One Day

One day Red awoke to a cloudy overcast morning. As she rubbed her eyes blearily she realised she was incredibly hungry so she got up & made breakfast, adding a dash of pepper.
She gazed longingly at the paper cranes in the hallway & dreamt of faraway places…
She sighed & turned to her sewing machine to put in her full day’s work.
Suddenly she spotted a pair of glittery red Dorothy shoes, she gasped in delight & slipped her feet into them.
Before she knew it she had tapped her feet together & was standing by a bowl of juicy raspberries  she popped one into her mouth, snatched up the cute animal rucksack from the side, grabbed an umbrella & with love in her heart disappeared out through the door…
12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Five Images

1,2,3,4,5
Autumn is here. Usually I love its crispness & glorious colours but instead at the moment I am feeling particularly grey & low… I think it’s a general lack of sunshine!
Come on blue skies, I need you 🙂

Napoleon was a Redhead

That’s right folks! According to this he was.
1, 2, 3
Deborah Ann Woll (Trueblood), Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine) & Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under & the new Torchwood!). One of the girls from work said the other day that I remind her of Florence Welch. Compliment!

I have a real thing for red hair. I may have mentioned it before, here, here, & here. Hhhhmmmm. Some of my favourite bloggers are redheads too…

Elizabeth of Rosalilium



Vicki of The Magpie Girl
I love being a redhead & my hair has been too, well, dark lately, so yesterday I dyed it again… it’s much brighter & redder now!

Who’s your favourite redhead?

Recent Makes…

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of days between shifts… there’s more to come folks! 

All available here

Five Images

Five images saved on my laptop… 1. Me! Maybe aged seven-ish? (Mum! Any idea?) when I was in the Brownies. I’m feeling the Red Indian dressing-up vibe… might be fun to do for my birthday this year! 2. tattoo picture I found on Favim. I love tattoos… I have two, a daisy & a butterfly. 3. My favourite ring! Courtesy of Topshop. 4. Katy Perry in a very cute cherry dress. Love it! 5. Red Bamboo Coral earrings that I made yesterday. Available here


I am working a double shift today so I’m looking forward to tomorrow! Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

July giveaway here

Red Headed Woman…

Some of you may have seen this piece before on my previous blog but here it is for those of you that haven’t….

She’s painted on canvas & then I’ve glued fabric pieces on to make her dress. I was inspired by the work of Australian artist Kat Mcleod.

She now resides at my mums house in Norfolk! Itching to do something similar again… I like to use fabric in slightly different ways…

Previous two images by Kat Mcleod. She’s an illustrator who works in mixed media, love her work.

I’ve got my college interview today, cross your fingers for me! xoxox


Pink Wednesday

(All pictures sourced from weheartit)
I’m particularly loving the last one… how gorgeous it would be to randomly stumble upon that!
So I turned 33 in December & I can honestly say that I didn’t achieve much of my ‘Before I’m 33 Wish List’! I did re-read quite a few of my favourite childhood books… Winnie-The-Pooh, Enid Blytons Faraway Tree, The Chronicles of Narnia & Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume… a real favourite of mine.

I never did get round to wearing an entirely red outfit but I did get a gorgeous 60’s style red dress, a red cardigan & a lovely gigantic red bag for Christmas! & with the red hair…. wouldn’t mind a pair of red skinny jeans a la Mischa Barton though…

I didn’t donate blood which is bad of me but I guess I’m more squeamish than I thought… my attempt at going to the cinema 12 times wasn’t even close! I think I went maybe three times in the end! I didn’t go to the ballet but I did make it to Scotland, although only for a week with work. I’ve yet to go back to be a tourist 🙂
Off to update the list for turning 34….. xox

See previous Pink post here x

Hello there!

Dear Blog,

It’s been a while… so much has changed in the last eight to nine months but for the better I hope & now I’m ready to craft & blog again! It’s funny to look back & see what I was thinking here especially my oddly prophetic feeling that a particular chapter of my life was due to close… it did, maybe six weeks later… strange. Anyway there have been a lot of changes but now I feel like I’m on the right path & fingers crossed I’ll be telling you about it soon! On a more lighthearted note, I went red 🙂

And I have a new(-ish) fella, Tom( aka Drummer Boy), who is absolutely lovely…
I’m off to check out all of your blogs that I’ve been missing… back soon xox

Red… Yellow… Blue??

So politics isn’t something that I would ever usually talk about. To be quite honest it’s something that I don’t really pay any attention to. To be honest I’m 32 years old & I’ve never voted. As a child I grew up under the Conservatives & Maggie T & as an adult I’ve lived my life under Labour with the charismatic American-loving Tony Blair & the not-so Gordon Brown. In my own reality there hasn’t been a huge difference between the two. Margaret Thatcher provided us with a strong female role model, privatisation and a decline in the manufacturing industry, New Labour finished it off for her. Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ didn’t seem that different to the Conservatives before them to me. It’s only now, after a few years struggle that you see the evidence of Labours social ‘for the people’ policies… but is it too late?

This year, with the televised Leadership Debates, interest has surged, particularly against younger people & those in my age group who haven’t really paid attention before. Nick Clegg is hugely popular & the Liberal Democrats are a force to be reckoned with. I’m quite lax & never really watch the News but now I’m glued to the screen & I’m buying the paper every day! We have so many issues to address right now in this country & people want change but it’s very difficult to figure out who’s really going to give us that. And will it be for the better or for worse?

There is so much that needs addressing right now… immigration, classroom sizes, unemployment, the recession, illiteracy, poverty, outsourced businesses, housing, the economy… & on a personal level, who will benefit us more? Mr J runs his own (small) business, we rent because we can’t afford to get on the housing ladder, we haven’t got children yet but are planning to in the next year or so, I earn over £20k so am likely to get hit by Labour in taxes, but Mr J’s small business will be a financial struggle under the Conservatives… & the Lib Dems? I have absolutely no idea! Well on Friday we’ll find out whose turn it is to run the country… I have butterflies in my tummy!

(all pictures sourced from weheartit)

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!