Sunday, 1 August 2010

Whizz of a weekend & a Giveaway

Wow this weekend has certainly disappeared at a rate of knots!  We started on Friday evening with a surprise Silver Wedding Anniversary party for my sister, organised by my nephew, which went off splendidly and she didn't suss anything out.  She was crowing last week that nothing ever gets past her ..... well this one did .....  she was gobsmacked!

I was up early yesterday morning to take DS1 to the railway station for his journey home to Nottingham ... he has been staying with us for 2 weeks so he could be here for the grands birthdays and the party. The rest of the day was spent tidying up but I don't know why I bothered because the grands had a sleepover last night and it was back to square one by this afternoon.  We went off to the car boot with them this morning .... this one has only just started for this season and it was packed but I had to have one eye on them and one on the stalls so I am sure I missed loads of bargains. 

They both did very well .... Ellie is into Roald Dahl stories at the moment and Care Bear soft toys and she found some all by herself .... not bad for a 6 year old (she has her nanny's eye for a deal!).  Charlie found a lovely big megablocks transporter with vehicles and he kept saying he wanted something with a cone in it, then I twigged he wanted an ice cream.

I didn't come away empty handed myself of course and here is my booty

A vintage curtain which has washed up beautifully and will be stashed for a rainy day project

Some FQ of Christmas fabric and there was a whole stall selling fabric to my absolute delight .... Liberty prints at £5 per metre .... well what was a girl to do!

A box of vintage Anchor threads and a wicker basket

We came home via Barton Watermill where we stopped for a coffee & cake.  I was saddened to hear that the Crafty Quilter's shop will be closing down in a couple of weeks but there is an online shop here so please support them if you can.

The postie also brought a nice surprise yesterday morning ..... I won a bag of buttons in a competition from The Button Company via The Sewing Directory  ..... they are both sites that I recommend any crafter to bookmark as a favourite.

I'm planning on visiting my nearest Scrapstore tomorrow morning  .... I have just discovered this via blogland and what a wonderful idea to keep perfectly good arts & craft materials out of landfill ..... I just cannot believe that they would dump this stuff if not for the scrapstores.  I will update on what I find during the week and I'm hoping to get stocked up on lots of bits to keep the children occupied for the remainder of the summer hols.  This week is my week off and I am so looking forward to getting up and slobbing round in my jim jams in the morning .... my day usually starts around 7 am with the first child arriving at 8 am and the last one leaving just before 6 pm.  A massive de-cluttering is called for this week and some painting with a bit of luck.

I have just realised that I am close to my 200th post so a celebration giveaway is called for methinks ..... give me a day or two to get some goodies together and I'll be back xx


  1. A busy weekend, but a very successful one by the sounds of it. Glad the party went well - great surprise for your Sister.

  2. Phew, I'm worn out for you! I went to a car boot yesterday and would have loved to have found a fabric stall, I only bought a rubarb plant! Hope you have a lovely week off.
    Jak x

  3. thankyou so much for all your lovely, and very kind comments.

    I do hope everything is well with you- you certainly sound busy!

    Looking forward to your giveaway yay :))

    Off now to cook tea

  4. yummy goodies!
    Just read your comment on my blog...Pmsl, I should have asked him to sing to me at the same time! The man is a legend, I feel miles better already :)

  5. Lovely car booty and a busy weekend i hope you enjoy your week off and put your feet up for some of it.

    Hugs Pat.

  6. Wow lala i'm worn out just reading all that you do lol. It's great when the kids spot a bargain, they'll be money saving experts when they're older! and wowie on your crafting goodies, it's enough to make my mouth water :D

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  8. It sounds like you have the youngsters very well trained to pick up some bargains! SueXXX

  9. I don't know how you do it, but you always seem to find some wonderful treasures. So sorry to hear about the Crafty Quilter closing down - just when I'd discovered it, at least there will be the on-line shop.