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Friday, 28 May 2010

The Porch Now

At last the porch is finished and I have uploaded a few pictures for you to look at.
Top: The mirror was £5.00 at a car boot sale. I bought the solid oak unit years ago from a car boot sale for £20.00 (would never put a paint brush near it). The photo frames were £8.00 each in M&S two years ago and the candlesticks were a recent purchase from a car boot sale. The vase was from a charity shop £6.00, and the plaque says 'Welcome' in French and was bought by my daughter for the porch. The bench was bought from a car boot sale years ago and has been in the attic, the cushions were lying around, the heart was £2.29 in a local shop, the scarf a recent birthday present. For practical reasons I have placed an old suitcase beneath the bench for shoes. I recovered the bench with a piece of spare fabric and the boxes were £1.00 at a car boot sale.

If you look closely, you can see some lovely soup bowls displayed in the oak unit - bought from a charity shop for £2.50 - I love them!

The large wooden-framed mirror was £10.00 from a car boot sale, the small oval mirror with wooden frame was £3.00, the bevelled mirror was free (someone left it behind at a car boot sale). The two gold-framed mirrors were both £6.29 from a charity shop. I love the convex mirror, you can see every inch of the porch in it.

I am so pleased with the finished porch, the tiles and walls make it bright and airy.

Now for my next project the front garden.

The Porch Before

Thursday, 27 May 2010

ICT Tip of the Day

People at work have been asking me how I place comments against a piece of work. So many have asked that I have decided that there may be more of you out there that do not know about this very practical tool.

Highlight the text you want to comment on. Go to insert and click on comment. Then you can write in the comment box (control-alt-M is the shortcut). Let me know if this is helpful. By the way if you are using Windows 2007 you need to click on 'review' then on 'new comment'.

Cup a Cake

These fabulous cupcakes are by, and Martha Stewart

Monday, 24 May 2010

Button it!

Ever wondered what to do with your old buttons. Anmutig had these ideas. The cute little button tags are made by Teresa Sheeley's sister and are sold in her online shop. However, I just love this little Christmas decoration made by tutus and turtles (they make gorgeous Christmas decorations out of buttons - save this one for later).

Too hot to cook?

Summer is on its way and sometimes I just don't feel like cooking.

This evening I wanted something quick and easy, it was too hot to spend any time in the kitchen and I had a lot to do.

I placed some oven chips in the oven, quickly put together a salad that included: rocket leaves, carrot slices, sliced with a potato peeler for speed, cucumber, tomatoes, chopped apple, peanuts (no-one in our house is allergic)and spring onion.

Then, I beat two eggs together and placed them, without milk, in a small frying pan with a little olive oil. When solid, I flipped it over, like a pancake. Once cooked I put two slices of ham on top and folded in half - delicous.

Quick and Easy - the way I like to cook.


I love Lily of the Valley!

Saturday, 22 May 2010


Just two things.

Remember the blue-tit nest. Well, the blue-tits have been in and out, so they are definitely looking after the eggs, which should have hatched by now. Camera in hand, I hope to get some good photographs of mother teaching her babies to fly. She doesn't mind us standing near the chimney pot, not too near of course, therefore as she has got used to me being nearby I am hoping she will ignore me when I try to take the pics.

The porch is finished! Just waiting for the last of the grouting to dry - then the furniture goes in and the mirrors go on the wall. I am looking forward to the finished product.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Pocket This

Lovely gift soaps to suit your pocket from Clip-on earrings by, perfume bottle by and these gorgeous little birds from

COOK | Frozen Ready Meals | Home Delivered Meals

COOK | Frozen Ready Meals | Home Delivered Meals

Tip of the Day.

If you are having a dinner party and just have not got time to cook yourself. Try this link they produce fabulous food and they are all around the country, you can even purchase oven to tableware from them; so it looks like you did all the hard work.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Polly Isabella - Home Page

Polly Isabella - Home Page

Have a look at these beautiful handbags...

The End is in Sight

I cannot believe it! One box of floor tiles is a different size, I have discovered, how much of a difference 2mm is when laying floor tiles. I am going to take them back and exchange them for another box. Meanwhile all I need to do once the last few tiles are laid around a difficult area, been cutting these ones, is grout in-between. The whole thing should be finished by the weekend with pics for you all to see. I am very pleased with the way it is looking so far.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

All Things Bright and Bluetiful

The bluebells have got me thinking...

Photographs by,, cushion by, blue star by


Here are some photographs of bluebells I saw today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Watch the Birdie

Celebrate spring with John Lewis. I love these bird designs.


Bluebells are everywhere at the moment. I have not had time to photgraph any myself but I thought you would appreciate the above.
Top left,,
Top right,
Bottom left, hankinslawrenceimages
Bottom right, nickwardscenarios

Wall Vases

I have been really busy lately; for the most part this has been due to my trying to complete the porch, sew cushions, and complete the jewellery frames. I am still working on all of the projects but everything should be complete in about a week. Keep watching! Meanwhile, I have been looking around for a vase for the outside of the house. Above are a few that I like.

Top left, little bird vase, by
Top right,
Middle, open window designs