Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Pretty Stores, Flower Gardens & Shabby Chic Crafts

Wow! I didn't realize it had been so long since I had updated my blog.  In my defence, life has been a little crazy!!  Right now we have absolutely no bathroom in our house.  The entire room has been completely stripped of everything, walls and all.  This room has needed renovating since we first bought our house quite a few years ago, but as we all know, these types of things take both time and money.  Finally it is happening though and although very inconvenient, it is very exciting too.  The new walls, floors & roof are in, waterproofing done and hopefully within the next day or so tiling will commence then the essentials fitted.  I won't know myself.  I will be so, so happy to say goodbye to the camping shower we have set up in our backyard :)
During January I spent a week away with my husband.  We had fun exploring a city we really didn't know very well.  On our travels I found this store which was my all time favourite store on the whole trip!
Take a look inside.  There were so many pretty things - I honestly didn't know where to look next.  A bit like a child in a candy store!  I spent ages inside just wanting to absorb it all.  Definitely my style of shop.

I also found a store which sold Russian Babushka Dolls.  I've never seen so many varieties of Babushka Dolls nor a store devoted to selling them exclusively.  It was fun to visit.

We tried the most amazing icecream - the creaminess and texture was, quite simply, divine.  It was fun to try some of the interesting flavours, you could sample before you bought.  The Pear & Cinnamon was certainly a flavour I had never come across before.
Something I really miss, because I now live in a place where the climate is more tropical, is the colourful flower gardens - particularly the rose gardens.  Here was my favourite coloured rose and the scent was beautiful.  I wish I knew the variety of rose, it was just gorgeous!  These all grew on standard rose trees - it was quite spectacular to see a garden full of rose trees. 
I am really not much of a gardener, I just don't have the time, but I do appreciate beautiful gardens and love flowers.  My other favourite flowers are hydrangeas, blue ones in particular.  These grow so well in the cooler climates and we even drove through some mountain areas where they just grew wild.  I have tried numerous times over the years to grow hydrangeas here, unsuccessfully I might add, so I really appreciated the beauty in what I saw.

Sorry if I have bored you with the flowers, but their beauty and colours are the sorts of things which inspire the creative side of me.
Talking about being creative, this past weekend was my first Market Stall for the year.  One of my daughters came along to help me on the day.  She loves crafts as much as I do, we are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to being creative.

For this market I made up a new item to sell - Shabby Chic style peg magnets.  I always have something stuck on my fridge so that I won't lose it, so it's nice to at least have something pretty yet practical to hold that much needed information safely. These magnet sets were very popular and sold well.  I will have to make some more for the next time.

Well that is enough of a catch up for now . . . thanks for stopping by and sharing this little part of my world with me.


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