Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Silver Teapot Moss Vale

Hi Everyone,

I will make this brief as I'm pretty tired tonight.... but I feel I am ready to share pics of the cafe with you.. I do miss it at times....the first lot are before the fire you will notice my wedding arch I made above our Lion fountain.. the second lot of pics are of the fire.... anyone who has been in our shop may recognise a few places.. my hubby is standing in my beloved kitchen... I'm getting into making the cookies and cakes again

thanks for taking the time to look be warned some of the images may be upsetting to those who know the shop and haven't seen it yet xxx

Til next time

ps It's better to die standing on your feet than live life on your knees (not sure who said it but its a great one)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New projects

Hi ladies,

I know I promised the frames last week but I forgot to put them up and got sidetracked... we have been really busy here with websites, and Dave got a new shed so we can store stuff from the cafe ... YAY I will have my sewing room.. I hope!!!

So here they are they are currently hanging in the hallway

I hope you like them
A new project is a handsewn pair of shoes for Lily (the first I have ever made so I'm quite chuffed hahaha).. I am developing a range of shoes to go onto our website..Pumpkernickle Kids..(under construction as we speak) I am doing a range of my own designs in toys and clothes sooo fingers crossed it will all work out

Sorry this is so short but I have to get back to sewing..

til next time


Ps What we have to learn to do we learn by doing - Aristotle

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Backyard blitz - part 1

Hi girls,

Just a quick note...

Dave and I have been in the garden today and little Lily helped out... I kinda went overboard and brought the following plants from bunnings

3 x mixed flower hydrangea

3 x gardina

3 x Camelia

3 types of roses

2 x wisteria (lavender colour)

2 cream foxglves and

2 purple foxgloves

Here are pic of 2 types of roses... I planted the wisteria, floxgloves and roses today sooo it's camelia day tommorrow

we want to create a flower garden for ourselves and our little girl to grow up in so
she can "see" fairies

I have also been painting and shabbying up some Italian brass frames will post pics tommorrow
til then have a fabulous night
PS "Live each day as if your life had just begun" - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Friday, January 16, 2009

A new day

Hi Girls,

First and foremost thanks for your kind words and encouragement xxx

I'm getting itchy hands again and am ready to start restoring smoke damaged items and creating in general...Which hubby and I are both excited about, he's really good with wood

I just thought I would share a pic of my beloved baby Lily.... taken christmas day. She was so excited, I was up at 4am getting things ready I couldnt wait! Her 1st christmas it was so special...her lit up face and laugh will be burnt into my memory and carved into my heart forever

I have been working on business cards and the website for our new business Pumpkernickle Kids.. and I have also been designing a few things.. so I will put them up once happy with them.

We have been in the process of SLOWLY painting our house...time to refresh and get rid of dark colours... I actually get depressed by them...(literally)

Oh I forgot - almost.... I got this WONDERFUL painting by Libby Primmer recently.. well Im waiting for it I got it from ebay..It's titled "a New Day" I thought it quite fitting... I'm not really one for abstract (although a few of my artist friends are very talented and i love their work I'm quite particular) but I fell for this and had to have it.

I have also been designing again and will have new creations up soon.

Til I next post have a fantabulous day!!!

hugs to you all

Vic xxx

PS Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it - Rabindtanath Tagore

The above quote was very powerful during my grieving

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

To the virgins to make much of time

Old time is still a flying, and that same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying....
Just a note to encourage anyone who wants to start their own business, move by the sea or whatever you want.. DO it before it's too late.. money will follow if you have your heart in it... I honestly believe it and I am living proof it works... I will post more on that later.I worked in a cafe in Sydney for years and if I had 20 cents - honestly for the amount of times I heard people wanting to change their life.. I would have as much money as Bill Gates...My Hubby and I have learnt so much since the fire took our business... we don't live the "normal 9 - 5 world" but we live and are happy. To quote Daniel Franco.. a fashion designer.. live your
bliss!! wow I sound like I'm preaching but trust me it's out there!!!xxx
PS Everyday should be a red carpet moment - Rachel Zoe (the greatest ever... She is amazing!!!!!)

My Very First Blog

OK never done this kinda thing before but I guess there is always a first time soooooo, here I sit with my cup of tea and I am just gonna see what happens.
First a little about me, my husband and I owned the most wonderful cafe in Moss Vale, located in the Southern Highlands of NSW... I say owned as on the 4Th Sept 2008 our dear shop was burnt... however and online business will be set up and everything available from there.. well most things) The shop was our life we put our heart into it and it was decorated Shabby chic/ french provincial and our own unique style. It had been a dream of my mum and I for many many one but her and I knew this... After a few issues my hubby and I (he out the front and me in the kitchen) really started to get somewhere i was baking like a mad woman in the week leading up to the fire and we where fully booked for Sept and Oct for functions..... David my wonderful hubby left his corporate job in March 2008 to work in the shop. I was heavily pregnant with our first baby... Lily (she was 9.2 pounds BTW) Anyone who had been in the shop would tell you it was more or an experience than a quick cuppa, we did high tea and other lovely things.. yes hubby was in his element and had his fair share of fans hahaha
I would have to say the hardest thing we ever had to face was the fact that our dream had gone up in flames..literally. The arch we where married under is now fused to the wall. Seeing it for the first time was a slap in the face and was pure hell... I wasn't allowed in as I was breastfeeding but my hubby said it was still smouldering and smelt terrible... anyway I wont go on and into too much detail...
we allowed ourselves to grieve and to be honest it was out of my greatest pain came my greatest joy.
I honestly had one of those moments where I sat and said THIS is what it's all about.. I have learnt to cherish and be grateful for everyday and everything.. I have an amazing life.. an exceptional husband and marriage and beautiful healthy little girl... Just because the arch was burnt.. the memories aren't and you cant take that away....
We have so many plans to be honest it's not funny... so hopefully I'll be able to put that up here soon
As for reopening a shop? well it's not in the foreseeable future... the only shop we will be opening will be virtual. We have also started a new business Pumpkernickle Kids an online store for kids stuff
oh we will still be doing the shabby chic stuff also... but more on that later.. lets just say we have a few things in that department and I don't want to spoil things in my first blog... I have raved and jumped topics enough...
anyway thanks for taking the time to read it
take care
til next time.......
may angels watch over you and yours xxx
PS... "Our greatest danger in life is in permitting the urgent to crowd out the important -
Oliver Wendell Holmes