Thursday, 22 June 2017


Rooting around in the cupboard today looking for some essential oils and came across this box.

  I thought I had lost it but there it was.
What is it?
A plastic sandwich box containing cat nip and 4 smelly bags (cotton bags full of catnip )
And the result is that they are all off their heads now. lol

Oh well, here's for a quiet evening.

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Today has been hot, hot, hot and the cats are scattered all around.
Mummy Polly and Princess are flopped out in the garden, its so hot I don't think they realise how close they are to each other, lol

You can just see my green man in the background, this is one end of a set of book ends found in the car boot, they have been in the garden for several years and are withstanding the weather okay.

The Bijou garden is once again in bloom and the Blue Angel Clematis is extra good this year with lots and lots of blooms.  Tom has been feeding everything regularly this year and it has paid off.

A couple of years ago we had a new staircase fitted which was just so ugly, the previous one was victorian and although going rusty had more appeal and was quite attractive.
Last year we purchased a couple of honey suckle plants to climb up and hide the ugliness.
The one above was so successful with loads of blooms and smelled wonderful.

The added bonus was that it attracted so many bees, so if you want bees to visit your garden then I recommend this type, we have never had so many bees visit the garden.

The other honeysuckle was lovely but nowhere as good as this one.


I feel like I'm back from the dead right now.
Wheat is my downfall and I know that when I eat it it makes me ill, but eat it I do.
I get to a point where I feel so bad, no energy, no interest etc that I have to stop and give it all up.
Once this is done and after a few days I feel myself coming back to where I should be.
I accept that some people poo poo the idea that wheat / gluton can make you ill but take it from me it can.
Now all I have to do is keep clear of it, but it's not easy.
Anyway as you can see I feel like blogging and showing you the heart that I found the other day.

I began this heart in 2014, you can see the beginnings on a post dated 14th November ,   that long ago??
I actually put this in the bin once as I fell out of love with it but retrieved it and have finally finished it all bar the framing.

A row of diamonds from the pound shop, vintage heart from car boot, and bit of my tatting.

Ribbon roses

Another small piece of tatting plus pearls.

Couple of embroidered birds some more tatting and a vintage heart.

Monday, 5 June 2017



Both in the dog roll boxes in the window.
A rare moment when they are friendly.
Polly gets a clean up from Princess.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017


I finally got my head down and finished the Indian Inspired Glasses Case.
Its always a tricky time when I put it all together, hoping that everything fits as it should, especially after all of the hours of work but it all went well.
I loved working with the Shisha mirrors and intend to do some more of this.


The back is not as elaborate but I decided to work a few fancy seams on here as well

Monday, 15 May 2017


I must say I'm not very speedy on this Indian inspired glasses case but I have done a bit more.

I've used shisha mirrors for the first time on this piece. For anyone who doesn't know what they are, they are tiny pieces of glass that are held in place with embroidery.
I enjoyed doing these so much that I can see I shall use them more often.

It's a shame that my photography skills are useless as the colours of this do not show up very well, but they are vivid in real life.  I'll mess about with the next lot and see if I can work out how to take a good photo.  
Patience is not my strong point with anything other than needlework.

I found these in my stash of bits and pieces and am going to add them along the bottom somewhere.
Again poor photography.
I should ask Sandra here for some tips, she's brilliant at it .

Might as well throw in a cat, here's Willow the velcro cat. She sticks to me like glue.
Sleeps on the end of my bed an lays right on front of me when I'm working.
How can I get cross with her, I just can't.

Sunday, 14 May 2017


Today was car boot day but not very good pickings.  We left early thinking it was not on and it was but still it got us out of bed early so nothing was lost.

On the way back we always stop of at the local supermarket to pick up odds and ends and have a coffee and read the free papers.  

After we had finished we made our way back to the car and I had a temporary loss of sight in one eye.

Below is the cause.

I f you look closely you can see that an Elm tree seed has managed to blow behind my glasses.
We stood in the car park and laughed so much I think the other shoppers thought we were crackers. lol
But we do see the funny side of most things, thank goodness.

What are the chances that this would happen again? 
Excuse the hair, I don't tend to look my best at the car boot, lol

Thursday, 11 May 2017


This is Rupert's tummy.
I'm thinking I might hire him out as one of these.

A mike boom.

What do you think?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Can you spot two frogs in my friends pond?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Saw this card in the local shop.
If you love your cat you'll put up with anything, lol