Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pretending.....

 

 
When I was a little girl I used to visit my Grandma, the Ada Bea one, with my Mum. She lived in the town next to our village so it meant a bus ride. If I was really lucky we got to ride on the top deck, right up at the front, although I think we were mainly seated downstairs near the door. Two young children and shopping bags, you look to make your life as easy as possible, when you're a busy Mum!
 
The bus stop was quite a walk away, for little legs anyway! One winter I can remember it being bitterly cold, the wind battered us and to add insult to injury, it was raining. I must have been moaning, perhaps crying, actually probably crying, I hate cold rain.....
 
Anyway, I can remember my Mum, not telling me off, but asking me to pretend. To pretend I was in front of our open fire, sat on the rug warming up my feet, drinking hot chocolate, with marshmallows in. So I did, and you know what? It worked! I can distinctly remember feeling warmer, magic?! The power of the mind!
 
I tried this technique outside school yesterday as I was waiting for Little Bea. The wind was bitter, thankfully it wasn't raining! And you know what? IT DIDN'T WORK! Why, oh why, is my child ALWAYS the last child to come out of school?
 
Anyway, I'm still pretending, I'm pretending its Spring, I'm pretending the sun is shining and it's a little bit warmer. I'm wrapping myself up in my vintage sheets, it's actually summer in there! It's warm, just lovely!
 
I've been playing, taking ridiculous photos, but enjoying myself? Eldest asked me why I was folding up pillowcases and taking photos of them, why indeed! Isn't it a sensible thing to do?! Unfortunately my body doesn't cope very well with extreme temperatures, and I'm feeling not at my best! Anyway I moan no more.....
 
 
I've been enjoying wrapping up parcels......
 
 
Opening parcels, I'm afraid I've jumped on the washi bandwagon, aren't they divine, I think this little pile might grow. I'm blaming Bee, she wrote a lovely post about what to do with washi tape....set me off! Anyway, I'm sure I will do something wonderful
with these! Thanks for the inspiration Bee!
 
 
I'm also enjoying putting some Easter decorations together...
 
Polystyrene eggs 75p
Liberty scraps £1.20
Vintage basket 50p
I think that's a bargain! Makes me feel better straight away!
 
I might not be back this week, I'm very busy and if the weather holds, Mr Bea and I are off for a lovely weekend, just us! The first time we've been anywhere without the girls in twelve years! I hope it doesn't snow, a cottage in Derbyshire.....just hope we get there!!!!
 
Bye for now!
 
Ada :) x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

44 comments:

  1. ~Hello, Ada...Wishing you a magical time with your OH...Ooh I remember Us going away by our selves....for the first and only time....We went to Prague! ENJOY! ~ Happy of Happiest Easter blessings to you too! With the kindest thoughts and a few 'Twinkles'**** Maria x

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    1. Sounds lovely, I'd LOVE to go back to Paris, it's been difficult enough sorting this one out.....don't think I would cope arranging Paris! :) x

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  2. Hope you have a wonderful weekend away Ada, maybe with even a drop of sunshine...fingers crossed! Love that top photo, a rainbow of gorgeousness! xx

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  3. Love your pretty Easter basket and eggs.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  4. Hello you. I really enjoyed your post and loved the first pic - the glorious vintage sheet colour wheel. Keep playing with your sheets and taking photos won't you? xx

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  5. Hi Ada
    Love your Easter tableau, basket and eggs, so pretty. Enjoy your weekend :)

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  6. Enjoy Ada bea!
    ....and use that photo for your new header...why dont you?
    D x

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  7. How de do de - Once I waited in the school playground so long I was all alone and I started to wonder if I'd imagined I had kids to collect. Millie doesn't get the concept of hurry up at all, it seems to slow her down more. Not the bitter wind for hanging about in though is it. Keep warm at the weekend if you do get away.
    Love the new header - good bit of advice that.

    X

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  8. You did make me giggle! I've tried this so many times and 'yep' it doesn't work...still cold, still fed up, still bitterly shivering...oh dear.

    My girls are the same too - always the last ones, chattering away to their friends whilst I'm willing them in my head to 'get a wriggle on!'.

    Nina x

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  9. I hope you do get to have a cosy weekend away. The one good thing for me about cold weather is that I love wooly scarves,cosy socks and jumpers -you have to look on the good side!Your banner does look lovely and the Easter display too. Can I ask where you got the stipey straws from? Flissx

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    1. These ones came with the little milk bottles, from a shop called 'And A Fly Went By' in Southwell , Nottinghamshire.
      I've put a link on my Facebook page! :) x

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  10. Love your pretty header picture! Your story of imagining the fireplace made me smile. I really hope the weather holds out and you get to escape to the cottage! It sounds heavenly!
    Erica :)

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  11. Love the new header Ada ... rotten weather outside means lots of cozy time indoors ;) Enjoy your weekend away! Wendy

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  12. Awwwww... I LOVE your story! x

    And I adore your new banner!

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  13. Ahhh....going to the happy place in your mind, it does work generally, but I am glad you have arranged a proper break.
    The pictures are very good, and if they take you to a happy place then go for it!

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  14. I'm with you Ada ... keep pretending until spring has the manners to arrive in all its glory ... have fun on your weekend away ... Bee xx

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  15. I think folding sheets and taking photos of them is an entirely lovely and very sensible thing to do :) I adore your new blog header - so happy and cheerful! I hope you have a lovely break and get to see a bit of sunshine :)

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  16. Can i ask you how did you cover the eggs with the fabric? Did you use PVA glue or some other type?
    I really hope that you enjoy your romantic weekend away. We all need a grown up break sometimes.
    Rosie xx

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    1. Hi Rosie, I've just been making some more at our crafty club! I use tylo powder, used in cake decorating, less sticky than pva glue. It's much easier to use, dries overnight. I got it from eBay last year. Hope that helps! :) x

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  17. oh have a lovely weekend and hopefully you won't need to pretend for too much longer, spring has to appear soon doesn't it???

    Nikki x

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  18. hi ada....new header is fab!....12 years?! crikey moses! do you even remember what it like to be alone??...of course you do ;)
    enjoy and stay warm ( with hubbys help maybe!) xx

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  19. All that creativity looks wonderful.

    I'll join in with your pretending please, if I may. The novelty of the snow wore off when I had to do the school run on Monday morning. Grim.

    Gillian x

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    1. It looks good until we have to go anywhere! Nightmare! :) x

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  20. Your new header looks great!
    I do hope you and your husband will have a wonderful weekend - alone! You really deserve it:)

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  21. Your new header looks great Ada. Also love the patterned eggs in the last photo. Reminds me that I need to paint some eggs this week for easter.

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  22. Dear ADa
    Terrible weather of course - no end in sight - it is going to be a cold, cold Easter - BUT you have some lovely fabrics so everything in the garden is ROSY and warm...

    I remember my spreedy legs and chilblains....nothing has changed!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  23. Enjoy your weekend away! Love your Easter decorations, they are fab.
    M xxx

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  24. Hi Ada, Oh Dear!! (Sigh!!!) Washi Tape!!! That washi tape is so addictive, isn't it? I have a FAST growing pile myself!!
    Hope your week-end turns out to be one of the best!!! Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  25. Love the Easter Egg basket & I hope you make it to the cottage; have a great Easter!

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  26. Have a lovely weekend away. I find Small-free time very restorative!

    Exx

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  27. once again a lovely display of your pillow cases, well worth photoing. Best of luck in Derbyshire, here in Yorkshire it has been snowing all morning, well over 6" deep, when is it going to end? Do not think it will thaw even if it stops as the forecast remains very cold.,I have my fingers crossed for you.

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    1. I'm going to take my shovel, did my way in if I have too! :) x

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  28. i always love ur posts...especially the pics!always so colourful and cheery...hope the sun comes out for u soon

    enjoy ur weekend away.i hope u have a great and refreshing break!!

    mezz x

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  29. Such a sweet story!! Have a wonderful weekend Ada!! Happy Easter! xo Heather

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  30. Hope I'm not too late popping in before you head off to wish you the most wonderful weekend away with the Mr. I LOVE your new header too and thank you so much for your well wishes! Mel xxx

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  31. All adults should make time to play, especially in dismal, cold weather!

    Have a lovely weekend away :D

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  32. I love the eggs! I am currently ttrying to narrow down my washi tape choices on etsy but they are all so edible.

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  33. What a lovely treat to have a weekend away with your man!! Enjoy. And washi tape ... I love you!!

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  34. Pretty eggs, hope you had a good Easter. Debbie

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  35. Thank you everyone for stopping by and having a little chat! :) x

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