to sort through, trying hard not to find anymore for a few weeks whilst the house move goes through…then I will be back to treasure hunting again very soon, it’s an obsession I like to indulge in….New things are all well and good but let’s just appreciate all the things already out there circulating around this world, they are beautiful, they are preloved and have a story to tell and deserve to continue on giving people those sparks of joy.  Go to Pink Cobwebs Etsy Shop to browse through my current findings….or click on the Ebay tab above to navigate to my Ebay shop where I am selling all of the things I need to sell to downsize…there are bargains galore, I just need the space!

For now I am off to our warehouse to bundle up the wetsuits and watersports stuff you all require…the link is here: Mad Monkey Surf Shop – but do be aware we are finishing this business to do other things so once it has gone, it’s gone….

Then later a trip to Wadebridge, something to do with van wheels, and maybe a little trip to Crackington Haven for a swift tonic water….maybe a gin…

Cheers and Gone x

Let the Sun Shine…


So, we finally have some sunshine, yay!  I said I would put something in here every day, no matter how short and sweet, so here we go…

The garden is looking beautiful here, the roses are appearing and the pears are plentiful on the trees….but, it’s not daunting in the slightest that we will be moving to a garden where we will have to replicate this all over again…the joy is in the challenge and the joy is in the leaving this for someone else to love…



I have boxes everywhere indoors and probably filling them slower than I should, I have a multitude of things listed for sale….pop up to the Etsy and Ebay tabs above…but be sure to come back again….

Mollie keeps making me jump leaping from random boxes, she won’t go into her cat box that easily when the time comes….Both cats loving the sun….Mollie, the queen on her blanket and Timmy the tomboy on her cardboard box…

As with any house sale there will always be hiccups….a mundic report? Who knew there was such a thing….maybe everybody except me…

Anyway, apparently from 1900 to 1960s, in Cornwall, houses started to be built using mundic blocks, which in some cases are deteriorating….luckily our house was made of natural stone…so hopefully this should all sort itself out soon… Google it if you never heard of it….pretty historically interesting…

Talking of history, I found all the paper work for this property dating back to 1898ish….when it was a plot of land (an orchard garden) until around 1925 when the guy who came here from being in the Navy at Devonport decided to build on it.  There was even one owner of the property with the same surname as me, even though I can’t find them in my family tree so likely not related.

Christopher told me the story about a lady turning up at the house when it was being renovated because she used to live here….we believe she was the daughter of the Naval officer….she showed him the room she was born in…..fascinating….

Onwards now with packing and suchlike….have a beautiful sunny day…x

A Quick Catch Up


Oh I’ve not been posting much on here in ages….so much has been happening.

At Christmas Christopher received this book…


Find here in my Amazon favourites #ad

It was a bit of a light bulb moment….and the idea was born.

So, we had been hoping to put the house on the market this year, it was nearly finished.  So New Year and new start….massively working on finishing the house.  Massively working on selling all the unnecessary things we own (see Etsy and Ebay tabs above…I’m still working through all of it).

To cut a long story short….we have accepted an offer on our house and have had an offer accepted on another house and we are in that in-between stage, packing up stuff and hoping nothing will go wrong on either side.

For now I will be tidying up the old posts on this site and using it to update on our progress.  A bit of how we got rid of everything, a bit of showing how we managed to downsize….when we get a camper van….where we travel to….budgeting tips….books that have helped….other websites and blogs we have found useful….

But be patient (she says just visualising taking out the last box and moving on)…we have a houseful of stuff to pack, a warehouse of stuff to sort out, some cars to sell, two cats to settle into a new area…a huge amount of hinching to be done. If you know you know…

We will have an official blog to point you towards when it’s up and running….

Watch this space x