Monday, 31 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Seeing as the weather here is grey & horrid today ~ has Autumn arrived early I'm asking myself??? ~ I thought I would post a few beachy photos & remember summer days!
I just love these urchins above, they were in a tub by the sea in St Mawes when we were there in June, you could just leave 50p & take one home with you. I love how they photographed.
A finally a photo of St Mawes as we took the ferry over to Falmouth.
Blogged for the Beach Party over at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Monday, 24 August 2009
No luck bargain hunting for me this weekend. I am looking for a small table to paint & pop at the top of the stairs but with a village church fair & a carboot under our belts this weekend I had no luck in finding what I wanted!
I must admit I am incredibly fussy about what I buy at carboots or thrifty sales, I could come home with bags full of pretty china sets but I already have 2 & I really don't know where I would put them.
I do go to fairs & carboots with a couple of things in mind I'm always looking for pretty mirrors ~ I have so many but I can always find a little wall space for another! Chairs are another thing I am looking for, I really want a nice one to go in the bedroom ~ I did have a really sweet little shabby nursery chair but it belonged to my mummy & she wanted it back ~ I only had it under the pretence of either stripping it back or re-painting it & managed to keep it for a few years but hey ho she noticed and wanted it back so now I have a space where it lived. There are a lot of chairs around in bootsales but again I am really fussy about these & won't just buy anything.
I always see people with arms full of goodies but I am a savvy thrifty shopper & only really buy something if I really need it or if it is just too pretty to pass & I know I can pop it somewhere.
These pretties are something I bought whilst in Cornwall in June.
I love these vintage glass candlesticks. I have a pair that my mum found for me in the living room on the fireplace & I love them. This one I found in a charity shop for £1 so I had to have it!
They are really similar in style to some that Laura Ashley have been selling this year but for a lot more & they don't have that lovely softness that vintage ones do.
Another bargain I managed to pick up in the same shop in Cornwall is this teeny glass dish ~ now normally I wouldn't have bought it as I'm not a huge glass dish fan, I do like glass bonbon jars & glass cakestands but glass dishes don't really do it for me (see I told you I'm fussy!) but this one is so small & was a bargainlicious 25p so of course I didn't pass up a bargain like that!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Well lovelies these wonderfully adorable Strawberry & Cream cupcakes are finally here.
A very cute set of 3 cupcakes, each cupcake is beautifully handmade using felt & looks completely yummy scrummy, I could just eat them all up ~ well apart from the fact I can't obviously but hey-ho that helps with the waist-line anyhoo!
A wonderful birthday gift idea for a special girly girl.
They cost £12.00 for the set of 3 & can be found *here*
Another cutie patootie new arrival are these pretty cake stands.
A 2 tier stand which features a pretty bird & butterfly pattern around the sides & is finished with a heart detail at the top ~ just so lovely & ideal with the adorable set of cupcakes for a pretty display or fill with scrumptious 'real' cupcakes for tea-parties, birthdays or weddings.
The stand costs £12.00 & can be found *here*
Monday, 17 August 2009
*eek* I've been sitting on something very exciting for a while now but as it is happening today I thought I would share it with you all.
Currently, at this very moment my wonderful husband James is being filmed for the BBC art show Imagine which has recently been show on BBC on a Tuesday night.
*Squeal* how exciting is that? The BBC approached the gallery that James exhibits in wanting to do a programme about the Own Art Scheme as they are so successful & they wanted an artist that undertakes commissions to be involved in the show ~ enter stage right, James!
Filming is happening at the gallery today when James meets the man who is commissioning a portrait but even more bizarrely exciting is the fact that the BBC will be filming here at our house next week!!! They are wanting to film James painting in his studio and as he works from home, they will be here ~ the BBC filming in my home, really how totally weird is that?
More filming will then be done at the beginning of September when the portrait is finished & is handed over to the owner.
The painting above is a very recent one of James', it is my current favourite! I just love it! It looks like an vintage postcard but is actually taken from a 50's glamour magazine cover.
The photo below is one of the gallery windows that I took yesterday announcing James' new collection of work. It must be terribly odd to have your name appear so largely in a window!
*Eeek* I can't wait for him to come home again & tell me all about it! I did want to be there but was informed kindly that I couldn't watch him being filmed as I would just make him laugh ~ we do tend to be like naughty school children most of the time so I think it was probably for the best ...
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Ok so you all know I love looking at gorgeous magazine photos for inspiration, don't we all? ... but I wanted to keep all the wonderful inspirational homes I find in one place for easy viewing ~ a little bit like a scrap book so I have decided to start another blog called Vintage Amethyst Inspirational Homes & Ideas.
So every time I come across a beautiful room, cute idea etc. whilst browsing I will pop it over on Inspirational Homes & Ideas where they will all be categorized into rooms etc. so if we are ever looking for some yummy inspiration for a certain room it is easy to find.
So here is the linky if you want to pop along & take a peek, it also has it's own button over there on the right hand side too ...
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Ok so a lot of fun was had dressing up on Saturday! James & our friend Paul dressed up as the Wham boys ~ nice! James is the one below & Paul is stood up. They both have hiddeous wigs & loads of fake tan on their faces which is why they look soooooo orange, oh & it made them lovely & blotchy too!
Here they both are before we set off! Look at those fab t-shirts though, you can actually buy them from E-bay!!! Took us a bit of time to find white trousers though but managed to get some in the sale at Matalan! They also managed to find some gorgeous (read hideous) deck shoes too ~ see evidence below!
Here is myself & James ~ yes just look at those lovely lace footless tights!!! £2 in Primark so go & grab yourself a pair!
I had a huge skirt on which had loads of netting underneath so I pinned a black flower brooch on at one side to show off a bit of the lovely netting. Unfortunately as my whole outfit is black it doesn't show up very well on photos. I had loads of black jelly armbands on above my gorgeous lace gloves ~ lovely to make your arms look even more stumpy & fat!
Don't ask why I am doing a strange pouty kissy face on this photo I just look like I have a piggy face ~ but believe me this was the best of a bad bunch of photos of me as they all seemed to be blury, James' photographing skills seem to need working on ...
Friday, 7 August 2009
Somehow I made it through
Didn't know how lost I was
Until I found you ...
We are off to an 80's theme party tomorrow night at a friends! *Yay* ~ I love love love fancy dress! Don't ask why I just do! Any chance I get to dress up I will! Love it!
Can you guess who my inspiration for my fancy dress is ...
(furthermore can you believe I have bought a pair of lace fingerless gloves ~ what did we ever do without E-bay???)
Monday, 3 August 2009
I found it last year in a charity shop for £1.99, so of course I had to have it. It sits here on our fireplace next to our thrifty find mirror which I painted & aged to make it look beautiful again.
Saturday, 1 August 2009
In the new copy of Ideal Home Magazine they have this recipe Grilled Veg & Goats Cheese, it sounded delicious & just what I love to eat being vegetarian and so we tried it on Friday night!
It was absolutely delicious, we both just loved it. The only thing that I changed was adding avacado as we had some & I didn't have any baby leeks in & so I just added some chopped up avacado to the grilled veg instead & it was yummy! Oh & I reduced all the veg in half as there was only 2 of us.
So here is the how to:
1tbsp Olive Oil ~ although I just drizzled it in and didn't bother to measure any!
200g baby leeks, sliced lengthways into four
2 red peppers cut into strips
2 courgettes sliced
2 yellow peppers cut into strips
330g cherry tomatoes
1tbsp chopped fresh basil ~ again I didn't bother to measure this and just tore some up & popped it in.
400g goats cheese cut into 8 rounds
1tbsp balsamic vinegar ~ again didn't bother to measure this out!
What to do
Preheat oven to 220 degrees c/Gas Mark 7
Rub a little oil onto a ribbed griddle pan with kitchen paper.
Season the veg & cook for 4-5 mins per side until soft.
Arrange in an oven proof dish, drizzle with a little more oil & scatter over the basil.
Place cheese on the veg & bake for 15 mins.
Drizzle with the vinegar & serve with rocket & crusty bread.
It was really yummy & quick to do, great if you have guests coming over. I think I will certainly do this for friends.
Sorry no photo & only one from the magazine but I never remember to take a photo of food just as it is served, too quick to get it in our tummies!