Thursday, 13 September 2012

Butterflies,Annie Sloan and Goings On!


The last week of hot sunny weather and the heat wave over the weekend here in England was just beautiful as were the flowers in the garden at Shingle Cottage and it wasn't just Steve and me that thought so.........We had so many butterflies and honey bees feasting on the nectar from the Echinacea flowers....I had planted them the year before last and last Summer nothing really happened apart from green stems but this year we have been blessed with the most beautiful large hot pink flowers....
I have them at the side of my arch over the garden gate so you see them as soon as you arrive,lovely big pink shuttle cock flowers smiling at who ever walks by......The rosemary bush i planted at the other side of the gate last year is huge and has grown really well...I had to plant one after i watched Practical Magic the movie and heard...
   There are some things,after all,that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder.Keep rosemary by your garden gate.Add pepper to your mashed potatoes.Plant roses and lavender,for luck.Fall in love whenever you can.
Alice Hoffman~Practical Magic         
The African fuschias,verbena,hydrangea and Blush Noisette rose have freely flowered all Summer giving us a taste of what our cottage garden will look like once we have Shingle Cottage a little more finished....Oh how i long for a lawn,lush and green and soft under foot with flowers all around...

Butterflies and honey bees shared the sedum flowers below and it really has made us excited for planting more cottage flowers next year....
we didn't know for sure what would grow with our garden being so close to the sea but we decided to go for it and we had a very harsh Winter last year and every thing we planted has come back so fingers crossed....
In the kitchen at Shingle Cottage the work tops were removed and Steve has oiled them about eight times i think top and bottom to protect the wood and while they were off drying in the sunshine we cladded the old toilet window over which is now the corner of our kitchen.....
I painted it with the knotting solution that i talked about in my last post and caulked all the joints,this is all ready for me to top coat when i arrive tomorrow afternoon......
Looking from the room through the hall it all looks a bit scary at the moment....
Inside with the door closed you can see the paneling we made last week ties in nicely with the panels in the door....I love how you can see the hall pictures through the glass in the door....
Steve bought the pictures from a little shop in Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales about eight years ago and i remember they were not cheap at all but he loved them and so did i,you know how the story goes when that happens don't you?
Steve noticed last week that the back ground in the pictures is a white cladded wall and that there is a tin jug full of foxgloves just like our hall....spooky huh?.....
I searched every where at the time trying to find the colour of the frames with no glory and now i am almost sure it is Annie Sloan Versailles.....
Back in the room you can see the panelling had two coats of Antique White and is looking a little more finished...We also finished the coving and timbers around and above the window and this is all ready for painting this weekend....Once we have the new floorboards down we can fit the skirting board and then lashings and lashings of white floor paint......
Oh and i popped in the missing light bulb from my last post....
See? much better (edit Grrrrrr Blogger has pinched a picture,it was the same as above but with the wall light on)
Putting lights up has changed Shingle Cottage so much,she has a little glamour and a little sparkle that all the building and painting could not  achieve alone......
Oh and the little table? well i found it in two pieces....
But she had great legs and lovely carvings......as soon as i see carving or Louis-ness as i call it i am toast!....
Anyhow after some glue and good clean she was ready for painting...
I used the magical Annie Sloan chalk paint and for all you chalk painters out there here are the colours i used....
The top was in Old White and sanded back for a distressed finish......I love how the legs and drawer look perfectly painted but the top looks like it has been rubbed down ready for painting.....I do like that mix....It leaves you open to many different styles and eras when out shopping for pieces......A touch of Louis  with a bit of chippy cottage? oh yes you can have them together and when we have all our belongings over here i will show you how....
It has a large drawer for board games and the two ends on the top lift up to store chess pieces or counters....In this cottage it will probably end up holding ribbons and cotton ;)
The drawer i painted in Duck Egg Blue and the aged with the Dark Wax...... The legs in Provence mixed with Old White and the carvings in Old White and buffed with a little Paris Grey and two coats of Clear Wax.....The two curvy brass handles brushed with Old White came from a cupboard that was in Shingle Cottage when we arrived,i have wanted to use them on a piece of furniture and i think this was the perfect piece.....
We revisited our old haunts again on Tuesday....Steve had the day off work as it was his Birthday and i have another post on its way which i think i will write in the morning so you will have two posts to read over the weekend while we are away......
I had a few emails asking for a closer picture of that pretty cottage i showed you last time.....Well as i walked past on our way for afternoon tea i snapped a couple of shots....Really isn't it divine?....
Well its now half past ten and Steve has just climbed the stairs and is headed for bed..


Join me tommorow for afternoon tea and a kitchen corner at Shingle Cottage.......

 Goodnight......
 XxX

11 comments:

  1. I love keeping up with you. Everything is looking great! Love your butterfly photos. That little table is sweet. The Duck Egg blue looks like a great color.

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    1. Hi Sandy :)
      Thank you,I never dreamed we would have butterflies,they are so beautiful flitting around the garden xxx

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  2. oh its very pretty~I really think your cottage is a wonder!! Love the table and think it was clever to install the handles on the angle like that. Florence and old white together are quite a pair..what was your recipe proportion?

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    1. Thanks Amy!,
      I edited my post the colour is provence and not florence ;) i think it was three quarters old white and a quarter florence and thank you about the handles my Mum said are you going to straighten those handles?" when she saw it all finished up haha xxx

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  3. Ahhh, how lovely! A cottage. In England. Near the Sea.You are soooo blessed1!!

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      That's just how we feel! ;) xxx

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  4. I am loving your butterflies, flowers decor (which is AWESOME) and your house, which is a fairytale dream come true! :)

    Hugs,

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    1. Shingle Cottage is coming along beautifully! I adore that little table with the storage, what a perfect place to stash ribbons, and thread and sissors and such! I can't believe how well all the flowers are doing! By the time ya'll move it, it's going to be the most amazing cottage garden!... And the house in the last photo is most definitely divine!

      Cindy

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    2. Thank you Cindy! x
      The flowers have really come on haven't they? it doesn't seem long ago since i blogged about planting them and now beautiful x

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  6. Wow, great photography and decor!

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