Thursday, 2 October 2008

Did someone say it's October?

Where has time flown? I just spotted 4 comments following my last blog and it is such a buzz when that happens - so thank you and thank you again for letting me know how to add links. I wish I had read the comment about light sanding - think I may just have to live with the brush marks on top of my desk and if I keep the lights low I'm sure nobody else will notice either.

Have finally finished painting the desk and thought I would post a piccy of all the other carboot bargains I picked up at our local carboot. It is huge and I have never managed to get all the way round - I get bored by about row 8 and usually buy a greasy hamburger and sit in the car reading whatever new book I have bought until husband/sister/daughter joins me. Does anyone else struggle with all their bargains and will it be terribly old ladyish if I bought a shopping trolley 40 years earlier than most shopping trolley ladies???? My sister/daughter have both threatened to never shop with me again if I do but I must investigate if CK sells one.

Here we have a little chest that hangs on the wall but not sure if I am going to paint it or just change the knobs to little china ones. Any suggestions? This one cost me £1.oo It isn't as orange as it looks in the photo.
These were from left to right 50p, 20p and £1.00. The heart shelves are going to be painted white and put in my little girls room, the one in the middle (to be painted and stencilled) will go in my room above my newly painted desk and hold all the little knick knacks that I seem to pick up just like a magpie and the one on the right I simply love and not sure where to put it.

And finally we have this - mmmm
It's hard to see but this is a magazine holder (50p) with different paintings either side (but I think they are just prints not really painted). I was thinking of distressing it (which I have never done I may add) and putting some duck eggy wallpaper in front of the prints. Just in case someone 'spots' it and tells me I am covering up a 17C masterpiece ! I am going to use this in my room for all my papers and ideal home magazines.

Children are all much better and back at school so it has been lovely catching up with the ironing, which frankly was not so much of a pile but a mountain - literally. It has taken me nearly a week to get through it, why do kids get their clothes so dirty? And why do teenage boys have to spray an entire can of Lynx when they are about to go to school? I pity their poor teachers if all boys are like that - the peculiar mix of Lynx and football socks UGH !

And finally I don't think I mentioned I have a new kitten who was bought to replace my cat who died last year (Marmite RIP) my cat ws 21 years old so I was very upset. So welcome Nibbles, for some unfathomable reason my husband keeps calling him Torres but luckily being smart he answers to both. TTFN x

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Where has the week gone ?

September is flying by and can hardly believe it's been over a week since my last blog.
Have been very busy this week and have had some good things some bad. The bad first - two of the children have been very poorly with chest infections and youngest had a burst eardrum. Sounds much worse than it is, she was fine once it had burst as the pain ebbed away. But think my Florence Nightingale image is now seriously dented after a week of 5am shouts of ' mum, my throat still hurts - can I watch Hannah Montanna'. Mmm I think she is better now and its off to school tomorrow.

Good news - it has been a great week for bargains. Since joining the Shabby Chic Cafe I have been so inspired and the house is filled with bargains and paint pot samples and sand paper!

Picked up a lovely pine desk from freecycle (its just had its 1st coat of paint so will upload when its completely finished.
this is going in my bedroom as I really need to be organised.

Other bargains came from the carboot. It's a really huge carboot but normally there are just loads and loads of mums selling baby stuff, which was great 7 years ago but I really never want to see another tommi tippe nappy squidgee thing. The gorgeous clock below was bought by my eldest daughter and she gave it to me when we got out of the car - so pleased as she's a uni student not on much money so was very thoughtful. I am not dwelling onthe £20 I 'lent' her to actually go to the carboot as it's the thought that counts. Will take pics of the rest of the stuff over next couple of days and post. Just busy busy at the moment sanding and painting. Am struggling to get a good finish so going to ask the experts at the Cafe how to get rid of paint lines.
If anyone knows how to add weblinks in the blog please let me know. I have come across some beautiful inspirational blogs and would love to share them .

Sunday, 14 September 2008

thankyou !

Haven't been on all week as I have bronchitis (boo!) still in bed now so a belated thank you for all the lovely welcomes (hugs back to everyone). It has cheered me seeing your lovely comments, wasn't sure anyone had stopped by so a big THANK YOU .

Apart from feeling poorly it has felt very odd at home this week, I have been so used to children around me that the house feels very quiet. So no excuses now - I can get on with all the things I promised I would do when the children were older. So for any mums out there tearing their hair out believe me they are at school so quickly you really do miss it.

First things first is to get the business running more professionally, I love all the making things and face painting but stall at paperwork and websites. Am going to buy a website maker this week as there must be an easypeasy way to do it.

My first project next weekish is to create a Princess Throne, not very shabby chic but this time it will be gold with purple or gold net skirt. Just on the lookout now for an old wooden chair that's small enough for children to sit on. The Throne will be used at the end of a red carpet for my princess parties, hopefully good for photos as well.

Had a party on Tuesday for 20 Children and couldn't get anyone to cover - it's not easy playing Duck Duck Goose in a large hall with lots of little ones and hardly any voice ! They were adorable though and 4 to 5 year olds are just so grateful for anything. I had a terrible moment when I completely and utterly forgot what a Rabbit looked like and was asked to paint the birthday girl first ! She was so sweet though and said 'it's perfect'. Wish they were all like that.

Promise to put pictures on from next week (it must get terribly boring just reading my Blog).

am off to look at all the blogs of my new friends

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Huge Change

Lots of changes at home. My youngest son who has been home educated for 4 years has decided he wants to go back to school. Once he decided it all happened very very quickly. We applied at the end of the last term, had a call on thursday and he started friday. We spent a frantic hour running to the very expensive school shop and spent a fortune buying a new uniform. He started school friday and seems to like it.

Have been looking at other blogs who hold pink fridays/craft mondays and want to add something. Now all the children are at school maybe I can have some more free time. First time in 23 years I haven't had a child at home, I won't know what to do with myself.

Bought some beautiful fairy wings for my party business, just have to get the website up and running = it's so annoying not knowing how to do things like change my website or blog. I will have to go on a course.


Monday, 1 September 2008

hello again

Have had lovely few days looking at other people's blogs - thankyou for the nice welcomes !

The children are back to school in a couple of days, the summer has just flown by. It's such a shame the weather has been so awful but we had a lovely day at my friend, Sasha's house. She has promised to lend me her garden which is just beautiful so that i can take some photo's for my website. (I run a children's party planning business).

I also home educate one of my children and am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Am still trying to work out how to change the look of my blog so that it seems much more 'vintage' so watch this space

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

My very first post - yes

This is my very first post on Viki Vintage and its just to say hi.

Feeling very happy as I love all things shabby chic - Rachel Ashwell, Cath Kidston & Laura Ashley but I can only indulge my passion on a part time basis (Simon) prefers a much more contemporary house - everything put away nothing on show that sort of thing - so my bits and pieces are relagated to the bedroom.

I love customising new bits with old bits and will show some piccys in the next few days

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