Wednesday, 22 August 2012


How many of you are enjoying The Great British Bake Off?

2nd episode aired last night - oh I do LoVe Mr Hollywood!! (and the baking is pretty good too!)
Talking of British, I took part in LaaLaa's All Things British Swap. 

I was paired up with Abbie from Arobella Creations and yesterday Mr Postie delivered my parcel.

Lots of goodies wrapped in pretty paper

Handmade crochet flower brooch and pretty button and bead bracelet.

'Afternoon Tea' magnets, British made threads and a red postbox keyring

Sweeties, a pencil, lovely napkins, a tape measure and some red, white and blue twine and tags.

Thank you so much Abbie! I hope you've received your parcel too!
A couple of weeks ago I started selling some of my Scrabble Art in a gorgeous shop in Hartley Wintney and this week I got my first commission.

Lovely Mum & Dad gifted us these fabulous shelves for our living room.

Thought they needed a little prettification but didn't really want to repaint them so I dug out some of my GoRgEoUs Cath Kidston Washi tape and stuck it along the front edge of each shelf

Simple yet very effective - LoVe this tape!!

And here they are in their new home on the living room wall.
Now, as many of you know, I am struggling to find my crochet enthusiasm of late so in an attempt to find it I have sign up to Creatives Unite organised by the lovely Anna @ the lovely Miss Beatrix, if you haven't visited Anna's blog before please do go and check it out!
Going to leave you now with some Geranium love (yes, they've finally flowered) and this funny white spider making her home amongst the Buddliea.



  1. I love the Great British Bake Off too -doesn't Mr Hollywood have the most beautiful blue eyes? I do watch it for the baking, honest. Your new shelves are lovely, as are the geraniums. Your blog post has really brightened up my day. Thank you.
    Best wishes

  2. Congratulations on your first commission! :)
    The things you got for the swap are lovely. Your new shelves look really pretty, too!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  3. Really enjoying the GBBO off too.I watch with my mouth watering!
    Those shelves are really pretty and I like the way you have decorated them with the ribbon...great minds think alike! Love your swap goodies,especially that bracelet,have been looking for one like that.
    Happy Wednesday! Bellaboo :0) X

    1. Hi bellaboo, just read your comment about my bracelet- thank you! If you want to contact me I'm sure we could arrange something if you'd like a similar bracelet x

  4. Great post, loads of eye candy! love the shelves, so gorgeous sweetie and your swap goodies are so pretty :) love geraniums too have them in my garden, have a happy day :)

    Bee happy x

  5. Hello my lovely! Yes, I confess...I too have a major crush on Mr Hollywood. I'd love to sink my teeth into his buns...ahem...his baking of course! Our whole family is glued to the TV when the 'Great British Bake Off hits the screen, and our little man is itching to enter the junior division in two years time!

    Anyhow, luuuuuv this blog post! The shelf is gorgeous. I love what you've done with the washi tape. I too have the same tape. It's so pretty! And your commisioned piece is beautiful too. Well done you! Thanks for popping over to my blog, and for always leaving cheerful comments. They mean a lot! Have a fabby-dabby-doo day! Tania ♥

  6. Ohh i'm really enjoying GBBO at the moment! My favourite thing to watch : D!

    Congrats on your commision, that is amazing.

    Gemma xXx

  7. Hmm - I love Bake Off, and adore Mr Hollywood. There is something SERIOUSLY sexy about a man being that good with his hands.......XX

  8. So many lovely things! Gorgeous goodies from your swap, and the shelves are beautiful, I love the finishing touch with the tape, may have to get some of that! Enjoying the Great British Bake Off too, haven't watched it before :) x

  9. Oh yes! another Mr Hollywood fan here :) Lots of lovely things in your swap. Lucky you. xx

  10. Lovely, lovely! I've yet to get any washi tape but I can see it in my near future. It really brightens your already beautiful shelves! And I love your geraniums! My favorite color of red!

  11. Oh, I do love parcels in the post! Such goodies, lucky you, and those shelves are fab, you'll have fun dressing those! Ada :)

  12. I have also been enjoying the great British bake off..I really enjoyed the bit where they had to do the patterns within the cakes :)
    What lovely swap pressies and I like the idea of the washi tape on the shelves.
    Have a lovely day x

  13. sharing the Great British Bake Off love - your scrabble art is gorgeous and what a happy parcel xxx

  14. your swapp looks pretty - and i love your scrabble art as always!


  15. Beautiful photo of the spider on the buddleja. I'm an admirer of your scrabble art. I love to scrabble with my husband sometimes, but I have to persuade him always, because he cannot win (haha)

  16. Thanks for the lovely swap Victoria. It was a joy to swap with you and discover your blog :) x

  17. Congratulations on selling on the high street. I hope you'll have many more commissions.
    Those shelves look absolutely wonderful and the tape the finishing touch.
    Popping over to Anne's blog to have a look see.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

  18. Congratulations on your commission well deserved and I'm sure there will be many more in the future!
    Love your swap goodies and your shelves look so pretty!
    Hope you are having a happy week,
    Susan x

  19. Oh what a wonderful post lots to see, love that washi tape,what an excellent idea, i must try that....and yes yes i love the great british bake off,, Mr P isnt so keen, tends to moan through the whole thing, but it is good tv viewing.
    Pixie x

  20. Oh my gosh! I love those shelves... I must get some of that tape but I fear everything will get adorned if it's not careful! Congrats also on your first commission- what a great buzz that must have been! Here's to many more :) Haz x

  21. Hi Victoria,
    so pleased for you about your first commission, how good is that !
    I love your shelves too, especially the heart detail on the sides...
    Your parcel looks delightful too, such a lot of thought goes into these give aways!!
    Have a weekend full of fun
    LoVe Maria x

  22. Ooh, congrats on the commission, and what a fun swap. Looks like you've had a good week :D

  23. Love your new shelves Victoria
    and what a great idea to use the Cath Kidson tape, they look fantastic.

    Don't watch the bake off
    maybe I should start.

    Great goodies you received in the post - all lovely.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

    x Fiona

  24. Love all your photos - the shelves look really pretty. And swaps are fun - you have some lovely things!

    Pomona x