Day 18, The Gentlemen’s one, a dapper little matchbox, covered with tea dyed paper, a vintage style label and an illustrated transfer. The drawer is lined with ledger paper and humbug striped ribbon.Concealed inside are all the things a gentleman should have. A medal, a tiny pair of metal binoculars for ‘bird’ watching, a collection [...]
Another late night post, aren’t they getting later? Day 17 The Sweet One. Painted in the style of a Laduree, this pale green vintage matchbox is decorated with a gilt leaf emblem and tied with an organza ribbon. Inside the drawer is lined with doilies, grosgrain ribbon and a sprinkle of sugar like glitter. A [...]
Day 16 the Nature one, a vintage matchbox decorated with pages from a faded and aged wild flower book, on the inside the drawer is decorated with silver metal braid, an old cigarette card with sea shells, some tiny real flower buds and a dash of German glass glitter.
Day 15 the fancy one, a sweet little wooden matchbox covered in vintage silk and gold trim, with a sparkling embellishment of rhinestones and glitter.The inner drawer is hand painted in pale pink with a picture of ‘fancy’ pastries nestled inside pale lilac ruffles and a sprinkling of gold glitter. It s all finished off [...]
Day 14, The Love One. I’m giving you my heart, please take care of it. A valentines wish the same the world over. The outside of this vintage matchbox is wrapped in brown paper, with a hand typed message and a vintage image tied with string.Open the paper and sequin lined drawer to find two [...]
Day 13 the Gold one, all the layers of gold, patterned paper with a pale gold paint then a layer of gold leaf, with a black and gold french trim either end and a vintage gilt diamante button on top.Inside the drawer, wrapped in a honey coloured piece of antique lace and grosgrain ribbon is [...]
Day 11 The shabby chic one, wasn’t sure if I would make my deadline today! We have turned the house upside down, moving and repairing furniture, finding new ways to live with our old stuff, re-oganising and running errands. Before I knew it the sun was fading and I ran for my work room and [...]
I’m here, late but here with Day 10 the Pretty one, exercise paper, deco tape, beautifully printed stickers, palest green silk ribbon and a floral flourish adorn the outside of this vintage wooden matchbox.Inside is the prettiest kitty, hiding his whiskers behind bright pink paper ruffles and guarding a cluster of vintage rhinestones, a french [...]
Day 8, The music one, fragile old music paper covers the outside of this box, topped with the picture of a faded rose and stamped with a french postmark. Hidden inside the hand painted drawer is a tiny sheet of music for a Popeye tune, tied with red silk ribbon and a miniature harmonica tied [...]
Day 7 the water one, speckled paper, printed with a turquoise pattern, finished with a thin band of vintage lace and topped with an old stamp from india which has a lovely Heron on it.
I have spent the weekend detoxing after eating ALL the chocolate on my birthday, hot in mugs, brownies, bars. Friday was a great day, ending with dinner at a lovely local restaurant, so I felt the need to cleanse after such a week of amazing indulgent food. While I was out enjoying myself and then [...]
Day 4. The lace one, eleven small samples from my collection of vintage lace adorn the tea dyed pages of a tiny concertina style book, each sample is numbered and stitched to the paper. The outside and drawer of the box are painted to look slightly aged, topped with brown card, a gilt edged vintage [...]
Day 3 The Happy Birthday One, as you may know it os my birthday today! Yes survived to reach the grand old age of 34, so am celebrating with a match box. The outside wrapped like a pretty parcel, tied with a candy coloured bow, on the inside the drawer is lined with a bright [...]
Box number 2 The bird one, my hand water coloured bird on the outside, and the treasured remaining page of an antique bird book on the inside, showing the rosy blushed breast of a Redstart and his mate, all around the drawer are the printed details of habitat, nest, eggs, and the type of call [...]
The colour and carnival of Summer are far behind us now, and I love to change my pin board with the seasons, I keep a good stock of Farrow and Ball tester pots in my work room so my faithful old inspiration board can have a makeover every now and then. This season I have [...]
Up to my elbows in matchboxes and all the things that need to go inside them, but I have slipped away for a break, to read the pretty pages of 91 Magazine’s second issue. I love to see what Caroline and her contributors have been up to, our paths sometimes cross at blog or press [...]
Today’s Blog of the week comes from the beautiful world and Tumblr of Nicole Hill, our paths crossed over at Flickr a couple of years ago, and although I knew about Nicole’s shop, I only just discovered her oh so pretty Tumblr and I am so glad I did, now I hope you’ll visit too. A beautiful [...]
You may have noticed a new button on the top right hand side here, for my featured blog of the week, but you know me by now and my random posting, disappearing etc, so here is the post that says Hi! to Lucinda the writer and owner of the Sesame and Lilly blog and shop, [...]
Hey you, I am popping in to wish you a lovely Christmas and a happy new year, I just want to say thanks for staying with me all year and for all your lovely thoughts, comments, gifts and friendship. This week I have been busy at the bustling shop and preparing for our first Christmas [...]
Happy Tuesday all, how was your weekend? Christmas week is just about to get better for two lucky readers, as some lovely new ideas came in for Kate of One of a kind boutique, in our recent giveaway, and she was so thrilled with two of them that Kate has decided to give away two [...]
Before I left for Ireland, I received a beautiful package from lovely Lucinda of Sesame and Lilly, filled with vintage pretties and the scent of lavender, it was the most perfect gift and all my favourite colours.
So worth waiting for, the new Sparrow & Co website is open, and I have to say if I could buy all the things we like, the shop would be empty. All of the products are beautiful, unique and have their own story to tell. Things you will buy to enjoy for life, not on [...]
A garden or some outside space has been on our wishlist for some time now, so when I received this urban garden collection from Kate at One of a kind, I popped them straight on the mantle piece and jewellery hanger, a tiny forest of lilac and green linen trees, each with a sweet printed recycled [...]
Perfect to perk up a very dark and dismal Tuesday, the Sweet Paul Holiday issue is out toady and it’s packed with 172 pages of festive joy! My husband is insisting on no Christmas behaviours until December the first but, I don’t think he can stop me, my inner Elf is too darn excitable.