Tuesday, 26 April 2011

This cracks me up


Oh Paris, now I have yet another reason to rate you as my number one city of choice...
Juliana Santacruz Herrera is the artist behind these beautiful, colourful fabric-filled cracks in the pavements of Paris.
After our cold winter our local roads are peppered with potholes - wonder how this idea would go down with the 'folks' around these parts?






{found via the free people blog}

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Eggs and Cotton



A great weekend, filled to the brim with family time, chocolate and sporting events...

I sneaked in a bit of wool shopping at the end of last week - the lovely ladies in the Art department at the school I worked in surprised me a few weeks ago by presenting me with some gift vouchers for a gorgeous wool shop in Aberdeen (Wool for Ewe).  I have been teaching them how to crochet for a few months now on Friday lunch times, it's been great fun and these very creative and talented ladies have taken to crocheting like ducks to water.  Last Thursday I finally made it into Aberdeen, child free with a bit of time on my hands to browse.  To be honest, I was completely overwhelmed by the choice and ended up spending half of my vouchers on the most gorgeous cotton yarn I have ever seen.  I will have to return for a longer look some other time, but in the mean time I am more than happy with my selection. 

 I have started making this place mat from the Lacy Crochet book, and so far the soft smoothness of the cotton has been a pleasure to work with.

I love 3 day weekends and I'm still feeling in holiday mode this evening, even sneaking in a G&T - roll on the next long weekend!

Monday, 18 April 2011

A little Pot


Sweet little enamel pot made in Yugoslava, and purchased today by me for £1.00 from my local Charity shop - it has come to a good home...

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Chicks on a Stick

Our front door is looking splendid with  my new chick decoration, kindly gifted to me by my sister Jill of Pixie Peg Crafts fame (visit her blog and Etsy shop).
I'm really chuffed with it, it is so nice to have a such a cheery and quirky door decoration.

I pilfered some twigs from our local woods yesterday to hang some Easter decorations, including my new pair of fawns, also a present from Jill.


We've just spent the afternoon watching the 'Granite City Rally' as one of the stages was being held in our local woods, so I am now trying to warm myself up with a nice cup of liquorice tea - back to school/work next week! can't believe the Easter holidays are over before Easter has even started! That's Scottish school holidays for you! Hope you are having a fab weekend ♥

Friday, 15 April 2011

...and home again..


..with fabulous caravaning memories


..interesting city visits


...an Eco festival


....precious time spent with my beloved family

...and back home again - a great trip away...x

Friday, 8 April 2011

...and off we go...


The boys and I have spent our first week of the holidays cleaning, preparing and stocking up our little caravan in preparation for our first trip away of the year.  Tomorrow we are heading down to Edinburgh for a few nights to soak up the sights and sounds of Scotland's fine capital, and then further south to Northumberland/Newcastle to spend some time with my family- I can't wait!

Back in a week with tales of our adventures..xx

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mothering Sunday

Homemade card and breakfast in bed (well, both boys were beside themselves with excitement at the idea and ended up in bed with me and ate most of the breakfast..) lots of cuddles and snuggles...

Yes, the blanket is finished and I'm pleased to see it is big enough for both!
♥ Happy Mothers Day♥

Friday, 1 April 2011

A Cathrineholm Bowl..

So, I was making my usual Thursday rake around the local charity shops, spotted above bowl, which looked vaguely Scandinavian (with Norway stamped on the base) paid 50p for it and left, rather chuffed that I'd managed to find another enamelware piece..
Back home, I Googled Norwegian enamelware and the name Cathrineholm popped up..who'd a thought?

Cathrineholm print - Yumalum Etsy shop

The Lotus pattern series of Cathrineholm with bowls, pans and pots designed by the famous Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen in the 1950’s. Enamelling was a Norwegian speciality in the early years of the 20th century. Characteristic of her designs were the abstract motifs and striking colours....there's even a flickr group dedicated to her designs.  I'm quite delighted with my find - I did a quick Ebay search and they appear to be worth around £70-£80!!!
Mr Northern Hi-lights has been away on his travels again this week, so I am chuckling to myself picturing his face when he walks into our bedroom later this evening and he spys my other thrift shop bargain...

Isn't it a beauty (£3.00) ? I have had my eye out for a vintage quilt all Winter, and admittedly now that it's Spring the need is not so great.

The caravan maybe?