Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween Haul 2012

       Despite my good intentions I have still been neglecting my poor blog (I have just been so busy lately). Even though it's a bit late I thought I would share my Halloween purchases of 2012.
     Apologies for the not so great photography I did it on a very dull day and in a bit of a rush.

I love these glass bottles bought from TK Maxx for £5.99 each.

Two of my favourite purchases this year both from Marks & Spencer. Spider cake stand and witches hat hoopla.

The rest of my Halloween purchases were bought from Hobbycraft:

Glitter skeleton cupcake wrappers and Frankenstein wrappers, complete with bolts!

Skeleton chocolate mould and Cupcake gravestone kit, comes with edible ink pen to write your own messages.

These coffin treat boxes are very pretty (If you can describe coffins as pretty!)

Felt ghost treat bag and felt garlands, includes witches, cats and bats.

Lastly, this is something my Mum surprised me with. She knows I have been wanting to try something a bit more gorey for a while now. And I have seen great results achieved with this kit online. I am dressing up as a devil this year but I may have to squeeze in a costume change so I can use this kit.

   I'm pleased to say I have actually cut down quite a bit on my Halloween buying. (I've had to because I'm still on a mission to clear out!) Normally I go round all the supermarkets as soon as they've put their stuff out. But this year I've only been to one supermarket to look and I didn't even buy anything.

Happy Halloween

               Wishing you all a Happy Halloween filled with devilish delights.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Marvelous Moustaches

       Moustaches are a major trend at the moment. And I absolutely love them! They fit in well with my love of French things and add a playful touch to any outfit.

Moustache bag, earrings and necklace all available from Accessorize.

Moustache bracelet and watch available from ASOS.

Moustache brooch, gloves, hair slides and hair comb. All available from River Island.

                              Moustache snood, socks and T-shirt. All available from New Look.

Moustache jumper available from Internacionale.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Halloween Art

       I thought I would share some of my favourite Halloween art. All of which can be found on Etsy.

Fruit Bat by Andrea Kett. Click here to buy.

Percy The Pumpkin Cat by Ella Goodwin. Click here to buy.

Happy Halloween Print by Belle & Boo. Click here to buy.

Halloween Pumpkin Girl original painting by Pinkytoast. Click here to buy.

Halloween Zombie Squirrel original painting by Water In My Paint. Click here to buy.

Scottish Slang

         Having made the decision to move to England, I'm finding myself thinking about the Scottish language more and more. There are lots of words we won't be able to use because we probably won't be understood! Another thing I have noticed is that we really do "sing" a lot of things we say.
        For my non Scottish readers I thought I would share some of my favourite slang words.
(Please note although I am Scottish, I don't speak like this!)

"Pick yer claes up aff the flair!" - Pick your clothes up off the floor!
"Em a'wa hame, em no goin' to your hoose".- I'm going home, I'm not going to your house.
It's dreich ootside. I went oot an' now em drookit!" - "It's miserable, cold and wet outside. I went out and now I'm drenched!
"Gie that a wee dicht, it's boggin!" - Give that a little wipe, it's dirty!

Something that people used to say when they went into a famous pie shop where I live is:

A bridie a peh an' an ingin' ane a'na.  I'm not going to put up the meaning for this, I'm going to leave you wondering!

   But there are some Scottish words that do slip into your everyday vocabulary. These are some of my favourites:

Hackit- ugly
belter- very funny or entertaining
minter- the process of blushing or feeling embarrassed
fleg- fright/scare
dub- puddle
bump- to steal something
bampot- prat/idiot

Another word which I didn't realise until very recently is a Scottish word (I thought this was used all over the UK) is squint. e.g That picture is a wee bit squint.

    If there are any English slang words you think I should learn before I move there, let me know.

New Look Blog

        I thought it was time I gave the blog a bit of freshen up. I am going to make it my mission to post more regularly.
       I have a very exciting  feature coming up at Christmas.  Stay tuned...

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Birthday Goodies For A Very Special Birthday

       My Mum celebrated a very special birthday on Tuesday, which called for some extra special presents.
     My Mum's favourite designer is Vivienne Westwood but she had yet to own one of her bags. So I knew that was the first thing I was going to buy. I went for this gorgeous Yasmin bag in winter tartan.

        My Mum is a very talented sewer who has a love of vintage. She also loves wooden boxes. So I found a wooden drinks crate from the 1960's and filled it with vintage sewing supplies.

Vintage needlebooks.  Complete and unused.

A variety a French vintage sewing supplies.

My Mum can't get enough of these vintage wooden spools of thread.

Vintage Nodding Poodle Pin Cushion, Vintage Apple Tape Measure Complete with stalk and original box and a vintage thimble.

A selection of uncut vintage doll patterns from the 1960's. Including Betty Boop, Felix The Cat and Popeye. 

Apart from the fact that my poor Mum managed to catch a bug on her birthday, she did enjoy her day and loved her presents.