Thursday, 19 June 2014

My Glass Cabochon test.

I am sorry for the delay in uploading some photographs of my progress with the Glass Cabochons. In my defense it's been a rather hectic week. I am still awaiting the chains and e6000 glue but i have attempted ten so far. Out of the ten i am unhappy with three of them and they will need to soaked and redone. I think this was a case of me rushing and not pressing down firmly enough. I chose to use quotes as i think they will look rather nice when i have fully completed them and i do love a good quote. I am sorry in advance for the poor quality of the photographs. I will aim to rectify this by the weekend and upload some better ones. Some of these were photographed before i sanded them, hence you will see the overlap on these images.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Project of the week

My project of the week is glass dome cabochon necklaces, I have been looking at some youtube tutorials which have been really useful. I purchased some pendants for them on Ebay. I chose to get them from China so they took a little while to arrive but they are really nice quality and have trees on the reverse. I want to put some quotes inside them, though i am a little concerned as i have an inkjet printer and apparently there can be issues with the image when using inkjet.Hopefully all will go well if i leave the image to dry for a day or two. I purchased glass domes and the self sealing ones. Stupidly though the self sealing one are the wrong size so i will need to purchase more pendants in the correct size for them. I love this type of crafting as you can create something really unique.

When i have completed the ones i am working on, i will upload some photographs. For those interested in this type of crafting i have included one of the more useful Youtube tutorials that i have watched.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Upcycled- My First Furniture Project complete

I thought i would quickly upload a photo of the bedside cabinet that i have now finished. It's not perfect but it does look much better than when i started. (Though in honesty that wouldn't be that hard!)

Monday, 5 May 2014

Turn something old into something new.

Today i was busy turning something old into something new.

I had an old wooden bedside table to play with and this is what i have done with it so far. P.s. The sanding down took the most effort but it is amazingly quick to turn something old and dreadful into something pretty and eye-catching.

It's still not finished as i am plan to add clouds, but i will upload a photograph when it is totally finished sometime later in the week. However as you can daughter couldn't wait till i had finished to use it.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Farewell Peaches

Today i can't help but notice the net is swarming with news that Peaches Geldof apparently passed away due to a heroin overdose. Friends are sharing the news on Facebook and people are tweeting about it on twitter. Comments a couple of weeks ago were mainly about how awful people thought it was that she had died so young and how lovely she appeared to be and what a good mother she was.This seems to be confirmed with the daily Instagram photographs of her happy children that she updated her followers with. Yet today the comments seem to be about how selfish people think she was and how people have no sympathy with her. This last part puzzles me as what good is sympathy to her? She has gone.

There are several things said in interviews that seem to show Peaches held a deep sadness within her and I am sure her friends and family with hindsight can probably now see the signs that she wasn't in the best of places emotionally. In an interview she spoke about having to go to school the day after her mother died and how they were all supposed to just get on with it. There was no mention of grief counseling and she spoke about the sadness that she felt about her dad not being more present in her sons lives.

For whatever faults her mother had. Paula Yates when in a good place emotionally seemed like she was a doting and loving mother and to lose that deep love of a parent so suddenly and under those circumstances must have been crushing at such a young age. Even more so when the seedy press seemed to enjoy ripping apart her mother after her death. Her father no doubt found the death of Paula extremely hard too. Bringing up the girls while dealing with his own grief. He no doubt just dealt with things the best way he could at the time.

Then when Peaches went through a wild stage you then had the press comparing her to her mother, that too must have been hard to deal with. Maybe, However silly it seems to those who have never experienced being in a low place, Peaches thought she was destined for this tragic end of her life?
It appeared she thought that having children and a loving husband would heal her...I am sure for some part it did but when we lose someone we care about so deeply, that piece of our heart never really heals. So we just find ways to cope, to lessen the pain and if we are lucky we get grief counseling to help us learn to gradually let go of the sadness and continue our lives while holding our loved ones memory close. For Peaches it seemed as if the pain never really lessened, she just became good at hiding it.
So let's not judge the dead for not being able to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

Rich or Poor, Depression doesn't discriminate.

Let's just hope the press can leave her husband and boys in peace and that when they get older if they ever feel swamped by sadness that they will get the help and support that they need.

Farewell Peaches.

 I measure every grief... by Emily Dickinson

I measure every grief I meet
With analytic eyes;
I wonder if it weighs like mine,
Or has an easier size.

I wonder if they bore it long,
Or did it just begin?
I could not tell the date of mine,
It feels so old a pain.

I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if they have to try,
And whether, could they choose between,
They would not rather die.

I wonder if when years have piled--
Some thousands--on the cause
Of early hurt, if such a lapse
Could give them any pause;

Or would they go on aching still
Through centuries above,
Enlightened to a larger pain
By contrast with the love.

The grieved are many, I am told;
The reason deeper lies,--
Death is but one and comes but once
And only nails the eyes.

There's grief of want, and grief of cold,--
A sort they call 'despair,'
There's banishment from native eyes,
In sight of native air.

And though I may not guess the kind
Correctly yet to me
A piercing comfort it affords
In passing Calvary,

To note the fashions of the cross
Of those that stand alone
Still fascinated to presume
That some are like my own.

If you are experiencing grief or issues with drugs. Please check out the links below and know you are not alone.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Talk to Frank

Saturday, 1 March 2014

My three top products of the week.

This week i have had some new products to try.

They are so good that i am going to recommend them. Tomorrow i will try and upload my own photo's but for now i have used the net as it's just easier and it has gone 1am in the morning and my camera is nowhere in sight. :)

First on my must buy list is Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturiser. It's so handy just to be able to spray Moisturiser on, in fact i got a bit carried away and sprayed most of my body. Why hasn't anyone thought of a spray moisturiser before? It's really great to use just after shaving or waxing your legs. It makes everything feel super smooth. I am in love.
Second is Alberto VO5 Smoothly Does It Straightening Lotion. I got this from a lovely twitter win but i wasn't asked to review it and if it was rubbish or just "ok" i certainly wouldn't of added it to my blog as one of my top products. However i used this yesterday morning and not only does it make my hair smell wonderful, it does what it says and keeps my hair looking gloriously smooth and straight. You put it on towel dried hair and brush it through. Then blow dry your hair and then go over your hair with the straighteners. It's certainly more effective than just plain straightening and it keeps the frizz at bay. Bonus! 

Lastly is a wonderful purchase from Lush. It's a bubblegum lip scrub that sells for £5.50. A little pricey i thought but i wanted to treat myself as this awful winter weather makes my lips really dry. Well i was pleasantly surprised. This stuff is great, not only does it smell wonderful it has stopped my lips feeling so dry and chapped. It's so sugary and feels it when you put it on but i noticed the difference within a day and it tastes pretty good too!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Creative Vial Necklaces.

I have recently got to purchasing most the craft bits to start making creative vial necklaces. I am not a hugely creative person but i came across some really wonderful ideas originally while browsing the net for Harry Potter stuff and i looked at some that were for sale and thought wow i think i can make them easily enough. I do need to pop into Halfords for some distilled water and purchase some necklace chains and then i think i am then ready to start creating. I have included a link to my Pinterest with all the ideas that i hope to be giving a go.

Pinterest Vial Necklace Ideas

Have you ever recreated something craft wise that you have seen on the internet? How did it go?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Nominate Your Young Epilepsy Champion

Having a child with epilepsy is probably one of the most frightening things i have ever had to contend with and finding the charity Young Epilepsy was a huge relief and the website put my mind at rest about so many of the silly (and not so silly) questions that concerned me. That's not to say i don't worry, because i still do but i no longer think the world is collapsing and that my child won't be able to experience a normal fulfilling life

So i wanted my followers and visitors to know that Young Epilepsy is seeking nominations for the Young Epilepsy Champion awards. At the moment i will be honest and say that i haven't made my mind up on who i will nominate yet and then explain my own nomination to you. (Though i hope to do this)  However i wanted to get this post up ASAP as there is only a little under a week to nominate.

Peter Andre calls for people to nominate their epilepsy champion

Singer and TV personality Peter Andre is calling for everyone to nominate their ‘epilepsy champion’ for a prestigious award.
National charity, Young Epilepsy will hold its Young Epilepsy Champion Awards 2014 this coming March. The nominations process is now open, and Peter, who won an award in 2013, wants everyone to get involved.
These awards recognise the outstanding contribution individuals, groups and organisations across the UK make towards raising awareness and understanding of epilepsy, and improving the lives of children and young people living with the condition. They also celebrate individuals who overcome obstacles and create opportunities to use their story to inspire others.
Peter Andre, Singer, TV Personality and Young Epilepsy Champions Award winner, said, “The Young Epilepsy Champions Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals, groups and professionals make towards improving the lives of young people with epilepsy. Our New York Coffee Club won in 2013, this year it could be you.
“Just because you have the condition, doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your mission. Everyone living with epilepsy is supported by at least one Champion; it may be a family member, a nurse, a doctor, a teacher or a business and they deserve our recognition and thanks, so nominate them today.”
On average one child at every primary school and five at every secondary school in the UK will have been diagnosed with epilepsy. It is the most common serious neurological condition in childhood affecting 112,000 people aged 25 and under in the UK.
Nominating someone for a Young Epilepsy Champion Award is easy and can be done online at All nominations must be received by midnight, 26 January, 2014 and the ceremony will take place on 26 March 2013 at City Hall in London.
For further information, please visit or follow Young Epilepsy on Twitter @Youngepilepsy, Facebook/YoungEpilepsy or Youtube/YoungEpilepsy.