31 July 2013

Things that made me smile...
Sunshine and lots of it! « lazy days in the garden with friends, beers and food « making breakthroughs at work « graduations « running « beer gardens « epic adventure bike rides with Mark « Meg « craft fairs « amazing rain storms « new little pottery bowls to add to my collection « a royal baby « ebay selling « a cat shaped stapler « new nail varnish « painting my chairs « meals out with my Mark.
Cool things discovered this month...

I love this juice by Marks and Spencer to celebrate the birth of Prince George. M&S really make an effort don't they, I do LOVE them!
I'm a little late to this discovery, but how cute are Amineko cats? I'm in the process of making one for my soon to be born nephew, will pot pics soon.  You can get the pattern here You can buy the book here
Gemma Correll's illustrations are fantastic, they always make me LOL.  This one tickled me especially, as I am just getting back into running myself.  Check out her Tumblr here to see the full thing and her others.
I love these new burger necklaces from Tatty Devine (of course I imagine them to be veggie burgers!).  You can buy them here... 

New TV/Movies...

Dexter Season 8 - Final season of Dexter has just started, I have really enjoyed this show, but I am kind of glad it is ending now, the last season dragged a bit, but I am still excited to see how it ends.
Game of Thrones Season 3 - Yeah I finally got caught up on this now that Season 3 is on Blinkbox this is my absolute fave TV show of the moment, and it just gets better and better. 
This is 40 - Loved this, so funny.  A little bizarre and quite crude but really enjoyable.
Baby Boom - Aw, I re-watched this recently, this is a classic from the 80s, I remember watching it when I was younger, mostly on boring rainy Sundays or when I was off school ill. 
Kirstie's Fill a House for Free - I love all Kirstie's TV programmes and the first episode of this was of course brilliant.  I am really into up-cycling furniture and trying to be thrifty so this is right up my street.
New Blogs this month...

A. Loo's Closet - super cool retro style blog.
Nathalee Illustrations - Amazing fashion illustrations.
October Rebel - Really pretty photography in this style blog, if you like The Clothes Horse I think you will like this.

29 July 2013

A Trip to Hutton-in-the-Forest

Yesterday was a lovely lovely enjoyable day.  My sis popped home and we went with our parents for a day out.  First we went to Lanercost to the annual craft fair, then next we went to Hutton-in-the-Forest to Potfest.  I blogged about Potfest last year here.  I decided not to take any photos of the pots this time, instead I took photos of the setting.  My previous post was Potfest in the Pens, this was Potfest in the Park and I think you may agree that this place is beautiful...
 I couldn't resist taking a million photos and sharing them with you here...
 Hope you enjoy....

 It's me, a rare photo!

Have you visited Hutton-in-the Forest? What did you think?  You can read about the fascinating history here and you can check out all the visitor information here.

26 July 2013

The Chair Project Part 1

After I finished my Bookcase Project I was itching to have a go at another furniture item and I have been wanting to change the dining chairs in my little flat for ages.  You can see them here in this post, very boring, horrible shiny light wood, they just don't really go with the rest of my brightly coloured or vintage furniture.  
So I was determined to find some bargain chairs so I could do them up and after searching Ebay for ages and missing out on some great bargains, I got lucky! I was on Ebay everyday (when I get something in my head I'm quite determined!) looking at all the furniture listings in the local area and then I spotted these chairs! They were listed as a starting bid of just £1 so I bidded early and waited, fully expecting the price to shoot up, but it didn't, it stayed at £1, I was the only bidder! Hurrah!!! I got these 4 chairs pretty much for free! So happy! Wouldn't Kirstie in her fab new TV programme be proud! (I may tweet her! haha).  The pic above is the Ebay picture of the chairs (so excuse the quality) don't they look sad all unloved!
So one sunny weekend Marky and I drove (well Mark drove obviously!) to the lovely little Cumbrian seaside town of Maryport to pick up my chairs.  We found the house very easily, loaded up the chairs and then had a look around all the posh yachts at the port then drove home along the coast road, stopping at a little place called Allonby for ice cream. (It is IMPOSSIBLE not to stop here for ice cream!) The Ice cream shop is pretty much the only shop in the village anyway.  So in actual fact the chairs cost me £1 plus the price of an ice cream for Mark (in payment for his driving services).  So here are the chairs looking a bit happier in their temporary home at my parent's house (they have more room to do DIY projects, plus a Daddy to help!) Somebody sneaked into the photo, oh she loves posing!

 A close up of my chairs, aren't they pretty.... well they about to get even prettier...

First job is sanding which is the worst and so dull! It is messy and hurts your hands and is just not a fun job, but necessary if you want your paint to stick.
 Look what a good job I did!

Next stage is undercoat, we decided on just a white undercoat as Dad had some leftover (so again free! wuhu!) the paint is just normal wood undercoat.  Dad kindly painted these for me, he is better at painting then me!

Now for the fun colour!  You may remember from my Bookcase post that I painted the backing board of the bookcase this pretty blue.  I still had half a tin left so thought would be perfect for 2 of the chairs (can't have them all the same, that would be so dull!) So this paint was free too!

Pretty blue chairs all finished! Well, er no, of course not, I'm not just going to leave the like that... tune in soon to Part 2...   

24 July 2013

Button Swap

I have FINALLY got round to updating all my blog pages, the ones that you can see here to the left, my About Me page, the Blogs I love Page and my Button Swap page.  Jen built these pages for me when she did my main blog re-design months ago and I just have never seemed to get round to putting anything up on them.
Well anyway, this little blog post is just to inform you that there is stuff on these pages for you to read, and to introduce my BUTTON SWAP! (no not actual button buttons, but blog ad buttons!)
I love collecting blog buttons down my sidebar, I used to put up the buttons from big well known bloggers, but then I thought no... I should be putting blogs on here that are less well established and try and share some blog love and promote smaller British ones.  I think therefore button swaps are the way to go.  I am not interested in formal advertising and getting money for hosting blog ads etc I am happy to put your button on my side bar for free and then if you want to put my button up too, great!
You can find my buttons on the left.... or you can visit my Button Swap page.
If you would like me to put up your button then send the code to jothestrange@gmail.com or just email me if you have questions or you don't have a blog button and need to know how to make one!

Happy Button Swapping!

20 July 2013

Summer is...

Amazing views - Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, Cumbria
Camping! Parkfoot Campsite Ullswater
Adventures in this little blue house.
Enjoying the beautiful weather on pretty walks with favourite people.
Hot dogs!
Big ice creams at the beach at Allonby
Pretty walks with my dad.
Hot cats! - Bless Meg, she is not enjoying the temperatures in the flat!
Big milkshakes sitting outside a favourite café - The Filling Station, Keswick
Evening walks down pretty lanes to pub beer gardens.
Enjoying my lunch hour under a shady tree in the Cathedral grounds.
What are your favourite moments of Summer?