Thursday, 29 July 2010


Well I had a busy weekend working last week! In my few days off I've had a couple of nice days with the boy at country shows, visiting Grandma, seeing steam trains and going to an auction. He was really good at the auction, slept for the first half, enjoyed watching it for a short while and then ate for the rest! I bought a few boxes of rubbish really! The items I wanted were bought by traders, infact just about everything was bought by one young man and one old old lady. I was a bit annoyed, but I suppose that's how people make their money. It just meant no bargains for me!

The boxes I did buy were by mistake really, dropped to £1, then once they'd enticed me in the rose to £7! I have some Meakin plates, Myott plates, Schumann plates and a lot of schumann style pieces. I think I need to have a car boot sale to get rid of it. If I can get £1 each for the bits then I'll get my money back!

I can't find my camera at the moment. I am lost without it! Its in the house somewhere. I have made my own union jack picture as well and wanted some feed back on it, as its not quite "there". Anyway its a mamouth weekend at work again. Roll on monday morning then family life will be resumed for 3 weeks, its nearly autumn!!! I am the only one who looks forward to autumn?

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Machine Phobia

I own a sewing machine. Actually, I own two. One I bought for £12 from Dunelm, its a mini machine but it worked fine to stich my patches together once I worked out how to thread the needle! Seriously, I failed the sewing machine assessment at school in Home Ec. I was the only one, even all the boys passed it. So in order to step up, do some zig zaging, some quilting etc I have got a grown up sewing machine. Very grown up in fact. Its a Jones machine, in a lovely green box!

She's a beauty! The machine is from my Mum's friend Doreen. Thanks Doreen. Unfortuantly she is quite elderly and her sight has deteriorated considerabley so she is unable to sew any more. She made the thing on the front to put your pins in as you go along, and even keeps an elastic band on the cotton, though I can't remember why! I am yet to use it, and you know what's stopping me....the cotton's black. I am too scared to change it to white. I have watched some You Tube videos.

I am going to have to set aside an afternoon and get my head round it! Give me technology, I am fine. Give me a sewing machine I am scared! I need to get my quilt finished and get my bunting done! My mum did me half of it at the weekend, and I need to do the red flags for it. She'll be annoyed if I don't get it done as she asked for it for me.

Maybe this is why I am struggling, How sexist!


Thanks for the comments I had on the other posts! I was so pleased!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


I have been told that my old background was going due to cost of the people that supplied it, so I needed to find a new one. I have done so but i can't get my details in the side bar as they are on the lay out! I don't want the "about me" and "archive" at the bottom! So sorry it looks a bit pants at the moment, can anyone help?

Weekend Booty

Hello, does anyone read this? please say hello if you do! I am not writing for anyone in particular and it really doesn't matter if anyone does read this, its just, well it would be nice to know!

My toe is still really hurting, it hurts right into my foot. I need to get it checked out as i don't fancy putting my work boots on!! I did though manage to get one of my chairs done. I love it, so proud, I keep using that word but doing something yourself instead of buying new makes me feel great, plus its better for the environment, and sometimes cheaper!!
This is the before. Old dark wood, smelly cushion.
This is my after! Its painted white, just the B&Q range- cotton white. I like the B&Q own paints. I have used Farrow and Ball, though I prefered B&Q.

On Saturday I went to my parents for the weekend. They live over in North Yorkshire. I was invited to a Christening, the daughter of a school friend. I was lucky that it didn't start until 12.30, so we managed to get to the local carboot sale. We were going to try Thirsk or York but I didn't have time, and it was drizzling.
I was really lucky to get quite a few bits and bobs. One lady was sat in the rain and wanted rid and I got lots of items for £5, including some lovely wicker baskets and fancy gold frames. I also got some old pictures for 50p, so I did this transformation.

The picture on the left is the after, I should have done them the other way round, shouldn't I?! It has been painted with Farrow and Ball Ivory. I am not sure if I it maybe needs another coat. I like the picture. Its actually a Doctor Banardos promotion for voluteers. I did get two, the other one is of two girls but its so sad. I only bought two as the others were really sad, and made me well up looking at them. God I am so emotional!

On monday I went to visit my grandparents with my mum and H. We wanted to go to a lovely fent shop at Skipton, which is where I got the fabric for my chair tops. My Grandparents are 86. I love their house, it is full of vintage treasures! My gran gave me some lovely old books for H. Too nice and old for him just yet. I really need to make more effort to see them, as it really cheered them up and really who knows how much longer they are going to be around for.

Friday, 16 July 2010

My plan for this afternoon is to get on and paint my 99p ebay table and chairs. I have painted a few things but this is the biggest challenge.

I have been waiting for the free paper man to deliver, so I have something to cover the floor first! He has been now but I have cracked my toe on the door frame when I was walking out of H bedroom after I put him down for a nap. God, I am in agony. I think painting might have to take a back seat. I need a codine. I have saved them from the last days of pregnancy when I was in early labour, they are for emergencies. I've never had one since, 16 months later, this is a bloody emergency. Oh My God!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Summer Days

Yesterday we had a BBQ. One where we invited people and everything. I don't usually invite people to the house as I hate this rented scuzz hole where we live, but I spend a while trying to spruce the place up, tidy the garden and make lots of food! I marinaded the chicken myself, made some cupcakes, biscuits, colsaw, then my darling OH burnt all the meat on the BBQ. Its the first time he'd used charcoal and the consensus was that he'd used far too much coal, it was just tooooo hot! Oh well lets hope no one had food poisoning today as the food was cremated!

I don't feel well today. NOT HUNGOVER, I feel like I have a bit of man flu. But after a mega lie in today I feel up to going to the 3rd Birthday party today. Best decide what to wear! I have some amazing new shoes, and I just don't know if they are too much for a childs birthday!

And here is my patchwork so far....remember I am a BEGINNER!!!

Friday, 9 July 2010

What I've become

I have been avidly reading lots of blogs for ages now, though not updating mine. No one reads it anyway, but I like to put something on here just in case anyone i followed did read this.
I have been doing some card making but have mainly been overcome by sewing now a days!! Ha, something I have never done before but I have been patchworking. I don't have any pictures uploaded yet, I'll put some up another time. I'll put some other projects up instead....

That was a dresser that I bought from Ebay. It was £5. It was a horrible dark wood. Though I painted it white as usual!

This is a hi fi cabinet that I painted white, and its now my bathroom cupboard. I keep thinking of taking the glass out and putting a toile curtain up. I also love toile!!!

New fire place at my house. SOme tongue and groove panneling painted white, and some lovely new Laura Ashely Wallpaper.

And this is hair..shorter and darker

Any decor, vintage, handmade blogs please recommend them to me. X