Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Old housewife trick

I found this dress today in a local charity shop. I think it should be the right size for DD2 but so far she's not in the mood to try it. 
It was laying on top of a rummage bin of 50p clothes. I thought it might have been accidently put in there as surely it should be on a hanger somewhere with a bigger price tag.
"It's got a mark on it, that's why it's only 50p. We thought someone might want it for the fabric." Said the shop assistant.

Sure enough there was a small bright red mark right on the dip of the neckline. A closer look led me to think it might be lipstick or possibly lip gloss. 
"I'll risk 50p and see if I can get it out," I told the assistant cheekily. She looked doubtful but rang our shopping up dutifully.

And voila! It most likely was a lipstick mark because a few drops of white rum shifted the mark a treat. Spirits are a very popular stain remover in my old housekeeping books. You just have to use a little extra care to use a clear spirit on white fabrics.

Well worth 50p! On closer inspection I now think the dress is handmade which makes me love it even more. Someone somewhere has spent hours creating this dress, I wonder what it's history is 🤔


Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The Watercress Line; Day Out with Thomas

We have spent a wonderful day out at the Watercress Line. Gman was gifted a family ticket for his birthday so we'd planned the visit for a little while. 
The children all recieved Thomas themed tattoos though Baby W found hers most confusing.

Riding from station to station in different types of  steam trains and carriages took up most of the day. Each station has little activity tables to discover and scavenger hunts to complete.

We popped in to see Sir Topham Hatt himself to get our certificates signed and take a few photos. 

One of the stations were handing out some books on train safety which I thought was a wonderful idea. The children each came home with a sticker book and a storybook to enjoy.
 It was a wonderful day out as a family and I'd recommended a visit to any young family.

X x X

Wednesday, 31 July 2019


We are officially a week into the school holidays and I'm already loosing track of the days. I had to check my phone to make sure it was in fact Wednesday 😂.
This morning was much nicer weather wise. The children spent it mostly playing in the garden with friends and colouring in some pictures from a large bundle of colouring books a neighbour gifted us today. I've found they last much longer if I remove the pages and put out a handful at a time. That way no one can fight over the "best" book and spilled drinks or ink bleeding through the pages isn't such a disaster. It also means our friends can take home their pictures at the end of their visit.

DH came home from work mid afternoon so DD2's bed was completed. She was thrilled to move into it tonight. Hopefully the girls adjust to cohabiting without to much fuss. I'm expecting a few arguments first though.

And finally I've been working on my current knitting project. Eventually there will be 10 of these multicoloured rectangles ready for the sewing up part. I wonder if anyone recognises what they might be. They will make an item each so they aren't blanket squares. 
Pop your guesses in the comments below.

X x X

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Drizzly day

We busted out some baking kits this afternoon as a tasty boredom buster. I had 3 kits sat in the baking cup board for a while now so it was good to free up the room. It kept everyone amused for a good hour at the dining table. 
Once they were ready we swapped them all between us so we could all try a little bit of each others baking. 

In other news DD2's half of the girls room is officially ready to be occupied. We managed to move half of her bed this morning but it takes forever to reassemble so it'll be finished off tomorrow.
My evening plans once the children are all tucked into bed is to watch a few more episodes of Teen Wolf and relax with my knitting.

X x x

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Saturday Shenanigans

I'm still working on DD2'S half of the girls room. Today I added the bright yellow and topped up the pink bits with a second coat. The pink and yellow paint were free from a friend moving home, the other colours are the 10p tester pots I stashed a while back. 
I love how the colours are looking together, it makes me think of fruit salad chew sweets 😂

I've also been trying to finish off some WIPs that are laying around. Like stitching up this chunky knit hat I made a while back for Gman. It only took me a few minutes to sort while I took a coffee break. The yarn is so chunky I could sew it up with just my fingers. 
 We have a family birthday party to attend this evening so my afternoon will be spent trying to get 4 children into the bathtub for a scrub and then into some smart clothes just before we head out of the door. 
If I'm lucky I'll have time to sort myself out too 😂

X x X 

Friday, 19 July 2019

Special guest

It was DD2's turn to look after the class mascot this week. His name is Luke Jupiter and he arrived with his own little bag and a diary of precious adventures to add to.
We popped to Marwell zoo one afternoon after school for a few hours to show him our favourite animals and playpark.

  We took lots of photos and printed out DD2's favourites for her to stick in the holiday diary and write a little report on what we'd been doing.
 DD2 really enjoyed it and skipped into school this morning to show everyone the photos 😍

 X x X 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Lunar eclipse

Did anyone else what the lunar eclipse last night. We had a great view in our back garden. DH was just heading home from work and DD1 was still reading so we all spent five minutes in the back garden watching the moon slowly disappearing beneath the shadow.
It was the first lunar eclipse DD1 had ever seen so it was a lovely moment to share together.
I'm hoping to share some more family moments with you guys soon too, life has been a mile a minute lately. With 4 children and a very mischievous husband to control there's always something happening that needs sorting out.
We have a very special visitor staying with us this week so after school we will be popping up to visit the zoo.
I will reveal more shortly.

X x

Monday, 10 June 2019

It begins!

Yesterday we had our 12 month house inspection. Which means we are finally free to redecorate our home!
Within 10 minutes of the inspection team leaving I was sorting out my stash of tester pots ready to get painting.

I'm starting in the downstairs bathroom with a feature wall. 

Addimg in a little child labour to help of course. 

And voila. One funky geometric wall.
The whole project only took a few hours to do but already makes such a difference to the room. Just wait till you see stage 2!

10x 10p tester pots
3 pack of masking tape £1
Paintbrush 75p

Bathroom costs - £2.75p

Saturday, 8 June 2019

1930's knitted hat

I've just finished knitting this cute bobbly beanie from a 1930's knitting pattern in my stash.

Consider the pattern is well on its way to hitting triple figures, I don't think it looks dated. It's supposed to be stripy but I opted to use some self striping yarn from my stash. 

I think I might make a few more later for our craft stall in September. I'm toying with the idea of framing the pattern for display. Do you think people would be interested in seeing it while they choose their hats?


Thursday, 6 June 2019

Thrift shopping haul

I've had a lovely afternoon enjoying the sunshine and thrift shopping with my mum.
First I found this baffling framed cross stitch picture. I love the slightly bizzare vibe to it with the gothic text and cheery goose scene. 
It will be the first addition to my wall of curios.

I also found a king size Thomas the tank bedding set. I've never seen one in king size before. The two spare pillowcases match other sets Gman already owns, the cover itself is destined to become some sort of tent or teepee.
Its a huge amount of fabric for just £1.

2 books for just 29p! DD1 has been becoming more interested in Biblical stories and prayer thanks to attending Messy Church etc. These books should go down pretty well.

I couldn't stop laughing when I found this. I had to get it. 

Finally I found this amazing jigsaw! Gman enjoyed putting it together. It's a great introduction to learning to tell the time and has all his favourite characters in it. 

What goodies have you found lately while thrift shopping?

X x X 

Friday, 31 May 2019

Holiday survival

It's been a fun frugal half term so far. The weather has been kind so we've been out and about a lot. 
We've been to the local parks and paddling pools, enjoyed playdates with our school friends, enjoyed the cinema club at our church, visited a local bakery for delicious cakes and had the water fight to end all water fights in the garden. 
DH has been working long hours this week so sadly we haven't seen much of him. However yesterday he finished work at 3pm and sent me to Costa with the command to enjoy a break.

I had a wonder 45 minutes enjoying an uninterrupted frappe and finishing my book in peace. I am so grateful for a thoughtful husband 😍
I came back feeling rested and rejuvinated.

X x X 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tuesday's travels

After dropping the two eldest off safely to school this morning I took the two smallest to Little Thrivers. 
Today's theme was The Man in the Moon based around a story book we read at the end of the session. Usually a few of the children are choosen to act out the parts of the story as its read aloud. Today Gman got to be the Man in the Moon himself. I think G looks rather fetching in a top hat.

After group a few of us got together and raided the reduction sections of local supermarkets and food stores. We were lucky to find lots of fruit, some meat and cheese. With the addition of some cream crackers we had ourselves a mini picnic. 
We ate it together in the town park before those with any hint of energy left visit the playground.

The smallest members of our group, including Baby W, napped in a patch of shade while the adults took turns pushing swings and coaxing toddlers down slides. 

I managed a quick bit of thrifting in my favourite charity shops. I didn't find much but one thing I did spot were 2 packets of Reproduction Victorian scraps. They were only £1 each and both have hundreds of images inside. I'm planning to create a fantasy travel journal with them.
Watch this space.

X x X

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?

X x X

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.

X x x

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?

X x X

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?

X x X

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.

X x X