Wednesday 2 February 2011


On a dark, dreary day like today, little things like these bring lots of cheer, lift my heart and make me smile.
Pretty thrifted blouses and  a little jug in my favourite shade of green.
Fresh fruit on the table and shoots full of promise.
Bright and beautiful tulips on the mantlepiece.
And a much needed cup of tea with a new magazine. Simple things but so much pleasure.


Hen said...

Oooh such gorgeous things, Steph, especially the blouses and wow, what a tablecloth!
Hen x

Rose H (UK) said...

Lovely :o)

Ruth said...

Steph you have the magic thrifting touch! I love those blouses so much. For me visiting your blog is a lovely cheery thing for me on a grey day.

Have a nice cuppa and enjoy!

bellaboo said...

Thanks for your lovely colourful and cheery post! It's certainly perked me up on this dull wet day.
Hope you enjoyed your cuppa.I've just bought yet another CK mug.Well it was in a reduced basket in the china shop,and it has little houses and cottages how could I resist?! :0)

Mad Madam Mel said...

those blouses are so pretty, you were fortunate to find them. and I now have teacosy envy :)

Jane and Chris said...

Sitting here, in the middle of a nasty snowstorm YUCK! Thank you for the shot of colour...that jug is GORGEOUS!!!!
Jane x

Hesta Nesta said...

Lovely pictures Steph, and like you I love sitting with a cuppa and a new magazine, nothing beats it.
Jo xx

Shannon said...

It really is the simple things that make life so beautiful. Thank you for sharing yours!

June said...

Love those itsy ditsy flowers on the clothing and love the embroidered flowers on the tablecloth and that jug ain't bad either!

Louise said...

Tea and magazines is how I have spent the last hour! Cheeriness is very much needed on a day like today... I was going to have a browse in town but didn't fancy it in the rain and wind!

Unknown said...

Simple pleasures are often the best ones!

driftwood said...

simple but GORGEOUS! xxx

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful and uplifting photos, Steph!
My absolute happiness would be in the last photo, though : tea and a new issue! I sooooo need them lately to unwind. Perfect combination!
Funny thing: I had a similar posting a few days ago!
You're welcome to check it out!

L said...

Your post has brightened my dreary day too :)
Love love the thrifted shirts, finding such treasure really helps when you are waiting for spring. And the last photo....such bliss!

Please please can you tell me which magazine you are reading there?


Joanne said...

Simple Pleasures indeed!
Love this post!
Pretty, cheery and homey!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty, cheery post - just the job for a bleak rainy day. I love your thrifted blouses - they look gorgeous.
Cathy XX

Pretty at Heart said...

Lots of pretties - enough to cheer anyone!! I just love that tablecloth!!

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...

Lovely and cheerful thanks.
T x

busybusybeejay said...

What a lovely cheery post and photos.I keep looking at my Cath Kidston knitting bag which i was bought for my birthday in january.That cheers me up no end.I just love it!

Gigi said...

What a lovely dose of cheeriness for these cold gray days! Love your cosy kitchen -- so inviting.

Helsie said...

I see that you too are sniffing the air and thinking of Spring Steph.

Tea with Prudence said...

Well, not only do they lift your spirits, but they lifted mine too.

That embroidered tablecloth is lovely.

We've had boiling hot weather over the past week, but we are back to pouring rain again today, with cyclone up in Queensland (im not in Queensland).

Ahh, the promise of tulips, spring will soon be in the air.


Margarida said...

Yes, it's always a pleasure to visit you. So cosy, simple and vital. You make me smile. Thanks.

bibbitybob said...

What a gorgeous post - filled me with so much hope :) x

melanie said...

What lovely things, I love the blouse with the pink flowers on it :) Your tea cosy is fab too :) xxx

The Fairy Glade said...

At last a blue sky here today, pretty daffodils in an old coffee jar on my desk at work and tea and biscuits due any minute, yep, the simple things are often the best! Devx

salty pebble said...

such beauty in your posts ;0)
my daff's are starting to show signs of flowering in my sunny kitchen window ;0)
And my hyasinths are bringing such beautiful colour to grey skies.
I'm sitting here catching up on bloggy land with a nice hot cuppa x

Sue said...

Hello Steph,
Hope alls well with you,
Thank you for the colour,you cant beat a cuppa and a magazine(or few)!!
Best Wishes
Sue xx
(have my new ck mug on the go,niiice cuppa tea)!!

Vicki said...

This is the first time I've read your utterly charming blog. You take wonderful pictures and write about things which are dear to my heart. Seeing these bright fabrics and colorful embroidery made me realize how essential they are during gray foggy winter! Here in northern California we've had an especially long cold foggy season and it's driving everyone a little bit bonkers!

silverpebble said...

What a list of goodness. That shade of green is my favourite too. My Gran used to call is 'eau de nil' which always made me smile.

That tablecloth is stupendous.

Garden Girl said...

I get stupidly excited when you publish a new post-your lovely home always looks so bright and welcoming, I want to move in! I love your red checked curtains and new blouses!x

Anonymous said...

Oh your home looks so lovely, especially the tablecloth. Fancy a lodger?

Linda O said...

I've been reading your blog for some time,but this is the first time I've left a comment.
The blouses are so pretty, what great finds!!
And I love the tablecloth and teacosy, did you knit it yourself? Was it easy?? Sorry, too many questions!!.
Enjoy your mag and cuppa!!
Linda O xx

Anja said...

Love these photos! The tea cosy is brilliant!

Ragged Roses said...

It is the simple things that bring so much cheeriness at this time of the year. Thanks for sharing such pretty photos.

flutter said...

How do, this is my first time visitng your blog, which I found on google reader recommendations.

I must say it is very refreshing and so colourful. You have totally inspired me just by sharing a little of your life.

Thank you so much for sharing and know that I am a new reader x

Lisa Jayne said...

Get way with you, your christmas hat looks gorgeous and what a fantastic shade your scarf is. And I am very envious of your lovely tablecloth.Just found your blog by a link from various others...what a treat. What a great read with a cup of tea, full of super pictures and good things to read xx

Teacup Moments said...

i love your blog and this post! lovely lovely things! and that last photo - so cozy and cheerful.

- said...

So cozy here :)