Sunday, September 18, 2011


Dare I poke my head above the parapet and say hello?! Well the summer has flashed by and although I have poked about in your bloggy lives nothing has been posted with my Happy Crow for quite some time now. Is there anyone out there that still wants to listen I wonder?
The garden is looking decidedly autumnal, leaves are falling and everything is starting to get that scruffy edges look about it.
 My path to work is crisp with leaves and trousers get wet brushing through ferns which grow in abundance down here and a good ground cover in such a large garden.
I have been busy all summer with fingers in a few pies. Mainly I have been painting for galleries but also working in the Sea Garden and having all the fun of hunting out nice things to sell in the shop and also at our annual summer Homespun Fair which I organised with Gertie  and it was a great success as you have probably seen over on the Homespun blog. So much so and by popular demand we are going to have a Homespun Christmas Fair on the 27th of November. We still have stands available if you want to apply for one.
Well I went off to Shepton Mallet this weekend to find some more little bits of loveliness for the shop and I think because I had a bit of a small budget for such a wonderful big fair I did not actually buy that much but thought you might like to see some of it.
Tiny soft pink leather shoes small enough for a doll with sweet little buttons, a bit tatty but couldn't resist them.
 Nice French hat and coat rack. Look great in that little cottage by the sea!
 Two dolly beds in need of some bedding.

 Love this dolls chair for its worn paint, sure it used to be a high chair but its so sweet.
 This cabinet I want to keep, look at the original paper inside. I am going to paint it off white, its not a very nice wood finish in the flesh so I dont feel bad about doing it. Will Mr Crow let me keep it I wonder?
 Beautifully feminine French mirror with a candle holder at the base, So pretty and in perfect condition.
Very pleased with this haul of Regatta china which always sells well in the Sea Garden.
 Wanted to show you this that I found at a car boot over the summer for the bargain price of £10! An original oil painting by Raffay. The funny thing about it is that it looks remarkably like me as a child, I have hung it in the living room and everyone who sees it thinks its of me! So although I bought it to sell and looking it up on the internet its worth about £150 I don't really want to let it go.

And finally this is what I am doing at the moment, just started a little series of  paintings with a circus theme. The dog troupe above is my work in progress, cant wait to get out there in the morning and get back into it. 

P.S. I have joined Facebook, yipes!


Anonymous said...

So lovely to see you here! It sounds like a lovely busy summer! Your paintings are all so beautiful and love the old beds, cute!
Glad to see you back!
:) Julie

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Love the little doll beds.
Your new circus theme threesome is delightful too.
Welcome back.

Val Reaves said...

So glad to see you! I always love to check in with you. My garden is slowing down here too,...tis the season.

Sandies' Patch said...

Hello again!
Well you have been busy though, what a find with the Raffay!
Love thos little pink shoes, I'm sure I've got a photo of me sitting on Mums' treadle sewing machine, sporting a pair very like those!

Have a great week,

Sandie xx

lemonade kitty said...

Sounds like you had a busy summer, love the iron bed, so glad you're back with us, Lucey x

heidi said...

You decided to come back too blog land then?!!
Lovely to see you all last week..sooooooo sad to leave as always. The boys are still catching up on their sleep..john's back to work today!!
Cant find you on facebook looked yesterday?
Lots of love .xxxx

hens teeth said...

Hello Jane,
so good to see all of your beautiful finds, garden and paintings. Looking forward to seeing you soon. x

ted and bunny said...

welcome back!

lovely things you bought at Shepton but most of all I love "your" portrait fom the bootsale- all the admiration without having had to sit still for hours!

Bruce is well and I'm growing-out his hogged the moment it looks just like the zebra mane in your circus photo

have a good week, and I'm looking forward to MORE posts
ps I still don't do Facebook :(

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hi Jane - so nice to see your snippets of life. So many pretty things you brought back from Shepton Mallet. Love your Autumnal garden pics.
I meant to tell you that in your previous post about Constantine and Port Navas you must have driven straight past our house! The white cottage with Blue windows and door is just up the hill from Trenarth bridge, which is just dowmn the hill from us! Just came home last week.I like the circus theme by the way!

Sarah x

Sarah x

OhSoVintage said...

Love the dolls' beds and the hat/coat rack. What a wonderful cottage you live in!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I think your cat had the right idea, it's the thing mine would do too!
Very much like the regatta china.
Isabelle x

Anonymous said...

It'll be so cool to see your art doll, cannot wait! I'm know its going to look awesome!
:) Julie

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh you temptress you Jane.. Lovely ... nay .. beautiful finds as usual and enough to make me weep.
Been trying to call you so pick up the phone please!
Michele x

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

HI JANE!! It is great to see a post from you! Summer did go fast! Like you, I've been busy scouting for things to sell..and then life got involved with the loss of my mom and dealing with her estate..totalled my car...and well, so on and so forth. I think of you so often when I see the little tin with the girl in it that I won from you. She is in the guest bedroom on the sweet!

hugs to you and yours,

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Like your new acquisitions Jane and love your new artwork. Have a good week. Lesley x

Dene Edwards said...

Hi Jane! My name is Dene, I'm from Brazil but I'm living in England since 2009. I also have a blog called "Craft to inspire" and on my today's post I spoke about your blog. I found it today and I loved it! Your work, house and studio are very beautiful! Please have a look on the post and let me know what you think. Looking forward to hear from you!
My blog link is:

Dene xx

Dene Edwards said...

Thanks for passing by! You're more than welcome to visit the blog.
Dene x

bibbitybob said...

Fabulous buys, and if that's your house in the garden photograph then I have severe house envy! x

Kristin_Texas said...

I LOVE that first picture with your cat just sitting back and taking it easy. Lol! It's so adorable and reminds me of a painting.


Clare Wassermann said...

I'm glad you are back!!

Helen Bye said...

Hi Jane. Lovely to see your finds. Those doll shoes are adorable, and the French mirror's so pretty. I love the circus paintings, too. The zebra one is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing the other one finished.