Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Com-Post

We gave up our allotment a couple of years ago and now have a small veg bed, a mini green house and a couple of fruit trees and bushes squeezed into our urban back garden and since then I have hated seeing all those veg peelings and kitchen scraps go to waste that once went into the compost bin at our plot but I have a inbuilt hatred of those black plastic composters, they're ugly and just don't fit with my garden, so on my birthday I asked Mr Right (who's extremely handy - remember this?) to make me a beehive style composter, so he did
Missy wanted to lend a hand with the construction of the frame while Mr Right nailed the outer boards on
I think Missy thought Mr Right was making an outdoor toilet block for her playhouse
After Mr Right had assembled the bottom, he made a sloped lid, added a handle and hinged it for ease of open one-handed when emptying the kitchen caddy into it, he also made a removable section at the bottom for simple extraction of the black stuff when it's cooked.  I then gave it a coat of wood stain to match the other items in the garden and we're good to go.
Sadly it's the closest I'm probably going to get to keeping bees (another one of my hankerings) but as a substitute with a practical use I think it looks great! Thanks Mr Right. x

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Breakfast Bounty

Just had to inform you lovely people about a wonderful discovery I made in Sainsbury's last week, it's coconut chocolate spread.  I imagined it tasting like coconut ice (ie over-flavoured bleugh) but it totally doesn't, it has actual desiccated coconut in it and tastes like liquidized Bounty bars (in a good way!)
Yum!  That is all.

Monday, 26 September 2011

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

The tat-fest continues apace, this week a Pirate book for Buster £1.75
These fab old cards which I got my craft on with 50p
I know that Missy already has a play crib for her dollies, but for £4 I couldn't resist this pink metal one and I'm itching to get my sewing machine going to make a mattress and bed linen for it, I think the other may have to be relegated to her playhouse in the garden
Glass rabbit jelly mould £1.50
Blue plastic vintage kid's hanger 25p
As ever, linking up with the lovely Liz and her Magpies over on Me And My Shadow

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011


Mr B was taking some stuff to the local tidy tip a while back when his tat radar was triggered by a woman disposing of a Sindy house, furniture, dolls and accessories.  Thankfully he had the presence of mind (and a Del Boy nose for a money-making opportunity) to tell the lady in question that his daughter* would LOVE that stuff and she handed it over only too happy to see it going to a good home, even going so far as to fish bits out of the compactor she'd already launched.

*Mr B does not have a daughter, he has a wife/wife's friend that are simpletons

Anyway, having half joked periodically since that day that we should get together and play Sindys that's exactly what Mrs B and I did.  One glorious sunny summer holiday afternoon we were 8 years old once again and I was going round to my friend's house with my Sindy doll (sadly not my original but a recently purchased 1960s one from a vintage fair) to play.

When I stepped into the dining room at Mrs B's I was transported back to 1982 when my sister and I used to go to our friend's house every Sunday with all our Sindy bits as she and her sister had the house and furniture and we'd while an entire day away immersed in our own little plastic world.

When I mentioned to Mr Right I was going round I'd initially said I would probably be about an hour, an entire afternoon whizzed by in a trice, this is what we got up to...
Mrs B's Sindy (left) has just come in from a day shopping,
whilst my Sindy (right) has been slaving away doing the washing
(the machine actually works!!!!)
Does my arse look big in this?
Why haven't hair straighteners been invented yet?!
Mind you, my hair would probably melt
On the job
A shot for Hello perhaps?
Club Tropicana
Sex And The City?
Tres chic
Ready for a day of sightseeing (or perhaps flashing)
Obligatory wedding scene
Ooo la la, grandma
Time for tea
Love this pic of Mrs B, she looks like she's sitting at the table with the ladies having the best time
Our play things for the afternoon
Some other gems were lurking among the bits and bobs, this Strawberry Shortcake, she still smells of strawberries (and ever so slightly of loft)!
Mrs B found her Bionic Money, good for lots o'fun apparently!
And these two beauties, Mr B had intrigued me by saying he had a couple of items I would love and he was not wrong, you know me and Louis Vuitton, so imagine my excitement when I cast my peepers on these Sindy Vuitton bags!!!  I want.
All in all we had a marvelous time, despite the occasional child popping in and reminding us we're fully grown women and that it's slightly odd that we were in raptures over some bits of plastic, talk about role reversal!

Anyway, sadly all good things must come to an end and Mr B is selling the collection on eBay as I type, although I still have my Sindy doll to remind me of a wonderful afternoon, where for a few magical hours I had no cares or responsibilities, I truly was a child again. 

Thanks Mrs B (and Mr B)! x

Monday, 19 September 2011

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Mrs D and I went on a vintage/charity shop trail a few weeks ago and here are my finds

From the Vintage Fayre, a 1960s Sindy doll in original outfil £11.50
Mini glass jelly mould to add to my collection £3
Dressing table set with an equestrian theme £6 
From the charity shops, Victoria Plum book for possible crafting 75p
Small Cole & Mason oval dish 99p
Glass serving platter, loved the pattern, £2.99
An almost complete set of 'Little Forks', Mrs D spotted them but didn't want them so I snapped them up to add to my ever-expanding cutlery collection £1.99
Granny bag £3
And these two items that I can't reveal the price of as they're gifts, first up these ice tongs, Mrs B has a vintage drinks cabinet that transforms into a bar, it's super chic and she received a kitsch pineapple shaped ice bucket for Christmas and decided she needed some ice tongs to go with it, so with this in mind I spotted these and purchased them for her
Finally this gorgeous trifle bowl in a flower shape, Mrs Z saw the three little ones I have and remarked that her gran had had the matching trifle bowl and that she had set her brother (who volunteers in a charity shop) the task of finding one for her.  

I spotted this one and was very tempted to keep it myself but I had to share the love and I've since found two more so happily I can add them to the little ones I already have, a market stall trader who sold one to me told me they were originally from Woolworths 
As ever linking up with the fabulous Liz over at Me And My Shadow 

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Give It Some Welly

The summer has gone (did it ever arrive?) and now I can look forward to my favourite season of all, Autumn.  

There's so much to love about Autumn, getting cosy with my little family as the evenings draw in, Halloween, Bonfire Night, comfort foods and these...

Hunter fleece welly socks.  I love my Hunter wellies, so much so that I have two pairs, although one of them has suffered a bit of UV damage, they used to be baby pink but I left them outside too long and they're now white, I could wear them as is but they look a tad 'medical' so I'm thinking I might spray them or decorate them somehow, suggestions on how I might do this most welcome!

Anyway, I had some lovely grey Calvin Klein welly knee-length socks that my mum bought me a few years ago that have seen better days and quite frankly don't keep my feet that warm and I saw someone sporting some of these babies and I just had to have them, so at the moment I'm longing for a chilly day where we can go for an afternoon walk in the woods after a Sunday roast so I can put them to the test.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Cupcapers - Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

The B family kindly invited us over for a BBQ one summer holiday evening and I asked if there was anything I could bring, Mrs B suggested perhaps I might like to make some cakes as I seem to be getting pretty good at it by now.  

I decided that as I'd seen so many people make ice cream cone cupcakes over the last year that I would quite like to have a bash and this seemed like the ideal excuse.

I started by making a sponge mix and filling some wafer ice cream cones with flat bases with it
And bunged them in the oven until the sponge was risen and golden
I then made some butter cream icing and piped some onto the top of each cupcake and added half a flake
I then drizzled on some raspberry jam
and as a final touch added some hundreds and thousand and chocolate sprinkles and here are the finished cakes

Mrs B had made some cakes herself, a rather interesting combination of raspberries and beetroot (for extra colour) and had turfed them as they tasted like (in her own wonderfully descriptive way) 'a fart in a grocers' so mine were thankfully in comparison gratefully received, although Mr B and myself agreed that they would be a tad tastier if they had had some kind of filling inside the sponge, which just means I'll just have to make them again sometime soon.

Linking up with Handmade Thursday over on White Lily Green

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