Travel journaling versus travel blogging

So this is the first post about travelling in our Motorhome.  It’s certainly not our first trip in Her it’s just that this blog wasn’t supposed to be about that. It was supposed to be all about Pine Needles and Pins but it’s sort of evolved into a bit of a life blog, just because…

Spring is Sprung, the grass has riz……

Ode to Spring “Spring has sprung, The Grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?  The bird is on the wing they say, But that’s absurd!  Because the wing is on the bird!” My Dad says this as soon as the sun starts to shine and for me it brings the first scent of…

Making something of nothing.

Faye (Darling Daughter) has just moved bedrooms.  From the tiny attic bedroom on the 3rd floor (that I’d convinced her was just like a Princesses room in the top of a fairy castle) to a spacious double room on the 2nd floor.  The reasons for the move were two-fold; a) she’s nearly 13 and could…

Rabbits or Bunnies

There’s an argument raging in our house.  It’s not serious, I don’t think blood will be spilt and I don’t think it’ll turn feudal but the stakes are high. It’s all down to Rabbits.  We’ve got two gorgeous new additions to our shop and the disagreement is over which will be more popular and which…

A smashing day out!

Following the Etsy webinar on photography it’s been a goal of ours to recreate some of the product shots. Being the collector (a.k.a.hoarder) that I am, it was pretty easy to find bits and pieces around the house to use as props. Feathers were perfect for the Owl and fir cones worked a treat for…

Hello, It’s been too long.

Good morning, bet you’re wondering where we’ve been.  Well it’s been pretty hectic here with having family to stay and the Italian family party, or should I say ‘festa di famiglia’, and life in general.  But we haven’t been slacking off too much and have used the time wisely, in between partaking of Aperol Spritzers…

Bella Italia and Bella Etsy

I’m so excited!  We’ve really only just started on our new venture and we’ve received our first Etsy order!!! The gorgeous garden box that Nick decorated with (what seems to becoming our signature) Marguerites and the quip “Gardening is cheaper than therapy… and you get tomatoes” sold only an hour or so after me posting…

Snickerdoodle Loaf and somewhere to keep it.

As you know I have a love for recycling, upcycling, reclaiming and reusing, and Brontë and I like nothing better than trawling through the many Charity Shops of Salisbury.  So you can imagine my delight when she came across a rather sad and neglected bread bin in a pile destined for the dump (this is…

A not very inspiring day ☔️

I got caught up in an Etsy conversation about photography last night and whether a plain or coloured background was better to showcase products. I offered the suggestion that a glittery, sparkly, frosty backdrop might be just the idea for some of them, and then I stopped short and thought, why on earth hadn’t I…

All things pretty.

The sun is shining brightly, there’s a thick frost on the ground and a hot coffee in my mug, so it must be time for me to sit down and do something creative. The only trouble is that I have so many ideas, so many projects to start and so many lovely, pretty things to…

Time to Celebrate!

Whoooohoooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Pine Needles and Pins has received its first commission! I can’t tell you how excited we are ☺️ A very lovely lady approached us via our  Instagram account, and asked if Nick would create two seahorses.  Well of course the answer was “Yes!” and with much excitement, he got to work immediately.  Having never attempted…