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Getting ready for Christmas

Yes! Christmas 🎄

Soon comes round and here it is looming again ! I am looking forward this year our grandson joes three now and knows all about Christmas so very excited. Even organised with some pressies normally a last minuet person.  Go me !

Every year I make Christmas Sockmonkeys but mainly to order this years different. I will be making some small ones just to sell already bought the socks. Going to be cute starting them this week hopefully. So watch my Facebook page for them. Only doing a few !

Gingernut from last year

So much to do ! Tidying the craft room to make space for production it’s only small so can’t swing a cat never mind a monkey. Funny when I first decorated and made it mine I thought how much room I had, But I soon filled it with crafty things now I can’t move. So today’s action was getting organised.

Packing

I would like some space under the table when sewing would be nice. Filled with boxes for posting, display stuff etc … So may have to go in the loft when the Christmas tree comes out. I haven’t done any craft fairs for a long time. But you never know so I will keep hold of them for a bit longer just in case.

One of my craft fairs

Have thousands of beads so a big task of sorting through them as I now make monkeys. I still have my eBay so be selling them and lots of other things I have, some new. That’s a job in its self but has got to go ! Out with the old in with the new. Some of my socks will be going to ones I can’t use. I will share on Facebook if interested.

Doodle

so hopefully be lots of room for my handmade monkeys. I am working out a better way to take pictures. I normally use my iPad because it’s Easy !  I do have a good camera and be taking some christmas pics. Also not decided what pictures I am useing for my calendar this year need to get that done so lots to do! Before Christmas let’s hope I get it done. I will be doing a blog about taking pictures so please keep watching .

Pictures making up my calendar for 2017

thankyou for reading Julie

forgot to say I will be having a Christmas giveaway this year so  anyone registering will get this information when it happens .

 

 

 

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Lazy days and sundays

Lazy days

Hello you ever need a lazy day to think reflect have fun or just sit on the sofa with your pjs on. Today was that day ! Yes I did wash and clean my teeth made the bed like I do every day. Our grandson joe who’s three stayed on Saturday night. So as you can imagin we didn’t get a lot of sleep Love him so much he’s special. So today we sat on the sofa hooray.

Watching telly , watching you tube, looking on Facebook. Doing some picture changing on my web site, genrally not doing much. I did manage to make a reflecter out of cardboard ready for Monday  to take photos. I take far to much room up to take photos so my first job tomorrow is changing things round making some space.

Normally if I’m sitting here I manage to do some sewing. But when I decorated now have all the lamps at the other side of the room . I do have a little clip on light but not really a good enough light. The main light when on is like being on a sun bed it’s that bright. So no sewing today!

Got my favourite pjs on beauty and the beast ones from Avon. Just love the new film. Avon do some lovely pjs have collected a few. Always buy some at Christmas nice having new ones Christmas Eve. Making me think about Christmas now warm mince pies and cream yummy. Christmas tree will be going up soon not sure traditional is going to match may have to get new decorations in white this year. I wrote about my diy projects in previous blogs.

Hubbies an angel he went out and bought a meal deal from Tesco for £10 what a bargain included a bottle of wine. Potato dauphinois, Chicken  Cabernet Sauvignon wine,followed by cheese cake yummy. Made my day! Done in 25 mins. Lovely couple of glasses of wine made a change happy days. So still sat here and wrote my lazy day story down.

Cheers

thanks for reading

 

Julie

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Focus

Focus

Not a thing I can do these days.  I know what I want to do ! But not quite reaching my goal. Did I have one to start with that’s a question ? So many things got in the way block your thoughts stop you being who you want to be. Hard work is what you need to do stop playing get on with it mmmmm. I have devoted a lot of years what for ? Learned a lot could write a book ! If I could focus long enough who knows. Taking me an age to do anything my hands don’t move as quick but my brain is willing . How can I focus when there’s a mist blocking my view. Have I given up ! Did I wake up one day and say I give up. No perhaps I am looking at things different than I have before and not seeing the end result. Why I ask has it gone away when my enthusiasm was oosing from my sole. Every second of the day ideas and motivation filled my life. Perhaps I’m distracted and need time to reflect taking more time off than working is this the answer? If you can’t focus you can’t work. Writing this down is it helping I must think ! Positive. So much negativity in this world affecting our thoughts. Is it this stopping the focus maybe not just that ! We are taken over with just living our lives getting involved in other people’s lives and upsets . Trying to help when you can’t  help your self because you can’t focus. Noises in your ears saying no don’t do it ! Time for yourself . Wanting to tell them This is my time I have done all that and bought the tshirt. Perhaps it’s time to focus on the important things in life keeping healthy and looking after your self and you’re loved ones. Perhaps who knows  the focus on everything else will come back . Well as long as everyone else is focused on what they are doing ! Maybe I’m better at helping other people to focus thanks for reading .

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by me Sunnyteddy designs been in the handmade business for eight years.

Julie

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Blog on vlogs I watch

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Blog on Vlogs

where shall I start love to read watch a lot of catch up tv (anything about houses ,diy,great British bake-off etc )and if I need to know anything I look on YouTube. I resantly turned 60 and looked in the mirror and thought oh no I’m getting old ! Sounds silly this but I have spent that much time consantrating on every thing else I had let my self go a bit ! My hair had grown that long and had developed some grey coming threw. I never thought I looked my age but had been ill as well so I had to do something can’t let the side down my Mum and Dad look fab for there age.

So what do I do ! What I always do go on you tube and what I found was amazing. All these lovely over 50 women doing all in there power to keep them selves looking good. I sell Avon but don’t really wear makeup ( well maybe a bit of mascara and lipstick if I go some where special) although I do use the skin care when I remember but there was moments I didn’t even wash my face as so much to do just forgot.  Now have to tell you about the lady who lived till she was a 100 and never washed her face and had perfect skin but that may not be true. So was watching these ladies and thought I better get into action. It came over me I would have to find time to make the effort. The more I looked the more I found out about these lovely ladies and some of them worked full time still have time to do there skin routine every morning every night and vlog as well.

Just watching them and all the products they use I could never afford not on the money I get from making handmade  sock monkeys and selling a bit of Avon. I do use Avon products so at least I do something.But more I watched it sucks you in ! Interesting stuff even natural skin care that you can make yourself , massaging your face ,what you eat ,supplements,  and more. This world on you tube was bigger than I thought. I had started to become a fan of a lot of them and subscribed to there channels. I must admit it made me look at my self and try and get back what I once had. I wouldn’t have any cosmetic surgery or anything like that but lots do! perhaps I just want to keep it natural but look after my skin better.

So I am now totally hooked not just on the 50 +beauty’s but the younger end of the vlogging world. Fashion was one of my passions when I was younger as well as art and crafting always wanted the latest trend. Some of these vlog people make money from doing this showing fashion halls talking about what’s in what’s out. Avertizing the latest beauty brands makeup, jewellery, assesarys ,handbags. Designer to high street amazing.

I now follow a couple on Instagram so I will leave some of the ones I like older and younger below for you to look. I have come across a couple of men to who offer advice on skin care. I won’t list them all there’s to many.

I have decided a few things that I’m me and I won’t change. I am keeping my hair long, for now even though it’s very fine and I am letting it go grey ? Sometimes I like it sometime I don’t but we will see. Joined a group on Facebook well two ones silver foxes about ladies in the transition of going grey and the others fab women over 50. Both great groups.

I normally write about DIY or crafty things but I thought this was an interesting subject and to say that us crafty ladies or anyone who runs a business sometimes forget about them selves as they are so busy. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook,Twitter  pinterest. For what goes on In my life !  my Avon website if you would like to look.

This is me

Thankyou for reading Julie

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DIY living room

Living room

Very pleased with the results finally got the big part of the diy done !

Been a slow process didn’t realise there was a few holes in the wall and all the white painting was never ending. I decided to do white and navy blue. I found some gorgeous Kelly hoppen wall paper that I love. Couldn’t wait to put it on the wall.

Before
After

looks so bright and fresh in both rooms dining room previous blog and now living room. My furniture doesn’t match so now having to buy or revamp what I have. I quite like all the space at the moment and had new carpet put down and cushion floor in dining room.

Carpet in grey
Grey wood effect

You can say I have been very busy in deed!

Trying to keep it to a budget was difficult used a very large tin of white silk paint for the walls and two tins of satin wood and then the paper was a little more than I normally pay but I love it. New curtains now realised all the fitting will have to be changed to silver. Need a new sofa like matching everything. Had an idea to put some of my doodles in a frame in blue and white but would like to add another one. Found some lovely jugs in blue and white and had a few other vases so coming together nicely.

Some white candles on the fire place with glass candle holders. Still lots to do here’s the doodle pictures.

My doodle pictures

look great on the wall your probably thinking what has a boat a monkey and some leaves got to do with it ! Other than being blue and white all mean something to me that’s the beauty of doing your own art work.I can draw but wanted something different and always doing these doodles.

Revamping some old coffee tables. Things are being moved round so will look completely different to how it was.

Coffee tables

Still plenty to do so may add another picture when complete.

I love to do the DIY I have now decorated every room in the house just one last room to do the wash house or laundry room. This indeed will be a task to do but not sure when it will get done.

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extra added another picture love it ! I am now thinking of making something simler for perhaps a bedroom with matching monkey ?

Love them

Also the coffee tables when finished decoupaged with magazines

Love them
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Spot of DIY

Spot of DIY

Yes it’s that time again so much Decorating to do in this house !

I spend most of my time in this house with working from home so I like it to look as nice as I can on a Ltd budget. Not keen on the painting bit but love putting the wall paper up and making it look nice.

I did my kitchen last year. Had a new boiler put in and had holes in ceiling and walls what a job but I did it ! Went all out did my cupboards in a lovely bright Aqua colour love bright colour.

 Bright yellow door knobs love it !

I decided to take time out of my business to finish the rest of the house it’s never ending my dining and living room hasn’t been done for years in fact I can’t remember it’s that long ago. I did the bedrooms up stairs before the kitchen so they are ok for now ! But it’s a vicious circle always something to do.

So now doing the dining room keeping with similar colour palate on the walls. This lovely lighter aqua colour minty green

Swatch

Everyone liked the Laura Ashley paper I had on but it needs to come off here’s a before picture.

Time for a change so it’s all happening that spot of DIY. Already done most of the painting and just the papering with this lovely sugar steeler print to put on and the dining rooms complete another job done. Can’t wait to do the matching accessories but still lots to do !

 Love the colour wanted to carry the colour through to the living room but maybe to much of the same colour so going for something different. Paint is valspar from B&Q.

Sugar steeler wall paper

Love the colour  keep checking as I add more details. Living room is also being redecorated. Rock my sock monkey joined in the fun.

Rock my sockmonkey

The paper is on looks very mystical and fresh looking. The room has a picture rail and only one wall has been papered the rest is painted. Above is all white.

Do love old furniture so my dining set is quite vintage looking but love it.

Bit of a mess as now moved on to the living room all accessorising will be done later did manage to put my flying ducks back on the wall.

Ducks  Ducks

read my next blog to see how the DIY turns out !

julie

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