Sunday, 30 November 2008

The Christmas Market.....

Well, before I tell you about the market, This afternoon I went to make my Christmas Cake, but completely forgot the bit about letting the fruit soak overnight, alas I could only get this far and will have to finish it tomorrow, but all those glistening fruits do look and smell good. The recipe I use is from by favourite baking cookbook, How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson.
Anyway back to the market. What a cold and wet day its been, but I had my heart set on going, so we went. I'm afraid I forgot my camera but it was so busy the photos wouldn't have been very good. But I'm going again next weekend so will try and remember the camera then. The goodies pictured above were all from one stall that I cued for ages to get to, but they were such a bargain, the whole lot for £9.50.
I love this little ceramic Christmas cottage tea light holder, its so pretty.

and these two little characters caught my eye.

sorry the pics not very good, but she's lovely and a bargain at £1.50.

and this little fellow was £1.

I also visited my favourite stall from last year, and got a bag of Christmas pot pourri and a scented oil. Mind you this little lot wasn't cheap but the smell is gorgeous. I may use some to make myself a gingerbread garland, as I wasn't allowed one of the garlands on the stall, hubby said they were too much. :o(
We also had a mince pie each and I had a mulled wine and hubby a hot chocolate, yummy. Hubby also bought me one of my Christmas presents. Its a lovely snuggly sheep that you put over the sofa, and he has pockets to store things like remote controls, or in my case my sewing kit and wheatie. Can't show a pic though as its been confiscated for wrapping.
Popped into a little craft shop and got some brown felt and some tiny bells and red beads for xmas decs, then we headed for home, via Laura Ashley :o). Wanted to look around more shops but need to swap hubby for girls, cos men hate shopping and get too grumpy.
Going to snuggle up with hubby tonight and watch The Spiderwick Chronicles on DVD.
Have a nice evening folks
TTFN. xxxxx

An Award.....

I've received an award this morning from the lovely Sarah at Sarahs House, thanks so much Sarah.

I need to nominate 5 other blogs so here goes:-

Tilly Rose


A Thrity Mrs

Diary of a Tinyholder

Hen House

Lovely blogs ladies.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

A bit of a wash out.....

Well I didn't get to go to Winchester Christmas market today in the end :o(, but hubby's gonna take me tomorrow instead :o). I sorted my mum's shopping out this morning and took her to the bank, then took myself off to my favourite shop Cheselpeake Mill, where I got a couple of Christmas presents and a little vintage shabby sheep pictured below. I also made these cute little Christmas wreath tree decorations, which I will be putting in my blog shop in a minute.
Here's the cute little sheep I got, I'm not sure what make he is as he has no button in his ear or tags, but looks like he once had a tag by his bottom.

His nose needs repairing, so I may ask my sister in law to do it as shes the bear expert.

He looked so lonely sat on his own in a chair, so he happened to just jump in the basket when I wasn't looking!
Off to our friends to dinner shortly, so catch up tomorrow.
Update, I've also made my first sale on my blog shop, I'm so chuffed, thanks Hen. xxxx

Friday, 28 November 2008

I've opened my shop......

Well I said I'd do it, and I have. My blog shop is now open. Please take a look at Faerie Nuff's Stuff. Hope you like it.

Well needless to say the Domestic Goddess bit has gone out of the window today. I told you I was rubbish at this time management stuff. After work I've got to go to the supermarket to do my mums shopping as shes got the lurgy. I'm going to pop over with it in the morning and run her up the bank, then hopefully I'm off to the Christmas Market in Winchester so I must remember my camera. If anyone lives locally, I can recommend it. Lots of little wooden chalets filled with gorgeous Christmas crafts, goodies and scents. I will try and restrain myself but its not easy. I'm hoping to pick up a goody or two for my cosy night in swap parcel.

Well I'll catch up later folks.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Faerie Nuff's Stuff

Evening all,

I've just created another blog! arrrggghhh. Well, it has a purpose. I think I could use it as a shop and sell the odd bits and bobs that I make. It will probably take a few days for me to set up, but what have I got to lose. I have called it ''Faerie Nuff's Stuff'', thought it had a bit of a ring to it. I got the idea of a blog shop from Thrifty Mrs blog. If you haven't checked out her blog please do so, she has some great little vintage pieces in her shop.

Well that's all for tonight folks.

PS thanks for all the comments in my efforts to become a domestic goddess. xxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

A Wanna Be Domestic Goddess

You would think with all these books, on cookery, cleaning and good old house wifery, that I'd be a true domestic goddess. Urm! I'd like to be, but I'm dreadful at managing my time and I'm probably the worlds biggest procrastinator. So it is my aim, starting from today, as we always break our new years resolutions, to be a Domestic Goddess. I can already talk the talk, but need to be able to walk the walk.

I'm hoping to go to the Christmas market in Winchester on Saturday, but will try and get a bit of cleaning done. Sunday is the first day in ages that is free, and I'm so looking forward to it. I'm going to get the Christmas cake made and hope to get some cleaning and sorting out done as well. Hopefully I will try and tackle either the bathroom or the kitchen, as these two rooms are in desperate need of some tlc, and need more than just a quick flick around.
I've made a start, and have dinner ready prepared, so that I can just switch it on when I'm home from work. I'm treating Mr Pixie to a sirloin steak tonight, how decadent. But I'm sick of chips so were having roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots and broccoli. I bought a tub of beef dripping at the farm shop today to cook the roasties in, yum. Whilst at the farm shop I also ordered the Christmas Turkey, a 5kg bronze bird, that will grace the Christmas table. As turkeys are a fair old bit of cash I also paid £10 off today, so its not quite such a huge amount in one go.
I'm feeling all festive now that the birds ordered and I'm singing the pogues Christmas song in my head. I must hook out that CD. Well have a good day all, any tips on my road to being a domestic goddess would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Two Awards......

Wow, I've not only received one award but two, How chuffed am I!

The first award is from Josie Mary (Thanks Josie) incorporates a tag, so here goes....

7 things to do before I die

  • Move to the country

  • Have Children

  • Visit Canada/New Zealand

  • Be Slim!!!!!

  • Be comfortably well off

  • Be my own boss

  • Be truly happy and content

7 Things I do now

  • Spend too much time faffing about

  • Eat too much chocolate

  • Drink too much wine

  • Procrastinate!

  • Do the same thing day in, day out

  • Buy too many home magazines

  • Spend far too much time in cloud cuckoo land :o)

7 Things I can't do

  • Can't knit

  • Can't manage my time very well

  • Can't lose weight

  • Can't say no

  • Can't speak a foreign language

  • Can't get calf length boots to fit my legs :o(

7 Things I find attractive in the opposite sex

  • Sense of humour

  • Not too thin

  • Nice kind eyes

  • A man who can fix things

  • Nice big..............hands (what did you think I would say)

  • Thoughtful

  • A man in uniform

7 things I say most often

  • What a palaver

  • Lovely

  • I'll do it tomorrow

  • I didn't have time

  • Not tonight babe, I've got a headache

  • Aye (I never hear anything the first time)

  • Dust what dust

7 Celebs that I admire

Don't admire any celebs!

7 Favourite foods

  • Chocolate

  • Spaghetti Bolognaise

  • Wine ( does that count?)

  • Roast Dinner

  • Cockles in malt vinegar

  • Potatoes

  • Mint Sauce

7 people to join in the fun

The rules folks, Please leave a comment on the blogs that have been awarded, and feel free to have a go too.

And I received this award from Cinnamon Cottage, and I'm to tag 7 people so all mentioned above please accept this award also.

Monday, 24 November 2008


Greetings all. Sorry I haven't been around much the past week, its been manic as usual, the weekend especially.

I was on a first aid course all day Saturday and went to see the witches of eastwick Saturday night. I've only ever seen pantomimes at the theatre before. This was a strange one though. I did enjoy it, but its not something I'd want to see again. The singing was great though. I had a woman with very fuzzy hair in front of me, If only I had a pair of scissors :o). lol.

Yesterday I was at the Hove bear fair. We walked in to a huge hall with only 19 stalls. It was badly organised as the date had been changed three times, and at £80 a stall, the stall holders that did go were far from impressed. We all hope it will be organised differently next year. But my sister in law didn't do too badly. She sold a few. She was featured in the latest bear mag, so did well selling her christmas cake bears. Please check out her bears (Teeny Bears), the Xmas pud is great!

Well I'm off to a candle party tonight, and the rest of the week needs to be spent cleaning the house.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Look what I've got....

I ordered these two books from the book club that comes around to the school. The CK book was only £5 and Jamie was £10. I shall be kept busy for hours now.
I love the apron and the Stanley hottie.

Will be making these dishes they look scrummy.

Just put a few bits on etsy, but having problems with the pics. I'm putting them on the e-bay setting of my camera, so that they arn't too many pixels, but they are very fuzzy. I want to use the macro mode on the camera to get close ups, but then the files too big aaaggghhh. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. xxxx I've also received an award and been tagged, so will try and put that on here later. Have a nice day all. xxx Pixie xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Todays Craft Fair......

Well after much, toil and very sore fingers from all that sewing, we set off for the craft fair today. Heres a pic of the stall after I'd sold two items, as I forgot to take a pic before then.
As usual, I spent more than I made, when I saw this gorgeous little bracelet and had to buy it. I just love the colour.

My sister in law made the bears and this Beatrix potter hangy. I think its lovely. It didn't sell, but I know she wants to give it as an Xmas gift anyway, so never mind.
I won't be buying my cottage in the country yet. I sold a few bits, but didn't make much, so will be putting it all on etsy in the next few days.

It was a lovely fair, but the people were just not coming in. :o(

This is the Christmas angel that I was up until 12.00 finishing. I still have her too.
Had a nice day until it was home time. The exit from the car park is really tight, and I managed to scrape and dent the side of my car. I'm so cross, and hubby wasn't best pleased either. So the little money I made will be going towards a car repair now. :o( Its just not my year this year. Still I'm enjoying a quiet night in now with a glass of wine.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

She's No Angel.......

Well not yet anyway.......I managed to get the clothes finished for my next angel today. They just need a bit of decoration with stitches before they go on, but I'm glad there made. The dress is the most time consuming bit and a little fiddly. I've not bothered attempting to stitch it on the machine, its easier by hand. This is going to be a Christmas angel, and I'm liking the colours. I need to find time to get the angel done now. I'll be running around like a headless chicken this evening, so no chance then. I will try to get her done between working tomorrow and a first aid course on Saturday, ready for the fair on Sunday.
Managed to get this heart done the beginning of the week, its scented with rose. I have another two of these cut out to make. I also need to make a gingerbread garland. AAAGGHH theres not enough hours in the day. At least my orange and cinnamon sticks have turned up now, and also my pink bags have arrived. So almost all set.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Look, Look, Giveaway.......

Found this great giveaway, take a look.....

at the Old Red Barn, click here or button at the side.

Wednesday Musings.....

Morning all, no pic to show you today I'm afraid. Just thought I'd pop in and say hello. I'm not feeling too great today, got a cough and an upset tummy, my knee hurts and I'm feeling old and sorry for myself. :o(

Just got back with the dog and its bloomin freezin outside today. All I want to do is curl up in my PJ's with the heating up and watch a good old film like Summer Magic, or Pollyanna. I think I might order my shopping online in a minute and then a bit of sewing and off to work. My house is so neglected at the moment, but as soon as Sundays craft fair is done, I need to get stuck in to some cleaning.

Have a nice day all. xxx

Monday, 10 November 2008

Tucked up indoors......

We'd been out yesterday to the cash and carry to stock up on bulk buys, nipped into the DIY store to get some door knobs, popped into the Co-Op then home in the warm and dry. Wasn't the weather horrible yesterday? It doesn't fair much better today either, its so windy here. So once the shopping was unpacked and a cuppa made I raided my fabric stash and made this Sleepy Time Pillow for the craft fair on Sunday.
Its filled with Lavender and the heart danglys in the corner are also filled with Lavender.

I've stitched a border of pink stitches around the outside of the heart, but you can't see it that well on the pics. Also managed to get another angel drawn onto fabric and cut out, as well as three hearts, just got to get them stitched up now. I'm hoping the orange, cinnamon sticks and bags I ordered will arrive today or tomorrow, as I need them for the gingerbread garland and the fair.
Whilst writing this post I'm multi-tasking and making two shepherds pies at the same time. You wouldn't catch a bloke doing that. :o)
Please take a look at Mel Mels blog as shes hosting a Christmas swap, and the more that take part the more brilliant it will be. :o)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

An Award....

Many Thanks to Sian at diary of a tinyholder for this award. Its lovely to know that people enjoy my blog, and it really cheered me up.

Theres so many blogs that I enjoy reading, so fellow bloggers who read this I award this to you too.

I've been on a paediatric first aid course all day today and will be next Saturday as part of my job. I really wasn't looking forward to it as I really wanted some extra sleep this morning. But do you know, I really enjoyed it. Sally who taught the course is a volunteer for Hampshire Ambulance Service and is a member of rapid response, so she actually knew what she was talking about rather than teaching straight from a text book. I came away feeling what a worthwhile course it was and how more people should be trained in first aid, as if you can only help a little its still helping. We need more people like sally who volunteer their services, what a great lady, looking forward to next Saturday now.

On a completely different note, did anyone catch Merlin tonight. I absolutely love this series and my husband dare not speak to me while I'm watching it, its great. If that wasn't treat enough, it was followed by an hour long programme on BBC4 about Merlin, so Pixie is a happy bunny. I also spoke to a friend this afternoon that I haven't spoke to in a year, so that cheered me up too. Quite sleepy now though so off to bed in a minute.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Well I'm Back

A bit tired today after last nights first craft fair. It wasn't a great turnout though, apparently it was invitation only and the invites only went out last week, but at least I've got stuff to sell next Sunday at the Christmas fair. It got towards packing up time, and we hadn't sold a thing, until one lady came to our stall and bought one of my sister in laws bears and a mini gingerbread man, and my large gingerbread garland and two gingerbread danglys so wasn't too bad in the end.
This is the angel I made for the craft fair, she took ages, but she's my first angel and I think she turned out alright. I'm tempted to keep her though she looks so pretty on my shelf.

This is the garland I sold. I need to try and make another one for next Sunday.

These pics I took at home. I took my camera to the fair and completely forgot to take pics.

I'm not sure how busy next Sundays fair will be, due the the financial climate, but I won't know until the day. I will put whatever I have left on Etsy. In the meantime I want to try and get some other stuff made for the fair. Thanks for all the well wishes. xxx Pixie xxx

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Todays the day......

Its my first craft fair this evening, and I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. The cars packed and I will be headed for the fair straight from work. The bigger fair is next Sunday, so this is a trial run. Wish me luck. xxxx

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Rainy Day......

Its absolutely freezin here, and dark and its raining effelumps and woozles again. Bloomin Weather.
I went to get my MIL some flowers yesterday as she's very poorly at the moment and hubby gave me some money to buy some flowers for myself too. Aren't they pretty. The lily's smell lovely.
Look at my daft dog. He didn't realise for ages this morning that hubby had put his duck on his back.

Didn't get a single trick or treater last night :o(, never mind more sweets for us. Need to get some sewing done this afternoon, so will be off to do that in a mo. Have a nice afternoon folks.