Elegant Rose

Monday, 8 October 2012

Salem And My Lot........

Hello lovely peeps!
The sun is well and truly shining here in the chilly Northwest and  about time too!
I was seriously thinking off sending out that Dove at one point as we have had so much rainfall....



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Anyways I wanted to show you that 'Salem' has a name and a place to greet visitors on the lead up to Halloween..
He looks perfect here at the 'front of house'...
Actually my lovely pal Debbie named him, as she is a little bit on the 'Spooky' side and has a love of kitties just like me.
I wish you could see my 'lot' do a double take when entering the house!
Cats can be a little territorial now cant they!!



I did try him here and there,' but his tail was well and truly between his legs,' he seemed happiest at the front door after all.




I wanted to show you my little laundry room too!
It is never, ever this tidy, when my men folk have been out running and drop all there 'gear' to be  magically laundered. haha.
But just for today!



My nifty John lewis mini sewing machine, very handy for small projects.

I have my Mums vintage 'singer machine too'. I remember Mum used to run up in no time clothes for us all.....
Sometimes I just wanted 'Birmingham bags', do you remember those trousers from the seventies? But alas we were the family always in home made, very pretty frocks!!

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My vintage 'Jones' machine, just for show, but a bargain find from a local charity shop for £15....
I do love sewing machines!


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I have had this charming vintage material  I found on good old ebay, for a long while now and decided to 'run' up a small pelmet, just to pretty up a rather ordinary window....
Now which machine to use.....?




I am quite pleased with the result. ************



I love my little corners with pretty flowers...
Especially roses.


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 It's that time to be 'cosying' down and watching a good movie and this one fits the bill just perfect!
I wonder have you seen it?

I Love it so much, that I have bought two copies, some how?
I am partial to all the magic and spells and think it perfect for settling down with hot chocolate to enjoy on the lead up to Halloween.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to brew up a spell or two!

I have planted a herb or two along side my garden gate, Rosemary for remembrance...



Sweet Heather too, as this is lucky to have by your door...
The colours are really pretty.
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I will close for now and leave you with Trinny here, she is the tiniest of kittie cats ever, but ever so sweet!

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I will say bye for now.

Wishing you all a cosy week and I am looking forward to popping into your lovely blogs shortly!
and thanking you always for the kindest words too!

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Love Maria x









61 comments:

  1. Lovely cosy corners and vignettes - I particularly like those sewing machines. There is something very appealing about an old Singer (whether it works or not is beside the point!) - a bit like an old typewriter in that you can hang all sorts of memories on it (virtually and literally!)
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  2. Such a sweet post Maria,
    Your front porch looks all nicely decorated for Halloween.
    I CAN see where you get your love of kitties from! A very pretty mum too.
    I used to love to sew when i was younger. I would often sew some nice skirts or tops for my daughter, and made cushions from bits of left over material and would put fancy lace to pretty them up.
    I like your curtain in the laundry. It brightens it up.
    Your old sewing machine is wonderful.
    great to have the choice of two.
    I enjoy visiting your warm inviting home Maria.
    thank you
    happy Monday
    val xxx

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      Thank you for the kindest words always...

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  3. Thanks for showing us around your lovely home. I think Salem looks perfect at the front door. Your laundry room looks lovely, I love the teapot and really beautiful roses. Your heathers a gorgeous colour. I'll have to get some for the front door! Have a lovely 'rain free' week. Let's hope we're having an indian summer.
    Ali x

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  4. Hello Maria ... love your little curtain and love your sewing machines! Have just bought some little heathers for the front door this afternoon, just need a black cat to go there too!

    See you tomorrow xxx

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    1. Hello and yes you found your black cat,I see!

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  5. One of my most favourite movies ever!! Salem is looking very happy there...where did you find him as I think I am in love :-0...... lovely lovely post, thank you xx

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    1. Hello Sophie,
      I bought him from work am afraid, any thing the least bit 'catish' comes home am afraid!! hehe..

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  6. p.s i have an old jones machine too, I think it would work with a bit of tweaking :-)

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  7. Havent seen the film but will seek it out, looks like just the job for the lead up to Halloween - Salem is a pretty cat I think I would like a cat like him to guard my door too.

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    1. Hi Betty!
      Thank you and I love your magical blog!

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  8. LOVE Salem and all your lovely vignettes! (And your sweet kitty, of course!)...♥
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Anne (Love Practical Magic, too...have you read the book? Great author...Hoffman, I think?)

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  9. I love Salem too, I can well imagine your own kitties doing a double take. You have some lovely corners in your home, it all looks so welcoming and pretty.I can just picture myself snuggling on your lovely cosy furniture watching films and cuddling up to your cats!

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  10. Lovely post Maria. Thank you for showing us your gorgeous laundry room! Loving your little pink sewing machine too! Practical Magic is a favourite of mine, perfect for this time of year.
    Victoria xx

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      It is just the perfect film for now..

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  11. Hello Maria
    Salem looks like he is doing a fine job guarding the front door ( I love his tail )
    Your laundry room is lovely, such a pretty little table full of loveliness,
    I learned to sew on a old Vickers hand machine very similar to your Jones I wish I still had it...never mind, your pelmet is very pretty I love the material,
    Thank you Maria for sharing the wonderful corners of your home.
    Now its time to light some candles and sort out some of my old books
    Hope you have a magical week
    Thea xx

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    1. Wishing you a Magical week too Thea...

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  12. Thanks for sharing a little of your home with us Maria, I love your sewing machine collection, and your lovely cat! So sweet! Have a lovely week! Ada :)

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  13. Love the kitty cat by the front door and the one on the sofa! Your home looks so cosy and comfortable! Have a great week.
    June

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      hope your week is lovely too!

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  14. Me gustan los rincones que forman su casa,bonita máquina de coser y esas rosas tán delicadas.Muchos saludos desde España.

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  15. Hello Maria, what a cosy home you have .. and I love your new pelmet. Have a happy week lovely lady xx

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      Have popped over to you!

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  16. What a lovely post Maria!! Has really got me in the mood for Halloween! We always decorate the dining room, dress up (even the husband!) and bake lots of yummy treats for our little family party - Mia loves this time of year! I also love your sewing room, my grandma had an old sewing machine like that one, and for years after she died it was just stored away in my dads' garage - it wasn't until recently I remembered it and decided to ask my dad if I might have it - only to find that after being in his garage unwanted for over 20 years he had finally taken it to the tip (shock horror!!) only the week before - i was gutted! :(
    xx

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  17. I don't know how I have missed some of your posts. Your home looks so warm and welcoming. I love your cat celebrating Salem and your corner with the flowers.Is the picture of the lady a relative or a favourite picture? Hope you enjoyed your film.
    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, The picture is infact a vintage tin, but I love the sweet lady wearing the head scarve,as she has the kindest of faces...
      (found in a charity shop many moons ago)

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  18. Hello Maria!
    October is my favourite month of the year, the smells, the weather, a sense of something in the air?
    I am loving having a new blog to read, like finding a good book, yours is so delicious.
    Bestest etc
    Daisy J.

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    1. Awww thanks for coming and saying 'Hello', as it is nice to meet new bloggers...xxxx

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  19. Hello there Maria!

    OH That cat is perfect for the holidays! And I see you came to visit me and saw my Etsy wares....my favorite creation is BOO THE CAT on a wand.....

    You have a lovely décor and I can see you are enjoying yourself! ME TOO! I am now part-time teaching as I stay at home trying to build up my art business.

    I wish you well and a fabulous day, and thank you so much for stopping by to comment! Anita

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    1. Hello Anita, so happy you popped over too me...xx

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  20. Hello, Maria. I popped over from my blog when I saw you had visited and followed my blog. I like your blog and I really like the music accompaniment. Looking forward to getting to know you through your blog.

    Hugs,
    Sharon

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  21. Aren't men lucky that "laundry magic" works all the year round & not just at Halloween?
    Salem is just about the best black cat name I've ever come across!

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  22. teehee...I like Pedro and Willow here on the side bar! We found a cat the other day that had markings exactly like a BOB CAT!!!!!! MWWWWAAAAAAA!

    THank you dear for following! I hope you have a creative rest of the week and that you enjoy this fabulous chilly weather that is conducive to tea, soup, fireplaces and DREAMING! Anita

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  23. You have such a warm, lovely home! Especially love your laundry room and little kitty!

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    1. Hi Jen, thank you for coming over to mine, am really pleased to find your lovely blog!

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  24. Hi Maria,
    I agree, I think Salem looks perfect near the front door to greet everyone :)
    What a lovely laundry room and such a pretty pink sewing machine!
    Enjoy the cups of hot chocolate and the Halloween movies :)
    Magie x

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  25. Thank you for taking the time to visit me Magie, I know you are a busy Mum!!

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  26. Of course I love your new cat !! A girl cannot have too many ! your new curtains are really nice ..I'm not very confident at sewing but I do enjoy it. Must get my practical magic out ...thanks for the reminder ! Gail x

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  27. Thank you lovely you and glad your trip was fab!!

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  28. Hi Maria - I am dragging myself back to the world after losing my dog. What a lovely inspiring blog - so full of pretty things to be grateful for. Lily. xxx

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    1. hi Lily soo lovely to hear from you and give your self time...

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  29. Lovely Autumnal post Maria! I love practical magic too! and Oh how I love Salem! xx

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  30. Thanks for stopping by my blog Maria! Yours truly is lovely!
    Happy weekend!
    Sarah xox

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  31. Hello Maria, this is a lovely sweet blog! Thank you for stopping by mine. Love the vintage sewing machine :-)

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    1. Hello Karen, It is lovely to meet you!

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  32. What a lovley blog! I love your laundry room and all those pretty bits and bobs! So glad I stopped by :) *waves hello* from a new follower, Hazel x

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    1. Hello and welcome Hazel,
      will pop in on you too soon!

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  33. Hi Maria,LoVe Salem,Hes so cute :) Going to dig out Practical Magic,I've never watched it right through and today seems the perfect day to do so,warm and snug in front of the fire,Our first frost this morning,gosh its nippy! Love your laundry room too and the pretty pelmet youve made. Happy week love JulieXxXx

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    1. Hello Julie, thank you for stopping in on me too! xx

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