Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sarah Raven giveaway

Here's a little unexpected treat for you (and me)
if you like pretty spring flowers, that is .....

You may remember a little while ago when I planted
one trillion Narcissi bulbs
No? well you can read about it here if you like
anyway I went bulb crazy after that and decided to plant some indoor ones too
some for Christmas gifts and some to pretty up our Christmas-time home
most of them are doing their 'thing' in the blacked-out shed for now

Which brings me on nicely to the point of this post ....
..... with great excitement, the lovely peeps at Sarah Raven
offered to let me review some of their indoor bulbs
well it is no secret that I AbSoLuTeLy adore Sarah Raven
how exciting
 I chose these beautiful paperwhite narcissi 'Ziva'
I am hoping they will be perfect timing for Christmas day flowers
they have the most amazing fragrance
I'll let you now how I get on when they arrive

Narcissi Paperwhite 'Ziva'

 and ..... get this ..... they asked me
if I'd host a pretty wonderful giveaway, for you .....
 my lovely readers
kind, huh?
how would you like to get your gardening mitts on
 a selection of Sarah Raven narcissi bulbs?
  (who wouldn't?)

You can take a peek at the narcissi on Sarah Raven's website if you'd like

ahhh ..... such pretty little flowers
the winner will receive a beautiful surprise collection

 This giveaway is only open to UK residents I'm afraid
(but if you live elsewhere don't be sad .... 
pop back here in a couple of weeks
 I may have another little surprise for you ;o)

If you'd like to win some of these bloomin' beauties all you have to do is .....

For one entry   
be a follower of my blog and just leave me a comment on this post

  For a second entry
kindly mention this giveaway on your blog with a link 
and then just leave me a separate comment on this post 
telling me you have done so

The giveaway will be open for one week
until the evening of the 6th November to be precise

 The prize will be posted to the winner directly from Sarah Raven
so you will need to provide me with your name and address if you are
the lucky one

I will choose the winner using the random number gizmo

 T's & C's
If for any reason the particular prize is out of stock then an appropriate alternative will be sought. 
Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older to enter.

This giveaway is now closed

 P.S A few more little Pecker's have flown into my shop
they lost their way but have now landed safe and sound

P.P.S Sorry I've not been visiting, I've been locked in my sewing room
busy busy busy

More soon
good luck!

BIG love 
j x

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

a cosy autumn weekend

Thanks for stopping by
It's always lovely to welcome you here

We had a wonderful weekend with Sweet B home
sadly it just went by far to quickly

We had a lovely shopping trip with lots of chattering
~ so much to catch up on you know

A gorgeous autumny walk in the countryside
~ it turned out to be a VERY LONG walk in the end as we got lost

A lot of cosy comforting food was consumed
the sticky pineapple pudding with coconut custard was d.i.v.i.n.e
as was the Millionaire's shortbread

I think this has to be one of my all-time faves
so gooey and satisfying
the recipe was from here
Marry Berry NEVER lets us down, does she?

There was also a LOT of a certain lovely ladies laundry to do
apparently mum does it better
of course.

Can't seem to get my 'To-Do' list under control at all this week
it may help if I hide the computer from myself!

 My beautiful forest friends have been back this morning
they have started on the hedges now
I love to see them
so pretty.

thank you so much for all of your lovely comments on my last post
you're FAB

I'm off to make advent calendars now

Have a great week
BIG love 
j x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Christmas advents ..... sorry .....

I have been in my sewing room a LOT lately
and here's what I've been up to .....

Do you remember a while back
when I showed a sneaky peek of a commission I had been asked to make?
It was for a lovely lady
 who wanted two advent calendars for two different families
each family have four children
so the pockets had to be big enough to fit four little treats in
..... now that's a lot of treats!


I liked it so much that I decided to make some smaller ones for my shop

I used my favourite Tilda fabrics
this one is in the 'Winter house' collection

 and this pretty teal one is in the 'Winterbird' collection
You may recognise that name from my last post
my little Winterbirds, friends of Percy Pecker no less
they can be found here

 We have had some cute visitors in the garden
they are helping us with the pruning
in fact they have managed to 'prune' every single leaf 
off of every single rose plant
clever huh?

 The photo is not brilliant as I took it through a window
I tapped on the glass and they looked up as if to say
"yeah ..... what?"
look at their little powder puff tails ..... sweet

 Today I have been to my pilates class
and got through my list of housework chores
I plan to get all of my jobs done before tomorrow afternoon
because ..... guess what?
Sweet B is coming home for the weekend
I am SO over-excited
I have missed her so much
She has chosen her tea for tomorrow
Eastern spiced chicken
for pud I am making sticky pineapple pudding with coconut custard
and for the weekend munchies ~ Millionaires's shortbread
It's a jolly good job I've burnt lots of calories today!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend
back soon

BIG love
j x

P.S All bulbs have now been planted ..... YAY .... and no blisters this time