Thursday, 10 April 2014


Having fun at lunchtime :) McDonalds toys are ace but I was disappointed that they didn't have any flashing mushrooms left :(

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Going for comfort on the last day of BCTF :) If you are visiting I am on Stand 236!

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Another test post

This time with an image (hopefully!)

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Test post!

This is a quick test post using a blogger app from my mobile :) It may work and it may not. Time to press publish and see!

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Glitter is my prozac

Taken from here.

Actually prozac is my prozac :) Yep, back on the antidepressants as of mid February. That is why I haven't been posting on here a lot/been doing much stuff with Swirlyarts. Gosh this is hard to write about without being all woe is me/dramatic! But write it I must as there is too much stigma about mental health as it is without me trying to hide it. Not going to go into too many details but feel free to ask away if you want to know. Basically my brain is full of stuff - lots has been resolved, some still hasn't!

The tablets seem to be working which is very good and I have a review in June so we will see what the dr says then :)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Ace video

We were listening to the Paul O'Grady radio show at teatime yesterday and he played a triple of Queen songs and it reminded me a) how much I love Queen and b) how great this video (and song) is :) Enjoy!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Jumble sales rock!

If you are friends with me on Facebook then you will know that last weekend was our annual trip to the jumble sale. It's on for a few days but Saturday is the day to visit as it's 'fill a black bin bag for £4' day. I remember when it used to be £1 a bag but that was a fair while ago :) I got two bags and Matt got two bags - both full of stuff! I'm not going to show everything (most is still waiting to be washed/sorted) but imagine jumpers, dresses, skirts, hats, scarves, plates, books, bric a brac, toys, bespoke suits that fit perfectly (oh yes!) belts, braces (for me - I'm channelling Dr Who!) shoes, pillowcases, linens etc.

Two things that I got that filled up half of one bag (works out at about 40p per item) were these two bed items. The top one is a handmade patchwork single duvet cover. It needs a bit of mending but I am going to use it to turn into another cheat quilt.

I love the fact that they used different weight fabrics and it's a bit wonky :) Will be perfect for snuggling under as the other cheat quilt was relegated to a chair cover!

And I am so pleased I decided to pick this up - it's a vintage feather filled quilt (what I would call an eiderdown) It's a gorgeous coral colour on one side and a salmon colour on the other and it's so soft. It too needs repairing but I'm thinking that some new patches of Liberty fabric would look fantastic. It is destined for use in Taz and as I'm staying in Taz for BCTF in April I'd better get a move on repairing it!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Some songs I like :)

I've been using the bus a fair bit recently and after the last journey I've remembered that I can't read on the bus without feeling very, very sick so I decided that it was time to dig out my MP3 player and listen to music instead. Here are some songs that I'm loving at the moment (with videos of course!)

Love the video to this one - cute sock puppets or what?

Anya quite liked this one :)

Brilliant :) Very much my kind of music if I had to choose only one genre to listen to.

A friend introduced me to Gogol Bordello and I love them!

Boring video but the song is fabulous. There are version of the Stones doing this live but they didn't have the voices at the start which I like.

I have eclectic musical tastes! Oh and if you like these then I have more music I can inflict on you all!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Charitable giving and possibly being a hypocrite while shopping and generally in life*

Warning - this is going to be a wordy, rambling mess of a blog post - I was pondering it the other day in the car! It also has nothing to do with Swirlyarts but 'person behind the blog' and all that :)

As you may well know I do like a good charity shop - both to buy from and also to donate to. I had a huge amount of fabric to donate the other day and it goes into the fabric bins at my local supermarket. There is normally only one bin but this time there were two - one for a cancer charity and one for The Salvation Army. Given the choice (as I was) I chose the the cancer charity as I really don't like The Salvation Army stance on LGBT issues (the article is on Huffpost Gay Voices so there may be some bias there but you can see more on Snopes here) However I have been into their charity shops, have bought from them in the past and even donated fabric to their bins so maybe a little bit of hypocrisy there? There is a very small charity shop in Burnley that raises money for the Catholic Church. I go there although I'm an atheist and don't like certain aspects of the Catholic Church or organised religion full stop. More hypocrisy.

I'm keen on sustainable fashion where the workers are paid a decent amount of money but I also shop at Primark. I like the idea of Fair Trade food but often buy non Fair Trade food even though we can probably afford most things Fair Trade. I don't like Nestle's stance on lots of things but I do like Aero bars and Quality Street. I have friends who boycott Nestle but I don't even though some of the things they do are horrible. More hypocrisy.

Maybe I am over thinking things (me?? Never!) Anyone else a hypocrite?? Thoughts and ramblings of your own are welcome!

*and the longest blog title award goes to.......