Thursday, 22 July 2010

Blimey! Its been an absolute age since I last blogged and a lot of water has gone under the bridge also..
Business has been diabolical, there again I think we are still getting the backlash of the financial climate.. Im thankful its my hobby and I dont have to rely on it to eat..
Holidays are zooming in and the family are on countdown.. Just hope we dont have to cancel our trip.. There again my hubby is my world an if it means another operation then so be it.. Feel so utterly sorry for him as these last two years have been literally crap.. All will hinge on our Tuesday appointment with the specialist.
I have managed to make loads of new creations.. I had a new delivery of stock materials and it was just like Christmas, didnt know which to start on first.. I am so easy to please..
My pup, is now almost eight months and what a beautiful, gorgeous girl she is.. Training has begun as these GSD are so strong willed.. I will win though in the end.. Cant wait to take her on hols with us, she has had all her tests etc and now has a doggy passport which I will add her photo to..
Well!! another day and as I didnt get to bed until 5am I am now beginning to droop. Time to get livened up.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Chomping on the Gnashers..or NOT

Oh dear! did I do the right thing about the teeth. A week later and I still cant eat properly, well! perhaps thats a good way to lose weight.. I have chickened out on having the bottom done. Think I would be like a rake if I went ahead.

Ive had really an eventful week, firstly my main PC went down (16 mths old)It transpires Windows Vista has crashed, and because I didnt make a set of recovery discs in the first instant, I now have to pay out £50 for the privilige of packard bell sending me a new one.. Luckily I was able to copy all relevent data to a memory stick,.. What a nightmare though

Second event was today.. I had purchase two tickets in Novemeber, Christmas pressie for hubby, to see Whitney Houstan. I decided to get the tickets out and noticed that on them the price was £111.00 each, yet I had paid £250 each.. I was mortified and contacted Seatwave who basically said that is what they pay and the rest is their mark up. WHAT!!! £139 per ticket profit, yes profit as they had already charged me a handling fee of £80 odd pounds plus £8 P&P... Guess I am the mug here but I will take it to the office of fair trading as this is just an utter rip off, what say you

Hope Whitney decides to have another off day, then maybe I can claim full refund.. This has really put the damper on what was supposed to be a special treat

Had my rant, now Im arming myself for battle

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Female Simon Cowell

An early start,as this is my big day for the teeth transformation. The first visit of four..
Why do I come up with these bright ideas.
Hubby said he would drive me and wait for two & half hours.. I am so thankful it only took just over an hour on the first leg...
My dentist certainly decided I wasnt going to feel any pain, in fact after eight injections, YES! eight, and five hours later I am only just feeling a little normality in one side of my very numb,puffy lips. No wonder my man insisted I had a mushroom omelete before we went as all I have been able to swallow is a milky tea sop.. (dont ask) which dribbled down my chin.
Talk about Mick Jagger lips, I would have beaten him hands down, just so pleased no-one decided to stick me to a shop window with those great big suckers..
In two weeks the real ones will replace these temporay gnashers and the following week, he starts on the bottom, which will be completed the next week. Days before we jet off to Vegas.. I can flash my sparkly teeth then, lets hope I can eat with them also.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Sunny Sunday

What a gorgeous day it has been, bit nippy, but the sun is glorious..
Had to refrain from taking pup for a walk as she had to be kept reasonably quiet for a week, after her hernia operation.. Have you tried trying to keep a hyperactive pup quiet. Near on impossible

Popped into town with hubby and bought four conifers.. I will have to sweet talk the gardener into digging the holes though..

Called and had a coffee with our son and had a pleasant hours chat with him

Decided to weed my rockery garden which is knee level, the pup decided she was helping though and kept running off with mouthfuls of weeds.. Now I know why dogs need worming so often.
Still havent finished the patio, so just 25% to do, but it has to be the worst part to jet wash.
Have a couple of Fascinator sets to complete now, so will take pics and list when done..
Might just veg out tonight, need a recharge of batteries

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Am I losing my mind?

Up early,as had to have the pup at the vets before 9.30am.. She has to have a little hernia op, bless her.. Had my breakfast, loaded up the kitchen roll, Ahh you might say, we have to be prepared along with the dettol spray.. Lastly puppykins, looking all forlorn and YES I needed the kitchen roll. Thought only kids got car sick.. Yuck!.
Sail into the vets in plenty of time with a cheery 'good morning' and was greeted in the same manner. ONLY she added, right time, wrong day... What a dipstick I am. We have to go through all that again tomorrow.
So my daughter, grandson and I had a trip to the garden centre, bought a lovely planter for my rockery, already planted so hope the pup doesnt decide to stage an attack. I was treated to lunch, just a pity we didnt sit on the decking as the sun was warm and inviting.. There again, on reflection our grandson could have ended up having a party with the Koi fish..
Arrived home and started on the patio again and still I havent finished it..
Now I am waiting for my PC screen to be collected for repair, it would have to go down. Luckily I have another PC networked, but do you think I can remember how to transfer files across.. in a word NO
In need of a caffiene injection so off to make a coffee..

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Powering Along

After an early start, sent hubby off to buy a new power hose.. Oh wow! bright yellow, after lots of fiddling I managed to assemble it connected the hosepipe and away I went..
Well! I dont know what the pup really thought to it, barked her head off for all of 20 seconds then skidded into the back porch and into her cage (huge thing) No that wasnt far enough away so sidled behind it and glared through the bars.. After 30 minutes or so she became a little braver and actually lay on the doorstep watching me.. By this time I was almost done in, after moving huge plantpots with this back breaking job, especially as you have to stoop over...
So far I have only completed a sixth of the patio, but oh boy does is look great. Even the wooden seat got blasted ready for its anual staining.
I came in splattered in muck, soaking jeans and literally bent in half.. After a coffee break I decided what I needed would be a nice hot bubbly bath, fantastic..
Back to reality in my workroom discovered I had a good few sales, so I sorted and packed, updated my website and sent thank you emails to my customers..
Oh dear! 11.11pm and i was going to have an early night as have to be up early tomoorow. My baby has to have a hernia op, bless her cotton socks.. AND, the vet said i was to keep her quiet for a WEEK.. shes a puppy for goodness sake..

Monday, 22 March 2010

A hectic Monday

2.45pm and I have just come up to my workroom to actually do some work.. Bit hectic today.
Visited my 93 year old Mum who was not in the greatest of moods, do feel so drained after that trip today..
Then had a quick bite to eat and proceeded to go and feed my daughters pup..

Thought I would post a couple of pics for the MND Association.(Motor Nuerone Disease Ass)
It was the Arctic challenge which my son also joined.. I was honoured that they selected me to design and embroider their MNDA Logo onto some fleeces which they would be wearing..
They had such a lot of support and sponsors.. Well done to them all, as it must have frozen their socks off at -40c Brrrrrr

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Sunday, Sunday

Couldnt sleep so got up and did some work on my PC, finally went back to bed 2am, then woke with the alarm at 7.30am.. OH hell!!! this is Sunday, but I have a little piddle pot waiting to be let out. First time she was dry overnight. Its like having a baby again, however, think it was the five and a half hours as opposed to the normal seven and half during the night..
Well, first things first. Hubby and I popped into town, couldnt find the towels I was after, Petrol garage was next stop, PC world and finally B&Q where I managed to get such a pretty black & white roller blind for the bathroom that has just been completed.
Stomach by this time was thinking my throat had been cut, so it was off to brunch in a little cafe in a village not far from us.. Yummy! Finally filled, I decided to ring my daughter and we loaded up two cars with dogs and kids and headed for our local country park.. It was a pleasure rambling along the walks, with the kids and dogs jumping in the muddy puddles.. Son in law took the kids to the play area while we armed ourselves with coffee and goodies for us all. We sat outside on the wooden picnic benches, the sun was warm, lots of like minded people milling around, dogs socialising. Although tired I feel absolutely exhilarated by the excercise and atmosphere.. Loved every minute.
Back to reality now, as have some lovely goodies to parcel up ready for posting tomorrow.. Think I may have a sneaky nap first though to recharge the ol' batteries.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Walking on water

My angelic little, well not so little puppy now, decided she could walk on water yesterday and nose dived right under in our pond. Well! I couldnt stop laughing, I have never seen an animal shift her bottom so quickly, swam across to me like a bullet, I grabbed the scruff of her neck and hauled out this drowned rat, who then proceeded to tear around the garden shaking and jumping in the air. Dont know if that was from fright or glee. We will see today if she attempts it again.. Must add the pond is only 3metres acros x 1 deep. If push came to shove I could have stepped in to get her. Mind you I wouldnt have been laughing so loud then.
She is off to the vets today for her blood test in readiness for her pet passport and she may have to have a little hernia operation I think on her belly button.. Will have to see what the vet advises though.
I guess this may be another part productive day as will tomorrow, Visit to the dentists owww! Just cannot get myself into gear. Goodies are selling in the shop and Im struggling to replace at the moment..Mind you it does have a great selection anyway so I dont know why I worry.

Positive thinking, comes to mind

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

I really am AMAZED

Do you know I would jump at the chance to advertise for FREE ... Worldwide exposure!

Therefore I am utterly amazed as to why I havent a queque waiting..

I decided to do a really special links page showing vendors website banners with a direct link.. I felt it would be far more attractive than just text..
In return I asked for a link to be placed on their website..

Think the saying is 'Fair Exchange is no robbery'

Its extra work for me, but promoting and exposure is the only way we can direct some traffic to our shops without colossal advertising cost which a lot of small businesses just cannot afford..

So people WHY the hesitation ?????
Click on links button to view existing advertisers

Monday, 15 March 2010

Another new baby

Oh wow! just picked up my new range rover sports, what a dream.. I now have to plough through all the handbook instructions to find out how everything works.. Even had a dog guard fitted so I can take my puppy with me, better NOT be sick though, or I won't be a happy bunny.
Consequently today has been a non productive one so maybe I should delve into the feather boxes for some inspiration... Mmmmm maybe a coffee first .. Then perhaps a gorgeous fascinator will evolve

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The rain in Spain

Havent blogged in ages and so much has happened since..
My gorgeous pup is under potty training big time.. puddles are sending me demented, but, I am getting there..
Hubby and I drove to Spain, taking three days and stopped in some really nice hotels. Of course I sussed out who would take dogs and was quite amazed at how many are pet friendly.. When she gets her pet passport she will be joining us on these trips..
Spain was a disappointment, we planned to stay in our apartment for three weeks before driving home again.. Well! it rained solid apart from one day, we even had rain coming through the apartment ceiling. Oh glory be, they cannot repair roof until it dries out..
Anyway after two weeks we decided rather than grow webbed feet we would head home.. First day we made good time and stayed in a Parador.. A parador is government owned and are normally historic buildings which have been converted into luxury hotels.. This one was in Lerma, previously a castle which then became a palace, finally a hotel.. Think my only hang up was the monk music that they played, creepy
When we departed on our next leg of the journey it was freezing and there was a few little snow flakes fluttering about.. No worries my weather watch had predicted sunshine.. Not to be, we drove for over a hundred & fifty miles in heavy snow, what a nightmare.. It wasnt until we reached the next hotel close to Tours, where we had glorious sunshine and not a snowflake in sight that we learnt that the borders had been closed due to the horrendous weather conditions.. Oh! were we glad we made an early start that morning.
We needed a holiday when we eventually got home, felt as though I had jetlag..
My online shop had been busy while I was away, so I had to set to and start replenishing stock. Where to start was the problem, should I make red fascinators or black or pink? or did the corsages take priority.. Im still ploughing through.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

My new P.A asleep on the job.. Tutt tutt!

Saturday is here again..
Already been to the vets and had my gorgeous pup vaccinated & chipped.. Also plan to have a pet passport done so that we can take her down to Spain with us.. I had forgotten how demanding a pup is, far more than a baby at this stage.. At least you can contain the poops etc in a disposible nappy.
Dogs on the other hand , its 'Where though art thee its necessary to pee' We will get there in the end though. These puppy treats work wonders.
I am going to blitz my workroom and use all the excess sinamay bits to create some pretty fantastic fascinators.. Well! I am away for three weeks shortly and it will be sods law that orders will come flooding in.. Trying to estimate what colours will be popular is the most difficult though.
I got up this morning with a day filled with 'must do' plans and so far the pup has taken up most of the morning.. My website tidy up will have to be another day as must get these fascinators on the conveyor belt..

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Craftjuice Any One?

Today I have had a morning surfing through Craftjuice anyone else been on this site? A really good way to promote your links to Folksy, your own website and any other site you may be on, even Facebook I think..

I do feel I havent achieved much though so better get my act into gear and take the pup for a pit stop then maybe some painting for a change..

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Puppy Business

Seems ages since I blogged..
Been busy with my new pup and believe you me its like having a baby all over again.. Constantly watching just incase she decides to tiddle where she is not supposed to..
I had forgotten how hands on a pup needs to be.
I have managed to make three stunning fascinators, whilst fighting off the pup from attacking my ostrich feathers. One in a exquisite mint colour, another in sage and couldnt make my mind up on the next one so it turned out as a rainbow creations in pink, green, turquoise and primrose feathers.. Quite fetching really
In addition a burnt orange silk orchid corsage and also a white rosebud creation..
maybe do a little glass painting tonight as need a diversion, only slightly though

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Bring on the sun

Hibernation is over, now for some serious work..

I have been working on my new creations for those guests who dread wearing a hat..

Call in at any of my shops and find these designer masterpieces.. These are all listed at way below designer market prices. I adore my hobby and as long as I cover materials and a little time Im happy for you all to share in the prices that fit your pocket..
I remember a few years ago, when in a very posh frock shop, looking at the price tag of a designer fascinator. Nothing special, really! .. What shook me was its tag in excess of a £100. Thats when I though. yes! I can offer an equally if not better service to my customers.. No design repeated, maybe similar but NEVER the same..
My workroom is an Alladdins cave of every colour feather imaginable, in addition to beads, flowers, satin and sinamay fabric.
The bridal beaded creations are all threaded and wired by hand, making them so unique. of course these can also be worn by bridesmaids..
Not forgetting our pretty little flower girls. hair bands and wrist corsages are a must.
Pop into my world and enjoy ..

Monday, 18 January 2010

Spring is in the air

Looking out of my window this morning I spied a snuggled up bunch of snowdrops, the first I have noticed since the snow cleared.. I have a little woodland niche down the garden near a brook and oh wow! that will be smothered in snowdrops and miniature wild daffoldils a real sight for sore eyes after the winter we have experienced
No, the sun hasnt appeared ths morning which would have made this even more heart warming, but what a wonderful welcome to hear the birds twittering. Is this a sign of spring I wonder
Todays agenda.

Visit my 94yr old Mum .. Taking some of the old photo albums to stimulate her mind.. Well! its a good excuse anyway to reorganise into another book.

Later I will paint one of my vases. I have already outlined a gorgeous cluster of Fuchsia's. When that has been completed I will fire it in the oven along with another I completed with an orchid spray.

Must finish the last MNDAssociation logo although I hear there are another three tops to be delivered to me yet.

Finally if I can fit everything in I will try to make up a couple of fascinators. I think green is a must and perhaps another stunning purple. I havent checked what this year wedding colours are yet, anyone give me a clue?

Oh! forgot we are out to my grandsons third birthday tea. I expect he will be so excited and so soon after Christmas. I think my daughter needs to build an extension to house all the toys these children have. Not like us in our younger days. One main present, then sensible things like socks, gloves, orange nuts.. How did is escalate to this extent hey?

Wonder what time my day will end

Sunday, 17 January 2010


Had my gorgeous grandsons overnight and am I done in... Dont think my workroom has much oxygen left in it, the amount of times I have yawned in the last hour..

Wouldn't mind but the eldest decided to sleepwalk. Of course I was on edge and sleeping close to the surface then, subconciously listening.
Then the little one who was in a cot bed in our room decided to wet his bed at 5.15am. All good fun

I have managed to paint a vase with a stunning orchid and outline a fuchsia design on another. My embroidery machine trundled along at the same time machining one of the logo's for the sweatshirts that I am doing for the Arctic Challenge for the MNDAssociation

Hence I am now definitely in zombie land. Dare not go to bed too early or I will be wandering around in the dead of night. No doubt meet a few zombies on the way.. Lol!

Tomorrows another busy day..

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Ass into gear

Well! Must move my ass and get the remaining tops embroidered with the MDNA logo...

Then! I think maybe, just maybe I will have a little relax with my glass paints.. Downloaded loads of orchid designs.. So yes, you probably guessed right Im going to have an orchid theme..
Bought loads of sale vases and now need to get different shaped ornamental bottles.. Old new, whatever.. Where from though.. I thought about auction houses etc, but really havent the time to trawl around sitting wasting time.. Any ideas where to get glass bits, really reasonable???
Although on reflection I should be in my fascinator world as the purple stock are dwindling..
Just sold a stunning creation that has gone off to Sweden.. I do hope the postal services treat it kindly as they are so fragile.. packed it well with Fragile tape all around it, but was reading some horror stories on a forum about our UK postal sytem.. Now Im having kitten about it arriving safely and in one piece. To date though i have to be honest I havent had any catastrophes, fingers crossed now.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Taking My Own Advice

Why cant I listen to myself sometimes and say.Hey! come on you can't do everything..

Well! I have son that thinks I can.

Latest challenge which Im happy to say I did come up trumphs with.. Was to draw & create, with the help of my embroidery programs the logo for a 2010 fund raising event and embroider it onto the sweatshirts they will be wearing..
The first stages and testing are done after a gruelling eight hours.. Now the actual project when he delivers the goodies.
He is joining a sponsored arctic challenge expedition in Sweden to raise money for the MND Association (Motor neurone disease Ass)

Everything else went out the window but tomorrows another day

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Would anyone have some ADVICE?

Years ago I was told a story on a real life experience. It was heart rendering experience for all the people involved.

I have related this to many friends over the years and only recently thought that if this was noticed by maybe an author, that possible this family may benefit from it.

Does anyone know of or have any advice that I could pass on to them.. Its definetely a Catherine Cookson saga

Seriously, I know they would appreciate any input

Project Paint

Morning peeps
More excited about my painting project as new goodies arrived in the post.. more paints, & finer brushes.. I will start running out of glass items so better look out for some bargain bits online.
I have hundred of embroidery designs on the PC so will trawl through for some pretty flowers and then print them off.
Whoopee, I will be off and running shortly, must go and do the ablutions first or I will be here in my dressing gown all day.. AND, from past experience I always get caught out. What delight will I choose today as I loved the orchid design and will do that again but in a different colour.
Well! It certainly a stop in day anyway as its dull, dark and gloomy outside. Where's that sun hiding.
The wedding season is having a slow start this year, perghaps its because of the crunch climate and possible postponement of these celebrations.. Afterall shoestring weddings are a thing of the past now.. Which also reminds me I need to make a couple of pretty spring green creations before this painting really get a hold.
Have a happy and fun filled Tuesday, I will.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Am I bored... Never

Been having some playtime while waiting for the wedding season to start..

I had a fab Christmas pressie of glass paints and following a few disasters and broken glass into the bargain, I fininally completed a stunning vase which has a pretty orchid design in muted lilacs & pink..

I have listed it for sale but really having second thoughts as I just love it

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Our New Babies

I was so excited to see our new babies that I fogot to take an photo's..

This is a pic of our son-in-law's pup. Our's is identical except for a white flash under her chin.. Only two weeks to wait now... Just adorable I could have brought all six of them home with me..

Spain has definitely been put on hold.. Blowed if Im venturing out in all the snow thats forecast for UK and the continent.. We did aim to drive down, but do I look stupid!!! .. Roll on March hey.. Need some time with my new baby now...

On Nannie patrol tonight, so the boys have been fed and watered, had thier quiet time, one bedded down, one to go.. Guess its an early night for me as the little ones clock starts ticking veeeery early, and really! I dont do mornings. I suppose on reflection I will have to get used to it, especially with potty traing our new pup.. Owww!!!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Painting on Glass

Its sooo blinking cold I feel like hibernating till spring..

Practicing painting on glass, made a few gaffs. Luckily it can be washed off until you perfect a design.. When baked in the oven thats the final no going back step

Cannot sit doing nothing while waiting for sales and they are a bit thin on the ground at the moment.. I have to forcibly stop myself making yet another little gem, hence the painting.. They dont know what they are missing..

Will post more pics tomorrow after we have visited our new baby

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Great Escape

I went into town early to escape the plumbing crew who were stripping out my bathroom.. Must admit they were quick tidy and its suprising how courteous they can be if fed with mugs of tea. Oh! and I forgot young and handsome.. Well! I have to say that, one is my gorgeous son..
I now have to wait delivery of the new suite.. lucklily we have another bathroom so no hardship..
I stocked up the larder, had a session at the hairdressers and came home frozen to bits.. God! it was bitter today.. Now i will sit tight until Saturday, then off to see my new baby..

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

A New Baby

So excited.. Just received photo's of the puppies we are gong to see on Saturday.. We, as in my son In law and I get to choose our German Shepherd bitches. We are having one each.
This will be my fourth german shepherd and trained right are the most fantastic breed to have. I have always maintained that if a dog bites, it is because of the way it has been raised..

My father was a farmer and trained cattle, sheep and gun dogs, and boy were they gentle. Remember him saying, no dog should be vicious, its the owners who need training in the first instant

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Its Snow Joke

Bang goes the retail therapy trip..

Tutt!! I wanted some of those gorgeous uggies, a new winter coat and some trackies for travelling.. On reflection perhaps a shovel would be better

Too late now to buy online as we plan to go on hols on Monday..

Sunday, 3 January 2010

To Go or Not to Go

To Go or Not to Go, that is the question...

Dilemma time... Do I stay home and hope for a rush of sales???
Do we take off to Spain for 3weeks???... Dont relish the three day driving there and same back which is the only option this time...

Mmmmmm!!! I wonder, as the weather look pretty webbed feet at the moment

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I have been happily married for many years to such a tolerant easy going husband. Who has encouraged me throughout every hobby undertaken. My children have long flown the nest leaving me to have 'My Time' now. So after years of mastering every challenge I could, I finally found my niche in the world of wedding accessories for guests. I am at my happiest designing and creating, whether it be Hair Fascinators or Silk Corsages to match any colour, titivating Hats & Handbags so that they are individual or embroidering special personalized Ring Pillows. I am found most days literally buried up to my neck in feathers and all the other goodies in my treasure chest, working on the next idea