My latest interior design features PLUS I’m in an eBook!

I’m super excited to let you know that I’ve contributed to an ebook and, after a few months in the making, it has finally launched! This completely FREE ebook is called Niix Tricks for Busy Women and it’s a comprehensive guide of fun, clever hacks to help busy women fit more time into their daily routine.

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Why I blog (and why you should too!)

Whether you’ve been reading my blog for a while or are you’re totally new to my website, you may be interested to know why I write a blog post almost every day. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, and am still loving every minute. It’s my diary, my social life, my photo album, […]

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A little bit of press coverage for Cassiefairy.com

Hurrah it’s been a busy month here at Cassiefairy HQ because my thrifty little blog has popped up in a few unexpected places. I thought I’d gather together some snapshots of my recent press coverage in case you missed it – as you can probably tell, I’m REALLY chuffed!So in June, I was Home Style […]

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Latitude theatre & comedy line-ups + what not to miss

Latitude Festival. What can I say about it really? If you’ve not already been to this festival on the Suffolk coast, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s got to be the most chilled out festival in the country. It’s great for kids, teens and adults. It actually looks magical, and is especially atmospheric at dusk. With music, theatre, […]

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AMAZING news – my blog won the award for Best Homes & Interiors Blog 2017

I’m SO excited to tell you the wonderful news that my thrifty little lifestyle blog has just been announced as the winner of the Best Homes and Interiors Blogger Award 2017!! I still can’t really believe it and I’m grinning like the cheshire cat right now!The news has just been shared by the award sponsor […]

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Wooo I’ve been featured in Sew Style magazine!

Great news! I’ve been featured in the current issue of Sew Style magazine! When one of the writers from this fantastic magazine got in touch back in the summer I was really excited. I happily answered all her interview questions and even emailed over a couple of photos from my blog, just in case! Thankfully, the […]

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I’m Cut Out + Keep’s Crafty Superstar!

Did you spot this news on my Twitter feed earlier this week? I’ve been tweeting and instagraming all week long because I’m just SO excited to be featured on one of my favourite sites. When Cut Out + Keep got in touch to invite me to be their Crafty Superstar, I was literally bouncing around […]

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The Cassiefairy Collection

I mentioned last week that I’ve been working on a project for the past few months to create my own collection of Cassiefairy t-shirt designs. I was so excited when I was approached by Got-The-T-Shirt.co.uk and they invited me to design a range of t-shirts. I had completely free rein over the design and I […]

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Could I be Cosmofairy? I need your help today!

Yikes, the nominations are almost over! There are only 2 days left to nominate for your favourite blogs in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014 and I would LOVE it if you could spare a minute to nominate my little blog in the Lifestyle Blog category! What do you think? Can you help me get nominated?? […]

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I’m nominated for the Cosmopolitan awards!

Ok, I think I’m getting a little bit addicted. To blog awards. Yes, that’s right, I’m trying to get nominated for another blog award and this time is the elusive, fabulous and starriest of all blog awards – Cosmopolitan, yikes!  Why am I addicted? Well, I LOVE the feeling of knowing that you’ve been enjoying reading my blog (there […]

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Cassiefairy in the press..!

I can’t believe it but my little lifestyle blog has been featured in the local newspaper! They’ve shared news of my National Blog Award and the celebration of my 1000th blog post alongside a massive photo of my face – eek scary! I’m suddenly famous in my local area, with neighbours and friends calling me to […]

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A day in the life…

Hello. Welcome to a day in my life. Wait, don’t go – it’ll be interesting, honest! After my ‘personal branding’ lesson last month, I realised that I really did want to share more about myself with my lovely readers and I think it’s only fair that I give you an insight into my daily life as […]

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My amazing night at the National Blog Awards

Have you ever spent years dreaming about an event, months working towards it, weeks planning your movements, days deliberating your outfits, hours getting ready, only to find yourself minutes before the big moment with your heart pounding, palms sweating, wishing that you’d stayed at home hidden under the duvet? This pretty much sums up my […]

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Finding the perfect dress for the National Blog Awards

Next month I am going to the National Blog Awards as a finalist! I am so excited to be attending the ‘Oscars of the blogging world’ and I can’t wait to catch up with my bestie Jenna who has also been shortlisted for her wedding blog Glitter Daze. Luckily, we aren’t competing against each other, […]

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My year of thrifty retail & DIY fashion

I have amazing news and I’ve already been yelling it all over Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ so if you haven’t already heard my screeches from where you are here it is again: I’VE BEEN SHORTLISTED IN THE NATIONAL UK BLOG AWARDS 2014! When I saw all the other amazing nominees in the Retail […]

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Thrifty fashion ~ reworking my jeans for Autumn/Winter 2013

I’ve got a pair of jeans that I’ve never worn. They are straight legged, deep teal denim with a bit of stretch and I coveted them for ages before finally opening my purse and buying them in the sale earlier this year. But since then, I’ve never even put them on and now the months […]

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Inspiration Challenge ~ a fabulous prize for September!

How are you getting on with this month’s inspiration challenge? The theme was antique bears and I’m so excited to see what everyone will come up with – maybe a cross-stitch, a greetings card, scrapbooking page, drawing or anything else crafty or stitchy! I’m delighted to say that my favourite haberdashery shop Abakhan.co.uk are sponsoring the […]

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Inspiration Challenge ~ What we made in August & new theme for September

I was delighted when Lucy from LucyLovesYa.com set such a lovely theme for August by sending in her vintage wedding dress photo as a starting point for our August makes. It was a very apprioriate theme seeing as we were at the height of wedding season in August and my favourite online haberdashery Abakhan Fabrics offered […]

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Big boots for stomping around in

I wonder if you can remember all the way back to last autumn/winter when I was searching for a pair of winter boots? I spent hours searching for the perfect pair, because I only wanted to spend my money once, getting a pair that were knee-high, flat soled, black and good enough quality to last from […]

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Hen party series ~ Dressing up the bride

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been running a series of articles on hen parties – and today is actually the hen party of one of my fab fairy-friends! Obviously, I’ve made her a bridal tutu for her big night out, which I’m sharing with you below and I’m also discussing the tradition of dressing up the […]

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June’s Inspiration Challenge update ~ and the new theme for July

Last month we all worked hard on our pieces of art inspired by the theme of beach huts. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the progress tweets and couldn’t wait for all the contributions to come rolling into my inbox! Founder of the Inspiration Challenge Lucy from Lucy Loves Ya blog sent in her sewing project; a fabulous […]

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My new sewing project – making roman blinds

I recently spotted a gorgeous lighthouse curtain fabric from the new Abakhan fabrics range online and I knew it would be perfect for my kitchen. I’m planning to decorate my kitchen with a lovely fresh blue colour scheme and I wanted to use red and white as feature colours for the room, so this pattern incorporates all these […]

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Book Review ~ Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Committed”

Did you read Eat, Pray, Love? Did you watch the film? Did you study all the DVD extras? I did. And I really enjoyed both the book and the film. I think that reading the book before watching the film was definitely a good idea, because there are a few things that are ‘glossed over’ […]

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New school, new room ~ ideas for summer holiday decorating

If you’ve got little ‘uns you’ll probably be relieved that half term is now over and they are back in school for the summer term, but with the school year nearly over, the kids are already getting ready for their summer holiday, planning weeks away at the grandparents’, or, if the weather doesn’t get better, planning sessions of playing computer […]

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ The cheapest way to buy shoes

I’m pretty lucky when it comes to footwear because I have small feet. I don’t mean tiiiiny feet but I have normal adult size 4 feet and although I sometimes think that my feet are a bit small for the rest of me (I sometimes buy chunky shoes and bulky boots in order to make my feet look […]

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My favourite Friday Pieday recipes for National Pie Week

This week is National Pie Week – what more of an excuse do you need to try out one of my Pieday Friday recipes and treat the family to a hearty and sometimes surprisingly healthy meal? So I’ve pulled together my favourite recipes and here’s a summary of the best pie recipes below (just click […]

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Retro American Treats – my new favourite: the Sno-kone!

On a (British) holiday earlier this month, I had my first ever Sno-kone! And it has quickly become my new favourite. I found this classic American treat in a retro sweet shop called The Sweet Hut in the seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. It’s the kind of kooky shop where you can buy unusual […]

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I’ve never used Pinterest before – is it any good?

In fact, I’m not even sure how it’s pronounced – is it ‘pin-ter-est’, ‘pin-trest’ or even ‘p-interest’. Not that this even matters considering that I’ve never used the site before or even looked at it. I don’t want to get left behind, and friends of mine can spend hours browsing through the site, but I […]

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Magical camping experience with bell-tent glamping!

Now, I’m not someone who is keen on camping. For a start, I don’t like being that close to bugs. And I hate getting dirty or wet. And I really dislike getting a crick in my neck when sleeping anywhere other than my own bed. Yet often when I go camping, all of the above […]

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My retro-inspired living room – an old armchair rescued!

I am pleased to say that I’ve got another freebie for my retro living room design project – an armchair that was on its way from a vintage furniture shop to the dump. It didn’t exactly look like this when my hubby brought it home to me; it had a cream damask patterned cover over it which […]

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Blogpost update: A day out at the races… and I saw @OfficialSteps!

Just got back from one of the best weekends ever – I went to the races at Newmarket and had a fantastic day despite on/off thunder-and-lightening storms! I loved looking at the horses in the paddock before they raced, chosing my favourite and putting on the smallest of bets… and twice it paid off – […]

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Weeknight recipe – Philly Chilli Pasta Bake

I’ve tried out one of the recipe that come on a pot of Philadelphia with garlic and herbs – their Chilli Pasta Bake. I found it very easy to make, and included a few things I’ve never tried before, such as a crispy cheesy topping and chilli with pasta. It all seemed a bit odd […]

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Burlesque dance class – update

As I mentioned last week, I was off to try out a taster session of a Burlesque dance class at the weekend, and I promised to let you know how I got on… Well, it certainly didn’t disappoint! I dragged one of my girlfriends along with me for support and I’m pleased to say we had […]

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I love the Olympics & Team GB are amazing!

I confess that I’ve got nothing done this week. I’ve seriously just been glued to my TV watching every event I possibly can and have been loving every second! And then re-watching it again on the Olympic roundup every night until the early hours. I’m so pleased that I have a ‘flexible’ job! So this […]

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A new table for my retro living room – and it was free!

As you probably already know about me, I’m quite thrifty and I like to get a bargain but this one takes the biscuit – I got this lovely retro table completely free! I was pretty lucky with this one, as it was sat outside a house nearby (I was just walking past back from the […]

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Drizzly day recipe – yummy almond hot chocolate!

I have tried out something a little different this week. Almond milk was on special offer in my local supermarket and I’ve always fancied trying it but having never tasted it before I was unsure whether the taste would be too weird for me. Luckily, it’s a lovely sweet taste and is a thicker, creamier milk […]

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It’s girl power at the London 2012 Olympics!

Yesterday saw the first 20120 Olympic gold medals being won by Team GB and it was girl power in action as the winners of the Women’s Pairs rowing event powered their way across the finishing line well ahead of their competitors. Olympic newbie Helen Glover and army captain Heather Stanning celebrated with hugs and tears as they […]

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Vintage beach huts at the seaside

This past weekend I took a trip to Southwold and luckily enough I stumbled upon a lovely vintage fair that was being held along the seafront, near the pier. It was so quaint to see beach huts opened up as vintage stalls, alongside traditional retro market stalls and even a fire engine!       I […]

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Recipe – Big Breakfast Pasta Bake

I love a good pasta bake and I rustled up this big breakfast recipe for my fry-up loving brother’s birthday dinner. This pasta bake contains lovely layers of favourite breakfast items and a lovely golden cheesy crust – made with eggs for an extra brekkie treat! What you’ll need: Penne pasta, tin of chopped tomatoes, […]

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Cloud-shape spotting – look at the lovely weather we’re having!

Hi everyone! It’s a lovely day today with blue skies and the most amazing fluffy white clouds! This is the prettiest sky I’ve seen in a long time and I thought it deserved a few quick pics and a blog post! It’s supposed to be a ‘mini heatwave’ today according to the local radio station! I’m not […]

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Recipe – Make your own stir-fry mix

Frozen stir fry mix can be expensive, and fresh veg can be pricier still. But I have a top tip for making your own stir-fry mix, which I’ve been busy doing this week: freeze-your-own! I  visiting my local Tesco in the evening for quick shop and was lucky enough to have arrived at the right […]

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The Olympic Torch Relay – in a town near you!

Yesterday the Olympic torch passed through Suffolk so I went to our local town to see it go by. Although I’m always keen to join in local events (such as the Diamond Jubilee, see my pics here) I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exciting it would be to see the Olympic torch pass by! […]

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It’s festival season ~ Next up: Latitude Festival in Suffolk

Its less than two weeks to go until this year’s Latitude Festival, which is technically my ‘local’ festival, being held just up-the-road at Henham Park, near Southwold in Suffolk. I’ve been a Latitude festival fan since I first went in 2008 and it’s grown considerably over the years – probably due to its family-friendly-ness and its always being […]

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A partridge… but not in a pear tree – yet!

One of the cutest sights of the year so far is this absolutely beautiful partridge and her 13 tiiiiiny chicks. We had to rescue the mummy partridge when she decided to spend her first night with her newly-hatched chicks in the middle of an exposed lawn on a cold night. The lawn was actually being mowed at […]

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Tea for Two – at Starbucks??

I couldn’t quite believe the recent news that coffee-giant Starbucks is planning to open its first tea-only store in the autumn. The tea shop will open near the company’s headquarters in Seattle and will feature the US tea Tazo brand that Starbucks acquired over 12 years ago.           According to reports in The Seattle […]

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My Diamond Jubilee weekend in photos

I had such a hectic (but lovely) weekend over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday that its taken me this long to recover and get back into full-swing! As you might remember me mentioning before the Jubilee, I had celebrations planned throughout the whole weekend – fitting in as many community parties and BBQs as possible! Luckily […]

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Update – our little chicks have hatched… and grown up!

After recently posting about two of the family chickens hatching out their first clutch of chicks, I was asked to keep my lovely readers updated with photos of them as they grew into adult chickens.  The first to hatch were these little black and yellow chicks – look how much they’ve grown already: Fair enough […]

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DIY Project – Bathroom cabinet makeover

Due to our recent house move, we’ve been in need of a little more storage and when my husband picked up an old, scuffed, dark wood bathroom cabinet I couldn’t really see the potential in it. The fact that it was only 50p at a carboot sale meant that earned its place in our new home, […]

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In the best possible taste eh, Grayson Perry?

Last night I watched the Channel 4 programme by artist Grayson Perry ‘In the Best Possible Taste’ in which he researches the British class system for his recent artwork: 6 tapestries titled The Vanity of Small Differences. Grayson believes that taste is directly influenced by our class and has created the tapestries to show the […]

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Photos & review of VW Festival Alive & V-Dubbin 2012

  Last weekend we attended the Alive & V-Dubbin festival hosted by VW enthusiast group Suffolk Bugrs at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk. We visited the festival on the final day, with the specific intention to view the main focus of the event; the show ‘n’ shine competition. We love seeing the best (and the worst if you’re […]

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Classic Sunday Roast Beef – Yummy Yorkie Wraps Recipe

This is one of my favourite Sunday dinners inspired by a meal in our local student pub when we lived in Lancashire and I’m sure you’ll love it too! This meal is essentially thinly sliced roast beef wrapped in a massive flat yorkshire pud with chips (or roasties if you prefer) and peas with a big glug […]

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It’s International Tiara Day!

I’ve just heard on Radio 2 that today is International Tiara Day! After a quick Google I’ve found out that this is the 2nd Annual Tiara Day from ‘The Secret Order of the Tiara’  and it aims to mobilizing women around the world to embrace and celebrate their powers of leadership in their own lives; […]

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Our cute little chicks have finally hatched!

Yesterday mum’s lovely little chicken ‘Friendly’ hatched 2 of her eggs into fluffy little chicks – here’s a photo of these angelic yellow bundles of fluff – one of these chicks is only 1 hour old – there was 1 chick at lunchtime and by 1pm the second one had emerged and puffed itself up already! […]

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A DIY project – renovating an old dining chair

I desperately wanted a princess chair for my dressing table but the chairs I’ve seen in places like Laura Ashley and Dunelm are way out of my price range – so I very politely asked my husband to help out with the renovation of an old mahogany dining chair. We chose a dusky blue Crown paint […]

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My little Maneki Neko obsession…

I don’t think it’s too much of an overstatement when I say I love these lucky cats! My love of all things kitsch has been well documented over the years (I think it started when I was 16 and began to choose my own decor!) and I’ve been admiring these tacky plastic cats in takeaway restaurants for ageees. Little […]

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Try out this yummy recipe – 5 Bean Chilli for all the family!

Last week my little sister needed to plan a recipe for her Food Technology GCSE (that’s Home-Ec to you & I!) practical – and this needed to be a high-fibre main course. I could think of plenty of fibre-filled puddings but was a bit stuck for a main course other than something pasta-y. Then I remembered […]

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We’re all going on a summer holiday…

This weekend I’m off to the coast for a cheesy seaside weekend with my brother and sister-in-law! I’m really looking forward to strolling down the pier (2nd longest in the UK apparently!), collecting tokens in the arcades and licking Mr Whippy ice-cream whilst sitting in a deck-chair. At least, that’s what the holiday looks like in […]

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DIY project – renovating an old footstool

Here’s a little DIY project that my husband and I did over the weekend (well, he did it and I ‘helped’ by saying yes to the fabric choice!). He took the cushion pad out of the stool frame and lightly sanded the legs before painting with a chalky blue wood paint. Then the fabric was […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Nautical-style pumps for summer

I was having a rummage through my local jumble-sale recently – sorry, I mean Primark -and I came across these little gems! On trend nautical striped pumps with cute girly pink trim, and super comfy – what could be better than that? I’ll tell you what… the price! These pumps are only £3!! I snapped them […]

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Here’s one of my favourite pieces of furniture…

Do you remember this? Think back to your school days – was there one in your art classroom?? Did you have a drawer to yourself for your valuable prints and sketches? I certainly remember trying to squeeze my work into a plan chest like this when I was at school, and again when studying art […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Meet you on the platform…

After trawling through this week’s Heat magazine, I’ve noticed that celebs are still very much in love with their platform shoes – Danni Minogue was spotted travelling home to Melbourne in a gorgeous pair of black patent platforms with a delicate ankle strap, Alesha Dixon accessorised her colour-blocking with nude stacked heels and Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays was papped in […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Making your favourite shoes last

Last week I took my trusty old dancing shoes to be reheeled. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off (actually, I do know why – the price!) but they have been waiting for new heels since one plopped off just before Christmas. They have been out of action ever since, apart from a couple […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – The Most Comfortable Shoes Ever??

It is just me, or does everyone think that bowling shoes are simply the most comfortable shoes they’ve ever worn? On more than one occasion I’ve seriously considered ditching the pumps that I arrived in and waltzing out of the bowling alley in my new super-comfy shoes – and I would have – if I hadn’t worn […]

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Spring has sprung… and now it’s BST already!

So the clocks jumped forwards an hour last night to British Summer Time and, as if by magic, the flowers woke up, the blossom on the trees bloomed and birds sang loudly in the blue sky. I even saw a woodpecker this morning – that’s how very definitely spring/summer it is! I also noticed a very […]

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My Little Bicycle

I’ve just been given a new bike! Well, I say new, but what I mean is, new to me –  it’s actually a very old bicycle that’s been passed through the family, from my husband’s aunt, to my mother-in-law and now to me. It’s such a tiny little bike, but I think it’s so cute and definitely […]

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I made this all by myself – Chicken Teacosy for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (18th March to be exact) and I thought I would share with you a little sewing project that I’ve done, and hope it might inspire you to make something for your own mum too! This chicken tea-cosy was made from brown print fabric, gingham and a pillowcase for the. lining. I […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Shoes for the birthday girl

I’ve just had my birthday and was given some money by my lovely mother to buy some special birthday shoes. To me, this means the most impractical, uncomfortable sky-high killer heels I can find. And red. And sparkly. Special shoes. So I’ve been searching for a while to find the perfect pair of birthday shoes and have […]

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Are reindeer real? I’ve never seen one in real life before…

Until last weekend! And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw two real-life reindeer for the first time in my life (which consists of many years experience). It was possibly the happiest Christmas moment I’ve ever had. As I stroked the reindeer’s forehead I realised that this was the pet I needed in my […]

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