Monday, 21 January 2013

Getting To Know Me :)


I was recently tagged by Louise aka Love from Lou Lou in her blog.  She had nominated me to answer a short questionnaire about me!
It's a lovely way of getting to know the person behind the blog and a great way to reach more readers :)

The rules are:

Write 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Choose up to 11 blogs (with less than 200 followers) and write 11 questions for them (remembering to let them know you've nominated them)!

11 facts about me

1.  I love looking at and collecting buttons and ribbon.

2.  My nickname really is Dittery Dot.

3.  I love to bake and make soup, even though it doesn't always  turn out right.

4.  My favourite TV shows are Smash, Gossip Girl and True Blood.

5.  I would really love to visit New York at Christmas time to see all the lights and fancy decorations.

6.  At the moment I am obsessed with sausage dogs and moustaches and I have no idea why.

7.  Doing cross stitch really relaxes me and clears my mind.

8.  I couldn't live without chocolate or Pez sweets :)

9.  Rob Ryan is one of my favourite designers and I love looking at his new work.  I hope that one day I will be able to see another of his exhibitions.

10.  I can be really tickly and at other times it doesn't bother me at all.

11.  I am really clumsy and always falling over things.  At the moment I have a bruise on each knee and on my thigh from walking into a counter at work :S

Louise's questions for me

1. What was the last song/album you downloaded?

It was Weird Al's new album.  His Lady Gaga Parody is really funny :)   

2. Which country would you like to visit the most?

I would love to visit America! Mainly New York and at Christmas time to see the lights and snow and shop displays!

3. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I really love those trashy magazines with totally bizarre stories.  That with a bar of chocolate - complete bliss.

4. If you could spend a day in the life of someone else, who would you choose?

I know its corny but I would like to see what the Queen does all day and to have a nosey around her house :)

5. What is your favourite film from your childhood?

It has to be The Little Mermaid, I would watch it back to back until the tape wore out.

6. What plans do you have for 2013?

This year me and my boyfriend are planning to buy our first proper house together and then get a sausage dog called Cumberland :D

7. What fashion accessory do you like to collect the most? (eg.handbags, scarves etc.)

I am a handbag girl! I must have about 60 :S But you can never have too many bags.

8. What is your earliest fashion memory?

I remember click clacking around the garden on my mums patent blue strappy high heels.  I remember really liking the sound it made on the driveway. 

9. What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

I have just finished reading Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe, which was a lovely wee story and has some fantastic recipes for cakes and cookies.  I made the nutella cookies from the last book which were amazing!

10. If you won a million pounds, what would be your first purchase?

I have no idea lol  Maybe a house if I didn't already have one by that time ooh or another sausage dog called Frankfurter.

11. What has been your greatest achievement in life so far?

Hmmm I would say getting my degree in textiles was a real achievement but so was having the courage to leave my family home and to move down south to start a new life with my boyfriend.

My Nominees

Meagz from Iamnotadoll
Claire from Claire
Dawn from Dawn
Evelyn from MotherWasRight

My questions for them

1.  Where is your favourite place in the world?

2.  Cats or Dogs? Which do you prefer?

2.  What really pushes your buttons?

4.  What is your latest project?

5.  What is your favourite childhood sweet?

6.  Where is the last place you went on holiday?

7.  I f you could have a superpower what would it be?

8.  Who is your favourite artist/designer?

9.  If you had to give up one thing what would it be?

10.  Who or what inspires you the most?

11.  What is your nickname?

Let me know if you fill out my questionnaire as I'd love to read all your answers. I hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about me too!

Dittery Dot

Thursday, 17 January 2013

More Buttons!!

Hello everyone!

I am really enjoying decorating our wee house and the most recent item I have been doing up is this sad wee blue, drop leaf, 1970's table.

It was very scratched and dirty and sitting among huge tables and chairs in the second had furniture shop.  My boyfriend couldn't understand why I liked it so much and my answer was it just looks sad.

Eventually we picked out what we were looking for and forgot to go ask about the table.  A few days later when we arrived at his grans house there it was! Se had went and bought the table for me to do up :D  So I started by sanding it down and scrubbing off as much dirt and grime as I could.

I painted the drawer a bright fushia, matt pink.  I wanted it to stand out from the rest of the table.  I then stuck some ribbon onto the handle with a hot glue gun.

I wanted some decals to decorate the top of the table and looked online for some inspiration.  Eventually I found a store on Etsy that did really lovely button decals.  There was 24 in a pack and you could choose your colour.  I chose white so that it would stand out.  They are about 5 inches in diameter. 

This is the finished table :) and I am so pleased with it!  It is going to be a craft table for me to sew etc.  The legs are still a bit wobbly so it is staying in the fireplace for now :P

Dittery Dot

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Light Up!!

Hello lovely people!

I hope you have all had a lovely christmas and new year?

I have been getting our house in order and I recently purchased this lovely lamp from Debenhams :)  It gives off a lovely soft glow but because the walls are white it doesn't really stand out during the daytime.

Soooo I got out some material and my needle and thread and got sewing!  I chose soft pastel colours and began cutting.

I cut out lots of wee triangles and decided to make mini bunting :)  After a quick rummage through my ribbon box I found perfect narrow ribbon to hand stitch the tiny triangles.

And voila! A colourful lampshade that can be changed easily if I ever get bored of these colours.

Dittery Dot