Thursday, 16 January 2014

Blue Sky Catch Up

In between all the rain we've been having here, we managed to catch some blue sky whilst walking Spencer up on the Common.....

Last Friday, we went to a local auction viewing and then bid online in the comfort of our home. Those auction rooms can be drafty places at this time of year!

I won these two boxes of costume jewellery which we've been sorting and untangling ever since! I've kept a few pieces for myself but I'm looking forward to taking some pieces to sell at the next flea market at Malvern.

George's Aran jumper is coming along nicely....

....and this is a patchwork quilt that I am making for a gift. It's been fun to make. I'll show you more when I've completed it.

I'm pleased to have learnt that Sainsbury's own brand toiletries are now Cruelty Free and are BUAV approved.

I hope they're working to get their household products approved too. I'll keep you posted.

That's all for now.

Thanks, as always, for popping by.

Maggie xx

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Harvey J Mug Rug

With all the cold and wet weather we've been experiencing, I always long for the Spring when it's warm enough to take a trip in our motorhome, Harvey J.

There's such freedom and relaxation from travelling around and stopping where we like. We've found there's always something interesting to do or see wherever we go. It's all about making the best of the place we find ourselves in. And if it's raining, we can either put on our waterproofs and take Spencer for a walk in the rain or batten down the hatches, enjoy a good book, do some crafting, Chris might play his guitar or we can have a snooze.....

 Good times.

One of my favourite blogs is Sandy's QuiltinCats. 

Sandy travels around the United States with her husband and their four cats in their motorhome. I love seeing the photos of the places they visit, reading about their adventures and seeing the beautiful hand stitched quilts Sandy makes whilst travelling.

Last year, I saw that Sandy was making these gorgeous mug rugs in the form of little caravans. 

Look at the little cat's face in the window!

Unbelievably cute! 

Of course I had to ask Sandy if she would make me one in the form of our Harvey J! 

I was so thrilled when she agreed :)

Sandy asked me to send a pic of Harvey that she could work I sent this one.....

........with the added bonus that it featured Chris and Spencer!

When my mug rug arrived all the way from Oregon.....I think I remember the parcel was postmarked Seaside which sounded so lovely......I was so pleased with my precious Harvey J mug rug......

I had requested the gorgeous red and aqua colours and Sandy had added so many wonderful details.........

.........the beautiful embroidery.....

.......including Harvey J's name......

Sandy even put two little tea cups and a rose in the window as she knew we were newly weds....

...and the little heart door sweet is that!

The mug rug is kept in Harvey J during the summer but I don't use it as a mug,'s far too lovely.....I hang it in the window so everyone can see it!

I have brought it indoors now so we can enjoy it during the cold weather too...Now the Christmas decorations have been put away, I have hung it above the kitchen's a wonderful reminder that in a few months, the weather will be warmer and Harvey J will be taking us on some more cosy adventures....

Thanks again Sandy.

To visit Sandy's blog, QuiltinCats, please click hereand for Sandy's Etsy shop, where she sells her beautiful hand stitched items, please click here.

Here's one of the adorable mug rugs that she has for sale at the moment....

......again such wonderful detail,,,the bunting, bunny, the little door hanger...if you click the photo, it should link direct to the listing on Etsy...

Thank you for visiting....hope you're keeping cosy and warm.

Maggie xx

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year!

I haven't made any new resolutions for 2014 but I'm continuing with my 2013's Cruelty Free only buy and use toiletries and household products not tested on animals...please see my Cruelty Free tab above.

Good luck with any resolutions you have made!

Maggie xx