A Beach Hut in my garden...

Hello one and all shabby chic ers, I am sorry to those who are following that I haven't reported much recently, I have been busying myself in my mini garden and trying hard weather permitting to transform my dull huge shed into a darling beach hut.
It's coming along nicely, the from is almost done and today I picked up a sweet little life bouy, "Is that what its called?" Anyway once the door is painted up it will sit in it's place nicely.
Also my other steal of the day were 2 beautiful red polka dot battery operated lanterns, they are marvelous and I have decided that the inside of the shed will be mainly off white with red and white acessories, one of the dears where I work at the residential home has kindly offered to help me knit some red and white flag bunting to go all the way round the inside, the two lanterns will hang from the main rafter in the shed to provide some soft lighting on those warm summer nights when I can relax in there Ooooh I can't wait to get started bogging it out Hahaha!!!
I did get a load of boxes of the kids outgrown clothes and toys etc and my youngest and I did a carbootie yesterday and made £165.00, I was sooooo excited counting my hard earned pennies at the end and also happy that I was a little closer to my blank canvas inside the shed.
I hope you all like the pics of my days finds.... see you all soon with some more updated pics xxxx

Country life in Cornwall

Thinking back to my earliest memory of living here in St Ives, I remember being a child at school, about 6 yrs old and playing in the school meadow, sunny days spent making daisy chains with my friends,
Weekends at the beach, the constant screeching of the seagulls as they followed the fishing boats bringing in their catch.
Things were so simple and although I perhaps didn't realise it, those simple pleasures were to follow me into adulthood.
These days, some 30 years later after globe trotting in my 20's, child bearing in my early 30's I realised I was yearning for those simple pleasures again, When calling home to talk to my Mum or Nana in their fudge shop, I would hear that familiar screeching of the gulls, I knew it wouldn't be long before I left city life for the safety and tranquility of this small fishing town once more.
I yearned to have my children experience the beauty and simplicity that I had once known as a child.
So here I am aged 37 with 2 children, 3 pug dogs and 2 dear old sleepy cats, I couldn't be happier.
I once again long for the summer heat,the country coastal walks foraging for berries, fruit picking at the local pick your own farm;
The Winter although drab,is still beautiful none the less, with weekends spent exploring junk shops,used furniture resales and from Easter car booties on a Sunday... What heaven!
Loving all things Shabby Chic is my greatest pleasure after my children and pets, It gives me the chance to turn my basic new build house into a pretty little home, where my kids and pets feel safe and warm, tucking my girls into bed with their "Bunnykins" mugs of milk and a chocolate biscuit, which I might add is a nightly occurrence and they wouldn't have it any other way, neither would I.
I have decided after reading another shabby chicer's blog, that I would like to share my life somewhat with anyone who also has an interest in country living.
Many things inspire me and uplift my mood and if I can bring some joy and inspiration to anothers life for just 5 short minutes then I feel my good deed for the day has been done.
Country life for me, is the best way to raise my children and continue to bring myself priceless happiness.
"The best things in life may not be free, but if I can find them half price then I am half way there"... Thriftkitten xxxxx

Saturday's spent the family way.

Well today started early for my youngest daughter and I, We were on a mission and nothing was going to get in our way...
"Marg" our darling Fiat Multipla took us off the "Home base" to get the much needed Farrow + Ball paint,
Next for the exciting bit, a rummage in the pdsa charity warehouse, unfortunately no items of furniture caught my eye, but managed to bag a couple of cellular blankets for the cats to snuggle up to and a nice porcelain rose whimsie.
A couple of miles down the road was my next stop and this is the place that really gets me excited as it is an old sort of stately home that is now used as a used furniture resellers
A Shabbulicious treasure trove!
Hmm, so much to choose from and so little pennies, I immediately scan the 6 separate rooms for anything decorative or with Queen Anne legs.... Bingo!! I settled on a display cabinet with pretty legs that will be my first "Farrow + Ball" project, also hiding in the corner I spot a very pretty and already shabby chic outdoor corner table that would delight in my small back garden, Oh and for £5 how can I refuse.
Around another nook and cranny I spot a stack of old mirrors, nothing too decorative, however after flicking through the pile I come across a gorgeously simple but decorative one that would look fab painted up, so I scoop it up for the minimal sum of £3.
Just as I was leaving something really cute caught my eye, a battered and worn little wall plaque, so cute and would add a little touch of home to my bland bathroom.
"Marg" greatly accepted our new treasures and with her seats folded back we had enough room to gallop off to Falmouth for a few more hours of bargain hunting.
Upon entering Falmouth my little one noticed a huge warehouse with a massive sign saying "Antiques" Ooh I thought, so we pulled in, full of excitement at what was waiting for us inside.....How wrong could one person be!!!! This was PURE Antiques...laden from corner to corner with such grandness, nothing under a thousand pounds and a huge sign that asks parents to keep children in their sights as ALL breakages MUST be paid for!!
"Oh boy! get me outta here", my daughter has just had half a box of Jaffa cakes and is feeling rather energetic, We leave QUICK, her trailing behind with me holding both of her arms, Hahaha, what a sight we looked.
Next we found a quaint little Salvation Army charity shop where we scooped a crochet pink and cream blanket, 2 vintage full length cotton night gowns(victorian looking), some Mongolian cushions in pink and lilac, a divine signed oil painting of 2 swans on a blossomed lake, Oh and my darling daughter picked a china cat sleeping on a china pillow as a reward for being a good girl without complaining the whole day.
I have included pics of all my treasures found today and will post updates as the projects are coming along,I'm totally worn out from our day out, but feeling warm and fuzzy inside at the thought of putting some love and life back into our newly acquired treasures.Mmmm do I have enough pennies for the local booty sale tomorrow... Of course, I'll use the emergency fund, that's what the Shabby fund is for Goodnight and Thanks for sharing our special day with us.