Sunday, May 6, 2018

My New (Old) Chair ........................ & Friendships ............................

Sunday Greetings dearest friends & readers,

My friend Sally must surely be one of the luckiest Thrift Shoppers I know!
She just seems to have the knack of being in the right spot at the right time - & scores the bargains!
Sal managed to purchase two vintage slipper chairs with Sanderson Linen covers at our local Hospice Shop a couple of weeks ago, in pristine condition!
When she sent me a photo of her new acquisitions I cheekily told her that should she ever wish to
 "move one of them on sometime" then I would be happy to assist!
As luck would have it, Sally decided one WAS superfluous to requirements & I was able to purchase it from her.
I adore my new-to-me chair & although it was destined for my bedroom, it has yet to make it past the lounge!
I just have One small rather large problem with my new slipper chair . . . . .

It would seem that someone else adores it also ...... so much so in fact, that when he is Not sleeping on it, there is now a definate dent in the seat!

The soy candle is Green Tea & Ginger fragrance

April & May are busy birthday months for me ...... I have 10 friends & family members celebrating birthdays.
For my friend Donna, who loves upcycling & repurposing, I made this wool blanket coat hanger & soy candle in a vintage enamel dish.
These have already arrived at their destination & were received with great delight!

Though I think I could easily be in the running for "world's slowest knitter" I did manage to finish off another two cotton/bamboo dishcloths this weekend.
These are destined for the present box & another one is now cast on my needles. 

On Friday afternoon I spent time in my kitchen making chocolate truffles.
My friend Sandy had invited me to a "Pink Ribbon Morning Tea" at her home the following morning.
Sandy had decided it would be a nice idea for a group of friends to get together to celebrate the Journey back to wellness of our dear friend Pam, who has battled cancer not once but twice now.
I thought it was such a wonderful idea.

On the Saturday morning I loaded up my car with flowers from The Hummingbird - I had asked Sally to make up a couple of posies for both Sandy & Pam with some touches of pink.
The scented stocks that Sally popped in the posies smelt just gorgeous!

Everything that my friend Sandy turns her hand to is done with such love & attention to detail & I knew her table setting would not disappoint.  There was very much a pink theme & we dined on club sandwiches, savouries & pink cupcakes - all homemade by Sandy. We drank elderflower wine & coffee & chatted away until suddenly we realised ........... it was 2 pm !!

Some flowers in Sandys dining room
As I drove the half hour home, I reflected on how lucky I was to be able to do something like this & spend time with girlfriends.

On my last visit to Mum's I purchased this wooden plaque in a Paint Shop ... I loved the saying but of course once I got it home, I had to embellish it!!!
I tizzied it up with a Tilda fabric bunting & a small crochet flower.

The nights are colder now & its time to make blanket nests on the couch!!
These two above popped in to my mind when I purchased it!

To use up some of the feijoas I gathered last weekend, I made a Feijoa & Coconut Cake this morning.
I love making this recipe when the feijoas are in season.

Well dear friends, I hope the coming week is good & kind to all of us & that May is a good month for you
Thanks so very much for your visits here today,
With much love & friendship,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x


  1. Phew! I need another lemon tea..! :).
    Hang on~~~
    'Pink Ribbon Morning' I like the sound of that!

    HeHe! Now! Where was l...Yes! Love that chair,
    really do..l have one, similar, in my bedroom,
    green velvet, yes, green, in a pink bedroom, the
    chair belong to mia Mama, l just sit on it to dry
    my hair and make myself beautiful in front the
    mirror..HeHe! Mirror! Mirror! On the wall.....! :0).
    I can imagine Blackie rolling off of that though!
    On reflection Julie..think you ought to look out for
    another one... Miss Pippi!x will want one of her own,
    though they seem to squeeze up close to each other,
    HeHe! Bless!x

    My daughter croquet me a couple of dishcloths, a
    pink one and a pink/white one, l've pinned them up
    in the kitchen, there to nice to use...! :).

    Well, it's very hot over here, and tomorrow will
    be the hottest day in ten years, the town here is
    closed, it's what they call Georgian Day, stalls,
    sideshows, bands, entertainment, so the town is
    closed from 7~7..It's a good day out for families
    Me! I'll be staying home, seen it all before! :).

  2. What a lucky lady you are to purchase that gorgeous slipper chair. Love the wooden plaque.

  3. How lovely is Sally to pass the chair on to you Julie! Is perfect for you! The present you made for Donna is beautiful. Great morning tea....extended morning it bliss for the soul to spend time with like minded women, no wonder time drifted away! Love your new sign. How comfy are those cats curled up there..Hope Blackie has vacated your chair after road testing it. Feijoa and coconut cake sounds wonderful.

  4. That was so lovely Julie. Being free from your shop must give you lots more time to really enjoy yourself.. Your cats are so adorable the way they love each other. Did you get them together as kitties?

  5. Happy Monday to you! Hope you have an awesome week :O)
    Love your new chair too! Looks like somebody else does too!
    Also love that you prettied up the sign, cute cute cute.
    And that cake looks delicious!
    Big hugs xoxo

  6. Love your chair. I had to laugh over the dent though. Thanks for the chuckle. The morning tea looks lovely & i love the sign. Just love your beautiful kitties oh & cake, i just love cake. :) :). Hugs,xx

  7. Fabulous chair.....just as well your cats don't talk to Simon because Simon would say you are so lucky as my Mum won't let me on her chairs! A very sweet and special celebration.xx

  8. Hi Julie oh i love that chair and what beautiful gifts you make for family and friends,and how wonderful to spend time with your friends,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

  9. Hi Julie, love your new chair, what a score from your friend, I so want to come and cuddle up with those cats and your feijoa cake, not to mention the yumminess at the morning tea, mmmmmmmm chocolate fish. take care Julie, May is a busy month for birthdays in our family to, not to mention Mothers Day, toodles.

  10. What a wonderful chair! See, it pays to be cheeky! I am so happy that Blackie has made it his favourite. The chair looks even better with him on it. Nothings tops those photo's except perhaps the two kitties together.

  11. Hi Julie. I just love your new chair. The wooden plaque looks great embellished. xx

  12. wow che capolavori, la sedia è uno splendore e la gruccia è molto raffinata, per ii capi più preziosi!! Un abbraccione a te e ai tuoi meravigliosi gatti!! miaw <3

    1. wow that masterpieces, the chair is a splendor and the hanger is very refined, for the most precious items !! A hug to you and your wonderful cats !! miaw <3

  13. what a very pretty chair, would look lovely in front of a dressing table too! You have made some beautiful things there - the truffles look delicious.

  14. I love the way you've upcycled the wool blanket to make the coat hanger cover. The ribbon and doilies on it look great too. I knit washcloths for gifts too, they are quick to make and always lovely with some soap. Meg:)

  15. I adore Sanderson fabric and that chair is just perfect, even for CATS!!! Well you did get it for just them remember!

  16. A lovely post Julie... how lucky you were to acquire the new cat chair :-) I"m sure it will look fabulous in your bedroom once you get it there :-) And your morning/afternoon tea looks and sounds delightful..always nice to get together with good friends and it seems that you had a good reason to celebrate. And lovely giftmaking too.

  17. Lucky you on that slipper chair finding a new home; it is rather lovely and the Sanderson very chic. How pretty is the coathanger and the addition of the little bunting on the sign is perfect. It sounds as if everything was perfect for the Pink Ribbon Morning Tea and you all had a beautiful time. Happy May to you, lovely Julie.


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