Saturday, 29 May 2010


This week was a good week vintage haul wise found a fab chair in a local junk shop, left the dodgy cushions behind, it is just waiting for a bright pink paint job, and a rummage through the fabric stash to make some new covers.

Spotted this bureau in a charity shop in Bury mused how good it would look with a bit of TLC left it at that and thought about all night, so a mad dash back next day to buy, will post photos when done up.

This is it in situ waiting for it's make over,

this week other bits were some nice china and a bowl to match a vase acquired a while back

And this book oh to live by the sea !


Last Sunday we enjoyed a walk around Turton Tower and Jumbles country Park a landmark small manor house not far from us in Bolton



1 packet of ready made puff pastry [ life is to short ]
1 onion chopped
1 handful of cooked chopped celery
1 handful of cooked lentils [any kind ]
1 large handful of cooked carrots chopped fine
1 large handful of cooked courgettes chopped fine
1 cup of stock or marmite mixed with a little water
vegetable oil and herbs to taste I use a mediterranean mix

Heat oil in pan and add onion and stock until soft
add vegetables, lentils and herbs and garlic cook for about 15 mins
Let the mixture cool
divide pasty into three strips and place mixture in centre and roll up or make pasties
brush with soya milk and make a slit to let air evaporate and cook for approx. 30 mins at 180 degrees


Nice window Fred Perry off King Street

Liberty is everywhere this Summer

See you next week, have a lovley bank holiday


Friday, 21 May 2010

Friday Window Shopping Round Up

Scouting around the web looking for inspiration for new sampler, theme teacups
found these lovely shops

This weeks thrifty finds

Haul blowing in the wind

All ironed and folded

Looking for cottage for a week away this is Barmouth Harbour last June Heaven
how blue is that sea !

have a lovely weekend.


Friday, 14 May 2010


Busy here at windowshopping but found time to make a new cushion to add to folksy shop.

Also found time to go vintage browsing which means buying lots of thrifty stuff.Bought this lovely collection of stuff,A Queens Silver Jubilee mug, a pretty flowery mug and saucer and a little ceramic dressing table tray, good for keeping buttons etc in order. Also a tray cloth which I might turn into a cushion cover, bags of buttons and a ceramic flower brooch.

I am in love with this cool seventies dressmaking book found at a charity shop in Withington Manchester some really fab retro designs but really easy patterns to use. On top of this fab retro seventies fabric bought from planet vintage girl were I also got this cool Mary Quant mug.

Here an other favorite recipe

1 onion finely chopped
2 sticks of celery finely chopped
a generous glug of tom puree
3/4 cloves of garlic minced
1 small carton of passata or half a bottle
1 pint or so of vegetable stock [ I use a paste one but powered are fine ]
a generous sprinkle of dried basil [ can use fresh but add at he very end ]a handful of small soup pasta or broken up pieces of spaghetti
finely diced carrots [ optional ]
frozen peas
a handful of any cooked beans i.e chick peas/ kidney beans /canneli beans

Cook off the onion celery and tom puree until soft and the oil has oozed out of the tom puree

Add the passata and vegetable stock bring to the boil

Add the carrots, beans and pasta cook for bout 10 minutes

Let simmer for 15/ 20 or so adding garlic, basil and frozen peas
Serve with crusty bread and a swirl of olive oil

Next week is full of more making foe Folksy adding some new items to the shop

Thank God its Friday hope everyone has a nice weekend


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Busy Week and new Folksy Shop

Hello sorry I have not posted in a while, crazy times have calmed down a bit and I am going to try to post more often from now on.Last week was busy on Sunday we went to the Mark Addy Pub in the newly developed Spinningfields area of Manchester, for a St. George's Day lunch and river cruise on the River Irwell.

We had lunch and were treated to a traditional lancastrian play, think Morris dancers acting.

Then we sailed down the River Irwell to Salford Quays.

(Photo Credit

Now a quite and peaceful place this river once teamed with boats supporting thriving business along its small riverbanks. At the end is now the Lowry Outlet Mall, and the Lowry Theatre and the soon to be BBC’s new Media centre.

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The rest of the week was spent looking for inspiration, creating and setting up my new Folksy shop.

Click to go to store

Here is the link to my new folksy shop. Added a couple of things but more will be added this week.
Glad my Folksy shop is now up and I can spend some time making stuff for it and updating it regularly. It was only up one day and already my ‘Home Sweet Home’ print is a featured item on the main page, and my shop was featured in two lovely blogs
so happy!!! I am really enjoying creating and networking with all the other bloggers out there.


Also back at ceramics after a long easter break. This bowl is new out of the kiln it is a pinch pot with a swallow stamped into the bottom it has been glazed and is now back in the kiln will post a picture next week.

Wednesday’s dinner was a success with the family Vegan Cannelloni, so here’s the recipe.

Six sheets of lasagna
pot of vegan cream cheese I use tofutti garlic and herbs (dairy cheese can be used of course)
1 head of broccoli (spinach works with this recipe as well)
1 onion chopped
2/3 sticks of celery
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
cup of passatasquirt of tom puree
3 cloves of garlic (I use more but we like it very garlicky)
Sweat off onion, celery and tom puree for a few minutes until soft
Add garlic salt and pepper
Add chopped toms and passata, cook for approx. 20 minutes on a low heat until sauce has thickened
meanwhile cook lasagna sheets in boiling water with a small amount of veg oil to prevent sticking when softened leave on one side to cool a little
Cook broccoli and refresh under cold water and mix with cream cheese
place a little of the tom sauce on the bottom of a lasagna dish, place a spoonful of the cheese and broccoli mix onto middle of each pasta sheet and roll up [can get a bit messykeep dish close by, lay side by side in the dish and cover with remaining sauce, bake covered with foil for approx. 40 minutes on 180 °c.

All it needs is salad and french bread and nice glass of red.


Bought this book the other day at a discount book shop only just got round to reading it, if you can pick it up it’s a lovely book.


The whole family took off for trek around Liverpool on Saturday, some window shopping as usual and the obligatory look round Cath Kidston. Bought some lovely stuff and some great materials for making more stuff for my folksy shop from Purlesque and Landbaby.

Rest of weekend was spent despite the bad weather laying the patios in our back garden. all in all a productive and happy week.

More to come about my happenings this week.