New country, new things, new ideas

January 15, 2014

There’s usually a fog which hangs around my head for those first few days back from England, but then at about the fourth day, the fog lifts and I can sleep and start to feel much better. At about the fourth night I tend to stop haunting the house at 3am; a sight rather spoiled by the comfy, pink, polka dotted pyjamas. (Repeat note to self: buy flowing ivory gown)

I’ve been dying to make something…anything…and so pulled this funny, little table from storage to upholster the top and put into use in the living room beside one of the antique chairs.

The table has a hidden compartment under a loose top, so it was rather a piece of cake to upholster.

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I chose a little bit of this neutral fabric and used a very light stuffing just to give it a bit of body.
I like it. 😀

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Then I made a cup of tea and looked at my darling prezzies from some lovely blogging friends. It’s all new to me because I haven’t been here and so only just got to play with all my prezzies.

This darling tea cup was a Christmas gift from my friend Lorraine. It’s Aynsley and the perfect turquoise.

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On the left side is a prezzy from my friend Christie. She knows how much I love San Francisco and found these vintage post cards and sent them to me, along with a lovely secret note.

On the right is a beautiful art card from my friend Dawn. I love the bold colours especially the turquoise and Dawn included one of her mandalas. It’s actually a sticker.


And this beautiful little ceramic is a gift from my friend Celi. She sent it to me in E and it arrived one day before I left for Canada! Lucky! It had travelled the world with her and now it belongs to me and I promise to keep it safe. Celi said the fern is called Koro (pronounced Kor-roo – rolled r) and symbolises peace, tranquility and family.

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Now onto new projects. Now that I have two beautiful art cards from friends…the cat card is also from Christie, I plan to display them somehow and keep them safe. I was thinking that maybe one of the old cigarette card holders I bought in E might be altered as a display book for art cards.

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And now I want to go make more art cards. Boy, once you start making them, they’re addictive. 😀

Between work, a lunch at Burford Garden Centre

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  • Reply January 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    So creative Veronica and lovely friends that appreciate who you are !

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Aw thank you so much Kathryn. I feel really lucky. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond January 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I love the table and all your lovely gifts. I’m glad the travel fog has lifted.

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Ugh, me too Michelle. The older I get the more it hurts…lol.

  • Reply Christie January 16, 2014 at 4:49 am

    So fun to see my card on your blog! What lovely gifts from your other friends. The turquoise tea cup is gorgeous, Dawn always does such wonderful work and her mandalas are terrific, and the little ceramic koro is precious. Glad you are home safe and sound.

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      It’s a beauty Christie and I’m so proud to own it. The more I think about it the more I don’t want to stick it away into a book, (even if that will preserve it), I think it’ll end up living up on my mood board in the studio. 🙂 Dawn’s work is fantastic, isn’t it? I love her mandalas too.

  • Reply dianecayton January 16, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Great looking fabric! Oh, and that card with the cat is just too sweet! You make such lovely things… xox

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Thank you Diane. 🙂 That card is very sweet. I love looking at both the cards.

  • Reply ladyfi January 16, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Wonderful gifts and cards!

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Hi Fiona, I thought so too. So thoughtful and lovely. Aren’t people who we meet thru blogging just the best? 🙂

  • Reply georgeplace2013 January 16, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Your project turned out well – love the material. You have many talents.

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Debi, thank you so much. 🙂 Off to check in with you to see what’s new in your poetry world. I really have to get back to my Sunday whirls. Missing writing poetry.

  • Reply mysoulfulhome January 16, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Veronica…you left a comment on my blog this morning & here I am. I treated myself to a visit and I am so happy I did. Your paintings are so very beautiful. Following you now on B’lovin’. Happy to have discovered each other. Need to know…you live in Canada & England? V is on my list & E is in my blood/heart. Let’s do keep in touch…

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Kelly, I’m so glad you came for a visit, and thank you very much. 🙂 It’s a long story…lol, but I do live in both countries. Vancouver, BC and Northmoor, Oxfordshire, UK. (Brief version: Czech mom, British dad, raised all over Europe and Canada, British love, two countries, two homes, three cats, three kids…a few headaches, but millions of happy times) I’m looking forward to keeping in touch and getting to know you better.

      • Reply mysoulfulhome January 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

        Thanks for sharing that Veronica & for coming with me to Anthro. Your daughter & mine would be comfy in that bed! My Ava would also like to curl up there!! I want to know more about your painting…

  • Reply Lavender Cottage January 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    You are quite creative Veronica. I love the aqua of the teacup, and the cat card is my favourite.

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Judith, I think I’m really enjoying aquas, turquoise, blues more these days. I always thought I was more of a reds girl. 🙂

  • Reply Sonya Mann January 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I love sending and receiving homemade cards! Snail mail can be so rewarding 🙂 I also love that teacup, and your upholstery job looks professional!

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Do you really? Me too. Actually, my daughter Chloe, who is about your age, she does too. It’s been ages since we bought a card. 🙂

  • Reply daryl January 17, 2014 at 9:52 am

    what wonderful prezzies and how wonderful that ceramic arrived in time to travel back with you

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