Wednesday, 30 January 2013

This Is Blythe

Blythe has always been one of my favourites since being a teenager, I’ve been a fan of hers for years, and always admired her cult following. A Blythe doll has always been on my ultimate dream list - though hunting one down for a reasonable price is one that will save for a later date.

When I was at the charity shop I volunteer at a few weeks back, I was given the task of sorting a pile of donations which had just been dropped off at the shop. This particular lot was all toys, which is quite rare - as you can imagine I was quite simply enthralled, what’s better than being instantly transported back to childhood. The thing I found most peculiar was the fact most of the toys were still boxed and hardly used, I felt a little sad knowing these toys had gone unloved, but also happy knowing they would go to a good home via the shop. It’s times like this you realise just how generous people are.

In my sorting I came across this beautiful doll, I knew almost instantly it was Blythe, but was aware it wasn’t quite the real thing. It was a miniature version, part of a collaboration with the Littlest Pet Shop a few years ago. I was sold right from the start and knew she just had to be mine! I asked whether I could buy her at the end of my shift, because quite simply I was besotted.

She came in her original box and with all of her accessories - I paid one pound for her, which of course is a bargain, for the joy that she has brought me!


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Harriet The Spy

A very long time ago a girl called Harriet came into my life and inspired me to write about my life. Harriet wrote down what she saw and documented every single detail and emotion. I went onto write my own journal and many more after that...

It’s funny how my seven-year-old self knew back then that the one thing I loved most in the whole world was writing. The only comfort I have ever found is in pouring my thoughts down onto paper, it doesn’t provide a cure, but it does provide solace. The comfort in knowing there is always somewhere to escape, the magic of storing memories and the promise of secrecy.

Sometimes I worry that writing is a lost art, and the value of writing has been replaced by technology. But then I remember why I started blogging, why I find such joy in writing letters to penpals, and why I still have that burning passion inside of me.

Harriet M Welsch - I have a lot to thank you for.




Monday, 7 January 2013

The Cheat's Guide To Sale Shopping:

This year I completely cheated the sales – yes I did my sale shopping on Christmas Eve via my laptop. It felt all too wrong and very sneaky, but boy did it feel good. No endless queuing come Boxing Day morning, no disappointment when something ultimately sold out, and no over-spending! Hooray.

I set myself a very strict budget of £20 and limited myself to just the two items I had most desired in the lead up to Christmas and I am most certain that I chose wisely…

I allowed myself just the one purchase from Boots this year – I’m such a Boots sale junkie and truth be told usually want to buy everything from the sale, and if I had gone to the shop on Boxing Day morning I may have just been tempted to do so. So when I found out the sale had gone live, I knew exactly what I wanted....

My one and only purchase was the delightful Winnie Washbag, my love for Joules only deepens and this had been on my wish list ever since I’d bookmarked it in October! We already know how much I adore anything remotely cute or quirky, and this fits the bill perfectly. A floral horse washbag is of course what every girl needs in her life! £8.00 down from £16.00

My second purchase came in the form of this delightful Stamp Set from the lovely Miss Allsopp, ever since I received my first stamp set from Kirstie Allsopp's debut range at M&S as a Valentines gift a few years ago, I was totally inexplicably smitten...

This second set re-visits features from the first – the beautiful vintage print tin and darling wooden stampers. I knew this would be a set to treasure alongside my older set and of course bring me a lot of joy – this girl sure does love her craft. £8.50 down from £15.00

I must admit my top tip for avoiding temptation and splurging too much on nonsense purchases has to be shred those gift guides – who needs to look for more ideas when you’ve just been spoilt rotten over Christmas. Additionally limit your online browsing – those enticing 50% off sale emails need to be deleted straight away.

If someone is unsure of what to buy you for Christmas and asks for ideas, maybe suggest some money towards the sales. A family relative of mine knows my undying love for sale shopping, so always gives me money towards just that. This way she knows I’ve got exactly what I wanted, and I’ve in many cases been able to buy multiple things for the price of what one would have originally cost. Win/Win.

It’s also worth noting that because I ordered online I was cautious about delivery costs, I opted for free in store collection from Marks & Spencer which was handy and arrived just in time for New Year. Boots also offered an in store collection option, but it was only free on orders over £20, so this meant I did pay a postage cost but still came in just under budget, and meant I got it delivered to my door a few days later.

I felt like I was cheating doing my sale shopping on Christmas Eve – like opening presents before the big day, but it meant I got my sale shopping all done in one easy instance. Of course the thrill of shopping for the unknown will never go away and I’m sure sales used to be infamously known as the January Sales – but it turns out now they are actually before Christmas! Oh the irony.


Friday, 4 January 2013

Book Worm

I’m setting myself a small resolution in the form of reading more often, at the charity shop I volunteer at I noticed a box full to the brim of paperbacks that had not yet been sorted. My eyes were fixated, I always enjoy sorting through the books that have been donated as it’s interesting to see what people have been reading (Fifty Shades of Grey has already proven a popular donation). I instantly spied The Hand That First Held Mine, a book I have been wanting to read for so long now. I then discovered Eat Pray Love, a book my best friend has highly recommended to me.

All books cost just 50p or there's the choice of purchasing three for £1.00 (multi-buys can also be found in charity shops). Right at the bottom of the box I found a modern classic in The Time Traveler's Wife, I borrowed a copy a few years ago, but only got a third of the way through and never went back to it, I think this one certainly deserves a second chance.

The bottom two books - Eat Shoots & Leaves (£2.75) and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (50p) were also bought second-hand, and have been on my to read list for a while.

This pile should keep me occupied especially on these cold winter nights throughout January.

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