Sunday, September 30, 2012

Talented blogger friends,Pink Depression glass and lots more

I had two lovely parcels arrive this week
from two extremely talented blogger friends

They were packed so beautifully too 
This one I won from Lu lu at Coastal Sisters

I am over the moon, it is so beautiful

I entered the give away on Marydon's blog

Lu Lu makes the most amazing jewelery
Isn't this divine. I am a real cameo collector too. I am so lucky

The other parcel was from Diane at Saturday finds
I ordered this little sweetie from Diane's Etsy shop
You should see the other lovelies Diane has there

This pretty is going to go onto my DD's Birthday cake next month
I love it, as will my daughter

Be prepared this post is long and if you are still with me
I will show you more

Remember a few posts ago
I showed you the lovely pink depression glass
candlesticks and cups and saucers I found
Well today in the same shop,I found the matching cake stand
I think it was probably there when I scored the others but I didn't see it
It was in a different cabinet tucked under another bowl
I actually went for a walk to buy capsicum seedlings
I think this is nicer. I didn't end up getting the seedlings :)

I would love it, If someone could tell me what pattern this is.
I love the square shape of it and the saucers.
Wouldn't it be nice if I could find other pieces,like the cake plates

The pedestal matches the candlesticks

If you aren't too bored with this long post
Here is what else I have been doing this week

I felt just like cooking today.
Not baking as I have done so much of lately,
but the kind of cooking that fills the kitchen with lovely comforting smells 
that make your mouth water.

I made these little lamb and potato pasties,
 my Grandchildren love.
They are just the right size for their lunch boxes too.

I share a lot of what I cook with my family as they are all working full time
It helps them and I enjoy it.  They reward me in so many other ways.

It doesn't cost me that much either.
My hubby and I go to the local supermarket Monday mornings very early
They mark down all their meat  and chicken left over from the weekend.
Then on Wednesdays they have discount day.


Bolognaise ready to put with any type of pasta

Little cottage pies.

I freeze these without the cheese topping,
sprinkle on the cheese before popping in the oven to brown and heat through
They freeze well if wrapped securely to keep out the frost.

I made this one for tonights dinner.

Ready to serve with peas and carrots. mmmm

and something pretty before I go.

My first red rose of the Season

Thank you Diane, Lu Lu and Marydon

I hope you are having a nice day everyone.
xx jeanetteann

I am visiting all my usual parties this week
and I'm going to visit some new one's
You can also join the fun by clicking on the links on my side bar.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hand made Gift bags and thrifty finds

I got into some sewing this week
I had a decent size piece of hessian left from my Paris cushion
I thought I would team it with some vintage lace I hand dyed

These little gift bags were the result.

They could be used for dried lavender,gifts or just to 
decorate ,hanging on door or drawer handles

They are available in my Etsy Shop for $10
I ship International,but email me for the cost.
They are quite light,so don't cost much to ship

These are my beautiful thrifty finds this week
I had an extremely exciting day at my daughters local church sale

Another grape silver jug to match my collection

A little present from my daughter

Lace table cloth, which just needs a little mending around the edge,$1

This lovely glass bowl,another gift from my DD

Gorgeous little tartan Thermos flask

I couldn't believe this little beauty for $2.50
Perfect condition enamel bowl

Lovely shopping basket $2 as was the flask

2 little crochet doilies  20c each

I hope you had an equally thrifty week

xx jeanetteann

I will be joining my usual parties
links on my side bars

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Willow embroidered duchess set finally finished

This is a long post as I have had a productive week.
Lots to show you.

I bought this duchess set,one large and two small mats from an elderly lady many years ago
She had embroidered them in orange and brown.

I had always wanted to unpick them and redo them in the traditional blue
I finally got into it,and here they are. I love them with my willow china

Luckily I received a give away from Doni at Faith,Grace and Craft,one of my blogger friends
In the parcel was 2 skeins of variegated blue embroidery thread.
Thanks Doni, they came in very handy.

I also made some mandarin and lemon marmalade and little blue check tops

These Three will be sold on my stall at the Bowling club

I love frogs,and especially this little blue and white tiny one.

and something about crystal with silver tops

This is one of the two little treasures I found this week
A crystal cruet set in perfect condition with its little tray
it is available in my Etsy shop

And this little birdie egg cup,isn't it sweet,I'm birdie mad at the moment.

I tucked it into my little flower cart amongst the roses and added some moss for a nest.
I'll be keeping this little darling

I placed some sugared almonds in her nest for eggs.

Another couple of bargains I found only today
This gorgeous platter,no marking on the bottom,
(not sure what brand it is,but it looks antique) for the bargain price of $2.99 at Savers
I'm loving this new store. even though it's an hour away, 
It's a nice drive along the beach

And this Ranleigh stainless tray $2.99,it matches a round one I already have.

I also scored a huge flat cane basket with a handle each side
I am going to use it on my stall next month for cakes
It's on the line dripping wet at the moment after a good wash

Here it is dry and nestled among my other baskets
It is a lot bigger than it looks in the picture.

This lovely full apron,another find

This is a new lavender bush I bought
I've never had this one before. It's called Princess

I hope you are having a nice day
xx jeanetteann

I am joining the following parties this week
Trish's Heart and Home
Ivy and Elephants
The Thrifty Groove
My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage
The Delightsome Life
The Delectable Home
Kathe with and E
The Thrifty Groove.