Thursday, 31 March 2011

Princess and the Pea

I just wanted to share this picture with you, of our smallest pet pooch Gizzy.  I caught her this morning curled up on a pile blankets in the living room.  She had found a spot where a stream of sunlight was warming her.  It  reminded me of the tale 'The Princess and the Pea'.


Monday, 21 March 2011

Avoca Mill

I just wanted to do a quick blog about my most favourite shop in Ireland ..... Avoca. Since we were little our holidays every summer have taken us to Ireland. We have been going for about 30 years now. And part of that ritual has been a trip to one of my most favourite shops in the world!! A shop where you can refresh your wardrobe, restock your pantry, revamp your home, revitalise your garden...all under one roof....HEAVEN!!!!

Avoca actually have several shops around Ireland now, and I am sure many of you will recognise some of products creeping into our shops over here. The very kind people at Avoca have allowed me to use some of their photos on my blog to show you all.

If you are local to me in North Yorkshire, Castle Howard, Browns of York and Genivieve of Helmsley are stocking some of the Avoca range.  Otherwise their website is

Avoca-Lettering by Avoca Ireland 

Avoca store detail by Avoca Ireland 

Avoca Rathcoole int by Avoca Ireland

Avoca Natural Soaps by Avoca Ireland

Avoca Rathcoole int by Avoca Ireland

Avoca Rathcoole interior by Avoca Ireland

Hay Loft Dining Room at Mill at Avoca Village by Avoca Ireland 

Power loom detail, Mill at Avoca Village by Avoca Ireland 

Scarf detail on loom, Mill at Avoca Village by Avoca Ireland 

Word Throw by Avoca Ireland 

Mount Usher Potting Shed Store by Avoca Ireland

Mount Usher Gardens by Avoca Ireland 
Mount Usher Gardens by Avoca Ireland

Cake stand in Fernhouse Café by Avoca Ireland 

Sugar Tree Café, Avoca Kilmacanogue by Avoca Ireland 

Garden Café at Mount Usher by Avoca Ireland 

Avoca Foodhall Cheese Room by Avoca Ireland 

Avoca Foodhall with Avoca Pantry by Avoca Ireland 

Avoca Nest by Avoca Ireland

Saturday, 19 March 2011

New Project

....Well you saw in my post last week the gorgeous baby alpacha yarns I treated myself.  After much deliberation I have started to make a zigzag crocheted shawl with it.

It really is the most gorgeously soft yarn and a joy to crochet.  It has a long way to go yet, but I don't think I will tire of this project!!  I will keep you posted of my progress.

Our little boy had us up at the crack of dawn this morning....but it was a delight to drawn back the curtains to glorious sunshine.  Roll on summer!!  The picture above is the view from our bedroom window of Castle Howard.  I never take it for granted.  It is lovely to see at this time of the day when everything is just waking up.

Ohh...I also have to show you my gorgeous pyjamas that my sister treated me to.  They are from Avoca, one of my most favourite shops in Ireland!!

Very jazzy, aren't they!!

Til next time xx

Countdown to the Homespun and Vintage Fair in Pickering

They have set the date for the Spring Homespun and Vintage Fair in Pickering.  It is to be held on Saturday 16th April 2011, at the Friends Meeting House in Pickering, North Yorkshire.  I go to alot of these fairs and markets (like honey to a bee) and I have to say this one is my favourite!  I have already started saving my pennies.  You do need to get there for when the doors open though, to get the real vintage treasures.

If you live in North Yorkshire, it is well worth the visit!!  Also, Pickering is such a gorgeous town anyway!!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Our trip to Ilkley

I had a fab day out with my Mum yesterday.  I packed my little boy up with everything he would need for an afternoon with Grandad, and my Mum and I headed out for a girly afternoon.  We had already decided on venturing to Ilkley, as there was a 100% Handmade Designers Fair going on in Riddings Hall.

We had such a lovely day mooching around the shops and the Fair was great.  I wish I had taken my camera, as the ladies at the Fair had the place kitted out with yards of pretty vintage bunting and had set up a cafe with the most mouth-watering homemade cakes.   Also to my delight I found a stall there, that only the night before I had been drooling over their website -  'Dear Emma' makes the most gorgeous handmade soft furnishings and personal accessories.  I treated myself to a little potholder, which is now standing proudly on my mantlepiece.  I totally, totally love it.  All the way home I kept getting it out of the bag to have a look at it.  It is a buy that will be treasured forever.  Have a look at Emma's website if you get the chance

Here are  a few other lovelies I bought from the fair.....

We also discovered a wonderful cafe and wool shop in the town, called Create Cafe - where I'm afraid I went a bit crazy, buying 10 balls of Baby Alpaca for a new blanket project.  I also picked up a ball of the Debbie Bliss 'Andes' - the softest yarn I have ever felt!  Ohhhh - I am going to have fun with my crochet hook!!

I have been busy on the making front too... putting together these little birds.  Their former life was my grey woolly jumper... last thing I must show you - this is a cushion that Grandma bought for my little boy to give it!
Bye bye for now xxxx