Catch up…

Not been up to too much lately… from the photos, I’m a bit obsessed by fox motifs at the moment; we went to Matthew’s work do at the Discovery Museum; it’s been snowing; and I’ve had some nice comforting drinks and snacks!

There are 20 days til Christmas; I’ve bought about one present. Best get to it.

Until soon xx

Jubilations…

I’ve been surprisingly into the Diamond Jubilee… I used to be a sort-of anti-royalist, but it seems I have changed! I think it could be to do with the Royal Wedding last year (which is also strange as I used to be anti-marriage… look at me now!) I feel that William and Kate are more ‘normal’ and clearly got married for the right reasons!

Also, the Jubilee was a perfect opportunity to utilise my teacup collection! My sister-in-law Lynsey was having a street party and I asked if I could serve some tea! I set up a little table, adorned with my little jubilee crocheted bunting that I had made, and served tea! It was well-received and welcomed as it was a little chilly that day!

I enjoyed the Jubilee, drinking Pimm’s, making bunting, serving tea, making jelly even though it was a flop… I enjoyed the build-up and I feel that the country enjoyed it as a whole. I was in Germany on my year abroad during the build-up to the Golden Jubilee, (and actually travelled back on the train with a massive suitcase on the Friday of the Jubilee weekend!) but I can’t remember there being much evidence of festivities. I just feel that this year, maybe due to the tough times we’re in, a lot of people got involved: you can’t beat a good old party to raise spirits!

Some pictures of my Jubilee collection:

Here’s to another 10 years! xx

Some links:

Queen Elizabeth II: http://www.royal.gov.uk/

Diamond Jubilee: http://www.royal.gov.uk/LatestNewsandDiary/Pressreleases/2010/TheQueensDiamondJubilee2012.aspx

Pimm’s: http://www.anyoneforpimms.com/

Marmite: http://www.marmite.com/

Amphora Vintage and Antiques: http://www.amphoravintageandantiques.co.uk/

Handmade by Martha: http://www.handmadebymartha.blogspot.co.uk/

This week…

This week has consisted of a 500-mile round trip to see my lovely friend, Bev (whom I hadn’t seen since we graduated from university 9 years ago!) getting married in Essex to the lovely Jim, followed by a little Jubilee street party celebration…

Looking forward to this week’s shoot with The Vintage Corner girls, exhibiting at Durham School and Horton Grange!

Until then xx

Some links:

The Vintage Corner: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650001395#!/TheVintageCorner

Conor Oberst: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_Oberst

The Duke’s Head pub: http://www.thedukeshead.co.uk/location.html

The Room in the Rodings, Essex: http://www.roomintherodings.co.uk/

Handmade by Martha: http://www.handmadebymartha.blogspot.co.uk/

Charity events

I have taken part in and raised money at charity events in the past, usually things like the Race for Life and Sport Relief mile, but the idea of serving tea AND raising money for charity is like a dream come true!! This year I have raised over £400 for charities so far.
In March, I organised a charity tea party for the Eve Appeal’s ‘Make Time for Tea’. I booked a room at our local library and roped in friends and family to bake cakes and help out on the day. Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs made a fantastic Easter/Spring cake for a raffle prize and the lovely Sara from Sara’s Kitchen made some delicous treats and helped out too! We set up the room with bunting and tables with gypsophila and lots of cake and tea and had some forties music playing in the background!! We raised £362 in a few hours!

Catering kettle!

Plates stacked up!

Amazing Easter Cake by Jeannie's Cake Crumbs as our raffle prize

Make Time For Tea poster

All my baking!

Lovely friends helping out

Tea/Coffee £1.00 20p refill

Cakes and scones!

 

My little sign!

Matthew outside the library with our bunting up!

My letter to The Eve Appeal

Also in March I served tea at the delectable Fashion Ration! This event was organised by the lovely Katie, who was our Alice model from the photoshoot, and her friend Alex. They had chosen the most amazing venue for the event – The Stephenson Works in Newcastle. Bare brick walls in a large open space was the atmospheric location for this forties-inspired event. As I walked in with my box of teacups, a forties singer was starting up which just added to the ambience. The evening was an amazing vintage-y success, with a fashion show, numerous vintage-inspired stalls, including the lovely What Katy Did Next! And, despite there being a bar in situ, it turned out that a good old cup of tea was very well received! All for a good cause, The Cyrenians.

My stall at The Fashion Ration

Also serving Earl Grey, Fruit Teas, Decaf Coffee

The lovely Katy

In my element serving tea!

The amazing building!

Drawing the raffle!

In April, I organised a more low-key charity tea party at our house with friends and family. This time it was a ‘Big Chocolate Tea Party’ for the Sick Children’s trust. Lots of chocolate treats on offer and of course lots of tea and we raised £65!

Little flags for the cakes and sandwiches

Must-have pink lemonade!

Poster

table of goodies

Millionaire's Shortbread à la Daisy Cupcakes

I am looking to arrange another tea party at our library and I am going to help my mother-in-law Mavis to organise a ‘Blooming great tea party’ for Marie Curie over the summer.

It doesn’t take much to organise a charity tea party and it certainly puts a smile on people’s faces!

Bis bald xx

Some links:

The Eve Appeal ‘Make Time for Tea’: http://www.eveappeal.org.uk/media-centre/make-time-for-tea/

Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650001395#!/pages/Jeannies-Cake-Crumbs/187243351366091

Sara’s Kitchen: http://www.saraskitchen.co.uk/MainFrame.htm

What Katy Did Next: http://what-katy-did-next.co.uk/

The Sick Children’s Trust: http://www.sickchildrenstrust.org/#bigchocolateteaparty/

Mavis Glover’s blog: http://www.mavisglover.blogspot.co.uk/

Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’: http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty

 

 

 

This week…

It’s been a relatively quiet week, due to the weather and getting over a bug… but I have managed to take some random pictures to sum up my week!

My five a day!

Mooching around an Alladin's cave of old stuff!

Little find

My new favourite - Mollie Makes magazine!

Learning how to crochet thanks to You Tube!

The centre circle of my granny square!!

My first ever granny square; a bit misshapen but I'm proud!

Little chick reflection (we decided to do an impromtu photoshoot when Matthew got his new camera...)

Chick in nest

I've dug out and dusted off the Wii fit this week...

I found this when getting out the Wii! I must watch it! I can't remember if this is my sister's DVD or if she got it for me! We used to love it...

Little Stilton snack in honour of National Stilton week!

Our rings! Taken last night it's one of my favourite photos

Have a lovely weekend!

xx

Links:

You Tube crochet tutorial :http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=Se5wWKRiWBY

Mollie Makes: http://molliemakes.themakingspot.com/

National Stilton week: http://www.stiltoncheese.co.uk/national_stilton_week