Friday, 7 December 2012

In desperate need of calm

As usual,so much to do, so little time.
Iv'e been up to all sorts over the last couple of weeks, Iv'e barely had chance to catch my breath.
Last Friday we tootled over to Harrogate for the Country Living Christmas fair, initially we were only going for the day but the lovely Mr. H thought it would be a nice idea to stay over, so who was I to argue.
We had a great time enjoying the fair and just spending some time together away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Sadly I didn't take any photos while I was there, although it wasn't overly busy, it was still difficult to get close enough to take pictures, besides I was way too preoccupied eyeing up the goodies on offer.

I bought myself this pretty little posy brooch.

We left the fair and had a good old mooch around Harrogate... a four hour mooch to be precise only stopping only for much needed refreshment.

We had dinner in the hotel, which meant we didn't have to travel back into Harrogate which was great as it was absolutely freezing.
We rounded off a lovely day by indulging in a little (actually mine was a rather large) cocktail in the bar before collapsing into bed around 11 o'clock feeling absolutely knackered!

After a lovely hearty Yorkshire breakfast on Saturday morning,we popped over the road to Betty's at Harlow Carr for a fat rascal and a few Christmas goodies before heading home (via Knaresborough) to collect the Christmas tree.
The remainder of the evening was spent decorating said tree, scoffing chocolate and watching S.C.D so all in all I would say it was a perfect evening.

Iv'e managed to collect quite a few loads of vintage baubles over the years and only a couple of weeks ago I picked up a box full of beauties, most of which are now dangling from the branches of the tree and the rest I will take along to the vintage fair tomorrow.

Little H also has his own tree in his room that he decorates himself and I have to say he's done a good job this year.
Hopefully next week we will have time to pick up another smallish tree for the dining room. As you can probably tell, I LOVE Christmas!

There was no let up on Sunday either as there were jobs around the house to tackle and the usual laundry/ironing/homework and cleaning. I would have loved to have just put my feet up and had a little snooze but there was just so much to do and as I had a friend calling round for a cuppa and a chinwag straight after work on Monday I had to make sure the house was at least a tiny bit tidy.

I'm not too sure where this week has gone but it's Friday already and I'm still chasing my tail trying to get everything ready for Mary's Marvellous vintage and craft market tomorrow, don't get me wrong I don't mind a little bit of pressure as it keeps me on my toes but it's been a ridiculously busy week.
I met up with another friend on Tuesday in town for tea and cake and even managed to get another Christmas prezzie for Mr. H (can't say too much as he reads this) and then Wednesday I met up with Adele a.k.a my thrifting partner in crime for a super duper afternoon starting with tea and cake at Elsecar followed by a mooch around the antique centre. I don't get as much pleasure from antique centres these days and would much prefer to scour the charity shops but I did pick up a little pack of happy family cards which kept me happy, however Adele spotted some fabulous tumblers tucked away in the corner of a cabinet that was also tucked away in a corner (I'm sure the specs she wears are of the bionic kind, specially made for spotting a bargain from 100 paces!)

So all in all it's been an enjoyable albeit a very busy week, which ends on Sunday with another craft fair/car boot/table top sale at a very nice school where I will be sharing a stall with the lovely Adele.
Thankfully this will be my last fair of the year so I will be able to pack away my treasures for a while.
Just before I bid you farewell I will leave you with this little lot for you to feast your mince pies upon (Christmas pun intended!)

I am lucky enough to be bloggy friends with the lovely Ada over at Vintage Sheet Addict who not only leaves lovely comments on my blog she has kindly sent me these gorgeous vintage papers.

For the time being I am going leave them where I can glance at them and admire and enjoy them as they are, maybe even plucking up the courage over the next few months to use them in a crafty project *GULP!
So thank you Ada x

Hopefully I will be back next week with some photos from the Vintage/Craft fairs so wish me luck and I will see you all on the other side!
I would love to say that I'm off now to have 40 winks but sadly I have felt 'paper chains' to cut and stitch together.....Oh well onwards and upwards!

: )


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Harrogate - I love going there! Good luck with the craft fairs and I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

    1. It was really lovely, I enjoyed every minute.
      : ) x

  2. Glad you had a lovely time at the CL Fair ... I was there on Friday too, but didn't see you, that would have been lovely!

    Claire xx

    1. Did you enjoy it Claire?
      We were there about 11ish and left around 1ish just as it started to get busy, yes it would have been lovely to meet you.

      : ) x

  3. Harrogate was fab wasn't it, the lights looked lovely! I took some photos of the fair but they aren't that good!
    Glad you like the wallpaper, go on be brave, you can do it!!! :)

    1. I loved it and would definitely go back next year and the lights were sooooo pretty.
      I need to pluck up courage to use the paper and it needs to be a special project to do it justice, I love it

      : ) x

  4. You sound very busy, but mostly with nice stuff, so that's OK! I'll seek out your stall if I make it to St. Mary's tomorrow. Which school is doing the fair on Sunday? I'll have a look on the Sheffield Forum. xx

    1. Oh that would be lovely if you could come and say hello.
      I will be at King Edwards school tomorrow, I didn't even know about it until my friend Adele asked me if I fancied doing it, it starts at 11 and finishes at 1 (I think)

      : ) x

  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend :) x

  6. That all sounds very fun & festive! Enjoy your weekend & look forward to reading all about it.