Pepper Passion

I had a short-lived fad a couple of years ago where hubs and I bought seeds and mini greenhouses and all kinds of paraphernalia to get into the green-fingered good life that is Growing your Own, but I was working really long hours, didn’t know what I was doing, planted the wrong things at the wrong time, etc, etc, so while we did get a few tiny spring onions and lots of tomatoes from our investment, we weren’t sufficiently motivated to continue with it.
However, my fads do tend to have something of a cyclical nature I’ve noticed, and now that I’m part-time, I’m able to enjoy slower (better!) living, which, of course, includes growing…
So, my lovely Mum gave me a pepper plant, just a little scrap of a seedling it was, and it is now huge! It really likes the kitchen window ledge, along with the basil, rocket, chives, lavender and morning glory I’m growing there.

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I love having that little wall of green in front of the kitchen sink, it’s a little bit of nature and I’m so enjoying watching it all explode into life (some grown from seed).
Imagine my pants-wetting excitement when I spotted two naughty little green nuggets of peppery goodness bulging out from what were, yesterday morning, little white flowers!

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Yippee, we have peppers! Despite my newly adopted slow-living tendencies, I have secretly been having a bit of a race with Mum to see whose peppers arrive first and I think this makes me the winner (competitive, moi?).
I also had a lovely bushy pot of rocket which I grew (v. quickly to my surprise!) from seed planted earlier this summer, but it is no more as I used it last Friday for dinner with my gorgeous sewing/crafting club buddies. Is it too late to plant more now? I think I’ll give it a go and cross my fingers.
Hubby and I also now have our name down for an allotment (slightly ambitious to leap from window box herb garden to huge 25m2 allotment), which we’ll be sharing with our friend Jo aka world’s best next door neighbour, awesome ceramicist and sewing club buddy. She’s had allotments before and is very green-fingered, so I’m sure our combined efforts will lead to success (I’m thinking prize marrows).

Wonderful Wedding

Further to Saturday’s quick craft flower blinging post, I totally forgot to get a picture of my full outfit with flower, but I think hubby may have one of me to share later.
I do have a quick pic of the happy couple to share; it was a lovely civil ceremony and the bride’s son was involved in it making a pledge to help in building a strong family together, which I thought was so sweet and thoughtful. The sun blessed us with it’s presence so the wedding took place outside, hence I was easily able to blame my ‘watering eyes’ on the bright light. Ahem.
It was great to catch up with friends we haven’t seen for a while, many of them we’ve known for (omg!) 20 years. Gulp, making me feel old now…
But enough of that, here’s a pic of the beautiful bride Nikki and her proud new husband Martin (best man at our wedding in Vegas about 6 years ago and thoroughly bloody lovely chap):

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Gotta love the Instagram App, right?!

Hotfix Blinging

We’re off to a wedding tomorrow and, as usual, I left ‘the outfit’ decision until the last minute.
I didn’t particularly want to buy something new as I’m unofficially making my own wardrobe now that I can sew, I’m kind of enjoying opting out of being a consumer in this way.
Unfortunately, I didn’t feel hugely inspired to make anything, particularly as I don’t wear ‘dressy’ outfits very often, so I wasn’t keen on investing the time in something I’ll maybe wear twice a year.
Besides, I have plenty of dresses already; I decided on a sweet black and white swirly dress, black linen fitted jacket and funky gold bag to match the gold highlight in the swirl pattern (probably sounds gross but it’s pretty really!).
But the jacket looked a little bit too, well, black, so hubby (genius) suggested ‘a flower broach or something’. Great idea, I have just the thing; a cheap fabric flower broach that came attached to a top I bought aaaages ago. Bit boring though. Hmmm.
Oh, hey, remember the hotfix kit my mum bought me for Xmas, maybe I should break that out?

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Love it; a quick, subtle bit of bling to liven up an ok broach. It only took 5 minutes and it was so much fun I offered to bling hubby’s boots, but he declined.
His loss I reckon.
I’ll post the full outfit tomorrow, I’m thinking the broach is going to improve it by about 20%.