Showing posts from June, 2012

Chester is THE place for a girlie shopping expedition

My Princess has a cousin only 5 weeks younger than her. It's good, it stops her being the eternal baby of the family and means that, whatever happens, she will always have a bezzie mate. It helps that her mother is my old best friend who married my brother!

We visited Chester a couple of weekends ago, just to shop, and buy some stickers, browse for bags (for them, not me) and to have lunch and then tea in comfy tea rooms with tablecloths and pretty crockery. It helps that they both drink tea. Afternoon tea with Coke just isn't the same.

Lunch was at the cafe in Chesters visitor centre near to the ampitheatre. Lovely red dotty oilcloth and a good choice of paninis, baguettes or wraps. Unfortunately the photos I took are on my phone... posted to facebook, not the blog.

Afternoon tea at Mad Hatters, on the top Rows of Bridge Street. Look at the slate cake stand! It cost a little extra to have the cakes the girls wanted, but they enjoyed it. Shame we couldn't have t…

Wouldn't a collaboration between Filofax and Cath Kidston be great....

I love Cath Kidston style, especially the red dotty look or the roses on a dark background. And her large zip purses are very useable; so big they take every card I own and slim enough to slide in most handbags. I got mine last summer and, barring a short interlude in a small Radley purse when I was having a Radley phase, I have used it pretty constantly since.
But now... well, I had Bette taking up space in my bag, and when I had a smaller bag I was paperless, no notes, no diary. But carrying a smaller (pocket) FF and a purse just seemed so.... extraneous. I needed a cross over. I needed a Filofax purse system that would work.

Using a Filofax as a purse is a popular idea.... Cat tried it, Jarfm got a Journey which could be one, and even Steve admits to swapping between styles in search of the answer but it is very hard. Proper Filofaxes just don't have the coin space, but can hack the cards and so many are not available in red (I have a red thing going on) but when I saw this on…

When I needed a footstool...

I only had a very knackered old bean bag and a floor cushion with a leak in green. Green. In my living room? No way. I covered it with a red throw, secured temporarily with safety pins and 5 years later still looked at the pins, wondering if I could pass them off as a post-ironic homage to punk. No, it was sheer laziness and the thought of handsewing the seams.

The cushions did not impress, did not inspire usage and had to be hidden away when company came, negating any possible use as additional seating.
Enough! my brain screamed (my brain got quite loud and assertive this year) and I set to work.

1 metre of furnishing fabric (this was from Dunhelm Mill at approx £25 per metre)
1 metre of interlining fabric. (this was from my mother; costs nothing)
Stuffing (this was from the cushion and beanbag combined; again a free item)

With lots of thread at around £5 for more than I eventually used even allowing for double and triple seam sewing, the whole thing cost me just over £30 and took a…

Decorating.... Is it worth it?

We hadn't decorated our living room for 10 years.
10 years. Not since we moved in, when I was seven months pregnant and we had to pay a decorator to do it because my mother threatened to kill me if I lifted my arms above my head at any time during the whole nine months.

 It has been slowly fading all that time, collecting the dust, grubbing up with the fingermarks of three children and a parent who paints and bakes.

And last Christmas I had had enough. I sat and looked around and thought the time had come.
Fortunately I am not (never will be again) preggers so a decorator wasn't necessary this time.
I got to work.

Painting, check.

Furniture moving, check.

Accessories, check.

And Jubilee bunting. Check.

Yes, I know. Can you see a difference? It is cleaner but the colour is almost identical. I had dreams of teal. Duck egg blue. A deep shade of green. But my DH doesn't do change.

It's a good job I love him.

Parents are their children's teachers...

No, not some incredibly worthy diatribe on how we teach children so much but a quick post on a cold, wet day to say that I really enjoy teaching my eldest boy about classic films.



 and this.
I could be good at this cinematic education business.

Making dividers as unique as what I am.

Madness on the roof of the palace? Amazing! I love the idea that the Queen brought her own ear plugs. I don't blame her.

Anyway, enough flim flam. Today's post; how I made individualised dividers for my A5 Filofax.

I love using pictures as dividers and if anyone has ever had a Filofax, the plain dividers are just too.... plain. I agree that if I was a business man or woman I would probably prefer to show the world a clean, cream, crisp divider when I opened my Filofax, but I am a mother of three, crafting and teaching my way through life. Plain doesn't stay plain even if I preferred it, so I needed to get to work.
I am unutterably lazy, so even if I could be bothered measuring, cutting and covering card with stamps, decoupage, painting etc I don't think it's worth it when I know that I will want to change them again, so I took the cowards way out. It took me a couple of hours on the computer and a few borrowed images from blogs I admire. Ultimately the plan would b…

I climb on board the Magic Roundabout….

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I got given some cash. What to buy? What to spend it on? I had been finding my Malden in personal size just a little too narrow for my writing style. I know A5 pads are big enough to write on and I know an A5 Domino works as a Filofax (I have a red one as my application notebook to find a full time teaching job) so I decided to invest in a quality leather A5. Ideally I would have had a crimson Malden, since I really love the colour and feel of the leather, the lining and the pocket arrangement, but all the Maldens I could see at a price I could afford were either grey or vintage pink which is just too…pink.
Back to Philofaxy (how I love that site!) and its related contributors. Which Filofax was available at the right price and in the right colour…. A little birdy posted about Chameleons at half price, I clicked onto and…..
Red. They had the most beautiful bright scarlet red leather A5 at half price. Half price! Scroll, clic…