Yes, my incessant-tea drinking sister is in town! Bit of a short notice trip and all the more exciting for that, really! But it hasn't all been tea drinking and eating cake (though errm, lots of it has!)
There was Liberty on Wednesday...
...and VV Rouleaux...
Yesterday, my sister needed to be introduced to the delights of Northcote Road (Cath K twice in two days, bring on the oxygen!) More particularly, I needed to enthuse with her here:
Do you notice that since my last visit, they have painted the facade pink? Now, we're in disagreement over this as I liked it "stone", Del thinks it's eye-catching in the "ointment".
Inside, it's looking as fabby as ever...
This little cot quilt is so cute. I fell in love with the green/polka dot/rose fabric in it which has that lovely feel and slight sheen that can only mean one thing: eiderdown fabric. I am now on a mission, I need a greeny/polka dotty/rosebuddy eiderdown!
Today, we're back in the den "for a rest" and I'm admiring all the gifts my sis brought for me. This cute little vintage plaque:
Some lovely china...
I am particularly loving this teacup and saucer. It shouts "SPRING" to me. In the background are some anemones which came home with both of us from Cath K.
And how do you like the wrapping paper in the background? That was snaffled up on Northcote Road.
Reversing a bit, my tapestry-mad sister inspired me to get this in Liberty...
I'm really not sure I have the patience for tapestry but I've been struggling a bit with crochet recently, well I haven't done any for weeks, as my arthritis is bad in the index finger on my right hand which is a pain. Maybe tapestry will be good for me on those Winter evenings in front of the telly (or on my sunlounger somewhere tropical!)?
In VV Rouleaux, I picked up a few dinky flowers. I have a little collection now.
This week has also been a week of deliveries. Our post has been completely up the spout of late and now everything has come at once! There has been delicious fabric from Donna...
This one is very funky!
Yet more post today...
I spent a very pleasurable hour browsing Clare's completely divine Vintage Home website the other day which I really must get in the habit of doing more often. I treated myself to some lovely fabric. Yes, it has rosebuds and polkadots - with stripes - another favourite of mine.
It arrived beautifully packaged and smelling lovely.
More of a surprise was a gift from a lovely blogging friend. I recently was lucky enough to be asked to make something pretty for her lovely little girl and out of the blue, this thank you gift arrived today. More lovely wrapping and a pretty card.
Oooh, it's looking exciting!
It's looking seriously divine, in fact!
What a lucky girl I am. Thank you so much, Sarah, I was so touched that you thought to do this for me. It is gorgeous and I think indeed too gorgeous to "repurpose". You are so kind.
Meanwhile, whilst in Living Vintage yesterday, Adele spotted a doorstop which she rather liked. I declared, in my "gung ho" fashion, that we could easily make one rather than handing over a hard earned £17. So, we drew out our square for the base, a triangle for the sides and off we set. The most difficult bit was choosing the fabrics. I left that to Adele; now it's not often I give people free reign with my stash! I did the sewing whilst Del went to the shop in search of rice with which to fill it. She then topped it with the swirly velvet ribbon.
Of course, now I want one too!
Well my friends, I really must dash now. We have exciting plans for tomorrow which I know you're going to want to hear about next week. And as if I hadn't been lucky enough recently, the door bell rang once more earlier on and the postie presented me with yet another parcel which really blew me away. But that is going to have to wait until next week...but it's really worth waiting for!