Blossom time & bluebells …

21/04/2017 § 2 Comments

Amaryllis, bluebells, tulips, apple blossom, cherry blossom – it’s all happening!

I ventured to Bath to snatch a couple of hours of ‘me time’ and to break up my recent journey to Wales.  The weather was wonderful and the clip clop of hooves as the horse-drawn taxi trotted by, made my visit even more special – I so love Bath.

The amaryllis – a surprise from my daughter, to welcome me back home – arrived in a massive box and the fat buds opened into the most magnificent blooms.

Apple blossom & bluebells – well, need I say more – sheer perfection.

And cushions – I’m on a cushion-making mission at the moment with some fairly large fairs looming this month and next.  I even treated myself to a new (but very old) sewing machine yesterday – one that loves doing freehand embroidery – so there’ll be some more cushion posts shortly.

The weather has been awesome.  A long dry spell for about a month has meant that the water butts I installed last year are in use most days for watering the seedlings in the greenhouse.  Ah Spring – such magic!

Enjoy everything, wherever you are.

Adaliza x

Latest furniture restoration and apple blossom time …

21/05/2013 § 14 Comments

I’ve been busy revamping tables.  Firstly, a nest of fairly nondescript but very useful tables that we use every day …

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before – boring, but useful

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after – duck egg blue and still very useful

then, my wool cupboard in the studio …

before - cheap & cheerful pine

before – cheap & cheerful pine

after - old white with romantic vintage panels

after – old white with romantic vintage panels

The cupboard is now back in the studio and brimming over with wools.  At the weekend I bought a very tired little oak drop-leaf table.  I uummmm’ed and arghhhhhh’ed over what to do with it.  The lines are clearly 1930’s and it’s extremely well made.  I had a hunch that beneath all that dark staining and old polish was lurking some beautiful oak …

before - tired oak drop-leaf table

before – tired oak drop-leaf table

some investigation was needed on one leaf

some investigation was needed on one leaf

This wood was much too good to cover up with any paint treatment.  I painstakingly worked to remove all the layers of gunk and my arm was really aching by the time I’d finished the treatment last night …

1930's drop-leaf oak table

1930’s drop-leaf oak table

just look at the grain in that wood

just look at the grain in that wood

I’m SOOoooooo pleased with this piece.  That’s my grandmother’s Chinese biscuit barrel on top – full of her buttons – and from the same era!  That’s the one my grandfather used to empty out to teach me how to count.  It makes me feel quite  – well, something indescrible – whenever I touch it.  I haven’t known quite where to keep it, but now it has a proper home on this special little table.

“I’ll be with you in apple blossom time …” 

That song fills my head whenever our apple trees are in full and glorious blossom.  I hope you can imagine the delicate scent and the magical feeling of confetti petals falling whenever there’s a breath of a breeze as you sit on the bench with a morning cuppa …

apple blossom

apple blossom

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busy bee gathering pollen

busy bee gathering pollen

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my constant garden companion

my constant garden companion

Flora Puddleduck

Flora Puddleduck

What have you been up to?  It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK this weekend so we’re hoping for some more lovely warm sunshine, just like the holiday a few weeks ago.  Fingers crossed?

Adaliza x

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