Monday, 23 June 2008

Midsummer Fairy Party

For as long as I can remember I've always had a thing about fairies. When I was little we lived in a bungalow. It a had a fantastic big garden that led from the bungalow up a hill. As you made your way up the garden, you passed three lawned areas with various beds and borders. At the top there was a little gate that led into the woods. From the woods there was a natural stream that ran down the side of our garden. As you can imagine this was my playground and to me a quite magical place where fairies lived! I had hours of fun being away with the fairies! I also loved the Flower Fairy Stories with the beautiful illustrations by Cicely Mary Barker. I managed to pick this book up for Emily for just 50p at a NCT sale which I'm looking forward to sharing with Emily. She has a great little imagination and I'm all for anything that encourages it.I also have a few Fairy ornaments. This one, 'The sewing Fairy' is my favourite. It was given to me by a friend, the cotton reels look so real! Sorry it's a bit blurred think my hands shook when I took it.

When I was handed a leaflet from Emily's nursery saying 'Midsummer Fairy Party' supporting the Wish Upon A Star Charity I decided to take her.

So last Saturday we had a lovely girly time getting dressed up, she even had her nails painted pink like mummies which she's been wanting for ages! This is the best picture, trying to get a three year old to sit still is a hard task believe me so this was taken whilst watching the tv! The tiara is mine which I wore on my wedding day! Better to have some use than being stuck in a dusty box.

So all excited we arrived to find lots and lots and lots of little girls dressed as fairies and adults too it was a lovely sight to see! We even came across some goblins too!

Unfortunately it drizzled the whole time which was a shame as the organisers had put so much effort into it. Luckily I had Emily's pink wellies but lots of little girls had pretty dainty shoes on that got wet poor things! It was cold too so Emily's wings didn't last long as she wanted her coat on!! As we made our way round in the fairy meadow was a marquee full of fun and games another marquee of craft stalls, a fairy post office, bouncy castle and fun fair ride we even met a real unicorn!

After having lots of fairy fun having goes on all the games and getting wet feet on the bouncy castle we were grateful for some warmth so off we went inside for a fairy banquet in the banquet hall. You can just see Emily 4th on the right! Afterwards all the children screamed and laughed out loud at chuckle chops the clown.

Emily really enjoyed herself despite the awful weather and it was a great way to spend the afternoon with her.
Thought I'd show you what I brought back from our holiday in St Ives before I end this post. I got some more bits and pieces for my seaside shelves in my bathroom. The little beach hut, the boat painted onto a piece of driftwood which was made by a St Ives artist, some shells and the mini lobster basket also got a big one for the floor in my bathroom (not pictured).

These are tea towels! I'm quite pleased with how they've turned out all I've done is just pin them up with drawing pins and then rolled them up and tied some ribbon round them took about 5 min's!
They're from a lovely shop on the harbour in St Ives specialising in French home interiors I could have gone mad in there but it was very expensive and my budget only stretched to tea towels £3.99 each.

Finally this picture was a bargain we went into St Ives early on the last day for a full English breakfast overlooking the harbour and I spotted this in a shop window for just £5.00. It's actually a print of Padstow should have been £20 but was reduced because of a tiny mark on the frame.

My bathroom now looks complete with it's seaside look and I'm really pleased with how it looks it just needed a few more bits and it really reminds me of happy days in Cornwall.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside......

Well we're back from our holiday in St Ives that we were so looking forward to - and we had a fantastic week we were so lucky with the weather we woke up to blue skies every morning and didn't see a drop of rain. We went with my mum and dad which was great as they got to spend some time with Emily and Elliott which gave us a break.We went to St Ives last year and going back has confirmed that we truly love it there it's a true English seaside town full of character, lovely beaches and the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the town.This is the chalet we stayed in I picked it because the inside was decorated really nice with seaside colours and accessories, there was a big stretch of grass in front of it which was great as the children could play while we sat on the decking watching and then sand dunes to the right.

Mum and dad took Emily and Elliott to Paradise Park so we had a child free day which was bliss we spent the morning here in Mousehole such a picturesque place with hidden alley ways and beautiful cottages on every corner.

I could easily have my own little cottage here. We wandered round picking which one we liked best!

This is me at the harbour, Mousehole has some lovely shops selling local artist's work. We had lunch in a restaurant overlooking the harbour, it was very nice to spend some proper time as a couple.

This is just one of the many pretty cottages in Mousehole.

Look who's coming to St Ives I was gutted it wasn't open probably a good job as I would have spent all my pennies in there! Not a lot of pics of St Ives they're all on my mum's camera sorry!!

Flying a kite outside the chalet Emily and Elliott were fascinated!

Happy Days! Elliott had his first proper paddle and got over his fear of the sand when he ran after a ball and forgot himself! Emily loved going in the sea, last year she was a bit scared this year she paddled right in not a care in the world and really surprised us!

So that's it back to normality we were sad to leave but I'm sure we will return another year.
For those of you interested in what the inside of the chalet looks like you can find it here just click on chalet in the header bar and the photos will come up.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

I'm still here and pretty cushions galore!

I am still here! Elliotts had chicken pox so I've been in full on mummy mode and not been near the computer at all so sorry I've not been leaving comments like I usually do and have alot of catching up to do,when he's better. Bless didn't think he'd escape it poor boy's covered in awful itchy spots so all in all it's been a miserable month with Emily having it as well.
Just wanted to squeeze in this quick post to show you my pretty cushions that the lovely Abby made me from 'The English Home' aren't they gorgeous the backs of the cushions are natural linen fastened with covered buttons in the same material used on the front. I have two different ones that are on my bed will show you these another time when I do a bedroom post. I'm soo pleased with them trouble is I want more,more ,more our sofa could accommodate afew more of these I'm even considering sticking to these colours throughout the house I love the grey muted blue colour on them! Go take at look at Abby's shop (in my sidebar) I really recommend her she has a lovely selection of fabrics she works with. Doing something special next week that I'm really looking forward to all will be revealed in my next post!