Wednesday, 25 November 2015

What-On-Earth-Is-It? Wednesday

This has been kicking around in my kitchen since last Christmas.
Can you guess what it is?

Just so you know, it's not meant to look like this!

It should look like this...
My poor little steamer that I use every year to cook my Christmas pudding. Except that last year we left it a bit too long, the water got very, very low and the plastic bowl, that the pudding came in, melted and then wedged itself through the holes as it cooled!
I have another one in the cupboard, like the one above, but it has a 'pole' in the middle, so it won't work for puddings.
And there it has sat, a sad little thing on top of my stove, collecting dust. Until today; I need to get it back to its' sparkling self ready for Christmas dinner. Most of the plastic has come off, but I need to wait until tomorrow, when I am not so tired and I can see what I am doing in daylight.
Just for the record, I guess these could be termed 'vintage kitchenalia', as I have had them for donkeys years and they were both secondhand when I got them.
Good design never goes out of style, even with kitchen tools!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Non-wearable TARDIS Tuesday

Well, didn't I do well with #BEDN?
I am that ashamed at the lack of my blogging prowess this month that I am removing the #BEDN logo from my sidebar!
Back to today.
This specifically for Kezzie, but if you are a Dr Who fan you might like this!
A TARDIS lamp!!
Oh YES!!
To my eyes they are quite a pale blue for the TARDIS, but possibly all the prettier for that.
Found them in TKMaxx, but they could quite possibly be in Homesense too.
I think this could be a great Christmas present for a Dr Who fan, don't you?

Monday, 2 November 2015

BEDN - November 1

I have an inkling that the subject matter for Day 1 is something 'new' about yourself; I can't get the Google calendar to download!
But if you are a new reader then everything about "Pennyblossoms" will be new to you!
I am already running a day late! Ha Ha!
We actually spent the 1st travelling back on a bloomin' cold train from Plymouth. We left in T-shirt weather and gradually added more and more items of clothing. Eventually I got my big coat out of my suitcase. Yeah, that cold! All manner of 'reasons' given...old-style train, busy train and the thermostat was the front end of the train, they'll try switching it off and on again! Funny when it's 'The IT Crowd', not so good when you are trying not to get cold!
Cheers Cross-Country, (very cross indeed!), Trains.

We didn't get home until late in the evening to find a phone message about the carers looking after Mr Bs' dad had double-dosed all his meds on Saturday afternoon. The medication is in blister packs and they are supposed to record everything they do, so how on earth that happened Heaven knows!
Of course, late Sunday night, pretty impossible to get hold of anyone! So, this morning cue a very red-hot line to everyone - doctor, chemist, care team (maybe need to change that name!), manager of the sheltered housing. Everybody.
Poor old Mr B, had to travel to Belfast this afternoon, so there was barely a free moment. All OK and he is safely there now. Hurrah! And Phew!
So, what about me? Two loads of washing later, I still haven't made much of a hole in the mountain of washing! Because, of course, not only is there what was worn in Plymouth, there is what Mr B had in Sunderland too! Six pairs of jeans and a dozen assorted black tops...only another million loads to go!
And new? Well, I'm getting a new crown fitted at the dentist tomorrow!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Can You Ever Have Too Much Amazing? No!

I did take quite a lot of pictures at Insitu. Having asked the owner if it was OK, well, I just got a bit carried away! Be warned...picture heavy post.
There were two things that I could really quite happily live with.

This amazing lounger/chair. If I were more knowledgeable, I would probably know what this would be called, but never mind. It was just a rather fabulous bit of design.
Then there was this set of bright yellow cups and saucers. They looked like there were moulded plastic - never seen anything like them before, either. My goodness, that colour was fab!

Never seen a bar like this one.
(Yes, this was a visit full of firsts, wasn't it?).
We have one or two bars, or thereabouts(!), but this one...might even like it more than our 'boat bar', and that is saying something.
And stools to match!

Two shots of an incredible selection of stained glass pieces.
Just to finish, a collage of a few more beauties.
Insitu Architectural Salvage
252 Chester Road
M15 4EX

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Bed Hopping

Seems to be that I am so busy, (not doing much), that my poor old blog has been pushed to
 the side-lines.
So, as my last post was about my bedstead painting, it seemed only fitting to tell you about somewhere we have wanted to visit for a good while now.

sorry, Mr B can only take photos with me in them!!
We found this amazing verdigris Moroccan bedframe, amongst the most wonderful collection of all things salvaged.
We've seen Insitu from the tram and taxi to and from Manchester City Centre to Salford Quays, but never quite got there. To be fair, our last trip to Salford wasn't quite as we'd hoped, what with Mr B being really ill, with what turned out to be labyrinthitis and me having a visit at the hotel, from two paramedics(!). 
With most of Friday free from the ballet, we made the short trip and, boy, it was brilliant!
 Just fabulous! 

And for the en suite bathroom...lush!
If you ever get a chance to visit, do, you really won't be disappointed!
More photos to follow...

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sloan Ranger

aka" Zoe Get Your Paintbrush"

I was an Annie Sloan virgin
The item in my sightline. A bargainous KS bedframe from Tesco's from a few years ago. Matt black and shiny dirty gold. A double whammy for ASCP to work its' wonders on!
the outdoor painting studio
 First coat in progress. No need to prime, just a wipe with a damp cloth and a rub down with a
lint-free cloth.
Second coat going on.
I tipped some paint from the tin into an old cup so that I could water it down a little.
Three thin coats are better than 2 thick ones. I will water down the 3rd layer even more. I did get the wax to finish it, but am now thinking of glazing it so that there is a sheen and so the wax won't rub onto the bedding.
My colour choice, Paloma
We did a 2-bus trip to My Little Vintage in Earls Barton to get the paint . They are the only stockist of ASCP in Northamptonshire and also run classes there and at their store in Olney.
I am really chuffed with how it is looking and now see why people rave about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It has been a joy to use and, a good thing for those of you like me with asthma, no ghastly paint fumes.
As I tend to buy paint in Wilko's, 18 quid for a large tin did make me go 'eek' a bit, but it goes a long way and I am now eyeing up what to paint next!
Don't stand still next to me for too could be you!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Simply Irresistible

Yesterday I spent a very fun afternoon at my hairdressers', with Kylie, learning how to use my new hair extensions from Irresistible Me. 
They are based in the Fashion District in New York and it is a growing brand of 100% natural Remy clip-in hair extensions, hair accessories and hair tools.
I have never accepted a 'PR Sample' before and was a little wary as it was so out of keeping with my blog.
But when Blair contacted me and very kindly offered me the chance to try, I thought it would be great fun and it was an item that I would have never considered buying.
I could choose any hair - colour, weight and length being your main choices. I chose the 20" length, 200g weight in the colour Royal Ash Blonde. These would cost $231, but extension prices start at $63.
For a really good way of checking colour choices there is a video, which shows side-by-side colour comparisons; cool and warm tones, which is really helpful if you are a novice like me!
 They were posted from China and arrived in super-quick time, less than a week!

They are packaged in a super-cute box; inside there is a 2-sectioned bag, one side of which is sealed. The unsealed side has a sample hair weft for you to try against your own hair as a colour-swatch. If you do not break the seal and decide they are not for you, then they can be returned and your money refunded.
Not having tried anything like this before I felt the product was of that good quality that it deserved me paying my hairdresser to teach me how to use them and do an easy boho-style, everyday 'do'.

It was definitely money well spent as I think you'll agree from the pictures!!
Oh my, when it was finished, wow, I felt so good! 
When styled they match in with my hair brilliantly.
I was very pleasantly surprised, they are really comfy, especially when you think how much hair I had clipped in!


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Just A Little Taster...

Sooooo excited about my Irresitible Me hair extensions that I have just got to post a tiny teaser photo.
(Or 2!!)
Oooo, Princess hair!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

Pink Perfection

About a couple of years ago, I planted some gladioli bulbs.
Lots of leaves and no flowers.
Until this year.
Just one perfect pink stem.
It has made me so happy with all its' exuberant blousiness.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Veg-ing Out

I want choice. In everything. Is that bad?
Each year I think 'next year I'll grow more of just one or two things' rather than a little bit of lots of things.
But one perfect meal with my home grown peas, carrots, courgettes, French beans and spuds is just so wonderful, I think I may just carry on as usual!
Pidge is still waiting on the runners. Can you spot him?
Everything is grown in pots and I do try to cram in more than I ought. Plus I really can't bear thinning out and throwing away, even into the compost bin. Which means that this year I have about 8 bush tomato plants and I don't even like tomatoes! But Mr B does and I'm sure they will all find homes or at least be made into sauces and frozen. 
My 'stars' this year have been Casablanca potatoes, which I think taste even better than the International Kidney, (aka Jersey Royal), that I also have. Grown in potato sacks, not a giant crop but enough for a few meals. Also the round courgettes, that I call Tondo Rondo, which are Courgette Tondo di Piacenza. I slice ours and cook them on a griddle pan, but if you are in to rice and cheesey sauces, I think you could make some fabulous vegetarian meals with these.
Do you GYO? Any tips or faves to recommend?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Who's Irresistible?

Well, that'll be me then, with my new hair extensions in!
I have been very kindly offered a chance to try 'IrresistibleMe' hair extensions.
They arrived this morning, a superfast delivery from China, only ordered on Friday, and it was a much welcome surprise.
In the box you get a sample piece which is what I have used here. Even in my sleepy, anti-biotic induced haze, I could easily clip in the piece and twirled it up so Mr B could get a photo.

There is a myriad of colour in my hair, so I chose a colour that I thought matched my natural-ish hair colour. In the top picture, (of me), it is quite clear where the extension is, but once swirled in with my hair, I think it blends in brilliantly.
There are quite a few Youtube vids, but this one is great in that it shows you the hair colours next to one another, so you can tell the difference in shades. I can't wait to watch a few to get some great styling tips!

 Having not got to Festival of Quilts, due to amongst other things, tonsillitis(!), I have been feeling a bit rough.
So, these pictures are just a teaser for a proper, in-depth review, when I feel a bit more up-to-it!