Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Plaster & Flowers

On Friday Steve pulled the car over in a nice little spot by a tree and a handsome cow....We wound the windows down let in the fresh air and switched off and sank back and enjoyed our picnic......So peaceful and so nice to be out enjoying nature hearing the birds and the cow munching on his  grass........After a drink and a chit chat about what we were both going to be up to later that afternoon we continued our journey to Shingle Cottage.....
Young sea gulls gliding on blue sky with feathered water colour clouds were calling over the cliff top .....the city fading from my mind.....ah it was good to be home.....
Steve headed off to the bedroom and plastered the chimney and window side walls....
While i unpacked and made the bed,put kindling in the fire grate and topped it with coal ready for when the sun disappeared from view taking her warmth with her...

Sweet pea found these gloves that she thought were very me....Pink? I wonder where she got that idea from?......
Smoke puffed from our chimney once more as kindling cracked and popped in the fire grate....soon it would be dark and the room wrapped in a cozy glow....It was turning cold and it was time for bed....
In the morning the sun shone brightly and i jumped up and opened the curtains so the sun could warm Shingle Cottage.... We sleep in the front room next to the fire as it is our only source of heat at the moment......
Ashes piled from last night and the smell of cinders was just lovely....I will be almost sad to have central heating as it just feels so right as it is...It's dreamy,romantic,vintage,call it what you will? but cuddling up next to an open fire is just the most,i love it!...
Tip toeing into the kitchen and peeking through the window i could see the sun shining on the picket fence and drying the dew from the cottage flowers....there is something about tip toeing around on floorboards...almost as if it is warmer to be up on your toes....
Steve bought me two gorgeous bunches of coral pink gladioli from our local super market while picking up our lunch,they are so beautiful and we will be shopping for some bulbs for our garden next year,i love their flamboyant ruffles and showy colours....Of course i will be looking for pink ones...... 
The roses just stretching up the trellis while the rest of the flowers wait patiently in the shade.....it was bright and cheery and i made tea for two with a smile knowing their was the promise of a new day...
After breakfast Steve skimmed the alcoves up to the fireplace with plaster.....
In fact right around the bedroom....He did such a great job and i am really proud of him and how hard he works on our  Shingle Cottage....But then he has such a soft spot for her and i know just how he feels.......
Would you just look at that sky!!! it was blue,blue,blue and the sun shining in the bedroom window really helped to dry the fresh plaster.....
Outside in the garden flowers basked,there was still a lot of colour for September....While out here  you often hear the humming of small planes passing over head and those men that look like they are sat on a lawn mower with a kite attached...I wave at them all as they go by and some wave back which i love! never lose you child hood innocence it is just too much fun!.......
With the plaster drying out really well Steve decided to cut and fit the coving around the top of the room.......Its amazing how much of a difference it made.....He took it right around the top of the cupboard we built which has given it a lovely built in i have always been here look.....
Oh little chimney breast look at you now in all your glory.....All we need in the bedroom now are floorboards,wallpaper,a new window oh yes and lashings of paint.....It's getting there....Slowly but surely.....
I bet you are wondering what i was up to while Steve got plastered?
Well i was in the kitchen and  i wasn't faffing or moving things around....i was chipping and sanding the cupboard doors to make them look a little more vintage...Although they are very vintage as they are the original kitchen cupboards....I sanded heavy in places and here and there just so you could see the dark wood peeping through.....The doors were painted in Annie Sloan 'Old White' and a top coat of 'Antoinette pink'.....But wait let me open the doors i want you to see inside.....
See.....I cut and pasted a vintage Sanderson wallpaper in each and every door.....It was so fun to do....
Look as you come in the front door below....Should i always keep them open?......I do have enough paper left to paper the outside  to match if i ever decide to....Steve loves it and i had Sweet Pea's seal of approval which is always lovely when you have finished a project.....It's so feminine and cottage like....
Such a nice surprise when you open the cupboard to be greeted by pink and white stripe and cabbage roses.....Old fashioned? oh yes indeed it is and that's just the way we like it....
So there you have it a little more work done and a little closer to becoming our dream cottage by the sea......
I have some more pictures and a post to write to share with you this week as there has been a little activity in the bathroom at Shingle Cottage and none of it was planned.....sometimes you just have to go with the flow...It makes life a little easier and sometimes more surprising....

Well my dear readers it is time for us to part,Thank you all for your wonderful and kind comments and for joining us on our journey to a little place we will soon call our home...

The flowers in the garden at Shingle Cottage whispered a secret to me at the weekend and i send it to each and every one of you....

'Keep your face always towards the sunshine
And the shadows will fall behind you'

Join me next time for more tales and goings on from our place and yours.....Shingle Cottage ♥.....

XxX 













Friday, 21 September 2012

Goodbye Summer and Hello Autumn!

As i sit and type scarlet red ivy leaves float past my window and i am listening to 'They Say' by Geraldo and his orchestra....  the leaves on the trees are wet with rain and some are turning a golden hue.....Oh hello Autumn! you dreamy old snuggling down in a feather duvet time of year,how i love you so......
Soon the flowers in the garden at Shingle Cottage will be sound asleep dreaming of Spring but Sweet Pea and i are not ready to say goodbye to our beloved hydrangea so this weekend we will be trying once more to dry some so we can gaze at them through the long Winter months until they awake.....
We have not had much luck at drying them this year so hopefully third time lucky!...Here is a bunch we picked last weekend......We love the ones with lime green in the centers..... 
Steve will be plastering the bedroom walls this weekend and as we speak he is packing his tools in the car,its always rush,rush on a Friday...Last weekend he insulated all the cavity's and plaster boarded the walls and he also built a small faux fireplace which will be at the foot of our bed.....cables were laid either side for two wall lights and we have another cast iron fireplace that matches the one we have in the hallway to go here.......

I have primed  the wood around the wardrobe and with the plasterboard on it is starting to look like a  room....I left the wardrobe doors for now as plastering is a messy business.....you can see the frame here for the faux chimney breast......if we look right past the step ladders you can see into the hallway below and the two pictures that i talked about last time.......lets go out into the hall as i want to show you something.... 
Ahhh there it is the mirror that we hung a few weeks ago.....i painted it in a green blue and i have a few things to hang around it but i wanted you to see how the pictures tie everything together....in the mirror you can see the far end of the hallway which is pink and green and at this end the mirror is green blue but if you look at the pictures they have blue drawers with pink and green flowers,jugs and bowls on top and that pulls the two mirrors one pink and one green blue together.....now lets go into the kitchen.....
Remember the cladded pine wall i showed you last time? well here it is all painted and the wood work tops all oiled and polished back in place......excuse the paint tins,this is were our fridge will sit and it looks like i may be able to get the ruffled curtain i am hanging underneath run up on the sewing machine very soon....
I really love how the wood tops look oiled,all the colours have come out in the wood and it is so rich and reminds me of conkers.....
I really like seeing this sign....sometimes you just need a little reminder that although things go wrong and bad days come life really is wonderful and those grey days always,always go....
Quick back in the bedroom i got a little side tracked didn't i? that's the trouble with day dreamers and romantics they tend to drift ;)
My guy knowing me oh so well popped in a chunky beam as he said "i know you will be hanging something on here and knowing you it will be heavy" haha yes Steve maybe a mirror? or wall shelf,we shall see my love.........
You really could start to see the little fireplace come to life when Steve cut and hung the plasterboard....
So here is Shingle Cottage Boudoir so far,she needs new windows but i think she is looking good already......to think i will be sleeping in here on Christmas Eve....ooooh how dreamy! steady on girl or you will  slide into dream land once more...yes now where was i? oh yes windows,well talking of windows....
Last weekend we finished all the woodwork around the front room window below and primed and top coated it all and this is how it looked when had finished.......I will be lining the walls in here this weekend.....
You can see the window in the mirror on the fireplace,it is a lovely light and bright south facing room...Here is a little peek of things i have piled on the mantel piece so far...pictures are to be hung and the clock is to be moved but i like how it is starting to take shape......the little silver candlestick was picked up by me while we were out gallivanting in my last post.....
I hope i can leave this kitchen corner alone this weekend as i have faffed about with it rather a lot trying to get my look...'my look' is when it pleases my eye and i don't want to move anything....
I added pretty pink rose china and tea cups and some with cottages scenes.....
Candy jars and a vintage rose bowl with a peppermint  green border...
A pink picnic hamper under my chopping block and yes so far i am happy with how it looks....... the little blue table is waiting for me to wallpaper the front room so it can find a place to rest....
I will be sanding these pink cupboard doors this afternoon too...i want a chippy worn look to them and then after a little wax i can add pretty cut glass  handles.....
Would you look at the time! I need to get going...i have sandwiches to make....you see we always stop next to a meadow we know for a picnic, just the two of us watching the cows grazing on lush  grass...oh and there are always  swallows swooping and diving underneath the sycamore trees,i think along with robins and wrens they are my favorite bird....A little half hour of bliss and then off we go.....
Well my dear readers i wish you all a beautiful weekend and remember my friend Sweet Pea says 'life is what you make it' and it is so true you just have to keep your eyes on  the pretty things in life,the love and laughter and the memories you are making and the rest will take care of  its self......

Do you hear it? ahh the sea is calling and soon i will smell the salty air as i lift the latch on the gate at Shingle Cottage.......tonight  we will hear the scuttle bucket rattle as we pop a little coal on the fire and outside smoke will puff  from our chimney while inside we will fall asleep in a soft sweet warm glow....uh oh here i go again!!.....

 


Join me next time for more bedroom tales and decorating goings on from  Shingle Cottage
XxX

Friday, 14 September 2012

Another Day Out,Treasure and a little Kitchen!

Here i am again...If you have just joined us or its Sunday morning and you are snuggled up in bed with your lap top and a nice cup of tea you may not have seen that i wrote a post yesterday so you might want to take a peek after you are all finished here :)

Oh and a big welcome to all new followers it is good to have you aboard!

On Tuesday it was Steve's Birthday and we set off for Knaresborough once more,the choice of destination had a lot to with this beautiful shop below called Grey Bear......

We had popped in last week and Steve had his eye on some beautiful old cut glass decanters and glass decanter funnels,He has wanted some for years so what better a gift for my guy who enjoys a nice glass of red wine....My Mum bought him two! she is such a love and has a soft spot for Steve....
The shop is a beautiful mix of new and vintage and it reminds me of how shops used to be in Knaresborough many moons ago,The Grey Bear has been open for five months and it is really worth a visit if you are ever passing by.... 
We had lunch and pottered about before driving onto Borougbridge once more were we stopped at a pretty vintage style tea rooms that served afternoon tea in mis- matched china which me and Mum loved.....
Mum and Steve had a Yorkshire curd tart,they are so nice!....i had a paradise slice which was full of cherries and fruit....They had tea and i had a can of coke.....I was tired and needed the energy...
There were buns and cakes of all descriptions and it was popular with people calling in for take out sandwiches for lunch......
We all agreed that it was a good job it was a tea room and not a pub because i am sure after a drink no one would find the loo! haha...
Over the road from the tea room was this pretty fruit and vegetable shop,so quaint.....
I did pick up a lot of treasure,some being popped on one side for my little shop.....
On our first day out i picked up for Shingle Cottage the sugar jar and matching topiary pots below that i will use for baking ingredients,vanilla pods,sprinkles and such.......
Ten cabbage leaf side bowls which i think will bring a real fresh look to the dining table in Summer......
They are hand painted and all slightly different with a lovely aqua wash running through the center....
I popped them on a wire shelf that Steve had hung up for me last weekend over the chopping block just before we left Shingle Cottage....I will no doubt change everything you see here eventually but it is fun to play with the things i have taken so far.......

I have a few boxes packed with china,bits for the bathroom and kitchen,a plant stand and Frenchy tin ceiling light....I think i will take pictures when i unpack and then i can show you next time.....I know i always say it but i can not wait until those floor boards are white!.....
So off we go once more to Shingle Cottage where north winds blow and white horses rush to shore,where butterflies flutter and a girl potters with china and creates her dreams with paint while her guy builds a faux chimney breast in the bedroom for a vintage cast iron fireplace and pops in wires for two pink glass  chandelier wall lights on either side......Romantic? you bet!.....

I wish you all a beautiful weekend my dear readers what ever you may be up to and  do join me next time for more tales,treasure and goings on from oh you know where from by now don't you?
XxX

Oh and Sweet Pea if you are reading my blog you know that i love you don't you? :)
 XxX