Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Been and Gone

So Easter has been and gone, too short but very sweet - I have a rather more rounded than usual tummy as a result! I've put away the Easter decorations, not quite sure what to do with the painted twigs, they are rather bulky to put away, won't keep outside but it seems a shame to discard them, maybe I'll think on the idea of a summer tree. The only remnants of Easter left in the house are the flowers. I got these pretty potted bulbs from my brother and SIL, the wooden sign says 'Spring Flowers'. It had some fluffy Easter chicks on it as well but they've been put away with the rest of the Easter gang.

The daffodils that were determinedly staying in bud at the weekend have finally flowered.


I also bought a bumper bunch of tulips, some of which have replaced the Easter tree...


and the red ones, which flowered rather too hastily, are on another window-sill. They almost look like a competely different flower now. Underneath you can see my Emma Bridgwater biscuit tin which I picked up for £1 last week.

I've had a bit a of a furniture re-arrange in the kitchen as I needed somewhere to put this mirrored sideboard top which had been propped up against the wall until now.

When I moved into my first house, some old furniture had been left behind. This mirror had a matching sideboard base with cutlery drawers, cupboard doors and barleycorn legs, all painted a horrible dark brown gloss. Being young and foolish I immediately wanted to get rid of it but my dad persuaded me to keep the top, I'm glad he did and could kick myself for getting rid of the bottom part. It has travelled with me to every house since, and been stripped and sanded along the way. Fortunately it fits perfectly on top of this sideboard, it justs needs a coat of white or cream paint now I think.

I've moved the table into the middle of the room and it's a much cosier and more useable space now. I just need to retrieve some chairs from the shed now and give those a lick of paint too.

I've had this cakestand for a good while now, and lost count of the number of times I nearly threw it out because I had nowhere to put it. I've re-purposed it as a stand for my serving bowls, which would have been in the cupboard otherwise, I can display two in the space of one.

I've hung one of my favourite picture up too, these cute blue-tits on a blossom branch. This is the vintage version of a clip-frame where the glass was attached to the backing board with black tape. I think I prefer this version.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and aren't too shocked by the return to normality today.


Have a good week,

Lucy x

22 comments:

  1. What a great idea for your cake stand!

    Back to work for me today but actually woke up early... I obviously had to much sleep this weekend!!

    Victoria

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  2. Hi Lucy, hope your weekend was lovely, if not cold! Love the kitchen move around, it all looks so pretty. those bluetits are very lovely and suit your house so well
    Kimx

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  3. Oh when I think of the things I threw away in the past before discovering a passion for vintage style! I had no taste I've decided :). If I could start all over again I'd furnish my home quite differently,now I'm gradually adding to my collection of old furniture and painting most of it cream. Lovely pictures.

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  4. What a beautiful home you have! I have several pieces of pine furnature that I keep toying with painting, but I'm afraid they'll get chipped, and basically I'm too lazy to be repainting and touching up. Maybe I have'nt found the right kind of paint. Loved the cake stand idea too. Fi x

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  5. Beautiful home you have and such lovely treasures! I enjoy the photos you share, love the cake stand and all the fresh flowers in your home.
    Holidays always go too quickly ~ as I sit here nibbling a marshmallow bunny...

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  6. Hi lucy I hope that you had a lovely weekend. You have been very busy, your home does look pretty.
    You must show us the 'after' picture should you decided to paint it.
    Cx

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  7. What beautiful things you have. So many pretty things. I lvoed looking at your pictures. I like everything

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  8. Your house just looks so cozy and pretty. I love the shelf you have at the top of the wall. I see lots of pretty things!

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  9. Another lovely posting, full of pretty things..I don't know how you do it..it's always a joy to look at your blog!Sal;-)

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  10. What a lovely room and such a pretty selection of vintage goods! I have to admit that I am in LOVE with the "blue tits on blossom branch" picture. Gorgeous!

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  11. Hi Lucy, yes how quickly Easter did come and go, at least you have those gorgeous flowers left over still, unlike the chocolate at our house! Your rooms look so lovely I could see myself just popping over for a cuppa...just lovely. Love the birdies, kiss noises Linda Lilly Cottage.

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  12. I love your rearranging & the pretty things you have around your home!

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  13. my you have been busy, nothing like a rearrange to make everything look fresh and new. I think the summer tree for the twigs is a great idea you'll just have to think of something appropriate to put on the branches, maybe some butterflies

    love jules x

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  14. Hi Lucy, at first I thought you were going to say 'you put away' the chocolate! What a great present from your brother, the enamel bath base is lovely and can be used again and the miniature bulbs would look nice in the garden. I love the blue tits picture, such vivid colours, at least it is now on the wall! Everything else as ever, very pretty. I think it was a good decision to keep the mirror, it looks really nice on the sideboard. x

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  15. What a busy little bee you've been! It all looks lovely Lucy!

    The cake stand is a great idea.

    Love the blue-tit picture.

    Have fun painting the dresser,
    Niki

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  16. Jenn and Jacqui27 March 2008 at 01:36

    Hi Lucy! We have received our parcel of absolute gorgeousness! Have sent you an email, and just making sure you received it :) Jenn and Jacqui

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  17. So many lovely things! Love the sweet bluebird print!
    Michelle

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  18. Another great post with lovely photos. What a lovely present from your brother. I LOVE the sideboard and your room looks gorgeous. Good luck with all the painting projects, I am definitely intending to paint more of my furniture but wonder if we'll all be scraping it off in years to come!

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  19. Your kitchen looks so warm and homey and PRETTY!!
    I LOVE the idea with the cake stand and intend to try it as well. I think I will try it on my mantle in the dining room...if it looks pretty, I'll send you a picture!
    hugs, bj

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  20. the homely year27 March 2008 at 22:48

    Hi,your house looks so pretty, full of gorgeous things! Love the sideboard top and all your arrangements.
    Margaret and Noreen

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  21. ohhh what lovely things you have. Your kitchen looks fabulous.

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  22. Hi Lucy. Your home is beautiful. I got rid of a lot of things I wish I had kept now. Isn't hindsight wonderful? I still have too much stuff so I guess I couldn't keep it all anyhow! Rhondi

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Thank you for your comments - I am not always able to reply but they are always appreciated.
Lucy x