Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Holiday holiday!!

Well only 3 more sleeps and I am away to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt for my holidays, packing is almost done (I know its early but like to be prepared) scared I have gone over the weight limit as my scales need a battery so will have to see if neighbour has some I can use. How to airlines think us women manage on 20kgs!!!

Anyway I thought I would just pop in and post before I go, so I wish you all well and ((((hugs)))) to all who need or want one

Ta ra for now

Diane xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

June swap!

I received my June swap from Sparkle bug today and I love it all, a homemade heart, some coasters with strawberries on, a little homemade purse and even a handmade card

Thank you Sparkle bug xx

Friday, 27 June 2008

I just had to open it!

Well I decided to open my sealed tin, I was trying to save a £1 a day since January 1st for Christams but I have managed to get most of my pressies already as I am doing hampers this year for everyone and have bought bits and pieces every week
I opened the tin to go towards my holiday fund
I have missed a few days but it till totalled £163
I am thrilled that I have managed a way to save money at long last as I have never been very good at it!!
So there you go with saving all my £2 coins and doing a £1 a day I have managed to pay for a holiday in 6 months

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Fabric giveaway


I am going to do 2 giveaways. I have some left over fabric from these 2 projects of mine and have decided to give it away so please leave a comment and I will pick names out on 6th July.
Please start comment with GIVEAWAY 1 or GIVEAWAY2 and you are wecome to leave 2 comments if you fancy winning both...................Good luck x GIVEAWAY2

Saving money

At the start of the year I decided to save all my £2 coins and not spend a single one. Last night I counted them as I decided I would put them in the bank to pay towards my holiday. Well I was pretty shocked they added up to £346!

I also try to save a £1 a day in a sealed tin I forget somedays but now I am tempted to open that too but it was meant to be for Christmas.................should I open it or keep it sealed??

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Sharm........Here I come again!

I have just booked my second trip this year to Sharm in Egypt, I went in April and had an amazing time so I'm heading back on 11th July. Its going to be so hot I don't even know if I will cope with the heat but I want to have a week away before the schools break up and prices follow.

I am so looking forward to it now and will be counting down the days!

Sunday, 22 June 2008

CD cabinet

My CD cabinet is now completed I had this in my spare room but have bought it downstairs to make room for my pine box upstairs

Not sure this will stay where it is but thought I would do a quick pic anyway

Saturday, 21 June 2008

I'm a shabby "Flylady"

Well what a busy 24 hours!

Came home from work yesterday and my gardener had been to clear my overgrown garden it looked so lovely I decided to pop to Homebase and get a few plants for my pots and then planted them up.

Then I moved into the house and started housework and de cluttering, did quite well and when I woke this morning I was raring to go again!

After manically tidying and throwing stuff out I decided to have a nap and when I woke up the sun was shining so I went outside armed with my sander and 2 pieces of furniture

I have managed to complete my desk, it dried really quickly in my conservetory as it was warm in there and I left the french doors open for the breeze too

Saturday, 14 June 2008

The great de clutter challenge!

I have pledged to de clutter my house by September

I will list things acheived on my blog as I go

I wasn't going to start today but I then managed my knicker drawer

I need to do this pledge both here and in the shabby cafe so I can't back out of it

We also have a flylady thread on the go too so that should motivate me to get things done even if its just 30 minutes a night
Wish me luck!

Boot sale bargains

Had a great time at the boot sale today, had to go back to the car 3 times!

Basket for garden 50p and basket for a hamper 50p Teapot without lid 50p will use this in my garden with a plant in it tea for 2 £1, think I have started collecting these as I now have 5 and the cake stand £1

Not a good pic I'm afraid but this reminds me of my cat, and its so cute they are all in cups and saucers once shabbied up I will put it in my kitchen

2 wooden trays £1 each
And this butchers block was a bargain at £3!!

Boot sale Bargains continued

2 cushions £1 the pair
2 wooden trays £1 each

Basket 50p, garden candles 50p each, 2 small wicker baskets 50p each, vase £1 and flowers 20p 6 glass candles holders totalled £4

I got 2 of these for my garden £1 each

2 lilac stripey sheets £4, wooden letter rack £1, big cup and saucer £2

Friday, 6 June 2008

Sideboard for conservetory

Well here is the latest project completed, a sideboard for my conservetory. This is painted in Dimity again as my downstairs is quite open plan so I think its nice to have the same furniutre throughout

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Is this going to be the June bargain of the month?

It actually comes with 4 chairs!

£11.18 how amazing is that

This is the starting point for shabbying up my garden

Can't wait for the gardener to get started! I can't do it myself because of my back so its rather overgrown at the moment. The gardener is coming on Friday to give me a quote hope he is affordable!

In remembrance

Of my dear Dad who would have been 68 today..................Missing you x

Saturday, 31 May 2008

My pine box is completed

I have finished my pine box today, this is to go in my spare room to house my towels. I used a Dulux Heritage paint but to be honest I don't like the finish on it, much prefer my F&B
The fabric was a remnant from Dunelms £4.30

Look what I found at the boot sale today

She is a beauty! Just took her for a spin and made a couple of cushion covers, she purrs like a pussy cat unlike my Mums machine that clonks along! This is also nice and heavy again unlike my Mums machine that moves across the table!

And the price................£8.00

I am thrilled to bits

Thursday, 29 May 2008


Was great i really enjoyed it, lots of highs and lows...........good night out

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Sex and the city

I am off to see the film tomorrow night and really looking forward to it

I think most of us can relate to one character but I think I am like Miranda but with a bit of Samantha thrown in for good measure lol

Which one are you most like?

Please enter your answer on my poll

I will opt for Miranda on this one

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Table mats

I bought these table mats off Ebay, they came with 4 coasters too and they just sum me up a treat! I just love them

My little sewing box

Here is my completed sewing box

Monday, 26 May 2008

Shabby swap

My shabby swap partner for May is the lovely Leamadzw and the theme was something "beachy".
As you can see my gorgeous picture did not survive the postman! I still think with all the effort Lea put in this needed a little mention.
My swap to Lea is ready to be posted tomorrow and I hope she likes it
Looking forward to the June swap now which is themed Strawberries and Cream..........and mine is already to go!! Just awaiting my swap partner on June 1st

I have been tagged!

Apparently I have been *Tagged* by Angel .I have to answer 6 Questions (although I can only find 5!and give Honest answers.
1, what were you doing 10 years ago. Struggling as a single Mum bringing up my 2 Daughters, making lots of mistakes along the way
2, 5 things on my "To do list today" Make cushion covers (tick)
Change bed (tick)
Clear up kitchen (tick)
Meet a mate (may be stood up haven't heard from him!)
Start on sewing box (tick)

3, Snacks I enjoy. Chocolate, cashew nuts, cheese
4, Things I would do if I was a millionaire. Make sure both my girls have a flat of their own, then buggar off!!!
5, Places I have lived. Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Somerset and Bedfordshire

Now how do I tag someone else??

My magazine rack

Painted this a couple of weeks ago and planned to line it but hadn't got round to it until today
I am pleased with the end result
I sewed 2 pieces of fabrc together and was going to use velcro to attach but I bought a glue gun the other day so thought I would give it a go, if it doesn't stay stuck then I will go back to plan A

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

I'm going to be in trouble

I have taken the day off work today because my shoulders and neck are playing up probably because my posture was bad while using the sewing machine last night, however I am not one for just sitting around so I thought I would cut out the fabric for another cushion, well once I has it all pinned together seemed daft not to just wizz it through the machine

I am going to go back to bed for a little nap now...............promise x

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

2 more cushions completed

Well played around a bit with the sewing machine and managed to get it to work again and tonight I have knocked these up, listen to me I almost sound like a professional!!

My 60 minute makeover!

I'm sure this little project took me about an hour all in all and I just love it, this is what it looked like when I bought it for 2 quid at a boot sale (took legs off before pic and couldn't be bothered to put them back on again)

Its just perfect for me to put my feet up on when I am sitting with my lappie and killing time on that "shabby chic cafe" forum lol

Monday, 19 May 2008

Sewing machine hell

I have had so much trouble with the sewing machine tonight that I have given up! Will have to tackle the rest of the sewing when I am less tired and more patient (not one of my strong points). Anyway thought I would show you what I have managed to do already