Thursday, 30 October 2008
Link to the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules.
Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself.
Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.
Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged.
OK so here goes:
1.When ever I have lasagne (even in restaurants) I cover it with vinegar, my boyfriend thinks its disgusting but I just love the taste of the bechamel sauce with the vinegar :)
2. I have the weird ability to make a owl 'hooting' sound if I place both of my thumbs side by side, cup my hands and then blow through the gap between my thumbs!!! Great party trick!!
3. I have a tattoo on my right hand, I've spent my whole life saying there's no way I'd ever get one and then changed my mind one day and had my own design put on the little finger side of my hand.
4. I had only been with my boyfriend 6 months before I upped sticks and moved 160 miles from my home town to move in with him........just had our 6 year anniversary. Awwwww!!!!
5. I love to make people laugh, even if that means I have to act my shoe size rather than the responsible adult I'm supposed to be!! ;)
6. When I was about 8, my step dad dressed me up for Comic Relief. If I remember rightly I was wearing tracksuit bottoms with robot boxer shorts over the top, a jumper with a t-shirt over, knitted gloves and woolly hat and my face painted like a demented clown!! (I know you still have that photo Mama.....and no that does not mean that you can show Chris the photo next time were up visiting!!!!) Another prime example of me acting the fool :)
You've been tagged!!!
Sarah from Paper and String
Jane from Picciolo
Rachel from Contented
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The Ordinary Housewife
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Yes, that does mean that the 'To Do' list is ever growing!! I am so on a mission now to get everything sorted, I have even been discussing displays with Chris already......motivated to the max now! :)
And now for a nice warm feeling (to compo for the cold weather), I have been asked to donate some items to a charity called Marrow which is a branch of the Anthony Nolan Trust. This is a charity that is dedicated to saving the lives of people suffering from life threatening diseases such as Leukemia.
Marrow's aim is to raise money to help cover the costs of processing registrations of possible bone marrow donors.
This is definitely something close to my heart as my Step Dad was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was young, he went through a really tough time but I am so glad to say that after visiting the hospital for yearly check ups for the last 15 years he was officially discharged this year. So I couldn't think of a charity that I would like to help out more. I will post pics of my donations.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Plus I think that in my mind I'm starting to think its nearly festive season YEY!!!
The only downside to this is the dark evenings, this means no photo opportunities for me during the week :( so I will have to keep the photography to the weekends.
I have been soooooo busy this week, outside of work I have managed to cut lots of pieces for bags, cosmetic pouches and purses. Not sure if you remember but I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I had a new project up my sleeve? Well I have also cut pieces for this and some other ***top secret*** projects, all will be revealed in due course :)
This too means that I can book some more time off for sewing!!!! ***big grin***
Sunday I spent most of the day tidying the garden and sorting out the hedge hog nest. I like to keep our garden really natural looking and bushy.....but some of the bushes were starting to get a little out of hand so it was time for a little trimming here and there. This also came in handy for re-building the nest. We used a thick piece of board to cover the hole the fox/animal made and then used the branches cut off an over grown bush to weave in and out of the ivy to disguise the board. Its not perfect but it looks pretty safe to me!!!
I'm starting to think that we wont see the baby hedgies until spring now that the cold weather is starting to creep in. Maybe it will be best for them to build up a really good weight and then come back. I want them to be as safe a possible.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
I've never done any promo packs before so I wasn't quite sure what to put in.....after a bit of thought I decided that in each little bag I would include one of my 'I ♥ Bagladee' badges, a moo card (which has my Etsy shop, website and blog details) a business card (which has direct contact info) and because I am such a fan of Haribo's a small bag of sweets.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
First on the list was to complete and photograph these invitations that I made for a bagladee party being held at my Mam's house in November. I am hoping that my friend will also bring along some of the lovely jewellery that she makes to sell.......if you are reading this Kel you know I'm just going to keep bugging you about it!!!
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
I'm so pleased that helped get her to the vets in time :) and as for the male baby, well he's doing just great!! And the GREAT news is that as soon as they reach their target weight (whether that be before winter or Spring) they will be returning to our garden!! I cant wait, we are going to make the garden really secure before their return and fix the nest so that they will be safe.
Still no sign of Mrs. Hedge hog but the lady from the rescue place said she will be OK, just a little frightened to come back but said that there's every chance that she'll return to the nest. I've been out every night with the torch looking for her and leaving her some food, its disappearing but I cant be sure that cats aren't eating it?
Monday, 20 October 2008
I decided this time that I would use a random number generator. So (no technical method here) I printed off all the names and mixed them up in the felt bucket and whilst drawing them out one by one I wrote a number on the back. I then went to a random number generator site http://www.random.org/
The name of Alexandra's party would be 'Hell's home from home'......Congratulations Alexandra and once again thank you to all of you that entered.
Things on the 'sew fest' kind of got way laid due to the hedge hog crisis so I'm a little behind in the 'To Do's' but hoping to catch up this week.
Hedgehog update: Will be calling the rescue place tomorrow to find out how the babies are doing, and unfortunately I haven't seen Mrs. Hedgehog since Friday. I'm hoping that she has found somewhere safe to hide. I will still put food out for her in the hope that she returns to our garden.
Friday, 17 October 2008
I then had an awful flash back to the night before, I had gone out to fetch Oliver (one of my cats) when he was acting really strange. Pacing back and forth and refusing to come in I bent down to scoop him up. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something, as I looked over it sprinted round the corner of the house. I am assuming that it was a fox as I didn't get a good look at it. Thinking nothing more than Oli was frightened of the fox I brought him in and went to bed.
As I looked at the two little ones on the grass I felt sad and that had I'd looked in the garden I could have saved them. For some reason I thought I'd better check to see if there are any more, as I walked round the side of the house I saw that our ivy bush was almost destroyed and when I looked in further I saw the mummy hedge hog and what I believed to be a baby. She was quite friendly and came to the hole. I went straight back in the house frantically trying to find a number I could call to help them, knowing that if they stayed there tonight there was a chance the fox could come back.
After about 2 hours of calling various societies and the RSPCA I was told to get them into a box with a hot water bottle and another number to call. Getting the babies was easy (oh and I say babies as when I went back to check on her there were 2 not 1) they were calling out for her but she was too busy eating the cat food that I had put down. Once the babies were safely in the box and snuggled into the blanket and each other, I turned and the mother was going down the garden I followed and tried to get her but she disappeared through a gap in the fence. I gave up and called the number, the lady I spoke to at the rescue place was lovely she said that unusually hedge hogs were having a second litter this year due to the changing seasons but that they would not have survived the winter as they'd be too small. She said that she would take the babies in and that I should continue to feed the mother and just check that she's OK.
A 20 min car journey later and the baby hedgies were at the rescue place, the lady checked them out and said that one was a girl and the other a boy. Unfortunately the girl was wounded and had fly eggs in her wounds, this is really bad, and she said as long as she got all the eggs out and she saw a vet she would have a chance of surviving. The boy however was being really cheeky and helping himself to food.
I'm so pleased that I tried to save the little ones, but I'm so so sad that the other 2 didn't even stand a chance and I'm worried for the mother who is still out there!!!! I will do my best to make sure she is alright. I will keep you posted!!
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Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
I started with a quick stock take and made of list of bags that needed to be replenished, but keeping it down to a minimum per style combo as I like to only make 5 or 6 of the same (it was already a big list by this point). Then I decided that I would have a little dabble with my new project (still under wraps) so I wrote a separate list for that.
Next on my list is a new set of cosmetic pouches and coin purses for which I bought some new fabric (sssshhhhh don't tell the other half, he already thinks I have a big enough collection) :)
And here it is, I bought these fat quarters from Nuno they have a lovely selection of Japanese fabrics and accessories. And me being me, cant resist any fabric websites!!!! I think I am addicted!
I am also going to be able to make use of my new cutting table.....I had to give in and buy one, sitting on the floor now kills me knees!! Well I'm just not as young as I used to be ;) I can hear my joints sighing with relief as I type.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
The idea is to give them to people at the craft fairs I'm doing to get some good advertising. Of course you will also get one of them if you purchase anything from my website or Etsy shop.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Since we got half way there and realised we'd forgotten the wedding present and had to go back for it, it was no surprise to me that when we got there I had forgotten the camera! DOH!!!
Not to worry though the photographer is a very good friend of Chris's so once we get a copy of the photo's I'll let you have a peek. Everyone was having a great time lots of great food and wine! Perfect.
And look what I managed to buy from the local supermarket!!!! Everyone I'd like you to meet Skelly Bob. I am such a child, I've been pestering Chris for weeks saying that I wanted to dress the house for Halloween this year. Last year I had cobwebs in the window and on the door outside and I placed a pumpkin, a rubber rat and some spiders on my door step. But I'd love to go all out this year.
This is the start, I'm going to get a little something this weekend and next to dress the house. Which also reminds me, I will be having a Halloween give away next week......so keep those eyes peeled for that!! I'm off now as me and Skelly Bob are going to have a nice cup of tea :)
Thursday, 9 October 2008
I decided to go for a nice girly pink for the coin purse and the fabric I used for the cosmetic pouch was a new addition to my fabric box that I hadn't used yet.
Inside I chose bright blue for the pouch to contrast with the orange zip, and grey for the purse as I think pink and grey are a lovely combination.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
So that's Thursday and Friday next week all mine, a long weekend for me to do whatever I please.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Monday, 6 October 2008
Photo's of which I will show you tomorrow. Trying to keep the posts short and sweet so that I can get on with the rest of the things on my list. Don't worry I will be back to my jabbering old self once the list gets a bit smaller.
So tonight its:
Finish the clutch bag I started Sunday.
Package up the commissioned order to be posted tomorrow.
Package up Picciolo's give away prize to be posted tomorrow.
Print off invitations for Bagladee party to be held in November.
.....and then the boring bit.....
Finish my ironing before it turns into Mount Everest!!
See you all tomorrow for photo's galore ;)
Saturday, 4 October 2008
That's one job crossed off my 'To Do' list, lots more to go!!
We went to Goose Fair last night which is a local fair that is held every October in the city. There were lots of rides and plenty of food stalls and games. I couldn't resist bringing some candy floss, toffee apples and cinder toffee (honeycomb) home. It was quite cold last night but it was nice to get wrapped up in big coats, scarves and gloves.....Winter is only just round that corner.
Off to get some more jobs crossed off that very long list.....
Thursday, 2 October 2008
And there were lots of very interesting facts out there!! If you haven't read them you should go and have a look.
OK then on to the winner, drum roll please......dddddrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
Who wrote: I'm Jane, a few years ago my husband and I went to Borneo on holiday and spent a couple of days with a headhunting tribe.
Picciolo makes hand sewn original fabric pieces of work and my are they pretty, I especially love her Christmas decorations and pouches.....go on why not pop on over and have a look.
Sorry for the late post today, the hours have just run away from me. Congratulations to Picciolo and thank you again for taking part. Be sure to watch out for my Halloween give away in a few weeks time I have another fantastic prize to win.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Is that a good thing? Who knows.......I will probably just get lost in the ether of to do lists and before you know it we'll be sailing through November.
OK still no photos!!! How frustrating.....I must leave work a little earlier tomorrow to see if I can catch some half decent light. Now is one of the times that I wish I had a better camera and some studio lighting. And with the dark nights drawing in I'm going to find it even more difficult!
My give away is now officially closed, so sorry if you missed out and many thanks if you have entered. I'm off to go and draw the winner, check back tomorrow for winner announcement!