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,…

Seeing Red

Apparently green makes you think more creatively. Red though is my favourite, it yells confidence (orange speaks it but red yells) So even though I could definitely do with a bit of eye makeup and a smudge of lipstick…and maybe a little blusher, the red was what I needed today. It works too, I’ve always loved…

Rip it up and start again

  I could do a blog post of out takes this week. I’ve started several things destined for the bin. Not everything I make is successful. Take this skirt: The only time I wore it was the day these photos were taken. I hated it, it was too big and I felt rubbish in it….

Around (a lot of) the UK in a seven days

We drove anticlockwise around England and Wales last week, a sort of mini road trip. Starting in Cambridge we headed north up the eastern side of the country. Once at the top, having called in on relatives to say hello, we headed west, across to Carlisle. We spent the night in an airbnb, an old…

All about ‘Clothes, Music, Boys’

It could be you’ve already read this book – it was published in 2014, so I’ve taken time discovering it. It was lent to me by my daughter after she in turn was lent it by her friend. It sat on the table while I finished another book but I was itching to start it….