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Welcome to my blog
Welcome to my blog. I hope it inspires you to try something new as I share with you my crafts and a bit of chit chat.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Important stuff or junk??????

I am chuckling now. I am really motivated to throw out all my junk and old clothes. The hubby was totally agreeeing............... until it came to getting rid of the motorbike that he only rides once a year to the MOT place and back. It costs us more than £200 to insure and tax.... not to mention the huge amount of space it takes up in the garage. . Then there are all his Manchester United programmes and all his old 'football shirts'. He never wears them and buys a new one each season. He has more more boots, trainers and shoes than Imelda Marcos and more Parachute Regiment t shirts than the British army  ... not quite sure why he still insists on wearing them. Can someone explain why my stuff is 'junk' but his are important belongings.

Donating my 'skinny me clothes'.

The big destash continues  and I am now tackling the boxes of clothes that I have stashed away in the loft. A friend is collecting clothing for a local womens refuge so I have decided to let go of my 'skinny me' clothes. I could probably sell them on ebay but in truth I would far rather give them to a very deserving group of people. I have loads of nice jumpers that in truth are a style I no longer wear.  There are blouses and tops of all kinds and hopefully they will be of use to the ladies. I am amazed at how liberating this all is and even though letting go of  things isn't easy, I can really see the benefits of a 'less is more' system in my wardrobe.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The flippin blinds

A few weeks ago the cord on the blinds in my bedroom snapped.  I went on 'you tube' and watched how to re string them and then browsed the internet for the proper cord.  I bought the wrong size.... and Tony has every right to say 'I told you so' because he measured the thickness and I insisted that the cord was thicker.... it wasn't.  Back on tinternet to buy the correct thickness.
This morning we took the blinds down and Tony reckoned we could fix them without re stringing so after a good hour faffing we did exactly that.  I now have two lots of cord that I needn't have bought.  In my defence, if  'he who would love to be obeyed but doesn't stand a chance' had taken a look to start with I wouldn't have ordered any. Why oh why do men leave every ruddy job until woman of the house makes a start. Then man of the house takes over but needs an assistant to do the fetching and carrying.
I am off to my craft club this afternoon armed with a load of craft stash to pass on to anyone that would like it.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I don't know me anymore

Gone is the collector of junk and rubbish, gone is the lady that will craft with anything.  I am now going to concentrate on my doll house.  I plan to make it quite modern and use all my different crafting skills to make all the furniture and curtains, cushions etc.  I plan to bead some tiny little pictures for the wall and will embroider tiny cotton sheets and pillowcases. It wil become a labour of love and I will be pinning all manner of ideas. Having said that, I have had to start a new pinterest account as I can't for the life of me remember my login details. I

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Christmas Poinsettia

We have never managed to keep a green leaf let alone a red one on a Poinsettia.  Usually by the end of Christmas the poor thing is ready for the compost bin..... So........ Ta Da......... waddya think of my Poinsettia today. It did  drop a couple of leaves in early January and we thought it was on its way out.   Can someone advise me whether I should be cutting it back now or just leave it alone


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fish pie for tea

I am currently emptying my freezer and have just made a lovely fish pie for tomorrow's tea.  I knew that I had a couple of Basa fillets, some smoked salmon and a packet of frozen salmon fillets in the freezer so I used up one salmon fillet, the basa and smoked salmon for the fish pie.  I poached the fish in a pint of milk and then flaked it all into a bowl reserving the milk to make a bechamel sauce. I cooked a few broccoli pieces and a handful of pasta and gently stirred them into the mix before stirring everything into the bechamel sauce.  I chucked a handful of frozen peas into the pan and then spread it all into a large buttered dish.  I have topped it with lovely buttery mashed potato. When it is cool I will cover it and pop it in the fridge for tomorrow.  Before cooking it in the oven I will throw some grated cheese on top. It has made a huge dish full so I will freeze half of it for another day


The house hunting continues

Yesterday we had the first of the local estate agents around to give us a valuation... we were quite pleased with his suggested price and with a bit of wiggle room we might get somewhere near what we would like for our house. Monday and Tuesday will see two more estate agents calling in and then we will have a general idea of what we can realistically expect.  My craft room now looks like it should look all the time... Loads of crafting and storage space and only a bit of junk. 
Last night we were around at our friends house for supper.  We had a lovely evening and got home around 11.30.   As we were tired we went straight to bed........ I woke at 01:10......wide awake and feeling as though I had slept all night.   I tossed and turned and eventually went back to sleep...... until 03:40. At 04:10 I gave up tossing and turning and came downstairs for a cup of tea.  This darn insomnia is a real pain.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The big tidy up

Tony went for a walk with his friend Ken this morning. While he was out walking I made a start on the spare bedroom.  This is of course also my craft room so is never going to look pristine but I am really pleased with how it looks so far.  I am working my way through each of the sweet tins and chucking out loads of cr*p.   I have no idea how I managed to work in the craft room but at last I can see some floor and spare bed in there now




Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's day

I hope those of you that are romantically attached received at least a little acknowledgement that it is Valentine's day. Tony brought me a cup of tea in bed this morning.  There was the offer of breakfast but I wasn't hungry.  He bought me the most beautifully fragrant bouquet of cream roses .  They smell absolutely divine.  Not red roses? I hear you asking. Well when we got married he bought me a stunning bouquet of cream roses and almost every year since he has bought me cream roses for Valentine's day.  I am so touched that he even remembers my wedding flowers let alone thought to make it an annual occasion.  We are going out for lunch to our favourite little pub but I thought you might like a peep at my roses. I divided them into two vases.  One for the bedroom and one for the conservatory.  The card is the one that I made for Tony




Friday, 10 February 2017

The finished blanket

I have finally finished the little crocheted blanket that my neighbour asked me to finish...... the one that I had to complete frog and start all over again.