Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coffee Anyone?

I’m opening my little blog window today to welcome you in for some coffee and cake or tea and cookies

                                                                  Whatever pleases you! 

 At these crazy and scary times of lockdown, social isolation and distancing, we need to have something pleasant to look forward to during the endless hours of being ‘locked in’, and worrying about the future.  Scientists say that we need to have a daily routine to keep us occupied and make us feel less anxious.
My routine includes some ‘me’ time, drinking my favourite coffee in a pretty, welcoming, and colourful environment.  

  When the weather is good , I’m really happy to go out on my balcony and sit among the flower pots , feel the sun on my face and sip my aromatic , filter coffee.  You don’t need much to feel good. Just take some time to create a pretty ‘scenery’ for you, a cosy, sweet place  at home. The right matching of colours can work miracles. Colours can calm you down. 

  I adore pastel colours, most shades of pink, red, light green, off whites, light blues and so many more.
In the pictures that follow, I have set up the scene for my morning coffee on the balcony, surrounded by lots of greenery, flowers (mainly artificial ones) wreathes, dream catchers and of course my favourite china and homemade cakes. 

I hope that you like it and that I’ve given you some ideas to create your ‘happy’ corner at home to make these days less stressful and more optimistic.

 My love to all. Take care!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Hello everybody!!!
Today’s post has to be an optimistic one despite all the crazy and hard times the whole world is facing, as the good news is: SPRING is HERE !!!  Winters are becoming more and more difficult every year and I find myself longing for brighter and longer days, bird song, blooms, buds, flowers and COLOUR. Pastel colours, soft pinks and purples , mint greens, daffodil yellows, jasmine whites, blues of the clear sky, turquoise  and emerald of the Greek islands.  

  Today’s pictures are thus plunged into colour and happy vibes that I’m sending out to all of you! : CENTREPIECES  , inspired by spring and Easter , fields and hills covered by  a soft , transparent  veil of anemones and almond tree blooms.
CENTREPIECES you can create by using things you have at home, like old baskets, pots, fake flowers, candles, even some crochet flowers and of course ribbons, butterflies, little birds, wooden hearts, etc.
You can place them on a dining room table, a sofa table, a dresser, a small table on your balcony, a table in the garden even on a bookcase and  of course on window sills, on the steps of a staircase etc.

I love them and make different arrangements for the different seasons.
You can find similar fake flowers to the ones I’ve used, at very low prices . You can tie them together using some thread to create a posy and then cover the stems with some fabric.  You can put them in a basket along with a couple of wreaths and why not with an enamel teapot or a favourite mug. Add some final touches using little wooden butterflies and some tiny doves.


 You can arrange your flowers the way they best suit the basket or pot you have chosen and add some smaller pots with fake greenery inside, plus some pine cones painted purple or white, some ribbons, some Easter bunnies, eggs and whatever else you fancy, and your centrepiece will be ready at no time!


 Why not crochet some flowers in pastel colours, use them to ornate a wooden wreath and then place it on your table with a candle at the centre.

 A very easy -to-make idea is to paint some jars using chalk paint or acrylics and glue tiny fabric flowers around its upper part .Then you can use them as vases for spring blooms. If you place a number of them together on a tray on your sofa table, they will look great!!

 I hope I’ve given you the inspiration to create your own lovely spring time centrepiece , light an aromatic candle , make yourself a cuppa of tea and  take some time to enjoy life’s little pleasures….

                                                   My love to all,
                                                       Tina xxxx