Pink Wednesday

  The giveaway winner is Gina!!!!! I need a postal address for you young lady. One package winging it’s way to Oz!!!! Still a very busy week guys plus we’re coming up to Easter… hope you’ve got great plans!
See previous Pink post here x

Work overload

Yesterday I pulled an all-dayer helping open up a new restaurant (not McDonalds!!! just love this 1960’s ad) & today I have another all-dayer so I’m afraid this week I’m skipping Sunday Sweetness. Don’t worry I’ll fix you all up with a good dose of Pink in the next couple of days! Don’t forget if you leave a comment in Saturday’s post you have a chance to win the surprise giveaway!!!


Beautiful Cherry On Top

So how amazed was I when I logged in & saw that the lovely Rebecca had left me a comment to tell me that she had picked me for a Beautiful Cherry On Top Blogger Award! (She has amalgamated the Beautiful Blogger Award with the Cherry On Top Award)! I would like to pass it on to the following 3 as I think that they are all beautiful blogs… 1. Kisses and Cross Stitches…. 2. Holy Comfort! & 3. Postcards from Dreamland. Thank you Rebecca it is so nice to get these! Speaking of other bloggers, todays photo colourfest is for Chelsea (favourite colour = purple on lime green) & Alex (favourite colour = yellow) hope you enjoy it girls! My second proudest moment this week (after getting theses awards of course!) was on Thursday evening when I cooked dinner for Mr J. He loves meatballs & I found a great recipe for Moroccan meatballs so I had a go & they turned out yummy! I served them with cous-cous stuffed peppers & a salad of Rocket, Watercress, Parsley & Coriander. The meatballs themselves were simply minced lamb, garlic & parsley but I simmered them in tinned tomatoes, ground cumin, ground coriander & cayenne pepper with more garlic (I love garlic!) & fresh coriander & they tasted great. So so simple & Mr J was over the moon! I could almost be a Domestic Goddess 😉 PS. To celebrate my surprise award I’m going to have a surprise giveaway! I shall pick a winner from those of you that leave a comment on this post to receive a surprise bundle through the post… Good Luck! xox


Pink Wednesday

sources 1,2,3,4 & 5 all found on weheartit although if you look closely at 1. it has Claire Penn photography waterstamped across it… check her out she is very talented! 6&7 are both Bleubird Vintage finds… how much do I want those boots? They are absolutely gorgeous! 8 is a CommonThreadz tee… they are only $38 each, are made in print runs of 250 & for every tee bought a school uniform is given to a child in need. Check them out! What is your favourite colour? PS. We had another tidying spree today & now Mr J has his own little office (in the teeny corner between the guest loo & the utility wall) which he is very happy with because the sun no longer shines on his computer screen! Now the bookcase is in the living room… I need another one I have soooo many books! PPS. Why is it that the minute I have to leave the house to go to work the sky turns an ominous shade of grey…??!

See previous Pink post here x

Today…

I have been a busy little bee! Up at 8.30 am on my day off! Spent an hour this morning reading my favourite blogs over marmite on toast & a cup of tea & then got a mad urge to clean the kitchen! So busy i got with some hot water, tea tree oil & vinegar (old school) & showed Mr J how to clean a microwave the easy way! I caught up with The Vampire Diaries, recorded Murder She Wrote (I’m watching that in a minute!) & uploaded my latest photographs… 1. cute ornaments I thrifted whilst in Norfolk, 2. me in my Pineapple dress (taking pictures of yourself is awkward!), 3. pretty napkins that I also got in Norfolk. 4. is a onesie that I’ve done a very childlike design on… (shouldv’e ironed it before I took this pic!) my plan is to add some embroidery to it too so it’s a Work In Progress, 5. is another WIP, I’m just tidying it up but I like it alot & I think there will be more of these to come! Final pic is a finished necklace (yay!) available here… Off to relax now! xox

Sunday Sweetness

1,2 & 4. found on weheartit… 3. source unknown… 6. box collage by Beth Cadby found here… 5,7,8 & 9. sources unknown. My boss is away this week so I have a lot of extra work on… so tonight i’m putting my slippers on, curling up with a glass of wine & Mr J & watching The Sopranos. Hope you have all had a great weekend!

See previous Sunday Sweetness here


When I Grow Up…

I want to be this talented! These amazing pieces are by mummysam an artist based in NY. I am especially in love with the last one, absolutely incredible. I’m off to bed now peeps as I have a sniffly cold & RSI in my wrist & shouldn’t be using the keyboard! Hope you’re all having a great weekend xox


Weekly Round-up

This week I have gotten a little obsessed with vampire series’… I read Twilight ages ago & to be honest, really enoyed it, although as a 31 year old I got quite frustrated with Bella’s character & I thought the last book was a bit of a let down. Me & Mr J watched the first movie & loved it! (Although all of the Cullens, apart from Edward, look ridiculous!) When Trueblood started on Sky we were hooked… Bill & Sookie rock, the series is dark, Jason Stackhouse is absolutely hilarious & I feel for Sam, the bar owner. Last night, Mr J started snoring at 830pm (giggle giggle) so I decided to watch the Vampire Diaries. Very teen-y (the same producer as Dawsons Creek if I’m not mistaken, Kevin Williamson) & kinda silly but starring the particularly gorgeous Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore, the evil vamp! I enjoyed it so I watched another one… & another one… & I’ve been sucked in! Trueblood is the best though, hands down! Also this week I’ve been listening to Take That & pretending not to notice the very silly Mark Owen splashing his infidelities all over the papers. What is it with celebs? They can’t keep their pants on or their mouths shut! I’ve also rediscovered Feist & Sigur Ros, caught up on my sleep, found an awesome recipe for Hot Cross Scones (see Essentials magazine April 2010 issue~bought last week before I took yesterday’s pledge!)… & been dreaming about going red…. PS. Also discovered these blogs… Little Eco Footprints & Hayley of Heidi & Seek’s new blog Remade I hope you’ve all had a great week! xox PPS. If you fancy any of the books listed under Book Giveaway in the righthand sidebar just email me at charismagick@googlemail.com & the book shall be yours!


Challenges…

A few months ago I signed up for Isis’ ethical clothing pledge. I pledged to buy preloved, which I have… I’ve picked up an awesome khaki green Pineapple shirt dress, a cool Dr Seuss tee, a pretty green vest top & an georgeous 60s style Warehouse dress! I pledged to buy handmade and or reconstructed, which I haven’t done, mainly because I worry about sizing. However, there’s so much awesome stuff out there on Etsy & Dawanda that I think I’m going to take the plunge! I pledged to NOT buy from big companies that do not use environmental materials and that may practice sweatshop conditions… & I failed. Oh the seduction of bright, funky clothing displays amidst the grey gloomy weather of an English winter… I was seduced by Next I’m afraid. I also didn’t define my rules clearly enough for myself. Today though I saw dottie angels ‘challenge of an utmost kind’ & it reminded me of the reasons that I’d originally signed up to the pledge. So I’m giving it another go… Underwear & work clothes/shoes are exempt from my pledge but any other clothing that I’d like will be ethical. All books that I buy will be secondhand, as well as items for our home. I’m slowing cutting down on chemicals in the household too as the amount of chemicals that the human body absorbs freaks me out! With shops like CommonThreadz & Bleubird Vintage when I need some retail therapy it shouldn’t be too difficult… so today is day 1 of The Ethical Clothing Challenge Of The Utmost Kind!!! Being greener is one of the things I promised myself in 2010 so I feel that I’m getting back on track… anybody else out there doing anything similar?


Pink Tuesday

(All sourced from weheartit) I couldn’t resist the ice skater shot this morning… she looks so graceful, like a bird about to take flight. I absolutely love watching ice skating. Like many little girls I wanted to be an ice skater! I grew up in the Torville & Dean years though so maybe it had a particularly special glamour 🙂 The My Little Pony is another hark back to a 1980’s childhood, tee hee, I used to absolutely adore mine! They’re around again now… how I wish I’d kept my original ones xox

See previous Pink post here x