Wednesday, October 22

It's Time For Coats

It's the first day of the school break and I'm sat in the kitchen with the fan heater on.  It's definitely chilly, definitely autumn and definitely time to dig out the warm coats.

My winter coat for the last 2 years has been functional and warm with a sort of hiking style.  It's been to camp, smells of campfires and is looking well used.  In my attempt to (sort of) capsule my wardrobe it is being labelled camping, hiking, gardening and anything else cold with potential mess.  I've then bought not 1 but 2 new coats for this autumn/winter.

This dark navy one from QVC, under their Centigrade label, I hope will take me from shopping to a drink at the pub or a meal out with a good smart yet casual vibe.  it's not waterproof, but I imagine wearing it on occasion when an umbrella will be at hand. 
Centigrade Zip Front Quilt Jacket with Leatherette Trim

I like the collar detail and that it has no belt.  I've worn it already and it was warm and exactly as I'd hoped it would be.

In preparation for heavy rain and the really cold weather my second choice is this one.
The style is very different for me.  It's light weight with minimal padding, I have plenty of that of my own! The length is down to my knees so I can arrive at work without the thighs of my trousers being wet and the reviews I've seen say it's good for keeping the cold winds out.

I was skeptical about the colour.  Should I choose black on a padded coat to be slimming?  In the end I went for it.  I suspect a long coat doesn't suit my 5' 4" frame but I wanted the extra protection from the elements.  I'm sure the right weather to test it out won't be far away!


Friday, October 17

Friday Smile

Joining Annie's Friday smiles this week with a little surprise.
I've had my waist length hair cut off for donation to the Little Princess Trust.  The Dinky Diva had 7 inches cut off hers as well.  Hopefully we have put a smile on the face of a little princess somewhere.


Monday, October 13


Inspired by Krista's post here, I thought I would blog a little update of where I'm at currently.

In front of me right now are Reese's mini peanut butter cups.  No doubt they will be lodging on my thighs shortly!  Keeping me company is this little guy.
I think they like the heat from the screen as I find one hanging around quite often.

Be prepared for gale force winds around southern England this week as we've finally got the fence put back up that blew down in the spring.

No recent spending on craft supplies.  I've been very good turning out and getting tidy ready to have a fully functional creative space.  More on that as it happens.  I have bought some new clothes though as I'm working more hours and all my clothes have become 'work wear'.  New items include this White Stuff shirt to wear under wide neck knits...

and this cute map print cardi...

So I can have something to wear with jeans at the weekend and not feel like it's all work and no play.

My childcare qualifications seem to take up nearly all my spare time at present, but hopefully rearranging my creative space will mean that even 10 minutes to spare can be put to good use.  Well that's the plan anyway.

Expect lots of blog posts on a Monday - it's when I've scheduled the housework into my weekly plan!!


Wednesday, October 8

How Old?!? WOYWW

Last time I joined in at WOYWW there were quite a few comments generated by my announcement that I was dramatically reducing my craft supplies.  Thank you, it was interesting to read them all and I will definitely return to the subject when I get nearer to my goal.  In the meantime, my turning out has unearthed this BasicGrey card making kit which must date back a good few years, perhaps 5?
With the use it or lose it ethos, and twin great-nephews 3rd birthday's coming up, I decide to make up what was left of the kit and - look away now - ditch any bits left over!
Here's a few of the finished cards now on the desk waiting to be filed in the cards ready to send box.
Before I sign-off to look at some desks, a quick thank you to Twiglet for this lovely collage she sent me in exchange for some of my crafting chuck outs.
Love the colours and the 3d detail.

Wednesday, September 17

I'm Still Here

Not sure how many times I may have typed that blog title?  But, I am still here.  Reading blogs daily, dipping into my Twitter feed and generally mooching about.  I've finally got my new work schedule and it's a little more full on than last term, hitting some of the times I might have normally thought about crafting and blogging.  So, I need a new plan to maximise my free time to include:
- Relaxing
- Creating - what ever form that may take
- Family time
- Household chores
- Voluntary work  
I'll have to give it some thought.

The early mornings are getting chillier here, but we've been blessed with some very sunny days and more are forecast as on the way.  With my schedule feeling a bit overwhelming the summer holidays seem like a long time ago.
My thoughts are often here, rather than where they should be!


Wednesday, September 3


There's been a little link on my side bar to Society6 for some time now.  It's where I upload my photos to be made into products for sale.  Admittedly, it's been a bit neglected lately, but I notice they have some fab new products available since I last looked, including tote bags.

I think I might have to upload some more pictures and get shopping!  If you are in the UK keep an eye open for their special postage deals and then with the exchange rate there are some good buys to be had.  I'll try and remember to shout next time I see one available.


Tuesday, September 2

One Little Word

I've been keeping the summer vibes going with some bright little bracelets featuring word beads.
Blue Moon Beads metallic words come in silver and gold and feature words such as 'faith, 'wish', 'wisdom' and 'love'.   They're very tactile and have a pleasing irregular shape.  I think they could be made into great gifts for a celebration or to offer support to a loved one.
The bracelets I've made use glass, acrylic or ceramic beads strung simply on wire and crimped at the end to hold them in place and provide a loop to attach the clasps to.  Match them up with your favourite colours and you have a piece of jewellery with a little bit of personal meaning to take you into the new season.
All of the beads and findings used are from Blue Moon Beads.