Monday, 30 August 2010

Drum-roll...The winner is...

Hello all, I hope you've had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and that the weather in your corner of the globe was kind to you.


I've been out and about this weekend, visiting village shows and fetes and generally pottering about at home, bliss! My favourite kind of weekend.






I've entered raffles, rummaged in jumble, drooled over cake stalls, sampled local beers, winced at hot chilli chutneys, stroked rare sheep and best of all partaken of tea and cakes! Yummy! You can't beat an English village fete!


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The loveliest day I've had this week though was Thursday. Wonderful Man and I were invited to lunch by Sue and Neil at their beautiful home in Coverdale.


Sue and Neil are very new friends to us, in fact we only met about 2 months ago when WM and I were shopping in the next town. I was perusing vegetables when a lady stopped me and said, "Hello, are you..."


It was at this point I was thinking to myself, 'Wow this lady is going to be so embarrassed when she realises she doesn't know me at all.'


But do you know what... she did know me!


"Hello, are you...MarmaladeRose?"


Yes, I was a little bit surprised too, but in a nice way. Anyway to cut a long story short we found we had mutual bloggy friends and a few weeks later a lunch date was arranged.



Here's Wonderful Man and Neil taking in...


this spectacular view.

Gorgeous isn't it!


We had a delicious home made lunch sat in their cosy kitchen enjoying this gorgeous scenery, and then relaxed even more in front of a cosy fire complete with chocolate and a purring cat. Hmmmmmm...luuuuurverly.

Thank you very much Sue and Neil for a truly lovely afternoon.



All to soon it was time to go home although I did say, "We really ought to be making a move" about 4 times before I actually managed to drag myself up off their comfortable sofa.

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Okay I've kept you all waiting long enough. Shall we see who has won my giveaway?


I've counted and recounted (4 times actually) and not including multiple comments from the same people I declare....

(fanfare!)


Country Girl at Life on the East Coast the winner of my Cherry on Top bunting!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment, I enjoyed reading each and every one. In fact I enjoyed this giveaway so much that I'm going to have another one very soon, it was sooo much fun!


So Country Girl, I'll be contacting you shortly sweetie :)


Thank to all of you for making it such fun.


love Fi x


Monday, 23 August 2010

Hang out the Bunting! 200th Post Give Away!

Hello all, today is all about bunting!
Quite appropriate really as this is my 200th post!
So....Lets hang out the bunting to celebrate!

I wonder if Sandi will recognise the little teacups that I have appliqued and then free motioned around? (some months ago Sandi generously sent me a bundle of beautiful teacup fabrics all the way from Oz saying 'she wondered what I would do with them!')

Well I hope she approves.

I think they would look scrummy hanging in someones pretty kitchen or across the front of a country dresser.

Look, once I got started I couldn't stop. 2 sets of teacup bunting and 2 sets of rose bunting. All very girly of course, but that got me thinking...what about the boys?

So here is a something a little more masculine but just as cute for them.
Camper van bunting!
I think I better explain the two items creeping into the top corners of the photo because I know all of you eagle eyes out there will be wondering what it is. All of my pretty bunting is for sale in Karens lovely cottagey shop Milkchurn Cottage and this is where I took the photo of the camper van bunting (last minute as usual). On the table with the bunting is a pair of lovely old cast iron weighing scales and the woody-birds-nest looking stuff is a gorgeous natural heart wreath. There you go, all cleared up, well I wouldn't want you losing sleep over it!

Well so far that's bunting for the girls and bunting for the boys and now here's some bunting for YOU!
Yes, as this is my 200th post I thought a little celebration bunting giveaway would be in order to say thank you for your support and friendship. It never ceases to amaze me how generous and caring our little blogging community is. Your always there with a kind word or encouragement and you always, always make me chuckle!

If you fancy some MarmaladeRose bunting for your dresser or kitchen or childrens bedroom or...anywhere else for that matter, just leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Couldn't be simpler!
(Don't forget to make sure I can contact you if you're the lucky one.)
I'll pick the winner in a weeks time.

(yesterdays view towards Hawes from Bainbridge in Wensleydale)
Love Fi x
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P.S. Please note the bunting on offer is the pink and green cherry-on-top (food) design.



Sunday, 15 August 2010

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its a ...

Hello all.
I'm feeling more positive today thank you, you have all been very kind. I have a new job so hopefully all will be well, but we're not here to talk about work, no lets talk about this...
Can you guess what it is yet?
I was commissioned by a friend
to make a gift.

A small soft toy.

I must say it was quite a challenge and...

rather fiddly.


Did you guess?
It's supposed to be a racing Go Kart

What do you think?
I'm rather pleased with it.
I can't say I'd want to make another one though! lol.
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Next time we'll be looking at bunting.
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Fi x






Friday, 6 August 2010

Embroidered Bunnies for Sale!

Thank you. All sold now.
Hello my lovelies,
It's soooo good to be back with you all.
I've had a truly crappy couple of weeks work wise, but we don't let that infringe on our lovely, happy bloggy time. Oh no, this is a sunshiny, happy place, which is just as well as I now appear to have plenty of free time to indulge in it.
So... lets indulge away...
Look who's climbed into my linen cupboard!
And he's not on his own, I think this must be his twin , teehee!
Yes I've been repurposing vintage linens again. (please be assured I only cut into damaged linens, giving the perfect areas a chance to be loved again for a second time.)

OOO! Two sets of twins, aaaaaaaw pretty sweet don't you think?

Little bunny toes

bunny tummies

button jointed arms

teeny tiny buttoned ears
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Oh, and not forgetting the most important part...


darling little bunny tails!
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All four bunnies are for sale, they are made by me from vintage embroidered linens (no perfect linens have been harmed in any way)


They are £24 each, post and packaging is free in the UK and at cost anywhere else.
Please note that although they have safety eyes these bunnies are meant for decoration only and are not toys.
Each bunny is approx 29cm (11 inches) tall.
If you would like to give a new home to a pretty bunny you can email me at fiona@marmaladerose.co.uk
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Thank you for listening to my little rant. I feel much better now.
Love Fi xx
(notice the extra kiss today? Yep, that's how much better I feel.)