Monthly Archives: January 2011

Ricky Gervais: pure genius


Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. Pure genius. I haven’t watched much of it but some of the faces and body language signals in what I did see were hilarious. The fear and discomfort showing in the fake smiles and over clenching jaw muscles.
Not many would have the courage to stand up in front of the world not to mention Hollywood and say half the stuff. The betty Ford clinic jokes, the adoption jokes, the plastic surgery jokes… You get the picture.
Let’s take those topics that normally are tightly controlled by media flunkeys and put out what a lot of people silently think.
We are expected to worship Hollywood stars like they are the ultimate in perfect humans. They look flawless, addictions are in the name of their art, and money means frankly, anything goes. Well done Ricky for pointing out their faults.
It’s especially funny when you remember the posing and 30 second sound bites on the red carpet immediately before the ceremony. Yes I’m wearing… Yes I worked incredibly hard and am outstanding in… No I don’t think I’m going to win…
He’s reminded me that we all need to be able to look at ourselves and laugh when we are on the receiving end. Especially when in public and on the receiving end of a speech. That’s the theory anyway.


Make Do and Mend 2011 Continues…


So my one blog a week resolution has been blown out the water I remembered this lunchtime – that’ll teach me for making stupid resolutions that I have absolutely no chance of keeping.

My make do and mend resolution is keeping tho’. Like a lot of people this winter my boiler decided it would be a good time to lose a shed load of water all over my kitchen floor ruining the disgustingly hideous brown carpet tiles in there at the moment (not my choice of tiles inherited when bought the house can I hasten to add). I spent ages searching the internet for lovely new floor options before hubby having a eureeka moment. Hence our last purchase has been reclaimed parquet floor blocks. There is original parquet flooring hidden under carpets in the rest of  the house.

So not only with a LOT of hard labour will I have a gorgeous new floor but I’ve re-used something that someone was going to skip!! I feel very self-righteous.

On an embroidery note I’ve been busy making wall decorations and pictures for my own house and will be adding some of them to my shop in the next couple of weeks for general sale. I’ve become fascinated by sashiko embroidery. It’s from Japan and used to have a practical function of joining a lot of layers of fabric together so the pattern forms like a padded pattern. Not many people would wear a padded t-shirt so I’m framing it to put on walls. Embroidery library have some gorgeous designs my favourite being the Blooming Sashiko set but I’ve also had fun with my software designing my own. And on a make do and mend note I’ve upcycled some of my son’s old clothes that don’t fit him any more into some funky appliques to sew onto his clothes that do fit him.

Well on that note I’m off to polish my new environmental halo 🙂

Frugal or tight???


As part of my 2011 resolution to write more just because I enjoy it I thought I’d put down my thoughts on being tight…. I mean frugal. I’m naturally tight with money, I don’t know why but since being absolutely skint as a post grad and not having enough to pay petrol or food a few times I’m paranoid about being money conscious. Or as most other people see it… tight.

So when I had my son and gave up work to be at home with him the first thing I became obsessed with was looking after the pennies… blah blah you know the rest of the saying. With the current VAT rise and the cost of everything (seemingly) going up it’s become a bit more important to me. I want money left in the budget to do nice things with the family.

So here are my favourite ways to keep the cost of essential baby stuff down:

Washable baby wipes a.k.a. cheap fleece blanket for £3.99 cut into squares and wet with Bibs n Bots shea butter wipe cubes so much cheaper than buying endless packs of disposable wipes (altho’ I do use them too) and it’s not extra washing if like me you use washable nappies.

Washable nappies. I’ve spent about £270 on nappies rather than £750 on disposables. Result – I’m sure I should be allowed the profit to spend on shoes 😉

Baby vest extenders. Fabric with poppers on that pop into the vest poppers making it that little bit bigger. Really useful if you use washable nappies gives you a little bit extra growth room.

Baby food purees. A portion of unused home made puree wastes a lot less money than an uneaten jar of baby food – but you will never look at mashed carrot the same again! And I’ll never understand how babies can love one thing they hit toddler age and it’s as though you’re trying to feed them arsenic with the fuss they make.

Home cooked food. When I lazy my shopping bill goes through the roof. When I actually take the time to cook from scratch everyday my bill is usually halved and with my brand spanking new slow cooker I’ve been saintly organised so far this year.

I’ve got to give myself a plug iron on patches to cover unsightly holes in trouser knees or make boring cheap clothes more beautiful LOL

An undomestic goddess


I have a confession i am an undomestic goddess. I wish i was a domestic goddess but i’m 34 and it hasn’t happened yet so i doubt it will now. I find myself looking at other peoples tidy ordered uncluttered houses thinking how nice it would be to live in order like that.

The bottom line is i could if i could be bothered. My shelves are full of stuff. Play doh, albums that never get listened to, batteries and pens most of which probably don’t work. My kitchen counters are never clear and show room like. my ironing pile would be a challenge for the most accomplished mountaineer.

Don’t get me wrong my house is clean it’s just not tidy.

In 2011 my resolution should be to be a domestic goddess but it’s not it’s boring. I’d rather be out at toddler groups than ironing, it’s more fun to play jigsaws than file away paperwork and old batteries.

So that’s my resolution for this year do what you have to and enjoy the rest. After all on my death bed i bet i don’t wish i had done more ironing!

So now i’m off to play roary jigsaws for the 10th time today.