Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Japanese Goodness

Look what the postman brought me yesterday!

I ordered the magazine and fabric from here. Leslie also popped some sweets ( I love Japanese sweets!) and some tape in my parcel. Lovely!

The magazine looks good, and has a dvd with it. I was surprised when I went to open the magazine and found that unlike the books, it starts at the back! I'm really looking forward to spending some time looking through the magazine. So far I've only quickly flicked through it, but there are some nice things in it and it's already filling me with inspiration!

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Good Morning!

Just a quick post today, as Matt and Caroline are due here soon, but I wanted to post this pic. I saw this cobweb when I went outside this morning, and thought it looked so pretty with the dew on it. It looks just like a piece of fine lace.

It looks like it's going to be a lovely day, so we're having the bbq today. I'm also going to be cooking a ham, and making Caroline some fairy cakes as I promised her that next time she came I would make her some! (She posted a comment on my blog when I showed the pics of the cakes I made with my daughter, complaining that I never made any for her!)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Thanks for all the comments, and it's lovely to see some new people here.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

This isn't the thrifting post

But I just wanted to post some more pics that I took today!

This shelf is above my monitor. It holds some of my treasures.

Left side, from left to right.

I have a small collection of wizards and witches. The ceramic wizard and witch are by the same artist. I also have another larger wizard by her in another room as he's too big to fit on this shelf.
A pic of J and I taken about 8 years ago, and a bunny he got me at a fair.
A little box I received from DottyCookie in the PIF swap. She also sent me a cute keyring.
A little trinket box. I'll have to get a top down pic of this, cos you can only see the cottage and tree. It also has a pond with a rowing boat in.

And in the bottom, various bits and pieces that get put there to keep them off my desk along with my Powerpuff girl and some music cds.

Right side

Treeman. I love this piece. My dad bought him for me years ago.
The picture is the one I mentioned in an earlier post, that I bought from Simple Sparrow
The turned wood vases were made by my dad. He was brilliant at pretty much everything he turned his hand to. I got my arty crafty genes from him. :)
The origami dragon hubby made me, on our way home from our first night out. He made it from one of the flyers they hand out. It's survived 3 house moves!
The little blue flowerpot has a candle in, and was decorated by J when he was small.
The bottles are I think, old ink bottles. I inherited these from dad.

I love this picture. The artist was my dad, and the model, my mum.

I found it in dads garage when we were going through his stuff after he died. The frame was coming off, so some of the pic had got stained.

And here is a pic of my dad with my daughter when she was about 9.

Did I ever mention that he sold one of his artworks to Sam Wanamaker I'll have to do a post all about my dad sometime!

Ooh Pictures!

Yep, at long last, my camera has a charged battery and another spare charged battery
for when the first one runs out!
So, be warned, this post is going to be picture heavy! (You can click on the pics to make them bigger)

New Books.

Japanese Craft Books.

New Mary Englebreit Magazine, and the bag that I made.

See the table and chairs? That's the bargain set I got from Tescos.

Some new fabric. I love the print with the cats. It's an Alexander Henry fabric.

While I was in the bedroom taking the pic of the fabric, I thought you might like to see the view from the window.

Here's Nibbler in his favourite place. I have to keep pushing him off my keyboard. I often come back to the pc to see he's brought up the *Find* window, and typed in something like "xxxxxxxxxxfkdsfepgorgk"! Or otherwise I find a box asking if I want to turn caret browsing on. Whatever caret browsing is.

And Pixel, caught as he was about to annoy the fish, hence the guilty look on his face!

Well, that'll do for now. Next post, I'll show you some of my latest thrifted finds.

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Well, our friend got the job. Yay! He'll be staying with us for a few weeks when he starts the job, until he's found a house to rent, and I'm not sure how long it will be until my friend comes to join him here. It's going to be a tad crowded in our little house, not to mention that I will be surrounded by males, hubby, 2 sons and Matt! I think I'll have to surround myself with lots of pretty girly things to counteract all the testosterone!
They're both coming here this weekend for a few days. I haven't seen Caroline since christmas, so we'll have lots to catch up on. We're also planning a day trip to Tenby, and if the weather permits, another bbq. Of course, with it being a bank holiday weekend, we're not holding our breath!
Also, J is going to his dads on Friday for a few days. It will be the second time he's travelled down to London on his own. We put him on the coach and his dad meets him at the other end. His dad is the worst time keeper I know, so it's a bit of a worry, and I'll be ringing J at about the time the coach is due into London to make sure he's ok. Although he's 15, he doesn't know his way around London like his brother and sister, and isn't very streetwise.

Ooh, I'll be able to take some photos soon! Hubby finally ordered a new charger as well as a spare battery, so I'm hoping those get here before the weekend. At last, I'll be able to put some photos on the blog!

Anyway, the sun is out and the weather looks like it's staying dry, so I've got a mountain of washing to get through. I'd better get on with it!

Friday, 17 August 2007

So, onto other things!

Two weekends ago, we went down to Windsor. Hubby is going to be a best man in October and needed to go to the suit hire place to be measured. So after that, we had a look in a couple of the charity shops (as we do!). Hubby found another (!) board game to add to the collection, and I got a couple of yards of fabric with a blue rose print for my stash.

We played the game that night with the prospective wedding couple who we were staying with. It's from the 80's and is supposed to see how well you know the other players by deciding what their preferences are. However, the choices were rather random to say the least, not helped by the fact that the preferences were so old and the bride had no idea who a lot of the people mentioned, were! Still, it was fun, but not a game we'll be getting out very often!

Last weekend the sun came out! So, at the last minute, ie, friday, we decided to have a bbq on saturday. (We needed to get rid of some of the bbq meat in the freezer. It was taking up tons of space!) Most of the people we invited had already made plans for the weekend, but some were able to come, and a good time was had by all.
Our first bbq. In August. We normally have our first in April, (wrapped up in fleeces and jackets) but we weren't able to then, the best month, as it turns out.

My knees caught the sun! Just the knees, as I discovered later. Milky white shins and thighs, with red knees, looking like a letter in morse code (if I laid on my side). Dash dot dash!

Chatting to one of our friends at the bbq, I learned about a couple more car boot fairs, so Sunday, guess where we went!
The first one was very small, but the quality of the stuff was good. The second one was big, the biggest we've been to, and had lovely views down to the sea.

Alas, I didn't find anything, but hubby, the videogame console collector, scored a mint, still boxed nintendo NES and a Gamegear with case for £12 for both. He was a very happy bunny!

We won't be going to the boot fairs this sunday as a friend is coming to stay because he has an interview at hubbys workplace on monday. He lives in Kent at the moment, and his fiance (my bestest friend) lives in west London. A job here would enable them to get a home together, and of course, we would be able to see each other more than twice a year, so fingers crossed.

An Award!

An award! I've been given the Nice Matters award. Twice! I'm so chuffed! And in danger of overusing exclamation marks! The lovely girls that gave me the award are Gill and Ruth so I'm giving it to them too, because although we haven't known each other very long, I think they are lovely. :)

The other people I would like to give it to, in no particular order are: Korallin, Lesa, (the friend I met in Chicago) Gemma, Samantha, and Sarah.

There are lots of others who I'd love to give this award to, but the tag asks for 7, and I could probably fill a page with the rest!

8 Things Tag

I've been tagged by Gemma to tell you 8 things about me. Hmm, what to tell?

1. I've been a vegetarian for over 30 years. Actually, I'm not a real veggie, as I do eat fish, and occasionally have been known to take a nibble of meat to taste it (like when I made ham last xmas for the first time. It was too salty for me, but the carnivores loved it!)
Back when I first stopped eating meat, at the age of 11, we were lucky enough to have a Holland and Barrett nearby, so my parents were able to buy meat substitutes such as Sosmix and tvp chunks. It was a bit of a hippy thing though, and getting anything vegetarian elsewhere was tricky. Veggie options in restaurants were generally either an omelette or a cheese salad. It's so much easier to be a veggie now.

2. I love Japanese things. The craft books are gorgeous. Full of inspiration and beautiful photography. Anime. My all time favourite animes are Ghost in The Shell and the series GITS Stand Alone Complex. They look beautiful, the music is lovely, the characters are great and the Tachikomas are so cute! Oh, and of course, the storylines are very good. Some are quite complex, but there is a great episode following one of the Tachikomas when it escapes for the day and befriends a little girl. We've watched the series in both Japanese (with fansubs) and dubbed in English.
I also love another Japanese tv series called 1 Litre of Tears (which can be found on youtube with subtitles) which is a true story about a 15 year old girl who has a terminal disease, and is based on the diaries she wrote. You need a big box of tissues for that one, but it's very heartwarming at the same time as being incredibly sad, and the acting is very good. I wish it was available on dvd with subtitles, or as a download, as it's one I'd like to keep.

3. I went to a grammar school, which meant I had to learn not only French, but Latin as well. I hated learning those languages at the time, so I also went to evening classes at 14 to learn German, which I loved and had some knowledge of, as one of my Godmothers was German and would speak in a mix of English and German. My mum had also gone to German classes when I was little, and took me along sometimes. She got on well with her tutor who was German, so his sons came from Germany to stay with us during the summer holidays. Later, my dad was told by a detective he became friendly with, that he'd been under surveillance by the authorities, because the boys were members of the Bader Meinhoff gang!

4. I met hubby on the interweb!

5. I love living in Wales. I first came to Wales when I was 9 and my dad was organising the Post Office art exhibition which was in Cardiff that year. I remember thinking it was beautiful. I didn't come back until the mid 90's, but when I did, it felt like home and I hated leaving. I was still with J's dad at the time, and we did look into moving here, but fate had other plans (!) and it didn't happen.

6. There are only a few things I miss about London now I'm not living there. My friends and family, Camden Market, alternative nightclubs, good public transport, and the close proximity of Brighton. There are a few alternative clubs in Cardiff and Swansea, but the only transport home is by cab which costs at least £40. Consequently, the last time we went clubbing was on our first anniversary almost 2 years ago.

7. I've been to America and loved it! We went on our honeymoon and spent the first week in Chicago. What a great city. I'd love to go back. We also met up with one of my longest internet friends while we were there which was great. Then we flew to Connecticut and stayed a night with another net friend, before flying on to Boston where we spent the remainder of the fortnight. We were staying just over the river from Cambridge, so we enjoyed walking around there looking at the lovely houses. We also visited an alternative club and had a good night dancing!

8. I love the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement. That period in art history is definitely my favourite. I love a lot of other periods and styles too, but I hate a lot of modern *art*. Tracy Emin, Damien Hurst et al. That room that she did. That's not art, that's my sons bedroom (kind of, minus the condoms and stuff like that, but you get what I mean.) The modern art I see on blogs and etsy however, is art. And I wish I could buy everything I loved!

hmm, almost there, this is tricky!

9. I don't drive. In London, there was no need to learn, although J's dad did insist I start learning and started to teach me, (he's a driving instructor) but then passed me onto his partner because I kept arguing with him about things he wanted me to do! Then we split up and I didn't carry on. To be honest, I don't like driving. Didn't want to learn, and still don't.
I did love riding a motorbike though! Again, I was only a learner, but I had a great little bike before I had kids and loved going up to Box Hill with my friends in the evening for a hot chocolate from Rykers, which at that time was a static mobile cafe at the top of the hill. (Now, it's a proper building at the bottom.)
When I got married, (the first time) I'd go pillion with my ex-hubby. I do miss biking. You just don't get the camaraderie driving a car like you do on a bike.

10. Books. I love books and I love looking at peoples bookcases! The first time I visit someones home, I have to have a nosy to see what books they've got! I remember the first time I visited an ex's home, being really disappointed to see that the few books they had, didn't even fill one shelf of the bookcase. And I remember when I first came online about 10 years ago, the net filled me with wonder, because it was like a gigantic library! Which it still is, but you just can't beat having a book in your hand, whether you're reading a story, or perusing lovely pictures.

Phew, this has taken me ages!

I'll have to write another post with everything else I was going to post about, like the fact that I've been given an award, twice! How nice is that?!

Monday, 6 August 2007

Just a quick post

I was away at the weekend, so I've been catching up on stuff today.

I see that I've been tagged a couple of times, so I'll do a couple of posts tomorrow.