Monday, 20 May 2013

Anybody out there?


Yes I know it has been a while but life kinda took over again. I have been decluttering the house like there is no tomorrow and May I add feeling oddles better about it.
Repurposed a whole heap of furniture got rid of some that was serving no purpose at all other than taking up space. I can see light at the end of the tunnel. and I never knew what a good feeling it would be to go to a cupboard or drawer and actual have confidence that I would find what I needed, ‘ark at me I sound all giddy lol.
We have a wonderful thrift shop here called Little Camden Market run by the irrepressible Dawn where I never really fail to find something of worth.

So far there has been a small oak side table in STUNNING order for £6.also found a set of bedroom drawers for £30 and a smaller set for £20. One oak book case £10. Managed to find a chair also for£8 and with some t.l.c like the rest of it. It will look fab well the book case came up a treat. For me though one of my very favorite finds as an old wooden 2 tier cake stand £15 folds flat and I thought it would be good to use when temporary storage was needed as it folds flat and can slip behind the sofa. got really lucky a while back and bought a very large curtain lined and padded out with bumf to help keep out the chills in the most stunning autumnal burnt orange (I think it’s a silk or silk mix) for a fiver, Sadly not big enough for my window (I took a hopeful punt on that one) but I will get an outfit out of it for my friends eclectic steam punk wedding.

So I will use the padding for a quilt I want to make as our new bed is a super king. Looked at the price of bedding squeaked a little and then decided to re jig what I have as the flat seem will be in the middle all will be good and I can start to re save some pennies.
The reasons for doing this mass turn out are several. I was fed up of never ever finding anything I needed and the place was beginning to look tired and I was getting to the “can’t be arsed stage” not good when there are 6 cats one dog a parent and my dearly beloved to keep an eye on!

Still ploughing on at the gym but it’s been more maintenance than anything else needs to get arse in gear for weight loss. So the chap I see has started to be mean again lol. Thing is I can’t argue he practices what he preaches and has thighs 36 inches each to prove it and that’s not when he’s in training for a competition! Dear lord all I want is to lose some lardy butt! Lol back on the chicken and rice I go lol.

I have had a few craft projects on the go still making granny squares out of old tapestry skeins think I said some were found for as little as 5p in a charity shop so went mad and bought them as the colours were rich and earthy. All of them are pure treated wool and come winter I will be glad of a snuggle blanket. Have been thinking about putting some detachable lining with it so it’s easier to wash and means that the heating can go on a little later if at all. However if D.B says he needs it on, on it will go can’t have another stay in the local hospital the last one was HOURENDIOUS!

The spare room needs a rug now we can see the floor lol went looking to see what was about and either didn’t like what I saw or didn’t like the price. To heck with it I thought and decided to make one out of all the proper rag ends of wool. I deliberately didn’t think of the colours I was using to the blend of fibres as long as they shared a similar thickness was good enough for me. Love the way in which it has turned out and has cost me sweet nothing. Well if I think about it and do a very rough costing maybe a couple of quid. Not sneezing at that. Oh that reminds me will need to do some sums for the chair I am to recover. Can’t see it costing much initially, as I have most of the bits here.

Next thing on my agenda is to sort out our paper work. We do have a system it’s called shove-it-in-a-basket-and-hope-for-the-best! But then I have always procrastinated about paper work. This is something I need to concourse as things will get very messy in the future.

One thing I will be doing this week is tackling the kitchen cupboards seeing what I have and where some changes can be made. Anyhow need to go through the freezers at least. Haven’t put the meat order in yet at the butchers so want to be sure that there is room for it all. D.B and I were chatting the other night and decided on half a pig half a lamb and a good mix of beef. I know it sounds extravagant but by doing it this way it saves so so much money lasts forever and I will make it stretch like its elastic!. Prefer doing this in the winter though as I am a stews soups and casserole type of girl love the fact that I kinda have an idea of what it will turn out like but only kind of.

Dad has been a sweetie and started to sort out the garden. He tool down the hanging basket brackets and painted them up with the hammerite type paint we got from Aldis (love that place) also a while back we picked up some mini garden logs on a role for 1/3rd the asking price in Wilkinson’s as they too were having a clear out. This will help retain some of the soil we have in a small sloping area of the garden. Dad did say he wanted different garden furniture, and he does have a pint the table is too big and will need to be re homed. But I would like to keep the benches and the chairs as they are generous in size and strong. The small pot bound apple tree I have will need feeding as this year it blossomed. I do hope we get some apples. All of a sudden the honeysuckle has taken off Whoosh! Be grand to see that mixed in with the buddleia and roses.

Right that’s enough of me and mine. How are you and yours? What have you been up to? Are you well? Happy and life not treating you too badly?
Would be wonderful to hear from you
All the best
I really must learn how to upload and post pics as I would love to share what I am doing and not find some on the net. Think for me good to see the progress I have made.


  1. What a good catch up! You have been busy!! Just upload the photos straight from your pictures folder on your computer :-)

  2. ah thanks fro that now only if I could work out what cable etc i needed . lol wonderful to hear from you hope all good in your world xx

  3. Are you able to load your photographs from your digital camera to your computer? Do you use a mobile phone to take photos? Both should have come with a way of getting pics onto a computer. Either a USB lead or a memory card.