22 July 2012

More Vintage Chalkware

This is the my latest chalkware find.....she is quite worn and showing her age but hey she's not the only one....

2 June 2012


Cameron and friends......


India has been showing me how to layer images on photoshop...she is the teacher and I am the dement pupil who, inspite of writing all steps down, still gets confused about what to do next:)

24 May 2012

Vintage Finds

My latest vintage finds are this seventies red plastic necklace and these amazing Italian silk ties....you will probably find them on my Ms. Jones Stall at the next Cotswolds Vintage Fair:)

Coloured Glass

My collection of glass is growing....

20 April 2012

Five years ago

I took these photos five years ago....Cameron is now six foot tall with cropped hair, Jade and India take it in turns to drive home from school, me in the passenger seat trying to" keep calm and carry on" whilst teaching them to drive.....and it's been a long time since the girls have worn matching Boden t-shirts:)

13 April 2012

12 April 2012


It was my birthday not long ago so we went punting in Oxford..hilarious and stressful when the pole got stuck and we drifted off poleless...luckily there is a small oar on board:)

29 March 2012

Colin The Butcher

If you have read my profile you will notice that Colin the local butcher gets a mention as in...."pace of life is slow and Colin the butcher knows everyone by name". This does pretty much sum up the type of small town I live in and as blogs are, on the whole, a carefully edited version of life, it is a factually correct statement. But the interesting bits are always what is left out and what I failed to mention is that Colin is unable to interact, whilst serving up his very fine quality meat, without a large helping of sexual inuendo.
Things usually start out fine with a "Hello Lisa you're looking very beautiful today" which must be seen in context i.e my town is a popular spot for retirement so, inspite of my daughters considering me to be well past it, I could be construed as "totty" at least by Colin. I would probably reply with something polite and banal like ''er thanks Colin...weather's beautiful today isn't it"...you'll notice my skillful steering of the conversation into safe territory. Should I then ask for chicken fillets all is lost "Oh yes Lisa I have a lovely pair of breasts for you"...at this point I debate whether it is the excessive diet of red meat that makes Colin "Colin" or was it that he watched too much "Benny Hill" (British comedian in 1970's all very seaside, slap and tickle) in his formative years?
 If I'm devious and ask for something devoid of any butcherly banter such as mincebeef he will always counter my ploy and add "Do you have a bag Lisa". Now this is a trick question because if I'm foolish enough not to have brought one and I say "No" he will then reply "Shall I give you one?" However if I say "Yes Colin I've brought my own bag today" he will then have a really big smile on his face, walk over to my side of the counter and  proudly holding my purchase say "Shall I just slip it in for you". At this point I accept defeat.."Bye Colin..have a nice week".


When I was small I would play for hours dressing up in my mum's clothes...black lacey full skirted party dresses, astrakan coats and fox fur stoles. Which brings us to jade dressed in my clothes for a photoshoot taken by India for her A level photography...who would have thought that India's homework would have Cameron and I racing around styling her shoot, Jade reluctantly being her model again and dogs locked inside house barking to get out. 

20 February 2012

Film Poster

So while Cameron got a pin up for Christmas Jade got this old film poster which I found at Malvern Flea Market last year and stashed under my bed. Apologies for pink bed post reflected in glass....can anyone tell me how to take a shot of a glass frame minus reflection of a) myself b) the room?

Vintage pin up

I found this small vintage playing card just before christmas so had it framed for Cameron....I've noticed lately that his favorite celebrities all have large assets so I thought I would go with the flow......