Thursday, 6 December 2012

Craft Fair

These photos are of our stall at the recent craft fair. People kept walking past & commenting on how the handmade soap looked good enough to eat! I guess it had something to do with us displaying it on cake stands....!

Anyway, I'm really proud of how pretty our stall looked, and despite the awful weather people still turned up to shop for Christmas presents. Definately something to try again!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Busy Bee!

Apologies for the lack of posts recently! I've been a very busy bee, making lots of goodies to sell at a craft fair this weekend, so all my evenings have been spent very industriously!

Above is a selection of the homemade smellies Mum & I have been making, soaps, bath bombs, bath melts & salts. I'm also selling lots of my sewn goodies, flower brooches, bunting etc as well as some photography prints. 

If anyone is on the Tavistock area this Sunday, 25th Nov, come along to the craft fair in the Town Hall!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Buckland Abbey

 Buckland Abbey on Dartmoor was the home of Sir Francis Drake. It is now owned by the National Trust and I've been visiting the building ever since I was a child as it is so close to where I grew up. 
When my best friend Jamie came to stay at my mum's house in Plymouth for a few days I knew I had to take him to Buckand. Given his obsession with all things medieval and monk related and the fact that the site was inhabited by monks for 300 years I knew he'd feel right at home!

Monday, 12 November 2012


 In the half term holiday Ash finally graduated! It feels like this has been a long time coming, and he has worked so hard, I'm so proud of him! So he's now a qualified primary school teacher, currently teaching year 1 (nightmare! I have no idea how he is that patient!)

I didn't know that his university colours were purple when I chose my dress, honestly! It;s coincidence that we match! My gorgeous grey & purple dress is vintage 1980s (just like me!) and I picked it up at the Bristol Vintage Fair for a bargainous £10! It turned out to be really see-through, so I'm wearing my mum's wedding slip underneath - keeping up the vintage theme then!

The beehive was a new hairstyle for me.... I loved it and will definately try it again!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Bristol Vintage Fair

Vintage buttons & threads

Some of the beautiful dresses on display

Almost too good to eat! Only 'almost'...!

 What seems like ages ago now, but was actually only the end of October, my friend Bekah & I went to the Bristol Vintage Fair. One of the huge train sheds at Bristol Station was filled with vintage stalls, furniture, a live swing band and even an old fashioned sweet shop! We were in 7th heaven! 
Bekah proved she had an eye for vintage, spotting a lovely floral jacket which she kindly said would suit me better, and picking out the best jewellery from a 'bargain bin' at one of the stalls. It took a couple of hours to work our way around every stall, but quite frankly we could have spent the whole day (and a very large amount of money!) if we could have!
Loved this dress! Perfect for swanning around in!

A couple jiving to the live swing band

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Dartmoor Wildlife

 Some of my 'arty farty' photos from our Dartmoor visit yesterday. Hope you enjoy!
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Autumnal Walk on the Moors

That is Burrator Reservoir in the background
Me & The Boy looking windswept!

Bronwyn posing on the top of the Tor
We went for a lovely walk on Dartmoor yesterday - one of the perks of being at Mum's house is having the moors on your doorstep! It was a cold & blustery day, perfect for blowing away the cobwebs - Halloween pun intended! The autumn colours were well & truely out, with the heather glowing a burnished copper against the grey granite rocks. We walked up to one of the tors with Bronwyn making good use of her hand knitted jumper and snuggly coat!

My coat is - rather unbelieveably - my first ever parka coat. I've always liked them, but never founds quite the right one for me. This beauty came from Matalan, and it's beautifully warm with it's furry lining. The green fabric is lovely and soft, I just adore the furry hood, and it's just the right amount of slouchy - heaven in a coat!
Hood up against the wind!

Bronwyn rocking her tartan coat - it's all about the co-ordination you know!

Sunday, 28 October 2012


At the weekend I went to Berkley with my friend Daz and his two gorgeous children, and officially my two favourite people in the universe, William and Josie. We had a nose around the church and graveyard, the children spotting evidence of "egyptian mummies" apparently! Berkley castle is usually the big attraction in the village, but the church is beautiful too. The doors have axe marks and bullet holes from when the building was under seige and while it might seem morbid I think a hunt around a graveyard is always interesting.