Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Listening to Radio 2

is what I usually do at some stage of the day. On my days off I more often than not have it on in the background all day. I'm not mad on Chris Evans (like an over excited child) or Jeremy Vine (who laughs at his own very weak jokes but I do like his topical phone-in's) Today I listened to Pop Master on Ken Bruce and as usual shouted the answers at the radio and castigated the contestants for being thick!! (because I'm so knowledgeable, don't you know)

Why am I telling you this, you wonder?

Something You're Listening To, is the final subject in February photo-a-day. I've enjoyed this challenge, it was just a shame that my DSLR battery charger decided to conk out just as I got started and I had to revert to my 'point and press' However, the camera shop rang me today with the news that my new charger was in, so I'll be back with better snaps soon, one hopes.

I'm back on shift in the morning and won't be posting for a few days so thought I'd share with you yesterday's chazza shop finds.

Two wooden bangles £1 each, two home mags 50p each, and oddments of wool 50p the lot. (for the blanket I'm intending to crochet!)

Aqua pure new wool jumper 50p (slightly too big but I couldn't resist at this price)

Not from the charity shop but from Lidl were these pretty tulips which I arranged with some hellebores from my garden. Spring is on the way.

Thanks for looking,
Fiona x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Breakfast and Bargains

I've missed a few days on February photo-a-day and this one is a day late - Day 27 Something You Ate.

After I'd demolished my porridge I went for a rummage around the charity shops, where I found a couple of bargains. Check back soon to see what they were.

Fiona x

Monday, 27 February 2012

New Boots and .....

....a card. I'm somewhat behind with February photo-a-day due to working 44hrs in the last four days. So here is my late photo for 23rd February-Your Shoes (or in my case, boots!) I bought these in November, so they are my newest footwear and I love them.

Onto the card, which I'm entering into three challenges this week.

Less is More - Don't Scrap It
Raise The Bar- Purple, Green and One other colour
Stamptacular Sunday challenge - photo inspiration

I used my new Woodware bunting stamps, created a sentiment in Word using Dear Joe font and faux stitched the 'ribbon'. I am very pleased with my new purchase and it's possible to knock up a very quick card with these stamps which is great if you have forgotten a birthday or suchlike.

For those of you who realised what the post title alluded to, apparently Ian Dury like me, had a habit of buying second hand clothes and Boots and Panties were the only items he insisted on buying new. (What a fascinating factoid, I hear you say!) Like Ian, I would'nt buy my knickers second hand and although I would not be averse to S/H shoes I've yet to find any that fit me. I'm hoping to get some chazza shopping therapy tomorrow, so I'll let you know if that changes.

I'm off out now for a meal with a couple of friends in Haywards Heath, enjoy your week.

Thanks again for your kind words.
Fiona x

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A Crafty Afternoon

....is what I've had today, just me and Steve Wright tucked away in my craft room. I went to The Glitter Pot this morning and spent some more of my xmas voucher on stamps and a die-cut, and of course, I just couldn't wait to use them.
I'm a little later than normal with my LIM entry this week where the challenge is to use Die-Cuts and Punches.

I'm not sure if it looks somewhat christmassy? What do think? Maybe I should use a different colour card for the die-cut section next time. The die is by Memory Box and the sentiment is Rachelle Anne Miller.

The photo is not the greatest I'm afraid as the DSLR is still out of action. I took my battery charger back to the shop this morning and complained that it had hardly worked since I bought it 5 months ago. The male assistant told me in no uncertain terms without even plugging it in, that it was not broken but he would refund my money in this instance. (arsehole!)

Day 22 in February photo-a-day challenge is Where You Work.

I took this snap when I was a Flight Despatcher (I was made redundant just before xmas) and I was out and about on the airfield all day long. My new job is more terminal based and I will be starting it tomorrow after passing my training exams on Monday.

Will be back on my next days off so until then, thanks for dropping by and for all your lovely comments.

Fiona x

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

LA Lady

Day 21 in February photo-a-day is 'a fave photo of you'. This one taken of me in 1990 when I was a mere stripling of 28, is not really a favourite but I like it because I think I looked nice (and I'm quite vain you know!) Usually in photo's I've got my eyes shut, or pulling a face, not intentionally you understand, but I'm just not very photogenic! This was taken in LA when I was a hostie, we had several days stopover there and the weather was terrible. Some of us went to the local shopping mall where there was a photographic studio and because they had a special offer on a glam photo session, we decided to have some snaps done for a bit of a giggle.

As you can see, I still had my 80's perm which I was growing out, hence the red bandana thing which somebody was hastily despatched to buy so they could make my hair look halfway decent. I was also wearing a boob tube which you can't see in the picture. Modelling did not come naturally to me and I felt very awkward throughout the entire photo shoot, however being a professional, the photographer did manage to get some rare good shots of me.

Isn't it a scream?

Monday, 20 February 2012


.........is the subject for today's snap in February photo-a-day. I happened to have a shopping list on the go so this became my subject.

In case you're thinking it's not very healthy, this is my Sainsbury's list, and I buy my fruit and veg at Lidl/Aldi as it's much cheaper. (The yellow splatters are from the takeaway Thai Yellow Curry that I enjoyed on Friday night!)

Again, sorry for the rubbish photo but I still can't get my bloody DSLR battery charger to work, it seems to charge intermittently only so I'm taking it back to the shop this week.

a bientot,
Fiona x

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Something I Hate To Do

So it's day 19 in February photo-a-day and this is something I hate doing.

I'm guessing I'm not alone here!

Something I do like doing however, is scouring charity shops which is what I did yesterday instead of staying home like any sensible person would and keeping dry. However it was worth braving the rain as I found these.

Necklace 50p from village table top sale, GAP black link belt and red belt 49p each Dr Barnado's.

Lightweight navy pinstripe trews £2.99 British Heart Foundation

Also yesterday I had a bit of a baking sesh and made choc chip buns and flapjacks.

Off up the pub now for Sunday lunch and a pint of cider. What did you do this weekend?

Fiona x

PS Apologies for the crappy snaps, my DSLR battery charger has clapped out so it's back to the point and press.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Rosie Lee

Day 18 in February photo-a-day.

Best drink of the day!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ring My Bell

Day 15 in the February photo-a-day challenge.

I purchased this telephone years ago at an auction. Unfortunately it doesn't work, I bought it purely for the nostalgia, and it sits in my living room.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Blue Heart

I'm combining days 13 and 14 in February photo-a-day.

This necklace belonged to Mum. I think I only saw her wear it once, on her 70th birthday. I haven't worn it yet, but I will.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Inside Your Closet

Today's snap for February photo-a-day.

Time for a tidy up perhaps?

Saturday, 11 February 2012

February photo-a -day

I've just stumbled across a photo challenge - a photo for every day of the month.

I'm a day late with this one

Out of focus I know, because my specs were on my head instead of my face, but I kind of like it like this, it's much kinder to me!

Come back to see more soon.

Patriotic Stripes

It's Saturday already and that means 'Less Is More', this week the girls would like to see STRIPES on a one layer card. As Her Maj celebrated 60 years as our monarch this week I decided to go with a red, white and blue colour scheme in her honour.

I don't have any stripey stamps so I asked my friend Eunice (two doors down) if she could oblige. As usual she came up trumps with a Hero Arts set and I selected one of the stamps to make this.

Other stamps used were the Hobby Art sentiment and a Rhona Farrer flower image. I can't decide if it looks strange with the design all in the lower half of the card, what do you think? I wondered if I should continue the stripes higher but dismissed that idea because I thought the card would look too busy for a CAS card. Never mind eh, I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

We've still got snow in Sussex and although it was a lovely day today, it was bloody parky when I went out for a stroll around the village this afternoon. I took my camera with me and got these shots.

Can I hear you yawning?

Thanks so much to those of you who left lovely messages last week and apologies that I haven't returned as many as I would've liked. I'm still
training for my new job and have had a fair bit of work to do at home

Hope you all have a splendid weekend.

Fiona x

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Life in Plastic, It's Fantastic !

Less Is More is celebrating it's first anniversary with an AQUA theme this week. I have tried to take part in as many challenges as possible as there are so few CAS challenges out there and none with hosts as diligent in commenting as Chrissie and Mandi. Also the "Limettes" are brilliant at giving praise and encouragement to each other, there just isn't another challenge in the same league.

As I mentioned last time, mojo was missing and I'm still running short on idea's this week but I came up with this none the less.

For this card I used an ancient envelope stamp which I found in a bargain bucket somewhere or other. It was heat embossed and cut out and then I cut a slit so I could tuck in 'a letter' which I have stamped with a Hero Arts definition stamp. The sentiment is an oft used one by SU and I stamped a postmark to one side. Finally I chomped the corner.

Thank you all for your recent good wishes for my new job which is going well so far, although some days I think my head is going to explode with the amount of information assimilated.

The anticipated snow has arrived, it started here about three hours ago, hopefully it won't be as heavy as the last two year's. I was thankful it didn't start earlier as it allowed me to dash out to a jumble sale. There was quite a queue half an hour before doors were due to open but I think the helpers must have taken pity on us all shivering outside in the cold and doors were opened early. I've never seen such a mad rush and there was plenty of jostling, however thanks to some marvellous JS tips from Vix I didn't get mown down in the melee and came away with four 50p items. Unfortunately no vintage bits, but two of my finds are linen, lets hope they fit!

a bientot,
Fiona x