Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Little things

 
Hello there, I hope those of you in the Northern hemisphere are starting to enjoy the longer evenings and lighter mornings and for those of you in the South are finding some relief from the relentless heat?
 
Today, was a perfect Sussex blue sky sunny-shiny day and with feeling the sun on my face as I drove to work, it evoked memories of last Summer and the hint of carefree long evenings after work, cycling along the seafront and the smell of bbq's.....it really is on it's way and I cannot wait.
 
In the meantime though I am filling my life up with little itty bitty bits, including my first ever little A5 copy of Pom Pom Quarterly  which has gorgeous Spring knits in it and a few interesting articles too. The patterns look quite complex to a novice knitter like myself, but I might just feel up to the challenge, we'll see.
 

I finally cast off my shawl at midnight last night, I used Stephen West's simple Boneyard shawl pattern and adjusted it to include a lace row instead of a garter stitch row. I'm excited to block it (definitely needs blocking) and will show you, I think its turned out rather big and lovely. I used Rowan Fine Art yarn which is an absolute pleasure to knit with.


I wanted to show you my husband Andy's bargain of the week which he bought for me, a charity shop find at £4(!) for this beautiful Shelly 1930's cake stand in absolutely mint condition, not a chip in site. I adore the colours and the design, it really means that I have no excuse to have a tea party now :o)


Otherwise, its all the little things like these Merchant and Mills scissors which are making me smile and my growing collection of plastic kitschy Acorn and Will birdy brooches and flower earrings. 


I popped in one of my free gifts from my gift bag after purchasing 2 skin care products on Saturday in the photo below. It's this sweet pink tube of CC cream which is really a rather lovely little treat for my face which I want to try and be mindful of looking after as I head towards my mid-forties. I have always been a sunshine girl and have been naughty over the years not protecting my skin adequately, hopefully better late than never in my case.


 

How sweet is that wee little spoon too? Not sure what I will use it for, maybe for spices? Any thoughts?






Oh and last, but not least is some "Alice" yarn, how could I possibly have resisted?  I am hoping my colour combination choice will work, we'll see!



Wishing you all a week full of little things that make you happy.
See you soon with my blocked shawl
xox
 
 

54 comments:

  1. Hi Penny I love those brooches too...I have a jade colour swan...beautiful juno yarn...
    bye for now supposed to be making tea!!! oops
    D x

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  2. That cake stand is utterly marvellous!

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  3. Oh that cake stand! I have cake stand envy!

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  4. So many lovely happies, I love the bird brooches and ear rings and wow I love the colours of the new yarn, looking forward to seeing the new shawl
    Clare x

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  5. I love your cake stand! Your husband obviously has great taste and style and as you say, no excuse not to have a tea party now!! Looking forward to seeing your finished shawl. xx

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  6. Lovely Penny what a fabulous post with so much to look at. I adore your cake stand, what a fabulous find, well done Hubby. I love anything from this era and am always on the lookout. This stand is particularly lovely as it is perfect but the colour really makes it and I can just see it filled with the most delicious cakes. Have a fabulous week Penny, big hugs
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. That's a lovely colour combination for the yarn ... very spring-y! And that cake stand is like having layers of sunshine in the room.

    That shawl yarn is beautiful ... looking forward to the reveal. :)

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  8. What a fabulous cake stand....I can just imagine it decked with the most delicious cakes! Beautiful yarn, I love those colours together, enjoy the sunshine sweetheart, springs on its way! :) x

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  9. That cake stand is just lovely, I haven't been charity shopping for ages I shall have to start again soon.

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  10. What a husband ... what cakestand! Pretty blog post of Spring colour ...
    M x

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  11. I have handled that magazine but yet to buy one - aren't they full of the most beautiful things. Looking forward to seeing the pullover. Jo x

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  12. Can't wait to see your blocked shawl, Penny - the wool looks delicious! And speaking of wool - waht are you going to do with the Alice Yarn - which also looks delightful? Lx

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  13. What a great find that cake stand was. I bow to you husband. Top find. Elinor x

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  14. I have cake stand envy, and yarn envy, and brooch envy, and ... its probably simpler to say, I LOVE everything in this post, and that's including the reminder of summer to come, which is some admission coming from me as I'm a winter girl at heart, although perhaps the season that's passing might be better named wetter!

    Looking forward to seeing your shawl in all its glory :)

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  15. So many adorable things! I love vintage plastic, too, and hope to make jewelry out of it one of these days.

    But I really flipped over that yarn. I think the colors will be fabulous together!

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  16. What a find Penny ... I love your new cake stand and your gorgeous brooches ... I'm loving the lighter evenings if only this rain would stop ... and excited to see your shawl ... Bee xx

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  17. Hello my lovely friend. So many lovely things to look at here, what gorgeous shawl you made and I can't wait to see it blocked. The colours are so you and if I am honest a little me too! Loving those sweet birdie broaches aren't they gorgeous, what a terrific find. As for the sweet little spoon, I would be popping into my little pot currently holding my pretty and nutritious Himalayan rock salt, but that's just me. It will also make the perfect little spice spoon. Im with you on the sun worshipping, oh boy was I bad and naughty and do I regret it, ALL THE TIME!! No it is never too late to try and give your skin all the goodness it needs, so enjoy! Just a little green looking at that yummy yarn, where did you buy it?? Love the colour combo, btw. Sending you heaps of love and ps can you email me stiana.hubert4@gmail.com xoxo

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  18. Lots of very lovely things, I love your cake stand, now that's a clever hubby! I love cake stands and have a few, but I've always fancied one with a glass dome on top too. We do a lot of tea parties in this house, as I love baking, which I will do a spot of this morning for our bible study group, who are a lovely bunch of ladies who like a chat and a piece of cake beforehand! Your shawl is looking exciting and that magazine looks lovely, like the knit on the front cover, very springy!

    Have a lovely weekend Penny!x

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  19. Gorgeous things, gorgeous photos... and I'm envious of that cake stand! Oh, and the lovely Clinique cream too. I always find it so much more motivating to keep up a regime when using luxurious products ;)
    I agree with you on the dinky spoon - spices. In fact I looked at it and immediately thought of smoked paprika for some reason. I am a bit tired though, maybe that explains it!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Sarah x

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  20. Luxurious post of delicious things penny. Andy found a beautiful cake stand for you. I have one pom pom mag and I gave up as I couldn't work a stitch out for the life of me may go get help I think and try again. It's a beautiful mag all the same. Juno yarn looks heavenly. Wonder what you'll be making. Have fun x

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  22. What a happy post full of delightful things, Penny! I too am a fan of Acorn and Will brooches, and have a couple. They are such good value and so very pretty. That "Alice" yarn has the prettiest name and label I've ever seen, such a pleasure when things are nicely packaged, isn't it? xx

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  23. hello there. such delights.
    those scissors have me intrigued. are they really sharp little things?

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