Catching up!

Look at what I bought at a local Antique Fair this weekend, this is a lovely cookery book by the Check Apron Girl...You can imagine my surprise, when, as a fumbled through the papers that were on the floor, this little gem fell into my is advertising Brown & Polson's corn flour & Raisley's raising powder and all the recipe's inside feature the two products.

In the first pages there is a brief history about the cornflour and the raising agent and an index of the recipes, what appealed to me were the colours and the text, there is no date in the booklet but from the text style and the pictures I would place it around the 1930's.
Thats what I like about looking for vintage pieces - you never know what you will find! So interesting, these little snippets of the past, I love collecting old books and postcards, luckily my Nan was a hoarder and I have been working my way lately through suitcases of paper, photographs, letters and cards all pieces connected to me and my family. She was a great laugh and always had a smile and a cheeky twinkle in her eye, and whenever a song would start to play that she new, she would get out her mouth organ from her bag and start to play along!

This is a picture of (from left to right) My Mum, My Nanny Hilda, My Auntie Joyce and a friend of theirs.
And this is a picture of me as a baby with my Mum....

Luv happy x

SADE - Artist of the Week......

Introducing SADE....

SADE....I love this Artist, but haven't heard from her for ages....what are you doing SADE...please come back and start recording again...You are fab!

A Spring Clean!

This weekend I have been having a major spring clean and sort out, Fred and I have finally, I think, got into a better routine....what used to happen is that I go to work all day and Fred was the house husband...but things were getting a little strained for both of us, as it wasn't doing me any favors sitting down all day with no exercise and Fred's joints have been playing up more and more, so it was getting difficult for him to do the house chores...and plus he used to do the house work in about an hour and a half....when it used to take me a good 4 you can imagine a year of cleaning like that! was depressing me! Now we have started to share everything, I have taken on more things to help him and he helps me with the business side which enables him to sit down more...this is working out so much better for each of us and we are having more free time together, which is lovely...

So on Friday I decided to get a grip on things, black bags, bleach, washing up liquid all at the ready, my CK pinny tied on tight and I was ready for action!....I was conquering the top floor and as I polished, moved furniture, bleached and washed linen it was becoming rather therapeutic, not having done this for a while, I was finding I was really enjoying it. You see what with Fred being house husband, he used to do things his way, RUSHED! ...I am not knocking him, as he does do rather a lot in one day, he wares me out just watching what he gets up to!
I just felt everything needed a womans touch.....So eight hours later, swollen ankles, bad back and aching limbs...LATER, I had managed to clear 3 black sacks of rubbish from Rosie's room plus 8 black sacks full of boot sale clobber. 1 black sack of rubbish from our room, plus 2 black sacks of boot sale items.....2 black sacks of rubbish from Daz's bedroom (1 full of empty Dr pepper bottles!) and a whole sack full of black socks from down the side of his bed! THATS WHERE THEY ALL ARE! (check down the side of the bed gals for all the odd socks that you have lost over the years!) & One black sack of unwanted BROKEN boot sale items, only fit for the bin!

Any way it had taken me a whole day to Spring clean one floor, and then on sunday I tackled the middle floor, which has the Living room, dining room and kitchen....rubber gloves firmly on, tackling this floor was a bit of a doddle, with my initiation on Friday, I found this floor easier and more fun, as I was happy to find new places for our wonderful finds from the French Markets and Margaret's & Maddie's Garden Sale.

Then lastly I tackled the ground floor, which holds the craft room and laundry room, this floor was fun as I couldn't wait to sort out my paper and photograph collections...I have included pictures in this blog of the newly arranged items that I had forgot we had...polishing everything and re-arranging is just what the doctor ordered!...I now realise that I have too many things but because I love them all I can't possibly part with them....oh well.....I guess we'll have to move to a bigger house so that we can buy some more! hehehe!

Luv Happy x

Addicted - Not ME!

Whatever you do - DO NOT PLAY this is Sooooo could be doing the Housework, mowing the lawn...or Ironing..............So DO NOT START to play this game...because before you know it 3 hours would of past....YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!



Artist of the week!

I love this gal's voice.....all her troubles and all!....and sooo young, just 24...I wish the press would leave her alone and let her sort her problems out.....I watched a programme a few says ago about her life story - you might of seen it too! left me with sadness and dread, for I can see one day, us waking up to news that she has taken an overdose...and passed away. I was watching the programme thinking it and feeling sad before it had even happened!....My heart goes out to her family at this difficult time and I hope she can find the strength to get better....xx

Such a talent...I love her style...she is like a Bad girl from GREASE.....the tattoo thing, the BIG HAIR and the retro clothes all make me want to be young I have chosen these favourite songs of mine from her collection.....sorry if you cannot stand music on blogs....just turn it off!

AMY WINEHOUSE is my Recording Artist of the week!

Luv Happy x

What a clever idea....!

Look at this clever idea from a 1956 Woman and Home Magazine.....this is taking the Union jack cushion cover to a new extreme! I have resized this picture to hopefully a big enough file to be able to read! (just click on it!)....It is a little faded though, sorry about that, its the age of the piece not my photography! (well thats my excuse anyway!)....Get Crafty and Enjoy!

Luv Happy x

Heaven on Earth!

Today was a great day!...for we were invited by friends of ours, Margaret & Maddie to their annual twice a year Garden Sale and we were in heaven!...Its held in Margaret's house which is sooo beautiful, a Georgian Mansion with ambling gardens and out buildings to die for...needless to say this was the perfect setting.

These ladies buy for this event all year...adding to the collection week by week and placing it in an eclectic array of colours and themed settings....

we were invited over today (saturday) one day early as the sale starts sunday...I am so glad we were, as apparently people queue around the block in anticipation of them opening their gates...I don't think I would of liked to of fought hammer and tongs for items that today we leisurely picked out.

I have always said its not what you know - but who you know....and its definitely the case here, for we had an extremely lovely time, sipping lime the hot summer sun....whilst adding more and more to our pile!

We took many photographs for our blogs with the promise of letting everyone know where it was...but sitting in the car a little later, picking our daughter up from her Art GCSE exam, (well done Rosie!), we decided that it should be our little secret...(sorry folks!)

...And even later this evening we had to ring Margaret up again so that they could reserve us some other see we just couldn't live without the 1950's kitchen cabinet and that wonderful 1930's mannequin!

Thank you Margaret and Maddie...for inviting us and adding us to your friends and family list, we had such a lovely time meeting everyone including Tosca and Truffle, you have a lovely home and exquisite taste and we are sooo looking forward to the next sale....keep up the good work! xx

Luv Happy xx


I feel so honoured as I have been awarded an E for Excellence award....and it really did make my day....the actual day I received it had not been was starting to be one of those weeks, if you know what I mean....where everyone wanted a piece of me...I had customers complaining....children being rude, and PMT pending...I was sure it was a full moon. I checked my emails in the morning, expecting to find more bad news when I received an email from my friend Emma @ Jellybelly*Jellybrain, she had awarded me it, and i was so a big thankyou to Emma.....

The rules are that I am to award another 5 people that I think deserve this award so here goes...Of course there are many gals that I would love to list, but I have decided to keep to these 5 people that I have enjoyed to read over the past year.....

1. Helle greer
2. Avalon Rose Design
3. Hollyhocks
4. Old flowers 4 me
5. Nostalgia at the stonehouse

Congratulations girls... I love you all - luv Happy x

Doesn't time fly....!

Well we have been to the French market and have already been back nearly two weeks!...I really do not know where the time goes...I know one thing though, our house needs a good clean, and now that the sun is shining, the dust looks so could even write your name in places!

Mum came last week to stay with us for a few days and we said the usual 'You'll have to take us as you find us'....we get along so well now, I now know that she doesn't come over to see a spotless house, but to see us! and we had a lovely time, watching films, lazing around...a bit of shopping, a meal out...and catching up on old times....phew! theres a lot of those!...Every time she comes we learn a little bit more about our heritage....that is one thing I must stress talk to your loved ones or at least get them to write things down - there are many things that I never talked about with my Dad...about the war and his childhood, I would of loved to of known tell our children....and for them to tell their children....

We all hurry around these days don't we, rushing here and there and time floats by and before you know it another week, month, year has passed.....Yes we had a good old chatter, plenty of cuddles and much much laughter...I love our times together!

Thanks Mum for a lovely few days...I'll look forward to the next time!

Luv Happy xx