Friday, 27 August 2010

Folksy Friday!

In homage to my beau Monsieur this week's Folksy Friday is on the subject of all things Francais!  My husband hails from the outskirts of Paris and if he would move back there (with the girls and I, of course) I would be off in a heartbeat!

Hope you enjoy my selection.  Click on the pic to be directed to the fabulous shops on  Have a great weekend x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

This week I'm....... No 3

* Loving the sunshine

* Loving catching up with good friends (the ones that you don't see often but when you do they are exactly as you left them and you have so much fun)

* Loving cocktails - Squashed Frogs were the fave on Saturday Night!!  They are delicious! (Always drink sensibly of course)!

* Thinking about knitting. I can knit but my Grandma who taught me was left handed and so I knit left handed! It's fine if I knit or purl, but I can't seem to learn any other stitches as all the instructions are right-handed!! I think I'm going to have to go back and learn again, if I do this will be my weapon of choice

* Taking enjoyment from the little things.  Since we came back from camping I am endeavouring not to get consumed by the business of everyday life and taking pleasure in lifes loveliness and remembering how lucky I am.  This blog is certainly helping me reflect more :D

* Enjoying applique and embroidery.  I'm working on loads of new designs for my name wall hangings. Just need to get the photos right now!!  Here's the first one! This may sound stupid but I'm finding them really hard to describe in a catchy title.  I need to get in that they are named, personalised, appliqued, embroidered and hang on the wall!  Any ideas??

* Getting ready for the Back to School madness.  This weekend we'll be mainly shopping for new uniform and school shoes.  Before the holidays started everyone kept telling me they would drag, but I feel the opposite!  They seemed to have passed in the blink of an eye, and I don't quite feel ready yet to hand over my daughter!

* Following Cherry Menlove.  I love reading about Cherry's life, tips and projects but I'm particularly enjoying her Search for chic following the birth of her twins. 
* Enjoying our bread maker.  We luuurve brioche for breakfast and hubby made a fresh loaf last night, which smelt divine.  It took all my willpower not to cut a slice!  If I thought I could get away with it unnoticed I would have done!
* Searching for a pale pink or coral coloured cardigan to team with a maxi dress.  It's proving more difficult that I thought!

Monday, 23 August 2010

MISI Monday!

I absolutely adore the nautical trend and that it comes back year after year. Perhaps it's because we live near the sea, or because navy blue is one of my favourite colours, either way I love it! With that in mind here are my nautical finds on MISI this rainy Monday morning. Hope you like them....

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Folksy Friday No 1

Born from a relatively recent love affair with the colour red, here are my picks for this, (drum roll please) my very first Folksy Friday!  Hope you like it.  Click on the pics to go straight to the lovely shops on  Enjoy x

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

This week I'm..... No 2.

* loving the delight on my 1yo's face during a bout of involuntary clapping

* relishing the energy and inspiration I've returned from my camping trip with though not loving the runny  nose which has arrived

* gggrrrrrr'ing at my drier, which has decided to strike at the sign of rain.  English weather + broken drier + 5yo and 1yo = unhappy Mummy!

* still loving the sterling work of Marissa at New Dress a Day.  For anyone who hasn't visited her site take a look, for a whole year she is finding clothes for $1 at garage sales etc and refashioning them into something to wear every day!  Brrrriiiillliant stuff, I'm hooked!  I was so inspired by her work that during our camping trip I rehashed a pair of jeans into some shorts with my sewing kit in the confines of our tented bedroom!!

* reading LOOK  magazine, the perfect balance of fashion and gossip in my opinion!

* making up an order for a lovely customer - get your back to school personalised name bag charms here!

* wishing we had camping tickets for the Just So Festival

* Looking forward to date night tonight with my hubby

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Back to reality

We're back from Wales and have survived our first family camping trip quite admirably!  We only had 1 day of rain during the whole week, which helped no end.

We went to the beach a couple of days and the sun was so hot we could have been in the South of France rather than South Wales!  The beaches are gorgeous in Pembrokeshire, so clean and sandy and particularly in Tenby the sea is a lovely shade of green. 

N and S went beach combing and found an assortment of wiggly sea creatures, including some mussels and prawns which they proudly cooked later for a light afternoon snack.  This is the 5yo who won't eat any other yogurt but strawberry but will catch, cook and munch prawns!  For the record they did not eat the Starfish!!  They put her back in the sea and she sashayed away gently.

The campsite was also brill and as luck would have it we ended up in the conservation / overflow area, hidden away in a corner, with tents encircling a field for the kids to play in, it was perfect.  A lovely week away from life, cleaning, ironing, technology, tv and the Internet - bliss!  It was so nice just to catch up with each other away from the hustle and bustle of our daily life.  We played a lot of Yazty, I'd forgotten how addictive it becomes!

I couldn't resist this photo of my chunky monkey!  How gorgeously squidgy are babies thighs?! 

We returned home to exciting news, our 5yo loves to dance, and when I say love I mean she was born dancing!  As soon as she hears the slightest beat her feet start to move and the rhythm travels up her body.  She has done tap and ballet since she was 2 1/2.  Anyway we returned home to a message from her dance teacher saying she has passed her first ballet exam with Honours!  89 / 100 wowee!  She is soooo excited she has listened to the message around about 15 times now!  I must say I have secretly listened to it a number of times too, and it makes me cry each time!  We're very proud of our little ballerina.

And so another week, where does the time go?  After thinking the school holidays would last forever I'm now starting to panic about getting organised for the start of term!  Oh, just to pause time for a day or two.

Have a great week, Ux

Monday, 16 August 2010

MISI Monday!

With the sun shining here are my inspired MISI Monday finds


Love these little fellas

Is he the cutest bear you have even seen?

Catch that sunshine!

The perfect cover up for your little sunflower

Sunday, 15 August 2010

This week I'm........ No.1

Loving Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap

Glued to Sherlock

Disliking catching up with the ironing :(

Desperate to get some sewing done

Coming soon in lavendar polka dot!

Addicted to New Dress a Day

Missing camping with my lovely family but loving home comforts

Friday, 6 August 2010

Sunny Wales here we come!

I just can't wait!  I'm so excited, well beyond excited, I could burst! 

We're going off on our first camping trip and (can you believe it...?) our first holiday as a family!  The pile of things we need to take has been growing gradually all week, but looking from the pile to the car and back we are going to need a minor miracle if it's all going to fit it!  Travelling light with a 5yr old and a 1yr old is not an easy task.  Capsule wardrobes have been employed and accessories are down to a bare minimum.  Mind you, we'll probably end up wearing the same 2 outfits all week.  If the weather forecast is anything to go by it will be wellies, jeans, fleece, cagoule, rather more than sun dress and sandals! 

Le Chateau

Our neighbour said (with what I thought was a slight smirk) "I think you might need a roof box"! 

I love a challenge so out with the roof box and in with the military planning, which in my terms means a huge amount of lists!!