Wednesday, 3 October 2012

to all freelancers

yes ... this blog (and me )  is still live... time just went on ... and then i wanted something ace to put on...
and then I thought of all the freelancers squirrelled away at home and thought Id send a message to you all !!!...
Im taking mine with a big fat foxes classic chocolate biscuit... make sure yours is accompanied by something...  hopefully be in touch soon....
- by the way this is an illustration by Esther Aarts   : )

Saturday, 28 July 2012

flying jumpers

this really made me smile... from Silvia Bonanni, Im new to her work, shes Italian and has a few childrens books out, really fun

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Mother nature gets it so right !

As usual, Im going to try to balance the fly rant with some beauty.....
(found via pinterest... but couldn't find the direct link)

Monday, 23 July 2012


Is the buzz of a big fat horrid fly one of THE most irritating sounds... I hate them !!! they hate me, clearly, or they wouldn't keep coming in my house and dive bombing me... don't get me wrong, I love nature, only this morning I saved a drowning bee... but flies... the only thing for them is  a SWAT

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Lovely walls

  Love this hand painted wallpaper.. its from a  four day workshop at a refuge for women in South Africa who have suffered from domestic violence, you can see the article at

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

party shoes

I like to balance things out.. so after a couple of moany blogs Ill drop in something beautiful...
who wouldn't want to own these...
found via my friend emma on pinterest.. but tracked them back to

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

pants pyjamas

Im in danger of becoming one of those ranty type bloggers... but why is there no choice of decent pyjamas for kids ? and between march and september  theres hardly any at all AND then it seems you have to go to bed with a horrible licsenced character all over you or nothing at all....

Monday, 2 July 2012

pinching pins

Now Im sure you've all caught the pinterest bug... and I know that the whole point is sharing but isn't there some kind of etiquette.... someone has literally repined every single pin from my board and recreated it as 'theirs' ... and Im feeling robbed !...

Friday, 22 June 2012

top butty box

....can you imagine opening your lunch box and finding this !!!...
certainly puts the jam sandwiches that I sent mine to school with, to shame ! ...

rain rain go away

soooooooo sick of this rain..... trying to remember what it feels like to have sun on my face and sand under my toes....

Saturday, 16 June 2012

beautiful things

 after the last grumpy entry thought would share some nice peaceful images... I came across these via pinterest, from a tumblr site - i love rain and coffee.. there were some truly beautiful photos and paintings on there... and much as I love what I do its nice to have a break from bears and bunnies and look at some grown up things ....

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

don't talk to me....

todays link is in tribute to the lovely blogger missy pop-i-cok.. Ive just read her blog and she had a grumpy day yesterday and its exactly how Im feeling today... Im having to redo everything and then Im still not happy with it... everyone I have spoke to has irritated me ...anyhow started to wonder if maybe the menstral cycles of fellow bloggers could be linked !???? as a few of pop-i-coks followers reported similar feelings....

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Umbrella print girl

In keeping with my last stitches post, here is my entry for the annual umbrella prints competition...
A little parcel of fabric scraps arrives and you create something.. anything !...   she was supposed to have a handsome partner to act coy with.. but time as usual..
Anyhows in true blogger spirit, I am doing a giveaway, so please leave a comment and she can be yours !
I'll select winner after the jubilee : )
Oh also !  if you repin from the umbrella pinterest board and my lady wins, I get prizes... so you know you scratch my back etc etc... ; )

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

recycled spots and stripes

a little lady I made...
my friend loved her daughter wearing this little leggings outfit when she was little but realised it was a bit sentimental just keeping it in a drawer so she asked me to create the material into something...

Ive been meaning to 'set up shop' doing this as Ive been asked to do this a few times now.. what do you think, feedback or ideas gratefully received !

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

A bit of colour under your feet

How lovely are these ?...

I came across them via pinterest, hand hooked rugs from America. Theres other designs but I loved the handmade feel to these... unfortunately only available in the states... from dash and albert

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Monday, 14 May 2012

mooses in bonnets

Went to the collect show at the saatchi gallery this weekend...
quite a mind blowing selection of talent, I only had my phone so apologies for the quality of these photos...  but these were just some of things that caught my eye...
I fell in love with a red enamelled tray,  at the reasonable price of £32. 50, it was coming home with me... just before I made a total ass of myself, i realised it was £3250..  there were some hefty price tags but also huge amounts of talent..

(Apologies again for not naming the artists but there were so many separate stands from different galleries it was hard to keep references )

Thursday, 10 May 2012

killer pirates

7 a.m  this morning... "come on mummy, lets play bad, killer pirates "........
I suppose I should be glad ... he usually wants to play mummies and hamsters and beginning to worry about his attachment to pink.....

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

things id like to make... number 659

Another one to add to the 'crafts to do' list... spied this on a norwegian blog -
Always liked a bit of pimped up ikea...  Ive even got some decoupage paper as was going to jazz an old chair up... but guess what, its been sitting there for a good 6 months now.... watch this space...
but don't hold your breath .....

Monday, 7 May 2012


Just been blogging and found this and had to share... if there was a rainbow it would be just perfect

london, lego and boogie eye glasses

Visited the wonderful London town this weekend... always enjoy it...always have the same conversations about what property you could buy at home for the same price, how many people can live and travel in one place etc. etc.  ; )       (more of these city prints from )

 Legoland... a day of two halves... started by paying a ruddy fortune to get in, we were cold, it was wouldn't go on any of the rides... it was grim.. Then the pirate show seemed to book us up and after an all you can eat pizza buffet the day slowly improved...

Also got to the V & A where the best bit for Ruby was the 'magic' glasses she had in her kids backpack thing...see below... (she's really quite beautiful... )  lunch in the rather nice cafe where the lights and ceiling impressed me at least.  Then the Science museum where there was a fab thing which was like putting your hands in water and fish swam over.. only it was just a mat... wanted one.. you know for the downstairs loo extravaganza...

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

things aren't good in fish land...

not sure whats going on with the fish.. but one seems to spend his time at the top and the other just lies on the bottom.... maybe they've had words... and I've changed the water, cleaned the pump, been really careful with the chemical drops... but the glass still has a greeny hue the next morning... hope they are not on the way out already..

Monday, 30 April 2012

spring frocks

football widow I thought Id share this picture but yet again forgot where I found it, (so apologies and promise I will get better at that !) love the colours of these... i fancy the pink one in the middle for the school run..

like to hear from you ..

.. it has been pointed out that I am supposed to leave a comments bit... had to admit I didn't know how to do it.. but look I've learnt.. so please do leave comments !!!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Picture for Robyn

My friend has recently had a baby.. and in a moment of I can only think alcohol affected decision making... asked me to be godparent... Im very chuffed... Im pretty unsure what kind of spiritual guidance I can offer... but if that girl needs help with a sticking or sewing there for her !!!
Heres a picture Ive made for her christening... surely better than a silver rattle..... ?

Friday, 27 April 2012

To my very first followers

as Ive said ..I am very new and green to this blog thing ...BUT... was very chuffed to see a follower and not just any one but the very fantastical pop-i-cok lady...(who's blog actually got me hooked into blog world )  if you haven't yet discovered her blog must head straight over to

Friday, 20 April 2012

The most stylish loo

I totally love this flooring..its vinyl !!... but as our refurb is nearly finished, I have nowhere to put it... apart from the downstairs loo !!!  how nice will that be..    its from

Ditto with this lampshade project... theres no where left except the loo...  Ive a feeling the toilet may be a mixture of all left over ideas... it could work though.... ?!
( Im afraid I can't credit this as I can't remember where I saved it from... but theres tutorials all over the web... )
now Ive just got to work out how to get this pink velvet ottoman in there..

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Latest addition to the family ...two fish for Rubys birthday... I thought the spongebob house (the preferred accommodation for goldfish in 2012) would just be for decoration .. but the little fish, actually spends time in there !

Downstairs in the Manchester Museum, there was this rather brilliant display of origami birds.. simple but stunning, anyway if you fancy a go, Ive found a really good clear guide on
two pairs of shoes I would LOVE to own...

Monday, 12 March 2012

Eventually got round to this !....

After months of following loads of blogs and looking at some gorgeous things on line from all over the world... I thought I would have a go... It had meant to be a web site..but that seems to be more involved so Im just jumping in with blogging... hoping it won't be a one hit wonder !
 I thought the best thing to get started would be to show you a bit about me by taking a few bits from around the house, to give an idea of whats to come..  hoping it will interest you enough to make you pop by again : )