Thursday, 27 May 2010

Fun with flowers

The advantage of having an operation (apart from getting my back fixed of course) is that I have a lot of flowers. And by a lot I mean two huge bouquets from work, some beautiful roses, an assorted bouquet including lilies and a pretty yellow and green bouquet I bought myself before I went to hospital.

So over the last few days I've been playing with the blooms and making pretty displays. It's something to do when I can't do a whole lot else.

Pretty spring display
On our dresser in the dining room.

Flower in a teacup
A practical use for my collection of teacups.

Yellow and green
Yellow and green is not an ideal combination for football fans where I live (the rival team's colours) but I think they look great together here.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

The view

My beautiful view which I enjoy while drinking my morning coffee.

Had my staples out yesterday and the nurse said I'm doing well which was good news. Seeing the physio in a couple of weeks so hopefully I'll be able to get driving etc. not long after that. I miss just getting in the car and going somewhere. Anywhere.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Mainly resting...

And enjoying the sun.
In bed

Hope you're all enjoying the sun too.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010


I've been home for a few days now and feeling ok. Have had a very short walk to the postbox with Toby today. I've also been working on my tapestry & reading lots. I'm looking forward to being able to do more and more each day. I'll be back soon with more news.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Just to say...

I'm doing well and heading home soon. It will be a while until I can blog properly but I'll pop in when I can to let you know how I'm doing.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Z is for... zzzzzzzzzz

Tomorrow will be spent doing lots of waiting around, and then some major drug-induced sleeping. And I imagine quite a lot of more sleeping will take place over the days to come.

I've treated myself to an iphone so I'll be able to keep in touch with people - follow me on twitter if you don't already as I'll try to update you there when I can.

If you missed any of my blog alphabet you can find all the posts here.

See you back here once I'm allowed to use a laptop again. And hopefully I'll have a fixed back by then.

Byeeeee x

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Y is for... yesteryear

I have loads of photos of my childhood - not least the ones my friends plastered my house with for my hen do.

This one is my favourite though - look at my little worried two-year old face!
Me- about 2

I don't know what I had to worry about at that age!

Thank you to Fiona for this suggestion - and thank you to everyone on twitter who joined in with suggestions yesterday when I got stuck on x.

Just Z to go. It's amazingly good timing really as tomorrow will be my last day of blogging for a while.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

X is for... x marks the spot

At some point on Friday my surgeon will be coming to see me with a big black pen and marking the spot where he's going to be operating. Excuse me while I have a little freak-out....

My back

I've been having regular panics about Friday over the last few days. It became very real today when I went in to hospital for pre-admission tests. I suppose I need to think about the fact that this time next week I'll be back home and on the road to recovery.

So I'll just keep taking deep breaths and remind myself that it will be worth it to be fit again.

Two letters to go! Any ideas for Y & Z?

Monday, 10 May 2010

W is for... wife

Do you remember that bit in Sex and the City where Carrie talks about labels?

"Maybe some labels are best left in the closet. Maybe when we label people bride, groom, husband, wife, married, single, we forget to look past the label to the person..."

Well I have to say: I like, no, love having the label of "wife".

So blogland, do labels matter?

Sunday, 9 May 2010

V is for... veritable feast of haberdashery

A veritable feast of haberdashery

I love haberdashery - preferably vintage but brand new is just fine too. In this little concoction I have vintage threads, buttons and lace. The cute bowl was a wedding present made by my friend Lisa.

Not many letters left now - I have no idea what to do for z.  

Saturday, 8 May 2010

U is for... us

Our little family.

I'm a woman of few words today - I'm mainly making lists. Lists of things to do before I go to hospital; things to take to hospital; and things to do when I'm convalescing. The list making distracts me from thinking too much about the surgery.

Hope everyone is having great weekends so far - what have you been up to? Today I had a huge lie-in to make up for a shattering week, did a bit of shopping, met a friend for coffee and cake and bought an iphone :) I decided I'd need something to keep me entertained in hospital and my laptop might not be a good idea after back surgery. I'm researching apps at the moment - anyone got a recommendation?

Friday, 7 May 2010

T is for... time

I always run out of time. I don't have time to do all my work; I don't have time to clean the house; I don't have time to write; and I don't have time to make things.

It's become more obvious when I've been writing my to-do-before-surgery lists that there aren't enough hours in the day for me to get everything done.

But what do I actually do all day? I know I spend too much time on the internet in the evening and too much TV watching. During the day I seem to be mainly on conference calls or in meetings.

How can I get more done? Any ideas?

Thursday, 6 May 2010

S is for... shopping (and surgery)

Look at this big pile of parcels that arrived today...

The little parcel was Touche Eclat which I certainly needed after my 13 hour trip from Belfast yesterday (a long story involving a ferry, trains and automobiles).

The square one was....
Vintage cuteness

which I bought from the wonderful H is for Home.

And the final parcel was a beautiful tapestry kit that I'm planning to stitch up whilst I'm recovering from surgery. I'm going in to hospital next week for an op on my back and will be recuperating for a few weeks so when I saw this in Emily Peacock's shop I couldn't resist.
To keep me busy...

I should maybe stop shopping for a while now but I do love getting parcels in the post!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

R is for... reviewing the list

I haven't done a list check in a while so here it goes...

Start date: 30 August 2009
Finish date: 27 May 2012

1. Research family tree
2. After doing family history, visit some of the places my family lived
3. Make my first quilt - top is done, binding is made, just need to buy the wadding and finish it now.
4. Build a website from scratch
5. Get married!
6. Have a go at geocaching
7. Write a book
8. Write menu plans- seasonal and cheap- every week for a month (0/4)
9. Grow potatoes -  they are in the ground
10. Join a screenprinting class
11. Go on safari
12. Move house
13. Do something creative every day for a week (7/7)
14. Do something creative every day for a month (0/30)
15. Run 5K (run the whole thing)
16. Eat 5 things I've never tried before (4/5)
17. Cook 5 things I've never cooked before (4/5)- Rabbit, liver, rice pudding and Christmas pudding
18. Make a scrapbook of my 30th birthday
19. Make a scrapbook of my hen do
20. Make a scrapbook of our wedding
21. Try waxing (at a salon, not eyebrows)
22. Write a routine for cleaning/house management
23. Go to opera for the first time
24. Go to the ballet again
25. Donate blood
26. Volunteer 101 hours (3/101)
27. Make & write thank you cards for Amanda & Kate
28. Perform 101 random acts of kindness (1/101)
29. Read the ones I haven't already from this list - ( only 3 so far: Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy & To kill a mockingbird, The Great Gatsby)
30. Participate in a craft fair
31. Blog daily for a week (7/7) - I did this, did you notice ???
32. Blog daily for a month (25/30) - almost done!
33. Finish the charity shop quilt I bought
34. Make a zine
35. Learn to make clip frame purses
36. Learn to knit
37. Learn to crochet granny squares
38. Organise and tidy craft room
39. Go to an auction
40. Document my tea cup collection
41. Get a promotion
42. Climb Snowdonia
43. Have another horse riding lesson
44. Select & take part in a “big” charity event like the Moonwalk
45. Take part in a beach cleaning event
46. Get up at 7am every day for a week (7/7)
47. Get up at 7am every day for a month (0/30)
48. Learn another craft I haven't already done
49. Set up bi-monthly craft nights/afternoons
50. Set up a water butt
51. And a compost bin
52. Take part in illustration friday, once a week for a month (0/4)
53. Visit a farmers' market or farm shop once a month-
54. Continue to run the Christmas giving tree at work every year (1/2)
55. Treat myself to a 'treatment', either in a salon or DIY, once a month
56. Go to yoga once a week for a month (0/4)
57. Make lunch to take to work every day for a week (0/5)
58. Make lunch to take to work every day for a month (0/20)
59. Write a love letter to Ben every month (6/33) - have missed a couple of months so will need to make up for it
60. Start a new collection- perfume bottles? Vintage clothes?
61. Go on a picnic
62. Visit a local attraction once a month e.g. beach, park, museum etc. (3/33) - slacking on this one too
63. Update my blog template - yes, today!
64. Make a skirt
65. Make a dress
66. Go to a classical music concert
67. Polish up my French before next holiday in France
68. Buy a Diane von Furstenberg dress
69. Buy a vintage dress
70. Donate something to freecycle, or a charity shop, once a month, on average- this is a habit now, give things to freecycle, charity, jumble on a regular basis
71. Turn down plastic bags for a month (0/30)
72. Make some reusable shopping bags to fit in my handbag
73. Visit five countries (3/5) - South Africa, Mauritius and Dubai
74. Write a letter to myself to be opened on my 35th birthday
75. Find a photo of myself that I like and frame it
76. Make a cake for Ben's 36th birthday
77. Have a session with a personal shopper
78. Learn about a historical period (Tudors?)
79. Read 10 biographies (1/10) Read Julia Child's
80. Have a boudoir photo session
81. Make something from each of my craft books- donate to charity any books I don't make anything from
82. Finish working through the book, “ The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are”
83. At least once a month, go to sleep without reading first (it drives Ben mad!)-
84. Buy new glasses
85. Go to New York again (with Ben)
86. Re-stock etsy shop
87. Find a new band/singer every month and listen to their album (4/33)
88. Get my hair cut every 8 weeks (I hate having my hair cut) (2/17) - had it cut again and have another appointment booked
89. Go to motocross or fishing with Ben once every 2 months without complaining (on average, season permitting!) (0/17)
90. Eat a piece of fruit every day for a month (0/30)
91. Pay my naughty library fine and don't get any more fines!
92. Make something and give it to a friend for no reason
93. Make 100 handmade presents (10/100)
94. Plant a tree
95. Have a spa day, just because
96. Give snowboarding another try
97. Watch 20 of the Times top 100 films (1/20)
98. Read a newspaper every day for a week (0/7)
99. Learn how to use my mac (I really need to learn the shortcuts I'm so used to with Windows!)
100. Start an art journal
101. Sleep outside 

Hmmmmm not going that well! I need to get a move on.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Q is for... quite messy really

I have a confession - I'm messy. If you were to walk into my house right now you'd be greeted with a pile of coats on the floor as they've fallen off their hooks; an assortment of random tools sitting in the hallway; a dining table piled high with crafting supplies and (if you were to venture upstairs) this:

This was once my craft room. It currently could only be described as a mess. I need to have a major sort out methinks. I want a desk, a sewing table, tidy organised shelves, pretty pictures on the walls and a whole lot less clutter.

Please tell me I'm not the only secret mess-maker?

Sunday, 2 May 2010

O is for... oh how I love these five things

It's Sunday Five Faves time...

Billy Elliot
1) I've been listening to the Billy Elliot soundtrack most of the week - will I ever grow tired of it?

2) I got this book out of the library and it makes me hungry just looking at the cover let alone reading any of the recipes. I'm looking forward to hiding Ben's most hated vegetable (courgette) in the Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes or the Courgette and Camomile Cupcakes. Yum!

3) The latest copy of Homes and Antiques magazine dropped through my letterbox yesterday - it includes a gorgeous little DIY project to make lace votives that I need to try.

4) Glee - I just can't get enough of it! Sue Sylvester vogueing was fantastic!

5) I want this t-shirt! I can't buy it though as have vowed not to buy any news clothes until June - maybe even July!

Happy bank holiday weekend!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

N is for... not thinking about it

I'm not thinking about something so as a bit of a distraction I broke out the quilling tool and paper and made this card for my mum's birthday. The pink makes me happy :)

Hope you're all having lovely weekends. x


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