Sunday, 24 February 2013

Step back in time: 1940's Swansea Bay

Living in Wales we are very fortunate to be surrounded by history and have some fabulous museums, ancient castles and historic sites right on our door step.

We are both fascinated by history and love nothing better than heading to a local museum on a well earned day off .

Our little ones love learning about 'the olden days' and taking part in activities, whilst we get to indulge our passion for the past and usually get to enjoy a nice cup of tea and cake!

Over the next few months we will share our experiences with you in a series of posts that 'Step back in time'.

Last week we stepped back to the 1940's with a visit to 1940's Swansea Bay.  It is a small, family run museum that tells the story of life in South Wales during WWII.

At the entrance to the museum there are several replica WWII vehicles.
Whilst inside the museum, visitors are able to try on authentic clothes and uniforms, find out what people could eat with a week’s rations and even experience the sights and sounds of an air raid.

The children enjoyed trying on hats...but they really didn't like the gas mask!

We saw a replica of an RAF Operations Rooms.  This would have been used to plot the progress of enemy bombers and direct fighter planes to try to stop them.

We sat in an air raid shelter and listened to the sounds of an actual bombing raid.  When the 'All clear' was sounded, we emerged into a realistic 1940's street scene to see the damage caused by bombs.

Then we wandered through the 1940's street which includes a house, a pub, a clothes shop and a barbers shop, all complete with authentic props.

The children particularly liked playing the piano in the pub and it was fascinating to look around all the shops.

There is even a grocers shop displaying some of the everyday foods and groceries that were available during the war.

Rationing was in force at the time and it is difficult to imagine how people lived on such a small amount of food.

At the end of the tour we all had fun listening (and dancing) to some 1940's music.

We had a lovely time and would recommend a visit.  We are looking forward to going back again at Easter for one of their Living History Events.

Hope you enjoyed reading about our day out.

Leanne & Debra

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Spring Collection: GreenGate

We could hardly contain our excitement this week when our deliveries arrived. It felt just like Christmas morning. We couldn't wait to open the boxes!

The reason for all this excitement?  

It was our first delivery from GreenGate for our 2013 Spring Collection.

The products are so ever so pretty.  We just can't stop looking at them.

Here are a few of our favourite items...

The Candy Mint Sugar Shaker is a perfect mix of contemporary stripes and pretty vintage flowers
and we could quite happily gaze at this June Mint Wall Clock all day long.

This charming Love Birds Coir Door Mat is perfect for welcoming guests into your home

and with our love for tea, it is no wonder that we simply adore this charming painted wooden Vera Tea Box.

The only problem is, we want to keep one of everything for our own homes!

To see more of our lovely GreenGate collection pop over to our shop

Plus keep checking back as we will be adding even more lovely GreenGate goodies in the next few weeks.

Have a great weekend all!

Leanne & Debra

Monday, 11 February 2013

Love is in the air

With Valentine's day in just a few days time there seem to be flowers and hearts everywhere we look.
We love a bit of romance so thought we'd take a look at some Valentine's day ideas to get you in the mood for love!

If you fancy getting crafty and making something personal for your loved one, then take a look at these 20 Homemade Valentine Ideas courtesy of Elsie at

We also love these cute DIY Valentine's decorations available to download and make at

Or if your looking for a delicious sweet treat to end the day, try this recipe for Black forest trifle for two courtesy of the lovely ladies over at Oh So Lovely Vintage.

If you think your loved one is still struggling to find the perfect gift or if you just want to treat yourself (and be fair you probably deserve it!), we are here to help.

From traditional hanging hearts (with a bit of sparkle obviously!) to quirky cushions with a hint of romance we have some beautiful Valentine's gifts ideas 

But be quick orders must be placed by midnight Monday 11th February to make sure they arrive in in time for the special day.

There's no harm in leaving the laptop lying around to drop a subtle hint :-)

With lots of love

Leanne & Debra

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Our little road trip

This week we packed our bags and took to the road in search of beautiful products for our Spring/Summer collection.

We travelled through the idyllic Herefordshire countryside and saw lots of pretty villages

and houses that we simply fell in love with!

During the trip we stayed at Stone Manor hotel, a beautiful old country house in the historical county of Worcestershire.

The hotel is a beautiful Tutor style manor with a friendly atmosphere, cosy log fire places and an abundance of elegance and charm.

We would have really loved to stay a little longer and explore the local area but unfortunately we just didn't have the time (but we've definitely made a note to return one day with our families).

We continued our journey in search of the prettiest and most unusual items for our shop

After many hours exploring the array of products at Spring Fair we were delighted to discover some fabulous new suppliers.

This year we have decided to expand our range and have sourced the most beautiful products from France, Holland and Denmark.

We are so excited and can't wait to have them shipped over so we can show you!!! 

Coming this space.

Hope you have a great week.

Leanne & Debra