Sunday, 29 January 2012


I heard this on the radio this week and I'm liking alot...Django Django- Default

Saturday, 28 January 2012


I've had my new sewing machine for about 2 weeks (ta sister Christine!), but had no material to make anything with.....but yesterday I picked up some lovely vintage fabric (old curtains) from The Rusty Zip enough to get me started! First thing on the list to make, a cover for the sewing machine, can't wait to get started now!
An oldy but goody.

The spare room has a purpose now. I picked up the perfect drop leaf table from a charity shop for 20 quid, bargin, great if I need to fold it away for space.

I'm thinking a cover for the sewing machine in the floral fabric and maybe some cushions for our living room in the yellow fabric, brighten the place up!
Have great weekends everyone! xx

Friday, 27 January 2012

Kid's art

It's time to be creative and get the kid's involved in the annual Texaco Children's Art Competition Texaco Children's Art, closing date is the 24th of February ( you have to live on the island of Ireland and cats can't enter, sorry Mary!) Here's some photos of the recent 2011 competition exhibition in Belfast's Ulster Museum, I especially like the cat in the sunglasses picture!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Life's a beach

Myself and the big lad headed to the sea today to blow away some cobwebs, a walk from Helen's bay to Bangor and back, we nearly got blown away! There's nothing like the sea air in your lungs to make you feel great!

A day of sunshine and showers and a beautiful rainbow over the Bangor marina.

Friday, 20 January 2012

A portrait of Mary

I've been sticking to my new years resolution to paint more...........It's something I love to do but seem to spend more time thinking about, than actually doing......lazy! So what to paint? mmmmm, let me think.....a portrait of Mary!
Happy weekends everyone xxxx

Monday, 16 January 2012

Mini Monday morning makeover

I love retro glass front fronted cabinets! We've got one already in our dininig area which homes my collection of glasses, mini bar, tea sets and vintage nik naks I've thrifted over the keeps them all together but I was running out of space then I spied this in a charity shop at the weekend, £29.99, SOLD! to the girl with a thrifting here's some before and after pics.....
This is our cabinet in the dining room, full to capacity.....
Our hallway before the lastest furniture addition....we've moved these drawers into the spare room. The spare room never really had a purpose before, we've always used it to dry our clothes in (bad idea=damp) and the excercise bike (unused) lives in there, but my sister is giving me a beautiful sewing machine on loan, so I'm turning into a sewing/painting room! Bring on the creativities!
New cabinet!
Lots of space to fill.....I NEED HELP!!!!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

il fait beau

A craft corner newcomer! A Christmas present from my friend Caroline.....It matches my mood perfectly  :)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Our wee country

Some photies of an Autumn walk in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, Glenariff Country Park The views are stunning! I especially love it in the autumn when all the leaves are changing, the colours are amazing. But the best thing about a walk here is the air, it's SO fresh!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

I've been thinkin' bout my doorbell, when ya gonna ring it?....

Mary's Godmother took this photo of Seymour calling round for Mary to come out and play!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Flower Power!

 The Christmas tree is down....The house looks empty.....The January blues aren't fading.....Let the power of flowers cheer you up!
A couple of bunches of flowers, some of the neighbours ivy (there'll be none left soon) and lots vases........

That's better.......House cheered up!

My new mantra for 2012, EMBRACE CHANGE xx

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Gumtree........LOVE THIS!

I love this retro bureau on Gumtree! A perfect, compact art studio (new years resolution to paint more) I could have all my art stuff stored in the drawers, and use the desk as a work space and when it all gets a bit messy just fold the top up and hide it all! Retro bureau-Gumtree
Photos from Gumtree

Friday, 6 January 2012

Sofa surfing

This week I've been mostly.... lying on the sofa under a blanket, channel surfing. I ended up having to take the week off, dizzyness and work could spell disaster! I've given the remote control a work out and  watched some seriously rubbish tele! For the sake of my own sanity, I'll hopefully be back at work on Monday. I bought this crochet blanket from a charity shop in East Belfast for the bargin price of £4.50, it's knitted in a heavy wool so it's really cosy, perfect for sick days on the sofa. My blanket reminds me of the range by House of Holland, maybe when I'm done I'll wear it out as a scarf!
Thrifty find for £4.50

House of Holland at Urban Outfitters
The big lad is sick! coming down with the cold, it's my time to put new year's resolution into action and be the caring and patient girlfriend I've promised to be....I'll even let him borrow my blanket!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Mary's friend, she loves to hate, Seymour....Through the glass thet look longingly at eachother, but when they're outside together it's a different story! They have stare offs, he chases her, corners her, comes into our house and eats her food. Mary should learn to stand up for herself! Seymour's such a bully!! But I think she secretly loves it!
It's that old classic, being annoying , pretending that you hate them but really you love them!
Mary's playing hard to get.....................

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Give me some of that lovin'

I can finally share this with you! Love Monster....... Handmade with love by my sister Kathryn for our cousin Gareth and Lisa for their wedding present. 

He's super cute!!! He's wearing socks with lovehearts on them!
Kathryn's working on some cool new projects and hopefully a blog to showcase her the meantime you can contact her at

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

It's obligatory to make a couple of New Years here's mine for 2012

1. No more cheese (except on pizza)
2. Whenever the big lad is sick, I will be the most patient and caring girlfriend.
3. Spend less than I earn.
4. See friends and family more.
5. Paint more.
6.Grow more veg.

All do-able! I'll look back next year and see how I got on. Last year one of my resolutions was to keep a diary, I kept it up for a few months, then gave up.......I did start a blog though, a diary of sorts. Another one from last year, and every year, spend less! Somehow I can never see this resolution through, but I'm determined this year, with Mary's help I will succeed!
Have you made any resolutions for 2012?