Thursday, 31 October 2013


 We haven't really done anything for halloween this year I got met with a cat, a witch and a pumpkin.  (Pumpkin shown below)
 They have played merrily their own little made up halloween inspired games around their costumes whilst I have been busy working on stock for my shop (a constant thing at the moment).

I did take a short break though to make cakes (orange coloured for halloween)

I also made some shortbread biscuits which the kids enjoyed decorating into mr tumble style lol.

The decorating, 3 kids hard at it.

The finished product da daaaaaaa!

3 happy children, proving you don't need to spend a fortune on halloween, even the outfits were last years.  The most it cost was a £1 for three bags of skittles on offer in Asda.

Have fun

Dawn x

Meet Sonny bunny !

Meet Sonny our new little bunny, he is 9 weeks old and reminds us of the colour of sunshine but spelt the boy way so he is Sonny.
He gets up to some right antics and makes us laugh with his cheeky ways.  Look at the size of him compared to J's hand and those ears are sooooooo soft, he still has baby fur and is ever so ever so unbelievably soft.

Hope your having fun

Love Dawn x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

How to have a night out on a budget


This is my guide on how to have a night out on a budget. 

The preparation:

I thought eeeek my eyebrows need sorting instead of going to town and having them threaded and tinted at a cost of £10 plus whatever else the kids wheedle out of me with mummy I want this, that the other.  Not to mention my sanity of trying to keep the three year old still whilst I have it done, then having to find the loo because my youngest two have a loo fetish which is a nightmare.

Cost saving at least £10
Sanity saving priceless

What am I going to wear:

Calm, calm, calm I looked in the wardrobe and found I had a choice of outfits granted from a while ago but vintage is all the rage so off we go with shopping in the wardrobe.

Cost saving £ much
Sanity saving priceless (no shopping with children in tow)

Hair, make up, nails etc I am a dab hand at having had many years practice.

Cost savings £ much

I shall have a substanial meal before I go out and we have already got alcohol in so we shall have a couple before we go (I'm not a big drinker so probably be mostly on soft drinks when I'm out, J will have a few)

Transport to and from venue:

We will be using our free bus passes (perks of the job)

Cost saving £10-15 (guestimate haven't been in a taxi for 8 years)

So we shall be having a fab time with friends, a drink and a dance, my sil is stoping over at ours so no taxi fares and it is safer then J can run her home the next day.


Have a great weekend
Love Dawn x

Half term meandering along

Well hello,

The kids are off this week for half term and so far it has done nothing but rain.  We have had grandparents visit, a trip to Asda to buy more baking things for tomorrow we will be making Mr Tumble fairy cakes and Mr Tumble shortbread biscuits,  this is our Thursday entertainment sorted.  Friday we shall be having a dvd on the sofa with popcorn (50p for a large bag in Asda) and watch the muppets (free loaned by a friend).  The kids cannot wait they are easily pleased my lot I am happy to say.  I also bought some new jeans for Pixie from Asda as she seems to have grown almost overnight which reminds me I need to find her some winter PJ's in a larger size too and a new pinafore dress for school.

I am also pleased to say I am off out for the night on Friday, I know don't be shocked ME a night out lol, we are off to town to see a gig a band called Sinnergod a friend of ours is their manager so there will be a few of our friends there, it should be a fab night.  I shall try to remember to take the camera and take a few pics.

We also have a new member of our family we have a little 9 week old lop earred rabbit called Sonny.  We couldn't bear the sight of an empty hutch after we lost Bob.  Sonny seems a right little character and once again we have struck gold and landed up with a friendly one instead of a viscious clawing biting one, for which I am very grateful.  I shall post a pic of him when my computer decides it is taking to camera (faulty usb ports on pc so hit and miss).

Have fun
Dawn x 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Sad news this week

You will remember a few months back we got Bob, unfortunatley the beautiful Bob was never a particularly well rabbit and he died Thursday night.  I had to break the news to the kids friday after school, as you can imagine they were absolutley distraught.

Rip beautiful Bob, gone but never forgotten.

Love Dawn x

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Energy companies, fighting back and survival.


After reading in the press this week in light of the energy price hikes that 'if it is cold put a jumper on'.  Well thank you Downing Street we hadn't thought of that one.  I find this comment rediculous for one and probably spoken by a man who doesn't even see a bill let alone pay one.  On no he has staff for that who show him how to let the tax payer foot the bill.

On reflection and wondering how many a household budget will manage this increase, (I know it is British Gas at the moment but they will all put their price up to follow suit).

In this household we will be keeping an eye on it (well mainly me lol)

So this means we will be:

*Not using a dryer except in cases of emergency which is usually childhood illness and a duvet having to be washed.

*The washing machine will only contain full loads in my case 9kg loads, and these clothes will be dirty clothes not clean ones.  If it isn't dirty it's fine.

*When it does get to the point we need heating (thankfully we haven't just yet) we will heat the living room and live in there for the days when we are all at home, the heat in the kitchen from cooking will dry clothes on airers.  On bath and shower nights (every person in the house will take their shower or bath on that night) the bathroom will be heated.

*Showers are limited to 5 mins (Jand I are bad at staying under there for longer J can last 20 mins)  Any time spent under the shower after you have fully washed yourself is waste!

*I shall be cooking meals that can be done using a steamer, 20 min meals on top of the hob, rather than using the oven.

So folks thats what we will be doing towards cutting our bills and usage, have thought what the price increases will mean for you whether you will have to rejig, cut back, cut out or if your lucky enough to be able to absorb the extra costs.

Oh well best go and get the draught excluders out ready to block up the other rooms, I'm still preparing for winter and I rekon soon I'll be putting the flannelette sheets on the bed, digging out more blankets and putting on the winter duvet.

Over to you

Dawn x  

Friday, 18 October 2013

British gas price increases OH BUM!

Hello lovely reader,

I have heard on the news recently about British Gas hiking their prices, this is really not what I want to hear when I have just switched to them from another pricey provider.  Talk about jumping from the frying pan into the fire!  Unimpressed further by the fact I am locked in on a variable rate for the next 12 months.

I am now currently thinking of ways to decrease the amount of energy I use in day to day life, is anybody else in the same boat as me I wonder?

I am counting my blessings though at the same time (well you have to remain positive don't you) that I have not had to put the heating on yet as we are still registering as 19.5 degrees in this house, so I am pleased with that.

Is your heating on or off yet?  Are you dreading the winter bills as much as me? 

Over to you
Love Dawn x

Ups and downs of life!

Well hello my loverly readers,

This week has seemed better than last week (which saw all my children spending the whole week tripping up over their own feet).  The final straw was when I went to collect Peaches last friday from rainbows, to be met by one of the leaders walking up towards my house to come and get me.  Peaches had fallen playing "what time is it mr wolf?" her glasses fell off and she landed on them, with the sharpe side imbedding itself into her forehead.

In all honesty at that point I could have happily curled up into a ball at the back of the church and screamed and cried.  I didn't though I scrapped up Peaches and took her home.  She is fine and her glasses are now fixed.

Pixie had the autumn walk this week with nursery (parents go too) the afternoon it was on it was torrential rain, we all got soaked to the skin but Pixie didn't seem to care she loved it in all it's mudbath glory via every puddle she could find.

The fab bit of the news of the week for me is that after half term I have been asked to go into school to do some sewing with a year 4 class.  I'm really looking forward to it, there making cross stitch christmas cards.

Have fun
Dawn x 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

It's October it's nearly halloween

I have been making some halloweened themed jewellery so here we have Pumpkins, because no halloween is complete without a pumpkin.

 We have bat earrings, I love the little faces on these.

We have the skeletons rocking it out with their guitars.

We have dragonflys (not halloweenish I hear you cry, maybe not but I think there fab plus I love the teal and purple colour combination)

Lastly but certainly not least we have candy pink skulls to help you release your inner punk lol.  Just because it is halloween it doesn't have to be black a splash of colour is also welcome. 

So there you go, all available in the shop

also check out my page on facebook and hit the like button.

When I reach 200 likes I may do another giveaway.

Love Dawn x

Items I made

A snuggly baby blanket in shade of Plum, Lavender and Cream.

Beautifully warm and snuggly. x

Eeeeeeeek the animals escaped from the zoo!

Only joking just my little peeps rocking their new hat, scalf and gloves.  They are really pleased that It has now gone cold just so they could wear these to school this morning bless em.

This week has been mainly filled with doctors appointments for asthma reviews (Me and Princess), booster immunisations (Pixie and bless her she was the bravest little girl ever) and Saturday we shall be back again for flu jabs.  I reckon the nurse will be sick of the sight of us by Saturday lol.

Other than that I have beeen making more items for my shop and stretching my patience levels waiting for the photos to upload.

Feel free to bob over to my shop to take a look.  I am also now taking orders for items wanted for christmas!

Right now I'm off to grab some breakfast and see if the central heating still works as I think we shall be requiring it shortly.

Have you put your heating on yet?

See ya later
Love Dawn x 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Back to school bugs


Come near at your peril, yesturday we were visited via Peaches with the back to school bugs, oh yes the tummy bug not the cold (I could cope with the cold) so after a rather uncomfortable night sat on the bedroom floor (no sleep) on bowl holding duty and dash to the loo duty, I then had a day of fight the germs and the washing pile.  i just hope i have managed to contain the bug to Peaches and that nobody else gets it (fingers crossed).

All plans are scrapped till further notice, Peaches seems alot brighter today after a good sleep and has appetite of a horse so hopefully she will be back to normal tomorrow.

You can tell when kids are getting better, when they have enough energy to scrap with their siblings then there on the mend lol.

Back to the washing pile

See ya