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Monday, 4 November 2013

The North wind doth blow ....

Happy Monday, my lovelies! Brrrr! it's been a bit cold this weekend hasn't it? On Friday night I went to a party at my dear friend Julie's house ... it was her daughter Nicole's 21st Birthday ... I've been feeling a little bit delicate ever since, for some reason, so have battened down the hatches and done a little pottering ...


Adding twinkly little lights to my shelves (isn't Poundland fabulous?) ...


and making little lacy lanterns ...


the shadows these create are really atmospheric ... and so simple to achieve!


The big event of last week was, of course, Halloween ... the worst night of the year, weather-wise, for little witches, wizards and hobgoblins to be leaving their calling card ...


We only had two visits this year ...


Would have been a shame to waste this little lot ...


Even Rooby-doo joined in the fun ... #notimpressed ...


and Millie made an impressive 11th Doctor ...


We've been tidying the garden, ready for its long winter sleep ...


planting bright flowers to cheer up dark corners ...


and making newly found treasures feel right at home ...


Getting ready for the big event of the year ...


If you get the chance, please do pay us a visit! Me and Millie will be there, along with lots of other stallholders, selling the most amazing true vintage items ... and lots of lovely craftiness too!


Would like to share a little before ... (boy, this was so dirty it made the dog sneeze!)


and an amazing after! Thank you Kath for your upholstery help, I couldn't have done it without you!


and if all that isn't enough, I've won a lovely Giveaway on Instagram which will really get me in the Christmas mood ... thank you @ainttooshabbydevon, I'm really looking forward to this lovely parcel!

Next Sunday is Remembrance Day, so I'd just like to leave this verse for you ...


WE MUST NEVER FORGET

Looking forward to catching up with you all ... what have you been up to?

With love, from Claire xxx




53 comments:

  1. Hey Claire, sounds like a busy week! Nice to hunker down when the weather is cold and yucky though. Looks as though you have some halloween chocolate to work your way through this week, that has to be a good thing. Hope that your vintage fair goes well. xx

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    1. Hi Amy ... I'm afraid chocolate doesn't last long here! Thanks for popping in lovely, you're always welcome xxx

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  2. Your before and after chair is fabulous Poundland seem to have different things in different branches - I am currently hoping they might stock garden toadstools but no luck so far - the fairy lights aren't in my branch yet but will look out - we got great outdoor ones with a timer for our living tree for Christmas for £10 a rope - on EBay what luck.

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    1. Hi Betty, those lights were last years but I'm sure they'll have something similar ... they're battery operated, so perfect for cupboards!

      Thanks for your lovely comment about the chair, I am really pleased with it!

      Off to check out Ebay now ... need a rope of outdoor lights for my bike!

      Love Claire xxx

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  3. Love the chair, well worth the effort. Our market's on the 16th as well...let's hope the Christmas creep will have started...only 51 days to go! xx

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    1. Ooh Ethel, don't remind me!! This year I feel very disorganised xxxx

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  4. The chair is gorgeous, hope you have a fabulous time at your vintage fair. It's getting pretty cold over this side too, brrr, but nice and cosy inside :) xx

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    1. Hello Cheryl, thank you so much! I'll let you know how I get on at the Fair, my house is like a saleroom at the moment, be nice to get back to normal! xxx

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  5. Hello ! hehe love the photo of your doggie !! sounds like you are getting cosy ...it seems to have gone soooo cold I think we were a little spoilt by such a nice autumn up to now. Love the crochet flowers and your chair !
    Gail x

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    1. Hello Gail, thanks for popping in, have called in on you too! xxx

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  6. Goodness I am glad that I didn't have all that choccie left over, no good for my waist line! I love your twinkly lights xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, it didn't last long I can tell you! Thanks for popping in, you're always welcome xxxx

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  7. Hello Claire.............very windy here too after a beautiful summerish day yesterday the weather has turned about to give us a chilly blustery day today. As I always say how I do wish I could visit your fair! Al the same I hope you sell lots no not lots but everything!!!! I make a dive for poundland everytime I go home there is always something I can bring back with me :-)

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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    1. Hello Amanada, oh I wish yo coud come, it would be lovely to see you!

      Today has been a beautiful day, yesterday was truly dreadful and tomorrow is forecast dreadful too! Winter is fast approaching, I'm afraid!

      Love Claire xxx

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  8. Hi Claire, am going to try the lacy lamp jam jar idea, love it! Home bargains is also good for battery operated fairy lights for £2.99ish.
    Take care
    Sally x

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    1. Hi Sally, going to have a mosey to HB today, thanks for the tip! xxx

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  9. It all looks beautifully cosied! Love the chair. Wishing you good luck at the fair ...
    M x

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    1. Thank you Jane, I've popped over to you xxxx

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  10. crikey you have been busy!!!! i love twinkly lights and have them in my kitchen all year round - hadn't thought of putting them in glass fronted cupboards though so something to be achieved this week i think!!!! your lacy glass jars are really good as well ..... i hope your sale goes really well for you - how lovely to have your daughter tag along too - remember to sell a bit and buy a bit!!!!! our hatches are well and truly battened down here today - i actually had to give in and switch the heating on at 3pm today (wot a wimp!!!) i've been making cards all day long for a sale i'm having on saturday - hope you have a very good week xx

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    1. Hello Lynne, what lovely comments, you're very kind, thank you! The cupboard actually has no glass in it, I bought it like that and it's stayed like that ... no smears to polish so i'm happy!

      I've had heating on too, what a luxury!

      Hope your fair goes well on Saturday

      Love Claire xxx

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  11. Hi Claire,what a cosy post,I adore the little dog and your chair looks FAB!! I've not been able to post recently as "new post" wouldn't come up on my blogger heading,so it's good to "chat" here!! TTFN Pam.

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    1. Hello Pam, thought all was quiet from you lately! That happened to me once, think it was rectified when I signed back in ... hope it's that simple for you ... or is it Blogger playing tricks again?

      Hope to hear from you soon, lovely

      Love Claire xxx

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  12. I do love that chair - how clever:)

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  13. we didn't get any trick or treaters this year, I live on a dead end road and there are no children of that age so its all quiet :)

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    1. Hello Claire, in a way that's good, if you're not expecting any you don't have to prepare for them ... if you are expecting them and have prepared and then have to eat it all yourself ....

      Love Claire xxx

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  14. Your title is from my very favorite nursery rhyme! I memorized it when I was little and have never forgotten it because I love the imagery so much.

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    1. Hello Jennifer ... one of my favourites too!

      Love Claire xxx

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  15. love the lacey lantern idea, hope you feel better, Heather x

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    1. Thank you Heather ... it was all self-inflicted I'm afraid!

      Have a terrific Tuesday

      Love Claire xxx

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  16. Hello Claire I love your lacey candles and the fairy lights, It is very cold here today too, so candles are lit and the fairies are twinkling.. good luck with your fair, I wish I could pop in
    Thea x

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    1. Hello Thea, we had a beautiful day here yesterday, but today the rain is lashing down, the winds are whirling around the house ... definitely a day for candles and fairy lights!

      Keep warm, lovely, oh, and I so wish you could visit too!

      Love Claire xxx

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  17. I especially love your chair transformation, twinkle and candle lights, Claire! I have been burning a pumpkin pie spiced candle, our furnace is definitely running, and I have been working on harvest theme embroidery and enjoying a new little Grand Girl, Rose :) Wishing you well!
    Gracie xx

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    1. Oh Gracie, congratulations! A new Grandbaby ... how wonderful! Enjoy all your Autumnal blessings ..

      Love Claire xxx

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  18. Love the chair and the lovely crochet flowers. Jacqui x

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    1. Thank you Jacqui for your kind words xxx

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  19. Your house looks lovely and cosy with your thrifted lights, very pretty. Trick or treaters where a low on the ground this year. Like you say the weather was not great so maybe they thought it best to stay indoors. Congratulations on your win and good luck with the vintage fair. Your chair looks wonderful. I love the fabric. Stay cosy and warm indoors.
    Ali x

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    1. Hello Ali, how lovely of you to pop in! Thanks for your lovely words and hope you're keeping warm too xxx

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  20. Your home looks so warm and cosy, the perfect place to be! I love the chair makeover, it looks amazing. Good luck with the fair!
    Helen x

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    1. Hello Helen, thans for your lovely comments! xxx

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  21. Hi Claire, you have been very busy. Love the chair makeover and the cosy shots of Halloween. Have a lovely week. Fiona

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    1. Hello Fiona, once these fairs are over I'll have to get Christmas sorted, I'm really behind this year!

      You have a lovely week too

      Love Claire xxx

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  22. Lovely, cosy autumn post here.....hope your heads feeling better! :) x

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    1. Ooh much better thanks Ada! Thanks for popping in, called in on you earlier!

      Love Claire xx

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  23. Hi Claire! I think we are all feeling the need to hanker down and cosy up.....it's a lovely time of year, if you can cope with the lack of sunlight. Your chair transformation is beautiful. So only 2 Halloween visitors? My man stood guard at the front door in a scary mad hatter get up, and banged on the door with an axe for me to open it to trick or treat visitors, and has left great big bloody dents in it, so the 20 visitors we had are each recorded in my front door! X have a great week

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    1. Haha, I bet you wish you'd only had 2 visitors Jo! I bet the children were terrified ...

      And your poor door!

      Love Claire xxx

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  24. ~ Way behind on here, Mrs Thriftwood..I have been to London, not to visit the queen, but to view the uni's and have a little spend... ( sore feet today) LOVE the cosy feel to your post today....and of course your little treasures in those pretty corners....Have a great vintage fair, with all the trimmings....Hugs and twinkles *** Maria x

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    1. Hi Maria ... Ooh how exciting, I love London! Look forward to seeing what you've been buying Mrs ...

      Love Claire xxx

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  25. Hello Claire~
    I have just discovered your blog via Mary Jane's TEAROOM {one of my favorite places to go} and have decide I MUST be a follower!
    Such a lovely blog you have here :)))
    Happy Day to You,
    Danette

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    1. Ooh a new follower! Hello Danette and a big welcome t Thriftwood! Wil be lovely getting to know you ...

      Lov c, Claire xx

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  26. Love your candles around the house and your pretty crochet flowers! Have fun at the fair!!!

    Madelief x

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    1. Hello Madelief, lovely of you to drop in! I'm going to pop in on you now to see what you've been up to ... thinking of you all

      Love Claire xxx

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  27. Its been way over a year since I came back!! I miss your blog so much! I have a lot of reading and catching up to do Claire. Looks like you have been super busy too. xx

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I love to hear what you think of my ramblings and value all your comments ... I will try and get back to you, but am sorry if I don't always manage this ... sometimes real life just gets in the way! Claire xxx