Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tea in the garden and my new love

We are in the very middle of Winter at the moment,
but we have had some gloriously beautiful days.
It has been raining at night and sunny during the day in between some cold ones
We have been able to sit in the garden ,reading and taking tea

I love using my china,especially the floral ones

We are having Tulsi tea today
I love the orange and pomegranate,but today it is the Indian Blend
Do you remember the beautiful collection of vintage linen I received a few weeks ago?
Two of the lace edged cloths were damaged.
I unpicked the lace from the damaged centre,and replaced it onto another piece of linen

Because it is Winter,the garden is a little dormant and my hubby has pruned back heaps.
I still found a little colour though which is pleasant on a Winters day.

I will take you on a little tour of our little garden

                                      Taking you away from the garden for a moment
                                                  to see the start of my new collection.

                                        While out thifting three weeks ago, I spotted this silver jug
                                                I just loved it,but had spent my limit that day. 
                                           I thought, if it's there next week I will get it. 

                                    Well the next week it was,but alas I had spent again my limit.
                        This week,I spotted it again as I walked through the front door of Vinnies.
                                                       I knew it was meant to be mine.
                                I carried it around that shop,not to be sidetracked,and bought it.

                                  I so love it, and thought it goes well with my chrome tray.

All I did to it was wash it in soapy water. I don't want to clean
it with silver polish as it is electroplated,not solid silver.
I love this stuff when it gets an aged patina .
I am now addicted and have seen some more nice silver pieces,but will
have to wait  for next weeks pocket money LOL :)

Happy Week x jeanetteann

I am joining the following parties this week
Rose Chintz Cottage
Antiques and Teacups
The Farmhouse Porch
My Romantic Home
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Common Ground
Faith Grace and Craft
A Stroll through Life
A Delightsome Life
Fishtail Cottage
Kathe with an E

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Our latest bargain find

I am so pleased with our latest find.
I have wanted a proper hutch (Welsh Dresser) for such a long time
Our local second hand dealer had three in stock this week,2 were far too big, but this was just right and a bargain price. We have bought so much from this shop.  In fact our dining room suite came from there and is almost a perfect match.(see below)

This was the hutch we had in this spot.  It was just an old chest with a book shelf attached to the top
Now I think it was a bit cluttered.

I think the new one  looks much nicer.

We had just the right spot for the old one, in my sewing room

I got out my home made chalk paint and gave the old one a good coating
I then rubbed it over with furniture wax,and it came up beautifully.
I removed the old knobs.

I love it here.  I only had one crystal knob left from previous projects,so have put in an order for 4 more for the drawers.
This is for White Wednesday at Faded Charm

This is the only knob so far
I also made a little ruffled curtain to hang in front of the space
 where there used to be a door.
The lovely gift tags I use around my home,like the one above,
came from Liz at The Porcelain Rose

This is the last project I did using the crystal knobs
This is in front of the window in the sewing room

Finally received the crystal knobs,all finished

This is beside the bed settee in this room

Some more bargain finds
Grosvenor forks $1 the lot

This delightful little basket $4

and this pretty hand painted porcelain vase $2
The painters name signed on the bottom
Love the fuchsia's

Finally I must show you the gorgeous gift I received from Doni
at Faith Grace Craft
It was all beautifully wrapped in a vintage paper pattern and then placed into a little childs case
I am so thrilled with the little box of treasures.

What have you all been up to this week?
xxoo jeanetteann

Parties I'm visiting this week
Faith Grace Crafts
The Thrify Groove
Common Ground
Faded Charm
Home Sweet Home
The Delightsome life
Kathe with an E

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cute little shelves

While out thrifting the other day,I found the two little shelves on the left for a steal
$1 each. A few days later I found the other  larger one for $4
I remembered then when I saw the love hearts about this handy box I had in the shed.
It was given to me by my daughter who was throwing it out. It was painted black
I was using it to store my seeds and garden trowel.

I have been reading on other blogs all the time about chalk paint and had bought a small jar of it previously which was very expensive.  I read on Pinterest how most girls were making their own.
I thought I would have a go. I used water,plaster of paris and white satin paint
I had no idea what quantities to use, so I just guessed and stirred.
It worked out perfectly

I sanded them back a little for the effect we all love, a bit chippy.
I put them up in the bedroom on a blank wall which I had been itching to do something with.

A perfect place to display my perfume bottle collection

Miss Rosie Bear loved the new look wall and the nice love heart place to sit with pearls and roses.
Miss Emily also liked the new look

I hope you had a good week finding lots of treasures.
Hugs, Jeanetteann 

I am joining the following parties this week
Faded Charm
Home Sweet Home
Knick of Time
My Romantic Home
A Delightsome Life
Kathe with an E
French Country Cottage

Friday, July 6, 2012

A week of stitching for my little friends.

Meet Rosemary

This is my dear friends childhood doll.
She has been packed away for years needing some TLC.

Recently she was taken to hospital and got a new arm and  lovely new blond curly hair.
Then she came to me without any clothes
Could I please dress her?

The first thing I made for her was a petticoat and pantaloons

Because my friend said that she was originally dressed in blue
I thought,blue it had to be then.

I so enjoyed dressing her,I think she is so sweet.
What about those blue eyes,are they not striking?
I think blue had to be her colour.

Now a few months ago, I introduced you to my new/very old doll Dorothy
Dorothy came to me in her original dress and I bought her new shoes.

Now when Dorothy met her new friend Rosemary, and saw her beautiful new dress,she smiled, her usual sweet smile,but I knew she would like a new one too. 

After all, a girl has to have more than one dress in her wardrobe.

Well look at her now. WOW
No mistaking her new happy smile.
Because Dorothy also has beautiful blue eyes,
Her new dress is blue too. Of cause in a different fabric.

Now everyone wanted a new outfit.
So,out came the knitting needles and Linda got a new one too.
You can see Dorothy having a little rest while waiting for her new outfit to be fitted.
It was a little cool,so she put on her cardigan

Linda was my daughters childhood dolly

For some reason, they all want to come and stay with Nanny.
Secretly,I think it's for the new clothes and the company

I think there will be a lot more outfits to make in the coming weeks. Especially when the Teddies come out of hibernation.
Teddy boy has a new cardigan,but his friends are still asleep.
When he heard we were taking tea,he didn't want to miss out.

Now I think it's time to take tea together.
Freshly baked orange cake, I think.

After all,no use having a new outfit with nowhere to go.
Dear Rosemary had to leave early for another appointment.

I'm looking for a little china dolly tea set. So far a nice one has alluded me.
So my friends chose the English Elizabethan from my collection.

We are all going to visit our friends at the following parties this week

A Delightsome Life
Faded Charm
Home Sweet Home
Kathe with an E
Rose Chintz Cottage
Trish's Heart and Home
My Romantic Home

jeanetteann xx