|Posted by Susannah on September 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
OK, ENOUGH with all the life things that pop up on a daily basis I want some meeeee time!!!
Yet again I did not get the time to post any diorama updates?
I just don't get it I had a whole week to just finish a couple of things and my post would be ready, have I finished? NOOOOOO!
I have a giant Barbie bus that I'm tripping over and is stopping me from getting on I thought it would be fun to repaint and refurbish... after 18 months I'm getting sooo board with it! LOL
I got a new doll this week but not had any time for pictures and I wanted to do a photo shoot of my collection of wonderful outfits by Mary Barbato (Miniature Couture) who sadly died last week but not even had the time to FIND the outfits! *sigh* Mary was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in her home city of New York.
I can't even tell you what I've been doing as I don't see I've been doing anything much... well we did go to Brighton for the weekend I took the girls to see the Saturdays. Considering it's the end of September we had very good weather.
|Posted by Susannah on September 15, 2014 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
I can't go on holiday (vacation) without taking a doll or two and for my holiday to Cornwall I was accompanied by two dolls
Jayden (Dynamite Boy Cruz)
Yes, I always take a hotel room with me too!
The guys did a little shopping on a rainy day
Check out the spacing on the ladder rungs... could they be any better? Puuuurrrrfect for my climbing kittie.
Jayden went for a bit of a rock climb
Thank you for looking
|Posted by Susannah on August 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM||comments (2)|
Nope, not the band but the real thing!
When we were dogging rain storms in Cornwall last week I did peruse the ground under foot and noticed some real funky stones!
I remember I used to have a book about stones when I was a child so this must be some sort of leftover memory thing?
No idea what this blue thing was? But it's been smoothed by the sea.
Love the colour and texture of these.
I'm guessing the 'rusty' colour is tin as Cornwall is covered with tin mines?
What will I do with my stones? The small slate pieces will make fun....somethings in my doll world and the bigger stones? I going to build a miniature garden for them.
|Posted by Susannah on August 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
For me a holiday should be a time to get away form 'life' ....bills, hospital visits, school stuff, housework and all THAT! Those that know me know my favourite holiday destination in Miami and the Florida Keys. BUT, the government now say we can no longer remove our children in team time as it interrupts their education? Never mind the teachers strikes and inset days they of course don't??? I'm not one for going on about politics but for this one I'm megga pissed. First off what is it that politicians these days think it's their right to say how we bring up our children? Take about a nanny state! I just want to add here that before the nanny state the children in the UK had respect for adults and society. Before 24 hour drinking young people did not think it was OK to ...well, behave as they do now! As you can no longer chastise your own child they now feel they can do what they like and now the young have no idea how to raise a child. Anyway back to holidays.
Second up if we do all go on holiday those same weeks the country would not be able to function (OK, I know it already doesn't)
Thirdly... cost, the price for a holiday doubles and in some cases triples so most families can't afford to go away (again not something money bag politicians need to worry about)
And fourthly in my case I can't go at Christmas as it would mean leaving my dad home alone (he looks after the cats) Easter maybe but that's spring break in the US so a very busy (noisy) time. Summer is to HOT and not a good time for Sophie and her heart. Half terms are to short.
So in the end going to the US was ruled out, now what?
Well, my mum was evacuated to St Agnes in Cornwall in the second world war. She visited them every year until their deaths and as a child I went with her. So this I thought would be a nice place to visit and good for the girls to see where mum grew up and I spent my summers.
Everything in UK is very expensive and we were also having two weekends in London so I could only manage a week and found a nice looking villa in Millendreath near Looe so we booked a week and crossed our fingers it was as nice as it looked and the weather was good.
When chatting to my cousin who visits Cornwall every year and lives not far from me she suggested we had a stop over as the traffic this time of year is horrific. By this time most places where booked but I did in the end find a hotel near Bristol.
So now we back and get ready for our holiday (we= Mum, my two girls and myself).
The day we departed the weather forecast say Hurricane Bertha now downgraded to a big storm was heading for us! Lovely I do love those little weather fronts. But for Friday as we travelled to Bristol the weather was fine and the traffic not to bad until we neared Bristol then they gantries showed warning of very heavy traffic on the M5 near the hotel. A quick look at a map and some googling later we found another way and a few wrong ways later we made it to the hotel. The Aztec Spa Hotel
A lovely hotel with nice clean rooms and friendly staff. The one downer was some sort of computer glitch that meant that although I had booked a family room for four and we did get a family room but only registered for two adults so no gifts for the girls as advertised?
The pool we great with sun loungers inside and out (we had to share it with the Grimsby Football players) A nice added bonus LOL.
Food that evening in the restaurant was lovely if a little expensive, my mum had a glass of house wine £7.95 ($14)
A great nights sleep and good (if again a little expensive breakfast £14.95 each) It was an all you could eat breakfast with a full English as well as fruit, cereal and pastries. The downer was we had to ask three times for our tea and toast, not what you expect in a good hotel.
The view from our room but the other side was a pond and park.
Then it was back on the motorway and down to Cornwall. As predicted the journey was very slow many of the roads once you get into Cornwall are single lane each way and sometimes little more than tiny tracks.
We found Millendreath without getting lost (a small miracle) and was not disappointed A beautiful apartment (they call them villas but I think they are more like apartments.
The weather was on and off and I have a lot more pictures here LINK
We did make the jurney down to St Agnes
The house my mum was evacuated to
The old tin mine house behind that my mum and later I played in as children
A lofty lunch
I'm not one for showing my meals but this was my mothers lunch (look at all that cheese!!!)
This is also where Amy....well I had to dash to a chemist. Yes, I know she is way to young at only 11 but she was very good and took it all in her stride.
The next day was to be a rest day and we planned to stay in the villa and on the beach.
Then Sophie knocked a cup of tea over herself and after half an hour under a shower we set of for Liskeard Hospital
I must say if you ever need a hospital you want one like this! A wonderful clean place, easy parking and VERY nice nurses. We were seen straight away and they had soon tended to her wounds. We had to go back six (ish) hours later for the wounds to be redressed.
So that was an end to our rest day! In the evening we returned to be greeted by smiling nurses who knew Sophie's name and again she was seen immediately. The burns were redressed and we were told to check them the following evening and come back if needed.
Well the next day we had planned to go to the Eden Project but as part of it was in a very hot humid place we decided against it and went to Trago Mill (shopping mall) instead. A nice day but not The Eden Project!
Checking Sophie's burns we decided they were healing well so did not have to return to the hospital. Oh, by the way when the nurse dressed Sophie's burns with a product called burnshield that you can get on ebay (I'm sure other places sell it too) It's a MUST HAVE for all first aid boxes and I have ordered some for both myself and my mother.
The Black Rock
We did visit Looe a few times
So all in all food was good, in Millendreath they had a wonderful Cafe called The Black Rock Cafe we cooked some meals ourself and had lovely Cornish cream teas and a couple of Cornish pasties.
The drive home was horrendous we set out at 10:30am and arrived home at 8:30pm a drive of 300 miles.
So now I need a holiday! I did take a couple of travel dolls with me and will post pictures of them separately.
|Posted by Susannah on August 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Not had any time in my doll room with all the family stuff going on but I had had a few goodies in the last couple of months
I'm looking for these shoes and apron dress if you have them please contact me (contact button on the side)
Some new outfits
When I have had a box from my shipping buddy in the USA (thank you Dawn) the study looks a little like this
Love his sandals but boy are they a bugger to get on!!!
Just before my birthday Harrods had a sale and I brought these for £28.99 each plus free shipping
I have wanted the Coach Barbie for so long but Harrods was selling her for £138.99 before the sale. The cats are a gift from my parents for my birthday we all think they look like Perri and Jordan.
Oh, and if your wondering NO no doll play time *sigh*
|Posted by Susannah on August 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
My last post was waaaay back in MAY!!!! So much going on not a lot of time to write about it. I'm going to have to go back and look at my photo's so I can remember what I've been up to.
Starting with Family....
Well back in June Sophie had a beautiful cut and colour
The rest of my time was taken up with medical check ups (All is well) and a LOT of school visits in preparation of Amy starting secondary school in September.
July was a very busy month as Sophie finished her collage course and had several interviews for her new course she starts in September (Catering). My parents took Sophie to watch the tour of France as it was not far from us.
Amy had her school play and leaving disco
On the 23rd it was my birthday (nothing happened for that) but the 25th was my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary and we went to London staying overnight at a nice hotel near the Tower of London.
The weather had been wonderful but then it pored with rain
This did give us the opportunity of visiting a real London pub
The following day was a beautiful sunny day although it did get VERY hot later and we ended up going home early in the afternoon.
These amazing animals are all made from chicken wire
The saying goes "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it."
This is the beginnings of an amazing display one Poppy represents a human life lost in the first world war. LINK 888,246 poppies in total!
The crowns jewels are stunning and if you ever get the chance you really should go and see them.
For more pictures https://www.flickr.com/photos/saucy-suwi/sets/72157646614675961/" target="_blank">LINK
So that's it for this post more coming very soon
|Posted by Susannah on May 19, 2014 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
It feels like summer just for a couple of days anyway.
The last few weeks have been a mix of putting back the ground floor of my doll (removed when we thought it might flood) room, just for fun this is what I have had to re do....
Neal and Sarah's kitchen and hall
Next doors kitchen and garden
Hospital cafe, waiting room and consulting room
Hotel reception, dining room and kitchen
Night club dance floor
Nursery school and playground
Luke and Eden's Living/kitchen/dining room
TWO studio apartments
Ground floor of the Shopping mall... food court, walkway, supermarket, jewelry,beauty and shoe departments.
I think that's it? I intended to just put things back but could not resist and little swap around!!!! I'm going to try and do a video so you can get more or an idea.
Next up are my foster kittens, I must say that often when I should have been 'doing jobs' I have sat and watched the kittens they are just sooo funny!
I won an auction last week for dinner for two on a boat in London (Thank you SCRATCHING POST). I was going to give it to my parents but my dad the miserable old fart did not want to go so I went with my mum. We had the most wonderful day out although I'm a Londoner I have never done the 'tourist' thing so we went into town by train to Liverpool Station
(don't you think it looks like the Gerkin has a gun?)
then onto Charing Cross as the Embankment was closed. We did a full circuit starting on the Golden Jubilee bridge (Wobbly bridge) along the river and past the Millennium Wheel, back over Westminster Bridge a walk around Westminster Abby and the back down to the boat docked next to the Golden Jubilee Bridge. Oh, and we wandered around Whitehall, The Mall and Nelson's Column.
|Posted by Susannah on May 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
It's been ages since I updated my BLOG
Mothering weekend is at the end of March (when my foster cat had her kittens) LINK TO FOSTER CAT BLOG
We went out the following weekend to Kingston On Thames weather was chilly but we still had a good time and the girls enjoyed the street music
We had lunch at The Slug And Lettice
Look at the face on my dad... grumpy old git!
We did have a few nice days where the family had some time in the garden.
Tuesday mum the girls and I went to watch the filming of Got To Dance.
My first Selfy LOL
On the doll front a few new dolls....
This little lady is a Ruruko by the same company who make Momoko.
|Posted by Susannah on March 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
After all the rain a little sunshine and even a bit of warmth. Been busy building a doll kitchen LINK TO MY BLOG
After the flood that never was ( very pleased to say) I have started putting my doll room back together
The flowers are coming out in the garden so nice after so many months of mud and sludge
I've starting fostering pregnant cats Turblow is my first and here is a LINK TO MY BLOG
She is now sooo big but STILL no kittens!
Godfrey says look at me I'm soooo handsome!
|Posted by Susannah on February 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
OK, so it was only for one day... but it's a start
Today has been cloudy but at least no rain.... yet!!!
When I had to move everthing off the ground I had no time to be fussy with how or where things went.
An accident at the airport was no help
Yes, I had my supervisor presant (Godfrey) to check I did not break anything!!!
|Posted by Susannah on February 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Not posted for a while life has been pretty busy and sometimes not in a good way.
First off I have been decorating both my daughters bedrooms as Amy went through a stage of ripping paper off the walls. Also half way through redecorating the hall as the CATS went through a stage of ripping wallpaper off the walls!
Amy went for a New York theme and Sophie for a modern Parisian look...
You may think Amy's TV looks a little strange, that's because she has a magnifier screen in front of it because of her poor eye sight.
At the end of January Sophie had her appointment at Harefield Hospital (same hospital dad went to when he had his heart attack last year) All is well and she does not need to go back for three years.
Before Christmas my Aunt who lost her husband not long ago was having minor heart attacks. She live in the middle of nowhere up a long dirt track in VERY poor condition. Mum has been very worried and we just hope that she will sell up and move near to us so we can keep an eye on her. A couple of weeks ago we went to visit her and took her out to lunch.
The good news is last weeks my aunt had minor surgery and the doctors says she should be fine.
I WANT KITTENS! So finally caved in and had all four cats inoculated for flu and all the other stuff cats get! I have been very hesitant to have this done as some years ago I had my them cat Georgina inoculated as I was getting kittens. I then had the kittens done to when they arrived a couple of days later. I thought I was doing the right thing but it killed my lovely Georgina and one of the kittens the other survived but spent her life suffering eye and nasal problems. Anyway this time all went well and now we are on the hunt for kittens. EASY you would think? Nope! Apparently it is not kitten season so no kittens are around? So now we need to wait!!! Yes, I could buy a kitten but I would rather get a couple from a cat charity so we will wait.
At the moment my cats are pretty fed up with all this bad weather
Dinner time in the zoo
The weather.... well who does not have weather stories this year? In Australia and California (ago with others) it has been mega HOT! Much of the USA is covered in snow and it's still snowing. In UK we have rain LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of rain. So much that there is now mass flooding. We have had huge storms (think Sandy style) Roofs are off power is out railways are either under water of power lines are down. Somerset has been flooded since BEFORE Christmas and now the Thames is bursting it's banks. Many small rivers have burst their banks including the ones not far from me. Fortunately I live up high and nowhere near the coast so thought I was pretty safe but last week the illusion was broken. After so much rain the ground can take no more and my garden flooded. The lowest point in my garden is my doll room and my dad's shed so I had to move everything off the floor in my doll room and sandbag the doors... fingers crossed so far so good!
Doll room refugee's
Oh, and if the storms and damage they have done is not enough NOW some dingbat has started bombing Army offices around the country (seven so far).
Finally my hair! Sophie and I had an appointment at the hairdressers on Thursday along with my friend Lorraine. Lorraine does not drive so I said I would collect her. So we set of down a road called Downfield Rd and as the name suggests it goes down hill between two fields. Naturally the water is running of the fields so the road is full of giant puddles. Driving down the road and a fairly slow pace I came see a bloody 4x4 coming up. Now these are big cars with high wheels arches so driving through a few puddles should not be an issue. This numpty decided they need to stay in the middle of the road forcing my to drive up the bank a little and through a giant pot whole! Yeap! DANG!!!! Tire gone! So phoned the hairdresser, Loraine and RAC (car people) told they should be with me within an hour as we get priority due to the car being registered as a car for a disabled person. Ten minutes later they phone back to ask if we are OK? Yes, I say but we are busting for the loo! LOL He asked if there was someplace we could go to and I said yes as I new there was a school nearby. He said as the guy would not be with us for at least half an hour go to the school and anyway the RAC man would phone when he was on his way. COOL! For once it had stopped raining so we go to the school and the let us use their toilet. OK, so i have a big coat on so need to take it of and hang it on the hook, it has my phone in it. I sit on the toilet annnndddd YEP the phone rings ARRRRGGGHHHH!!! Fortunately Sophie had finished so she got my phone and the guy said he was just around the corner. I explained and well... we met him back at my car!
Oh, I think our hair looks nice and we ended up only 20 minutes late.
Trying to work on my computer
|Posted by Susannah on January 3, 2014 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Today I noticed on Facebook that everyone is talking about the weather. As an English person I'm used to talk on the weather (it's the British favorite subject) I've not 'friended' any weather channels so I think it's quite a phenomenon!(Both the weather and the chat)
Not wanting to miss out I will add my weather report, I'll post it here too as some might find it a bit interesting....
First thing this morning at least was not so bad I even thought I might get some time in my doll room? Once I had finished Amy's homework! Another pet peeve....why do school's insist on giving homework to a child that clearly is unable to do it without my help (doing it for her) I'm 52 why should I still be doing homework.... I never did it when I was at school (maybe it's payback)
Anyway by the time I had done my homework it was lunchtime and big black clouds started to blow in. Maybe it will blow over and I can go out after lunch? Sitting down with a cuppa I noticed a rainbow so calling Amy we went upstairs to get a better look. First it was a whole rainbow then on the left only and then on the right. Then once more it was a full one, as I looked to the left above the rainbow I could see a plane flying, I commented to Amy that the plane was heading for the rainbow Just then there was a flash of lightning that went right through the plane. I wished I had my camera but it was in my doll room.
It looked just like this! (not my picture)
Then a few minutes later a banging on the windows
At least we are safe with heating and light, so many are flooded out!I know many across the US are having problems too so lets hope these storms pass over soon.
And finally on a lighter note
This ones from last week
Anni looks so well.....silly! Izzy can't even look at her!
|Posted by Susannah on December 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Snowmen on the stairs
Just inside the front door
A Christmas Angel
We call this the Chinese whatnot! The picture of the punks that's my mum and dad in fancy dress. It was at the golf club in the 70's people did not recognize them and at one stage they almost got thrown out!!!
Looking in to the dining room
I love these little mini's that are a good size for doll diorama's too!
And in the living room
|Posted by Susannah on December 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
That's the day after Christmas for those that don't know. Why is it called Boxing Day? Because the day after Christmas is the day the workers received their Christmas 'box' a thank you from employers.
These days it's more of 'boxing' as in hitting each other to get that 'must have' bargain in the sales!
Me? I went to my parents with the girls, I did do some sales shopping but from my parents ipad.... so much more civilized! LOL
More presents and the girls insisted in wearing their onesies!
Another lovely dinner
Yet another day with no arguments..... I can't remember a year with no arguments???? Very un- Christmasy! LOL
|Posted by Susannah on December 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
First in case you missed it My Diorama Blog DOLL DECORATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
And now on to Christmas day my parents arrived about 10:30am and we had fresh cooked buns for breakfast
Amy did a little dance then it was time for Christmas presents
After presents mum and I cooked dinner
Lay the table
And for some a little pay time
The rest of the day was spent chatting and watching TV a very 'chilled' Christmas.....and not one argument!!!!!
|Posted by Susannah on December 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Damion might once have been a devil but now he is just another guy who love Santa!
Sorry the gold suit just does not do it for me
Much better! And while on the subject of Gwen's great sweaters
I'm English so I had to have this girl
She's been rebodied now.
Red dress on Giselle is by Mattel. Cream and black dress by Made In Paris. Food by Dawn OSS.
Hairband and mixer are gifts from Dawn
|Posted by Susannah on December 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
On Doll Divas this year instead of a gift swap (I loved the gift swap as I never get any doll related gifts) we had a card swap. Below are my cards
If you want to see the full collection Photo Gallery LINK
|Posted by Susannah on December 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Amy is in her school choir and have been very amusing.... that girl just can not stay still!
On the 12th Amy had a check up at Great Ormand St Hospital she is doing very well. Then we went to Harrods for lunch.
Their windows are AMAZING this year but unfortunatly the sun came out so most of my pictures have to much reflection.
I have put them all in one file as there are quite a few LINK TO PHOTOS
The toy department has some beautiful dolls the photo's atre in the above file.
|Posted by Susannah on December 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM||comments (1)|
So what been going on? Quite a lot but most of it pretty boring....(for boing think hospital check ups)
First up Amy had an Orthodontist apointment and after that I took her to Van Hages garden centre for lunch and a look around their Christmas displays.
Everything was all so beautiful! Did I buy anything? Do you really need to ask?
Next just a couple of random Christmas pictures I will show you all in a later post...
Yes, there are kittens in the tree!
Gez doing her spooky Christmas kittie look!
|Posted by Susannah on November 15, 2013 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
All holidays include dolls. This hoilday started out with just the one Yvette but ended with a mass hall of well eleven dolls (two Basic Barbie's and another Ken not in picture)
Four Sassi, Kandy, Finn and Sadie were sent down from my shipping buddy in Colorado the other I purchased out and about.
I brought a Basic's (cream knit dress) in Marshalls for $9.99 and the Twilight dolls plus some Basic's fashions from Tuesday Morning (my first visit) for $9.99 each a masive saving as these dolls and fashions are still avalable on the Barbie Collector site at fall price ($24.99 to $29.99)
AND I have written my first full legnth story in two years! I'm just adding the photo's and tydying it up so it should be ready sometime next week.
Now for some random holiday (vacation) pictures
Sadie, Finn and Sassi
Girls night out Sandie, Sassi, Yvette and Kandy
Yvette had some time off at the beach (Time off? you will need to read my story)
I'm so not a lover of Camera phone and will be taking my proper camera next year.