Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Exciting weekend ahead!!

Sorry about not posting last weekend, but I was so busy!!

Went to Manchester on Saturday morning to see Batman Live at the MEN Arena. I was really just chumming Russell and didn't think I would enjoy it so much! It has been getting rave reviews and certainly lives up to them. We had a great times, had really good seats too!

Tried the Metro park and ride this time and it was much better than having to park in the town centre. Cost £4 return for the tram and it took us right to the entrance of the Arena.
Had a look round some shops in the afternoon but I have never been impressed with Manchester, 
much prefer Derby (Westfield Centre) shops. 
Stayed in on Saturday to start cleaning and tidying for my sister coming to stay next weekend, but it was so hot I didn't get a lot done. Did pop out in the afternoon to pick up a welsh dresser (pic below) that I won on eBay, and while I was at the sellers house also bought a table and a dressing table :-)  so I now have 7 items packed into the shed waiting to be transformed!!
Really excited about my sis coming to stay, first time since we moved down here nearly 3yrs ago. Planning to take her round a few pottery factory shops and possibly Dagfields, and of course....
Buffet Island.....love that place, but not great for my diet :-(

So it will be a couple of weeks before I get any more furniture up for sale, but I did finish off a nice plant stand, that I gave a couple of coats of Old White then stencilled with ivy leaves ;-)

Only about 5 weeks till we fly off to California for our road trip, so excited. Ending our  trip with 4 nights in Vegas staying at the newly refurbished Tropicana Hotel !!  Woo hoo!

and Russell has bought me tickets for my Birthday to go and see Cirque de Soliel Show "O" in Vegas, supposed to be the best show on the Strip!!!! Can you  tell that I am excited !!!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

3 days off!!

Decided to take some time off work for a break as it is a long time to wait till my big holiday in September. Decided to make it a long weekend and took Thurs, Fri and Monday off this weekend. Been busy though  -   Tidied up all my paints and brushes and took them all out to my new work shed :-). I have all my furniture out there now and the house doesnt look so much like a furniture store any more....which is nice! Got the bureau finished...hooray! Turned out really well too so it was worth persevering with the paper on the work area.

 See the finished bureau listing on "Unique Chic" shop on Folksy

Spent most of Friday out in the garden photographing jewellery for my new Folksy jewellery shop


Managed to get most things listed same day, and plan to make some new things too so will get them on asap. Tried to keep my P&P charges as low as possible too to encourage more buyers ;-)

Saturday, we headed up to IKEA, thought we might pick up a few bargains as the sale ends Sunday, but not a lot left. Had a nice coffee, and bought some storage stuff, light bulbs, etc. Just been on the website and saw this -
Maybe that's why there weren't so many bargains, but it was the busiest I have ever seen it in Warrington. Screaming, bored kids everywhere!! was glad to get home at tea time and order in chinese for dinner (all pointed on Weight Watchers!). Lost another 2.5lbs last week making a total of 5.5 :-)

Watched a good Australian horror film last night too - The Tunnel - "An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them". Very creepy, edge of your seat movie. 

 Planning to watch another tonight - Gacy House - "A group of paranormal investigators enter the abandoned home of pedophile and serial killer John Gacy, hoping to find evidence of paranormal activity. Upon entering the house they set-up cameras throughout the abandoned house while going room to room with hand-held cameras, performing séances and asking for John Gacy to come forward. As the evening progresses it seems the investigators are not prepared for the horror still within the house.
Right, nearly 9pm (movie time), going to go look out some popcorn!  I'm headed to Manchester Arena next Saturday morning to see Batman Live! Starts at 11am so will hopefully get a chance to head to the shops after (my reward for driving us up, and chumming Russell ;-) )

Have a good week!!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Bureau de Change

Sorry for not posting last Sunday but I pinched a nerve in my shoulder first thing and was on painkillers all day. Needless to say I didn't get much work done, but I did go to the boot sale and found a garden table and chairs set that will look great painted up.

This has been a good weekend for getting on with things. Another good car boot sale this morning and got a lovely dressing table mirror that I plan to shabby chic and keep for myself. I am also on the look out for a narrow chest of drawers to sit it on, and will paint it all in Old White and lightly distress.

The shop in Cornwall paid me this week for their first jewellery order, so that was nice. I was beginning to worry that it was a con to get free samples. I have supplied 8 items in the first order so will wait and see now if they come back to me for any more.

Had loads of people coming this weekend to pick up all the stuff we sold on ebay from the shed clear out. We sold everything but sadly a few items sold for next to nothing and once ebay take their fees there won't be much left. Never mind, I now have a big empty shed to store all my furniture and equipment so really happy.

I went a bit mad buying teddy bears today at the boot sale. I though they would look really cute to dress up furniture I'm selling. I have noticed on ebay that the items that are well dressed and photographed go for a lot more, so well worth a try. Didn't spend more that £2 for ALL of them, and I had to stop myself buying more!!
Also bought a Royal Winton large jug and bowl "Country Diary" range. Will either just sell it on eBay or it would look good on a dresser.

Had a bit of a disaster today with the bureau. I painted it all and started waxing it yesterday and today I was going to glue the nice Paperchase paper onto the work area, however, it didn't work as I expected it to. The paper stretched, bubbled and creased, and in the end I had to scrape it all off and then sand the area back to the wood. I suppose this is how you learn if techniques are going to work, and I will not try this again, I will use wallpaper which is more suited. I did happen to have some nice shabby chic rose design paper that matched the green very well, so I have now used this and varnished over.

I finished off the photo frame I was working on, and also a pair of candlesticks I bought last weekend.

Having a 3 day week this week at work and having Thurs, Fri and next Monday off, so hoping to get loads done, and maybe start making some new jewellery and get my new Folksy shop "RedKittenCrafts"stocked up. Just never enough time at the weekend. I would also love to get my sewing machine out and make some little cushions and little shabby chic hanging hearts, I have loads of ideas for them and have ordered some material on ebay today.

Right, better go and get the dinner on, I put on a pound last week at Weight Watchers and I was so upset. I have been keeping to it rigidly this week so I should be ok. Less than 8 weeks now till California so will keep going till then and will not feel as guilty when I pig out on my hols!!

 Have a great week!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Well, I had a lovely long lie this morning, then cooked bacon and egg for breakfast (which is actually very good for Weight Watchers). Diet is brilliant, managing to keep to it without feeling deprived and lost 4lb at my first weigh in on Tuesday!!  Yay!! Having a chinese takeaway tonight too, my Saturday treat, and plenty of extra points that make it allowed.

Been a busy week at work so decided to have a lazy morning. Well by lazy I mean sitting on the recliner with my laptop planning a Christmas shopping trip for my friends at work.

Think we will probably go to Chester at the beginning of December, the shops are so lovely there and it will look gorgeous with all the Christmas lights on. Have sent a Doodle poll round work to see how many will be coming. Last one I organised was to Edinburgh two Christmasses ago, and 12 of us flew up and stayed in luxury apartments at the end of Princes St.        http://www.princesstreetsuites.co.uk/
I dont know how I managed it but it only cost us £25 each for the accommodation. It was brilliant - we had a lovely meal out at Bella Italia on the Royal Mile before being scared to death on the underground vaults ghost tour

Luxury apartments at Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Started work on the pine bureau this afternoon and it is looking good with it's first coat of Annie Sloan "Versailles". I have some really nice Paperchase paper to put inside on the working area and inside the drawer. Can't wait to see it all finished. Will post some pics of work in progress tomorrow.

Sold the 3 painted garden chairs at the beginning of the week too. Lady paid full price for them on eBay which was nice, and she was really happy with them too :-) Drove across to Crewe last night to pick up my latest eBay purchase, a nice old fashioned sideboard in excellent condition I won for £22. I think it will look amazing after it's make over. Not sure what colour to do this one, may just stick to Old White with some distressing.

Must also pick up some crackle glaze as I have always wanted to try that

Watching HBO series just now, Game of Thrones, so will probably watch a few episodes this evening

Hoping the rain will stay off so we can head out carbooting tomorrow morning.