I love it when you arrange a nice little corner and all you want to do is creep in there with your book and a cup of tea. This corner has all of my favourite things, soft patchwork colours, pictures of roses and pretty tea cups.
Would you care to join me? I can pull up another chair but you must bring a book to read.
The only thing is I can't seem to find a good book to read. Please please tell me what you are reading...or what is your most beloved book ever? I need to make a list and would love to know.
Whilst others are gearing up for the Halloween section of the year, my focus is Christmas. Halloween isn't really big in Australia, especially not in our little corner of the world, which is good as I can direct all my energies to Christmas. It might only be September but things are starting to move around Lilly Cottage in preparation for the Sparkly Season.
I did attempt a little rearrange last week but I couldn't move any big furniture and as I was only visiting not 'working' it was a bit hard to convince others they must move things for me....will have to wait for DH to come out and shift stuff.
I did have some success though and there are some fresh and calm new corners...here have a little sneaky peek...
So peaceful....more sneaky peek corners later in the week. Hope your day is truly scrumptious!
Of course that sentence is not quite as dramatic when you realise I am talking about inanimate objects.
We are moving house...part of the reason for the big break inbetween posts and the fact that I was in hospital for 5 weeks....we are having a Sea Change....to more sea than where we live now but the sad fact is the new house is a lot smaller and I am losing my studio.
Now I have taken great comfort in flitting around blogland and seeing everyone elses creative spaces...you girls will know what I mean....everything becomes a creative space and storage is always pushed to it's extremes.
I paint, I sew, I bead, I have draws full of ribbons, I collage and make cards and tags. I have canvases and sewing threads and vintage flowers and more fabric than I care to admit. I have coathangers and stuffing and crates full of paints and mediums and varnishes. I have vases full of paintbrushes that look like a bizarre flower arrangment. I have cake tins full of sewing threads and others full of rubber stamps.
I have sewing baskets full of embroidery threads and big glass biscuit jars full of buttons, I have coffee jars full of buttons, I have suitcases full of buttons....yes I have a lot of buttons it seems. I have little jars full of beads and sequins, one for each colour and I have jars full of glitter. I have old crystal bowls full of colourful beads.
I have baskets full of have finished items and vintage suitcases full of...stuff! I have all more favourite little trinkets and treasures that I have bought and been given by other talented artists and for some reason a huge assortment of old bears and bunnies whose faces just plead with me to keep them....so sad.
It's not easy and I am holding out to do my studio until the very last as I have lots to finish sewing and painting before then. I will have a new space at the new house but it it tiny tiny and there is no storage for my treasures.
I have stacks of vintage books and bookcases full of my beloved books but the saddest part of all is that I have bookshelves and floorspaces and magazine racks and books full of my biggest weakness and most inspiration....MAGAZINES! Now there is no way that I can take these with me, there is simply no room and I can not bear to throw them away nor can I bear to tear out my favourite pages because those favourites might change and I could throw away something that next month I really adore. I do need to go through them again ( I have already had a big cull earlier in the year), but that takes time, I need to sit for a good couple of hours and sort out my favourites.
I have an awful suspicion though that there is still going to be a huge amount. I don't know how to be ruthless!! I need need need those magazines!
(this would be my Mother is the middle of a very messy creative space, seewhat I mean)
I also NEED all my art supplies and if I did decide to take less with me, what do I do with those extra things? I can't throw them away and the thought of giving them to a charity shop or to the childrens school is a good one but what happens if they don't recognise their huge artistic worth and throw them away? I can't sell them ( at least not around here) at a garage sale ( have had two of them and don't wish to have anymore in the near future) and to package them up and put them on Etsy or Ebay or the like I would then have to keep track of them and put them in a safe place....like that is going to happen or be at all possible.
It isn't easy and although I will have a new sapce at the new house it is tiny tiny and there is no storage space and nowhere to display my treasures....Yet!
I am driving myself slightly mad with the thought of it all....my studio is not my only downsizing...the whole house is! It will be much better to move I know, if only I could fact forward a month or so...
Oh well back to the packing I go...I will endeavour to be more creative in the meantime and try to remember that it is good for the soul to clear away some clutter...
This gorgeous Peter Rabbit lives at Lilly Cottage ( whilst awaiting a new home...he is up for adoption). He usually sits up high and overseas all the comings and goings at Lilly Cottage but this week he got fed up and hopped down and explored the cottage garden.
Hop hop hoppity hop..
Luckily he has his own carrot so the garden was safe ( not that we grow carrots at Lilly Cottage but we have the occasional tomato plant that pops up now and again and then of course there is the big chilli bush that thrives under the air conditioner in the summer).
It is a little disconcerting having such a huge rabbit hopping around but look at that face, he is so easy to adore and not at all frightening. If any one would like to adopt this rabbit I will be listing him in THE COTTAGE SHOP later in the week but I can give you the price and measurements if you email me.
He has popped back onto the shelf for now but I have a feeling that a lot happens in Lilly Cottage at night time.
That's not real swearing is it? I am just a little Ok a little bit more peeved....I used all more powers of persuasion to be allowed back on the shop floor of Lilly Cottage on Sunday ( my goodness they needed me there, so much to arrange and rearrange and stuff...and yes Mother did do a good job but it wasn't MY displays if you know what I mean). Anyhoo I did manage wonderfully with the help of Mother and my eldest daughter ( who I am calling my apprentice but fear she may get bored or sick of being nagged by me before she graduates...they think Donald Trump is hard on his apprentices, they have not seen me in action) for about 5 hours which was great and it was busy and fun and apparently has not been so for weeks...so they say...but as soon as the rush died down so did I and had to call on the assistance of DH to collect moi and return me to The Lilly Cottage Control Centre ( home).....and I have been a bit shall we say bleah ever since....I blame it on school holidays but DH is not believing that entirely for a minute but I know you girls will understand.
I did take photos though ( another weeks worth I hope)...here is one...
The real reason I am so Dang and Blast is that The Handmade Expo is on this weekend, on Saturday at the Ipswich Turf club and I can't go...well DH is not letting me go after my Sunday jaunt...so I shall miss another.....aargghh. So please if you can pop out there and visit as it sounds like there are some wonderful new stalls....all Handmade or fresh produce.....aarrgghhh again....
Here are the details of the Expo and if you would like to keep up to date or see what the girls have been up to before, pop over to their BLOG
2009 - DATES, VENUES & DETAILS
IPSWICH TURF CLUB BRISBANE ROAD, BUNDAMBA 8am-2pm Entry $2 adults...kids are free Saturday 26th September Saturday 17th October Saturday 21st November Saturday 12th December
Just remember to tell them that I sent you. Ok off to sew in the middle of a revolting dust storm...eeeww..
Here are some photos of our last Handmade Expo stall, just so I don't feel like I am missing out on too much.
How gorgeous are these lovely new throws and cushion covers? They are in the most cheerful pinks and turquoise and are a new range from Linens and Things. The colours just pop and you can't help but think happy thoughts looking at them.
I am thinking that I need one of these to throw over my lounge suite for a new Spring lift...forget spring cleaning, I am just going to throw a rug over it and call it Spring decorating....I think it may catch on.
Oh so pretty.... ha I just saw something on that last photo that isn't supposed to be there...oh well!
I am not sure about you but I have a thing for placing furniture in 'unusual' places. For instance I have a lounge chair ( sofa) outside in my entertainment area and a dressing table in my studio. I have a church pew outside and a tiny outdoor bench inside.
I have cane lounge chairs and single seats outside in the garden, old teapots filled with flowers and big ornate bird cages inside and out....it is fun...call me quirky but I think it puts my mark on things...my style. I have a chandelier outside covered in fairy lights and bunting around the outside, we are ready for a party any day of the week.
One of the best things about Lilly Cottage is setting up the outside displays every day....we do take them inside at the end of the day though. I love to hang birdcages outside there too and put old chairs in the garden beds, it is a great place to play.
This little display looked so cute...for about an hour until the chair and one of the baskets sold.....at least I got a photo....and a chance to create another display.
What interesting things do you have in your garden or inside your house for that matter?
If you could ride away on a pretty bicycle, where would you ride to?
I would love to ride down a tree lined country lane way. I don't think it would be in Queensland Australia though, a bit too hot and dusty for my imaginings, perhaps an English country laneway on the way to a lovely picnic beside a bubbling brook. I would have a proper cane picnic basket and red and white spotted napkins and a lovely book to read.
Not entirely sure what kind of food I would have...perhaps crusty bread and some camenbert cheese, oh and some lovely red, grown in the sunshine strawberries....aaahh
Two days of gorgeous handmade arts and crafts at Cleveland.
Christmas Craft Extravaganza Tamborine 11th-14th October 2012
Lilly Cottage will be at the Christmas Craft Extravaganza from the 11th to the 14th October 2012...a four day handmade extravaganza at the Dorothy Youngman Community Centre, Main Street North Tamborine
Lilly Cottage Bribie Island
Lilly Cottage brings vintage style gifts to Bribie Island in their little shop just over the bridge on Bribie Island.
31 Benabrow Avenue, Bellara 4507
Phone 07 3410 8001
We are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm (ish) and Saturday 9.30am to 2pm.
We are also open for small groups by appointment and we might even throw in a cup of tea or bubbles.
Oh edit my spiel...I am seachanging but I missed my little cottage too much and have moved back to Old Petrie Town with Rosey and Renata and Lilly Cottage and Friends returns...we are open Sundays 8am to 2pm...woohoo see you there!
Hi and thank you for visiting.
My name is Linda and I live on a sunny tropical island in Queensland Australia.
This blog used to be called Lilly Cottage and within its archives you will find many many posts about my gorgeous little cottage shop that was at Old Petrie Town.
I had a shop there with my friend Laura for over four years though had to close it due to my nasty MS.
Now I am sea changing, creating and loving life at a slightly slower pace ( I said slightly).
Enjoy my blog. Kiss Noises Linda