Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Whether you spend it with a friend or family...

...or simply relaxing alone...

...however you see the New Year in I hope you have a wonderful time! I would like to thank everyone for all of their lovely comments over the past few months and I look forward to reading all of your great blogs in 2007!
A Very Happy New Year to You All!

Friday, December 22, 2006

A Very Merry Christmas To You All!

I thought it was about time I shared some Christmassy photos with you! We have been busy decorating the tree and have also decked the timbers with garlands and lights!

We've had a very traditional red and gold theme for our decorations ever since I can remember, and every year we add a few more! Therefore some of the decorations are 'vintage' and some are much newer!

Lastly, Santa's little helper was overcome with all the festivities and decided to stop for a rest!

I hope you enjoy the photos and I look forward to seeing all of your Christmas photos too! Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Luxury Condo in Tallest Building South of N.Y.

Luxury apartment in the fabulous Millenium, located on Brickell Ave in Miami in the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Hotel soon to be announced as on the market for sale at the wonderful price of $1,775,000. Look for it on the Miami real estate site this month.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

My 'Vintage' Phone!

I can't quite believe I'm actually 'blogging' my phone but I hope you'll agree that it isn't just any old phone!!! It was my birthday last week and my lovely husband whisked me away for the weekend for a stay in a converted windmill. click on 'Splash Mill' to find out more! As if that wasn't enough of a treat, we spent the whole of Saturday in the Portobello Road, doing a spot of antique shopping. But the absolute highlight of the weekend was a trip to the Michal Negrin shop in Windsor, the first of her stores on the UK. Two years ago we spent my birthday in Prague where I had the pleasure of discovering her beautiful jewellery for the first time.

Apparently there are only a handful of these phones in the UK at the moment - the main delivery is expected in March I think. I was lucky enough to get one of the four they were expecting that week as I was VERY persistent! It is presented in the most beautiful box which can be used as a jewellery box too - oh, and the phone even has one of those dangly things attached to it!!!

Anyone who knows me would be amazed that I am excited about a phone - after all, it isn't exactly vintage is it?!! But it has to be the closest thing to vintage-style that a phone can get, don't you agree?!!

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Who is Alice?

I have a cottage filled with floral oil and watercolour paintings, they bring the garden inside and at this time of year it's nice to be surrounded by flowers!

However, one of my favourite paintings is a delightful oil painting of a little girl. It was painted in 1933 by Alix Jennings and written on the back is the name 'Alice Scatterbrook'. I have always wondered who she is. The surname sounds as though it originates from the North of England but I have no information on her.

I think she is adorable! The painting charms me every time I look at it! With those big blue eyes, her lovely rosy cheeks, pretty golden curls and wonderful pink dress, who can failed to be charmed by her?! Given the age of the painting, if the adult Alice is still around, then she would probably be in her late 70's or early 80's.

Does anyone else have something special they would like to know more about?

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

About Short Messages Service 3

SMS Romantic :

1. True love is knowing a person’s fault, N loving them even more 4 them.

2. True love is when U’re still dancing, long after the music has stopped.

3. True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.

4. True love doesn’t have a happy ending. That’s coz true love doesn’t have an ending.

5. True love only comes once in a lifetime, so take it as it goes N enjoy every bit of it while it is still burning strong.

6. A love filled with joys, fantasies N wishes, is as soft N as gentle, as angle kisses.

7. A good friend is like a computer. She “enter” U’r life, “save” U in her heart, “format” U’r problems, “shift” U 2 opportunities N never “delete” U from her memory.

8. A bell is not a bell till U ring it. A song is not a song till U sing it, N a love is not a love till U give it away.

9. U never choose love coz love chooses U!

10. Love is a two-way street. Each person’s giving, loving N reflecting the best of the other person.

11. Love is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings N emotions which take their origin from the heart N from the soul.

12. Love can make U do things that U never thought possible!

13. Love is the salutation of the angel 2 the stars.

14. Love comes from the heart N can’t be denied.

15. Only a person who has not felt true love can move on in life saying “there are lots of other fish in the sea”.

16. Once U find U’r true love, U’r heart will know it coz it will always leave a feeling inside of U that never goes away.

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About Short Messages Service 2

SMS Missing :

1. It’s just not the same without U.

2. Please! Come back as soon as possible coz I miz U.

3. I miz U when U’r far away. I think about U every nite N day. Even if we can’t be 2gether, I will miz U now N 4ever. HugNKiss.

4. Have I told U? How much I miz U...

5. Remember me with smiles N laughter, 4 that’s how I’ll remember all of U.

6. A part of U has grown in me, N so U see, it’s U & Me, 4ever, N never apart maybe in distance but never in heart.

7. I can be with U always, wheter U’re near or far, 4 I have roads inside me that take me where U’re.

8. I kiss U from a far... with all my heart.

SMS Love :

1. U’re all I ever wanted, since the first day we met, I have known U 4ever, is the feeling I get.

2. U’re not beautiful coz I looked at U’r body. But coz I looked in2 U’r eyes N I saw what was in U’r heart.

3. Don’t compare our love 2 the flower that blooms only in summer, instead compare it 2 the river that flows 4ever.

4. Is U’r dad a thief or something? Coz someone stole the stars & put them in2 U’r eyes.

5. Don’t go changing 2 try N, coz... I luv U just the way U’re.

6. U dropped U’r smile, can I pick it up 4 me?

7. U know what would look great on U? Me.

8. Do U have a map? Coz I keep getting lost in U’r eyes.

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Friday, December 1, 2006

Welcome To My Blog

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About Short Messages Service 1

SMS Romantic :

1. True love can’t be found where it does not exist or can’t be hidden where it truly does.

2. This is true love. Do U think this happens everyday?

3. A memory of true love is like a favorite song; no matter how many times it plays again, U never get tired of it.

4. Love doesn’t sit there like a stone. It has 2 be made like bread N remade all the time, like new.

SMS Missing :

1. I’m lost without U! Hope 2 see U soon.

2. I’m a fish out of water without U... I miss U like crazy.

3. Cintaku... Aku mndengar panggilanmu dr sberang lautan & tlh kurasakan jari tnganmu membelaiku...

4. All of life is connected no matter how far apart we maybe...? Hold me close.

SMS Love :

1. Mencintaimu adl hal trindah dlm hdpku. Mana mgkin aku melupakanmu seumur hdpku. Coz kaulah kekasihku yg teristimewa...

2. Mgkin bagi sluruh dunia ini engkau hnylah seseorang, tp bagiku engkau adl sluruh dunia ini.

3. Cinta adl anugrah yg trindah. Dunia tnp cinta pstilah kan trasa hampa, sprti kgelapan tnp cahaya, sprti diriku tnpmu.

4. When God made U, He had 2 have broken the mold. Coz I’ve never seen anything as beautiful as U.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Holiday Memories

Niki had a nice idea with her recent post about memories, so here are mine. Just a couple of years ago we had a wonderful holiday in New England. We stayed in Southern Vermont, in the town of Bennington (where the English were defeated by General Stark!!!) at a beautiful colonial clapboard house - complete with verandah which had a resident robin family (see photo).

Most of us have regular holidays to far flung places, but of all the countries we've visited this was the hardest place to leave. The people were wonderful, the scenery was breathtaking, the streets were clean and we felt so much at home there.

We crammed a lot into our 10 days - which felt like 10 weeks, we did so much! We met up with some friends from Pennsylvania, we visited the most enormous antiques fair at Brimfield MA, and experienced an evening at a 'traditional English pub' in upstate NY. We visited all the small towns we could and drove the 5 miles to the top of Mount Equinox. We delighted in seeking out the old covered bridges (who didn't shed a tear over 'The Bridges of Madison County' - both book and film!) We revelled in the beautiful old houses and the charming Dutch barns throughout MA.

When we came home we mused on the idea of living there. It's something we still talk about and as I type this I feel a really overwhelming sense of longing. Since our return, life has intervened in our plans - someone once said 'life is what happens when you're busy making plans'. How true. Still, we may yet return, be it for a holiday or to live there. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Shopping at Shepton!
Yesterday, I went to the first day of the DMG Antiques Fair at Shepton Mallet. The weather was horrible - heavy rain and winds which gave way to calmer - but colder!- weather later in the afternoon. Not one to be deterred, I managed to find some nice things to buy! I also met up with Sue of Vintage to Victorian, Niki of Nostalgia at the Stone House and Kelly of Vintage Lifestyle. Sue and Niki had stands at the fair and Kelly was doing the same as me - shopping!
Here are some of my buys. The bag is a beautiful creation of Niki's - lovely old floral barkcloth with a sumptuous satin lining - and a dramatic black rose for that final touch! Next, I just couldn't resist the 50's plastic clothes protector smothered in large pink roses - they certainly don't make 'em like that these days!

The impulse buy of the day was made just ten minues before the gates closed! On our way out, I spied a beautiful Victorian prie dieu - a French prayer chair (hope my spelling is correct!) Amongst many other things, I also collect vintage tapestries and embroideries and this just called out to me! Shown with it, are some of my old tapestry items, including a Victorian cushion with roses and a shell in the design. Now my main concern is how to deter my cat from exercising her claws on it..!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Alex Shay

Real estate agent - Alex Shay

November Newsbytes

Nov 19, 2006 - Miami Beach FL real estate - 129 closings this year of Miami Beach FL homes for $1,000,000 and up
Nov 17, 2006 - 197 Miami Beach FL homes (waterfront properties) for sale in zip codes 33139 to 33154
Nov 14, 2006 - Florida real estate -
Miami MLS shows 136 Miami homes for sale, priced at $5,000,000 and higher, in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Miami, Bal Harbour, Indian Creek, and surrounding communities.
Nov 4, 2006 - 541
Miami Beach condos priced at $1,000,000 and higher are presently listed for sale.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Antique Centre of The Month!

Here are the details of the Antiques & Collectables Magazine feature, naming Brackley Antique Cellar as antique centre of the month for October, plus some photos. My unit - No. 62 Vintage Home - is shown at the bottom of the second photo - yes, I know, it's only a small piccy! Hopefully blogger will allow you to click on the photo and enlarge it! I am currently gathering together lots of new stock which I'll be taking into my unit next week - here's a taster of a few of those items...
This is a pair of beautiful old decorative metal fans which have handpainted, exquisite roses on them - they're actually quite big and I've nowhere to display them properly so have decided they must go!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Miami FL Real Estate Officially a Buyer’s Market

It’s officially a buyer’s market in Miami. Miami FL real estate market conditions have been less than favorable lately if you are a seller in Miami. According to data supplied by the Coral Gables, Homestead-South Dade, Kendall-Perrine, and Northwestern Association of Realtors or their MLS, in June of 2005, there were 3,261 single-family homes on the market in Dade County (which includes Miami, Miami Beach, and a number of surrounding smaller cities), with 1,196 sales. In January of 2006, there were 6,364 single-family homes on the market, with only 687 sales. In August of this year, there were 10,579 single-family homes for sale in Dade County, but there were only 705 sales. September of 2006 saw 11,103 single-family homes in Dade County, for sale; with only 758 homes sold.

The condo market in Dade County has been similar. In June of 2005, there were 5,550 condos for sale in Dade, and there were 1,564 sales. However, moving into January of 2006 there were 11,800 condos listed on the market for sale, but only 915 sales. In August of this year, there were 18,133 condos in Dade for sale, with the number of sales falling to a 15 month low of 823 condos sold. September of 2006 fell lower with a total of 18,974 condos for sale in Dade County, and 805 sales.

This is all good news if you are looking to buy real estate, because there is so much to choose from, and the savvy buyer can make a wonderful deal in this real estate climate.. Thousands of luxury homes and condos available for sale in the real estate marketplace can be viewed on the
Miami real estate website.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Miami Beach Real Estate a Buyer's Market, Declares Alex Shay

Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2006 -- It’s officially a buyer’s market in Miami Beach and surrounding South Florida communities, according to Alex Shay, a prominent Miami Beach real estate broker, whose award winning website, , features some of the most beautiful residential real estate in all of the world. “The market was bound to change,” said Alex Shay. “Real estate prices couldn’t continue to climb at the rapid rate of the boom days of a couple of years ago, and this is how it should be. The luxury home market is just beginning to once again become balanced, and soon the buyers will be out again in droves, because Miami real estate is still undervalued, relative to real estate in other parts of the country,” said Shay. Nonetheless, real estate market conditions have been less than favorable lately if you are a seller in Miami. For example, according to data supplied by the Coral Gables, Homestead-South Dade, Kendall-Perrine, and Northwestern Association of Realtors or their MLS, in June of 2005, there were 3,261 single-family homes on the market in Dade County(which includes Miami, Miami Beach, and a number of surrounding smaller cities), with 1,196 sales. In January of 2006, there were 6,364 single-family homes on the market, with only 687 sales. In August of this year, there were 10,579 single-family homes for sale in Dade County, but there were only 705 sales.The condo market in Dade County has been similar. In June of 2005, there were 5,550 condos for sale in Dade, and there were 1,564 sales. However, moving into January of 2006 there were 11,800 condos listed on the market for sale, but only 915 sales. In August of this year, there were 18,133 condos in Dade for sale, with the number of sales falling to a 15 month low of 823 condos sold.Shay believes that buying real estate in Miami is a wonderful opportunity for those who love the “magic city”, and for those who have an interest in investing their money in some of the best real estate that dollars, euros, pounds, or any other currency, can buy. “I came to Miami many years ago,” said Shay, “and it always feels like you are on vacation around here. It’s a wonderful place to live and work.” Some of the most beautiful homes in all of Florida, if not in all of the world, are featured on Miami FL Real Estate , and Shay welcomes all of those who have an interest in Miami luxury real estate to visit his website.“I want people to buy real estate in Miami Beach, because Miami luxury real estate is always going to be a good investment. The doldrums of the real estate markets of the 70’s and 80’s are long gone, and in 2006 and 2007, those who invest in Miami real estate are going to be very glad they did,” said Shay, “and a buyer can make a great deal right now.” Miami is an international city, and the most unique city in America, with it’s warm ocean breezes, and sunny, bright days. The weather and the wonderful beaches are among the predominant reasons that people from all over the world come to Miami Beach. It’s beautiful all year round. It is the third most visited city in the United States, behind New York and Los Angeles.Alex Shay is an experienced real estate broker, who specializes in luxury real estate in Miami, and Miami Beach, as well as Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Aventura, Bal Harbour, Indian Creek, and all of the surrounding South Florida community. He has been licensed to practice real estate in the State of Florida for over 20 years, and he brings his expertise and negotiating skills to his clients, whether they are his neighbors, or clients from as far away as Taiwan. “We are in a buyer’s market now”, he said, “and it’s a great time to invest in Miami real estate.” Literally thousands of homes can be viewed on his user friendly website (Miami Real Estate).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Vintage Home Antiques Unit 62, Brackley Antique Cellar
Here are some photos of my antiques unit at the Brackley Antique Cellar in Northants.
I have had the unit for a year now and thoroughly enjoy stocking it with all manner of vintage items. I sell mainly textiles including eiderdowns, quilts, curtains and fabric, plus floral oil paintings, pretty china, kitchenalia, painted furniture and some vintage toys.
The Antiques & Collectables Magazine have named the Brackley Antique Cellar their Antique Centre of the Month for October - and included a photo of my unit! Yes, it's a rather small one at the bottom, but it was still a nice surprise! (Blogger is playing up at the moment and won't let me add any more photos, but I'll try again later!)
I can thoroughly recommend a visit to the centre. It is a huge place and has over 150 dealers, plus cabinets. It's open 7 days a week (353 days a year!) from 10 til 5. There is a nice cafe and the staff are friendly and helpful. The only drawback with having a unit there is I always have a stroll round the other units (which can take a few hours!!!) and invariably buy several things! If you're not local, it's certainly worth making the journey as it's a great day out!

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

An Autumnal Blaze of Colour!
It's turning into a really gloomy day out there; for the first time in a long time it's feeling decidedly cold and the wind is blowing up a storm! So, I thought a dose of colour was needed to liven things up! Do not adjust your monitors - although you may need sunglasses!
Yes, I do like a splash of colour in the kitchen - particularly as we head into winter!

Monday, October 2, 2006

Recent Real Estate Newsbytes

Oct 1, 2006 - In August 2006, with regards to homes priced at $750,000 and higher, there were 2450 real estate homes for sale in Miami FL, and 92 luxury homes sold.

Sep 21, 2006 - In the month of August, there were 10,579 real estate
homes for sale in Miami Dade County, and 705 homes sold.

Monday, September 25, 2006

A New Project!
I had a lovely time on Saturday at the antiques fair at Shepton Mallet and came home with some gorgeous things! This is one of them; a pretty painted and glazed cupboard, intended for my bathroom. I may yet change the interior colour as my bathroom is painted in a Laura Ashley paint; 'pale crocus' - perhaps I should cover the interior in some vintage wallpaper - what do you think? Either way, it will be a new home for my growing collection of old talc tins!
As usual, Sue & Niki had some lovely things for sale. Sue; the crocus jelly mould has found a good home and Niki; that old postcard album is quite beautiful, I will treasure it!
More photos of newly acquired treasures to follow soon...!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Miami Real Estate - The Summer of 2006

How has the luxury real estate market fared this summer with regards to residential Miami real estate? People who own homes and want to sell, know very well what has happened this summer, because they can feel it. As far as luxury homes in Miami go, things have come to all but a standstill. Prices haven’t really come down much, and therefore we are seeing a whole lot of real estate for sale, but relatively few buyers. In real estate everything takes time, so prices will come down a little more, and homes will begin to sell. That having been said, it is safe to say that we are in a buyer’s market right now. Statistics aren’t everything, but they do sometimes tell a story, and in Dade County Florida, which includes Miami, Miami Beach, and a number of surrounding cities and communities, there is definitely a story to be told. For example, according to data supplied by the Coral Gables, Homestead-South Dade, Kendall-Perrine, and Northwestern Association of Realtors or their MLS, in the month of August 2006, that’s just last month, there were 28,712 homes and condos on the market for sale in Dade County, but there were only 1,528 sales. The stats go on and on, but suffice it to say that the Miami real estate market needs a boost, and that is going to take some time. The good news is that Miami is a very special place, an international community, where people from so many parts of the world feel right at home, so real estate is still undervalued. Owning real estate in Miami is always a good idea.
Coast 2 Coast Bike Ride!

Okay, so there's nothing vintage or crafty about this post, but I felt I had to tell you about the challenge my husband and our friend are about to embark on!

They are leaving on Saturday 23rd September '06 to ride twice the length of the UK, on their motorbikes. They hope to raise lots of money for a cancer charity - in fact they've done quite well so far and have collected £3,000 already!

Pete was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year, aged only 38.

I think it will be quite a gruelling experience for them, as they have to ride for 5 hours a day to complete the challenge on time. They will be filming the ride and producing their own DVD of the journey!

The local newspapers and Central News have been following the story, and will film their departure on Saturday morning.

We have arranged a surprise for Pete - Ewan McGregor (Long Way Round, with Charley Boorman) has sent us a copy of their book about the road trip, with a personal, signed message to Pete. They were his inspiration for this ride so it will be a lovely surprise for him. Mike intends to present the book to him during the filmed interview on Saturday - should be a great moment!

Pete is married with a 4 year old son and is determined to leave a lasting memory for his little boy.

So, good luck both of you!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Baking Day!

My husband overheard the neighbour telling his young son what he was cooking for Sunday lunch and decided it was high time that he too should get to grips with that strange appliance (the cooker!) in the kitchen and create something tasty (or at the very least edible!!!!) As I'd just got back from blackberry picking down the lane, and our apple tree is heavy with fruit, he decided it had to be an apple an blackberry crumble - not too complicated - but mixing the topping with crushed digestives and plenty of cinnamon ensured it was a really tasty pud! The only dilemma was whether to serve it with custard or icecream - or both!!!

Needless to say, it didn't last long - I've now looked out a few more adventurous recipes for him - watch out Jamie Oliver!!!