Saturday, 30 January 2010

Bargains and birthdays !

Christmas has only just gone and now we have two birthdays coming up.  DD1 will be 25 and DS2 is going to be 15, where did the time go?  I know it's a cliche but it really does seem like yesterday when they were as small and vulnerable as DD3 who is now almost 6 months and is just adorable. 

Eldest daughter is so easy to buy for, I'm making a gift basket filled with lots of pink goodies, it's almost finished and can't wait to show it off.  But my 15 year old !!!    Apparently I'm not fashionable enough to be trusted to actually buy his presents. Uhuh I just have to pay for them and let his older brother buy them. Oh if only they knew how trendy mum used to be in her hot - pants, conical bra and dm's.  Beneath this exterior of shabby chic, charity shops and knitting lies that 80's Acid House raver just waiting to burst back out.

Talking of charity shops had a lovely day today shopping with my 84 year old Nan! She's so young at heart, so after a lovely lunch we hit the shops.

dinky little tea-cup(tea light holder) from Yankee Candle

gorgeous collection of coloured knitting needles(think the pale green ones on the right are really old, not sure if they are Bakelite)

fuzzy close-up of hand embroidered pillow slip

pair of hand embroidered sofa backs

hand embroidered linen tray liner (folded over)

We went to six different Charity Shops and not sure if it's a local thing, but they all looked so alike and not many original bargains to be had.  I got all these lovely linens and knitting needles from the same shop but the others tended to be bit overpriced.  So still on the lookout for embroidered goodies and  I want to turn them into something gorgeous like this.  Have a look, it's from a great blog and even better she's having a fab giveaway.


This is my youngest Vintage, all of 6 months and pictured here desperately trying to eat the camera strap!  I'd love some advice on taking good photos for blogs or some good camera recommendations.  I think pictures really help a blog to flow so now I take mine everywhere with me. 

I had comments on my last post and it really cheers me up to think people actually stop by and read my blog. So thankyou posters.  And yes, the Cath Kidston washing up liquid label is paper, so why not do what I do, just leave it out for show!  Only joking, I put it in my wardrobe out of the way - with two strapping teens and a hubby who haven't quite grabbed the idea of having things for 'best' I daren't leave it out.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone xx

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Why are other people's blogs so much better than mine ?

It's not a complaint (honest) but sometimes I seem to spend so many hours trawling blog land and come back here and think, 'how do they do it?'  There are some super talented bloggers and a couple of my faves are Countryheartandhome, lots to see on this one including recipes, crafty makes and doing up a home.  happylovesrosie is another gorgeous blog - pictures galore and really friendly.  Ooops looks like my New Years Resolution to stop bloogling (the art of blog drooling !) has gone out the window.


What's this I hear you ask? Well after lots and lots of hints to family at Christmas, they stopped buying me books I'll never read and bubblebath I will never use and instead treated me to some lovely Cath Kidston and I thought I'd share.  The kitchen cleaner smells divine just like fresh cotton sheets and the garden gloves are bright and cheerful - only problem with the gloves? Well, they are so gorgeous I don't want to spoil them and actually wear them to do gardening.  Think I'll have to get some cheapo ones.

retro pastry forks

This was a little gift from my lovely Nan.  The box is tatty but the gorgeous dainty pastry forks inside have never been used, but they are tiny!  Not sure how much patience I would have faced with a split cream donut but they are divine.

DD3 is a poorly little baby at the moment so not much time for crafting, just lots of cuddles. 

Saturday, 16 January 2010

What a miserable day !

Warning - bad karma alert!

Mmmm what can I say - I wanted to tell you about all the lovely goodies I have made but instead it's been a miserable day. 
  • My car wouldn't start so had to be towed to the Garage £45
  • Sockets kept blowing in the utility room so had to call the Electrician who thankfully is a friends husband, hate to think what it would cost if I got him from Yellow Pages £20
  • Husbands car window wipers broken so had to get DD2 and DD3 back out of car
  • Sockets blew again so called Electrician back out £ 0 
  • Husband fixed wipers, got DD's and all their bits and bobs in car, wipers broke at end of road !
  • Pot of bright orange baby food exploded in baby bag covering EVERYTHING in gunge.
  • Sandwich toaster broke but only after I had made everyone a gorgeous sandwich and only me left to do. 
  •  Garage called - car won't be back till next week. £200

Don't think I have had so many things go so wrong in one day. 

I did say in my last post that I was going to be super good and make a dress for DD3 but I really want it to look nice so instead I have been practicing my sewing skills by making a simple fleece hat.

 DD3 in her new fleece hat

Really simple to make from a fleece scarf that only cost £2.

Measure babies head, add 1/2 inch for seam allowance.  Cut panel of fabric that's the width of babies head x 10 inches.  Sew up small sides to make a tube.  Sew up top of hat.  Turn right side out. Turn up 3 inches and either hand or machine sew in place. Voila all done.  I am going to add some pompoms to the outer corners just to finish it all off.  Happy to put step by step pictures up if anyone wants them.  Tomorrow I'm going to finish some bitty bootees I started in felt and make a Gnome hat.

ttfn x

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

I'm Back !

Ok this is it - I promise (hand on heart ) that this year will be the year of the blog !  Just don't know why I am so terrible at this writing lark, I kept a diary when I was younger for years and years and I simply love to talk so need to be focused.  No more blog hopping for me and day dreaming 'why can't I do that' nope that's it.   Had a sharp talk to myself (well ok did't really talk to myself because I think that's just plain daft - apologies to any selftalkers out there) and blogging as often as possible is one of this years resolutions.  Here are some others :

1. Blog more (great started on that one already)
2. Stop pretending I don't eat chocolate (I do - my Gran belongs to the Mars retirement club and gets LOADS of freebies).  That one's going well as I had a Lions Bar last night !
3. Stop moaning about having no money - nobody does at the moment and it bores people.
4. Wipe the drool off the pc and actually start to decorate/sew/embroider instead of being jealous of others who do.

There = not many and I think all achievable.

view from the motorway just as it started to snow

Just like rest of the UK it's been snowing here and I LOVE IT !  It makes everything so clean looking and so fresh and reminds of how I think Winter should be. 

Made some snow angels with DD 2, then DD3 was freezing so after taking her back inside we all had a snowball fight, but being as highly competitive as I am I decided to get all humphy and say I'm not playing any more.  Hour later had a text from a neighbour (who used to be my SIL so that's ok) who asked if I'd had fun in the snow. I somehow seemed to forget that I live in a cul-de-sac with neighbours!!!

Hope you all had a great Christmas, I did.  Last year was a complete non-starter due to illness but this year was much better.  Here's DD3 wearing her Christmas outfits.

Biased I know but I think she is adorable

DD1 bought me a gorgeous sewing machine a couple of years ago and it's been gathering dust but I bought these for DD3 and am going to make a start on the first one today.  Haven't sewed anything since home economic classes at my all girls school in the 80's so wish me luck.  So have bought a couple of patterns to get me started ----

I belong to a few forums and newest one I've found is British Mummy bloggers .  I haven't set up a home page yet and just finding my way around but the number bloggers is huge.  Joined the reviewers page just before Christmas and already been asked to review Green & Blacks chocolate .  I hummed and hahed - should I? Oh well someone has to taste and then comment on chocolate so it may as well be me!  Not really - I can't wait, eating chocolate and then writing about it how hard can it be? Will let you know xx

bye for now x
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