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Stuff I buy. Places I go. Things I make.

Stuff I Buy

Music, books and other items I’ve found in charity shops and elsewhere.

  • Gingerbread Vampires On Mars
    This weeks mid-week charity shop perusal found me various TV show DVD's (True Blood, Battlestar Galactica and Life On Mars), two Ladybird books, the Ready Player One book and a lovely illustrated fairy tales book.
  • Monster In The Post
    Look who turned up in the post at work. It was only My Pet Monster "Rark"! I love his big bushy blue moustache.
  • Perky’s Shagadelic Ukulele Of Doom
    A step out through Leigh on Saturday afternoon brought forth Hoobs aplenty, plush My Little Ponies, a kittenless Kitty Surprise, a friend of YooHoo, and more Clangers. Plus Austin Powers, Indiana Jones, George Formby, Frankie Howerd and ilk, and Pinky & Perky. I also bought an adapter and two loose plugs. Yeah, baby!
  • Galactic Clockwork Wars
    A rummage through the rather sparse 10p toy box in the Salvation Army charity shop this week resulted in six Star Wars figures, two Battlestar Galactica figures, and a The Black Hole figure. I also found a Playmobil and similar figure, plus A Clockwork Orange by Penguin Books from their Film Classics series. Film classic finds all round!
  • Barbie’s Wild Black Hole Celebration
    An impromptu visit to the dentists last week lead to various charity shop finds. I found a Barbie "Rainbow Lights Mermaid", three LP's, a bottomless money bank doll, "Where The Wild Things Are", "Pan's Labyrinth", and a holographic millennium party CD.
  • The Frizzy Clanger Spiral
    A Saturday morning trip to the wood yard last week, via the Lions charity shop (of course), paid of with this little lot! I found a large Frizzys, a Clanger, two mermaid tags, a Peko tin, a little leather kitty purse and a pink spiral thingie!
  • About A Keyper
    I had a small jackpot today from my charity shop rummaging. I found a lovely condition plush Keyper for 10 pence. 10p! I also bought the purple Flufflings I had my eye on a couple of weeks back, a sweet little rag story book and two paperback novels (About A Boy by Nick Horby and Dodger by Terry Pratchett).
  • The Dandy Brossette
    I bought this large pile of 1980's Dandy comics a few weeks back, along with various other items. I went carefully through them to sort them out into years, then stashed them away and forgot to photograph them. Among the pile was also Wow, a Christmas issue of Beano, and the cover from a Transformers comic.
  • On My Way With Farting Flufflings
    I came back with an excellent selection of toys and books from the Lions charity shop last Saturday, including a full set of Sesame Street "On My Way" books, a Jack and Jill book from 1971, and various soft toys including a farting Grumples, a moaning Flufflings, a talking Hoobs, an accident prone Mr Men, a tiny Furby, and a baby Puppy Surprise!

Places I Go

I love photography and have taken pictures of plants and places ever since I got my first camera.

  • My Garden [May 19th 2018]
    Photos taken in my garden on 19th May 2018.
  • Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre [May 2018]
    We popped down to the Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre last bank holiday weekend as it was a lovely morning and thought we'd get there before it got too busy.
  • Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
    The second port of call on our whirlwind stop-over to Oxford was the Pitt Rivers Museum, which I last visited some 25 years ago with my mum whilst researching masks for an A Level art project on the grotesque. The only things I could remember about the place was the huge totem pole and the tiny shrunken heads.
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
    The first port of call after arriving in Oxford on Wednesday was the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The museum covers five floors and contains thousands of objects from all eras of human evolution.
  • Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre [Aug 2017]
    It was time for another visit to Hadleigh Rare Breed Centre this weekend so I could see all the birds, which were hidden indoors on our last visit in April. I went back twice to photograph the ducks, I just love them!

Things I Make

When the mood takes, I create.

  • Ribbon & Bead Hoop Decorations
    Just before Christmas, I created some tree decorations using memory wire, ribbon and beads. Mine ended up on the cheese plant.
  • Random Bead Earrings
    My mum gave me a selection of beads a few weeks back to turn into earrings for her, and I finally got around to it yesterday!
  • Potato Print Bird Cards
    Sometimes I feel inspired to make my own arty Christmas cards, and last year I created these potato print birdies with real feather tails. They came out slightly more sinister than I meant them to be!
  • Bejewelled Mosaic Coasters
    My first attempt at making coasters from my ever growing pile of tile samples!
  • Passport Wedding Invites
    Four months back I had the pleasure of designing the wedding invites for my boyfriend's nephew and his betrothed. Georgia set the brief of a blue passport, boarding pass and luggage label as the template, I designed it and my boyfriend printed it. They came out really well and I can't wait the the reception next month!