Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Fashion Couture on Folksy

Have just been stopped in my tracks by this beautiful new shop on Folksy - Fashion Couture. Full of super gorgeous hand made garments, what can I say, I want!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Dental Floss

I like a certain type of dental floss which, so far I've only found in one shop. It's a shop I don't go to often so I stock up on dental floss when I'm there and only need to visit once every few months.

You've got to look after your teeth!

Tomorrow, I'm going to go and buy dental floss and it upsets me greatly. Not the dental floss really but the fact that the last time I bought dental floss and many other buy once every few month type items it was supposed to be the last time before we moved.

Things were looking positive with the return of Ms. Cream Bun. Yet still we wait, for another visit from another professional in conjuction with the sale. So we've now been waiting around for six months getting increasingly frustrated and while I'm in town I think another visit to the estate agents might be necessary.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Heart Choker on Artfire

New heart choker available in my Artfire Studio, where I have been playing with the new merchandizer tool - it lets you rearrange your studio items as your fancy takes you!

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

This was recommended to me by a friend and, without having read it myself, I bought it for my Mum for her birthday last year. When we all met up a few weeks ago she had brought it with her to read on holiday and, having finished, lent it to me.

Now that I have read it I would like to publicly apologise for giving my Mother such a rude book! Ahem.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Earth Hour 2010

WWF's Earth Hour will be this evening between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in the UK.

Get involved, switch your lights off for the hour!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Gait Barrows Nature Reserve

Last Wednesday I wasn't teaching and we headed up the M6 to visit a friend who happens to work for Natural England on Gait Barrows Nature Reserve in Lancashire. Even though the poor man wasn't feeling great he took us out and about around the reserve and it is a fabulous place.

Described as a "rich mosaic of limestone habitats including unique limestone pavement, yew woodland, fen and reedbed", the areas of limestone pavement with its vast, deep crevices was fascinating and, as I was told time and time again, impossible to photograph well. They were right, but this gives you an idea of what it looks like:

To find out more about nature reserves near you, conservation, volunteering and loads more, check out Natural England's

Saturday, 20 March 2010

A Whole Week

A whole week has gone by and still no more news on the house sale.

All seems vaguely familiar.

Even though original buyer is back and "really wants" the house there is no clear answer to our question over why on this planet we are still waiting for the sale to go through. Whilst all this nothing is happening the house we want is back on the market enticing other potential buyers, we feel sickened over the big fat bill we'll have to pay for nothing if we don't get it.
Even in all the tediousness of being messed around with the house I feel so blessed and relieved that I've gone from having no job to having four just when we needed it, it's going to be another fun tax return, ha! I've been teaching, tutoring and trying to remind myself of the creative life with some jewellery making and some experimentation in clay and we had an ace day out with a friend who took us on a tour of the nature reserve he works on - more on those joys later.

Bringing some cheer with 'The Secret garden' inspired jewellery!

I had managed to not to annoyed during the week and even had a lovely early morning swim on Friday as I wasn't teaching that day. Perhaps because I had a day doing my own work the frustrations have built up on the heaving realisation that by now I should have been doing this as full time as possible and that even though I still have a few boxes of tools and materials here everything else is in storage until we move. So I find on this grey wet old Saturday I'm a bit fed up and am quite frankly going to plop myself down in front of the rugby for the afternoon, harumph!

I wonder if we have any crisps . . . ?

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On


We're back from a fun trip North, hanging out with both sets of parents, picnicking on the beach, falling over in the sand and having a laugh. Back to days like yesterday which started so well, moved on to slight financial panic, then anger at having to pay a hefty bill for nothing, just because somebody, somewhere made an error and then arrived at trying to firmly ignore the tiny glimmer of hope over us selling soon.

On the plus side the house we should have been living in by now hasn't sold yet (I feel so sorry for the people selling it who should have been starting their new life adventures by now as well) I have got more teaching and tutoring work and had a sale on Folksy, phew!

The light still isn't great for jewellery photographs and I still haven't replaced my little daylight on tripod thing-a-ma-bob but I'm working on listing new items daily in my Artfire and Folksy shops, including this pretty wee charm bracelet made using vintage cat's eye buttons from a gorgeous box of buttony goodness R's Mum had collected when she worked in an Oxfam shop. Thank you very much Mrs J!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

We're Off!

Teaching finished for the week, house tidied and glorious, minor fix up at the dentist and we're off to the land of our new home! Wherever and whenever that might be! This is a bit of a mini move, we'll see our parents, have the Christmas R was robbed of through the house shenanigans and I feel joyous, if a little tired.

Hope you are all having a good week!

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