Monday, March 28, 2011

Two gifts.

Hello Monday!

Hello fresh new week, clean diary pages, opportunities, plans, hopes.

Indi has gone off to camp, Jazzy has requested pancakes for dinner and Miss Pepper is always hungry. The puppies have been wormed, the farmer-boys are working on a new chick brooder and I am hoping like anything to keep on top of things and have a happy week.

Every week on a Monday afternoon I have this odd hour in between pick ups and drop offs. Most weeks I spend it with my artist friend Petrus, chatting, catching up, talking about inspiration and plans. I love this hour and look forward to it all week.

Last week Petrus made us coffee in the boot of his car. As we sat in my boot drinking the coffee he presented me with a ceramic pear he'd made. It is heavy and cold and real pear sized with a real pear stalk. I was and am still completely overwhelmed by this gift. At the moment its sitting next to our Petrus bowl on the shelf above the fireplace but I think it might have to move around the place so I remember to look at it and love it.

When Indi saw the pear she said it represented purity and passion to her. I kinda like that.

The second gift I recieved an embarrasingly long time ago from the ever so talented MonetPaisley. A pile of hand made, retro inspired bikinis for my girls.

I wish I could show you how cute they look on my girlies but I feel a bit uncomfortable, so you'll have to believe me.

But trust me, THEY ARE SUPER CUTE!!

They are hand made from the most gorgeous fabrics and they fit really well and did I tell you they look too cute! I love how different they look from the mass produced, garishly bright, lycra numbers everyone else at the pool wears.

I think there are so few really new and original ideas out there and we should really support awesome little businesses like MoneyPaisley.

I feel a bit sad that bikini weather is over here but they'll be coming on our caravan adventure that's for sure.

Money Paisley has an Etsy shop here and are also available at a few other selected outlets. Please go and check out Money Paisley the blog for more info.

So have you been lucky enough to receive any great gifts lately? Do tell.

Ok, that's me for now.
Have fun out there.



  1. At first I thought wow, thats one over-ripe pear! Its very life like, I'm glad you revealed it was a ceramic one. Love those bathers too, sometimes wouldn't it be good, just for a minute or two perhaps, to be young and having fun at the pool in a very cool bikini without a care in the world..... :)

  2. the pear is awesome and I agree it is kind of pure looking, maybe it's the purity of the colour.

    and those blue togs are so cute, love a pair of them myself, although I wouldn't be sharing photos of that for an entirely different reason!

    I hope this week is a good one for you and the girls and the rest.

  3. Bikinis for your girls or ... bikinis for your "girls"?

  4. The pear is fab and I love what it symbolises for your girl...I actually thought it was a paper mache one.

    The bikinis are so cute, the fabric is adorable.

    Enjoy your week.

  5. Love the idea of getting that hour each week to natter over a coffee.
    Oh my, oh my! What sweet little swimsuits.

  6. She is very talented indeed. They look gorgeous, x

  7. Those bikinis are gorgeous! My mum used to make those for me, I loved them then & I think I love them even more now (though I don't have any grown up size, perhaps I should get her back onto those.... You must be so excited about your trip, how brilliant!!
    Oh and the pear is wonderful, lucky you what a very lovely gift.

  8. What sweet hearts! How lovely to receive such thoughtful handmade gifts.

    Hubby actually brought me my 'new' vase at the markets yesterday as a just because gift, which was nice. And my sweet sister brought me an old printers tray to add to my collection. Can't wait to give it a coat of paint. :)

  9. Ohh that has just made me remember the reversible bikini my mum made me when I was about 8. It was plain pink on one side and yellow flowers on the other. A happy summer at the local lido followed. Big sigh as she slides off in to nostalgia!

  10. I really thought wow- is that some kind of heirloom pear variety!!! It is lovely.

    I likey the bikinis too esp like the blue one.

  11. I will trust you on this Kate...those bikini's are sooooo cute...
    I will be popping and looking at this etsy shop...

    I adore the pear!!!
    Simply beautiful...

  12. I thought it was a pear from your farm before I read the post :-)

    Bikinis are very cute and I agree look much nicer than the mass-produced ones.

  13. What pretty gifts! That pear is cool!

  14. Thanks kate! thanks everyone!

    This is probably the motivation I need to find more time to sew..... And blog...... And photograph...... And list items in my shop.....

    Thanks again everyone (smiley face)

  15. Oh these are way cuter than any lycra ones and they would fair so much better in the pool with the chemicals I would imagine.

  16. The pear is delightful... I would move it around to always have it in sight also, gorgeous!
    I am also loving the gingham bikini, how incredibly sweet. Thank you for sharing Money Paisley with us :o)

  17. What wonderful gifts. The pear is stunning!
    How long will you be travelling in your caravan? That is a someday dream of ours as well.

    My latest gift was the company of my girl on a hard trip. She was a dream, so well behaved and sensitive to everyones feelings. Having her there kept me grounded and calm. Plus I got as many hugs as I wanted!

  18. This is a nice story. I once had a yellow gingham handmade bikini which in retrospect was titchy. But my mum made it and I loved it. I would however, not have wanted photos of me in it on the web. The pear is lovely.

  19. Hello Kate,
    I've been lurking for a while now but I felt I needed to comment today!
    I had to go to our local Westfield last week to try and find some wee clothes for my Smallest Boy's birthday. I haven't been near the shops for quite a while (I'm not much of a shopper) and came how thoroughly depressed with the amount of tat and poorly made things in the shops. You are soo right about the mass-produced, garish stuff! I've never been particularly handy, don't own a sewing machine (yet!) but have learnt to crochet! Next step clothes!
    Thanks for your blog
    Sandra x

  20. Those bikinis are wonderful. I have horrific memories of having to wear 'home made' bathers...I don't think handmade was quite so 'cool' in the 70's, more about necessity and less about spirit I suspect- they (mine) do look cute in the photos though.
    Here's to a lovely week for you

  21. They are super-cute even OFF the girls!!

    And the pear is divine. What a simple and beautiful gift to have that pressed into the palm of your hand. A moment to sigh over. x

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