Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Happy Birthday Tara and catching up.

Edited on Thursday 4th to add that Tara has just passed her driving test, first time too! She hadn't even told us she had a test, she likes to keep us on our toes! She's obviously chuffed to bits and told me that she high fived the instructor! Well done Tara!
I am here at last after nearly two weeks without posting and it was Tara's birthday on Sunday, which is when I should have done this post. And the reason for the delay - decorating! Why oh why do I decide to decorate the lounge just before Christmas? Here's a sneeky peak, it is close up, I'll show more when it's finished. I've just wallpapered one wall, the first time I've used wallpaper in 20 years.

And this is my new light fitting, as you can see I haven't trimmed the paper yet.

Because of this I haven't even had time to get my Christmas decorations up yet. But Lily has made a snowman at toddler group. I think he's looking a bit sad as he has no other snowmen to play with!

Time is catching up with me and taking over. See I'm not superwoman lol re my last post, the secret is I get up early 6.30 or earlier, today it was 5. Jodie sorts herself out in the mornings and Lily has taken to staying in bed until 9 ish, I hear her wake up about 7 and then she climbs into my bed and goes back to sleep for a couple of hours. So I do a lot in that time, I also don't drive so I'm stuck at home during the week, the nearest shops are a 15 minute drive away so no gallavanting around for me! All this means I get lots of time to sew etc. It's a hard life!


Anyway HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY TARA. That's her at the top of this post with the blinking tattoo on her shoulder.
What do you think a 19 year old would do for her birthday .............. go to see Madagascar 2 at the cinema of course. This is right up Tara's street. She also went clubbing on Friday night and again on Monday night of course just to make sure that she celebrated enough! And as she also had to work, cooking roast dinners at the pub, on her birthday we have to have her birthday tea today. It has to be a 'choosy tea' i.e. party food, my children have always called it a choosy as you can choose what to eat. This is how she dressed for work on Sunday, she's the Leprachaun, she made everyone else dress up too!

Little Gem received her sparkle swap from me, I sent a pink flower pen, some glitter candles, a silver tealight holder and glitter tealight, a bag of vanilla scented sparkles, a sparkly crochet flower brooch and a pink sparkly heart.

I've finished my Chrismas decoration swap for Monique - Thyme and Lavender, but will post the photos when I know that she has received it.

I must show you this shaving mug that I ordered from Debbie's English Treasures, their customer service is excellent, the parcel was wrapped in lovely floral paper and inside it was wrapped in pink tissue paper with polka dot ribbon and handmade tags.

Then there was a little thankyou for ordering gift inside, again this was all wrapped in tissue and lace with a handmade tag.

It contained ribbons, lace and handmade labels.

I will definately be ordering from them again for those of you who don't know Debbie you can find her here.

And on the thrifting front I did whizz aound a car boot on Saturday, I say whizz as it was absolutely freezing, which was quite good as the prices were cheap they all wanted to go home! Everything I bought was either 50p or under.

I've been tagged 4 times in the past fortnight so I'll do the first couple now and the others next time.

Firstly 7 Favourite Albums tag from Sandie -Dancing on a blade of grass.

THE RULES 1. Post your list of the seven best albums, the seven bloggers you will tag, a copy of these rules, and a link back here. 2. Each person tagged will put a URL to their Blogger Album Project post along with a list of the seven best albums in the comment section here.3. Feel free to post the “I Contributed to the Blogger Album Project” Award Graphic (found here) on your sidebar.4. Post a link back to the blogger who tagged you.
It's quite hard to narrow it down to just seven as I like a very wide range of music except for country and western. So here goes all these make me happy, my list of feelgood albums.
1- Insomnia -Faithless.
2- Viva La Vida - Coldplay.
3- Best of Mpeople.
4- Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani.
5- Hits - The very best of Erasure.
6- Ultimate Dirty Dancing.
7- Staring at the sea the singles - The Cure.

I could go on.


I've also been tagged about homemaking by Sharie from view to the hill

A - Z of Homemaking
A is for Aprons - yes/no? If yes, what’s your favourite?
Yes but very rarely worn they look nice hanging up! Cath Kidstonesque.
B is for Baking - favourite thing to bake?
Cakes and biscuits.
C is for Clothesline - do you have one?
I have 2 a long one and a rotary.
D is for Doughnuts - have you ever made them?
Yes I have a doughnut maker.
E is for Every Day - one homemaking task you do every day.
Clean the bathroom and kitchen.
F is for Freezer - do you have a separate deep freeze?
Yes an upright one and I'm about to buy a chest one aswell as I need more freezer space.
G is for Garbage Disposal Unit - do you have one?
Only a dog.
H is for Handbook - what’s your favourite homemaking resource?
I is for Ironing - love or hate it?
hate it but it has to be done.
J is for Junk Draw - yes/no? If yes, where is it?
Yes in the kitchen.
K is for Kitchen - colour and decorating scheme?
White units, black worktops, green dresser, bit of red, some pastels alot of vintage china.
L is for Love - what’s your favourite part of homemaking?
M is for mop - do you have one?
Kind of, I have a Bissel floor cleaner that cleans hard floors as well as carpets.
N is for Nylons - machine or hand wash?
Rarely wear but everything goes in the machine.
O is for Oven - do you use a window or open the oven door to check?
Window as long as you can see through it!
P is for Pizza - what do you put on yours?
Pepparami or ham and pineapple.
Q is for quiet - what do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
I wish!
R is for Recipe Card Box - yes/no? If yes, what does it look like?
I have lots of notebooks books that I write recipes in.
S is Style of House - what style is your house?
Sadly it is a 1960's terrace, which is all we can afford in the area that we live in. Shabby chic, country style as far removed from minimalist as you can get! It has 3 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen/dining room, extra kitchen, utility room and downstairs loo, very small gardens front and back but we are surrounded by countryside and the moors.
T is for Tablecloths - do you use them?
Yes occasionally, I have lots of vintage ones.
U is for Under The Kitchen Sink - organised or toxic wasteland?
New kitchen so quite organised at the moment.
V is for Vacuum - how many times a week?
Everyday downstairs, twice a week upstairs.
W is for Wash - how many loads of washing do you do each week?
At least 5.
X’s - Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Sometimes when I'm being efficient.
Y is for Yard - who does what?
I do most things as I'm at home all day except for chopping wood for the fire, my axe skills aren't too good!
Zzzz’s - what’s the last homemaking task you do before bed in the evening?
Straighten cushions and flush the loo.

Gosh that was a mammoth task!
Help yourself if you fancy doing either of these tags.

I couldn't resist buying this at the weekend but do you think any of it will be adhered too?

As I write this they are saying, on the news, that it's snowing. There's none here if you have any please blow some this way, Lily is at that age where she thinks snow and Christmas come hand in hand.


Kitty said...

No snow here yet, but it was blinkin' cold when I did the school run earlier. I don't mind snow as long as it doesn't do it on a day when I have to drive. I'm scared of driving in snow.

Happy Birthday to your eldest - crikey, you must've had her when you were a mere child yourself! Glad she had a good time. My two went to see Madagascar 2 with their dad - said it was brilliant.


LittleGem said...

Thankyou for my lovely swap Bliss! I love it all! You took a better picture than me..love the tablecloth! xx Gem

LittleGem said...

oh and I love the wallpaper - its gorgeous!Hope you will be showing us the finished wall on the SCCafe!xxx

Vintage Tea said...

What lovely wallpaper and so many goodies you've thrifted and received in the mail!

Thank you for stopping by my giveaway... fingers are crossed for you

Victoria xx

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for taking up the music tag ...it was tricky just to decide on 7 wasn't it.

Lovely goodies .... interesting A-Z ... so much in just one post!xxx

angel said...

Flamin nora, you cant half do a blog, i love reading all about what you get up to, your as daft as a balmcake but make me laugh so much ...... [dunno if i should be laughing tho?].
Oh now i cant remember what i was gunna say.........Oh yeah, happy Birthday Tara *clapping* nice tat, my Daughter has tweety pie on her bum..... i said it will look like a manky turkey when her booty sags in a few years time.... lol.

Love and hugs Bliss, and thanks for showing us all up with the wallpapering and thrifting ..... do you ever sleep!

Mwah X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X

claire said...

We want to take our 3yr old to see Madagascar2 at the weekend...he/we love the 1st one!!
Fab wallpaper - hope you've taken before and after pics!!
Glad your daughter had a great birthday - and thank you for letting us into the secret of how you get so much done...I stay in bed whilst you are up...thats why I get nowt done!!!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Good Morning Yvonne,

I would like to wish your beautiful daughter a belated Happy Birthday!
And a BIG Thank You for your purchase.
And a Bigger Thanks for FREE Advertisement.
I`m amazed with all your beautiful hand-made Treasures.
Wow! Wow! Wow!
I love them all... That I`m struggling to decide which one I like the best!
Can`t wait to see the decorated room!
All the best and once again many thanks,
Debbie Moss

funkymonkey said...

No snow here yet. My son is quite disgusted! Hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday.

thriftymrs said...

So many pretties! Happy Birthday to your child.

Vintage Tea said...

Congratulations to Tara!

I'm glad I'm not the only person who gets sidetracked in the supermarket, I always come away with a DVD, CD, a beauty item... anything really none of it edible!!

Victoria x

Lace hearts said...

Wow, what a busy post. I like the snowman - he needs a friend! LOL.
I think your wallpaper is gorgeous - can we see more of it very soon, please. And I am incredibly envious of your posy finds for 50pence each. What a bargain. I'm collecting those, but it's going very slowly as around here they are always a bit more than that! Congratulations to your daughter! x

Vintage Tea said...

Hello again,

You must let me know what you think of the thrift book, I hope to have finished it this weekend then it'll be time to go back through and start investigating all the various websites and information it has given me!

Have a great weekend

Victoria xx

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

Congratulations to Tara on passing her driving test!!! Well done!

Wishing you happy and safe driving xxxx

carolyn said...

Birthday Greetings and congrats to Tara.

tcalamity said...

Hey Yvonne another congratulations to you on your win of the cup and saucer from Debbie. lucky you can you buy me a lotto ticket because it will proberly be the winner. lol.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hi Yvonne, your wallpaper is stunning, I love it. Glad you agree on the fairy lights (I told Mr K he is outnumbered)!! LOL! I will blow some snow your way, hope it stays for xmas day, but it probably wont X

sharie said...

A very busy post. Where so I start? Love the wall paper and your lightfitting - beautiful!
Great thrifted items, lucky you :-)
Well done for the driving test pass and interesting to see your answere to the homemaking tag

Jennie said...

Happy birthday to your eldest! And congratulations on passing her driving test!!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Well done Tara!
Debbie Moss