Thursday, 30 December 2010
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Merry Christmas Everyone - hope you all have a lovely Christmas.
Thought I would post my favourite Christmas poem xx
Poem by Clement Moore
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
Image from Google images
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Next is the dining room and I have just noticed that the star on top of the tree is missing and the bottle of wine on the table has fallen (I moved the house earlier on so must have knocked these down). The little dolls house was purchased in a shop in Edinburgh years ago but I fancy having a go at painting it now -although as some you know painting is not one of my skilled areas :-)
Next is a close up of Mr & Mrs Gingerbread!! Also shows the gingerbread house
Lastly but certainly not least is a close up of the cauldron full of soup, bowls of soup and one of the jars of pumpkin soup.
Friday, 17 December 2010
Saturday, 4 December 2010
The first one shows the wonderful chair I bought from ELF miniatures (this will go into Lake View when I finally start on it!) and also shows the hour glass, broom, hat and pumpkin, candles (one of which glows in the dark) and the working hour glass all of which I bought from Mags-nificent Miniatures.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Last week I ordered this stunninng Poppy brooch from the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Unfortunately it only arrived today but at least I can still wear it for a few days. It's gorgous - small and delicate! I don't do bling and this might look sparkly in the photo but it's not as sparkly when on (it's the flash that's caused most of the bling as it looks a lot darker in real life!)
Sunday, 7 November 2010
As he had left his car at work he phoned his boss to come and pick us both up. Boss duly arrived in the latest Range Rover model - very nice!
However I am 5' 1" and trying to get into the back of the Range Rover was probably one of the most undignified entrances I have ever made!!!! I had to throw my bags into the back and then try and haul myself up into the car whilst holding my skirt down!!! I am pretty sure that somewhere I will be on a security camera and might even be on you tube by now! You would think that an 'all singing/all dancing' car would have footholds and a rope ladder built into it for us small people!
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
This was of a small bridge in Fountains Abbey
And this last one just appealed to me - looking spooky!!! There were bats flying around at this point.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
The next three are from Eilean Donan Castle - my favourite castle of all times. Two photos of the castle and one of the views from the castle. It is magical here and well worth a trip. It is described as the most beautiful castle in Scotland but I think it goes much further than that! They have shot a number of films here including Highlander, Loch Ness, James Bond - The World is Not Enough. The day we went was just beautiful - warm and sunny but even on a wet and windy day this place has so much atmosphere and still looks beautiful.
Will post some more up later - as now off to make curried butternut squash soup - yum, yum!
Monday, 20 September 2010
I have also started back on my diet - well after putting weight on what else was I to do? I now have a year to try and get ready for the Great North Run!!!!
I only bought a couple of things miniature wise whilst on holiday but am inspired to start work on Lake View so this coming weekend will probably be my first opportunity.
I will post some photos up of our wonderful holiday later.
I changed my blog last night and couldn't change it back - it just wouldn't let me!!!!!
Monday, 30 August 2010
Still wanting to purchase a small point and shoot camera to go alongside my DSLR but oh what decisions!! I am a Canon girl but quite like the Panasonic Lumix (but the more expensive ones!).
Now for Lake View ....................................nothing to say -sorry! I must get back into it but I think it will probably be after my holiday now. 3 days at work this week and then that's it - off to Scotland to see my Aunts, Uncles, cousins - whoo hoo! Then Aviemore and the Cairngorms (my favourite place !). Having said all this I wanted to buy Lake View because of some houses I saw in the Cairngorm region. I am hoping to find a name for Lake View whilst up there too.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
I am going to need some more money to buy one or two things - I now have such a small wardrobe as nothing fits (in the good sense of course!). I had to clear out lots of clothes last week. I have such a long way to go and cannot believe it! Whoo, hoo!!! Hubs said we will go out next weekend when he is off work for two days to look for some clothes but to be honest I don't even know where to begin!
Now for Lake View - sorry folks whilst I have been lurking around in blogland and making the odd comment I just have not had chance to touch Lake View. I must make more effort but I think while the nights are still light I am doing other things or too tired after work to even contemplate Lake View but my head is still spinning with lots of ideas and I keep watching Grand Designs!!!!
Saturday, 14 August 2010
I am off to get ready as we are off out very early. We are going to a 60th birthday party this evening (early) and tomorrow afternoon from 2.00 pm to late we are off to a 40th - hence the title 'Celebrating 100 years'! Must try not to drink too much!!!
Fake tan is on slowly developing - and I am praying it is not streaky, although knowing my luck it will be!!
I am hoping that at least one person comments on the fact that I have lost weight but I very much doubt it!! I have now lost a total of 31 lbs!!!
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Hello - I have some new followers! I am sorry I didn't say hi earlier - so hello and I just wanted to say all your blogs are wonderful and inspirational.
- Miniature wonderland
- Kimberlina - a lovely dieting blog - as you know I am trying to lose weight too
- Dee - I can't see a blog for you - let me know if you have one
- Eva Krog - again I can't see a blog for you - let me know please
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Anyway came home tonight and found a package with some miniature mail that I had ordered from Linda at Une Petite Folie. The mail is beautiful and cheered me up. Thank you Linda.
Anyway that's enough for now - I think I have waffled a bit tonight (that's what lack of sleep does) and also repeated myself!!!!!
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Sharon (a lovely blog )
Mags Cassidy (who makes the most amazing things)
Nuria (a lovely blog)
Lainie’s Little Things (a lovely blog and some printies too!)
Mini_babies (amazing baby dolls!)
These blogs are all wonderful and very talented. Pop over and have a look.
Friday, 2 July 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
BUT THEN..........................came back from the Doctor's to find mail from Susan at Minicrochetmad - a thank you card, the most delightful memento box and mini mail! I couldn't believe it . It really cheered me up no end. The colour of the box goes beautifully with my bedding (spooky or what?). I can't believe it and I just keep looking at it all. Susan got the tutorial for the box from here. I don't know what to say apart from a huge THANK YOU!
I tried to photograph the memento box and mail on the card Susan sent me. The bed frame is one of my first attempts at shabbying (can't say chic at this stage!) but wanted to show you what I mean about the box matching the bedding. The bedding was bought a few years ago and I have been trying to find out if the person still makes bedding. I think she went by the name of Dawn and Daisy Chain Interiors - if anyone knows would be grateful.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
- Irene - who has an amazing blog about an old historical Scottish Tenement (and links to her other blogs)
- Lorraine - who makes amazing things and yet again another wonderful blog
- Marion - whose witchy blog is just wonderful and there are links to her other blogs which are just as lovely
- Oiseau deNim - another lovely blog and the mini food is just beautiful
Weightwise not a good week again !! Stayed the same again !! Think it might have had something to do with the takeaway and the vino! Hoping for a better week, although I do know that next Saturday will be a night of a lot of drinking and eating so need to save points for that!
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Well I was inspired by everyone else to make some books and pitchers. However, mine are not so good and I think or hope that 'practice makes perfect' athough I would settle for 'practice makes them better'!!!! On the books I realise there are gaps between the wood and the paper but didn't realise it was that bad until I saw the photos!!! But once on the shelves/tables, etc you might not notice - now where did I put those reading glasses??! The book covers were printables from Carolm and Lize and I am really sorry that I couldn't do your printies justice! The pitchers were courtesy of Marlies . I didn't really have the correct paper, etc so am off to buy some bits and pieces this week and have another go. The pink pitcher looks like one my mother-in-law has and has been painted several times over the years. I also tried to make a pitcher for my witches bedroom!!! I hope you don't all laugh too much! I was also trying to make these in between work and decorating - not a good idea. I have the ideas but I think I should stick to buying rather than making!
I haven't done any more work on Lake View and have come to a bit of a halt. I will need to get myself into gear and get cracking on it - it is still sat on our dining room table. Was going to paint the outside white but think it might be a bit too much so it might be more of a creamy colour, but tomorrow could be another change of mind!
On the weight side - stayed the same! Not surprising as had been naughty! Haven't done any exercising at all this week apart from a bit of walking so must sort that out this week too.
Not done much this weekend apart from helping hubby paint our bedroom - well at least I made cups of tea and cooked the dinner!!!!! It is all finished apart from the curtains to go up and it looks lovely.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
- Pan (and I can't see a blog for you - if I've just missed it let me know!)
- Carolm who has a lovely blog and some great printables
- Christine (again I can't see a blog for you - let me know if I've just missed it!)
- Chris V - another great blog
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Before & After
And now the garden - again not finished.