I have wanted to make my own clothes for ages, indeed I dipped my toes into the water years ago and successfully made a 50’s circle skirted dress. Sadly with one thing and another I didn’t venture any further. A couple of weeks ago, however, I went on a dressmaking day course where I began on a pencil skirt. Unlike some day courses which I’ve attended it was very relaxed, everybody worked at their own speed, there was no feeling of being in “the dunce’s corner” and everybody was very supportive.

Life is a bit manic at the moment so it wasn’t until this past week that I had time to pick my project up again. It was a cold and rainy day so I set my machine up and got everything out. By the time it was time to put tea on to cook I had a complete skirt and I was very pleased with it

Now I know where there is an excellent dressmaking fabric stall (Darlington market, a bit of a trek but worth it) I am going to dig out the patterns that I have squirreled away over the years – mostly vintage repro ones – and have a try at some other garments.

Cyber space ate my original post so I shall try and remember what sparkling thoughts I came out with for another go.

Before Christmas I took advantage of Collectif’s 50% off everything code and bought myself a new skirt and jumper that I had admired a couple of months ago. Due to 700 people trying to buy clothes at the same time, plus Christmas and New Year holidays they only arrived today but they cheer up a grey winter day splendidly.

Beau Jumper:


Polly Noelle Skirt:


I do like the Scandinavian jumper they’ve teamed with the skirt but alas pre-Christmas funds ran out :-(

After Christmas I headed for the Boxing Day sales from the comfort of my own settee and bought two dresses from Lady V London. They were less than half price and I would have bought a dress in the summer anyway so it was nice to get two for the price of one.

Pretty summer birdies Hepburn:


Dark red with white polka dots and a pretty bow, style Isabella


These two beauties are why I didn’t go back and buy the Scandinavian jumper from Collectif!

As I was putting my exciting parcels away in the wardrobe I decided to have a clear out. I had quite a few things that simply don’t fit any more and, thanks to medication, losing weight to fit them would be fighting a losing battle. Instead I am going to (try to) keep to approximately the weight I am now and if any medical personnel moan that I need to lose weight I shall politely point out that at least I’m not putting it on! So as I write I have a slightly emptier wardrobe and a sack full of clothes for the Teesside Hospice.

Mulling things over in my mind I thought that in the future I will have to streamline my budget and so maybe I need to look at what clothes I have, what outfits can be made from them and what (if anything) I need to make a priority to buy over the next year. So that is my resolution. To do this by the end of January and keep copies of the list in my handbag and in my tablet case so that any sales/shopping urges that come up over the next few months will see me buying clothes that I really need, not just because they’re a bargain. That’s my only resolution this year. I don’t usually make any because I break them by 1st January, but this one is achievable.

Oh and my only other sale bargain was a much needed new hairdryer. My old one has been making funny noises for the last couple of months and really alarming noises since Christmas. As there was a hairdryer that is £35 in Boots going for £9.99 in the Argos sale I decided to replace it before it exploded and burnt all my hair off! That will be it for buying nice things for a while. We get paid early in December so having to make already paltry wages stretch another two weeks is a struggle. Calling work and saying I can’t afford to travel in because I’ve spent all my money on pretty dresses and make up wouldn’t go down very well 😜

Goodbye 2014

This past year has just been…….nothing special, nothing particularly bad has happened, thank goodness but nothing spectacularly good either. Just your everyday good things that make a day bearable.

2015 holds a lot of promise – more on which later. I hope that it all turns out for me, and I am working hard to make it so.

May 2015 hold many good things for you, my readers.


Ages ago I decided that my make up bag was too big, too full and too cluttered. So I emptied it, sorted it and put my lovely peacock blue with chrysanthemums on satin bag in the cupboard. I bought a much smaller, equally lovely make-up bag (funnily enough it has peacocks on!) and stocked it with the basics. The make-up that I “discarded” was shoved into a basket in the cupboard.

It was no good. It seems that I just cannot manage with “the basics”. My smaller make up bag was becoming packed. The third in 3for2 offers, lipsticks bought because I needed cheering up or to celebrate actually having a couple of pounds in my account the day before payday (and it always feels decadent buying a frivolous lipstick just before payday!), high end treats courtesy of my Boots Advantage card points. It was too much.

So the other day I tipped out the contents of my make-up bag, I dug out the basket containing all my “discards” and found my lovely peacock blue with chrysanthemums on it bag at the back of the cupboard. After a good sort of out of date stuff and colours that I didn’t really like any more I put everything into my large bag. I needed to use my smaller bag just for my lipstick collection. Oh dearie me!

Bear in mind I do not work in the beauty industry, I am not a beauty blogger and as long I am clean and tidy and wearing Ribenaberry purple for work nobody cares if I wear make up daily or not (except for me, of course)

So for Little Miss Average, how much make-up is too much make-up?

Please take into account the fact that the blogs that I read are starting to get excited about Christmas and just occasionally feature a product that is in my not-even- Coca-Cola budget!!!!!!

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Tour de Bunting

I went to Harrogate on Wednesday. Yorkshire is gearing up for the Tour de France coming through from 5th July, and Harrogate is no exception. There was knitted cycling jersey bunting everywhere, along with yellow, green and spotty bikes and other types of bunting. It all looked fabulous and it wasn’t just the town centre. The suburbs and villages along the route were all decorated too. I do like it when a community gets into the spirit of an event.


This is the roundabout at the bottom of Montpellier Parade.

Below is a close up.

Sadly most of the decorations were by the sides of busy roads so I couldn’t stop and take random photographs. In the Montpellier Quarter they had used a dead tree and carved bas reliefs into the trunk. So much better than simply chopping it down.




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