Sunday, July 18

unplugging...

i have so many things i wish to say.
but alas time has beaten me to it...
i leave for old blighty on tuesday,
Our #1 and my man staying behind to hold the fort.


i am tres excited to be going home,
but also a little nervous this time around.
for this time around i cross the pond as
a 'challenger of the utmost' kind!
and if ever there is a time when Mr Temptation will sit upon my shoulder
whispering 'tempting thoughts' in my ear
then this will be it.

but before i unplug, i wished to let you know,
without you, my dearest readers,
my little blog and my crafting would not be what it is.
once again i find myself thinking how fortunate i have been
to have your encouragment in all that i do.
you make me whole in a way i cannot explain
and for that i am thanking you kindly.

on my return in mid August,
i have an amazing adventure waiting for me and dottie angel
and i hope with all my heart,
you will come along with me on the journey
but for now
i have a happy cluster to share with you,
just to tide us over until we meet again...


i found several paper lanterns at the thrift store a few weeks back,
similar to these ones, the colors of mine were tres bright.
i hung them outside for a week or so, undercover so as not to get wet.
when faded to a perfectly perfect vintagey color
i bought them in, and pinned them into the ceiling,
next i spent a happy half hour adding little kite tales using my 'sprightly spring' scraps.
and voila! a lovely cluster of happy vintage looking lanterns,
simple but pretty,
with the ability to
make a corner of one's home feel most happy and summery indeed...


my happy lanterns are hanging above Miss Ethel,
i placed them there so she may feel loved whilst i am away.
knowing that i am thinking about her on my travels
and looking forward to spending quality time with her again soon.

she is wishing you all a peachy and perhaps a little silly month and will be back rambling on monday August 23rd ~ Tif x

75 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

what a wonderful room!

Jacquie said...

Have a great trip Tif,I'll miss your dotty inspiration but I'm sure you will have exciting things to share upon your return
Jacquie x

Looby said...

lovely lanterns! and this is my 1st visit to your blog...its beautiful!

I'll be back in August to read all abut your travels :) have a lovely holiday!

Looby xx

southseafoodgirl said...

Have a lovely time! I found your blog recently, Im a brit girl, I live on the south coast in Portsmouth by the seaside.
Have a super trip and take care.
Lou x

Sherri B. said...

Have a great trip and if luck is on your side, Mr. Temptation will be detained at the security check point and you will get a head start on him.

Bobo Bun said...

Have a fabulous time Tif and good luck with that temptation thingy. I'll be missing your gorgeous shots and musings.

X

Ingrid Jansen said...

enjoy an inspiring summer & happy holidays
X ingrid

two hippos said...

have a wonderful trip!

Lyn said...

What a lovely workroom you have. have a good trip and 'see' you when you get back
love
Lyn
xxx

Ann said...

Enjoy your trip Dottie - look forward to photos of your trip.

So clever to fade your lanterns - we had similar on our Christmas tree 50 years ago.

Sarah said...

Tif have a wonderful trip back home. Lots of luck with the temptation thing! Your lanterns look terrific, even more so now faded and with kites added - clever lady.

Fruitful Fusion said...

Wishing you a pleasant trip Tif! Can't wait to have you back and blogging!

Sea Angels said...

Have a lovely holiday
Hugs Lynn xx

Rachaeldaisy said...

have a lovely funny colourful time away. We'll miss you!!

kirsty said...

oh my goodness, will we survive without your peachy presence!! Wishing you wonderful travels and utmost opshopping and we will be ever so eagerly awaiting your return.

x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Will miss your blogging but have a wonderful time! )
Vivienne x

angelina said...

oh tif i cant say how much beauty i see in the lanterns i was so hoping you'd made them and were going to tell us how to do also! :))

Anonymous said...

Tif~ hoping you have the peachiest visit home. We will all be missing you terribly.

Jen

Knitrageous said...

Have a great time! Can't wait to read of your adventures when you return.

Jamye
http://knitrageous1.blogspot.com/

UmberDove said...

Wishing you the BEST and MOST DELIGHTFUL and MOST RESTORATIVE trip ever!

Lindsay Jewell said...

I like how they've faded, and I especially like the kite tails. :)

Frances said...

oh, Dotie Angle, I am marveling at the vision of that clear desk top. No sign like that around my space!

Wishing you well on your time away, and letting you know that I do look forward to seeing what you will be up to next.

Cheers!

Puanani said...

Have fun. Enjoy but do not give into temptation!

Danielle said...

I love your happy lanterns. Good luck on your trip xx

Vicky said...

Have a wonderful time :)

Sharon said...

wow....what a nice long trip you will be taking....visit all the delightful places you enjoy, check out all the best thrift "old blighty" has to offer, and soak up all you can of "home"....family, friends, people and places. then...come back and share it in your own quirky way...i look forward to your return...

Claire Gale said...

you lucky lucky thing, this si the first year i've not been home since moving from somerset in the uk to somerset in tasmania! please give blighty an old familiar hug from me and tell her i miss her more than anyone could ever understand. have fun xx OH MY GOD can you believe it, my word verification was ciders - cider is what my home town is famous for!!!!! - tres spooky :))))

Laura said...

Have a great trip Tif!

xo Laura F

DANA said...

wow! yes temptation temptation... you can still hit the thrift stores or antique markets!

PeregrineBlue said...

but never forget, it is not all about you, but your relationship with others, so, what i mean to say, is that it would be nice, once in a while, to hear what you see in others lest you become an hedonist of the utmost kind. give back, don't just take take take so your ego keeps a growing. yes, you are great and many a thing happens to you and yours, but what of others in the big picture? maybe this is unimportant to you and you seek nothing more than acolades. i perceive in you something MORE, something bigger and listening is just as important as speaking. happy trails with a bit of humility please.

quiltygal said...

Oh I hope that you have a great time ...I am heading "back home" in 1 month 2 weeks & 2 days (not that Im counting) ive never been back since leaving at age 18 (31 yrs!!) so am getting quite excited now... my daughter lives in Wales & is getting married hence the BIG TRIP!!! Will be waiting with baited breath to see what happens when you return

The Ink House said...

The lanterns look absolutely gorgeous - I'm very envious!!! Have a great break and look forward to more of your blogs after August :D

dottie angel said...

thank you all my lovelies for your kind wishes... if you are travelling too, i wish you safe journeys and many wonderful adventures :)

and peregrine blue, thank you for your thoughts. it saddens me somewhat to think that is what you feel when you come to my blog and read my ramblings.
this is a place that i record a part of my family life and my crafting, a diary of sorts, nothing to do with being a hedonist of the utmost kind, nor wishing to stroke my ego... a place to find humour in every day family life and feel inspired to be creative. i fear you have misjudged me and my blog...

ted and agnes said...

ooh tif have a fabby time & if you make it as far north as Yorkshire you simply must come round for tea & cadbury's & some stitchy treats...Rxxx

Gina said...

Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to your return.

Serenata said...

Have a lovely safe trip Tif. :-)

ruby said...

Have a wonderful holiday and may you share your glorious finds when you return. On a different note I went to a craft fair yesterday in Blackpool and bought a copy or two of Cloth magazine, never seen it before and Im hooked, well who should I happen apon in those fine pages ....You!!, I loved it, it was like finding an old friend x

Carol said...

The lanterns are so peachy perfect.
We shall miss your posts so much but hope you enjoy your trip home to Blighty.
I don't know if you are heading up to Yorkshire but I shall keep my eyes peeled for a young lady of the most special kind.

Karey said...

you will be missed while you are away, but enjoy your vacation!

Carol said...

Just read the comment by some preacher called Peregrine Blue. I have every trust you won't take notice of such drivel.
We visit the wonderful Dotty Angel to read her musings and we love her, and them, just the way they are. Perfect.
Carol xx

Angie D said...

Have fun on your trip, and may you travel safely, Tif :)

Great idea on the lanterns...they look like perfection.

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Happy travels miss Tif! We'll be here when yo and Dottie Angel return. :)
ps great idea on the paper lanterns...sooo pretty!

dottie angel said...

thank you again my dearies, i think it would be most lovely if you ever saw me and said "hello", really lovely.

ruby delighted you loved Cloth! and Carol, your words are so appreciated this morning :) :)

A Bun Can Dance said...

Have a most fabulous trip, Tif !!!
D x

laura @ ConsiderLilies said...

love your happy corner:)

Jacqueline said...

Have a superb, blog-free trip, Tif!! I hope your heart is filled with happiness across the pond. Knowing that you're having a great adventure will make the return of Dottie Angel that much more exciting for all of us. xx

Suzy said...

Tif! It was so wonderful to see you at UCU, thank you so much for visiting my booth :)
Have an amazing time, I'm jealous! I haven't been back to London in years and years. Maybe one day...
Hope to see you soon,
Suzy

Michelle said...

Oh my dear Tif...
I am wishing you the most lovely holiday...
and hoping that your eldest is most excited and thrilled for her new adventure in life...
I will of course miss you heaps...
But I know on your return you will fill me with the delights of faraway places and tales of vintage goodness and wonder...
till then...
keep safe and full of high hopes...

dottie angel said...

thank you again my dears, nearly ready for 'the off' !!!

suzy, lovely to see you too, i shall be sure to pop in and say hello at the frock shop soon. hope your weekend was wonderful and your clothing line for 'little ones' is wonderful indeed :)

PeregrineBlue said...

my apologies and thank you for really being brave to publish my comment. what i really meant to say, in summary, is that when peoplevisit your blog and leave comments to visit theirs and at least acknowledge them. Maybe i expressed myself ina high-handed way but it hurts when you're shined off. Just a difference in common courtesy, that's all. Still a loyal admirer of your blog, your writing skills and your essence. Jut noticing a little flaw, that's all. Believe me. nothing more.

Robin said...

have a wonderful trip! will be looking forward to your new posts when you return. :o) --Robin

dottie angel said...

thank you peregrine blue,
i appreciate you explaining your earlier comment, i do the best i can but alas it is not always enough... i did visit your blog, however i did not leave a comment at the time, sorry to have disappointed you.
Tif :)

dottie angel said...

hurrah! we are packed and loaded ready to go... thank you all for your lovely well wishes, i shall miss you and look forward to being back in august 'tippity tapping' away with you again.
til then take care my dears
Tif x

Stéphanie said...

Fabulous !

Madelief said...

Enjoy your holiday!

Madelief

Vanessa said...

I'm a faithful follower of your blog and think you put all that inspiring. I hope you'll make a great trip and come back with more beautiful things like your blog.
;) Bjsss

Carla said...

Have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear about the trip and all the excitement that awaits!

Susi said...

U are Amazing! I'm going totally crazy for ur blog, ur stuff, ur style, ur pics!!!!!

x x x Susi

glam.spoon said...

everything you do and share, your blog and images, everything! feeds my creativity. thank you!

Pergolina said...

this space is so sweet. love the chair, the yellow trash bin, the lanterns. a magical little work space!

xo
b from pergolina
http://pergolina.blogspot.com

Béa said...

let them fade outside. genius.

Brittany said...

I hope you're enjoying your trip. You will be missed!

RamblingTart said...

I do so love your fanciful lanterns!! They make me smile and lighten my heart. I hope you have a beautiful trip and will eagerly await your return. :-)

ma thet zin said...

Very nice
Regards

CarrieSue said...

Oh dear, is that vaca over yet? I am having withdrawals over here!;-)

Hope the trip is going swimmingly, and that you are back soon!

BusyLizzie said...

It was so good to meet you at the fair in Honiton, wish we could have chatted for longer. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday!!!! Lizzie xxx

jen storer said...

lovely lovely lanterns. i hope they light the way so dottie angel can find her way home safely from old blighty. gorgeous blog. ;)

Vicki K. said...

I'm on square #6 - of my Tif afghan - gotta do the joining part now. Thanks again for the instructions!

paperbird said...

i hope you have a wonderful holiday- filled with adventure and enjoyment. I love how you faded the lanterns to such a lovely vintage color- I think you are amazing.

Cheryl Miller Mosaics said...

It's been awhile since I checked out your blog (anybody's blog, actually). Hope your trip is fantastic!--Cheryl

Greedy Nan said...

I miss you. I hope you had a safe holiday in ol'Blightly and return home soon and back to your blog with lots of news.

almaPalma said...

What a beautiful blogg ♥ I love your pictures and your humor.:)
Have a good day!

dottie angel said...

thank you all for your well wishes and words of kindness towards moi :)
we had a peachy time of things in england and now it is back to life at mossy shed and all that it entails... here's hoping your summers/winters were tres peachy too!

Popines! said...

Magnifiques lanternes! Lovely lanterns! Quel endroit adorable! lovely place!
On adore! We love it !

Les Popines

paige said...

I love your paper lanterns!! SO BEAUTIFUL!

Paige Marro~
TheHive – A Social Community for the Arts and Crafts Industry