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!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

For Dee Dee*

*because she asked!
My finally finished cross-stitch. It is about real size on my laptop screen.
I started this so long ago that, when I found another kit with a different initial, in a sale, I tracked down a postcard of the letter 'J' and intended to do one for my mum.
She passed away nine years ago!
Maybe I'll do it for Mr B, now I'm almost on a roll.

This is the next kit I have started.
Wish me luck!!
 When I started the 'Zed' I could see to do it without glasses. Now I need glasses and a magnifying glass!

We are off to Festival of Quilts at the NEC tomorrow.
Excited? Oh yeah!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

TARDIS Tuesday

A sneaky blue bra strap!
Possibly my favourite top...cosy, soft and easy to wear.
Bought via the TK Maxx website.

 What would Dr Who say?!!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tardis Tuesday

Just sneaking in on Tuesday! 
Just posing on the Fire Exit stairs of the Breast Screening Mobile Unit this afternoon!
As you do!

Coming out smiling! For those of you that have not had the delight of a mammogram, it takes me longer to get dressed afterwards than it does for the 4 X-rays!
Wearing a variety of blues - denim jacket, that Mr B brought me from Big 'n' Beautiful in Newcastle, an Evans skirt and camisole, blue daps and my wonderful new Jan Constantine 'Willow Pattern' bag, both from TKMaxx. Who even knew that JC did bags? I have a few of her cushions and I have tried on one of her tea cosies, but it! 
Joining in with Kezzie and My Closet Catalogue.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Make 'Em Laugh

 Mr B was hollered at yesterday, while cycling to the Doctors Surgery.

 It was an 'old mucker' from days gone by when they both were working on "Singin' In The Rain"; he as an actor, Mr B as an ASM.
Look! I'm in Panto!
He was quick to point out his car...a Fiat PANTO!
Clever eh?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

TARDIS Tuesday

At long last I got it organized to follow Kezzie and Tardis Tuesday, but I think it's been put on hold by My Closet Catalogue until August!!
a little pixilation could be Dr Who-ish, surely?

a little colour saturation on this one
Kezzie,,,we see poodles

Is that the Tardis' periscope?
No, close -  it's our 'Lucky Tower', aka The Northampton Lighthouse, (if you ever listened to Terry Wogan), aka The Express Lift Tower. With a wild bit of colour boosting to add to the 'scary' theme!!
Mr B is thinking of doing an abseil for the Eve Shelter. I think the reason is great, just not sure about the height/jumping off the side ratio thing!! (It is 127m/418ft high!)
Trousers from Sainsbury's, daps, bag and blouse from TKMaxx.