Friday 13 May 2011

Cabbages and Roses in the Garden

Hey buttercup,

Idly whiling away hours in the garden
on a perfect Spring day
is my idea of heaven.
Listening to the birds sing.
Feeling the warm air on my face.

I like to gather up

some books
some chocolate
some cushions
a big mug of tea

and make myself a little sanctuary outside the back door.

But how to carry my sanctuary-making equipment outside  without dropping bits here, there and everywhere?
That's the million-dollar question.

{And one thing I will not tolerate is
chocolate dropped on the floor.
That's an opportunity wasted in my book.}

What I needed was a perfect bag to
keep with me for my garden jaunts.
One with a nice sturdy strap.
Fully lined for strength.
Made from beautiful

To keep my chocolate out of the sunshine's warmth.
To protect my books from the dewy grass.

And ta daaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I now have my Bucket Bag made using
both supplied generously by

Remember, you can make one too.
 It's was honestly no biggie.
You just need to get yourself a copy of
and then crank up your sewing machine, bayb-aaaaay.

It's just perfect
for toting much-needed bits and pieces
in and out of the garden.

Now, as it happens, I do have

an extra chair
an extra cushion
....and even some extra chocolate.

And I fancy nattering the
night away with a friend.
Come and take a pew.

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Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hi Sarah, fabulous pics, as always. Loving the bag. Mmmmmm, haven't had any chocolate today. Don't mind if I do.

Have a lovely weekend. xxxx

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Nice. Love the bag. Agree about chocolate. Pretty pictures, good thoughts.
- Joy

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Everything - just beautiful!! Would love to come share some chocolate.

Young Adventures... said...

Love, love, love the bag Sarah!! It is darling!! I'll just jump across the "pond" and join you for some tea and chocolate in your garden. Have a lovely weekend!

Robynne's Nest said...

Perfect shots Sarah, a beautiful green garden, a bit of linen, a bistro chair and Cabbages and Roses fabric...perfect!! Robx

Susan T said...

Gorgeous photos - save a choccy square for me won't you. I love your cushions, your pink Hunter wellies and that lovely bag. Been cold up here today, but I cleared out the garage, needed doing. Hope the sun comes back for the weekend.

Have a lovely one.

Sue x

It's me said...

Love that bag !!!...happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Hi lovely!

What a pretty post! The bag is darling, but throw Cabbages and Roses in the mix and it's gorgeous! I love your bistro chair, too. I'm looking for a couple to go in the kitchen, in place of the metal ones.

The sun is shining here, today, and sitting in the garden with a book/chocolate sounds perfect!

Have a super weekend!

chris said...

How I wish I could hop on over and join you! It looks fabulous and cozy all at the same time.

Tricia said...

I love your bag Sarah! It turned out beautiful. What a fabulous bistro chair and cushions too. Your photos look lovely...they're styled so nicely :)

hugs ♥ tricia

At The Picket Fence said...

That sounds like a heavenly way to spend an afternoon my friend! Of course, made all the better by having that gorgeous bag with you! :-)

Shannon said...

Great bag! Sounds like the perfect afternoon out back!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sarah...

Sounds simply divine, my friend! I really do LOVE your new cabbage rose bucket bag...I think that I need one! Loved this post and your photos...are...gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!

Warmest wishes,

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

I LOVE it!!!;) Lucky you.. hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

michelle said...

Hello my little daffydowndilly! Your bucket bag is so pretty and I love the fabric that you chose. I would love to sit and natter with you in your beautiful garden, I would even eat the chocolate that fell on the ground. :) Waste not I say . :)
Have a beautiful weekend sweets!!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Gorgeous bag and I love your pale pink Hunter boots!



I am wondering what kind of chocolate is in your adorable garden tote bag?


Debbie @ OtRD said...

Lovely photos! Still loving the bag!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely gorgeous Miss Sarah!! I love your sweet bag and would so love to sit in the garden with you and chat!! Sharing this on Facebook tonight- thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)

SLR said...

"sit and natter"...what a great it!
the bag is just darling. i so love and want all that is Cabbages and Roses!!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Great pictures and a super bag...very, very pretty!

Simple Home said...

Oh just beautiful Sarah, and I know your candy is delicious :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

wowsers. love this!!!

Meera @ firstsense said...

The bag is darling, the fabrics are divine, and how you use the bag is perfect! Would love to come over for a natter and some tea and chocolate like proper friends! :-)

Happy weekend to you, my lovely!

Meera xx

Comeca Jones said...

That bag is the cutest!

High Street Cottage said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh such gorgeous images from your Garden, Sarah! The bag is perfect and those pillows! Did you make them also? Oh, you're one talented girl!
I love the Bistro chair too, when did you get that? I seem to have missed so much! I love every little bit of this post! May I join you in the Garden? I'll bring chocolates all the way from America, specially made in San Francisco California ;)

Audrey Pettit said...

Ooh, hot dog! The finished bag! This turned out beautifully. I absolutely adore the fabrics you chose. Fabulous job!

the fishermans cottage said...

Hi Sarah, Great photos in garden, and that bag is so lovely the fabric is perfect x

michele said...


yes, i'll take that tea (i finally sampled some i rather like!!!!). chocolate? yes, please. and i'll ask my husband to sew a bag for me because he's all kinds of awesome when it comes to creating such lovely.

love to you, sweet sarah in the warm country air looking fabulous.

michele said...

Wish I could share your day in the garden with you and your chocolate. Wouldn't that be fun?!

Deborah said...

Sarah that sounds like such a beautiful day!!
The bag is so cute!!!
And did you say chocolate?
Ill be right over!!!! :)
Love all your gorgeous pics!!!

Deborah xoxo

WobiSobi said...

Love it !! looks amazing!

Travel With Lulu said...

My, what lovely styling you have in your photos :) How great is your new bag?! XOL

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous bag and in a perfectly lovely English setting ;) Well done, clever girl! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend lovely! xxx

Lee Weber said...

Great job with the bag Sarah! Wish I could join you in your garden!

Sylvia said...

Loving that bag and your garden decor...very inspiring!!

Have a great day,

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I love your cabbage rose bag! It looks lovely out in the garden with the red striped cushion. Beautiful photos too!


Unknown said...

My sewing machine is now packed for the big move so no projects for me right now, not that i have the time at the moment Im consumed with packing boxes but when i am settled this is a little project on my to do list (among many other) i need to request an 8 day week i think

Mary said...

I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

Amanda said...

That is just the loveliest bag! And the fabric you chose is simply divine! How I would love to join you in your Cotswolds garden. Your pretty corner of England is on the very tip top of my dream vacation list! One day I'll get there! In the meantime, I am delighted to be your blog buddy and get a glimpse of English country life through your eyes!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Ann said...

Agreed! Chocolates are not to be wasted:)

Love your cute and cool bag ♥

AntiqueChase said...

I just loving your blog...!!!

Privet and Holly said...

Hey sweet girl!
My book arrived
and now I'm on the
prowl for some fabric.
Thanks for the shove
out the door to
get 'er done!
xx Suzanne

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

Wow, such loveliness! I'm enraptured by all the pretty things on your blog! Happy to be your 1000th follow, I really can't wait to see what you have in store! :)

lisaroy said...

I'll be right over! xo said...

My favorite way to spend time in the garden, too. The bag is lovely, I like your choice of fabric.

Em from Faded White Linen said...

What a gorgeous bag ... and good selection of fabric - just gorgeous...aren't you clever little lady! xx

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Fabulous bag and your setting is gorgeous. Love it. Thanks for sharing at TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This whole post has me drooling! FABULOUS!!!!

Faded Plains said...

I adore your bucket bag...and C&R fabrics are so gorgeous. I have that pattern in my C&R book...I just may have to make me one too.

abeachcottage said...

Certainly a great way to spend the day! Love the bag, can use one of those when gardening too :)

Le said...

wow you are so my kinda girl ... love the bag love the idea will bring chocie - milk white or dark :) le xox

Erin said...

Sarah, your photos look as though they belong in a C&R catalogue! I only wish I could take you up on your offer of conversation, tea and chocolate in the garden!

We are having divine spring weather here right now (which means I've spent copious hours painting furniture to empty my porch of shame!) and I just love it. The intense heat and humidity will be here too soon so I'm soaking up every bit of this weather while it's nice.

Hope you're well!


Lydia said...

You make simple look inviting.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So happy I stopped've made me feel so welcome with this beautiful post!

Noble Vintage said...

I NEED this bag!! and the book! :) love.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So very lovely! I'm visiting from WW!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Love that bag! Your blog AND your style are wonderful. Found you through White Wednesday and so glad I did!
Blessings & Hugs,

Bron said...

What a beautiful bag and I so like your idea of relaxing ...have fun with it all.

Travel With Lulu said...

I am so glad you listed this for Post Of The Month Club - you know I love it so! Thank you for taking part, buttercup :) XOL

Felicity said...

A truly gorgeous carry-all and I'm sure that it will be a happy-making addition to your garden ventures as it keeps your chocolate safe and your hands free.

Loving your pink Wellies too!

Happy day!

xx Felicity

PS Visting from HH -POTM club

Bizzy Mum said...

How have I not found your lovely blog before?! Beautiful :)

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