Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy mothers day

Hello lovely readers and I'd like to say a happy mothers day to my fab mum and I hope all other mums are having a happy day too!  Today it is just me and my girls as J is working a ten day shift without a day off boo!

We're just relaxing at home, I've put a photo up of a doll because this morning I have made the hat and blanket in the photo, these are for Pixies doll who she loves very much so I thought I would share them with you.

This week hasn't really seen anything fun worth documenting, I've been stuck in the house whilst the kids take turns to have a virus.  I'm hoping they are all on the mend now.

Right well I'm off now to dodge the carpet of lego , so I can get to the kitchen and make a brew!

Have a good week

Love Dawn x

Monday, 17 March 2014

The clarinet escapes

Hiya I just realised that my photo of my new clarinet didn't load up so here she is.....Pixie

Sunday, 16 March 2014

New and old


This week has seen a few coughs and cold, a tease of spring sunshine, friends round for tea and making new friends with new neighbours who live at the back of us. 

As my readers will know I play the clarinet and I go into school to help out with their clarinet lesson. My clarinet is 22 years old and unfortunately past its best so I've had to say goodbye to my old clarinet Tinkerbell, we've made a lot of memories together, learning to play, GCSE music, A level music, bands, orchestra, concerts, going on tour and helping to teach kids to play.  Farewell Tinkerbell and hello my new clarinet Pixie, the next chapter begins.

Today I have made a cake for tomorrow nights pudding, batter mix for tonights pudding of pancakes which the kids requested with choc spread and strawberry jam.

Whilst baking I unearthed my old long forgotten about ice lolly maker in the hope of warmer times to arrive soon, I found a plastic bag with something wrapped in newspaper, I opened and to my delight I'd unearthed a piece of vintage that we must of got with the house.  My absent minded find being a mint condition gravy jug and plate.  I love it. 
If my photos have worked you should see both my new clarinet and my vintage find.  (Still getting use to blogging from a tablet lol).

Any other vintage lovers out there?  What pieces do you like the most?

Have fun
Dawn x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

World book day

Today at school the kids have world book day.  They all have to come as a character from Alice in Wonderland.  So here we have one white rabbit with the clock, one queen of hearts and one Alice.  As promised photos of the kids in the outfits I'd customised from what we had.  They love them!  Total spend was £12.50 for the Alice dress, the rest of it I made from what we already had available.  The cost to buy all three outfits would have come in at over £30 plus delivery.

The kids have a day of activities relating to the story and are ending the day with a mad hatters tea party, they should have a ball!

Saturday, 1 March 2014


Well hello,

We are enjoying a weekend together this week, J is off work for three days and took Princess and Pixie to Asda for a top up shop, whilst I took Peaches for a long overdue mummy and Peaches day (thanks to illnesses etc).  Peaches is a very happy girl she came from town doing her excited skipping clutching her one direction poster book (from the pound shop) and sweets to share with her sisters.

I managed to get the bits I needed to finish of J's birthday present for next week and I am really pleased to say that I have been paid £40 cash back from Quidco which quite frankly couldn't have come at a better time as I now have the money to pay for Peaches school trip so I am happy!

J has been making Pixie's clock and rabbit ears for her world book day costume I knitted her bunny tail in the week (pictures to follow once ears are dry).  We have saved £20-30 by making both Peaches and Pixie's outfits from things we already have at home, which is good as we really do not have the money spare at the moment.

I have managed to keep my weekly grocery shop to just £80 including treats and wine for date night tonight (much cheaper than going out for a meal, we had to cancel our last one due to lack of finances after buying the car).  My weekly budget for groceries is £90 so slowly gaining back some money.

We have been having fakeaways instead of takeaways since buying the car which are cheaper and probably much healthier, we had slipped back into old ways lol and now having a re evaluate.

Princess is on energy watch (she takes meter readings weekly) she has been turning off lights etc and this week our electricity bill has halved.  I've also been able to peg out this week which makes life easier and no dryer is needed.

Tomorrow Princess is off on an all day trip with the Brownies, so think of me when your having a lie in and I'm stood out in the cold waving her off at 8.30am.

Hope your all having a fabulous Saturday.

Love Dawn.