Friday, 28 October 2016

A Different Half Term

These weekly news posts seem to be the norm for me just now.
This one will start with last Saturday.
An exhibition I wanted to see, Love Thy Denim, was due to end it's run at the Winchester Discovery Centre. G didn't want to go and so I took myself off on a solo jaunt.
I spent a very happy hour engrossed in reading all about the social history of this most versatile of fabrics and admiring some of the clothing on display.
The photos here show a Vivienne Westwood denim shirt and the other item is an original 1880's milk maids shirt. I'd be more than happy to wear it now.

Once I had finished there I nipped to CK for a mooch and then onto a couple of charity shops before ending in M&S where I bought myself some lunch. I can heartily recommend this smoothie it was delicious.

The local car boot is now starting a little later at 10am on a Sunday morning, but we were a little late getting started and didn't arrive until gone 11am so we weren't there long.
I bought 2 new dresses for S for a pound each, she chose them.

and another pound was spent on this straw shopper for me.

As you can see it's not only me who likes it.

Couldn't resist this cute deer snowglobe countdown to Christmas chalkboard, it was only 50p. My other sister T has her birthday on Nov 25th, I will start my countdown to Christmas on it then.

Pumpkins have been purchased and they are sat, on the new autumn coloured polka dot tablecloth, waiting to be carved ready for Halloween.
For the first time in many years this autumn half term hasn't seen us go to the local country park to do their Halloween trail, which is why although it's been half term but not felt like half term.

Saying that S has had a marvelous week. She has been out with her friends most of the time, the weather has been glorious and mild which has helped. Tuesday S was with my mum as G and I were working and Wednesday I took her and her friend A into town for a spot of shopping and some lunch. 
I took Thursday off but as once again S spent the best part of the day out and about I had lots of time to myself. I took full advantage of this and managed to crack on and lots of odd jobs done which felt so satisfying.
So here we are now at Friday evening with another weekend stretching ahead of us.
I hope it's a good one for us all.

Monday, 24 October 2016

My Sister's Birthday Presents

Today is my sister C's birthday and here are her presents.
As per usual all, bar one, came from a car boot, a charity shop or a jumble.
The pink shoes were something C chose herself a few weeks back. Looking at the bottom of them they look like they may have only been worn once, possibly twice. They were £1.00.
 The grey socks are the one brand new item and they also cost £1.00.
The shoe coaster was 30p.

I would be quite happy to keep any of this next little lot. The sundae dishes are originally from Laura Ashley and were £1.58. The cereal bowl was 50p and the heart saucer was 49p.
The fabric the bowl is sat on is a fleece PJ top patterned with scotty dogs and polka dots, another item my sister chose and this was 20p.

Cath Kidston dusters still in their packaging for £1.00.

A pretty wire and beaded heart which can be used to display photos or cards. 
This was also £1.00.

This is the item the above heart is laying on. A furry black gilet for yet another £1.00

This navy cardi is a long skinny one and I like it's delicate pattern. This was a bargain at 20p.

Not a great photo as it doesn't show the subtle colours of this long snuggly scarf and makes it look a bit dirty! This was bought back in January and was 50p.

Nearly at the end now and here we have a beige and black floaty fabric top which cost 20p.

I think is my favourite piece of clothing. The bird and heart motif is just so sweet. This was where the final pound was spent.

As always our budget is £10 and these items tot up to £9.97.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Four Steps to Happiness

1. Go to The Range and buy a pack of mistletoe craft embellishments.

2. Once back home find the craft glue and the stash of brooch backs (how did that safety pin get in there?!).

3. Glue brooch back to mistletoe.
4. Do happy dance at thought of wearing new brooch in December, or possibly November if you feel you just can't wait that long.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Celebration and Season

Jeepers creepers if I thought the week before G's birthday went quickly this latest one went at double quick speed.
Which can mean only one thing, it's time for another news round up.

Lets wind back to 8th and G's 50th.
As planned it was lunch out with family, all very relaxed and jolly good fun and then back to ours where we were joined by friends.
Lots of cake was consumed and this magnificent creation was the hands down favourite.
It was made by our friend M with help from his young son and daughter.

Do you like the cheeky banner?
I bought a make your own slogan kit from Poundland.
As soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted it to say.
G had already had his gift from me (our trip to NY back in April) but he did have a present from the children.
They gave him a chimenea with some mega marshmallows for toasting.

The day following his birthday G asked me what I wanted to do. I answered that as it was his birthday weekend it was for him to choose. He choose to do nothing. He wanted to chill out and listen to music, so he did.
I pottered and did some of my jigsaw, she's beautiful but oh there are so many shades of brown.

Monday I went into town and met with my friend I.
I wore my new favourite autumn outfit. I think the colours are very seasonal. The dress was a £1 buy from the car boot and I think the cardi came as a gift from my sister. I may also be wearing a new necklace. A buttony necklace for 75p was too much for this jewellery magpie to resist.

Talking of autumn, whilst in town that day I found out we now have a branch of Flying Tiger. I picked up a couple of things including these pumpkins. Got to have a bit of seasonal decoration going on indoors.

Carrying on with the birthday celebrations G and I had a night out together on Tuesday. We went to see a trio called the Lounge Kittens, who sing rock and metal songs but in a three part harmony Andrews sister style, but with way more sass. G is the rock and metal love but I loved them and if you want a listen, here's a link. 
Their support act was a chap called Jay Foreman who sang his own comedy songs which were very funny and very clever, especially this London Underground one.

G spent this past Saturday in London. His birthday treat from his sister was a trip to the theatre to see Sunny Afternoon, the story of the Kinks. He said it was brilliant. Apart from the fact a chap who was sat behind them was clearly drunk and talked throughout the first half, when G politely asked him to stop he was rude and then proceeded to eat a bag of crisps extremely loudly. Thankfully he was asked to leave during the interval. 

Of course there has been other non birthday stuff going on during the evenings. 
Evenings which are now darker so much earlier but the plus side of that is we get to put on pretty, twinkly lights.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Bits and Bobs

We are all toddling away doing our own thing here in the Jumble and Jelly household. 
Nothing especially post worthy in it's own right so a post of bits and bobs for a little round up seems to be the order of the day.

It was G's weekend for working but one day either side he made a start on decorating S's bedroom. It'll look great once it's done but in the meantime half of her belongings are piled on the landing and I'm trying (and failing) to ignore them each time I walk past.

I went out with a couple of friends on Saturday night. First we ate, chatted and laughed and then we saw the new Bridget Jones movie and laughed some more.

Loving my latest necklace purchase. The pink beads are so lustrous. I need to cut back on my spending what with 'that time of year' approaching but couldn't resist this brand new one in a charity shop for the teeny tiny sum of £1.49.

My mum's aunt passed away a few months ago and now her home has been sold and cleared her son asked us if we wanted to go and choose a little something as a momento. I picked out this little lidded glass dish. I love the little addition of the china flowers on top, I have a couple of brooches like that, and I know I will use the bowl in lots of different ways. 

T has been offered a transfer to a store much closer to home. This would cut down on his travelling time but he would have less responsibility which he would miss. He does like seem to thrive on that in the workplace we've noticed, so he is weighing up his options.

I am completely smitten with the new range of foxy items from Asda, not good when I'm trying not to spend. It's those cushions I'm most coveting, the foxy designs and the Stay Home and Snuggle one.

Talking of home, this is what I saw when I came home after work on Friday. Glitter ball sparkles on the kitchen ceiling, what a happy sight.

S is still enjoying school and is out with friends as much as she is able to be. We have had to have a serious chat about homework but with our help she is getting her head around learning to be a bit more organised in her approach with it's completion. One of the changes senior school brings!

These two are starting to spend more time indoors with the steady drop of temperature. Although they are also spending more time out the front of the house (and using the open window as a cat flap) as next door now have two cats who are determined to attack ours on every occasion they possibly can. We now have a spray bottle filled with water which we squirt at them whenever we see them on our garden wall or in our garden.

It's G's 50th birthday this Saturday so that's been keeping my brain busy, thinking of all that needs sorting for it.
We are out for a meal at lunchtime with his family and then back home friends will be arriving for cake. 

I baked this black bean cake because I thought it sounded interesting and it turned out like a brick so needless to say baking a cake for G isn't on my to do list.

Two of my favourite things, blogging and cakes, are combined in a deliciously cosy way on Jo's fabulous new blog how to hygge the british way which I am thoroughly enjoying. I urge you to pay her a visit and give yourself over to making your world a lot more hygge as we go into autumn and winter.

We've started in the perfect way.
Cinnamon pastries.