Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas One and All

Well, it's almost upon us. Good luck everyone. Hope the celebrations go fantastically well for you all.

Slight mishap yesterday whilst changing the sheets on the beds. You see, because I'm lazy that way, I usually throw the dirty linen down the stairwell. This keeps my hands free to carry the zillion and one cups and plates down from the kids' rooms. Two jobs for the price of one, see.

Unfortunately, this time I totally forgot that there was a beautifully decorated Christmas tree standing directly underneath the stairwell. I remembered just as the last thread of bed sheet left my fingers and began its decent.

Nothing smashed fortunately, but the carpet was strewn with baubles, pine needles and beads. The south-face of the tree has now been redecorated!

Yeah, right!

Andi xx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dressing Room and Giveaway

So quite innocently this morning, rushing out of the house on the school run, I grabbed the first hat available. On arrival home, I realised the hat was red and I was wearing a purple dress...

'When I'm an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go...'

It's happened!

I also realised it might be time to show you the progress on my dressing room. The picture above was taken there - the full-length mirror will be hung on the door once the door has been painted (next year).

Here's the picture that appeared on my very first post over a year ago. The room was just a (junk) storage room:

This is what it looked like at the beginning of the renovations:

And here it is now:

It's such an advantage not having to get dressed in the dark in the mornings (I am first up - M still sleeping).

The boot storage could do with a curtain across perhaps:

I'm re-purposing charity shop candlesticks as hat stands:

This is my dressing table which is just the right size for the alcove:

The dressing table set I found in a charity shop for £10:

The brooch cushion I embroidered many years ago from a pattern in Una Stubbs' In Stitches, but I'd really like a tailor's dummy:

I had to get quite a small, high hanging chandelier because the loft-hatch is in the dressing room and head space was needed:

I still need a carpet and a few more finishing touches, but I'm very pleased to have my own dressing room. I wonder how long it will be before it's invaded and taken over by my daughter?


I'm sorry I didn't publish the result yesterday as promised. The winning name was pulled from the hat yesterday morning, but before I could post, I had some bad news from a friend and I really didn't have the heart to blog.

However, I'm now able to tell you that the winner of my giveaway is:


Congratulations Bellaboo. Your parcel is winging it's way to you as I write. I hope you receive it before Christmas and that the snow doesn't delay it.

Thanks everyone who entered. I really appreciate the visits you pay me and my little blog.




Sunday, 12 December 2010

Pictures at last

Blogger has decided to let my pictures through at last. These are the three pics I wanted to show you in my last post.

Two little dolls (brother and sister I think), I found in a charity shop for £2.50 the pair. They're dressed in homemade clothes and I think they're sweet:

In the same charity shop (and not so cheap) was this embroidered picture. It measures about 22"x18" and the work that has gone into it is amazing:

And finally, here is a picture of a few things that will be included in my giveaway:

I went to an antique fair this morning and found a few other bits to be added. All of you who left comments on my last post or leave comments on this post will have their name put in the hat (that might mean two comments = two entries, I haven't decided yet. What do you think?)

So glad to have the picture uploader working again.

Hope you all had a great weekend.




Friday, 10 December 2010

Mystery Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who took time to leave a message on my last post. I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one suffering from these Senior Moments. To all of you, I raise my glass and give you the toast 'may all your senior moments be few but funny'.

This is a very quick post to apologise for the delay in organising the promised giveaway in my last post. Delay has been caused by:

1. Christmas preparations

2. My camera playing up (or being borrowed)

And just when I find enough time to post, Blogger is not uploading any of my photos.

So how do you fancy a mystery giveaway?

It's a modest affair, but includes Christmas soap, gift tags, rubber stamp (snowflake), the felt terrier tree ornament from Wilkinsons. There's more but I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Just leave me a comment below and your name might just be the one to be pulled out the hat by my daughter next Tuesday morning. Short notice I know, but I want to get the parcel in the post asap.

Good luck, and spread the word.