Friday, 29 October 2010

Folksy Friday - Boxing Clever...

I just love boxes!  Big or small, plain or fancy, trinket, jewellery, hat, gift, keepsake or just plain cardboard - where would we be without boxes??  I have a whole wardrobe in my spare room stuffed to the gills just with boxes - odd and eclectic collections of "things" some carefully grouped and labelled, some just randomly stuffed.

I have made a resolution to de-clutter - part of our grand plan for moving sometime next year - and one thing I will need to organise is my boxes.  And I really can't part with all the odd contents, then I will just have to indulge my passion and buy some pretty ones that at least won't be an eyesore.

There are boxes for all occasions and pretty much any use, and here below are my Fifteen Favourite Fabulous Folksy Friday Finds...  (sorry, I just couldn't resist the last one!)

(as usual, click on the item name below the picture for more details)

(because birds love boxes too!)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Post Holiday Blues...? I'm in the Pink!

As my regular readers will know, I have just got back from two glorious, sunny weeks in Lanzarote.  I am tanned, rested, relaxed and raring to go again - just as well, as the "sales fairy" has been very kind to me while I have been away.

Now, some of you may not think very highly of Lanzarote as a perfect getaway destination - but I am going to prove to you that you shouldn't always judge a place by the holiday brochures, and that if you can find your way off the beaten track, then it is well worth a visit.

We found a perfect little private villa via which was ideal for just the two of us.  It is called "The Pool House" and I think you can see why...

... and yes, that is the sea in the background.  We were based in a very small village at the north east end of the island, well away from all the bustling resorts, with only cactus, flowers and sea views for neighbours.  Surrounding The Pool House are the owners carefully tended gardens (the owners are next door, but kept their discreet distance), in which grew some lovely...

...chillies, which we were encouraged to help ourselves to - and did on several occasions for gorgeous home cooked meals.  Whilst to the side of the villa was a great little barbeque area, shaded by a pergola over which grew...

... a very prolific passion fruit plant (bush? climber? tree?).  In addition, and just to add to the grace and beauty of the place, there were also many beautiful...; so I was able to indulge my passion for photography too.

The owners of the villa had two dogs - lovely friendly creatures (rescue dogs - abandoned and wild running dogs can be a problem on the island, and there is a marvellous sanctuary where all the strays are looked after and hopefully eventually find new homes, like these two) who would come visit us occasionally.  They were also great guard dogs - sounding the alarm if anyone came near the property at night.



and his faithful friend


(who is a little old and doddery, so we affectionately called her "Collie Wobbles")

...and they helped us both get over our own dog abandonment issues, and we rewarded them with much fuss.

While we were there we had use of a car - essential when you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere - and toured much of the island.  Sadly we didn't manage to see everything we wanted to, another couple of weeks would have been just perfect, but here are the edited highlights of our journeying, and living proof that Lanzarote is a beautiful island, and not just a tourist trap...

...and in case you're wondering - yes, we did spend plenty of time in that pool - swimming, mucking about, and bobbing on lilos; and yes, it did rain too! (But it didn't dampen our spirits and we had a wonderful time.)


Friday, 15 October 2010

Folksy Friday - It's a Dog's Life!!

And here is another one I prepared earlier...

Yep, I am still on my hols... Hopefully I am basking in the sunshine - but knowing my luck it will be overcast and raining! Anyway, whilst I am away I wanted to keep up with my Folksy Fridays, as I thought 3 weeks in a row would be too much to miss; so I put this one together last week before I left... (Don't bank on there being a Folksy Friday next week too, I may be getting organised, but I haven't thought quite that far ahead yet...)

I know that while we are away we will be missing Oscar, our dog, who has gone to stay with his newly found dog sitting friend Auntie Sarah.  I bet he is having a whale of a time, and the one with most separation anxiety will be my darling Hubbie!  So here is a little selection doggie delights from the fantastic handcrafting sellers at Folksy...

(Click on the title below each picture to find out more about each item...)

So, please, give your pampered pooch an extra tickle for me! 

Friday, 8 October 2010

Folksy Friday - Bring Me Sunshine...

Here's one I prepared earlier...
I am currently away on holiday, enjoying a bit of late summer sunshine, but I wanted you all to know that I haven't forgotten you - and I am sending you a little sunshine of your own.

As I was making my Folksy choices for this blog selection, I couldn't help humming that great song - immortalised by Eric & Ernie - so I hope that you will be singing along as you take a look at these gorgeous sunny finds...

(Click on the link below the picture to be taken to the folksy sellers shop to find more about each item...)

I may be on holiday, but my shops on Folksy and Etsy are still open...
...all orders placed will be dispatched Monday 25th October.

All together now... "Bring Me Sunshine...!"