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March Moments.

So March has passed at the speed of a pair of Mad March Hares frolicking in a field. A nice spring image for you there! Here is my quick round up post of what I’ve been up to in the merry month of March.

Reading ~Β  Each month I am trying to read at least one book. And I have managed two. Hurrah! The first was the Ira Levin thriller ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ which is the story of an all American golden boy, who will stop at nothing not even murder, to get what he wants. Written in the 1950’s this cautionary tale preluded Levin’s more well known works such as ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Stepford Wives’. The second book I read is a brand newbie. ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins might appeal to those of you who enjoyed ‘Gone Girl’. Have you ever looked out of the window on a train and wondered about the lives of the people in the houses you pass? Have you ever spotted something a bit strange near the tracks? This is a creepy thriller with complex characters and a gripping storyline. Great for commutes on the train hey. πŸ˜‰

On the Box ~ ~ Well need I say more! The luscious Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark makes my Sunday nights. Poldark 9pm BBC1.

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A Tale Of Two Cities. ~ I had two days out with the girls in two Northern cities. πŸ™‚ For my friend’s 40th , Manchester was our destination. A Gentleman’s Afternoon tea at Opus One , Cocktails in a subterranean Β drinking den ( The Gas Lamp ) nr Spinningfields and shopping in Pepperberry were included in our day.

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Also myself and my friend Arwen met up with our mate Gill in Leeds on Saturday. There is more to explore but we were impressed with the brand spanking new Trinity Shopping Centre and Gill booked us into Browns for lunch. Always happy to go somewhere that serves my fave Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb Cordial. πŸ™‚ I didn’t buy much but I did come away with a golden egg bath bomb from Lush.

Teacup Trolley ~

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This month I bought a tea trolley to display my teacup candles in my friends shop Chillimoon. She spruced it up with some duck egg blue paint and I added some Cath Kidston style bunting. I quite like it. πŸ™‚

Blog Love ~
Been enjoying discovering a few new blogs recently. Have a gander at these. πŸ™‚

Life and Wanderlust recreates a popular Icelandic Seafood dish.

I would love to try Llama trekking in the Lakes like That Ideas Girl.

Dear Ms Leigh kicks the butt of any misconceptions you may have about Detroit. Such a fascinating….and beautiful city.

Daft Dog ~

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Hugo is looking sorry for himself here as he decided to eat a pheasant! The tale feathers got stuck in his stomach resulting in an operation to retrieve a Sitting Bull’s headress worth from his belly.Luckilly he is doing fine now.But I keep spying him eyeing up birds. 😦 Have any of your pets eaten anything they shouldn’t?

What have you been up to this month?

Early Birdie.

Wandering home from work the other day I noticed this sign in my local AGE UK charity shop. πŸ™‚

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I like going in there for a teacup rummage…..but most of the charity shops in my town ( including this one) have put the prices up on Vintage Crockery. 😦 An ‘Early Bird Discount’ though was a great reason to head to the shops on a teacup treasure hunt!
So bright and early I  pegged it into town with my beadie eyes at the ready to bag a bargain. I literally galloped round the shop grabbing at cups and saucers until I realised there were actually no other early birds there ( tee hee) so I was safe to browse until the clock struck half past. In the end I only bought two pairs of trios and a hand full of vintage brooches….but they are quite pretty and were also half price. πŸ™‚

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I have two ‘Duchess Ivy’ trios which were Β£2 each and two ‘Salisbury’ floral trios which were Β£3 each. My plan is to make them into teacup candles for my sadly neglected Teacup candle Stall . My first craft fair is booked for March so I had better get making !

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My trio of brooches were Β£1.50 each and my plan is to pin them to vintage playing cards and sell them on my stall too. They are so shiny!

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Whilst I took photos of my treasures Slinky the cat supervised. I think she was a bit put out that I was disturbing her cat nap though.

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Are you a fan of vintage teacups?

Teacup Winner :)

I recently posted a ‘Teacup Giveaway’ to celebrate my blogs 2nd Birthday.

Thanks for all my blogging birthday wishes and to everyone who entered my giveaway. :))

I’ve just got back from lovelyΒ Paris ( ooh la la ) so will be posting about my trip very soon.Β  ❀

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Sacre Couer ~ Paris

MeanwhileΒ  IΒ  put all the entries into a teacup and got my other half to draw the winner. πŸ™‚

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And the winner will soon be sipping their Earl Grey ( or whichever is their fave tea/tipple) from this delightful duo……..

Ta daaa
The winner is ………….. Emmy , who blogs over atΒ Emily’s Vintage World.

Congratulations! Β Emmy please email me your postal address to shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

July : Photo An Hour.

When I can , I try to join in with Janey from Is that you darling and her Photo an Hour challenge. She invites anyone to participate , either on Instagram, their blog or both. She chose the Saturday just gone for July’s photos. It turned out to be rainy and muggy here in the North West. Here are my pics.

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9am ~ Enjoying a morning coffee , and watching the rain outside.

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10am ~ Slinky keeps an eye on me as I tidy the bedroom.

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11am ~ We are in Accrington. Dropped off some teacup candles at a friends shop. This pic is taken in the car park.

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12pm ~ Hebden Bridge. Ok this pic was taken at about half past as we used the sat nav to direct us from Accrington. An hour and a half later…..We both felt like throwing it out the car window!

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1pm ~ Lunch in a 1940s tearoom in HB. This Homity Pie was proper good. Peace and harmony restored πŸ™‚

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2pm ~ Hebden Bridge is full of interesting little shops….including Vintage shops….so I had to drag Wil round a few….to keep out of the rain. Was good though and didn’t buy anything.

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3pm ~ On way home in the car with my only purchase. Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb & Rosehip Cordial. I tried it at Feathergills and couldn’t resist buying a bottle. πŸ™‚

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4pm ~ Catching the end of Saturdays stage of the tour. I cannot pretend to remember who won though.lol

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5pm ~ Having a natter at my friend Beckys.She lives on the same street.Miss Tilly gets cozy on the sofa with me.

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6pm ~ I’m at home again with Wil and we are catching up on some shows. In the add break the new Coke commercial comes on. Very cute.:)

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7pm ~ I try out Mr Fitzpatricks cordial with some Archers. I had to nip to the corner shop for lemonade. It was marvelously refreshing.:-P

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8pm ~ Some nibbles to eat whil’st watching the dvd we put on. I shall leave you here as I then got engrossed in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ which was an enjoyably kooky film choice.

So there you have it. By the way I have a blog birthday Giveaway going on if you want to check it out. πŸ™‚

Happy Blog Birthday and a Teacup Giveaway!

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

Hi folks its JULY which means my little blog is celebrating its 2nd Birthday!Β  Two years ago I started Sunshine & Celandines after being inspired by some fabulous blogs out there and now I’m an avid blogger and blog reader. πŸ™‚

Looking back at my stats it doesn’t surprise me that my most popular posts seem to have been those that involve teacups……as I am forever hunting for teacup treasures and posting about them.
My most often nosied at posts include a retro pudding in a tea cup and What To Do with Your Vintage Tea Cups.

With this in mind I thought I would do a little Giveaway to celebrate my blogs birthday. Its of course teacuptastic! Its a beautiful fine bone china cup & saucer. πŸ™‚

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You could soon be drinking your cuppa from this teacup treasure. πŸ™‚

I have actually started a bit of a collection of these cashmere tea cups by Maxwell &Williams because I cannot resist their gorgeous bright colouring and pretty design. I have chosen a sunshiney yellow one ( the colour of celandines πŸ™‚ ) with a pink saucer to tempt you with.

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All you need to do is tell me your favourite teacup tipple in the comments section below. I will enter everyones name in a teacup draw on the 30 July and let the winner know soon after. Good luck!!

Bedtime blues.

Inspired by a post over on Louisa’s blog, Duck In A Dress , I thought I would share with you my favourite room in the house ~ the bedroom. πŸ™‚

The reason it is my favourite room is probably because we ( or should I say the other half ! ) decorated it in relaxing blue and white. Blue is my most prefered colour and I really do love our white floorboards, though they are a bugger to keep clean….2014-05-24 16.41.49

We have an old clock on the wall which we never wind up as it is incredibly noisy! I love the feature wall which is blue with white and pale gold flowers on stalks that look a bit like lacey cow parsley. The wall paper was from Homebase and I think they still sell it.

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Our cat Slinky seems to almost permanently live on the bed , hence the fleece at the bottom. I really want to get her a cute cath kidston pet bed , but I doubt she will even use it. I can almost forgive her. πŸ™‚

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I recently purchased a mirror for the dressing table from a little shop called Chillimoon in my local town and my lovely blue chair came from Sew To Soul

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A couple of books on my side of the bed and a teacup pincushion. :)
A couple of books on my side of the bed and a teacup pincushion. πŸ™‚

One of my teacup trinket stands , home to some of my rings and things.
One of my teacup trinket stands , home to some of my rings and things.

The beautiful waves painting is by a local artist  and was a present from some of my fab friends for my 40th. :)
The beautiful waves painting is by a local artist and was a present from some of my fab friends for my 40th. πŸ™‚
This was taken on a sunny evening. The view from our bedroom. Love my chimney !
This was taken on a sunny evening. The view from our bedroom. Love my chimney !

My vintage suitcase waiting to be swept away on a city break somewhere!
My vintage suitcase waiting to be swept away on a city break somewhere!

Queenie cup candle. :)
Queenie cup candle. πŸ™‚

What is your favourite room in your house? x

Thursday Favourites ’11’

Thursday soon comes around !

Here is a list of five things I have enjoyed over the past seven days. πŸ™‚

Baking. πŸ™‚

Believe it or not we have been living without an oven for nearly three months! We still had a hob and the microwave but our actual oven had broke and being lazy as we are , we couldn’t be bothered to go out and buy another. After numerous take-aways , trips out and the odd curry, Wil decided he needed to make a sunday roast quite soon….and even I’ve had a hankering to do some baking.As soon as our new cooker arrived I found a lovely recipe in the April edition of the Simple Things magazine, for Lemon & blueberry cake. Here is the result!

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Mellow Yellow

I’m loving the spring colour of yellow at the moment. It just promises sunshine. I feel a yellow inspired post coming on soon.:)

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Sea Air.

There is nothing better than getting away to the coast , even for just a couple of hours. On sunday we drove over to Lytham for some bracing sea air to blow the cobwebs away. I love the sea side. πŸ™‚

Marooned. :)
Marooned. πŸ™‚

Airbnb.

We booked Paris! I never thought we would actually book it. Feeling extremely lucky as we have two amazing city breaks planned this year. Happy days. πŸ™‚ Anyway we thought stopping in Paris would feel all the more authentic if we stayed in a french home rather than a hotel. Air bnb rent out rooms and studio apartments all over the world and we found this one 15 mins from the centre of Paris belonging to Aurelie. πŸ™‚ There are all price ranges. We have paid Β£52 per night and are staying for four. Can’t wait!

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Tea Cup Trinket Stands.

I put the other half to work drilling πŸ™‚ as these trinket stands are proving very popular at the moment. I love them and they are a pretty way of upcycling old tea sets.
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Bye for now.x

Thursday Favourites ~ 4

A list of five things i have enjoyed and /or appreciated in the last seven days. My Thursday Favourites.

Rush.
Watched this entertaining biopic about the intense rivalry between two of Formula One’s greats ~ Niki Lauda and James Hunt ,over the wknd. In the days when racing was only frequented by ‘rebels, lunatics and dreamers’ ( Lauda’s words at the start of the movie) , the 1976 championships were cursed with horrific accidents and contraversy. Lauda’s methodical approach and Hunts colourful lifestyle make for a fantastic film. Starring Chris Hemsworth ( Thor) and Daniel Bruhl ( Inglorious basterds).
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Land of Ice and Fire.
Finally booked a trip to Iceland ! For years and years I have wanted to visit this land of geysers and hotsprings and volcano’s. To say i’m excited about it is an understatement :)).  How will I manage to wait until October!  Got a really good deal through keeping an eye on Travel Zoo  .

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A cup of Chai.
A work collegue told me how much she had enjoyed a tasty chai latte ~ so as i’ve never even tried a chai anything ( Whaaat!) I thought I should give it a go.  Yesterday I enjoyed a lovely cup of Tweedle Dum’s and Tweedle Tea at  Callooh Callay , my favourite tea rooms in my home town of Clitheroe.  Chai is traditionally an Indian tea infused with spices such as cinnamon and cardamom. I enjoyed it very much ~ even more so with a generous helping of Plum and almond cake. πŸ™‚

Teacup Candles.

I finally started making a few candles in teacups this week. I’ve been a bit lazy since Christmas with the whole candle making thing. But I think these brightly  coloured ones look vibrant and pretty ~ so i’m on a mission to make more!
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Sunshine On Leith.
And finally on Tues eve I went to a Ladies Film night at  The Grand venue in Clitheroe with the girls. We got to eat a delicious scottish themed meal of Scotch Broth for starters and Raspberry Cranachan for dessert and then we tapped our feet along to the Proclaimers songs in this feel good film set in Edinburgh. Strange that an entertaining and heartwarming  movie can be made around a back catalogue of Proclaimers hits
… but it really can. πŸ™‚

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Have you seen any good films recently?

Tidy those Teacups!

I have a week off work ( hurrah!)Β  so IΒ  thought I had better crack on with sorting out my teacups. I have been having a bit of a craft fair hiatus recently ~ partly because January and February can be a wee bit quiet for craft fair folk  anyway and partly because my teacup collection has been  spiralling
a little out of control in the spare room. I’m really lucky that sometimes my friends and family hunt me out teacups too. And people have even been known to leave carrier bags of crockery on my doorstep. Yes I must be a crazy teacup lady!

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As much as I appreciate their generousity , sometimes the teacups are not ones I would have chosen myself. And If I don’t take a shine to them I find myself losing the passion to make them into candles for my stall. I know ,I know , I sound a right ungreatful so and so don’t I…… my guilty consience has not stopped me from  filling four carrier bags full for the charity shop though!

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Pretty Teacups.:)

I still have plenty left to turn into pretty candles and trinket stands, don’t you worry. I thought I would try out making some coloured teacup candles for a change. Don’t you think they will make perfect Valentines or Mothers Day Gifts.:)

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The pink ones are red berry scented.:)

If you would like to know how to make teacup candles check out my Mini tutorial πŸ™‚ in an older post.

ps ~ I will still be genuinely pleased if I find any teacups on my doorstep.:-D

Richmond Tea Rooms ~~ Manchester.

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If you happen to be indulging in a touch of retail therapy in Manchester City Centre and you suddenly find yourself in need of a lovely cup of tea and a sublime slice of cake………then I know just the place to go. The decadently decorated Richmond Tea Rooms are situated just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens. Head for the brightly coloured flags of The Village and they can be found hidden up an unassuming side street in
between Bloom St and Canal St. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of the White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland hurrying in the same direction. πŸ™‚

Tea cups galore.
Tea cups galore.

Once inside you do kind of feel like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole. The tea rooms are brimming with pictures and curio’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Eat Me and Drink me are written above the counter. Glass bowls of beautiful hydrangeas and hyacinths adorn the window sills.

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My friends and I were seated at a little table to the side of the counter by a friendly member of staff as it was very busy just before mid day on a Saturday. We all decided that a lunch of sandwiches, tea and cakes would be just the thing. I opted for tasty honey roast ham as my sandwiches filling and a tall glass of refreshing Iced Tea. Gill ordered the same with a pot of rose petal tea and Arwen decided on salmon & cream cheese sandwiches. All were served on pretty vintage crockery.

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Arwen and Gill.
Arwen and Gill.

We had spied the tempting looking cake display when we walked in so it was impossible to resist its allure. πŸ˜‰

Fabulous Cakes.
Fabulous Cakes.

I loved my Opulent Oreo Cheese Cake topped with strawberries. Gill enjoyed hers too and Arwen was impressed with her slice of Boston Cream Cake. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm.

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Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

As you can probably guess I could have stopped there all day drinking in the quirky atmosphere and trying out all those deliciously decadent cake creations. There was hitting the shops to be done however! Just before we left a tea party of Alice’s sat down at a table near the window. I managed to take a sneaky pic . They all looked the part. πŸ™‚

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I’ve written this post as January’s entry in the #take12trips challenge.