Saturday, June 22, 2013


I think I'm in slow labour!!!!

It was action stations a couple of nights ago, I paced the floor for half the night doing my breathing as instructed! Was told to get my head down for a rest and what do you know? It stopped!!!!!!!!!

How frustrated am I???

I have had many more little incidents like this and I am still sat here getting increasingly fed up with the situation now. I'm a relatively patient person but even now this is pushing me to hysteria!

I have done the usual little tricks to jump start the situation, walking, manic cleaning, spicy no evail!

This likkle person is obviously nice and snug and making the most of some quiet time before she is unleashed into this bedlam place that is my life!

I would appreciate an appearance this weekend though. I have family and friends all standing by and I'm getting  regular phone calls to check if I'm ok and still here. It's driving me mad.

The only benefit is that I have done NOTHING for several days now. My girlies are away with their Dad so the house is quiet, unbelievably tidy and clean and remains like that during the night, (no little kiddies coming down and trashing the place at the crack of dawn)

I have finished my crochet projects and had to get my bits and bobs of wool out to start on another little project to fill my time. Well, as I keep saying, you can never have too many crochet blankets can you?

I'm pleased to know that Wimbledon will be keeping me occupied next week. I love it! Especially when I get chance to actually sit and watch it and not have to sit through CBeebies all day!!

So, there you have it. I'm off now to march down to the shops to buy a winning lottery ticket and hopefully let gravity do the work for me and speed up this little monkey's arrival!!!!

I will keep you posted. Have a good weekend my lovelies!
Best wishes
Nic xxx

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hello Lovelies........

So here as promised are some updated photos of STUFF!!!!!!!

Firstly, it's Mum's wacky birthday cake!!!! This was a couple of weeks work and the first and last time I will be tackling fondent icing!!!!!!!!

It is my Mum sat in her living room with the usual bedlam of her 6 grandchildren plus my likkle unborn and our doggy Daisy Mae!!!! You won't know from the picture but all the figures resemble the kiddies brilliantly!
I was so so so so pleased this worked out how we wanted it too even though it totally stressed me out it made everyone laugh!!!
And I don't know how we managed it but the figures are still in one piece and in a nice box for Mum to keep.......even though the lads were desperate to eat themselves!!
One of the joys about being here just with my girlies is that I can do and have whatever I like in my home, I can fill it if I want, I don't get aggrivated at having to have a Formula 1 Model car on my fireplace!! Everything I have in my home I love, everything means something to me, yes there are lots of clashing styles but that I now realise doesn't matter what so ever. A home is about love, about family, about feeling cosy and calm and I have that here. I can't explain how happy and calming it is to be here, in the UK, in my new home with all my clutter!!!
So here we are.....a little tour round my humble abode, with a few little treasure bits I have found along the way.
I love this mirror, I found it in a second hand shop for a couple of pound and it sits proudly over my fireplace, I adore fairy lights, I would have them everywhere. Its a bit too white/cream and needs some colour adding here but is a working progress and I know there is something in the charity shop waiting to be found!
My sleeping cherub guarding my 50p vase!!

I adore this bargain tea pot!!! Found in the little treasure shop I told you about. It's too nice for me to use so I have it sat on my coffee table so I can admire it constantly!

I have a thing for candles at the moment!

I love this poster, I wanted it for ages, it was featured in Monica's appartement in Friends. I found it eventually online. I love the colours and the French connection.

This is my happy place!
Its my cosy corner with all my favorite and essential things to operate my life: crochet projects, cosy blankets, remotes, laptop, ipod, phone, biscuits and .....................................

Ben & Jerry's!!!!!!! Well why not??.........

25p plant, in a 50p car boot find jug, sat on an embroidered cloth at a bargain 10p!!!! I love this thrifting!!



My girlies room......please note the little cushion.................

This little cushion was my 11 year old girlie wirlie's creation. Whilst on a visit to Nanna's house she had some time with material, paint and stensils. Not only one for her bedroom but one for me for my birthday. I treasure it. xxxxxxx
This is baby's room........

I don't know why but we call her Baby? Belle-Elise is almost 3 years old and it has just dawned on us that this will cause confusion once the New Baby arrives so now the New Baby has already been nicknamed Tiny Baby!!!!

Finally finished and slightly tweaked since the original TaDah moment. Baby's blanket!!

Now my room with Tiny Baby's corner!!!!!...... 

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These are my newly found collection. They have just sort of "Happened" I had a couple and then recently I just seemed to stumble on them and now I love them. They are all filled tiny bits and bobs.



My beautiful angel looks after us all as we dream away, meant for the garden she is too lovely to leave outside.

My bags are packed,(not these cases, these are full of childhood memories) the clothes are washed and as you can see everything is ready for Tiny Baby!!

I'm sat very IMPATIENTLY waiting for her arrival.

On the right is TIny Baby's crochet blanket, ( I have finally caught up and now all my girlies have one)
On the left is my crochet blanket, made with love by my Nanna..........38 years ago!!!!!! It is much treasured and will be used once more with Tiny Baby!!!!!!
Can you remember how tiny these little socks and vests are???? Its hard to believe in a very short time there will be another likkle girlie snuggling in them.......

In the meantime Piglet is keeping the moses basket warm!

How organised am I????????

And there you have her!!! I think I'm about to go POP!!!!!!!!

I think that covers my whistle stop tour, now friends far away,,,,love you honey,,,,,,can see how its going and see that I'm really settled!

I wish you all a lovely weekend, I hope I haven't bored you too much.
Lots of love
A very impatient, fat, tired, aggrivated pregnant woman!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Two and a half months have passed since my last blog. Gosh sooooo much has happened I have no idea where to start to update you.

Settling in
I have finally moved into my own place with my girlies and although still unpacking bits and bobs I had completely forgotten I had as they were packed away so very long ago, it already feels like home and safe, For me that is a very important feeling to have after the stress and unsettlement of the first six months of this year. 

I found this little gem, after becoming very dispondent and after virtually giving up looking for a new home for us due to the complete and utter wrecks I had previously looked at.  I have an eye and can spot potential yet some places I visited were horrendous and obviously had never seen any love nor care. I almost cancelled my appointment to view this house it was only because it was so close to my Mums house that I decided to have a quick look. 

I'm so pleased I did. My paperwork went in the same day and BINGO! Here I am sat in my new sunny living room. All my nick nacks out, a man free zone, I have the remote, the phone, the laptop and homemade biscuits!!! OHHH its fab!!!!

I set straight to decorating although it only really needed a bit of TLC, it's looking really homely. Just the hall, stairs and landing to tackle now and they are being sorted Monday, 

My girlies are pleased with their new home, new room, settled in great and have even made some playmates so are always outside playing. 

I have in dribs and drabs got most of my furniture treasures back from France, still a couple of bits and bobs to come back but all in all I am happier with the situation. I have just read through my previous post and was shocked at how negative, low and in such a bad place I was just a few weeks ago. I'm still a long way away from being me but bit by bit I have made progress, helped with the fact I have been so busy recently on a mission to sort my life out and turn what seemed like a BIG negative into a BIG positive. 

New arrival imminent!

Only 25 days now until the new little addition to our girlie household arrives. I'm thrilled to be able to say that it will be another girlie wirlie to join our team! We are all ready and sat waiting now.  Name chosen but to be kept a secret,  the cots up, the prams assembled, bottles ready in the steriliser, nappies and tiny baby grows are patiently waiting for the little body to fill them!

 It has been, in my experience of pregnancies, a quick one, a relatively easy one health wise, I have only gained a stone in weight which we all know makes life so much easier afterwards to get back into ones jeans!! All this is probably due to the amount of other stress with moving back to the UK, going through a divorce and custody battles, moving, again, from Mums to my house and all the other related stress factors being so much bigger than the worry of the pregnancy, it has been a doddle and soon will be over. 

This last stretch though is always the longest as you ladies will be aware. The heat will be great in about 4 weeks when the little one arrives and we want to be out and about but a bit of a cooler couple of weeks would be greatly appriciated due to the fact I daren't leave the house in fear of over heating!!!! 

New finds and treasures.

One of the joys about this little house being MY HOUSE, is that I can fill it to the gills with whatever I like!!! All my little chintzy bits and bobs have pride of place and my "bit of a mixed up style thingy" I have going on........not shabby chic, not retro, not French chic.......but a bit of everything and anything, just whatever I like, works surprisingly well here.  Adding to this I have stumbled on a new little shop in town, I almost crashed my car when I spotted it, Vintage and Retro Emporium. Its a little gem, filled with alsorts of treasures from upcycled furniture pieces, vintage clothes and trinkets. I have already spent to much money in there but Im so pleased with my little finds and they have added greatly to my mixed up collection. Photos will follow once I have caught up with my postings and recent events. 

I am also a now dedicated frequenter of the charity shops. I never had the time before and being in France they didn't have the same thing. Every few days I do a little wander. In one of the local towns we have a road full of them so I can make a moring of it. Not only doing my bit for charity, making one feel better, but finding some great stuff! I do need to be careful though as I realise this could turn into an obsession quite easily and before I know it I will be sat here under mounds of rubbish!!! For now I have plenty of room left to fill!!

Mums 60th

In the middle of all this we also had Mums 60th birthday. My sister and are owe my Mum such a lot and wanted to do something really special to show her how we feel. Not very easy though when she was adament that all she wanted was a meal in a local pub with me and my girlies, my sister and her kiddies and her partner. We decided to over rule her in the end and book a meal in a lovely restaurant and secretly added her extended family and close friends to the invited. Nervously unsure wether this was the right thing to do and how she would take it, we were very releaved that all went well. 
We also said we didn't know what to buy her for her birthday and as she doesn't like waste and would rather have something as a gift that she wants opposed to buying something for the sake of buying it, we both gave her a bit of an IOU with the promise to do something or buy something later when we could afford to do so. Meanwhile we had booked a trip for the 3 of us to New York in the spring next year! What a surprise!!!! Needless to say she is thrilled!!!! As are we!!!!!

We even turned our hands to cake making and decorating! My sister baked a fabulous cake and I set to decorating it. I don't do baking and this is the first time I have tackled fondent icing, well any type of icing really. We couldn't decide what decor to do so in the end I came up with a comic scene to decorate the top of the cake with and then...I don't know how or why......decided that it couldn't really be that difficult to do.....could it???? Several days answer to that is YES it is difficult. 
Anyhow,,,,,,,the cake was finished, looked and tasted amazing too. Lots of hours work went into it but it was completely worth. It will be, I will say now, the first and last!!!!!

So there you go lovely people, my recent events!!! No doubt I have missed something, I have tried to be a little more positive than my last post and I hope I haven't frightened you lovely followers away with my negative thinking and depressing previous posting. 

ONWARD AND UPWARDS from now on,,,,,,,,,,,I PROMISE!!!!

Lots of love xxxxxx