Good Thursday Afternoon to you dear friends & readers,
When I took part in my local craft fair way back in November of last year, Maria wandered by my stall & took one of my leaflets home with her . . .
It was early December when I received a lovely email from her, telling me about a new website she was starting featuring artisans & craftspeople .... & would I be interested in her doing an article about me & my little Cottage?
Her website was to be called by the delightful name of Cupcakes & Bunting.
We agreed to meet up just prior to christmas, & I experienced one of the most pleasant mornings I had in a very long time ... just sitting & chatting with Maria & eating the delicious yummy treats she had bought along with her.
|I think it is fair to say that since Maria's visit I have been well & truly hooked on salted caramel lava cakes !!!|
Life - as it often happens - got in the way of Maria launching her website early in the New Year as she had originally planned.
She finally managed to launch it early this month & I am her second "conversation" which has featured on her website today.
If you would like to read a little about what I do here & how it all began, do pop along to Maria's website & have a read
And you can read my interview here
I love the simple, fresh look Maria has given her website, she has done an amazing job of putting it all together, & I look forward to reading future "conversations with crafters" as she plans to feature a new artist each Thursday fortnight.
Do pop along & pay Maria a visit & perhaps leave her a comment . . . I found her new website really easy to navigate my way around also.
This has been pretty much what my "new lounge" has looked like this past week
|You can do these sorts of things when you have no carpet or floor coverings down !!!!|
I have been painting various articles in differing states of disrepair . . . the mirror in the foreground was shiny gold . . . the small wrought iron rack in the middle was rusty, as was the upside down half-round table in the background.
Although I forgot to take a "before photo" the table was well rusted & required a good sanding to remove this before giving it 3 coats of paint .... though it is appearing white in my pics, it is in fact, "cottage cream".
We lit our first fire 3 nights ago & I have been sitting by the fire in the evenings stitching small yo yo flowers in various shades of pink, to make a table runner for my new/old table.
I think it's fair to say that it can't grow quickly enough for me !!
The Mr has been continuing with the clearing out of the farm sheds & I have been there assisting him in my capacity as Steptoe.
A large box of old books was unearthed & I wondered what I could do with some of the ones in better repair.
Last week I decided to make a Book Bundle . . . in Pink !!
Do you like it & would you be interested in making one for yourself ??
Because I was thinking of doing a simple tutorial in my next post ??
Do please let me know what you think . . . it seems such a shame for all these old books to not be given another chance at life.
Thank you all SO much for your birthday wishes for little Alec in my last post.
I am on the mailing list for Alec's Daycare & often receive emails with photos of his "adventures" whilst there.
I loved this one that came through this week . . . it was his first experience with painting & I especially loved the way he had "taste tested" it first !!!
I must confess that when I receive these emails, I smile all the way through them with my face about 3 inches from the screen !!!
We really are a pathetic lot in this household you know !!
The Mr has had lots of evening paperwork to do lately with regards to the farm & also his Moto X Club.
While the house is in such an upheaval he sits at the dining table to do his paperwork . . . he was worried that the overhead light might be disturbing Miss Pippi so I noticed he had built her a "little tent" so it was not quite so bright !!
Well dear friends, I am off to make the delicious looking feijoa muffins featured on Maria's website in her recipe section
Thank you all so much for stopping by today & I do hope you will all pay Maria a visit.
Please tell her I said "Hello".
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0