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! :)

Friday, 4 May 2018

birthday offer

It's my birthday and to celebrate I have a giveaway for you!!

Everyone who places an order today will get a sweet diffuser necklace and bottle of Citrus Fresh essential oil from me!!

This is open to new members and those already on my team!

I am also offering £5 off the postage of your first order! (refunded by PayPal)

You can sign up here ...
Remember to select 'member' to get 24% off all your purchases!!

If you have any questions, please just ask :)

Monday, 30 April 2018

a tiny bit of weaving

Yesterday we went to Wonderwool Wales. I have been a few times now over the years and have loved it each time!!

Here is my stash of goodies ...

I spent more than I had planned ;)

I bought a new pin loom and some weaving sticks. Some lovely olive green rope for Macrame, some gorgeous rainbow wool and a tiny weaving frame!

This morning I decided to put off starting the week by doing a little bit of weaving on the tiny frame!

It came with some merino yarn, but I have also added some odd bits of wool that went well.

You can keep the weaving on the frame, but I decided to take it so I can use it again.

I have hung it in my hall, where I have a few odd bits and bobs hanging  :)

These lovely little frames are available from The Wool Couture Company, check out their website as they have some lovely bits! The Macrame cord was from there too!
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