Then it was the turn of the heating to pack up. Quick call to the Gas board who came out to give it the last rites, and it was pronounced dead shortly afterwards!! I then waited 2 days for them to come give me a quote for a new one. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK how frikkin much ???? Needless to say Our Tom came to the rescue with all his building mates and work will commence at under half the price...Phew!!! Unfortunately it won't begin until next weekend, so I have stocked up on oil radiators, fingerless gloves, and I am wearing all of my Sunday to Saturday furry knickers all at once !!
I have also been making loads of warming stews in the slow cooker. Cue for very smug looks at getting up early to make it, and very awkward moments when I realised I hadnt switched it on , lol. Pride comes before a fall, lol
Last night I warmed the house up as best I could and risked a long soak in the bath. Aah heaven, I closed my eyes and started to relax when SMACK the shower head fell off it's perch and nearly knocked me out!! I didn't know what had hit me lol...
Although paying for the heating will clean me out and then some, I am so grateful that I am finally in a position where I can pay for it at all! This time last year I would have been rubbing two sticks together and I feel so fortunate. Amazing how your fortunes can change constantly going up and down. I have always lived my life unduly concerned with money, as I made it my all to believe you will always have just enough for your needs. I brought my four kids up on a pittance but always managed to feed and clothe them and budget a little for small treats. Life has been extremeley hard and it is so nice to have a small amount of the pressure taken off. Now, don't get me wrong, I still have not a lot to show for all the hard work but and it is a massive grateful heart felt BUT I am further forward than before. And I owe it to all you lovely people who support us at Art from the Heart, and my lovely Dylusion fans. Thank you, thank you and thank you. I salute you all.
I am taking part in Dressember this year. You have to wear a dress (some wear skirts) evry day in December. Well nothing new there for me, lol. But this year I am trying to document it as I go. If you are on face book you can follow my antics HERE and this is Dressembers official PAGE. Come along and see the fun.If anyone is doing it as well I would love to know, never too late tostart!!
Also on Face book the lovely Kate Crane has started a group especially for all those of you who do the Calendar art journaling. It is a place to share, swap ideas etc. I have said I will start to do it agin, but I only got till April last time, before commitments over took me, lol.
If you arent already on face book I would highly recommend it, it seems to have taken over from blogging for me as it is so quick to update. There is a wealth of info, inspiration and friendship to be found on there and once you get the hang of it, it is so easy. We also have a shop page AFTH and there is a Dyan page for fans , where they post as many silly photos of me as possible, amongst other things!!!
If you are a fan of my Dylusions range Our Ben has a fabulous offer on in his shop at the moment, and online.
Weekend special offers on Dylusions Christmas Rubber Stamps & Stencils - huge savings to be had, so if you've had your eye on one of these, now is the time to grab one
Offers end at midnight on Sunday 9th Dec
For the online link see HERE
The shop is closed today Sat 8th, but we are opening tomorrow instead 10 - 3pm.
So without further ado I shall leave you with my first 8 days of Dressember.
Day 1...One of my fave dresses from Limb clothing, the fabric is Alexander Henry cowboy fabric, right up my street!! The shoes are from Office ( who are offering 25% off at the moment) and the massive baubles are my own, lol
Day 2... Dress made by me, cardigan recycled, 8 yr old Art boots.
Day 3... Dress made by me, cardigan good old M & S, 4 yr old boots from ?
Day 4... Dress from Collectif (no longer available), cardi from Primarni, Old Dr Marten boots, glasses from the lovely Catherine.
Day 5... recycled dress, originally from Collectifhttp://www.collectif.co.uk/hawaiian-dolores-doll-winter-hibiscus-p-sku5114-c-black.html, Ugg slippers ( mens as it was all I could fit my broken toes into!), hair undecided, lol.
Day 6... Dress from Lady V of London, cardigan from Primarni, tights from Matalan.
Day 7... Dress handmade by me, cardigan from M & S, boots as before, moustache necklace from Lily Von Pink. Black snood from the lovely Sarah
Crystal Tips lmao
So there you have it Days 1 - 8. I will leave you with a clip from Crystal Tips and Alistair, see if you can spot the resemblence !!!