Monday, 3 September 2018

magpie monday :: light and glass

The lampshade in our dining area broke ages ago .... like a year ago!! And we have just had a bulb hanging there since. I had seen a lovely one in B&Q that I wanted but it was out of stock and when I looked online it seemed to have been discontinued :( I had done a few searches online and whenever I was in B&Q would have a look and see if there was anything else I like, but nothing as much as the one that I had seen before. Then a few weeks ago I found it, on eBay for only £2!!! ........ but I missed the end of the auction ... luckily they re-listed it, £2 or make an offer. I offered £5 ... they came back with a counter offer of £8 ... now as I knew that it had been listed once already and not sold I decided that I was in with a chance to win it cheaper ... so I bid instead ... £5 as my max bid and guess what, I won it for £2!!! There was £10 postage and packing, but still a total bargain of £12 for the light I loved!!

When it arrived they hadn't included the bar that attaches it to the ceiling, luckily Steve managed to adapt the one we had up there with a longer screw to fit, but they did include the bulbs which was lovely of them!

When I first got it out of the box I was slightly concerned it was too big and would hang too low as our ceilings are not very high, but its fine!

 I love it and am so pleased I managed to find one the same style I wanted even if its a slightly bigger version of it.

So you may have seen a few weeks ago I joined Slimming World. I always had lots of lovely fruit to eat as Steve loves his fruit. I am more of a vegetable girl, but I have been trying to up my fruit intake and found that we needed another fruit bowl, so I managed to find this lovely pink glass one on eBay for £2.99. It is in perfect condition and goes so well with my other pink glass that I have been collecting over the years.

Have you found any bargains this month or bought any treasures?

Saturday, 25 August 2018

remembering the summer special offer

These beautiful greetings cards are taken from a painting by Joseph Fletcher R.B.A. my Great Grandfather and retail at £2.50 each but available here at a special price of £3.00 for all 8!

There are 8 watercolour paintings of beach scenes from the 1920's available. They all have amazing clouds and really give you a feeling of holidays or day trips to the seaside. This price is for a pack of all 8 designs.

They each measures 14.8cm x 20.3cm and have a white border. They are a printed card mounted on to a greetings card, come with a matching white envelope and are blank inside for your own message.

They have a sticker with updated web address on the back, hence low price!

If you are interested, please check out the website and select the shop you would like to buy from, message me or comment below!


Monday, 6 August 2018

magpie monday :: farm set

Billy has a farm set and we have been collecting lovely animals for him ... but a farm can always grow and when we saw this for £10 on Facebook we couldn't resist getting it!

There were some animals with it, but I passed them on to Steve's mum so she would have some when he goes over to visit, but the buildings are lovely and such a bargain at £10!

Monday, 2 July 2018

magpie monday :: slimming world book

As you will have gathered from my last post, I am now doing Slimming World. I have done it before, years ago, but didn't buy any cook books then as I was living with my parents at the time and my mum was doing most of the cooking. I feel much more in control this time and wanting to try different things. I have bought a few Slimming World cook books over the last few weeks from the group I go to, but my Auntie recommended one called 'all in one'. It is an old book so I searched on eBay and found one for £4.50

Have you found any bargains this month or bought any treasures?

Saturday, 16 June 2018

finding maria joy

I haven't been happy with my weight for the last 10 years but after my miscarriage in November 2016, I seemed to pile on the weight. I wasn't eating much more or differently, I think my body was just trying to sort its self out and grief didn't help. Don't get me wrong, I was not a skinny-minny before the miscarriage, but that weight gain took me to the heaviest I have ever been in my life.

5 weeks ago on a spur of the moment decision, I joined a Slimming World group ... this week I had my 4th weigh in and I have lost 8lb in the month! I am thrilled and feel so positive ... I am beginning to see a difference in my legs and tummy, Steve says he can see a difference and his mum told him today that she could see I had lost in my face!!

Those of you that know me and know my love for essential oils will not be surprised that I am also calling on their help during this weight loss journey ... if you would like to follow along, I have an instagram account @findingmariajoy where I will share positive, motivating and sometimes funny sayings, a few meals, how I am using oils, and how I am doing!

So why finding Maria? Or should that be finding MariaJoy! Because I have always had a strong opinion on my style and what I love to wear and who I am because of that, but over the last 10 years gaining weight meant I have not felt comfortable in my larger body and the clothes I love. Not being able to express myself through my clothes has had a huge impact on my confidence and identity .... I have felt lost and not 'me'. I'm on a journey to get the body that will help me be comfortable in the clothes I love, find my style again and be the healthiest version of me I can be! We only have one body, we need to look after mine!

Friday, 15 June 2018

Bygone Beach Day website

My Bygone Beach Day range of paintings by my Great Grandfather have had their own website since I first selling them back in 2003, but in a bid to be a bit less scattered, I have given them their own spot on my website!

I hope you still like their little bit of the web and keep following for all the latest of our beach range!

You can now find them here -

Monday, 7 May 2018

finishing a weaving project

After going to Wonderwool Wales last weekend, I felt inspired to dig out some weaving that has been on a frame loom for (cough) probably years!! (head in hands!)

I had planned on doing an owl in a tree picture ... you can see here, 2 posts of work in progress ... planning my project and working on the project ... however, I wasn't happy with how it was working out so I undid a lot and just decided to do a pattern. Unfortunately in undoing a chunk of it, it thinned the warp threads on the loom and some of them broke ... this meant that I just had to finish where it was up to and take it off the loom ... so here it is!!

I managed to find a stick in the hen pen that was pretty straight and the right size to use at the top.

My favourite bit is the maroon stripes at the top as the colours are so lovely together.

I did a few macrame knots at the bottom and added some beads ...

It is a funny little bit of weaving and not at all how I had originally planned, but the colours go nicely in our living room and I like it! :)
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