Beach Cottage Favourite Things
Mon 17th, Jun, 2013
Good morning beach cottage peeps from a bright but chilly Sydney, we are really in Winter now in New South Wales with temps of 18C today and feeling it in this old cottage.
Right now I am snuggled up with Barley by the fire in the sunshine doing a bit of blogging. However the blogging gremlins are surely out to get me this morning – after all the problems with my new site I thought I had had my run of techie stuff for a while, but no, my laptop decided to get a virus this morning, so I thought being clever I know, I’ll email myself my images, but hey don’t be silly I can’t attach any files to my email at the moment because my computer has a cold, oh ok hang on I’ll hop on the Mac and do it on there…Mac is not playing nicely with camera, Mac won’t talk to camera…finally Mac talks to camera…can’t get pics to load to the new site…the battery runs out on the Mac mouse…finally I am there, I have a picture of a few favourite things…I am about to write, we have lift-off…oh no, hang on the keyboard and Mac have lost connection…and on and on it’s gone…hey ho….remember when things (like that very old tape measure I showed you the other day) worked??? Like things worked for years??? Anyhoo, another day another blog post, let’s get this party started
So here we are with another exciting instalment of Beach Cottage Favourite Things, with real girl homewares that you can actually afford and won’t mean you will need a mortgage interview before you purchaayyse them. You can, potentially, too, avoid the whole magic wardrobe situation with these, being as they are small and budget friendly enough to quietly slip into your life un-noticed thank-you-very-much.
These favourite things this time are rather more bits and bobs…I like myself a bit and bob….at one point in my life when I was much younger and less saggy I tried the minimilst look, probabably wasn’t the most inspiring point of my life…and for two reasons this phase had a very short stint 1. I felt like we were living in a hotel, without the added benefits of housekeeping 2. I felt as if my life was devoid of any life.
But let us get onto things then, favourite things and pretty things…now this is a beauty…really can twine be beautiful? Yup in this old cottage it can…I have had my eye on this for ages and finally bought some…I have been eyeing this up for, literally, years, but somehow it never did seem right to buy twine in a tin with a fancy label. I know about twine, I have spools of it, balls of it, cards of it and every single time I go to any shop that sells it I buy it..if you are ever in need of twine (or fabric conditioner) you know who to call. Ghostbusters.
There is something somehow handsome about this twine and while you use it you feel almost as if you have gone back a few years…if there is such a thing as nostalgic twine, this be it.
The little measuring spoons are very sweet, I have some of these from a rather nice and VERY much more up-market boutique, sadly I am kinda scared to use them…these though were on sale at Sussan and I have used them to make some bread already…pretty sweet.
A preserving jar in Favourite Things Beach Cottage style? Well we all know I have an unhealthy collection of these, but all joking aside, I use jars for so many things in this old cottage and KMart coming in at $2 a hit is a lot less than I have paid elsewhere…I am about to make some marmalade (not that I like the stuff, cannot stand it but two males in this old cottage love it) as the tree out the back is positively groaning with fruit and needing someone to get out there and save it…this jar will be good for marmalade making…
The bottles, well I like these because they are blue and I will be turning them into, probably, some kind of hanging thing with the boutique twine of this same post…to be honest I am not a miniature person in anything, twee little things don’t normally do it for me, but I was shopping with my friend M when we came across these, and actually quite liked them…
Lastly a nautical stripe basket in a whitewash…I have been looking for a basket such as this for herbs and things from the garden, I always come in with either handfuls of the stuff or it lost in a too big basket…I liked this because 1. it was in the sale and 2. the liner can be removed and washed which is good for herbs and things…errrm note though to those making these baskets…might be cool if there were not big dollops of paint underneath the liner, just sayin…
OK, I am out of here, I am going to lunch today by the sea with a lovely friend, oh and painting a floor…happy days
What do you think of my finds, and so tell me do you have computer gremlins in your house at the moment???
p.s. thanks to the huge response to the vintage bike giveaway at the end of last week, you haven’t missed your chance, go here to enter
china measuring spoons Sussan $9.95 on sale
mini blue bottles Bed Bath and Table 2.95
coastal lined basket Bed Bath and Table 9.95
preserving jar $2 Kmart
Twine $10 Nutscene
*all products paid for by me and not gifted*