Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sunday A Day Of Rest

Found this on FB the other day, so true! Well I did get the laundry done, eBay listings for Hubby, done. The rest of the house, not a chance. I've been feeling poorly all week and felt worse Fri/Sat, thankfully this eve I'm starting to feel better. Just in time to go back to work tomorrow :o(. Need to get some housework done after work tomorrow though as I have a social worker coming to see me, as I'm a reference for a friend who's adopting. Wonder what she'll ask me? I'm a bit nervous.

Hubby's promised me that he will make a start on the bookcases for the spare room this week, so I can move all my books from the lounge in preparation for Operation Lounge Transformation :o)

This pic above courtesy of Pinterest, is what we're aiming for in the lounge. I've already saved money for a fireplace and as DH's is a joiner he's going to make all the units to fit. I've roughly designed on a piece of paper, a coffee table and sideboard so with his skills the furniture should look great and not cost too much. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the rest of the room. Flooring, plastering, sofa's etc. I did win £10 on the lotto this week though so that can go towards it lol, baby steps.

Hope everyone's had a good weekend and enjoyed the snow. Off to satisfy my Pinterest craving now. Keep warm folks TTFN.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

It's been a loooonnnnggggg while......

Its been a while........... well nearly 2 years to the day; but I've been feeling the urge to return to blogging for a while now, I hope you'll have me back? I've been having a look around blogland this week and I'm very pleased to see some of my old favourite blogs are still going strong, but sadly a lot are no longer around :o(

It's been a task just to get this first post done. Blogger has changed so much since I last blogged, and I'm not particularly technically minded lol. Having a hum dinger of a head cold isn't helping my concentration levels either :o(

 I managed to find a little energy earlier to prepare a beef stew for the stock pot and rustled up a yummy apple and almond cake, in my new highly prised possession ''my kitchenaid''. I've been hankering after one of these babies for years. I've been saving hard and with a little help from some Xmas money and the Jan sales managed to purchase the one I wanted in this gorgeous Ice Blue colour.
 Quite pleased with how the cake turned out and it has hubby's seal of approval. My taste buds are shot to pieces due to this cold so the jury's out for now, but I'll take hubby's word for it :o)
I'm not sure what direction my blog will go in this year yet. I've updated the background and sidebar a bit and will hopefully start to add some new pics to it when I can. I'm still crafting but its taken a different route over the past two years. I've turned my hand to painting wooden signs which I sell on eBay and concentrate on mainly Halloween and witchy type items. They seem to do well so I'm going to continue with them this year, and hopefully come up with some new ideas. 2013 is hopefully the year we finally get to decorate our lounge (on a budget), after 14 years in this house it needs doing badly!!!  I will blog our progress and pop some pics up as and when. This year is also going to evolve some belt tightening, so I'm going to try and be organised, meal plan and get crafty in the kitchen. Well try anyway LOL.

I hope to be able to re-acquaint with old blogging buddies and meet some new ones. I hope you'll join me on my 2013 journey.

Friday, 21 January 2011

New Cath K Catalogue!

Afternoon folks. Was very chuffed yesterday when the latest Cath Kidston catalogue popped through my door, had to grab myself a cuppa and have a good read through, especially as I had some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket. Look at this kitchen, I love it, sadly my kitchen is about 27 years old and very tatty, but I can keep dreaming one day I'll have a kitchen like this.

I love this gypsy caravan sewing box, I have a bit of a weak spot for caravans :o) But it's a bit pricey so can't see me owning one unless it's in the sale in the future.

This pretty flower shaker jumped off the page at me, so it did end up in my online basket, I already have the spray flowers one but couldn't resist. Better get baking.

Loved these tins too, so better get saving.

This new cut roses fabric is the prettiest I've seen in a while so I ordered a small tablecloth to update my dining table. I'll post a pic when it arrives.

Another naughty purchase this Provence rose jug :o)

and this mug! :o)

These tins were half price in the sale so also jumped in my basket.

So I did buy a few pieces but as it was Christmas money don't feel too guilty. :o) There were a couple of other pieces I fell in love with in the catalogue the rose square cake tins and Provence rose placement dessert plates but don't seem to be available online yet, so will just have to wait for them, good thing too, I'm all spent out.

I don't know about you but thank crunchie it's Friday, it seems to have been a long week. The dark mornings aren't helping it's like getting up in the middle of the night, roll on the spring.  I should feel better later as I'll be having a Chinese and a few glasses of wine over a friends, to celebrate our friends birthday, a  good old gossip will be had I think.

Have a great weekend folks


Saturday, 15 January 2011

I WON......

Hi folks, hope every one's doing OK, and the weather and general January blues aren't getting you down. I was cheered up no end this week, when I had an e-mail from Sian at Diary of a Tinyholder to say I'd won 2nd prize in her raffle. This gorgeous CK bowling bag is winging it's way off to me, and I can't wait until it arrives isn't it gorgeous.

Sian is currently trying really hard to raise money for a charity very close to her heart the alzheimer's      society. She has just launched another raffle on her blog with some gorgeous CK stuff up for grabs. scroll down to take a peek. 

Such lovely stuff, I just  love that Provence rose design.

look at this cute little character.

and always very useful and pretty to boot, these key rings. Please show your support by popping over to Sian's blog to purchase a raffle ticket to be in with a chance of winning these goodies.

Back in October I was also lucky enough to win this book from Louise at Sew Scrumptious. It's a lovely big book with so much information in, I'm hoping it can teach me to knit and crochet as I'm completely hopeless. I feel so lucky to have won these, as I usually never with anything, I really hope 2011 will be my lucky year.


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year

Hello my lovelies, Just wanted to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Already taken decs down as glad to see the back of 2010.  And I'm embarking on some serious money saving tactics and decluttering for 2011. I've joined the money saving expert forum for advice and encouragement and I'm addicted to it already.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I'll be back in a couple of days with the 200 follower giveaway I promised.


Thursday, 23 December 2010

The Great British Bake Off

‘THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF’ is back and looking for amateur bakers

Do you love home baking and fancy putting your skills to the test? BBC Two is looking for amateur bakers across the country to take part in The Great British Bake Off series two.

If you’re interested and would like to find out more, email or call 020 7067 4879.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS. To apply you must be over 16 on 1 April 2011. As an ‘amateur baker’ your main source of income cannot come from commercial baking in a professional environment and you cannot have ever worked full-time as a baker or chef. You cannot have acquired any formal NVQ or other professional catering qualifications in the past 10 years.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Festive Cheer in a Glass.....

Evening folks, I wanted to share this glass of festive cheer I'm enjoying with you all! It smells and taste's so christmassy and yummy.

Place a carton of apple juice in a pan with a cup of water, an orange and a lemon chopped up, some grated nutmeg two cinnamon sticks and about 3tbsp brown sugar, although I didn't measure the sugar. simmer for 30-40 mins then enjoy ....yummy. You could keep this warm in a slow cooker, for all those guests visiting on Christmas eve. :o)

Now I was supposed to be showing youl my finished craft project from yesterday, but it's not finished yet. I had some family pop over this afternoon so didn't get around to it. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get it done.

I've noticed that I have 197 followers how lovely is that. Thank you all so much for following my ramblings folks.  So I'm planning a little giveaway, as soon as I reach 200 followers, so keep your eyes peeled.

Have a lovely warm and cosy weekend folks.


Friday, 3 December 2010

Her Indoors....

 Well title say's it all really. Due to the snow and ice and the roads being so treacherous I was ''her indoors'' today. Schools cancelled again so another whole day to myself ...bliss. Now I should really have been finishing off decorating the hall or cleaning the bathroom but didn't really feel like it, nothing unusual there then :o). Besides I had the urge to create something, so out came the sewing machine and my fabric stash and I was off. Its not quite finished yet but hopefully I'll finish it and post some pics on my blog tomorrow, what could it be????
 We haven't got much in the cupboards, which is a disaster as it's difficult to get to a shop at present. And being stuck indoors does really give you the munchies. Luckily I had enough ingredients in to make a Victoria sponge, yummy. I had a slice earlier with a cup of tea glass of wine, lol.

Very nice it was too!

I hope you are all manging to stay safe and warm, and hopefully you are getting creative in the kitchen or craft room too.


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Woofing in a Winter Wonderland

 Well here it is the obligatory snow post! How exciting it was when I woke up to a rather a lot of snow, about 8 inches in places I think. Well I was excited until it dawned on me that I had to drive to work in it this morning. So I got up a little earlier than usual and got myself ready for work. Listened to the local radio and was logged on online to check traffic and weather reports. They all said to only venture out if it is an emergency. I work as a playworker in a breakfast club so was waiting to here if the school was closed. But although most of the local schools had decided to close, the school I work at hadn't made a decision arrrrgggg. So I phoned my boss and she decided that it was too dangerous to go to work today, so today is a snow day whooopppeee.
 The dogs have been driving me mad all day. They constantly want to be out in the garden playing in the white stuff. Woody my older springer is far more into the white stuff than Beau pictured above. They have been pushing it along with their noses and hiding the ball in it. I had such fun watching them from the warmth of the lounge :0)

 This is how much snow was nestled on the shed this morning, but we've had more since then.

 It looks so pretty!

Look at this poor little bird nest in the tree, I hope there arent any inhabitants.

My snow day has flown by, and I haven't really done a thing. I've browsed the Internet, looked through some craft books and I've drunk copious amounts of tea, to keep warm. After tea tonight though hubby's taking me for a snowy drive in the landy :o)

Now, as my blog has been a little neglected these past few months I hadn't shown you all my recent-ish Cath Kidston purchases so here they are.
 I'm loving theses tins especially the book sewing tins. I just need the button one now to complete the collection.
I also fell in love with these espresso cups. I love the pastel loveliness. All I need now is an espresso machine to make a decent coffee to drink out of them.

Well I hope you've all had a great snow day, keep warm.


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Bird Box Love

Browsing the Next Christmas catalogue, I totally fell in love with this gorgeous caravan bird house, so I had to order one didn't I?. Went onto the next website only to find out that's it's sold out :o(. I've looked all over the Internet for one and can't find anything. If anyone knows where I can get my hands on one of these beauties please let me know, I really really love it. I seem to have a thing for caravans lately which is quite bizarre don't you think?. My mum and dad have promised to give me and hubby their old van and I can't wait to make it look all pretty and retro, ready for camping in the summer.  

It's so cold here today, but sadly no snow :o(, I have two pots of beef stew bubbling away. One for us and one for the in laws. It's smelling yummy and I want some now, but have to wait until this evening :o(. I don't think a cheese sarnie will suffice this lunchtime. perhaps some hot buttered toast and a brew instead.

Hope you are having a good week folks.