Friday, 27 August 2010

Wish you were here! ;-)



I just love these old county postcards and for a long time I've have been itching to do something with a vintage England theme.



I was given this jigsaw when I was very young.

It's probably the only thing I've kept from my childhood and
it's the original one, before reorganisation in 1974....and it's the one which 'educated me' re the counties of England. I would sit for hours and play with it.

I am always quite horrified that when, on University Challenge, any questions come up about the English counties, the students rarely answer them correctly!
I think all students should have one of these on their coffee table...to play with during their spare time! LOL ;-)


I've got the post 1974 version too...and also a couple more, which have odd pieces missing!



So I thought, why not combine the postcards, the jigsaw pieces, some vintage fabric pieces and a bit of an imagination..stir it all up in that pot of mine and work on some county clipboards!



Why not indeed!


And there's no better place to start than Devon!



But I used the South Devon postcard as it was rather nice!



I padded the bottom of the board so that it can be used as a pin cushion.
I covered it with vintage fabric and stuck the postcard on the top.



I stuck a small magnet on the Devon county jigsaw piece.
Thankfully, the top of the clipboard is magnetic.



And at the mo it's still a work in progress as I start to faff around with fabrics and papers.

Talking of fabrics, just by chance these arrived, this week...



120 pieces of vintage 30s/40s cotton


Adorable or what????!!






And whilst I was down on the floor playing with them, I matched them up with some modern FQs...so new with an old twist.



I just love doing things like this!


And the new just sets off the old..and vice versa!



I'm a huge fan of mixing old and new and if it's done properly it can look stunning!



But I was sidetracked! I have some jigsaws to make and some counties to visit!

Have a lovely weekend !

;-)

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms...anyone for tea and a giveaway?!!


Ok, so we've arrived at Clungunford!

...ever heard of it?!

There's not a lot there but what is there, is absolutely charming!

The Rocke Cottage Tea Room



This is where you go for tea when you are in the vicinity!





It's the perfect little place and you'll love it, both inside
and out!



Plenty of room to park your bike and lots of car parking space too.



So, what would madam desire from this fine menu?

http://www.rockecottagetearoom.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=40&Itemid=59



Afterwards, you can wander around the garden, which is so pretty.





















Do go to this gallery page:

http://www.rockecottagetearoom.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=57

Sit down and have yet another cuppa whilst browsing...imagine that you are there!

The pics are better than mine!;-)

Here's the rest of the info:

http://www.rockecottagetearoom.co.uk/

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I do declare the Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms to be the loveliest in the land...!

Unless you know better!

And now for the giveaway:

Tell us about your favourite tea rooms /coffee house/ cafe.

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And so that's the end of our Shropshire 'jolly' for now!

Hope you enjoyed our journey as much as we did!

;-)