Red and Olive; a complementary collaboration

I’ve mentioned before how I find some blogs and bloggers inspirational. Reading these blogs is uplifting and brightens the day. One such is Meadowtree style; a blog by Terri, who is an artist, teacher, and fashion blogger with an emphasis on slow, ethical fashion and individual style. She supports local designers and buys from charity…

Cupid and Psyche, the heart and soul of February

It’s hard to ignore the fact that the middle day of this month is marked by the madness of pink hearts and cards with, often, nauseous messages in them, that is Valentine’s Day. You may love this day, or like many you may have had a sine wave relationship with it, i.e. very up and…

Brightening up the grey days of January – part 2

  It’s the fourth week of January and until now we’ve had no more than around six hours of sunshine (although today is making a liar out of me, it started damp and grey but the sun has come out, it’s so good I feel like running down the street with my face to the…

Brightening up the grey days of January

The decorations are gone and the sun has yet to show it’s face this week. The skies are iron grey. It’s days like these where music, light and having lots to do keep me feeling good. We decided on Saturday that, despite the biting cold we would venture to Ely for lunch and a look…

Aphorisms, intentions and all that jazz – Happy New Year!

  With 2017 in it’s final hours, I could reflect. I’m not going to because it hasn’t been one of my favorites tbh. Onward and upward as they say, when the going gets tough the tough get going. Speaking of aphorisms, that’s what I’ll start with, two of my favourites, to greet the new year….

Where did that week go?

  I’ve kept meaning to write but time has passed me by. I’ve just had supper and I’m determined to write something before I relax for the evening. I love sitting down and doing this and I need to stop prevaricating! One excuse is the length of the day (I know it’s still 24 hours,…

The Joy of Small Things

I’m channelling Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. When she sings about her favourite things. So this is the backdrop to this post. Just to help your recall, should you have forgotten said song; When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then…

Kitchen/Garden toiletries

Back in 1995 I was given this book: and I’ve consulted it regularly over the years. I’ve bought so many cosmetic products that haven’t lived up to expectations and that ended up in the bin. Surprisingly though, there are some that I’ve made that have been better than anything I’ve been able to find down the…

Upcycled and Thrifted Winter Wardrobe

  Last year I decided to try to buy no clothes over winter and to upcycle and use my fabric stash to make as many things as possible. I wanted to see if I would feel I was missing out and to see if I could make being sustainable fun. I found that I really…

Stuck like glue

This is a short-ish post about glue. It does what it says on the tube! I’ve had many a problem finding the right glue for a job and there are so many out there. I have shelves in the garage, hanging with cobwebs, on which sit half empty, dried out and now useless glues. I’ve bought glues…

Lets do the Time Warp again

I checked my email inbox this morning and saw an advert for zombie skin. I was momentarily perplexed, not a great advert for moisturiser I thought, until I remembered it’s Halloween tomorrow. Time to do the Time Warp again.. it’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…   I haven’t got my…

Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don’t mess with Mister In-Between Sod Mister In-Between, that’s what I say. Well, when life ain’t a bowl of cherries and I need to perk up. I think of this song. I first heard it years ago on The Singing Detective,…