Friday, 28 November 2008

Feeling Festive!

We have been getting into the festive spirit today by putting up our decorations!

A little early i know, as i would usually do it this weekend however im going to be busy!

We have two trees in the fifties household. Every year i think that i might only put one up, but i have such a problem deciding which to leave in the box that i end up with both on display.

Im not sure which is my favourite. The white one is quite modern in style with just black white and silver decorations. The black one however is filled with my treasure. I love my tree decorations and have been collecting them and treasuring them over the past few years. Im aiming for them to become family heirlooms one day!

I love the white tree as its quite elegant and simple but i think that i do prefer the black one.

I like that there is a lot going on in it! Little treasures hidden here and there amongst the baubles.

Here a few of my favourites!

What do you have on your tree?

Continuing the festive feel i have made some Christmas inspired bunting for my kitchen! Im quite pleased with how it has turned out. I made it from felt. Just cut the shapes out and then sewed buttons and ribbons on to the trees and gingerbread men and then stitched them on to a length of ribbon. It brightens up a normally dull corner in the kitchen.

I have some other festive creations in mind that im hoping to have the time to make this week, toddler permitting!

I must sign off now as i have dinner to make.

Take care Happy Thrifting x

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Have a COSY Thanksgiving x

To all my American friends that might passby,

Have a cosy, lovely thanksgiving. Check out the photo, COSY. You should try hugging her, shes a walking hot water bottle!!!! x x x


Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Shabby Table and Thanks!

Firstly i would like to say thanks for all of your kind comments that have been left at my previous post, they have really cheered me up.x

I thought i would share my latest project with you.

I bought this table and chairs awhile ago with my dresser from ebay. I had planned on shabbying them and selling them but then i had a little idea. Paint them lovely colours and keep them!!

There was a horrible breakfast bar in the kitchen which we always ended up using, which resulted in us sat facing the wall. So out came my hammer and screwdriver and with a lot of effort and a little cursing it was gone!! I them used the remnants of paint that i had in the garage left over from previous projects to makeover the table and chairs. I moved the dresser to the former site of the hideous breakfast bar and moved in the table and chairs. Im really pleased with the result. I also think that my teaset looks lovely on there with my rose placemats. CB however is not so sure and has mentioned words like ''grandma''.

I think its lovely and i have since added a vintage, embroidered linen tablecloth which i think is the icing on the cake!

So now we sit civilised at the table and I drink tea from my teacup served from my teapot! Theres something about teapot tea. It just tastes nicer.

The table and chairs are also very functional. I have sanded them down to get that shabby look and I dont mind if a certain little boy drags his vintage cars across the paintwork. It adds to the look! My other 'posh' dining table is now safe!!!

I must sign off now as i have somewhere to be. Blogging will shortly resume with tales of thrifting, crafting and baking.

Take care Happy Thrifting x

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Yesterday we said goodbye to my Grandad. It was a lovely send off for him, and although very sad he would have been proud. He had been very poorly and now he is at peace. He was a lovely kind man and loved by all that knew him. We all have very special memories of him that i am sure will help to ease the pain of his departure. He will be greatly missed.
I must also say thankyou to my Aunty Vicky who did such a good job of arranging and organising everything to ensure a nice goodbye to her dad. She did us all proud by doing a special reading in the church. Grandad would have been SO proud of you Vicky. x
Losing someone always makes us evaluate our own lives and perhaps be a bit more thankful for things that we normally take for granted.
When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little—but not too long, and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that was once shared.
Miss me, but let me go.
Sleep tight grandad we love you x

Wednesday, 12 November 2008


I write this post to explain my absence.

The past few weeks have been a very testing and emotional time for our family.

My Grandad passed away on November 5th after a long illness. He fell peacefully asleep with his 3 daughters holding him.

I need to take some time out from blogging to be with and comfort my family.

I shall be back soon .