Saturday, 26 July 2008

red................

During the school holidays the children and I naturally spend a lot more time together at home and the big benefit is that I haven't got the time to do any housework. This is the last summer holiday where Kit is still a pre-schooler so I'm determined not to spend the time hoovering and getting cross about the mess created by two little people. The sun has been shining all week and it's been bliss. The paddling pool is out and the water is now a beautiful sludge green, although the children don't seem to care. We've had trips to the library, the local lido and the park and generally enjoyed each others company (and got on each others' nerves quite a lot). Being at home so much makes you take notice of all the little details around you and I've noticed just how much red has crept into our home, from tea towels.................................

to stuffed pears.....................

from tins holding embroidery threads................................


to tins there for no purpose other than being pretty....................


from Kitty's first wellies that she wore constantly........................

to a Greengate cruet set...................

from my old ironing board and apron.................

to the children's rice bowls..................

from Kitty's new dress....................

to my favourite summer food, avocado salsa..................


The sun is still shining today (hooray!!) and we're off to a neighbours tonight for a barbeque. I'll leave you with a picture of something else we've been up to this week....................

..................henna tattoos.

See you all soon.................

31 comments:

Mama de Saga said...

I love the photographs. I have spent so much time cleaning this vacation. Children are are mini-tornados. Enjoy the rest of your holidays. Lisa

Simone said...

I love the children's rice bowls! I have had red creep into my furnishings over the past year. Just a touch here and there. Today I am sporting a rather red face too due to the heat and too much sun!

Lesley said...

I lurve red too :-) especially liked the red pear though - where did you get it? Ive got my youngest for his last 6 weeks before he starts "big" school with his sister so am making the most of this holiday as well! enjoy! Lesley x

claire Maraldo said...

I love every picture in this post.

I've got the same basket but ours is yellow and orange.

Any excuse not to do housework. a clean house is the sign of a wasted life as they say!

Sal said...

Love all your red pics..thanks for visiting my blog!;-)

Nicola said...

I love the colour red. And I love the Henna tattoos. Have tried to do them myself before, but for some reason they never work on my skin.

Summer by the sea said...

Love all the red, especially the rice bowls - where do you buy something like that? - Natalie x P.S - Now off to check out Cath Kidston - I have to get Georgia a dress like that!

kelly said...

I have alot of red in my house too, its a wonderful vibrant colour and you get find red in alot of vintage items too! Love Kitty's dress, where did you get it?

Clover Yard said...

Great pictures, a dash of red is good for the soul. Your week has been very similar to ours, we spent about 3 hours inflating and filling the paddling pool earlier, the house is a complete tip and there's not a scrap of food in the fridge but we're having sooo much fun! Enjoy your hols.
Carolx

prettyshabby said...

oooh I love all your red goodies! I used to take my two to the 1950s lido near us..it has just been saved from demolition and revamped, yay!..although I think they would cringe if I offered to take them now!!
keep enjoying the sunshine x

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Love the pictures! How cute are the rice bowls, can I ask where you got them from? Sounds like your having a blissfull summer hols.....claire xx

tedandagnes said...

aaaah red wellies, I remember many a happy day sploshing about in my wellies...every child should have some!! Have just bought a yummy cath kidston red floral print to make a nappy change bag and I might just get a pair of oven gloves from it inspired by those hanging on your stove...

Ragged Roses said...

We love henna tattoos! It's amazing how much red we have around isn't it. You have such lovely things, very pretty, I'm glad you didn't say you had red skin too from being out so much!
Kimx
I've joined you on the no housework front this summer - it just gets in the way of having fun, but it does make finding things a little bit harder!

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Thanks for the info on the rice bowls! Seems like Octopus are going to have a run on them....lol, I'm so glad someone else likes John Travolta, everyone looks at me gone off when I say how cute he is.....Claire x

This Vintage Life... said...

I love a bit of red...such a cheery colour and always 'lifts' a room. I like your basket full of sewing goodies, I use one for my cross stitch x

Country Cottage Chic said...

A little bit of red certainly brightens things up! I love the little rice bowls - so cute!

Jayne

Sea Angels said...

Thanks for dropping by Julia, I am so looking forward to this fair, just meeting everyone is going to be so much fun. I will be shopping too...I so prefer the things that we all make, to shop bought stuff, and that includes food, even our posts are better than a magazine are they not.
Huggity Hugs
Lynn xx
Ps I love red to, it is that bit of fire, and inspiration, it acts like a balance to our cool northern skys xx

Cowboys and Custard said...

It is good to see red sometimes especially when it includes such pretty vintage goodies... such as those tins and there is something I just love about red shoes.. be it wellies or ballet shoes or my brand new red sandals!
Enjoy these heady summer days whilst they last!

Michele x

Garden Girl said...

I love red, and Kittys new dress!! Why do kids get all the cool stuff?!
I have the same red oxo tin, it is well loved, although I store oxo cubes in mine now...red is a very cheery colour, it certainly features heavily in our household as well.x

Lucy @ Attic24 said...

Love your pics Julia, I also have many dashes of bright red and magenta throughout the house, I especially love red with white spots, gosh have a growing collection of those!
I so agree with you about neglecting housework during the hols, although having said that I am off to do a mad dash with the neglected dyson as have a friend coming to lunch!
Enjoy your days..
Lxx

mollycupcakes said...

All the red looks fabulous honey,
Loving the summer dress Molly now wants one lol screams of "I like that dress Mummy"
I have a little something red for your ever growing collection, will pop it in the post soon.
I've put the fete on my Calender and will be bribing Ben with treats to take me to it lol me can stay with his brother-in-law Paul while us girlies go to it. Hope to see you there.
Many hugs.
Catherine x

Suzie Sews said...

Oh my so much eye candy...love the rice bowls and as for ironing bard...stunning...

JuicyFig said...

I love red, it does take me back to the late 80's when red kitchens seamed to be very trendy!

Love the henna - I have tattoed my drum skins in the past, but they aren't as good as yours!!!

Kath
x

driftwood shack said...

i love those greengate salt and peppers, and can you tell me where your daughter dress comes from- its so pretty! I'm going to be coming to the fair I always try and have a weekend away in November and I'm really glad to hear about this event I can't wait to see your stuff!

Miles Away In France said...

I love the photos especially the red wellies.

Enjoy the holidays.

Racheal x

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I too, have red accents in my home...
Specially in my dark green living room,... I love to use red in there for contrast and to cheer the room up.
Kisses Kisses
Debbie
xxx

the homely year said...

Love all your red items...I think red is a great colour especially in a country kitchen. My favorites at the moment are my two red tea towels.
Margaret and Noreen

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oohh love all the red goodness. I do love Greengate goodies.
Love Alison x

Things Hand Made said...

I love those rice bowels. I would love to use them but be sooo scared of breaking them aswell!

Katherines Dream said...

Yummy yummy photos again Julia.
The dust is lingering here too..just no time...what with sewing for the Fair and blogging!
Love tins too!
Carol x

Jacoline (Lien) said...

I love your blog and your style. Thanks