Thursday, 15 May 2008

Birthday treats!

I wanted to post this much earlier in the week but I've been to busy doing mummy jobs, Emily has chicken pox and the itchiness has been driving her mad at night and she has hardly slept I was up with her watching Mickey Mouse's clubhouse downstairs at 3.00am last night and having to cover her in calamine lotion to ease the itching bless her. Oh the joys of being a mother! I didn't think it would effect her to badly as it's supposed to be kinder to younger children but she's been in a pretty bad way with it. It will be Elliotts turn next I'm sure!

This week I've won another giveaway I could quite get used to this! It was a very pleasant surprise. This time I've won this lovely eco bag the one in the middle with the heart on from Sian at Diary Of A Tinyholder thank you Sian I love it it's very pretty. It will be used on a regular basis as you can see I have a little collection of bags hanging up opposite the front door they all have their uses. My fav Cath Kidston bag, a CK eco bag and a nice plain jute bag behind. It will be very useful to have two eco bags as I find that one is often not enough and then I end up using a carrier bag anyway which spoils the point.
For my birthday outing last week I went to this place It's my fav place to shop around here it has a gorgeous home accessories shop that sells Greengate, Emma Bridgewater,Susie Watson and lots more. It also has a really nice cafe and a beautiful Japanese tea garden which Emily and Elliott ran round with mum and dad while I spent! To our horror we didn't notice the sign till 30 mins later that said 'no children, please help to keep this garden peaceful' whoops! Their must of been some harsh looks and tutting from the people sitting there drinking their tea!
Here's what I spent my birthday money on from my Steven's brother and my sister in law. A Susie Watson jug, a pretty button heart and a East of India hanging sign. Thank you if your reading this!!x I also treated myself to these bit's and pieces for my bathroom shelf's.

For my main present from Steven and my mum and dad I'm having some cushion covers commissioned from . We've recently won a second hand white corner sofa off ebay and my old cushions just didn't look right. I know I could probably make them myself but I need seven of them and they would take me forever to make with the lack of time I have at the moment I can only manage small projects. Anyway I'm very impatient and want the instant look it's my birthday treat!!

I went to visit Abby to choose the materials. I was overwhelmed with the choice of fabrics, her studio shelf's were stacked from floor to ceiling in the most gorgeous 'Kate Forman', 'Cabbages and Roses' and another company I had not heard of 'Ernest and Matilda' (all in my side bar). It took me ages to make my mind up as I loved them all Steven kept popping his head round the door voicing his opinion and saying no pom pom trim what a meany!!! Mind you I did squeeze in some pleated frills without him knowing! I shouldn't complain he is very open about my style of decorating and says yes to nearly everything. But he does like to voice his opinion on everything at least he's interested I suppose! Elliott would probably pull the pom poms off anyway. In the end I went for some beautiful Ernest and Matilda and Kate Forman fabrics in blues and pinks!

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I keep getting big gaps appear between text and photos, so I've closed the gaps and now have a big gap at the bottom of my post it's driving me mad is it blogger or me?!


periwinkle said...

We are lucky to have a beach so close. Looks like you had a lovely birthday, love the little boat for your bathroom. Chicken Pox is nasty , hope she is better soon. Looking forward to seeing your cuchions too
Lisa x

julia said...

Blogger drives me mad sometimes, it wouldn't let me put spaces in last night!
Love all your goodies and can't wait to see these new cushions, Ernest & Matilda fabric is so gorgeous. Your husband would be in bobble trim hell in our hous, it's everywhere!
Hope Emily feels better soon.
Julia x

Curlew Country said...

Happy Birthday. Glad you had a lovely day and the Bottle Kiln sounds like a fabulous shop. Hope we get to see your birthday cusions, I love all those fabric designers too, what a treat!.
Hope your littel one is feeling brighter soon, rotten having chicken pox.
P.S Blogger has a mind of its own sometimes!

Summer by the sea said...

Sounds like a lovely birthday, the bottle kiln sounds great - Hope Emily gets over the chicken pox soon, but you're probably right in thinking Elliot will follow - Look forward to seeing your lovely cushions
Natalie x
P.S - Sorry can't help with the blogger probs!

saraeden said...

Happy Birthday Sarah !!
Hope the chicken pox are geting better i remember when Kitty had it she wasnt impressed at all !!

Thanks for the comment were hoping to move to Newquay ... i would love to live in Hayle but house prices are a bit more there !!

Sara x

Fabric and Bags said...

Hi Sarah
Lovely site you have and as a fellow Northern Belles blogger I have tagged you on my own blog and would appreciate if you could go check it out at

The Fairy Glade said...

Oh Sarah you lucky, lucky lady. I have just discovered susie watson and I want one of those jugs! We don't seem to have any of those sort of shops where I live. Buying online is ok but it is not the same as looking around and fantasizing is it? Maybe you could post a piccy of your new sofa complete with cushions when it is ready. Devina X

Katherines Dream said...

Happy Birthday and I really love all of your goodies..especially the CK bag and purse, Washed Roses is one of my favorite designs.
The shop sounds just like my sort of shop - love all those designers too!
Carol xx

Katherines Dream said...

Happy Birthday and I really love all of your goodies..especially the CK bag and purse, Washed Roses is one of my favorite designs.
The shop sounds just like my sort of shop - love all those designers too!
Carol xx

Ragged Roses said...

Your sofa sounds wonderful. Love your bags, they;re so pretty! Hope Emily is over the worst, I used to put some bicarbonate of soda in a lukewarm bath for my daughters when the itching got too much! Have a great weekend