Friday, 30 May 2014

'Kaffee und Kuchen'

A lovely morning spent with a special friend over 'Kaffee und Kuchen'. This is one of my favourite German phrases-what a wonderful tradition they have of coffee and cake, not that I don't love our British institution of afternoon tea but I'm afraid I have never liked the brew, only coffee! We meet for coffee at different places but a favourite has become the  Par Garden Centre . The cafe has delicious pastries best of all you get free refills of as much coffee/hot choc as you like! They do great lunches too-their fish and chips in Cornish beer batter always looks so tantalising!
The Garden Centre stocks some lovely vintage style gifts, Cath Kidston etc and is always worth a browse.
Today I spotted these wonderful vintage beach inspired items-I love the little lady in her retro swimwear!

I couldn't resist treating myself to this brilliant enamel sign-I have just created a craft room with a seaside theme so it is earmarked to be hung in there tomorrow. 
I make a little range of vintage style hearts with messages and last year designed this 'By the sea' one:
So today I started on a fresh batch of these for the summer. I use Cath Kidston bue mini spot and 'little boats' -this design always reminds me of summers at the coast in times gone by. For the message I handstamp on to white cotton/linen using 'Versacraft' ink. This year I will make some bunting to go with them-this was the plan for last year but the summer ran out before I got down to it!
I am loving meeting new friends here-please do leave me a comment if you have time! Hope you have a lovely, sunny weekend, Alison xx