Friday, October 30, 2009

Thank you!

I just wanted to take the time to thank the readers, commenters and followers of this blog (old and new) for their constant support.

I have learned a lot about myself in the months I have spent blogging and although I have not reached my goal- of knowing what I want to do with my life now that the children are all at school and feeling 100% fulfilled. I can say, without doubt, that I am a lot nearer than I was when I began blogging.

You ladies have been such an inspiration and I admire so many of you for just knowing who you are and what you deserve and I am learning that that makes for a happier wife, mother, daughter and friend.

I realise that this may seem like one long ramble...and I have had 2 glasses of wine... but I feel that after many years of giving myself to my family, blogging (and specifically you guys) have given me permission to dream, to create and to plan for more. And I am excited for what may lie ahead.

As I said, I'm still not sure where I'm going with this...originally I thought that sewing, specifically children's clothing, was in my future. But now I am enjoying casting my net wider. I am looking into making jewellery, housewares, furniture...there is so much that interests me, this is my time to create and find out what I'm about. Maybe it's more that one thing? Maybe it's a market stall? A little shop? An Etsy store? Who knows? But I feel that with friends like you I can do anything I set my mind to; you are such great inspiration.

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Winter warmers...

It's definitely getting colder around here. In the mornings you can see your breath and we rely on condensation to warm our hands. Of course, after 4 years in Canada I know what real cold is, and England has it pretty easy. Still, it's time to get the woolies out. Time to snuggle up and keep warm. As warm as Toast.

Unexpectedly, the other morning, a publication dropped through my letter box that just made winter look a whole lot brighter...

Here's to bright, crisp days and cozy, dark nights.

Enjoy your week,

B x

all pictures are from Toast at

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New discoveries

Before we lived in Canada, we lived in Hertfordshire. Practically where we are living right now; only 4 miles up the road. At that time I had one at school and 2 babies at home and life was hectic.

While strolling along the high street, on the way to our weekly Mother and baby group, I regularly passed a shop that I liked the look of, but wouldn't dream of entering. At that time our furniture was practical, wipe clean and usually from Ikea. And that's how we liked it. But even then I had a hankering for all things vintage, aged and loved.

However, those were the days of roaming hands and impromptu tantrums and I figured it was best to keep walking for fear of the damage the munchkins might cause if we were to venture inside.

Now the kids are older, and I have discovered a whole new world of beautiful (and sometime even practical) things. So, my new favourite place is called Home and Colonial. It's always been there; it just seemed so out of place with my life back then but now...oooh, the possibilities!


While we're on the subject of new discoveries (kinda!) I am the proud recipient of a new award. This was given to me by the adorable Lacey from 'Inspired Lately?' Thank you Lacey, you made my week! Go check her out and tell her 'B' sent you!

Here are the rules of the "one lovely blog award"

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, 15 new discoveries who delight and inspire me......

Lulu Letty

Kitschy Coo

Transparent Mama

Twinspirational Runner

I'm living proof that God has a sense of humour!

Hesitant Housewife

Endless Inspiration

Belle and Boo


Brown Button

Creative Vignettes

Dust Jacket Attic

Flower Patch Farmgirl

Fresh Mommy

Kay Loves Vintage

Finally, the house is looking better every day, the flooring is down and the internet is back up!

Hoping to post some pictures soon.

B x

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reno hell!

The floor boards are up and now the Internet and tv are down. My husband is away , and i'm hanging on to my sanity by the skin of my teeth. This is Reno hell. I am sending this from my phone as I sit on a window ledge; the only seating in the house at the moment. My tv/Internet provider can't get a tech to me for a week and the kids are on half-term school holidays from Friday. Oh boy. This is gonna be a long week! Back soon; I hope!

Wishing you all a better week than me,

B x

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Come for a walk in the woods...

The sun is shining,

the leaves are falling...

...come for a walk in the woods.

There are trees for hiding...

...and dogs need walking...

...and a reason to wear your new boots.

B x
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