I Get Pierced And The President Turns Orange!

Hello my little mince pies! This has been a bit of a week! First I got my ear pierced! Read on for the details, then my consultant has changed my diagnosis again, so I won’t be getting the treatment I thought, just medication for symptoms, and then what had started as a joke became a reality…President elect Donald Trump! This will be an interesting 4 years!

So what do we need in a time of uncertainty? People we can rely on! Here are some companies that are just great at giving you exactly what you need. Sorry for the stock photos, it’s all arthritis fault, keep reading and you will be rewarded ;).

First that piercing…..

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This was done for me at ……….


Swift, reasonably priced and completely professional I will be going back!

Just down the road is this………

This is Cass Art, simply the best art supplies shop there is, regular promotions make them budget friendly and the range of materials run from half term supplies to the high grade professional.

Now to my online go getters ……….


This German retailer blows all its competitors out of the water! I’ve just bought Dr Hauschka moisturiser ( which retails for £29.50)and a relaxing bath set (£17) for £32 including delivery! And don’t worry if your German isn’t great just hit the Uk flag and the page will translate and display the prices in sterling.

At this time of year I get through a lot of felt, my go to for super quality felt and embellishments is…..


Swift delivery, beautiful felt and a sweetie in every pack makes this company a winner.

Finally, one of the many yarn suppliers I use……


Apart from their so cute logo, this company is so competitive on price and has a lot of hard to find yarns.

And here is your gift for putting up with the stock photos, my ‘poo crew hitting the skate park hard!

 


How sweet are they? Now I’ve finally loaded video successfully I will be doing some watch me work videos and some DIYS in the New Year.

Here’s to a peaceful week

Kisses

Karen

All Hail Queen Bob!

Public service announcement – this is an opinion piece with few photos and a pro equal rights stance, if thats not for you then meet me back here in a week x

This is Bob the Drag Queen………

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Bob is the latest winner of Rupauls drag race, as I watched him be crowned following an hour of gorgeous gowns, make up and killer one liners I started to well up, I was remembering a brave gay man who shaped my belief that every body is equal, with absolutely no exceptions. He would have loved the fact that Drag Race has become a surprising hit, loved by gay men and middle aged straight housewives and everybody in between.

Martin Roberts was a colleague and friend of my grandmother, tall, handsome and a devout motorbike rider. Martin enjoyed the finer things in life – Fortnum and Mason’s rose and violet creams and the rose petal jelly I made him once.

I think I was about 15 when Martin was “queer bashed”, kicked and punched to unconsciousness because he was gay. Off we went to visit him with chocolates and he happily showed us his injuries, he had been kicked so hard that a piece of his pelvis was missing. he showed me the imprint of a DM on his side, outraged that he had been kicked with what was at the time, a utilitarian shoe.

He recovered and went back to work, and then moved back to his native Wales. I grew up and was sitting in my flat watching the news and there he was, Martin was on GMTV explaining that his AIDs diagnosis had meant that he had been banned from using public swimming baths in his locality. Society hadn’t  finished kicking him while he was down. I understand that he died soon after just missing the start of the retro viral drugs that would have helped him.

So, apart from a heart breaking story, whats this got to do with anything? well, our local news reported on the same day that Queen Bob was crowned that the number of homophobic attacks has risen dramatically, two recent attacks had left one man blinded and one with a jaw so smashed that he couldn’t swallow his own saliva. The shocking added fact is that we are talking about attacks that happened in Brighton, the spiritual home of the gay community.

Why am I telling you this? I’m not sure to be honest, one of the reasons is that I tried to google my friend Martin’s name and the horrible incidents that had happened to him and nothing came up, he had the misfortune of dying before the internet really got going. I suppose I also want us to be as fair to everyone as we can be, you don’t have to approve of their lifestyle but that is no excuse to lay your hands on them.

So this is for you Martin, and as Bob the drag queen would say I hope you entered the afterlife purse first and kicking the door down.

 

Kisses

Karen xx

Are You A Country Mouse Or A Town Mouse?

l live in a lovely town in mid Sussex, we are on a direct route to London and Brighton, and life is good, low crime, good schools and hospitals. So far, so smug, except times are changing, building is happening everywhere to house people like me who have fled the overheated property market that is London.

You all know how much I love my local wood, here is a view…….

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And here is another one taken from the same spot, just facing the other way……

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As you can imagine local opinion is very much that where we live has been ruined and indeed neighbours of mine fled to the Isle of Wight, citing the building as one of their reasons.

As an ex Londoner I love where we live, and took the following pictures of wildflowers in a single walk…..

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This is my reality every morning, and I accept things have changed, even in the years I have been here, but the wood we have remaining ( and it is one of many in the town) still feels like a privilege, a great gift we have at our disposal.

So what kind of mouse am I? I’m a Mid Sussex mouse, who lives in the semi country but can get to London in 45 minutes and Brighton in 25, I have found my natural habitat and I love it!

Which kind of mouse are you?

Kisses

Karen

The Best Laid Plans!

My Sunday was all planned out….we were going to go to Brighton, shop the vintage clothes stores for a prom bag for my daughter and then to the large indoor market hoping to score some fab champagne glasses for the wedding of my mate Nikki, all the while taking photos for the blog.

We started at The Farm cafe in North Road, fabulous local food, not an additive or pesticide in sight, so far so delicious, here’s the remains of my eggs Benedict….

imageThen it all went to pieces, my darling daughter who has been working like a thing possessed on her GCSEs started to look decidedly green! we made it to Be Worn Again, snapped up a plain bag and then had to take her home. I might have felt a bit peeved but this kid is a diamond, focused, driven and with her eyes fixed on the prize of a career in medicine, So it was home we went……but now what to blog?

So, let’s have a State of the Union post, a how we doing and whats cooking post. First up, how is the pet portrait painting going?

I have just recently completed this picture for a gentleman who won it as a raffle prize…..

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I have two more pictures to complete this month, so these will be taking up most of my time.

Next, its bears, I have been working with a company called Maximus who support disabled people back into work, my advisor is called Julia and she is brilliant, she is supportive and a great shoulder to cry on when the medical issues get a bit much. I made this bear a while ago and we named it Maxine in honour of Maximus…

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Just recently, Julia asked me to write a piece for Maximus’ in house magazine, this has now led to me being featured at their conference so I feel that Julia also needs to be honoured in bear form and as she is so glam I have settled on this gorgeous fur…

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I will also be looking to get a stall at our local craft market, to sell some of the bits and pieces I have been making, I am going to try to book for August so that afore-mentioned super daughter can help me……

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What does that leave for me to do in my spare time? for the last few weeks I have been working on this shawl from Mollie Makes……

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I am in the home stretch now and just have some leaves to complete, oh and all the sewing up to do!

Finally, I bought this fabric from the Vintage Cottage……

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it is destined to be a backpack, I am trying to hone my skills with a view to designing some bags, I have a colossal bag collection but the arthritis in my arms is rendering them a little useless, so I would like to make some fabric bags that look as desirable as some of my proper bags.

What sort of bag would light your fire?

Kisses

Karen xxx