Monday 6 August 2012

Jolly Hols

One last quick post before we go off on our hols. 

We'll be staying in Toulouse (South West France) for a few days then heading to a gite in the middle of NOWHERE (le nowhere!)

(pool+sunshine = 4 x happy boys)+bread+cheese+wine+book=happy Fee 

I picked this particular gite because of it's remote location - and was really thrilled it had no phone signal, Internet or TV. Obviously, now I'm completely and utterly addicted to the Olympics I'm feeling a little less pleased with myself. I can't even wean myself off - it's Olympic cold turkey!

We have some of our Scottish rellies staying in our house while we're away, so there's been major cleaning going on this week. There will be lots of 'getting togethers' going on while we're not here - I'll be sorry to miss them!

I won a 'carry it forward' from the lovely Mrs Bobo Bun recently and my treats arrived this week. 

Lisa had made me a wonderful crocheted cherry brooch (so very me) and also generously sent 2 vintage ladybird books, some vintage cards and the most kitsch pony buttons I think I've ever seen. 

In the spirit of carry it forward  I will be using the books to make blocks to carry it forward. I was hoping to get my little blog badge and pinky promise done before leaving but had seriously underestimated both the state of my house and the lure of the gymnastics!!

Thank you Lisa!
Coincidentally, this week Cleggy bought a wonderful book by Sania Pell called 'the handmade home for children' and this particular image already caught my eye: when my package of goodies included a pack of vintage vehicle cards I was cock-a-hoop!

I think I mentioned a few posts back that the paint for the lounge has sat behind the door for nigh on 8 months.
 This week I dusted the tin, like it was a permanent fixture. It was while dusting that I decided not to wait until the room was decorated - but got myself a hammer and some nails and whacked up the big clock and the pictures we'd had earmarked for that wall. 
Now it doesn't need painting quite so badly the tin can sit there for another 8 months!!
Here is is in reflection...
 Here are my last commissions for the summer. 
I haven't made any big wedding blocks for ages - they are always a pleasure to make - and these ones were no exception. 

The first set was for a wedding last weekend. It had a tea party theme - so bunting was a must:
Here's the back view:
And a set for this weekend -  a black and white theme
and lastly some wonderfully simple anniversary blocks:
Also this week we've been working on an exciting resources project for Cleggy's business. I'll share the details later in the year but I've really enjoyed photographing some of the products for the catalogue. 
I found myself on my tummy in the drizzle making fairy houses with sticks and moss, then setting the table for dinner and hanging out fairy clothes to dry....what a treat of a job!
A little snail joined in the fun:
Right - one sleep to go! better go and get me some.
fee x


  1. I love all the fairy stuff ~ how cute! :)
    Have a wonderful holiday, lucky you going to France, enjoy every second of it!!!
    Vivienne x

  2. Lots of loveliness as always Fee! Gorgeous gifts, beautiful blocks, and fabulous fairies! My son Jacob is also going to Toulouse ... tomorrow in fact, to work for a few months ... missing him already! Hope you have a lovely time, Claire xxx

  3. I'm just loving your blocks! Well, France sounds awesome, too, but those blocks are so sweet! Happy holiday to you. xo

  4. This post is magic !!...amazing !!...i love it all !!....happy

  5. Have a great holiday - hope the Olympic cold turkey passes quickly.

  6. Gorgeous things in this post....I love your black and white blocks, the effects you've created are delightful and inspiring! How lovely your holiday will be....really getting away from it all at le nowhere sounds wonderful to me! Hope you and the family have a fantastic holiday Fee! Sending love x
    Helen x

  7. I love this post, especially the fairy home. Have a lovely holiday we came back from ours yesterday boo hoo.

  8. Have a fab holiday all of you!!! x (keeping it short because of the head..grr..)
    And do unwind in le nowhere :-)

  9. I've made lots of those cherry brooches, they're sooooo sweet aren't they?! Gorgeous gifts you've received and no doubt will pass on.

    The pics and clock on the wall look amazing, I have had quite the reverse, I put a load of new stuff into my dining room and it's made the paint work look really shabby so that's another thing to add to my to do list!

    Hope you all have a glorious holiday (I know you will) and I look forward to your post all about it on your return to civilisation!

  10. GOOD MORNING MY BEAUTIFUL FEE! Oh you are going to soak in some French fun??? LOVE IT! I know you will enjoy yourself. I too have to go COLD TURKEY from the Olympics; I have a guest coming tomorrow and I am going to miss my favorite EVENT: THE MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of the GB teams; they are doing so well! BRAVO and your wares are as fabulous as ever! LOVE! Anita

  11. Oh that garden is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I won the other 'Pay it forward' prize in Lisa's giveaway! Lucky us :D

    Have a wonderful holiday Fee and co :D

  13. Have a great holiday, Fee. Enjoy all the quiet down time. Sounds a dream.


  14. Have fun my friend..i know you will. xoxoxo

  15. bonne vacances fee! have a lovely time in france. thanks so much for the blocks, i really love them. they look lovely on the blog post too!

    lots of love, catherine xx

  16. Fairy home is soooo mystical....oh to be a fairy I'd move house!

    have a great holiday...enjoy

    Amanda :-)

  17. Hope you are all having as wonderful holiday Fee!...I'm sending you a big 'thank you hug' from Ashley who loves her birthday blocks (and another one from me!)
    Susan x

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  20. What a feast of eye candy in one post!! The goodies you received are lovely - all those picture frames on your wall look fabulous - did you make the one with the various sizes all together hanging on a black ribbon? it's beautiful. Your wedding blocks are amazing - i want a set for our anninversary! And as for the fairy tea party - I want a job that allows me to photograph fairy crockery for a living! Hope you have had/are having a fabulous holiday - remote is always top priority for us too!

  21. Wow, this is one amazing, beautiful post Fee. Love everything, your wall, the fairy lifestyle and of course your amazing blocks. I do hope you are having a marvelous time in France xox Penelope

  22. Have a wonderful holiday!mmm... bread, cheese, wine and a book sounds marvellous!!


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