Bargain Bounty!

I popped into the British Heart Foundation shop yesterday & picked this little lot up for £11! Bargain!
The Water Babies was one of my favourite films when I was a child but I’ve never read the book. 
An illustrated version of The Twits by Roald Dahl? Yes please!
The RSPB book of birds is lovely and will come in very useful as I can now practise drawing birds realistically.
Cider With Rosie I read at school and remember really enjoying it so when I spotted this copy for £1 I couldn’t leave it sat on the shelf!
The McCalls Sewing book literally has everything you need to know in it! Plus some rather adorable illustrations which of course I’m going to have a go at drawing myself. 
Last but not least is the General Science book first printed in 1937 and reprinted in 1938. I’m fairly certain that a few of the scientific theories in here are now deemed incorrect but it has some beautiful illustrations in it so I thought it was worth it’s £3 price tag. It even has exam questions in the back!

The carrot illustration I’ve done from the General Science book. I’m sure when they printed it over 70 years ago this isn’t quite what they had in mind but at least I’m still learning something!

Hugs, Caz x

PS. If you’re on the hunt for Christmas decorations the British Heart Foundation shops are selling some quite adorable (new) ornaments this year!

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Flora, Fashion & Fish!

On Friday whilst I was out & about I decided to pop in to Oxfam & check out their books section on the off chance that I might find a well-illustrated children’s book. What I walked out with were three beautifully illustrated books… Fashion Illustration, The Fresh & Salt Water Fish of the World & The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

The three books totalled £15 & I’ll be using them for inspiration & to practise my drawing skills. The Edwardian diary is amazing. It is the publication of a lady called Edith Holden from the year 1905! It’s her written, drawn & painted observations of the surrounding nature during that year. Sadly some of the species she describes are rarely seen in England any more.

Whilst out thrifting I also bought myself a maxi skirt for a £5 which I’ll be donning as soon as it stops raining again!

DB & I found out yesterday that we can hire a houseboat next week Wednesday to Friday & we’re very excited! I’ve never been out on one before despite living next to a canal lock for 8 months.As DB texted me ‘It should be an awesome adventure!’





Blog Crush #1

I read so many blogs & all for different reasons.. so I decided to share some of them with you, explaining why I love reading them… & so begins my Blog Crush series! #1 is Bleubird Vintage with the charming Miss James…

The blog is soooo lovely! Miss James shares her love with thrifted & vintage goodies, updates on her Baby Bird (yep, she’s pregnant) & snapshots of her family life with her other half & her kids. It’s definitely one of my favourite eye candy blogs… Any out there that you want to share?
PS. For those of you in the UK there is now an ‘In Season Now’ list in my right hand sidebar letting you know what food is in season… I’ll keep this updated on a weekly basis 🙂

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

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?


(Not Quite Really) Sunday Sweetness

So this weeks Sunday Sweetness is 24 hrs late (again!) but that’s because I’ve been in sunny Norfolk over the weekend visiting my mum & last night spent a couple of hours helping her get her blog set up instead of working on my own! It was a lovely couple of days with the sun shining (although it was cold!), my mums puppies running around creating mayhem, a shopping trip, a DIY attempt, & our favourite pasttime, CRAFTING!!!! Mum is a huge papercrafter, she makes beautiful cards & ATC’s as well as creating beautiful Punchcraft embroideries & being a talented florist. She has her own craft room (I’m not jealous, no, no, no!) & it is full to the brim with papers, paints, colours, ribbons, brads, glitter, glue, cardstock, sequins… it’s like Crafting Heaven! We also sat & watched some favourite TV: NCIS (her) & Poirot (me!)… it was a good couple of days…. I have pictures to put up of my thrifted finds (Enid Blyton book ‘The Enchanted Forest’, Pineapple dress, Dr Seuss t-shirt, floristry ring, Russian Dolls, yay!) the flower embroidery I did whilst I was there (that mum has kept) & some felt flowers that I’ve made so stay tuned! (all pics in this post from weheartit)

See prvious Sunday Sweetness here


Chill Out Time…

So I had a day off today (no, not because of the snow, just because it was my day off!) so I’ve had a massive chill out day. I slept in til midday then Mr J made me a cuppa & boiled my eggs so that I could make myself egg mayo & cheese sandwiches for brunch (my favourite!) then I showered & went thrifting & food shopping. Score!!!

One jumper, long, v-neck, with grey stripes, very cute, one emerald green vest top & a cute pink laced cardigan all for less than £10! I also picked up a small photo album that I’m going to have an attempt at recovering. I promise pictures eventually!!!

Shopping slog over it was time for a very serious amount of tv…

This has to be one of my all time favourite tv shows! I love Jessica!

Then I watched Pan’s Labyrinth. I’ve never seen it before it was a darker than I thought, but what a beautiful movie. I cried. 
Something’s Gotta Give… what can I say? It’s funny. And I love Diane Keaton!
Chill out pictures all sourced from www.weheartit.com
Off to bed for me now… Mr J will be home soon xoxox