Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Little Bird giveaway

Angela on 'Little Bird' blog is having a giveaway of a $40 (approx £25) gift certificate to

Mama Mia custom hand stamped jewellery.

Have a look, it's gorgeous!

To be in with a chance of winning hop along to Angela's blog, become a follower and leave her a message. While you're there, have a read of her's, her husband's and Charlotte's difficult journey through the murkey world of baby loss.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

So sad.

I saw a cat get hit by a car today, he died instantly.

It wasn't the drivers fault and there was nothing they could have done to avoid the cat, so why did they not stop? How can anybody be so cruel as to run over an animal and not stop to see if it's dead or alive?

I stopped and could see straight away that he was dead, killed instantly by a massive blow to the head. I wrapped him in a towel and carried him back to my car. As I did this another car pulled up having seen him in the road before I moved him. When I explained that I wasn't local and asked for directions to a vet she offered to take him for me, so that's what happened. Another lady had also passed him and turned round to come back too. The cat wasn't wearing a collar so I wanted to get the vets to scan him for a microchip, so that the owners could be informed. It must be nicer that way than going out to look for your missing cat and finding him dead and mangled at the side of the road.

I was fine at the time, in fact was OK all day, but was feeling a bit odd when I got home from work. Anyway I managed to find out which vets had taken him in and that yes, they had found a microchip and had been able to contact the owners. The cat's name was Jack. I feel better knowing that he's been identified and the owners have been contacted.

Co-incidentally, both of my cats had refused to go outside this morning, opting to stay indoors in the warm. I was so glad as I would have found it very hard not to rush home and bring them indoors if they'd been out, and I still had another client to visit.

And just one more little rant.... why do people get cats and let them out to roam when they live on a very busy, very fast A road? I know that we all take a risk when we let our cats out and nowhere is competely safe, but I would never let my cats out if I lived by that road. I probably wouldn't have got cats in the first place. Rant over.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Children in Need

Today is Pudsey day!!

TV's annual charity fundraising event which raises millions each year for... children in need!!

Follow the bear...

And the answers are....


I finished the lilac set, and I had enough wire!! Actually, I even had 2 inches of wire left over! (it takes a minimum of 3 inches per bead depending on the type of wrap.... it was cutting it fine!!)

So, I'll drop that one over to Pauline tomorrow and she'll have 3 sets for the stall on Saturday. I did manage to get over to hers today in the end so I did have another roll of wire just in case.

Next question: Shall I go bead shopping on Saturday and get more beads in case I need more sets next week? If I don't go on Saturday then I won't be able to go any other time next week, but equally I don't want to have spent money on beads I don't need.

Hmmmm, the things I have to worry about!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

I'm working on it...

Grey set done.

Lilac set is on the bead board, about 1/4 done.

Can I finish it tomorrow night?

Will I have enough wire?

Saturday, 13 November 2010

2 more sold!

Pauline sold my green jewellery set today, and the one I made as an order was sold too as the lady who requested it liked it. The green one sold for £28! Not sure how much the other one sold for. So I've bought yet more beads today and hopefully will have 2 more sets for the stall next Saturday. Best get working.....

Monday, 8 November 2010

Lucas is dead.

That's Lucas North, a character in Spooks!!

Saw it coming really, I even figured out how and when, before it happened (which is unusual for me, normally I can't spot the most obvious plots!!). I will miss the character of Lucas though, I liked him. Mind you I've liked all of them so far and being Spooks you get used to characters that come and go.

So, even without Lucas I shall still love Spooks, and am very happy to see that the next series has been confirmed!!

Saturday, 6 November 2010


The silver set sold, and a second is requested!! I dashed over to the bead shop late this afternoon and bought more beads, and have started making another set ready for next Saturday's stall.

Last night's fireworks weren't good for Tarka and I came downstairs this morning to find stressy mucussy poo everywhere.... they're all just starting to kick off now so we'll see what tonight brings.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Jewellery update.

I got all my jewellery sets finished and delivered on time, they go on the stall tomorrow. They are all earmarked if they don't sell! The silver one is mine and the others will find good homes....

Tarka and I have survived the fireworks so far, with the help of a drive in the car, parking up in a quiet spot to eat chips (well I had chips, Tarka had a tripe stick!!) and then a very loud dose of Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty when we got home!!

Just got to do it all again tomorrow night now!

Second hand city

That's what I should call my house, and I'm very proud of it!

Almost everything in my house is second hand. The only things I bought new are my washing machine (bought with money earned by looking after a friends horse while she was away) my fridge/freezer (a gift from Mum and Dad) my cooker, and my vacuum cleaner. OK so there are a few other smaller bits too, but you get the picture. Looking round the living room I have the computer desk and computer which are both from my brother in law, my sewing desk which was being thrown out from work, my 3 piece suite which came from a colleague, the TV cabinet which was from a charity shop and my TV which came from another colleague. I also have 2 coffee tables from family members. It's the ultimate in recycling, and I am more than happy to make use of stuff which has got plenty of life left in it, yet is unwanted. And, it's often free! All my bedroom furniture was from family, and so it goes on.

I've also bought lots of clothes from charity shops this year. I can get good quality clothes in brands I can't afford to buy new, very cheaply. Today I'm wearing M&S jeans (£4.50), an M&S tee shirt (£2.50), a 'No Fear' hoodie (£4.50) and a body warmer (£6.00). I especially like finding 'Fat Face' clothes at these prices. And to really seal the deal, it all benefits charities too! Everybody wins!