They say its your Birthday! Its My Birthday TOOOOO!
Today is my Birthday and I am so excited! Mr. Michie and I have made a French Silk Pie as my birthday cake of choice (that is what the gorgeous Fluff was used for, it was a new recipe I was trying out).
Tonight, Mr. Michie has an evening of FUN planned to start the Birthday Weekend off with a BANG!
On Saturday, Mr. Michie took me down to Southbank to the Vintage Fair. We had so much fun, it was like stepping through the looking glass, but instead of ending up in Wonderland, I ended up in the fabulous 1940’s & 50’s.
I didn’t know where to look first, there were amazing stands everywhere. Selling everything from fashion to furniture, to home wares, to accessories. I found a few little surprises and some things to tuck away for Christmas.
There was a stand where you could get your make-up done as a pin-up girl and another stand where you could have your hair pinned up in any decade’s style. There were some stunning looking hairdos walking out of that stand. I was so tempted, but I knew Mr. Michie had been a good sport long enough. So off we headed to walk down by the river and stroll into Covent Garden where a certain French cafe beckoned us to tea on a deliciously sunny afternoon.
P.S. Goose Girl & Foxy came too, go to their blog to read about their adventures….
Via the Swiss Miss blog, I found this fantastic site: The Color Of… type in anything that takes your fancy and it generates a beautifully minimal artistic palette of “the color of” it.
I love how this challenges our preconceptions about color. I typed in some words expecting it to generate particular colors but the results were not always what I expected. Go over and check this site out, it is just FUN!
This weekend the weather was extremely gloomy on Saturday, but extremely SUNNY on Sunday. Mr. Michie had been away on a school trip for Friday night and most of Saturday, so Sunday became our “weekend”.
He woke me up early and told me to get ready he was taking me out. Off we went in the golden sunshine to the train station and waited for a train to take us into central London.
We had so much fun, wandering around. I saw the latest goodies in Anthropologie, but I was very good and left without letting anything jump into my hands. I wasn’t so good however when I went to Cath Kidston, they were having a clothing sale and I never never look at her clothes, but I did on Sunday and a beautiful skirt, jumped into my hands.
Then, Mr. Michie took me to Topshop to look at their jewelery stands. One of my favourite places to hunt for unique pieces and this little lady jumped into his hands and was purchased for me:
Isn’t she sweet, I wore her this week on a Spring green Boden jacket that I have and she was just a piece of happiness on my blazer all day!
We had a lovely weekend with our guest and decided to finish it off with a trip out to a Country Pub this afternoon. On the recommendation of a good friend we visited The Royal Standard in Forty Green. It is the oldest freehouse in England.
We got there early, parked the car and took an ambling walk through the Chilterns. Taking in the beginning of Spring popping up in the fields while working up quite an appetite, before we headed to the Pub. You could not have asked for a nicer day. The sun was shining, there was a breeze softly blowing about and the delicious smell of earth was in the air.
The food at the Pub was heavenly. I had a Yorkshire Pudding that I think was as big as my head, with creamy mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and roast beef. Others at the table had the Sunday Roast as well and Mr. Michie got the Sausage and Mash, which was delectable. I know, because I stole a bite.
And, this little fellow watched over us as we ate, which made me smile! A wonderful end to an enjoyable weekend.
I love these heart garlands that I found on “How About Orange“! They are a great way to use up fabric scraps, an easy sewing project for a beginner and a simple yet effective way to create something beautiful for your home.
A fabric stiffener is used to keep these hearts a fluttering. I looked in my local fabric store this weekend for a fabric stiffener, but they were out. I thought about trying starch but considering I live in a very damp little part of the world, I don’t think that is such a good idea.
Alas, I will just have to wait till they get more in stock. In the mean time I can dream of what fabric I will use and how pretty they will look strung along the mantle or on the bannister going up the stairs, or in my cottage window…
The weather has turned and it feels deliciously like Autumn outside now! We have woken up to a grey morning, but the pinkest of pink skies is beginning to form over the rooftops and I think we might get a little sparkle of sun today.
I don’t mind what weather we have today, because I spotted my first pumpkins in town last week and I am planning on going pumpkin hunting! I can’t wait to see what I can find, which little pumpkin or two will jump into my hands and come home with me, along with a couple of flats of pansies.
My tiny grocery store in town had the most beautiful blackest of black velvety pansies and I want to grab some and mix them with orange pansies to make up a little Halloween planter outside. I am also crossing my fingers that they still have the yellow and white pansies as well, that mixed with orange will be candy corn colors bringing happiness to my garden!
Pumpkins are just such beautiful things to me. They seem to hold the essence of Autumn, in their bright orange blush that meld into hues of yellows, sometimes a touch of red. So today I am putting on my green polka dot wellies, grabbing one of my wicker shopping baskets and going pumpkin hunting, to bring a taste of Autumn inside…