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Today I’ve been mostly tackling my c.v., you know being a real grown up and taking actual steps towards gainful employment. I also had the real urge to do something productive to the house as well, so i decided to tackle the bathroom windows.

We are on a very tight budget with regards to the house, firstly I’m not working so the money coming in tends to go on things like food, bills and the van, secondly its only a rental and I don’t much see any point in investing too much in the house when its the landlord (nice as he is) who’ll gain. There isn’t much space in our bathroom, so curtains would over whelm the space and blinds just aren’t on the budget at the moment.

I had vague recollections of seeing fabric stuck right onto the windows glass, a quick trawl through my massive favourites file threw up this post on all buttoned up, with some clarification in a second post.

This is the fabric I had to had, it’s a lovely light weight Liberty of London print, so just perfect for my intended use of it. The green strawberries are just adorable.

The only starch I could find locally was this stuff by dylon.

Its the natural starch spray thankfully, last time I went looking for starch I could only find a cheapo fake starch that wrecked the plate on my equally cheap iron.

It was pretty easy to do, I sprayed the window, fixed the fabric to the window frame with some tape and then sprayed the life out of the fabric. Getting all the air bubbles out was a bit of a pain but not too bad really.

It’s so hard to get a half decent shot of that window, quite frustrating but with the camera out of action I’m relying on the crackberry these days and I do apologise.

And here’s the final product!

I found my camera cable! Squeee! So here’s a close up of the final product.

There are a few things that I’d do if I were to tackle this project again, I wouldn’t cut the fabric to size with a craft knife, I’d yanno listen to Melissa and take the fabric down to cut it. I’d also breakout a sponge to help with the bubbles, but all in all I’m really happy with how my little diversion turned out. Yay!

Now to deal with everything else…

Minnie xoxo

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Well a bit cold, damp with a touch of wind. The house is a mess and my supplies of Scottish tea are running low, I’m a touch home sick and there’s nothing on t.v. What is a girl to do?

I’ve decided to enforce a bit of a schedule on myself, because pottering about the house aimlessly hasn’t really worked for me and things don’t get done. The house is still over run with spiders and nothing has been painted, I have perfected a few recipes for sweets and cake that I might throw the blogs way, just to see how it goes down. I can’t seem to stop by fattening up all of blokes friends and family, I have to attack al of you as well. Typical Hebridean, no one is happy until they have been over fed.

I was so excited about the house when we first moved in, but i think that my excitement got diluted with the drudgery of house work. So much dust, so many spiders. Seriously it’s been one hell of a spidery summer. Cutting the mammoth hedges back has helped, but getting rid of the cobwebs in this house is like painting the fourth road bridge, it’s never-ending. Tomorrow I start job hunting properly, so routine is the aim of the week. Joy.

Rich has done a lot, he’s been amazing actually, his days are pretty broken up with split shifts and he still manages to not be worn out by my over excitement when he comes home. And dude, I get pretty excited, I’ve no one else to talk to but the cat from next door who comes to hang out and guard my washing line. I take a wild tear to get a room sorted, the sitting room Must Be Complete because the World Will End or I’ll get disheartened. So he puts up curtain rails or cuts the hedge on his break. Even though he’s never cut a hedge before, so it looks a bit forlorn but what the hell I’m afraid of heights and the hedge trimmer.

This week I will paint the master bed room, finish my tee-shirt quilt and apply for the super awesome job I want. I’ll got to knit night, go out for the day with Rich’s sister and plant some bulbs in the garden. I will finish the little cardigan for Marian’s impending baby, I will bake some cup cakes and decide on my costume for Halloween.

Love Minnie xoxo

The sun is shining, bloke has ribs in the slow cooker and I’m about to embark on a frantic lets-make-the-house-look-spider-free spree. This can mean only one thing, we’re having a barbecue! Bloke does the meat side of things and I make the death punch (we’re going for a luminous green this time) and the cake (blueberry boy bait). Should be lots of fun, I’m wishing I had my camera though. Might be time to fire off some emails to see if i can get a replacement cable.

Being unemployed is lonely, I’ve been doing lots of sewing though. My tee-shirt quilt is almost done, so I’m going to theme the spare room around it. Which is a nice way of saying everything that doesn’t have a home will be in the spare room and I’ll eventually paint it up so its cohesive to some extent at least.

Once my craft room has been painted and all suave looking I’ll share pictures but at the moment I’m afraid is just a desk and some boxes. My sewing machine is my best friend at the moment, even if the crackberry does take crap photos. Oh well never mind…

The new house has a lot of potential, I’m so glad we’re allowed to paint the decor is mostly a bit dull but in some places its just plain bizarre. The master bedroom is mint green and blood-red, and a patchy red at that which just helps to conjure images from bad B movies.

Anyway I must be off, cake to make and packing boxes to hide in our Harry Potter cupboard. It’s a good way to spend a Saturday.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend,

take care,

Minnie xoxo

So a few weeks ago the lovely Rachel and myself made plans for dinner and lots of things came up and got in the way but we finally managed to get it all together and got round to going out today.  Yipeee! We went to this little tex mex place in town called Smiling Jacks, it was yummy.

I’m trawling the Internets looking for nice flannel bed clothes, I know Scotland doesn’t get all that cold but we have large windows in the flat and they are only single glazed. So flannel sheets would be nice and help keep down the gas bill.  The two leading options at the moment at these proper flannel sheets from John lewis or these jersey knit fitted sheets from La redoute.

Tomorrow will be a day of essay work and then mild house work and in the evening I’m going to the Frank Turner gig. Frank Turner is amazing, used to sing for the Million Dead but now does acoustic dancey happy tunes.  Well worth a look on the YouTube.  There will be much fangirling and flailing tomorrow night. It will be suave.

Right I’m off to vacuum and do some clothes washing. I might play about with the way the blog its self looks over the next few days so wait and see!

Love,

Minnie xoxo