Thursday, September 4, 2008

EBay's Bitch

As I'm sure I've said before, I am eBay's bitch.

My latest purchases have involved lots of fabric and trim for several swaps on Craftster, plus a load of cheap but beautiful clothes which have found a happy home in my wardrobe.

I especially love this crimson, paisley-esk trim. Its so pretty.

I also spied a mixed lot of Indian Silk Scarves. 15 of them in various colours, shapes and sizes for £16. Bargain.
But what to do with them?

To answer this question I've invested some of my pennies in 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie & Rock Your Scarf, which hopefully will provide inspiration enough for all of them.

EBay will be the death of me, but how can I resist such pretty things. I plan on covering everything in sight in this blue and bronze trim and my life will be better for it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A time before tea? Unthinkable.

I love tea.
I struggle without it.
As Sydney Smith said Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?-how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
Japanese Proverb

I also love the position of tea in society (not to mention in the Asterix books) and all the things I associate with it. Warmth and friends and blue & white china.

We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.

Rudyard Kipling

Greening your house on a small scale

It's high time we started greening our new house, but before I start tackling the back garden I wanted to start small and simple.

We made use of my parent's car a couple of weekends ago to visit the garden centre, and came back with a small selection of plants for our window box.

We chose low maintenance plants that could essentially be left to their own devices.

It'll mostly die back in the winter, but underground are 30 minature daffodil and iris bulbs, which will appear in spring.

It's amazing how such a small thing has made a big difference to the feel of our house - it makes me very happy indeed.