Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Beautiful Spring Window

We have a lovely little florist in our village, and her window displays recently have been soooo beautiful.  First we had a gorgeous Christmas one...

and now this Spring one (I'm only sad I couldn't fit it all in!)...

It's full of Spring colours, butterflies, eggs, and all those cute things that make Spring so great! LOVE IT!!! What an artist. x

Friday, 24 February 2012

Signs of Spring

The last day or two have been really (unseasonably) warm and the birds, butterflies, bees  & things are starting to appear...

They're all clearly very sleepy, but it feels so optimistic! Have a lovely weekend. x

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Compact post

I collect powder compacts (one of many things I collect) and have done for many years now but as I only buy ones that attract me in some way (and that are reasonably priced) they don't come along all the time.  Here are a few that I won on ebay recently and all arrived in the post this week...

One is a unmarked compact with pretty roses, the other a Melissa compact with mini Alpine scenes.

The red one is a "camera" compact - almost a mini carryall (that's a purse which can contain a compact, lipstick container, purse, comb, notebook, and cigarette compartment), one side is a compact and the other a cigarette compartment, with a lipstick container at the hinge :)

A few more to add to the collection :)  x

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

In Christie Heaven

You may remember last year I posted about some cool Agatha Christie (& Ngaio Marsh) books from the mother-in-law.  Well, look what my wonderful mother-in-law brought me yesterday...

I had to mackle together two photos it was so big!

Yes! That's 30 more Vintage Christie books (& a couple more other authored crime novels) I am SUCH a lucky girl!  Plus they've very kindly been keeping an eye on the dog this week - I think a bunch of flowers are in order! x

Monday, 20 February 2012

Friendly weekend

Well, it might have flown by, but it's been a lovely weekend.  Friday was a lazy afternoon, we charity shopped some finds:
A couple of Madonna LPs, some cute cake plates (minus the cake) and another little stem vase...

Saturday our very good friends came round; N stayed with Hubby watching the football while H and their 7 year old son came with me for a long walk with Dusty, we almost managed to get home before the rain came (little boys & their imaginations notwithstanding - so cute)!  They stayed all afternoon & we had a delish Chinese together for dinner.

Whilst all the boys watched some silly Saturday evening tv, H & I started work on my "to do list" - she's going to help me with some things: we're planning on roller skating next Saturday (yay, can't wait), some bowling one night soon and we did some research on a steam train journey - we're leaning towards a trip to Edinburgh towards the end of the year which sounds perfect for us all. 

WINTER WEST HIGHLAND STATESMAN Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th March 2012 Departing from: Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Church Stretton, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Crewe, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan North Western, Preston, Lancaster.
Statesman rail

We're also determined to go on some trips out into the countryside this year, and definitely in getting my girls'-night pyjama party organised!

It was soooo much fun, I just love her to bits, and really don't see enough of her, so when we get together it's always so lovely.  We also said we'll have to start rewatching Sex And The City again together - something we used to do years ago when it was first on tv.

Sunday was another quiet day, but with a visit from the in-laws in the morning for a nice chat, and  lots of snoozing for the dog!  We've also arranged a short trip to Yorkshire for my birthday next month, just a couple of days in & around Harrogate, somewhere new once again - and the good news is, Dusty's allowed too! x

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Owls here & there

More luuuverly owls are about in the shops at the moment...

Owl Wallpaper

Owlets - Wallpaperking

Gorgeous teapot


Pencil pot
 Wide-eyed cookie jar

Set of 4 owl mugs by Night Owl

and coasters - also by Night Owl


and this lovely cosmetic bag by Penelope Tom Ltd, which I may get myself...

Hope you have a fab weekend everyone. x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Playlists & emotions

From time to time I find it becomes VERY necessary to make new cds for the car, after all, as much as you may love something, sometimes you need a change, right? But not only that...

That wonderful ability a song can have to transport you instantly to a period of time, a minute or a day, I can literally picture myself, almost feel myself reliving an exact moment with some songs.  For example, The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Loving Feeling, was the last song of my first ever ball (another story for another time :) ) & boy does that bring back some memories (hee hee) & evokes some feelings, all I have to do is close my eyes! Then there's Deborah Harry's I Want That Man - I bought the 7inch single & played it over & over, I can see myself in my old bedroom, dancing & twirling, but it's also more of a feeling I can't explain, and it's so wonderful to experience all those feelings again - of being a teenager & that life that seems so far away these days (oh to be that carefree)!

Anyhoo, recently I've been making lots of new playlists for cds for the car, here are a couple (and yes, I do get a lot of my stuff from 80s soundtracks but that's what I love - & if you're interested in brackets after songs)...

80s mix
Abuse - Propaganda (Some Kind of Wonderful - I so want to be able to drum like Watts)
Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
I Melt with You - Modern English (Valley Girl)
Don't get me Wrong - The Pretenders (Romy & Michele's High School Reunion)
Come on (Shout) - Alex Brown (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
 I go crazy - Flesh for Lulu  (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Space Age Love Song - Flock of Seagulls (Wedding Singer)
She Loves Me - Stephen Tin-Tin Duffy (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Do Anything - Pete Shelley (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Quiet Life - Japan
Turn to the Sky - The March Violets (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Brilliant Mind - Furniture (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Love Action - Human League
Kiss on my List - Hall & Oates (You Again, She's out of my League)
Miss Amanda Jones - The March Violets (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Don't You Want Me - Human League
Footloose - Kenny Loggins (Footloose)
circa 1995
My 90s mix - takes me back to those dating days :)
(not necessarily FROM the 90's but re-released in 90s)

Sugar Baby Love - The Rubettes (Muriel's Wedding)
Waterloo - Abba (Muriel's Wedding)
Happy Together - The Turtle (Muriel's Wedding & Married People - anyone remember this short-lived sitcom?)
Walk like a Panther - The All Seeing I
Tequila - Terrorvision
Swamp Thing - The Grid (Hubby used to swear he could play this on the guitar, ha ha)
I Want That Man - Deborah Harry
Tempted 1994 - Squeeze (Reality Bites)
Baby, I Love Your Way - Big Mountain (Reality Bites)
Tell Me When - Human League
The Sign - Ace of Base
Don't Give me Your Life - Alex Party
Saturday Night - Whigfield
Girls & Boys - Blur
Take me Home - Sophie Ellis Bextor (technically not the 90s but...)
Praise You - Fatboy Slim

I've got a couple more to share with you later.  Boy, I'm so nostalgic this week!  Think it might be time to hunt out my old diaries (1988 onwards!), hmmmm. Do you have a special song that always takes you back? x

Thursday, 16 February 2012


I've been off work sick this week, blooming cold, and today I decided to have a gander through some old photo albums.  One of the things I'm determined to do this year is get some prints from the digital photos I've been taking since 2005.  It was so lovely to flick through pages and pages of photos of family and of Hubby and I from the 90's and 00's.

Here are just a few of my favourites (just of me as Hubby won't let me put any up of him!) ...

I just love this photo - I look so happy - I was at Planet Hollywood with my Mum & friend in Hong Kong in 1994 - my friend was living there at the time & we spend 10 amazing days - and just look at that fantastic dessert - no wonder I've got such a HUGE grin!

that's my Mum's hand trying to grab some dessert - tut tut, should have ordered one!

A silly pose with a water bottle, a la the great lady behind me, the start of our 5 week trip round the USA on Amtrak, 1995

my arms are full of American Soap mags - I just LOVED Another World
This is me in Chicago, near the end of the 1995 USA trip, and our first trip to the city we love so much.  This was the first day, on our walk into the city from near our hotel near Wrigley Stadium - oh to have that stamina now!

Hubby's tee and jumper - we had been travelling for a long time by this point, but I love the colour - should def get more orange in my wardrobe!

Mum, my brother & I in Wales in the very early 1980s - we always used to do this as kids, with Mum joining in - it was a race down the sand dunes, in as few strides as you could

Me & my poodle Coco - clearly having fun (cica 1980/81?)

and lastly, this did make me smile - my brother has clearly allowed me to give him a make over! - you can't really see very well on the scan, but he's got lovely blusher & lipstick on his face, though mine looks better, ha ha

It really made me feel better to spend an hour or so this morning just remembering good times & feeling so very nostalgic, especially with my parents being so far away right now. x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Owl and about

One of our favourite walks with Dusty is just a stone's throw from where we live, we take a wander back into the little piece of countryside (which we're still praying will be saved from development).  Well, the last two weeks, every evening, when we get near to a little copse, we hear an owl!  Over and over again it hoots.  It's so lovely to hear; I'm making the most of it now that the evenings are slowly getting lighter. 

I also spotted this little guy & his opposite on one of the benches in the village, how did I miss it before?


Monday, 13 February 2012

Lazy weekend

Whilst being full of a vile cold, we still had a lovely weekend.  Friday afternoon I managed a walk all bundled up.  We'd had a tiny dusting of snow the night before...

coming to say hi to Dusty

shady pathways

Saturday was snuggling by the woodburner, watching Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett versions), Star Trek films and eating some yummy food

Homemade falafel burgers - soooo good - the recipe is on my recipe page

Lots of sewing felt on Sunday while Hubby watched the football and Dusty snoozed.  So despite the horrid cold a lovely, lazy weekend :) Just wish they wouldn't go so quickly!  Hope yours was a great one. x

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Valentine crafting - personalised print

If you're interested this is just a quick tutorial, but it's really an easy thing to do to create a personalised print. You will need a photograph of whatever it is you want your print to be - either your house, or a favourite building, in fact it can be anything, even a photo of the two of you.

You'll also need some type of photo software, I use Adobe Photoshop, but if you haven't already got one, you can download one for free, such as Picasa found here.

With your photo software, you want to take your chosen photo then using your software add an artistic  "filter".

Use "photocopy" (or the equivilent) to get it looking like this...

I chose a dark brown as my colour rather than black as the photo I chose seemed to suit it better.
It's as simple as that, but have a play around until you find a finish that you love as there's so many to choose from, here are just a few...

coloured pencil

stained glass

neon glow - how creepy! - great for a Halloween invite or card
Once you're happy with your picture just print it out onto a piece of good quality card and frame it. 

Alternatively, these can also be made into cards to send to people, or shrunk down they can be used as a logo on personalised stationery; I've recently taken a photo of our house and using the technique here, created a card to send to a friend.  You could even create a cute gift of personalised stationery for someone...

The options on your photos are almost endless.  Have fun! x

Friday, 10 February 2012

Valentine crafting - personalised Valentine's card

Ok, so Hubby's promised not to peek, so here's his card for this year.  I always try to do something funny or cute, but definitely not too girly!  I hope he'll like this one...

These are all places we've been to and that Hubby adores.

It's an easy thing to do, but I like it & it's certainly different to ones I've done in the past.

If you're interested, here's how to do it: 

You will need:  Card, printed map, ruler or bone folder, glue, scissors, pencil

Choose location(s) that are special to you and your significant other.  You will need either the maps themselves to scan in, or you can find what you need online.  Print out onto medium weight card your desired map location(s)...


Using either a template, or drawing freehand, pencil out the heart shape onto your map, placing your specific location in the middle of the heart, or where you think looks best.

Cut out your shape.

Taking a new piece of card in whatever colour you prefer, I've gone for the (rather obvious) red, using either a bone folder or a ruler, fold your piece of card in two, then work out where you'd like to place your heart(s) on your card.  Once you have them positioned where you'd like them, use a little glue on the centre of the back of the heart and stick down onto the card.

There you go, quick & easy & you have (what I think is) a lovely, personalised card for your loved one.  You can also do this with mini versions of the hearts all over the card...

And if you want to do the same thing as artwork all you need to do is frame them for a cool travel momento. x

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Valentine words

The last couple of years I've made my own Valentine card for Hubby, last year was a card covered in little felt hearts (you can't see this year's until after Tuesday in case he peeks).  Although we don't buy each other Valentine's gifts, preferring to surprise each other now and then, I'm loving some of these (personalised) wordy gifts ...

(all found via NotOnTheHighStreet)

Rosie Robins

Little Van Goghs

Betsy Benn
Cherry Pete

and this cool trivet
SquarePear Furniture
I'm working on a few personalised things myself at the moment that I may well give to Hubby next week and will post about them shortly. x