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Thursday Favourites 9

Here is where I share five things that  have made me smile or that I have enjoyed over the past seven days. 🙂
My Thursday Favourites.

Shetland ~ TV Series

An atmospheric scandi influenced but still homegrown crime drama, returned to our screens this tuesday eve. Loving it so far. Well worth a watch ~ not only for the rugged and remote Shetland scenery.

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Douglas Henshall in BBC drama Shetland

Celandines.
This bright and cheery spring flower that my blog is named after is blooming in adundance now the sunshine is here.

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Sunshine and Celandines. 😀

A Preston Poodle Wins Crufts.

This rather regal looking Standard Poodle has become the 2014 Crufts champion. And deservedly so!  I smiled when in an interview his owner confessed that ‘Ricky’s ‘ favourite pass times included sleeping on his owners bed and routeing in the bin. Just like any other dog then. 🙂

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Go Ricky !

The Great British Farm Project Charity Auction.

My friends Tracy and Stephen run a farm animal rescue charity near Settle in Yorkshire called The Great British Farm Project. At the moment they have a lovely charity auction going ahead on their facebook page ( see link above) to raise money for the animals. Kind people are donating bits and bobs for the auction. ( I shall have to donate a tea cup candle! ).And I have my eye on these pretty vintage china brooches. Go check it out. 🙂

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Are these not beautiful......

Team GB Winter Paralympics.

Enjoying the Winter Olympics on TV. Thoroughly amazed by the blind skiing. How do they do it! Well done to Team GB. 🙂 Below are Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans who won Britains first ever Gold on the slopes.

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Bye for Now.X

Films to snuggle up to with your Valentine ( or a tub of Ben and Jerrys :) )

I thought I would reblog this rom com post I wrote last year for valentines week. Just a few movies I like to snuggle down to and enjoy. 🙂

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Well its approaching that Hearts and Flowers time of year again…..so I thought I would share with you my TOP TEN list of movies to watch with your Valentine, or on a girls night in, or snuggled up with a furry cat face and a grumpy black labrador. 🙂 Some of my choices are old, some are more recent.They are all firm favorites of mine!

10) Under The Tuscan Sun(2003)
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Diane Lane plays a writer whose life is in a real mess when a good friend offers her ten days in Tuscany.Once there she impulsively buys a ramshackle old villa,throwing herself into a life changing adventure filled with unexpected surprises,friendship and romance.Could well make you rush and book a dream holiday to Italy!

9) The Ghost and Mrs Muir(1947)
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A gentle atmospheric romantic comedy about a young widow (Gene Tierney) and her little daughter who move into a lonely English…

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Teacups, Ruby Red Shoes and Vintage Frocks.

This evening I have mostly been making a few  teacup candles, purchasing a pair of  red Ruby Shoo shoes off Amazon and deciding which dress I should wear to my upcoming birthday Vintage Tea Party. Its been a rather pleasant way to spend a few hours. 🙂

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A few Teacup candles sitting and setting.

At the weekend I went on the hunt for something to wear for my birthday celebrations . Having booked my fave vintage tea rooms Callooh ! Callay! and sent out invites with a rather broad dress code ~ tea dress, vintage ( any era) or Alice In Wonderland inspired, I realised I didn’t actually have anything to wear myself. Oooops!

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One of my Invites. 🙂

My first port of call was as luck would have it , a Crafty Vintage Fair in my local town. I was quickly drawn to this pretty purple tea dress at the Psychotic Monkey stall which was a bargain at only £12-50. I had to snap it up !

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I had more shopping plans however. Aranged to catch the train into Darwen with my friend Becky and our other halves as Becky had discovered a wonderful little vintage clothes shop there the previous weekend called My Vintage Having deposited the boys at the pub we spent a good hour perusing the rails at this excellent little boutique. I must have tried on over ten different dresses ! The store owner was very helpful and didn’t mind at all. In the end I decided i would really go for it and bought a black and white polka dot 1950’s style Wiggle dress. 🙂

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Wiggle dress.

I had also really loved a very quirky vintage inspired dress covered in ……….cats!  It had a bit of an Alice In Wonderland feel about it i thought. Think the lady at the shop was most delighted when i went back for it. My lovely boyfriend having discovered how cheap pints are in Darwen decided to pay for both dresses as a birthday present. Hurrah !

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Quirky Cat Face dress.

You can probably guess that the dress I have actually decided to wear to my birthday tea party is………… the polka dot wiggle dress! Im going to be brave and attempt to look a bit glam. The red Ruby Shoo shoes I have ordered should hopefully look perfect with it. I shall take a photo for you when they arrive. 🙂

I am sure I will get lots of wear out of the other fab frocks I bought too. Have already got plans to wear the quirky cat creation at my next craft fair. Miaow!

Crafty Vintage at Backridge Farm.

On Saturday I spent a good few hours perusing the treasures at a Crafty Vintage event at the lovely Backridge Farm near Waddington in the rural ribble valley. The farm  has its own cozy restaurant and numerous local independant shops housed in its outbuildings. An old barn brimmed full of vintage and home made delights complimented the atmosphere perfectly.

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Llamas grazing in one of the fields at Backridge. 🙂

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I actually got organised this wknd and started my Christmas Present Shopping. I know its early but……..what better place to start!!
I found gorgeous gifts from Little Owl by Hazel Lyon,   Nancys Craft Boutique and Realicoul who all had delightful stalls at the fair.:)

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So I rescued these kittens ~ purrfect prezzies from Nancys Craft Boutique.

And of course I had to treat myself a little bit too. Two very chic  little handbags for £5…….. just made to dance round. Tee Hee 🙂

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Have you made a start on your Xmas shopping yet ? X

A September Wedding.

Yesterday I was a bridesmaid for my good friend Arwen who’m I have known since primary school. It was an amazing day and I feel so honored to have been chosen to share in her and Ian’s celebrations. I thought I would quickly show you a couple of piccies from the wedding….before I go on my holidays. 🙂

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Bridesmaids in Blue.
Bridesmaids in Blue.
The Happy Couple :)
The Happy Couple 🙂
The wedding car.
The wedding car.

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Nice Bag Wil.Tee hee ;)
Nice Bag Wil.Tee hee 😉

The wedding was held in the pretty Ribble valley village of Slaidburn. It was the first nuptials in the church there for two years. The wedding breakfast and evening reception were both held in the newly built village Hall and the catering was done by the local Hark To Bounty pub. So it was a real Village celebration.

Friends for many years. :)
Friends for many years. 🙂
The gorgeous wedding cake was made by the brides very talented sister Robin.
The gorgeous wedding cake was made by the brides very talented sister Robin.
Cannot quite believe the beautiful bride is both a mum and a gran too !
Cannot quite believe the beautiful bride is both a mum and a gran too !
The bride with some of her beautiful family. :)
The bride with some of her beautiful family. 🙂
The back detail of our beautiful dresses.
The back detail of our beautiful dresses.

Arwen wore a stunning gown from Orchid Bridal designs in Clitheroe and Vicky and I wore beautiful azure blue dresses from Amelias in Clitheroe. We loved the colour so much. I am very tempted to get mine shortened so I can wear it in the future as a cocktail type dress. If I ever go anywhere posh enough of course !

Hope you liked the pictures. 🙂

Thanks to Emiline Drachenberg and Sarah Allen for the photographs.

A Nautical Inspired Hen Do ^^^^^^

When my childhood friend Arwen asked me to be a bridesmaid earlier this year I was delighted to accept. My how time has flown by ! Only three weeks until the wedding now ( eeeeeak!). At the weekend it was the brides Hen Do and as one of the bridesmaids it was my duty to have lots of planning meetings with my fellow bridesmaid Vicky ( usually down the pub 😉 ) in order to organize the Hen’s celebrations. Arwen wanted to keep things simple so we decided on a lovely buffet at our local wine bar ‘The Emporium’ in Clitheroe. Vicky came up with the great idea of a nautical/captain’s table theme which would tie in with the bride and grooms planned honeymoon cruise. We were able to reserve a stylish alcove in the hen party venue which we decorated with blue, white, silver and red balloons and colour co-ordinated bunting. Guests were asked to wear a nautical inspired outfit or something glam they would wear to the captain’s table. The bride looked fab in a floor length red dress. And everyone else scrubbed up nicely too. 🙂

The beautiful bride and bridesmaid.
The beautiful bride and bridesmaid.
The brides sister Robin made these fab nautical inspired cup cakes.
The brides sister Robin made these fab nautical inspired cup cakes.
Ahoy there captain !
Ahoy there captain !

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Marshmallow Mouth!
Marshmallow Mouth!
Glam guests :)
Glam guests 🙂

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As well as drinks and yummy food there was a little book for everyone to write well wishes and marriage advice in. And of course we played a couple of fun games too! One was called ‘Mr and Mrs’ which involved the bride guessing her husband to be’s answers to a list of questions we had set him. The fun part was whenever Arwen got a question wrong we bobbed a marshmallow in her mouth, which she wasn’t allowed to swallow.;). Another game was ‘Guess the celebrity Bride.’ Guests brought along pictures of famous brides and we covered the brides heads with post it notes. Our bride had to then ask three Yes/No questions and if she couldn’t name the celeb she had to do a dare. She could nominate the guests to do dares too ! We all ended up out round the pubs later. Didn’t realize I could still dance the night away until half two 🙂 All in all a very good Hen Do ! x

In The Craft Tent.

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At the weekend my friend Lisa and I shared a stall in the craft tent at Gargrave Show. I think our products complimented each others very well and of course it was nice to have such lovely company. 🙂 Lisa and her partner Mark own a bespoke tile shop in Clitheroe Tile Productions and make beautiful ceramic tags, coasters, buttons etc with the left over materials. And I turn vintage teacups I source from charity shops and jumble sales into scented candles, pin cushions and trinket stands. We are neither of us experts at running a stall but here are a few tips we have learned from our own experiences and other stall holders.

Research the fair you would like to do. Visit the fair and talk to the stall holders. Is it busy?, is it well organized?, Is there a good atmosphere?

Check if tables and chairs are provided. They usually are but not always. If not a wallpaper table and folding chairs will suffice. Make sure you bring a table cloth to cover the table.

Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.
Lisa uses wooden boards with hooks to display her ceramic tags.

Don’t forget your float.Not everyone will have the correct change.

Bring bags and bubble wrap You can order both quite cheaply online. Quite often I recycle gift bags and carrier bags.

I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.
I have attached these pretty brooches to vintage playing cards.

Print out business cards. with your website and contact details on. Put them on your stall and bob them in the bags too.

Price items up clearly. I usually dot cards with prices on around the stall.

The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.
The lovely ladies from Rhubarb and Cider display their cute birdies on a makeshift tree.

Display everything to its best advantage. You can use crates and boxes to add height and depth. And show off your wares! I use pretty vintage china to display the vintage brooches I sell.

Be Chatty.:) Engage with potential customers and Interact with the other stall holders.Its a good way of learning about other craft fairs and you might make some new friends too. 😀

Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
Lisa uses a cake stand to display her lovely ceramic brooches.
And here's a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. :)
And here’s a view of the showground with a couple of shire horses thrown in. 🙂

Hope these tips will help anyone who is considering doing a stall at a craft fair.X

A Food Festival and the Castle Proms.

Lancashire’s rugged fells and the sea faring towns and all the green fields in between are home to some wonderful fresh local produce and yesterday my local town played host to a fabulous food festival with stalls from all over the county. We met up with some friends and spent the day sampling tasty foodstuffs ,drinking in the ambiance of the festival ~ and drinking a few locally brewed real ales and ciders too. Well would have been rude not to. 😉 In the evening the festivities continued with the annual Proms in the castle grounds. I wish I had been able to take a few more pictures , the event is proving so popular now that it was hard to get close to the stalls, come Midday. Its great for the town though!

Clitheroe Food Festival.
Clitheroe Food Festival.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Baxters of Morcambe seafood.
Piglet Pile On.
Piglet Pile On.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
The port of Lancaster Smokehouse.
My God daughter enjoying the festival. :)
My God daughter enjoying the festival. 🙂
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Park Farm pies and cakes.
Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.
The Proms.
The Proms.
Enjoying the Proms.:)
Enjoying the Proms.:)

Fabulous Finds from the Craft Fair.:)

At the weekend I took my teacup candle stall to the  Lets Get Crafty craft fair in Whalley.  This is the main fair I do and happily I had a great day sales and fun wise. I was able to spend some of/ well ok, most of my earnings on a few  lovely purchases at the fair. 🙂

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View of the fair.

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Some of my teacup candles.

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My fave stall today , Sew To Soul
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Polly The Vintage Caravan.

There were as usual some gorgeous stalls. And  Polly The Vintage Caravan was there serving tea, coffee and scrumptious cakes in pretty vintage crockery.

Here are a few treats and gifts I was tempted by :

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This colourful cat cushion from Sew To Soul makes a purrfect addition to our bedroom.

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I bought some Hot Paprika Puree from The Paprika Lady to add to chilli’s and stews. Looking forward to making some tasty Goulash.
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These socks and beads are from the ethical and lovely One Planet stall and are a birthday gift for a friend.

In fact Kerry who does the One Planet stall took some of my candles to sell at the One Planet shop in Accrington. 🙂

Here is my favourite and biggest purchase from the fair. I really treated myself !
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Its a beautiful duck egg blue lovingly upholstered chair.Looks wonderful in my blue and white bedroom.Very Shabby Chic. Another treat from Sew To Soul

I’ve said before that craft fairs and independant shops are ideal places for buying unique and gorgeous gifts. I also discovered a newly opened shop in my home town at the weekend called Urban Sheep where I bought a pretty blue bunny pattened summer bag as a present for a friend. I am truly tempted to indulge in one for myself!

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Thanks for admiring my pretty purchases. Check out your local craft fairs and independant shops. Who knows what treasures you may find. 🙂

Festival Fun.

I must admit I have not bought an album in years and don’t ask me to download anything~ I wouldn’t have a clue. However that is not to say I don’t like music. Wil and I have been to a few gigs including the Red Hot Chillies ( love them ), Stereophonics ( love them…but still managed to fall asleep in the M E N, not like they wern’t loud or anything! ), Blondie  ( Debbie Harry rocks ) and Morrisey ( the floor was bouncing).

Wil has never been to a Music  festival.Funny that as he enjoys music and he likes camping. But not the two together it would seem!

Eleven years ago I decided I had to go to a music festival before I was thirty. So I managed to experience three in the space of twelve months.:-D

T In The Park.

My first ever festival was in the summer of 2002. Five of us headed up to Scotland, turned back when we realised someone had forgotten  their tickets ( not me amazingly!) and then set off up to Kinross again. It turned out a fun few days with lots of sunshine and some darn good sounds. Oasis were the headliners but not the highlights for me. My best band memory were by far No Doubt. Gwen Stefani belting out I’m Just A Girl as she climbed up the scaffolding on the stage in a tartan kilt. Awesome! And do you remember the Manchester band The Doves? Their anthem Pounding blew me away. I also remember wearing a hat was a god send during the Oasis gig. Apparently people who were throwing beer…… were  ahem ,not actually throwing beer. Lovely!  The wknd finished with us all experiencing a ceili ( some of us for the first time) which was fun.:-)

Glastonbury

In June 2003 a few of us tried to get hold of tickets for the music festival everyone wants to go to. Glastonbury.  The only person who was successful in our group of friends was Fi…..but she only managed to get two tickets. Happily it was me she asked to accompany her. Hurrah!  Our camping mistake was to pitch our little pink tent right next to the dance tent. We did wonder why no one else had set up camp there…….until Fat Boy Slim did his set.lol. Anyway Glastonbury was ace.  My fave band memories were of Feeder and The Flaming Lips. The Flaming Lips especially. Life size animal balloons anyone? Or were the flying pigs something to do with that fudge I sampled which made my feet so heavy I couldn’t pick them up off the floor. I had to rest under a tree whist Fi kept an eye on the ‘I’m a Hippy Get Me Out If Here’ camper van which was full of stoned hippies. Glastonbury was very much about peace and love as well as the music….

Leeds Festival

My final festival was in August 2003. Leeds Festival was where I got all my clothes stollen ( apart from the pjs I was wearing ) and the tent I borrowed had twenty poles missing. Things turned out ok though. My friend Jo let me share her tent and the festival wardens retrieved a van full of stollen apparel. I got my clothes back plus a few extras!  I don’t know who that Metallica t-shirt belonged to but it was in my bag.
My fave band memories were Placebo ( My personal highlight), Electric Six( Danger Danger High Voltage) and The Polyphonic Spree ( think they actually recruited a new member from the audience~not sure if they were a band…or a cult).
The last evening at Leeds was quite hair raising. I remember we were to scared to go the loo in the night (those festival loos did hum a bit), as people were burning their tents and dancing round camp fires naked. All a bit Lord Of The Flies!

So there you have it.My Music Festival Memories. 😉
Not sure that reading this will help my cause with persueding the other half to go to one with me…….

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