Monday, 14 January 2008

Just Rambling!

Now, what's happened since I last blogged? Er....I had treatment last Thursday and Auntie Mo took me because mum and dad were still ill with this nasty bug that's going round. Although the weather was absolutely atrocious, we still drove back through the lanes to take in the wonderful countryside after Mo treated me to a spot of lunch at a garden centre. Here's what we saw (even on a rainy day):

Oh, you know that cute little taggy quilt I made for baby Jake? Well, I received a phone call of thanks from Jake's mummy but she told me that her middle son Jo (aged just two) had been cuddling it all day as he was poorly. She said he was very taken with it. I had visions of the poor child being emotionally damaged for life if she ripped it from him, so I quickly made another one and put it in the post. They should receive it this morning (Monday):

It's not quite as grand as the first, but I don't suppose Jo will mind too much!

We went to Ikea on Saturday to try and buy something to fix the 'orrible mess in the corner of my dining room. I had a wire kitchen trolley filled with acrylic paints and then stacked high with painting rubbish in one corner. In front of this was my large metal paint box and a big cardboard box full of paper napkins. Then in another corner I had my huge studio easel and some canvases and about ten melamine shelves leaning against the wall. All in all it wasn't a pretty sight and such a shame to have all that in my beautiful kitchen/diner now that it's all so posh. We couldn't afford the high oak chest of drawers that I would have ideally liked, so we had to go with this instead:
Now it's not ideal, but it certainly is waaaay better in a house that doesn't even have room for an extra fag paper! All my painting stuff is now in there, the metal box is on top, the easel is hidden behind the lounge door, the TV tables that used to be behind the lounge door are now under the sofas, the canvases are secreted above kitchen cabinets out of view and the shelving has at last gone to the shed! All in all a more spacious dining room. By the way, I built that unit myself as I couldn't bare Gary being stubborn by not reading the instructions! Why is it that men see flat pack as a challenge? Gary thinks it shows a weakness to read instructions. 'Real men don't read instructions, GRRRRR' he told me. So I made him make the tea and, following the easy instructions it was made in a jiffy. It's alright I suppose, but I would still have preferred a tall oak chest of skinny drawers. :0(

On the way home from Ikea we stopped at Borders book shop. It's a massive two level superstore and I soon found the quilting section. This is usually how you'll find me in a book shop. :0) The books in there were SO expensive though. Most were around the £20 mark so I came home and ordered three from Amazon that I saw in the shop for £20.44!!! That's better!

And lastly, here's a picture of Lovely Livvie for Auntie Gill if she's reading this. She's not the chubby little minx you met last year is she? :0) I shall put a video on of her when someone reminds me how!

Tomorrow Auntie Mo is taking me out for the day on a magical mystery tour. It is as much a mystery to her as she has the route plumbed into her sat nav but she can't remember where it goes!


granny grimble said...

I like the rambling blogs, lots to take in! I wish I has a grown up size comfort blanket like Joe's. Do you remember me telling you that Phil and Sue bought me a silver A4 size, 6 drawer, filing cabinet for my craft room? I was so pleased that I went on to Ikeas site and ordered one for my computer desk, and some more for my craft room. They come in silver metal, white (which is what I've bought) and bright red. The red is lovely and I thought of you. They are £19.99. Mine are being delivered on Wednesday.

Beetle said...

The quilt is lovely :O)

An oak chest of draws is a bit of an expensive piece of furniture for storing dirty tubes of paint anyway.

I just ordered something from Amazon at half the price and postage free. Some good bargains to be had at times - far better than Ebay now days!

Beetle said...

Look how I've spelt drawers ha ha ha!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous view! My heart belongs in the country, but with not being able to drive I'm caught between a rock and a hard place.

I always sit on the floor in bookshops. You have to watch out for 'builders bum' though!

I luuuurve oak furniture too! Lovely colour and not knotty like pine. I have dreams of oak for when we find our next home. I think they may stay dreams though!

Hugs, Sarah x

weechuff said...

Lovely, interesting blog that was!
Leeta, you did promise a blog so perhaps you can put a photo up of these drawers, and some of the measurements:0)

Spider said...

oooh I do like Livvie's hair! who cut it. How old is Livvie now Poo?

I love reading your blogs, they are always full of fun and talent.

Hope this finds you all well. Jeanette is still ill in bed and Dave went to bed tonight not feeling at all well and I must say I am off now with a headache and neck pains :O(
Auntie Tina x

Anne said...

Lovely blog - Bill actually read everyone's blogs yesterday. Can't promise he will log on again for a while, but what a result! And he loved them.
I just love going to Ikea - have so many bits and bobs from them that are useful. Mind you Lakeland is brilliant for kitcheny things too!
We have a couple of book shops our way that have excellent cheap books - does anyone pay full price any more?
Livvie looks so grown up - what a great hairstyle.
Anne x