Saturday, 23 July 2011

About time.......

I added another post to my blog! 

It has been such a while that I didn't know blogger has had a make over!

Now what to write about....a lot has been happening in my life, but I won't bore anyone with that, 
except to say that I am happier, freer and far more positive 
than I have been  for several years.

I am losing weight with Slimming World - over a stone so far 
(quite a bit more to go, but I'm really enjoying following their eating plan), 
and yesterday I had my short hair cut even shorter
and all bitty and spikey!

I have a big skip sitting in the drive, ready to be filled with detritus 
from the garden and various sheds
and can't wait to get started on some decorating too.
Son and daughter are now on school hols, as am I, so they are looking forward to
making a bit of pocket money helping me.

I'm busy sewing - working on soft furnishing commissions,
and making items to put onto my updated website and Folksy.

And I have made some pretty tiny bunting from vintage Liberty Tana lawn -
just right for the front of dresser shelves.
I kept two lengths for me and sold the rest at a recent fair.

(my camera seems to take lousy photos at the mo - everything always looks 
as if in soft focus!)

I love my dresser - the shelves are filled with an eclectic mix of plates and china - 
all pretty, none of which I use - just look at!

The flowers above were given to me as a 'thank you' from one of my students
at the end of her Adult Ed class. My favourite floral combination of colours is pink,
 yellow and acid green - she didn't know, just a good choice!

I was also given a large box of Thorntons from students in another class
and two handmade lavender and ribbon 'bottles' from another.
(camera is really playing up now, so unable to take a photo of these)

Can you see my heart shaped stones along the back of the dresser?
When on the beach near my mum's I walk along,
 head down looking for these and stones with holes in - hag stones.

I found these little pictures at one of our Charity shops this week -
 the first is a little print of a Faversham creek...

and this is a lovely little oil painting of the sand dunes of Lytham St Annes 
dated 1979.

I did get a nasty surprise earlier this week...

a £60 parking fine!
I went shopping last Sunday with my daughter, parking in the car park that 
serves HobbyCraft, Homebase, TKMax and a new Asda Home.
I didn't see that parking was restricted to 2 hours - 
we were there for two and a half and I spent almost £500!
Who would visit these shops and spend less than 30 minutes in each?
We were an hour in Hobbycraft, stocking up on
 materials for Tess's textile GCSE projects.
Then we ummed and ahhed over purchasing a new TV from Asda
 and had a coffee to deliberate over (we did buy the telly);
tried on lots of designer labels in TKMax and browsed the paints and wallpapers in Homebase.

Well I have appealed against the fine, and have sent receipts for proof of purchases.
I think it will be a blooming cheek if they still fine, me after spending all that money.
I won't shop at those establishments again if they do
 and I'll let their head offices know why!!

I'll let you know what happens!!

And before I go.....
I must remind you about this..........

Only just over one month to go to
 Kitsch and Stitch No. 2
See you all there!!!