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2014 House Plans

I can’t believe it’s already February and I’m pleased that things actually seem to be moving along in the right direction.  We moved into this house in August 2012 and it needs quite a lot of work.  Obviously this also takes money so a little bit has to be done at a time.  Right now we are working on the front bedroom and the bathroom. 

The bedroom so far has been plastered and the first coat of paint has been put on the walls.  This room is to be my “den”.  I spend a lot of time on the bed during the day as it’s the comfiest place for me to be and I have my laptop and plenty of room for the cats.  We are in the back bedroom at the moment and the front room has been the dumping ground and the place we keep the cats’ toilets.  We are painting it grey which was a shock at first but has turned out to not be at all depressing.  I’m going to be adding a bit of colour and also new furniture already chosen from IKEA.  My dad will be laying us a new floor and hopefully it will look like a brand new room.  This is the first time I’ll have had a properly decorated bedroom since I was 18!

The bathroom is more difficult.  It doesn’t have a window for a start and we are having trouble with mould.  We can’t afford a new suite so are just trying to brighten everything up and make it easier to keep clean.  It has terrible black and white adhesive tiles on the floor and black skirting boards that are peeling and chipped.  I hate this room with a fiery passion! 

Everything that has been done in this house has been done badly and trying to put it right is time consuming and costly.  I don’t want a fancy house, I have cats and a dog (plus a husband :P) that would never allow it but I do want a house I can be comfortable in which has my stamp on it.

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A few Christmas doll/bear pics

Dakota - Souldoll Bonnie

Rose - Bluefairy Olive

Blizzard - Charlie Bears

Surprise present from Andy :)

Johnathan - Bear Faced Cheek

Artist bear bought by mum.

Our little tree 2013

Fireplace (never comes out well, our living room is so dark)

Andy hates that singing polar bear at the bottom which is why I always make sure I bring him out on the 1st of December!

Tiny white tree took the place of the bedside table lamp for the month.

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Seether + Stuff

This post is very much for myself, I doubt it will be of much interest to anyone else.

For some reason I have always dedicated songs and sometimes whole albums to bad times in my life.  Some of them are very difficult to listen to now such as Radiohead’s The Bends album.  I loop songs as a way of coping with things and have been told this is weird.

Introduction to Seether:

In 2006 I was living in a crappy maisonnette with my abusive ex fiance.  We had been together for 6 years and I’d struggled the whole time with his terrible mood swings and violent behaviour.  In August we started meeting up with a guy who was a friend of a friend - he turned out to be in as much trouble with his mental health as I was.  I decided that I really liked this person and had to help him get better so twice a week we’d meet up and hang out.  Of course this made my fiance’s behaviour get even worse and I know if I hadn’t managed to leave in the end, one way or another, I wouldn’t be here now.

The music that helped me survive at that time were Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and Evanescence’s The Open Door.  One day, I’d like to get “Silent All These Years” tattooed somewhere but daren’t because people will ask me what it means and I don’t want to talk about it. 

The guy I had become friends with gave me a copy of Disclaimer 2 because Amy Lee from Evanescence sings on one of the songs.  This was the first time I’d heard of Seether.  It wasn’t the song with Amy that spoke to me though, it was actually “Driven Under”.  I’d listen to it in the bath while wondering what the hell to do with myself and how I was going to escape my situation.

After a few more months I managed to get away from my ex and after only a couple of days I began seeing the guy I’d been meeting up with, we moved in together and things went from there.  He is now my long suffering husband, bless him.

In 2008, a friend died in an accident and my song for that time is “Sympathetic” which is in fact my husband’s favourite Seether song.  I wasn’t a massive fan of them at this point, I bought their next album for my husband for Christmas that year but we didn’t get to see them play until 2009 when they supported Staind.  After that gig, I was smitten.

Andy and I got married in 2011, we had no music (and no people either lol) but my song for that time is “Tonight”.  I don’t really do happy songs as such but it’s a good job this one exists by them or my relationship might be in trouble :P.

In 2012, I was able to see Seether twice.  The first time they were supporting another band and didn’t seem that thrilled to be playing.  We took my mum to both of these gigs which was an interesting experience.

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In the middle of these 2 gigs, I went out and got my tattoo.  It’s of my black cat, Jupiter, and the Seether song “Rise Above This”.  I chose to use Jupiter over the other 3 kitties because I work in cat rescue and black cats are very hard to home.  I’m doing a little advertising for them.  “Rise Above This” is my favourite song and whenever life is difficult it’s a reminder for me to keep going.  This picture is from before it was finished but I have yet to get around to taking another.

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On November 5th we went to see the most special gig I’ve ever been to.  I think it’s even more important than the first Manics show I saw in 1996 which was a life changer as I was only 14 and had never been to a gig before or even heard of the band. I was a HUGE fan of them for quite a few years.  Seether played at Union Chapel in London and I was lucky enough to get tickets as an early Christmas gift from my husband.  He has only been driving for a year but bravely drove me all the way down to London from Yorkshire and then into London itself. 

The concert was amazing, for once I got to sit down without asking for disabled seats (I have M.E.) and had a brilliant view.  (Pews are not comfy though and I do not miss sitting in churches!)  The set was partly acoustic and they even had a cellist for a few songs.  I’m a sucker for strings thanks to the Manics.  I never thought I’d get to see “Sympathetic” played live or “Pass Slowly” (another song for a dead friend).  Dale was very pissed which was entertaining but put me off the last few songs.

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So now I’m left wondering when they will be back and hoping it won’t be a very long wait because I need to look forward to seeing them again.

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Recent Crochet

It’s been a busy month but I’m pleased I got these finished.

This was made as a thank you present for my nan who bought us a front door!

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A pumpkin my mum wanted me to make her, it does look better in real life.

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And lastly, this is a Christmas present for my mum.  She wanted a wreath she could use all year but unfortunately she only chose 3 colours for me to make it with so it was quite difficult.  I managed to get it finished despite suffering from some awful headaches over the past month or so.

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Our house is quite dark so excuse the poor photos and lighting.

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Yarndale

Here are the few pics I managed to take.  I’m not going to review it, I’ve said what I needed to over on facebook.

If I get rich, I’m having an alpaca and angora bunny farm…  I will also rescue cats, pigeons and bumble bees :).

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Yeah, it’s been a while

And so the summer has gone and we are almost officially into autumn, my favourite time of year.  Unfortunately it also brings out the daddy long legs and spiders and it’s time to sleep with the hoover in our room again…  just in case.


We recently had our 2nd wedding anniversary in Whitby/Robin Hoods Bay, it could have gone better if our “car” (shed on wheels) had not broken down on the way there and my husband wasn’t ill due to meds.  With my health being poor too, we didn’t get to do as much as I’d have liked but was happy to finally get to Robin Hoods Bay.

Robin Hoods Bay

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My home from home, Whitby

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Not too much has been happening on the doll front.  I got a Luts Zuzu Delf Persi back in March for my birthday and Have a Souldoll Soul Kid Bonnie on order and a Fennec Fox by Hujoo on order for Christmas.  I did make my Tiny Fairy a dress which I’m quite pleased with.

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In other news, I’m looking forward to Yarndale at the end of the month and the special Seether gig in London on November 5th.  Two events that really go together!  I didn’t think I’d get to the latter but my husband has got us tickets as an early Christmas present and I will get to visit Libertys the day after.  This means more yarn shopping of course…

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What month is this?

We have supposedly just had the spring equinox but it is looking more like January out there today and is set to stay that way for a few days.  It is soggy, muddy and horrible to walk on, perhaps I should go back into hibernation.

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Crocheted Pincushion

And so it was a case of what do I make for my mother for her birthday this year?  Last year she decided to start collecting pincushions and after much searching I found a pretty pattern for one here:  Cherry Heart.

I used 5 balls of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo as I loved the range of colours in Baa Ram Ewe and the yarn isn’t too hairy if you know what I mean.

This is how it turned out:

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First BJD of 2013

I’m very lucky as my first doll of 2013 arrived home right at the beginning of January which means hopefully there will be room for a few more throughout the year.  She’s my biggest BJD so far and I’m not sure I’ll be going any bigger as I was quite surprised how tall this girl was when I got her out of the box.  She is a Bluefairy Tiny Fairy Olive and is on the girl body.  Bluefairy shipped her out very quickly and I’d definitely recommend their services.

My girl is called Rose and will be getting new eyes shortly.  I’ll also be crocheting her a dress when I get round it.  At the moment she is in a borrowed pink dress which doesn’t fit her character but at least she’s not nekkid!

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Hopefully there will be more photos soon!

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New year, new blog.

For my first ever post I am going to show a photo of the throw I made my mum for Christmas 2012.  I’ve been crocheting since 2011 and still have much to learn :).

Link to the pattern I used:  Drops Delight Blanket

I used single crochet to join the squares together as I thought the black looked too heavy done their way.

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And in it’s new home:
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