Thursday, March 22, 2007

punk rock show

today's made by me

OK so...when was the last time you were at a punk rock show?
Last night Mike and I went out to see our son's new Punk rock band, he is the drummer in about 3 different band's. Michael and Miss Izzy.A punk girl in the making

The lead singer took the time to tell the audience what each song was about, but this is what I heard
arggggggggg hheeeeeeeghthththth nnnjj rttykryprotyew cuifKCB, After last night I have decided that I could easily be punk rock singer, I can scream with the best of them
yeah I can definitely do that.I will have to get into the closet and find my spike studded jacket (^_^).
We are going to see our daughter Tonight, she will be singing at L'Elizabeth's
in Providence .I can't remember the last time we went out 2 nights in a row
My popcorn softie made it into the top 5 of the food category of the softie awards if you have a minute,please go vote for my chenille popcorn softie
here talk to ya later

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


today's made by me

I just want to clear something up I have had many emails asking me how I get so much sewing done,
well some of the made by me's, are things I did a while ago, so NO I am not a super human sewer that can make a ton of thigs in one day

OK I'm sick of it all, are you ?
I heard one reporter saying "she's out of control and self destructive"

well I'm sorry but she only shaved her head.

I have 4 kids and all four of them have shaved their heads at one point, are they out of control I think NOT, and guess what,IT GROWS fact when I was 15 I had a blue streak put in my hair , I'm 51 now you do the math. I was not out of control either, it was shocking to some people in Rawtenstall back then ,and you know old ladies have had pink and blue hair for as long as I can remember, but hey each to his own right.I guess my Idea of out of control self destructive behavior would be chopping off a body part ... it wont grow back.
OK so I have said my bit so I will shut up now

I have no house pics so I will share family pics with you

this is Paddy and he's has been told he looks a lot like Leonardo Dicaprio

this is Michael and he's been told he looks a lot like himself (-_^)

talk to ya soon

Monday, February 19, 2007


today's made by me

Bright and cheery cosmetic bags

I am going to add vintage buttons to finish them off

SEEEEEE... that got your attention din't it.I had the urge for the full no not some weird sexual thing,Full English not full Monty.................ok back on subject now. No Im talking breakfast here, you know the artery clogging, but oh so delicious, fried bacon sausage eggs tomatoes mushrooms and beans with a cup of tea and toast.I get be a bit home sick on these winter days,so I have to load up with comfort food to help me through it,well that's what I tell myself so there!!!I think I might have to have it tommorow. Sometimes I really miss home.
here is a picture I just got from penny. I hope it makes you smile

My stock is slowly building

I managed to get this done and I think it came out just is more fitted than the other slipcovers... variety is the spice of life after all

Saturday, February 17, 2007

show time X rated

today's made by me

I also managed to finish this today I think it came out just lovely
A vintage shopping trolley I spray painted white and made a liner for
it will be on ebay

On our way to see Dan's show on Friday night, we got a flat tire and it was no fun at all freezing our arse's of trying to change it, now when I say we you all know I mean Mike. I did lend moral support standing with him in the cold while he climbed under the car to get at the spare.

It stared with a burlesque show, and one of the audience members obviously had no clue that there was a show going on, because just as one of the girls started to disrobe he yelled out in shock what the f--K is going on.Every time I thought about his surprise it made me laugh.There was also a performer that was really fabulous she had a hoola hoop and danced in out through and around it a very talented young woman of course the fact that she was wearing very little made the males in the audience very happy

I am not really sure what this performer in the clear plastic wrap was supposed to be or do

Dani sang a few tunes none of which we recognized but the crowd went wild
When I figure out how to add sound I will share with you,but in the mean time a few pictures of her below

talk to ya soon

Monday, February 12, 2007

they went home ("_")

today's made by me
pink cotton cami top

Well they left today, and it already feels so quiet... now don't get me wrong, I love my peace,but we love having them near us too.I am hoping that in the very near future a wonderful affordable house will pop on to the market and they will be able to come back to live close enough to see them every day.When I came to live here from England I just couldn't understand why my mum was sooooo upset,but now I'm the gran I can see that her tears were totally justified, and I really do get it now.that's what you call living and learning, she was feeling what I feel.I was young and stupid and thought she was overreacting, I guess until you are a granparent you can't even begin to understand that kind of love it's wonderful and unconditional.

~~~~~The only good side to them leaving is I can get back to full time sewing,it is how I make my wage after all and no work no pay (^_^)
I haven't done to much in the last few weeks.Sewing is like therapy for me, so I hope to have some lovely things to show you all in the next few days. I did manage to make another chair slipcover, isn't it a lovely colour

the other one I had listed sold so quickly I had to get another one made and listed
its listed on ebay

I am seriously toying with the idea of taking the camper and going to the round top market in Texas. It's a long drive from here, but I know it would be so much fun. I will have to see what I can get made as there is no point going with not enough I will have to get working hard its only 5 weeks away.

talk to ya soon

Sunday, February 11, 2007

winter picnic

today's made by me
vintage fabric baby shoes

today was one of those lovely bright sunny but cold days, it didn't stop us from making a fort in the yard and having a picnic .I had an old dirty tarp that we draped over the arbour and held it up with poles.The tarp had a huge
ball of ice stuck to it, and as I tried to get it off, Izzy said "wawa we can leave it there... it can be the light like a chandelier" NOW THAT'S AN IMAGINATION.

Kids can somehow make the most of everything and what a lovely trait to have.

With cheese and peanut butter crackers they had a feast fit for royalty and they didn't notice the holes or the dirt on the tarp to them it was marvelous

they are leaving to go back to Florida tomorrow and I will be sad to see them go.
They make my world sweeter,as I'm sure any of you that are grannies know only to well

talk to ya soon

Thursday, February 8, 2007

tidying brrrrrrrrr

today's made by me

chenille easter eggs

I decided to spend a few minutes tidying the camper today,but it is so cold.I run out there do a little clean up and run back in... have a cuppa and go out again. it shouldn't take to long to get it in order.I am just trying to figure out what I need for the spring shows . Like I mentioned in an earlier posting this is me trying to be organized(^_^)

I love having the camper for my storage room. I have all my stock in there, its a great way to keep it all together and I can see what I have. I can't wait to get out to the shows.

As promised pictures of the finished slipcover. I listed it for sale on ebay this afternoon I am in
a slipcover making mood, so I had better take advantage of that my moods change so quickly

here are a couple more pictures of the front section of the camper there is great storage under the seats and its all hidden away by a cute vintage fabric ruffle I am working on the back where the bed is and I will post pictures at a later date

talk to ya soon

Wednesday, February 7, 2007


today's made by me
I used a wedding dress that I found at goodwill to make these
Its funny when you are younger you really don't appreciate the time you can spend with your siblings, I MISS MY SISTERS. I have been reading their blogs. I want to be there having fun on the allotment with them.I think maybe it's the time of year, it's cold here... way to cold to be out digging that's for sure.

Our dad had such a green thumb that if he planted wellie boots they would have sprouted roots and grown.If he was still alive I know for sure that he would have that allotment in shape in record time. all planted in neat rows.

I started a new slipcover today I don't have pictures today, but I will show you some tomorrow

I have had some emails asking about slipcovers I will be offering some for sale in the next few days.

sharing a picture of miss Izzy she is wearing an outfit that I had knitted

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

thrift day again

We had a great day today at 50c day.Nique and the kids are still here with us and its really great fun to go thrifting with them, they are all veterans at it now even the 2 yr old.

We went to one that's a little farther away because going to the same one gets a little boring.there are 3 that are not to far to go to .

I got some really nice spring like fabric that will soon be slipcovers and I got a ton of long zippers you can never have enough of those.

There is a bakery near the thrift store that sells the best pies they are so like the pies I love from home, so tonight for dinner we will be having chicken pie,chips with mushy peas and gravy
I will feel like I'm right back in Rawtenstall,

and to top it off
the chair is finished it just needs a little steaming to get the creases out of the fabric,and it will be perfect.I think the slipcover gods were on my side with this one don't you think it came out brilliant(^_^)

talk to ya soon carol

Monday, February 5, 2007

family matters

today's made by me

this is a long story I will make it short.
When we were small our parent's were divorcing and my dad needed to have us taken care of,Of couse he never thought for a moment that he was doing us far as he knew the nuns were the be all and end all and being women of god would take good care of us,but the truth is that they really did NOT. we were in the notorious Golden bridge convent in Ireland.the movie magdelene sisters tells a very sad story. My experience was not nearly as bad as that but tramatic for a nine yr old all the same, and one I will remember till I die.

I consider us lucky we were only there for 9 months.We were innocent kids with parents that loved us to death .. they just didnt love each other anymore and we got caught up in an all to familiar custody battle.

ok I think I have said enough now.I think things that happen good or bad colour your life and I am happy to say I have a very colourful lovely life and a wonderful family

The Irish goverment are trying to make ammends for the abuse .I hope talking about it helps with the healing because after 40 yrs it still hurts to remember

on to a sweeter subject I wanted to share the progress on the slipcover its almost finished. I added lovely pink piping on the arms and around the seat cushion so far I am really delighted with it

talk to ya later

Saturday, February 3, 2007

great day

today's made by me

baby winter went home to veronica last night I miss her already.
what a day !the plumbers arrived to put in the new boiler and shortly after Kathleen and Sandy arrived.They had driven up from connecticut to buy a jacket from me.Kathleen had seen Sandy in church wearing one of my jackets and had asked her where she got it amount of advertising beats word of mouth,and with many phone calls back and forth, I arranged for them to come to the house.she bought a pair of chenille lounge pants and a tote bag too, so the money came in to my right hand and out my left thats life.

wouldn't you know it the plumbers turned on the new boiler and whoooosh water coming down the walls in the front bedroom in a torrent. I had to run back and forth showing them where all the pipes were. Joe said "we are going to have to punch out the walls", WHAT !!! no way.with much discussion and the look of horror on my face they realised that it wasn't such a good idea, so they crawled into the attic to fix it from there. it took a while but they got it done and whoopee we now have heat ,just in time for the 20 degree's that has been forecast

Thursday, February 1, 2007

today's made by me

ok so I seem pretty normal to you right? well I though I would share a few things I have done a round the house that I prefer to think of as creative Mike might have a different idea about that.A couple of yrs ago I wallpapered the bedroom floor with beautiful vintage wallpaper, my daughters dog peed on it so I had to paint over it.I am still loooking for enough paper to do it again.I turned a cabinet upside down so the stubby little legs look like finials and put it in on the bathroom wall.I wallpapered a tiny bathroom floor with vintage greeting cards. I use those vintage velvety almost gaudy bedspreads as rugs.The upstairs bathroom really has a throne... we had no room for pipes so they had to be run across the floor, the solution raise the toilet on a platform.I painted the backsplash of my stove bright red. I go to the junk yard and look for home accessories,so far I have found two great sinks there,one porcelain and one restaurant stainless steel both with draining boards.I have inside furniture on the porch and garden furniture in the kitchen.I had a dinner party, and with not enough bowls I used all the majolica plant pots from my collection for the soup... it looked amazing I might add.ok and one last thing its not about my crazy house stuff it really say's more about me.I ran to the car on my wedding day with a roll of toilet paper in my hand, I couldn't find tissues and of course its captured on film (^_^)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

baby it's cold outside

today's made by me

I have not set foot in my studio for over a week,its so bloody cold.I have had to bring my sewing machine into the house,I hate that because fabric trims and all other sundries somehow manage to follow me in and I know for sure they multiply once you let them loose.

I really don't want to go out there brrrrrrr don't make me.

My spare room (that's not so spare at the moment) is starting to look like a bomb hit it.not only is all my sewing stuff in there, but so is my daughter and her kids.

I really need to get my big bum in gear and start to organize.I was watching one of those shows where someone comes and reorganizes for you... I'm telling you they would have a heart attack if they set foot in my studio
and I bet they would refuse to do it.

I often wonder what makes one person so neat and the next not... believe me I try, and in all honesty my studio will only be tidy for about a day.

What does that say about a person NO!!! you don't need to answer that LOL


Now this is the bedroom that I would love to have. I can't remember where this picture came from ,but I love how it look's, and I dream that one day I will have this room...look there are no sock's thrown on the floor (^_^)

Monday, January 29, 2007

no thrifting

today's made by me

Today I was so tired I didn't go to the thrift store,but tomorrow is 50c day and I will be there.I only got a little more done on the chair so its really not worth showing pictures just yet.I was delighted to be featured on tracey's blog its an honour when someone else think's you are worthy of a blog posting so thank you Tracey .I am sorry to be sort and sweet latley but as you know if you are a regular reader my time is pretty much spoken for
talk to you soon

Sunday, January 28, 2007

beach day

I spent most of this morning messing about with the blog template.I know just enough html to be dangerous, it will be like everything else a wip. I love how I can change it with a few taps on the keyboard .

When my bum became numb from sitting at the pc we decided to take a walk to the beach even though it was cold.We are so lucky we live 2 minutes from the beach, sometimes you really need a breath of fresh air.Izzy was not a happy camper.

just look at that face (^_^)

because of all that has happened this week Mike will be going to Virginia alone,although he is going there for work I think it might actually be better for him,he might get a full night's sleep,waking up for 2 am feeding's all week has really made us both a bit cranky

I am going to try to get some work done this week I feel I am falling behind. I started to cut out and tack the slipcover for the ugly chair

here is the start of it I hope to get more done tomorrow

I will post more pictures soon

I love this picture of izzy's feet

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

ahhhhhh relief

We had good news taday, veronica's injuries are less than first thought,but still very serious. She will still have to stay in the hospital for about 2 more weeks.She needs surgery on her ankle and maybe on her knee,the cat scan showed some burst blood vessels and bruising on her brain.They have her on medication and they are doing a wait and see. its been a hectic day. My daughter Nique and kids drove up from florida as soon as she heard the news. She will be a huge help with baby winter.....I'm way to old for 2 am feedings (^_^) we have a full house tonight but its lovely. I have 4 kids and they are all very close and really rally to the rescue of each other...its like the old irish saying "if you kick one of us we all limp".
I want to thank you all for your lovely emails and notes

Monday, January 22, 2007

the BIG decision

Today's made by me

I love to share what I am doing, but
It seems I have a stalker,She is coming to my pages and using me as her personal designer.Thats so NOT cool. I pride myself on the originality of my work and I really don't like being stalked.or used in this way it seems some people have no self respect or integrity .... ok I have vented now (breath)
I went to the town hall today and YES YES, I can have a B&B in the house we are looking at, so now I have to make the decision, do I want to move and start over, or should I stay in this house that I love so much. I have butterflies every time I think of what I will do.It's a huge decision, because to get this house we begged borrowed and almost stole.But I am thinking a head, which if you knew me you would know thats soooo out of character.I will keep you updated on the BIG DECISION.

Cherry tagged me
The Rules: Each player of this game starts with "6 weird things about you". Each person who gets tagged needs to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things

clearly state this rule.

After you state your 6 weird things, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you're tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog for information as to what it means.

here are my six weird things..
1 I sometimes dont brush my hair for a week ,its a good thing its long enough to fit in an eastic band
2 I move furniture around almost everyday,and some how it usually ends right back where it started
3 the sight of butter melting on anything makes me feel ill.
4 I can wave one of my toes independantly of all the others,I really should be in the circus
5 I love the smell of soil (earth)and I can sometimes be found sniffing potatoes at the farmers market
6 I dont like to stay in bed once I have woken up.

here are my taggee's

Saturday, January 20, 2007


todays made by me

these are available on my webpage

I have for many yrs now wanted to use my house as a bed and breakfast.I might even call it Pink Cottage ...hows that for a name{^_^}.

Mike and I have stayed at a few B&Bs and always loved meeting the other guests, its just so different than staying at a hotel. I plan on having 2 guest rooms to begin with,I want to set up a little boutique in the garage where guests can shop for unique handmade gifts.

Afternoon tea will be a must, its one of the things I love most about b&b's.

I think because of where I grew up my b&b will have a definate English flair.

Scones oh Im hungry now .

The problem is that my house is in a little hidden away neighbourhood ....well would'nt you know it, I just saw the perfect house online .Its a house that I have driven by so often, and loved it.

Its in the perfect b&b place. set back from the road on an acre of land .I have to go look at it .I have!! have!! have!! to . Now I have to figure out if I really want to leave my beautiful pink cottage.

here it is I know I could do so much with this. I am gonna have to do some sweet talking to Mike (^_^)
talk to ya soon

I just got a message from my sister Sandy she sent me this picture she thinks shes the Rose hmmmm.that cant be cause Im the REALLY cute one on the right (^_^)the other 2 are my brother Michael and my sister Paula

Thursday, January 18, 2007

bargains bargains

today's made by me

this purse is available for purchase

I go to 50c day with a rule, I will only buy what is 50c that day,but you know how it goes... I hear some lovely vintage piece calling my name from somewhere in the store and I just have to take it home.well this week it was a gorgeous vintage chenille bedspread in mint condition.I also have to confess,I have a passion for sofa's.I love to slipcover them and give them a new life. this one I will be adding to my collection (^_^)

I picked it up at the rock bottom bargain price of $30.00 a few weeks ago.

I am finally going to have to add a new page to my website
it will have some of the lovely vintage pieces I pick up.I have been selling on ebay for almost 8 yrs now, so I have a solid reputation which I think really helps with online sales. I will be putting my pretty finds on my page. I hope to add them this weekend so stop by and take a look

here is the bedspread I found is'nt she lovely

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baby carol

baby carol
Me on o'connell st Dublin Ireland 1956

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