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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

More painting, and blinging stones.

Hello. That's another day of winds battering the garden. The trees at the back have been lashing about, the noise is a tad annoying as I'm trying to get things done. The flower beds need tidying, must try and get that done tomorrow. Mayze doesn't care, she is in heaven in her sun lounge. 
This is the remains of the old cat shelter, I managed to salvage some of it and today I painted it. I might not paint the bottom shelf, and I haven't painted the bits round the back that can't be seen. It fits perfectly in this space.


I have painted a few stones, they will be scattered about the garden. Blinged them up with sequins and glitter nail varnish.

I've been looking after Barry's dog, Scruff, today, short walks and sitting with him. I managed to find a new home for a large plant that I have no room for. Janet has taken it in and will find a place at the bottom of her garden. Only two more days of prepping to do, then a busy weekend, then I will be free to do something else.

The strange marks were inside the bottom of a bowl which had a bit of rain water in it. I think the readers who said slugs or snails are probably right.

Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon.
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Pretty pots.

Hello, just popping in while I have my after lunch coffee. Egg and beans on toast today. Someone asked about using emulsion paint on outdoor projects, does it wash off in the rain. It seems to work ok with me. I painted these two pots this morning, one is plastic, one terracotta. I last did them a year ago, they were a bit faded with the sun, and had a few scratches where I moved them about. They will be ok for another year now, I have repainted them in the same colour. 
One thing I would say is that if you are painting over a pot which was previously finished in gloss paint, it might not cover it very well, and might flake off. Here I have used Crown flat matt emulsion, shade Euphoria. 

I have to go to the vets now to pick up Heidi's tablets, so I'll say tattybyes and catch ya later.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Adding more colour to the garden

Hello. At last this screen is finished, it looks lovely. I got the clothes rail out of a skip, 66 flowers and 66 leaves cut out of vinyl, attached to strips which are fixed to the top and bottom rails with cable ties. No wonder it took ages. I didn't take the flowers down to the bottom because I will stand a few pot plants in front of it. 

Here's a little puzzle for you. I took this photo in the garden today, it's a close up of something. The patterns made me look twice at it, rather fascinating I thought, and very arty. Any ideas about what the something is, and what made the patterns. I don't know the answer to the second question so your guess is as good as mine.

Got to go outside and water up now, no rain so the ground is dry. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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The evolving Shed of the Year.

Hello. This is my entry for Shed of the Year 2016. It's interesting looking back at these photo's and seeing what has changed. The flower beds had pallets around them, now they have bricks. There is now a porch on the front of it. Some of it has been repainted and is a different colour. The garden chair has been replaced with a cane conservatory chair. The brown old fashioned dining room chair has been repainted. I still have the black storage boxes, some of the plants have come up again this year. I have thrown out the dead pieces of monkey puzzle tree but I still have the vase. The sea view on the back of the garage has gone and is now a rainbow of colours. The stack of small pallets next to the shed has gone. The carpet tiles have gone, now vinyl flooring with a large carpet on top. The table has gone, now there is a board supported by two tressles. The roof now has a sheet of plastic over the top of the polycarbonate.

There will be some newer art pieces in there on Sunday. I hope I remember to make a video of how it is now.

Crafty Club this morning, and a coffee with Angela after. Now going outside, more to do. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Making the job easy

Hello. Late lunch again, just having a coffee. I don't like bending down, leaning sideways, and stretching up when I'm painting. I like to do it at eye level while I am standing. This little coffee table comes in useful, given to me by my next door neighbour. Sometimes I sit on it if I am painting something which can't be moved, or I use it to elevate something so I don't have to stoop. I put the chair on it to paint the seat and the back, then moved it onto the bigger table to do the legs. Chair out of a skip, it was white, now it's blue. 
While I had blue on the brush I did a couple of pots. The easy way is to put an old plate or a plant pot drip tray upside down on the wheelie bin, and walk round and round it as you paint. I like to use a long handled artists brush then you can keep your body straight and not lean forward.

They look lovely.

I gave myself a haircut yesterday, it was getting on my nerves, now neat and tidy again. A load of washing is on the line, time to get it in, and more jobs to do outside.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Friday, 15 June 2018

Jazz it up a bit

Hello. Oh no, not more toilet humour, this blog is going down the pan ;o)
What do you do with a lamp that no longer works. My neighbour threw this out ages ago, it's been in my garden for months. I knew it would be useful for something.

The three lamps can be turned in any direction. I know, turn them facing upwards, and fill them with bird seed and peanuts. Makes a good bird feeder.

Today I tackled the job I have been putting off, wasn't really in the mood. The cat shelter needs a door to cover the plant pots and other bits and bobs underneath the kitty apartment. I had a massive pallet and cut it down to size. It was a beast. A lot of sawing was done. I didn't put hinges on it, I put a bolt on each side to hold it in it's place, when I want to get in it, I just lift the door out.

That's better, a lick of paint to jazz it up a bit. Matches the summer house now.

That's another job ticked off. Things are coming together nicely now. No rain yet so I am watering up. The tall plants took a bit of a battering in the wind yesterday.

It's the weekend, enjoy. We'll catch up soon.
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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Change of lavvy habits.

Hello. I've been having a stock check on my toilet roll stash, not had a count up for a long time. I have no idea how much toilet rolls cost because I haven't bought any for years. I used to buy them at a cash and carry, at either Lincoln, Sheffield, or Leeds, when I was buying stock for my Mr Puss business, and that has been closed for at least 15 years. I accumulated quite a lot of them so haven't needed to buy any more. 
The count today is 72 in this picture, then I found another four, making 76 altogether. Oh dear, my stocks are going down. I've been looking through previous posts about my toilet roll collecting  habits. In August 2009 I bought 144 from Sheffield. In September 2011 I bought 120 rolls from Sheffield. In September 2012 the count was 154, then I found some hidden in a suitcase in the wardrobe which brought the total up to 194. In June 2015 I bought 72 from Leeds. 

You may remember I posted about how I cut down on my toilet paper usage, my mantra being.....2 for a pee - 3 for a poo. I have been keeping to that and a roll lasts quite a long time in this house. Back in 2011 I did a post about this, counting how many squares there were on one roll. In that same post I also said I was not ready for the wiping with a wet cloth method as I could afford to buy paper. Well here we are nearly seven years later and I have been giving it a try, and it's working quite well.

As you can see, my toilet is very close to the sink, I can reach the cold tap on the right while still sitting on the loo. It's easy, wet sponge, lift bum off seat, wipe drips, towel is on the side of the bath. It has become an automatic habit now, and the toilet paper stays on the roll. Of course it's still there in case I have to use it. My new mantra is 2 for a poo, none for a pee.

My 76 toilet rolls are going to last ages and ages, I may never have to buy any again.

It's very windy outside, dry but windy, I'm doing stuff inside.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ten hearts and a barbecue table

Hello. More decoration for the garden, I think I have enough things on sticks now. This time I decided to do hearts instead of flowers. Plastic shapes cut out of boxes of washing machine tablets, cd cases, and chocolate boxes. Three sizes for each heart, plus a heart shaped button for the front. 
Sequins added, and glitter nail varnish with extra glitter. Eight of the stalks are 29 inches long, two short ones are 12 inches. They came from a large parasol which my friend gave me to take apart. A piece of florists wire is threaded through the hearts and twisted around the stalk at the back, and covered with hot glue to stop them moving about.



 Look what I found this afternoon. I was five minutes into my walk when I came across a barbecue on someone's front garden with a note on saying free to take. I thought, no, I don't want a barbecue and walked away. Then had second thoughts maybe I could use the table for something. It's very heavy solid wood. I rang the bell and said if no one wants the whole thing, I will take the table. The man  lifted the barbecue bit out of the middle and said, there you are, it's yours, so I pushed it home. Wants a bit of a clean up but otherwise it's sound. Lucky, eh!

Time is getting on, after a long phone call I must now go outside and water the garden. They say it will rain, but will it. The plants need water now. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Making garden decorations


Hello. I'm counting down, ten days to the Open Gardens, and I must have my garden ready. Looking good so far, but still more to do. I made a video this morning, takes twenty minutes to set it up, ten minutes to film, then upload to yoootooob. A quick way to compose a quick blog post. Coffee break after lunch, I won't rabbit on, I've got to get back to what I'm doing, so I'll leave it with you.

It's not perfect, have a laugh.



We'll catch up later.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Blinging fun.

Hello, just popping in. I added some sequins to the plastic flowers I made. Some have knitting needles for stalks, and some have broken umbrella parts. That hot glue gun is sure becoming very handy. These will look lovely in the pots. Think I'll make some more. 
Steamed veg for dinner tonight, now I need to go and walk it off. We'll catch up soon.
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The planter is finished.

Hello. I'm having a coffee after my lunch. This morning was spent sprucing up plant pots with a fresh coat of paint, and finishing this planter.  I chose Prairie Gold, a Crown matchpot, but after doing the front I realized there wasn't going to be enough to do the whole thing, so I did the rest with Muted Gold, a smooth masonry paint from Dulux. The front and side look the same on this picture, but the Prairie Gold is actually more yellow. 
I am not sure where I'm going to put it yet, but for now it can go in front of the herb planter I made last year. And yes, everyone was right, the mint is rampant. I cut it back, but love the smell of it.

No flowers yet but the plants look strong, cheap from Aldi. I could stencil the front, but if I do the rain might make a mess of it, so I won't bother. It will quick and easy to repaint it at a later date if I leave it plain.

Coffee finished, more to do, I need to go to town, running low on food, it will be a quick trip to the bank, and a whiz round Aldi to pick up a few essentials. We'll catch up later.
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Monday, 11 June 2018

A three pot planter

Hello, me again. This is what I made this afternoon. I have three small plants which need re planting into bigger pots, and the only ones I have are black plastic which are a bit ugly. I know, make a wooden cover for them. I had what looked like the bottom of a childs cot, the slatted bit that the mattress lays on, and luckily the slats were exactly the right length, three for the back and three for the front. I couldn't be bothered to remove the staples so I bashed them flat. Ignore the writing on the inside, I used it as a makeshift sign once. 
The two ends are made with tongue and groove cladding, and the pieces are joined together with narrow pieces of wood.

The pots fit perfectly.



I put a bar across to hold them in place.

Those metal corner fixers should be on the inside, but it was easier to put the screws in on the outside.

I will paint it tomorrow and put the plants in. An easy project for a couple of hours. I'll post a picture when it's finished.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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No time to sit around.

Hello. It's hot hot hot outside, so I've come in for a late lunch of egg and cheese on toast. I have stuff to do outside but it will have to wait until the sun goes over the other side of the house, I need shade on my work table. 
June took a photo of me at Crafty Club this morning, and emailed it to me. They all like the cutlery flowers. 
Then I popped in to see Angela and had a coffee, she was busy in the garden so I didn't stay long. We are on the same wavelength regarding recycling, skip diving, and buying second hand from charity shops and car boot sales. Even though I have known her a long time, at last I have found a friend who is on the same wavelength as me.

I must get on, some cloud is coming over so maybe it is cool enough to go back outside. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Sunday, 10 June 2018

It's been a making day today.

Hello. Thank you all for your emails, and comments, they are much appreciated. You are right of course, keep calm and get on with it. There is a lot of wisdom out there, thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's a good job I can bounce back, I have already put the delete button to good use, so pathetic reader, if you are looking for your comment on the previous post I've dumped it. Can't you find something better to do with your time than to drag up stuff from years ago.  
Let's move on, I've been busy. Today I cut up a duvet given to me, and made pet beds with it. Three large and four medium size. I seem to think the green stripey fabric was given to me by a reader. These will be sold on the cat stall, hopefully.  
The third and last cutlery flower is done. I used another cd, this one has a nice blue front with hardly any writing on which is hidden by the two spoons. I could have put six spoons on it but that would have covered most of the blue.


I like the second one best, far right.




The brooch thing in the middle is plastic, it came off a childs dress which I found in a skip. I gave the dress to a charity shop.

This is almost finished now, a few more vinyl flowers to put on the plastic strips. I didn't space them out very well so now I am having to add more to fill the gaps. It will stay in the garden and should not fall apart. The flowers are fixed on with cable ties and there is a button on the front and the back. The strips will be fixed on the top and bottom rails so should withstand the wind. I've had the clothes rail for ages, found in a skip. Knew there would be a use for it. 


That's it, dinner eaten, now I must go and walk it off. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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A new day.

Hello. Today is a new day, I can't change what's gone, it's gone, but I can take stock and carry on. What I should have done was to delete the first comment and not publish, but I made the mistake of letting it go. Then another comment came in agreeing with first, I published it, then had second thoughts. It just fell short of calling me a liar, that's when I went to town chopping back. Yes, it was about the basket of plants. I did what I thought was right, but the reader had ideas about what I should do next, based on speculation.

I state the facts as I know them, someone else doesn't know the facts because they weren't here, so they draw their own conclusions. Speculation can be misleading, at worst can be damaging. I'm not going to go on about it, it's happened before. People make things up when they don't know the facts. As one reader says, that's what you get when you put yourself out there. Usually I can put two fingers up and say stuff 'em, but I have my high and low moments just like anyone else. Sometimes I am caught off guard because I have other things on my mind, I make a hasty decision, and later regret it. That's human nature.

My blog is one of my creative platforms, thank you all for reading it, and thank you for your supportive comments. I hope things won't change and I can carry on, but there is a niggling little voice at the back of my mind which says, be careful what you say. It shouldn't be like that, I have always prided myself on saying whatever I like, and I hope to still do that. Give me a bit of slack, and I'll be back with you shortly.

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Need to say this.

Hello. I don't go onto other people's blogs and tell them what they should be doing, when I don't see things as they do. They are different to me, and conduct their lives in whichever way they think fit. I might not always agree with them, but what's it got to do with me anyway. It's their blog, I read, make the odd comment, then move on. No point in making waves, I like a simple life and prefer to pass by  those lifestyles which do not match my own.

So why then do people come onto my blog and tell me what I should be doing? Why do they feel the need to voice their opinions on how I should conduct my life? I don't care that people would do things differently in similar circumstances. You are not me, and I am not you.

I have butchered the previous post, and some of the comments, because I am fed of those who attempt to impose their own superior values on me. This is what I would do, blah blah blah. Your way is not better than my way, we are all different.

Now I am going to get on with my crafting and art, and garden. I may be back on here at some point. Have a nice weekend.

Ilona

Friday, 8 June 2018

At deaths door.

Hello. This post has been modified. Parts of the original have been deleted, along with some of the comments.    

A few pics of the garden. I bought these five storage boxes from Tesco a few years ago, drilled some holes in the bottom, and planted up with a cheap packet of seeds. They have come up every year since. Good value I reckon.

Gawd knows what these are called, I don't bother trying to remember plant names, If they come with labels from a garden centre I chuck them away, ha ha. Some of them I got from Aunties plant sale.


I think these are hollyhocks, ha ha.

The bees seem to like these orange ones, there are lots of them, on tall stalks, and they have swamped the rest of the plants in the bed.

The bees like these as well.

All looking good, some plants need re-potting into bigger pots. Two weeks to get it all shipshape for the Open Gardens. Loads to do.

Thanks for popping in, have a nice weekend, we'll catch up soon.
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