Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Teacher's Pet

It is that time of year when a thank you to teachers needs to be thought about. Last year, when I plainly had far too much time on my hands, I did lovely boxes full of goodies for the teachers.

This year there will be my Teacher Thank You Gift boxes which I hope they will like.

The boys really love helping get the presents ready but I guess when they are at secondary school this will become a thing of the past ... am I right in thinking this is just a primary school thing?

Monday, 27 June 2011

Please like Daisyley's Facebook Page ... is it right to ask people to like you?

I really don't understand the whole Facebook Business page thing. I'm hoping that if/when I get 25 'likes' it will suddenly become easier and the 'point of it all' more apparent.

So if you're reading this
{which you obviously are or you wouldn't have read that bit} could you do me a HUGE favour and just pop over to Facebook and press the like button. I'll let you know if I understand it more when I reach the golden 25.

Since writing this several days ago I've since learnt that the Likes have to be from personal pages not business pages. Why oh why do they have to make it so complicated? Anyway could you please like it from your personal Facebook page .... thank you!

Friday, 24 June 2011

My Beautiful Sons

For reasons that have not become apparent the boys decided to have their faces painted with butterflies at the school fair. Odd, considering the years I've tried to get them to have their faces painted with a spiderman or pirate but obviously I was plainly way off course and should have suggested butterflies!?!

Very kindly their headteacher did come up to me and say that it showed they had good self esteem and confidence and that they were in touch with their feminine side! Ummm I bet secretly she was thinking they were just weird.

He really loved his sparkly nail polish ... !

Oooo that brace ... good to have photos for prosperity!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Daisy, Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do ...

Zoe from Inspired Celebration did a great blog post this week called Inspiration Daisies which reminded me of all the fantastic daisy photos I've been storing away on Pinterest.

My fixation with daisies has even gone as far as my perfume because I've started wearing Daisy by Marc Jacobs. At first I just tried it because I liked the bottle but then, when I smelt it again on the coat I was wearing out shopping that day, I decided I really liked it so went back and bought a bottle. I got a free bag with it too which has some great daisy badges on but I'm not much of a badge sort of person ... what can I do with them?

{Just as an aside click here if you'd like to know the origins of Daisy, Daisy}

Monday, 20 June 2011

Patriotic Boy?

I had a request from a notonthehighstreet customer to do my large bunting with just red and blue lettering on white card. I often wonder where my bunting ends up and who it is for - so I'm wondering today if Freddie is a very patriotic boy or perhaps he's having a red, blue and white party? Who knows ... I'd really like it if each customer sent me photos of their party after the event with full details! 

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day

Ken Howard 1933 - 2002

My dad - who is still talked about at parties (!), is missed all the time 
and who I wish was still around to have a chat to.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Little Fluffy Chicks

Hen number 1 (well I don't think it is hen number 2) has successfully hatched three chicks. Not sure she's the best mum in the world but she's doing her best and so far things seem to be going quite well. Let's hope they are three little girls rather than boys!

They are gorgeous and I can hear them shuffling around tweeting outside as I sit at my desk - ahhh. They are very, very sweet.

{Ed is convinced they are cockerels ... but how does he know this? He doesn't he is just the eternal pessimist methinks.}

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I believe in pink ...

I have been doing some bunting for Claire (The Sweet Shop) as she is doing a wedding sweet table and she asked for bunting around her theme of pale pink, mint green and gold. I actually love pink and green together but for some reason it looked rather sickly when I had one letter green and one letter pink so I decided to just go with pale pink and little mint green hearts.

It's so pretty that it made me feel quite girly. Oh to be as elegant as Audrey ....

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." Audrey Hepburn

Monday, 13 June 2011

Father's Day Card Tutorial

Of course you will all have bought your Happy Father's Day bunting from me (!) but you will also need a card and if you haven't got one, and you have little ones, you might like to get them to do this.

First of all grab a piece of paper or card and fold it in half. Then draw round their hand.

Then ask your child to think of five lovely things about their dad and either they can write them on the fingers or if they are too small you could write them. You could always just write High 5 on it or something far wittier?

That's it - then simply hand him the card (geddit hand him the card!).

Friday, 10 June 2011

Sport Mad

I'm not really complaining because I'd rather pick up sports equipment than games console controls but why oh why does Oscar need to just abandon his tennis, cricket and rugby stuff just inside the kitchen door?

And does he really need to have three cricket bats, three tennis racquets, three rugby balls on the go all at the same time?

Don't even get me started on the trainers and clothes that get dumped where they were taken off .... !

Even getting him to put his cricket bag (which is HUGE) in his bedroom is a battle I am most certainly not winning. So when there is a lull in blogging you will know that I've finally had that serious trip over the cricket bag that I keep telling him will happen!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Garden in June

The garden is looking really pretty at the moment. Shame I seem to spend most of my time indoors working! I'm not the one with green fingers anyway so just get to waft around the garden taking photos of pretty flowers. I'm not sure about that pink thing - I feel I should hate it but I quite like it really. 

Monday, 6 June 2011

Truly Vintage Wedding Fair

I had a great day at the Truly Vintage Wedding Fair. The sun shone, I got positive and encouraging feedback about my wares and I met some really lovely people and chatted to lots of inspirational fellow exhibitors.

I learnt a lot too and if/when I do another fair there are certain things I would do differently but as a first attempt I was pretty pleased with my stand.

I was extremely lucky to be placed next to Myrtle & Mint and we found we had lots in common - kids the same age, mothers who quilt and a hatred of carnations! Libby and her mum were a joy to be next to. On my other side were Maiden Homes who again were just lovely and had the most wonderful vintage collection. They had some gorgeous vintage wedding dresses that we were desperate for people to try on and buy! 

There are so many great people I'd love to mention but pictures are better than words and Crumb Couture Cakes took some fantastic photos which give a real taster of the exhibitors - so glad someone was organised enough to do that.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Cub Camp aka Don't Change Your Clothes Camp

Archie went off to cub camp from Saturday to Wednesday. It changes the whole family and it was almost as if we were all just "going through the motions" until he was back with us.

He loved the fact that he got to have his favourite tea the night before he left as his 'last supper'.

He loved the fact that I made lemon drizzle cake just for him.

And of course he loved the fact that we missed him terribly and he couldn't wait to leave home! He didn't miss us at all and had the most fantastic time.

I packed far too much for him (as always) and I will not tell you about the socks that he came home in, suffice to say he had not used the five pairs of clean socks I'd packed for him .... eugh!

I always pack a little note for them to find when they unpack and sometimes I get one in return.

Although Oscar would never actually admit it - he did miss his brother and apart from just wanting him back I was also pleased to have him home so that I didn't get asked "will you come and bowl to me", "will you come and play tennis with me" "what can I do".

Oh yes now I remember why I had two children eighteen months apart ... so they could play with each other. Normality is resumed.

[whisper] Actually not quite normality because they haven't started bickering again yet. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Orla Kiely

Last week my friend very kindly drove me up to London to go to the Orla Kiely Summer Sample Sale. Her husband works just across the road from where the sale was held AND is important enough to have a car parking space so we had to go didn't we?

We did a quick school run and set off. Although we made good time and we were escorted by a super efficient doorman to where we wanted to go we just didn't quite beat the crowds and the first lot of people got in before us.

It was hell looking through the windows at all these people with armfuls of stuff and in the end we simply had to turn our backs away from the windows! After a short time queues are quite sociable places and I met a lovely lady who has just set up a super-cool, Eastern flavoured clothes shop called shopyuko.

So what did I buy .... too much. This particular friend is an extremely bad influence and very beguilingly says, "it suits you so you have to get it", "that is very reasonable you'd be a fool not to buy that", "go on treat yourself you deserve it". But I am really pleased with everything I bought and am so in love with this bag I can't stop looking at it!