Monday, 30 January 2012

Me, this Monday

Today I am 

ENJOYING this...

and MISSING this....

I am HATING this...

and LOVING this..

I am SMELLING like this..

and WEARING this..

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Thursday, 26 January 2012


Today, I just wanted to share with you all a book that I've recently read, that I want everyone to read.

This book is about a Jewish boy growing up in the time of the holocaust.  He and his family are sent to Auschwitz and Buchwald. It is a true story and written by the man himself, a survivor of that terrible, terrible time. 
This account moved me to tears and filled me with such anguish for what these people went through. 
I know many people don't read these kind of books because they say they are 'too sad' or say 'why do you want to upset yourselves'. 
But I feel it is our responsibility to know about things like this 
that have happened. 
If this man can come out of the holocaust and relive those times in his mind to write about it (when I'm sure all he wanted to do was forget),
shouldn't we at least read about it and take one minute to reflect on it, 
while we sit in the comforts of  our home, 
with warm toes and full bellies,
our families near us.

Just a thought.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Bathroom Wall Art!!!

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I saw this idea in the first place so I can't give the proper credit...
but I saw it on some WONDERFUL blog...
by some
WONDERFUL blogger....

My new wall art...made from ...drum roll please....

Old Toilet Paper Rolls...

I loved the way it turned out so much that I thought I would actually write a little tutorial for you all so you can make your own!
 It's fast (well, besides the painting), fun and you'll love the way it turns out.

1. Collect quite a few empty toilet paper rolls! My wall art took 7, but you could use more if you have more wall space to fill!

2. Measure and mark 1 inch segments on each of your rolls.

3. Cut at your pencil/pen marks until you get a pile that looks like this....

4. Take each segment and pinch each end piece gently to form what will be your petals.

5. Arrange these 'petals' to form a full flower shape.

6. With a hot glue gun, glue each 'petal' to the next one....until your flower is completed...

7. Continue to make flowers until you have the number you want, and arrange them the way you want your final WALL ART to look.

8. Glue all the flowers in place and let the hot glue dry completely.

9. Then all you need to do is spray a few coats of spraypaint in whichever colour your little heart desires....


Lovely art for any wall in your house!!!!

EASY as PIE...and CHEAP as.. Errr....GARBAGE!!!!


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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Random Randoms..

1. I am having a lucky week. I stepped foot into a starbucks when I was in town the other day and was asked to do a survey. I don't usually do surveys but I had a few minutes, so this time I did. LITERALLY about 8 questions later the guy says thank you and hands me a voucher for a free ANY-SIZE, ANY-KIND drink!  Oh, little joys.

2. I sold this handbag on ebay a few days ago! It's one I MADE...WITH MY OWN HANDS!!!  It's nice when other people appreciate something you make too!!!

3. Today, the poor sun is confused. This morning when I woke up it was grey as anything and then during breakfast the sun shone brightly. Then a poor, little, grumpy cloud decided that he didn't like the sun so he 
jumped in front of it. Now, in the past 3 minutes, Mr. Sun must have decided to fight back. He is smiling at my window as I type.

4. There is positively, absolutely, nothing better than fresh squeezed orange juice. Just sayin'...

5. I absolutely love cold, crisp, lovely winter days. 


Thursday, 12 January 2012

In the mood for Jewels..

For my birthday in October, my dear sweet hubby got me a full day jewelry making workshop in Nottingham and Tuesday was the day!!! 
 I had done a bit of jewelrymaking before and just figured things out myself as I went along and that went ok but I wasn't always satisfied with the tidiness of the clasps and just general neatness of things. 
I also wasn't 100% percent sure the techniques I was using were Tuesday off I hopped (actually Mr G drove me) for a day of beady wonder!  

We did a lot of simple things in the class but it was sooo fun, just to spend the WHOLE day crafting away.

I was also able to ask questions I had about technique and also learned a lot of news skills!

Yay for beads..

and for hubbies that indulge your crafty interests!

And of course, dear readers, I had to share some of the things I made with ALL of you..

Here's what I made in the class:

These necklaces, 


And then these adorable bracelets!! The pink one isn't really my style, but I LOVE the green one! So simple and pretty...

And I was still in the MOOD FOR JEWELS when I got home so I beaded these babies:


Oh and possibly my favourite of the new, adorable-if-I-must-say-so-myself keychain...

Don't you just want to drool over that camera? 

Oh, the Happiness!!!

Somewhat Simple

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

British Life #6

The rumours are true.
It does rain alot in England.
It's been raining all week.
But the good thing about so much rain is
that you learn to appreciate the sunshine so much more.
Kind of like life I suppose.
I guess this is when I could launch into a speech about how
the bad times make you appreciate the good times that much more.
 But I will spare you that.
And just share with you a few photos that were taken on my phone
of just ONE of the lovely places within 2 minutes walk of my front door.
Yesterday the sun was so tantalizing,
I just couldn't resist taking a walk in its splendour.