Friday, 17 May 2019

Chinese Papercuts

There was a small summer fete at the girls school today. A few stalls and tombolas to browse for goodies before heading home for the weekend.
I found two interesting looking envelopes on the bric-a-brac stall. They looked the same both front and back.

From the writting on the back I thought they both contained a single papercut, most likely the one printed on the back.

How wrong was I! Both envelopes held a set of 10 papercuts. The first was male faces.

The second contained a set of Chinese circus girls. The detail on them all is beautiful. 
 I have a friend who is obsessed with all things oriental who would adore these.
 I'm going to keep them safely stored away until her birthday. I hope she likes them.

What wonderful suprises have you discovered recently?

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Getting my s*** together

 I've been feeling overloaded lately. There's never quite enough hours in the day for the things I need to do. My memory is also struggling with so many costume days, school trips, tombola donations etc etc.
 I've ordered myself a filofax type folder and found several website's that offer free printable pages. I'm hoping that by writting things down on paper I can keep better track and free some space inside my brain.
 You can print pages to track almost anything from the children's wardrobes to weight loss. I look forward to trying some of them out.
  While I'm waiting for my file to arrive I've been meal planning. I now have a food plan for the next 9 days and I've done all the food shopping around it. I've mostly used what we had in the cupboards so we can use up some things ready for our next app food order.

 My afternoon plans are sorting laundry while watching Poldark on Netflix. I'm on episode 3 of the first series and so far I'm quite enjoying it.

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

There's a leek.

I spent most of yesterday in the company of my mum. We spent the day catching up on family news and gossip, and drinking many many gallons of tea. 
Before I left she gifted me with a bag of rhubarb and leeks from the allotment.
Baby W played with the leeks on the school run.

I may have been lucky to get them all home. Baby W is obviously a big fan of leeks 😂

With the help of my glamourous assistant DD2 the rhubarb has been cleaned, skinned and chopped ready to freeze for later use. The leeks were cleaned and chopped along with some potatoes and garlic.

I left it all in the slow cooker overnight on a low heat with some Christmas stock from the freezer and plenty of water.
 Today we have oodles of delicious leek and potato soup which is perfect for the drizzly grey day it's turned out to be.

What's your favourite soup?

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Prepping for a long weekend

Its a three day weekend thanks to the bank holiday on monday. 
I've been preparing some craft ideas to keep the small humans entertained, as well as making some past their best banana's into banana and chocolate cakes.
Hopefully if the weather is good I can get us all out into the open air. There's a lot of coughs and colds going around at the moment so we need some Sunshine to burn the germs off.
 Wish me luck?

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Getting my crafting on.

I've been experimenting with the vintage wallpaper from yesterday. 
First I took the box frame apart, removed one of the matting boards and then frame a small swatch of wallpaper. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for things to add into the frame. I tried adding a few of Gman's mini trains but it didn't look quite right. 

I put the frame on top of his bedside table and was struck with a surge of inspiration.

What do you think? I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. There's still a huge amount of paper left on the roll too, so there is plenty for more projects.

I shared the photos of my upcycling on Facebook. Within ten minutes two people had messaged me offering some Thomas curtains and bedding. I was given both on the school run and rushed home to get his new curtain put up. 
The second curtain will become some cushions for his bed shortly.
I feel so blessed today.

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Charity shop haul

We donated a hefty pile of odds and ends today while the children were at school. 
Of course I couldn't resist a quick mooch while I was there.
(Another!) Box frame - 50p
3 Math card games - 20p for all 3
Vintage Thomas wallpaper- 50p 

 The frame and wall paper will be used to decorate Gman's room. 

I also picked up this pretty notice board type thing. It's perfect for my heart themed dining room. I'm going to look out for little heart themed images to display on it. 
Well worth 50p.

What bargains have you found lately?

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Friday, 26 April 2019

It's Friday

After dropping the girls off at school this morning we toodled down to Havant for toddler group.
The two smallest had a lovely time with their old friends and I really enjoyed catching up with some of my mummy friends. Lots of babies seemed to have arrived during the Easter holidays so there were some tiny baby cuddles to enjoy too.

This afternoon I finished the final shape for the Christmas garland. I'm really impressed with how they all turned out. 
The next project is making small stockings for everyone. Tonight's job will be cutting out the pieces ready to sew. There is a pattern in the book but it needs enlarging so i might attempted drawing it freehand.
I'm looking quite forward to making them.

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