Sunday, 31 August 2014

Playing havoc...

It seems that old toys are popular at our vintage markets
but they are also becoming harder to find
so I've been doing a bit of 'restoration'.

It looked like a mini pink boudoir at first
but the sanding revealed...

'Tri-ang Stores'
so it has become a labour of love.

I'm a bit low on stock at the moment...
just herb pots wrapped in can labels so far but I have a mini shopping list.

I was looking for a till or perhaps some scales but
I found some cute pots and pans that I couldn't resist.

A little shelf solved my cooking problem,
with coasters for hot plates, a few knobs, hooks and a clock cut from a book.

I'm cooking on gas!
(electricity, actually)

I have no oven (yet) but with a suitcase full of mini baking gear
it's only a matter of time... 

When did cooking become this much fun?

Fancy a chip?

We are planning to downsize next year...
this could be the answer.

I like my mini world.

Crafty ways makes shopping fun.

EE xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The clock is ticking...

but... Christmas cards ... already?

I still have tomatoes to ripen...

apples to pick...

courgettes to pollinate...

and I must get to know my onions...

so I'm hanging on to this brilliant summer for a couple more months.

However... I will confess to a little bit of toy gathering
for our autumn markets.

How could I leave that doggy in the window?

The one with the waggily tail.

He followed me home

with Jeremy.

I'm trying not to think too far ahead...
with birthdays that jump to the next decade (yeuk!)
and youngest daughter back to school soon...
but this time she's the 'Teacher'...eeek, how did that happen? 


Crafty ways makes time fly.

EE xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dear Granny Square...

Dear Granny Square, 
You are the best,
To eat my scraps 
And clear up mess.

I love the way
You always fit,
In chunky wool
Or double knit.

Oh Granny Square
So cute and neat,
You warm my heart 
And both my feet.

In years to come,
I hope you know,
I dreamed you would
Become a throw.

PS: The cushion was once a tank top from French Connection
back in the day when Granny wasn't so square!

Crafty ways make Granny days

EE xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Lazy Sunday Afternoon...

It was our last summer garden fete in Arundel yesterday
so we were very grateful that Hurricane Bertha waited until we had finished.

I can't believe this all fitted into our car.
I am now enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon
and making...


but none of this.

I might do a bit of this...

and I need to finish this...

but if I crochet round the neck how do I remove the bottle?
(inspired by FOXES LANE)

but  no chance of any of this...

There's no one to hear me, there's nothing to say
And no one can stop me from feeling this way...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon, 
I've got no mind to worry
Close my eyes and drift away.

(I wish I could sing)

Crafty ways make lazy days.

EE xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


We stretched our legs
Down by the sea
Now they won't fit
On the settee.

And so we danced
In summer rain
Now they have shrunk
And fit again.

Crafty ways make daft days.

EE xx