Monday, 4 January 2016

Graded Grains Make Finer Flour

 I'm glad it's all over, aren't you ? 
 Although I didn't really participate much in the festivities as it goes and was back at work at crack of sparrows on Boxing Day. 
 This was the extent of my decoration.

OK...., there were a few more cards dotted around the place, but no tree, no lights, no xmas spirit.... apart from a few snifters whilst watching Christmas University Challenge of course.

Talking of snifters,  I was at a pub gig a couple of weeks ago and whilst ordering my usual pint of cider at the bar, no less than two men enquired 'Is that drink for you ?' in an incredulous tone.  WTF?  One even had the temerity to say 
' I thought a lady would choose a small, fruit based drink
Well mate, I don't know where you've been for the last few decades but ladies have changed.  He was treated to a withering look before I flounced off, swigging my pint like a navvy. 

  It's been so mild it didn't feel very Christmassy.... an Osteospurmum in flower on Christmas Eve!  Insane.

Last year I abstained from too much chazzing but a few vintage purchases found their way home recently.  Firstly this eiderdown.

  I've been after one of these for years, goodness knows what happened to the one we had at home when I was a child.  Usually when I've come across these they have fag burns or tears in the fabric accompanied by a hefty price tag, but although this one had a few minor holes it was priced reasonably and I thought I could rescue it.  Vix's advice was to wash it with soda crystals followed by a tumble dry, it was pretty grimy but has come up a treat.

 I found Fred the Flour Shaker in an Antiques Emporium, he looked a bit lonely sandwiched between a Charles & Di mug and a box of mismatched cutlery so I rescued him too.  

He looks rather incongruous on my kitchen worktop but if I ever get my arse into gear and paint that old shelf, he could live there. 

  I also bought this basket, as God knows I need another basket like a hole in the head!

  I couldn't resist as I liked it's shape and plus...it was only a fiver.  It's now providing a home for some of my yarn stash.  Which brings me neatly around to the subject of recent gift makes.

........ a few crocheted coat hanger covers

  and thanks to Lazy Daisy Jones some covers for Handy Andies.
 (tissues, for non-UK readers)  No handbag should be without them!  
These are mega easy to knock up with any old scraps from your sewing basket.

Talking of xmas gifts, I went out with Dad the other day and he bought me this.

How lucky am I ? 
Perhaps I'll be a better blogger if I can do it on the move?

 ...On the day I received these lovely gloves bought on his travels in NZ (...look possum!)

  and a French property magazine which is giving me no end of big ideas.
(shame I don't have the wherewithal to back them up)

Before I toddle off I thought I'd link up to Patti's Visible Monday
and Judith's Hat Attack.  I'm hoping to do more of this in 2016

A Sixties pose captured from behind is a winner when you've had no time to get your slap on.
(I dashed out to the shops when there was a brief respite from the relentless rain!)

Boden 60's-inspired PVC jacket - charity shopped
Wool beret- gift from Curtise
 Shopping basket - French market

I wish you all great health, prosperity and happiness in 2016.


  1. Great chopping, Fiona, and thanks for showing us how nicely the quilt came out of the wash. Happy new year to you and stay fabulous, xox


  2. Happy new year Fiona! Now, I can shine a bit of light on the fruit based drink comment. It's from Al Murray's pub landlord routine. But I still like the idea of you giving him the evils and flouncing off. Congrats on the eiderdown and if you manage to figure out to blog on the go, let me know. I still have to dust down my word processor! Love the 60s pose from behind. Genius. I might have to try that! Ooh France, I have a feeling 2016 might be an exciting year for Anglo French relations. Xxx

  3. Happy New Year to you! I have a Galaxy and although I love it I've never gotten around to blogging on it!!

  4. LOVE that eiderdown ... that bed looks so cosy I could dive straight in for an afternoon nap.

  5. Bonne Année à toi mon amie !!! Hihi je reconnais mon cadeau ..... je vais écrire un post dessus bientôt ... BIses

  6. Happy New Year! Love the eiderdown. looks in great shape, and I'll be hanging on to that cleaning tip. They pop up at the local auction from time to time, but usually fairly minging. Fred is definitely my sort of thing too, I'd have found him a home... maybe next to the kitchens.
    Adore your makes Fiona, those coat hanger covers are so pretty. Wondering if they take a while to do? Haven't crocheted for ages but would like to get going again. Back view 60's pose is a cracking idea! Shows off natty hat perfectly xx

  7. Happy New year to you. I love your sixties pose, especially the hat. that's a very handsome chap making himself comfortable on your gorgeous new eiderdown.

  8. I got that same robin Christmas card! Do you know Heather? Anyway, I love your coat hangers and tissue holders - what lovely gifts. And you got some pretty amazing prezzies from your dad. The gloves would go nicely with your hat and coat in that last picture.

  9. Hi Fiona,
    Good job! I love your trimmed versions of the tissue covers, and thanks for sharing with a link too.

    As for that pose its a fab idea, except for my bum I would pose like that everyday if I could get away with it...
    best d xx

  10. I love your blog and your sense of humor. And your gorgeous headwear and pose. Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack. Happy 2016!!!

  11. Glad you had a good Christmas, and that you gave those men in the pub a withering look! Small fruit based drink indeed!! Who does he think he is!! xx

  12. Hi Fiona happy new year wow love the tissue holders especially the one with the lace on. You will love the tablet I got Eunice into one she loves it you can use it anywhere rather than you have to sit at your main computer.
    Love your finds and the 1960's pic of you
    Sending hugs and love Sue xx

  13. Such a beautiful old eiderdown, looks so warm and cosy. Gloves from little old NZ how excellent, I hope they keep your hands nice and warm.

  14. I wish I'd been at the pub to see your performance, Fiona, I would have cheered :-)

  15. I love the eiderdown - the colours are lovely. Yes, they usually are very pricey, even in charity shops.

  16. What a wonderful post dear :) I wish you a happy healthy 2016 with lots of fun!

    Check out my new post - My amazing kitchen floor makeover :)

    LOVE Maria Inredning - it's Swedish for decor

  17. Happy 2016, Fiona. Love your eiderdown, by the way, takes me back to my youth!

  18. Ooh, what a fabulously plump eiderdown! Teddy looks well chuffed.
    Your crocheted hangers are so sweet. I love the colours you put together.
    Happy New Year! xx

  19. Happy new year love your blog there is always something that makes me laugh. I brought a couple of little dishes to my Christmas cactus in so excited nothing as grand as your finds though, I have just starts up crochet so now got a wool pile along with paper stamps not good to start another hobby.

  20. Your eiderdown has come up lovely and your coathangers and tissue covers are so pretty. I've just found your blog this morning and will enjoy popping back to visit again. Hx


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