Sunday, 27 September 2009


Last November/December time, me, my sister in law Cait and my mother in law Joyce had a craft sale at Joyce's house. We had met together for weeks before making lots of goodies to sell. It feels so good to be creative and then so satisfying when people actually want to buy what you've made! I'm sure I posted about it on here.

Well it's that time of year again that we are gathering together to create for our sale. We have been gathering ideas and excitedly telling each other what we've found!! Well tomorrow is our first official meeting. We will all take whatever materials and stash we have accumulated over the past year and decide on a final list of what to make. We will then get busy making, both individually and collectively. It's always hard to find a suitable amount of time to meet since Cait works at the beginning and end of the school day and I work during the lunchhour! But we do our best, lol.

It's so exciting to get together with others who share a mutual love of crafting. Most of my other friends just don't understand how giddy I get when I see beautiful handmade things that either others have made or I have made. I'm forever reading through blogs of creative people. In fact my bloglines list is crammed full of crafty blogs. I just feel so uplifted and inspired by them. And everytime I see a wonderful project, I put it on my mental list of 'things to make'. Of course I never remember them all! I should really make a written list! I used to do lots of papercrafts (cardmaking, scrapbooking) but lately I've been drawn to crocheting and sewing. Not that I'm great at it - but I'd like to be. And they do say that practice makes perfect!

I've also had the idea of starting a new blog for our craft items. A site where I can put items for sale perhaps. I was thinking that after our sale, whatever is left I will put on the blog for others to buy. I'll put details of that blog onto this once we have created it.

Now look at this amazing scarf!! Isn't it to die for?? FABULOUS!! This will be on my list for after Christmas, when I have time to make things for myself.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Eddie Izzard - Sport Relief

I dropped my boys off at my mum's as they are having a sleepover there. I'm working tomorrow but the boys don't go back to school until Wednesday so my mum said she would watch them for me. As my dad is in Houston on business, my mum asked the boys over for a sleepover so that I don't have to get them to her first thing in the morning.

Well anyway, on the way back home I happened upon this:

Now you may have to click on the pic to enlarge (if that works!) or have a good squint. Do you see who that is?? YES its Eddie Izzard!! THE Eddie Izzard, comedian and actor. In case you weren't aware, he is running an unbelievable amount of miles for Sport Relief. How amazing is he?? Read more about it here

Saturday, 5 September 2009

And so it continues.....

Well I'm still working on the bedroom makeover, but we got a little sidetracked because before we started our room we started the kids' room and then today we ended up working on the living room as well, lol. So 3 rooms on the go at once. I really should start and actually FINISH one room before doing the next. But that's just not me.

We moved the furniture around in the living room a couple of months ago. Well today we decided on the spur of the moment to change it around again. We moved this piece of furniture from near the window to another area of the room. We then cleaned the windows and radiator a baseboards and did a spring clean! We then put a 2 seater sofa there. Then, also on the spur of the moment, went and bought a new TV!!! and took our old one to my BIL and SIL who live a few doors away (their TV had just broken this week). My husband is happy playing with his new 'toy'. He's excited to see how awesome the picture looks with his game consoles (yes, plural - we are talking Wii, Xbox360, PS3). And also how it looks with his Blu-Ray DVDs.

I went to a car boot sales again today (so rare to find ones not on Sundays!) which was only a few minutes away. It was so much smaller than the one I went to on Monday, but I bought a lot more. Pictures will have to follow as I haven't taken them yet!

So pictures of bargains to follow soon, and then pictures of room makeovers when they are finally complete :)

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Bargains again.

I had the chance to spend time with my sisters this weekend. In fact, my twin sister was down from Scotland for a week. We spent some time hanging at my parents, catching a movie, etc. Then on Sunday I saw my younger sister and her gorgeous son Eli. That boy is just delicious!

Monday was a Bank Holiday so David was home too, yay! We got up early and headed to a car boot sale. I don't get to many because they are mainly on Sundays and we don't do that kinda thing on a Sunday. Well this car boot sale is an awesome one. It's huge and I can easily spend many hours looking around. David and the boys usually go their own way and head back to the car to wait for me once they have found a toy or two. I take a little longer, perusing every stall, looking for that one bargain that everyone else would have missed, lol. Because I have be decluttering, I was much more selective in what I bought. Only I was a little TOO selective as I now regret not buying a couple of things I saw! One in particular! It was a lamp, very similar in style to ones I have seen in Laura Ashley. It had a glass stem that looked like stacked balls. Somewhat like this:

isn't it gorgeous?? I also passed by some lovely frames (didn't like the pics but they could easily have been changed). I also passed up a lovely clock for 50p but didn't want to take the risk in case it didn't work. But 50p! Not much of a risk! What was I thinking?? Lesson learned!!

Anyway, I did buy a pair of shoes for my nephew (clarks 50p). And a selection of children's books and a bedding set which I LOVE!

There is another car boot sale, closer to home, this Saturday. And it's at 10am, not some unearthly hour!! yay!

Today we went to Ikea to get the table for the kids room (which wasn't in stock on Saturday). Well it STILL isn't in stock, grrr! I did manage to snag a few bargains from the bargain corner though. I got a pair of white, fairly sheer curtains for 1.00 (they may go on the window at the top of the stairs) and a couple of aprons for 50p each. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of them. Well I didn't want to have a completely wasted journey did I?? :)