A horse, a cat, 2 chickens and us, living in the hand-me-down heaven I call home, here in the beautiful Dorset Countryside.
A passion for pictures, shabbychic peeling paint, French textiles, overstated Victorian, elegant Art Deco and the angular 1960s is my ecclectic mix of favourite treasures, gathered through years of tedandbunny antiquing trips, auction and jumble sales, house clearances and rescue projects from the tip!
I found the gently dog-eared 1910 postcard at Alexandra Palace antique fair many years ago, instantly enchanted with such an adorable old Steiff Bear gently pushing his bunny friend in the ancient wheelbarrow.
Ted looks so handsome in his knitted suit!
When I registered for eBay back in 2002 the card was on my desk and I could think of no nicer name than tedandbunny.
After their sedentary beginnings with a handwritten message and halfpenny stamp, this dear old bear and his companion have been beamed all around the world via the internet.
and when I launched my website nothing seemed to sound better than tedandbunny.co.uk
Ted and Bunny are now firmly "part of the family"!
ted and bunny website
Goodwood Revival award
May the best hour of the day be yours.
May luck go with you from hill to sea.
May you stand against the prevailing wind.
May no forest intimidate you.
May you look out from your own eyes.
May near and far attend you.
May you bathe your face in the sun’s rays.
May you have milk, cream, substance.
May your actions be effective.
May your thoughts be affective.
May you will both the wild and the mild.
May you sing the lark from the sky.
May you place yourself in circumstance.
May you be surrounded by goldfinches.
May you pause among alders.
May your desire be infinite.
May what you touch be touched.
May the company be less for your leaving.
May you walk alone beneath the stars.
May your embers still glow in the morning.
Friday, August 19
now look what you've made me do!
So here's the thing. . .
I'm not ashamed to admit I started blogging to publicise my eBay sales and website (believe me, in order to spend even MORE time at the computer it needed strong justification)
But then it started to get more interesting. . .
I looked at the blogs of those who encouraged me and found kindred spirits.
People who led lives as busy as mine, who liked vintage pieces, furnished as I did, enjoyed the daft things I enjoyed, had mishaps with recipes, upsets with life, disappointments and triumphs and weren't ashamed to laugh at themselves.
Some were longstanding eBay buyers who've become Real People. Many bloggers I've enjoyed actually meeting and many I know I'll never meet and that doesn't matter either. Sharing random emails with an acquaintance-who-isn't-quite-a-stranger-but-isn't-a-full blown-pal can be supportive, caring, funny and informative because no baggage comes with it. What you read is what you get.
Soooo. . .
I don't bare my soul on my blog because I don't do that in real life. I try to keep happy and upbeat because I think life's too short to do otherwise, but I do tell about my Thoughts now and again because through blogging I've realised the value of airing and sharing.
Among the blog network of like-minded people I was encouraged to run Vintage at the Village Hall and buyers came from miles away cos they'd read about it on my blog and I was amazed how many others posted publicity for me, and sent messages of support when they saw the shimmer of doubt that "I'd taken on too much"!
Wanting to capture the beauty of where I live and share things that come into my life meant buying a camera more advanced than I ever judged myself capable of using. I learnt because I had an objective, and now I love photographing!
I struggle with technical issues but feel great pride in the computer skills I've developed- many of them patiently explained after "how do I do this" appeals, posted and swiftly answered.
Looking at all the crafting things you do encouraged me to hand make Christmas gifts, and the tried-and-tested recipes you post have taken the doubt out of dabbling with unfamiliar ingredients!
And now. . .
after a break of some 25 years I've begun knitting again- Another fine mess you've got me into!
It's all garter stitch, the wool is knobbly and forgiving and although its a vintage pattern the shape is simple enough even for me!
But then. . .
the bloggiest thing of all happened
I had to make a knitting bag to put my work in, photograph the whole lot and tell everyone what I'd done! thankyou from the bottom of my heart- I couldn't have done any of it without the support of all you fabulous people xx