Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Christmas break.....

Well, it has passed for another year and 2006 certainly proved to be the busiest one! By the time Christmas Eve arrived all orders and Christmas pressies had been delivered to customers, friends and family. The stove in the dining room was finished and chugging away - just having a warm house for Christmas was such a treat!

The tree and the rest of the house were eventually decorated very late on but I did enjoy doing it this year. The tree was kept very simple with lots of fairy lights, glass, white decorations and silver jingly bells.

The dining room was a bit more festive with red berries, holly and ivy, and traditional scandinavian style decorations.

The weather has been amazing, very cold with lots of heavy frost, but beautiful blue skies, it couldn't have been more perfect.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas so far and are enjoying the break, it has certainly done Gregg and I good to just stop and relax for a few days. My mum and two sisters arrive tomorrow so the house will be full of fun and laughter for a couple of days.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

This week

It has been over a week since I last posted due to the madness here at Primrose Hill Headquarters! The phone never stopped ringing last week with orders, so I owe a huge thank you to Country Living Magazine!
As promised, I have an update on the "stove fitting"! Gregg has been working really hard at it, and has now got all the pointing finished on the wall that will be behind the stove. He's taken it back to the original wall and will be lime washing it next week hopefully. He's off to dig out a couple of flag stones for the hearth, they are currently located in the floor of a beautiful dutch barn not far from us.
Here's a picture of the chimney sweep last week, looking very "Mary Poppins!" and the fire place in it's current state!
This is little Lexie, the younger of our two cats, she's a little madam, but very cute and adorable! She's very good at keeping me company these days when she's not getting up to mischief!
Well, I'd better get on with some more sewing, more orders to get out today. Thank you all for your kind comments about the updated web site and for all the orders, you've certainly kept me busy over the last couple of weeks!
Hopefully the next update will be of the stove in working order, fingers crossed!
L x

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Updated web site at last

At last we have got the website updated with a few goodies for Christmas - probably a bit late but there are still 13 days of web shopping left until the 19th December! I would have loved to put more products on the site but we just haven't got the time at the moment. If I get a chance I might pop some photos of our other bits and bobs on the blog - it's always easier to take photos for the blog than for the website - I'm just too much of a perfectionist!

I do like all the new additions, some will stay after Christmas as they aren't just for the festive season, but they would make lovely gifts at this time of year! I particularly like the cotton ribbon selection we have, my presents will definitely be getting tied with them this year! I've also been using them for trimming some of the new brooches I've been making lately, they look gorgeous and really finish them off.

Anyway, must get on, I've got an evening of sewing ahead of me. At least this is one more job ticked off the rather large "to do" list!

Have a wee look at the site and please do let me know your comments - all feedback is much appreciated.


Lisa x

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The T-pot club.

It's all that Cherry Menloves fault, she started it.......... only joking! Everyone has been showing off their T-pots and jugs so I thought I'd join the club!

Here's a picture of the cupboard where I keep all my nice china, mostly Bridgewater Pottery, a lot of which I have very kindly been given.

Here's my lovely hearts T-pot, in beside some lovely mugs and one of my favourite little jugs that my sister-in-law, Kirsty, gave me a couple of years ago for Christmas. Gregg hates the T-pot as it does dribble a little when pouring, apparently it will get better with time, either that or he's just rubbish at pouring the T!

Here's another one of my favourite little flowery jugs which I bought at one of the Country Living Spring Fairs in Scotland. It is soooo pretty and the perfect size for wild flowers in the summer, I tend to use it more as a vase than a jug!

And here is my latest purchase, I bought this beauty at the Perth Christmas Fair that I did last week. The stall was all beautiful china, made by the lady herself, when I saw it I just had to have it! I also got a lovely little jug for my nana for her Christmas, it has a cream background with lots of wild flowers on it, really, really sweet.

Over at Willow House there are lots of T-pots on show too, you should go and have a look, and also some gorgeous homespun goodies for sale - be quick before they all go!

Nonnie also has a beautiful T cosy on show over at hers too.

Right, I think I'll go off and have a cup of T after all that chat!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

December at last.

It is December at last! My last Christmas fair is now past so I can now get on with the list of orders and then wreath making later in the month. I have really enjoyed all of the fairs this year as I've done a lot of new ones. They started mid October, with this last week being the most hectic, 5 days of fairs over the last 7 days, whew! Last Sundays fair was lovely, it was in the village hall in Ashfield, a beautiful little conservation village just outside Dunblane. The hall looked very festive and there was a real "Christmasy" feel to it all. Then it was onto Perth Mart on Monday and Tuesday, this was a really big fair, very well organised and very relaxed, lots of mulled wine and even a pianist playing Christmas carols - really quite a special fair that I thoroughly enjoyed. Then it was back down the road to home turf to do Beckys Green Gallery @ Home Christmas fair. Her house is amazing and the fair went really well - it was lovely to see so many familiar faces again. I'm very aware of still attending fairs in what was my "local patch" as that was where I established the business initially and have been so well supported. I just have to work doubly hard now at doing the same up here in Perthshire, but now that our fourth Christmas is almost under our belt I'm pretty confident it won't take too long! Our customers are alway keen to know how we're getting on in our new adventure of life in the sticks and the progress with the business, it's been great to be able to tell them about the blog, so they can see it all for themselves!

Gregg is off this week so he's getting on with the next project in the house - putting in a wood burning stove in the dining room. We have a hearth with an old mini range - we're not quite sure how old it is, probably about 100 years old. It's seen better days which is a bit of a shame as it would have been lovely to keep it. It has a little oven with two mini hot plates on the top and then a griddle above the area for the coal, it would have been very sweet in its day! Here's a photo of it below - we'll keep you up to date of the progress this week!

I must just say thank you to everyone for their kind comments about Henny Penny - I do miss her, but these things happen when you keep chickens. I will have to introduce you to all of them soon, they haven't had any mentions on the blog for a little while now, will keep that for next week I think.......!

Anyway, off to empty the car, a job I hate, and then get on with some sewing. It's just so lovely to be home again, not long now until I can start thinking about getting the decorations out - how exciting........!