Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 in 11 Pictures

Some months were better than others, for photo foraging. A distinct lack of postings, with not even one in April. Hence why there are only 11 photos!
January - un-Frozen End of January and watching the remains of snow and ice disappear.
February - Luscious, Lilac Locks 2015 proved to be a year of not getting out much, but I did get to the hairdresser and had my hair dyed with lilac slices. Loved this colour and may well go for it again.
March - My Little Tabba cat Only one post in March which was the loss of Tabby. 'Nuff said.
April - ummm, just didn't happen!!
May - I took part in #BEDM, organised by Elizabeth of Rosalilium. It was a productive, 19-post month. My choice of picture was of the baby blue tit, the last post of the month. What a cutie!
June - Happy Father's Day Me and my Daddy
July - Not Quite Bonjour A trough of French lavender. Had planned the trip of  a lifetime, to spend a week in a French chateau, crafting, visiting brocantes, and eating wonderful food. One day... But at the moment, just trying to get the insurance company to pay out!!
August - Simply Irrestible Was offered the chance to try out hair extensions. Wow! I do really rather like them and how they look. Wow!
September - Sloan Ranger We did a trip out to My Little Vintage in Earls Barton, a lovely shop in a gorgeous little village in Northamptonshire, that is the first official stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the county. We had some fine weather and it was a great project carried out in the garden.
October - Bed Hopping Both posts this month were of Insitu in Manchester. A totally amazing salvage establishment that I have wanted to visit for ages. I was not disappointed, it was brilliant. If ever you're near and you love 'old, quirky stuff', make a detour and have a mung!
November- Non-Wearable TARDIS Tuesday 2015was the year I met Kezzie. Not in person, (as yet), but via blog world. She has been a brilliant support to me and if you don't know her already, her posts are a joy. A way with words and lovely photos too. Kezzie is a fan of Dr Who and I saw these fun lamp bases and thought of her. As you do!!
December - The 12 Days of Tabby Hit a brick wall over everything earlier this month. To try and make something positive out of so much negative, I posted 12 days of, GIFs and videos.  The bottom of my world really did drop out when she passed away. Gone but never forgotten.
Wishing all of my stalwart readers and any passers-by a happy and healthy 2016!

Friday, 18 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 12

My much loved, and missed, little lap cat.

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RIP my darlingest girl.

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 11

 Gosh, the penultimate picture day.

Bristol Temple Meads was the first place that Tabby decided to come out of the travel box on the train.
It started a long list of names...including Tabby Temple Meads and Tabby Turtleneck!
Once she tried out train travel on the seat, she was hooked. We only allowed her out on the long journeys, where there were the bigger carriages, that didn't have exit doors to the platforms, when the train stopped. I don't think she would've ever made a run for it, mainly because she was too comfy!
She did once get the 'run' of a carriage, when we were the only people in it and for some reason, that I can't remember, it was 'locked' so that it couldn't be accessed because we were stopping at a short platformed station, I think.
She had a little mosey around and then came back and curled up with us!

Bristol Temple Meads board by her ear

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 10

A little bit of light summer reading.

Vintage-loving Tabby.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 9

Fishing for compliments?
Last Christmas, 2014

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 8

How do cats always find the most comfiest hide-holes?
Here's Tabby tucked into one of those jumper shelving-thingies that hang on a clothing rail.
Curled up on all daddy's things, including the Christmas jumper! Cheeky!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 7

Along with different foodstuffs our Tabs lived the high life in several rather nice hotels, (and in the case of one London hotel that didn't take cats, was smuggled in! Well, needs must and due to bad weather we were stranded in London for the night!)

Here she is lolling around at the Malmaison in Manchester.
First Class Tabby, indeed!

Friday, 11 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 6

Queen of "The Stare"

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 5

Enjoying the catnip that Daddy brought back from his tour to the States.
She's tried kibbles from all around the world.
International Tabby

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 4

Cuddled up with Rudolph.

Monday, 7 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 3

Clever Tabby...she's got me to learn how to download a GIF so that it stays as a GIF and doesn't revert to a static picture, like the last time I tried!
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It's almost like bringing her back to Life, in a weird sort of way!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 2

I am still sewing in all the 'tails' she left on this throw!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The 12 Days of Tabby - Day 1

I am missing my little cat so much at the moment. I think it is a combo of our first Christmas without her and the blooming grim, grey weather.
Christmas 2013

So I am just going to post a picture of her over the next few days.
As least it is something constructive I can do in my miserable state!

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.