Thursday, 31 March 2011

spring cleaning

Time to think about spring cleaning the sun shows up those little dust bunnies and streaky windows need a little incentive nice new cloths and buckets and mops and a crisp new apron here's a little round up on whats on offer on folksy and etsy

How sweet is this duo

Crisp and eco friendly

And maybe this to whip up some cakes and a pot of tea after all that cleaning

More lovley cloths

To nice to wash dishes with would look nice framed in the kitchen

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


It's sunny, there is washing on the line

and time to dust off all those summer items, clean and oil the garden furnitue

Is it warm enough for a picnic ?

Just need a blanket some sandwich's a flask of tea and off


Are you getting royal wedding fever yet ? not a lot said about the wedding up to now but suddenly it seems to of taken off this weekend even adverts on TV are sporting a bunting theme , are you going to a party ?or having a party

This is a new addition to our crown and country party hire

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Never too busy to hunt for vintage and retro bargains,

nice spoons to polish up all spic and span

a little kitch cruet set

a teapot and jug not old but very preety


other bits and pieces to sell or just to keep

a nice tray cloth maybe for crown and country maybe to make a cushion

a sweet little sewing basket

a china swan, a little chum for a bigger one currently residing in the bedroom

folk art nesting storage tins

three little vases, these would look nice on dinner table with a single bloom

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Just open a new shop on etsy, just one item at the moment, but will be adding more end of week please come over and have a browse

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Spring has sprung, delicate pretty flowers, a Christmas pressie hidden away in the dark, brought out into the sun a week or so ago and look at them now


A nice cup of strong coffee, a ginger cake with Tofutti vanilla ice cream bliss!


It's not to warm yet to enjoy a good hearty warm soup for supper tonight it's French Onion with cheese toasties [ vegan cheese ]

French Onion Soup [ vegan ]

5 /6 brown onions
4 garlic cloves [ I use more but we like it very strong]
Veg oil a good slug
A good dessert spoon of marg/butter etc [I use pure soya or sunflower ]
Tablespoon of flour
Litre or so of veg stock [I use vegan bullion ]
Good tablespoon of marmite [ again I use a little more but we like it strong]
Splattering of dried herbs [ fresh in summer ]i.e rosemary/sage or whatever you preference
Salt and Pepper

Warm oil and spread in heavy bottom frying pan [ cast iron is good for this]
roughly chop the onions and add to the pan

Mince garlic and add to pan

Cook for a good 10 minutes, let them brown but not burn add a splash of water if getting to dry,some colour on the pan only adds to the flavour, at the end of this you could add a spoonful of flour to dry off

Add the stock, marmite and seasoning and simmer for a good 20 minutes

Serve with grilled cheese toasties [ Pure vegan slices for me ] heaven

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Goodies found at the weekend to go into Crown and Country Vintage stock [our vintage china and prop hire company ]

Friday, 4 March 2011

Lots of lovely linen , two bolster covers that will make two sets of pillowcases,
three linen tray cloths, maybe they will make cushions with some embellishments and a a nice spring apron [ time to make cup cakes ]

Also this veg dish, bought to sell but I am growing fond

I'ts the weekend [ well Friday ] Leftovers for dinner a nice potato and chick pea curry


Friday charity shop finds
storage jars