Smart at work today ;)

Smart at work today ;)

Sleepy Clive

Sleepy Clive

Chocolate Houses

Just a quick one from me tonight.

My mother in law makes the most amazing chocolate houses and as its coming up to Christmas, is taking orders. She can personalise and custom make them or just build a standard one. Delivery local to our native Northampton but we can ship out to anywhere in the UK (delivery costs will be added).

She makes them all year round but are super popular at Christmas as people have them as centrepieces which can be completely devoured after the relatives have gone home :)

Check out and ‘like’ her Facebook page and see for yourself.

I’m Losing Sense of Time

Wow. It’s been a while since Ive been on here. The past 6 or so months have been mammoth for me and my family and friends so my minds not really been into blogging, or much else for that matter. But, I am back (how many times have I said that…) and am going to try to make more of an effort to keep on top of this.

My crafting etc has taken a complete back seat as has my blogging as we are  packing our house up. In a previous post (here) I mention that our landlord has decided to sell the house and that we had 6 months. Well, shortly after that, we received an official letter confirming the date, which was January. After our initial panic, we formulated a plan. We had decided we would buy our own house eventually and wanted a few years to save but the time was now! But, unfortunately for us, we aren’t rich, so we had a provisional loan from a family member to cover some of the deposit. We set about house hunting and I lined up lots of houses for us to look at. I had one in particular that I adored but Pete wasn’t keen so I had that as the first house to view. We went to see it and both of us totally fell in love with it :) we saw a few other houses, but ended up cancelling a load because we wanted the dream house. 

Before we did anything, we went to our bank, Lloyds TSB and they refused us for a mortgage. Flat out. They didn’t even bother to check alternative suggestions or options for us and the horrible woman looked at me like a piece of shit when I explained my colourful credit history. So we went to Nationwide who were only too happy to help us. That went through and the lovely family member decided to loan us ALL of the deposit so we put an offer in on the house. Its all going through and we move in at the end of this month. 

Its going to be tight for a while as all of my wages are being poured into paying our saviour off (so don’t expect any new items on here for a while!) but we are almost homeowners! We’ve signed everything and are just waiting…

I wont share too much until we move in but here is my new kitchen - the thing that drew me into the house in the first place.

The lovely lady that currently owns it did the kitchen herself and has never used it. Shes also leaving us furniture because we have none. She has been the most lovely, accommodating and friendly person and we are very lucky, not to mention incredibly grateful.

In other news, I mentioned in another previous blog (here) that my best friend was pregnant…. well, she had her 20weeker and have announced that they are having a little girl. They’re elated and so am I. I finally get to buy girly things!

Lastly, for now, its been a full year since me and the Mr were married! We celebrated two weeks ago by going to see Tenacious D in Wolverhampton. Our first dance was to their song FHG and they are Pete’s favourite band. I actually got him the tickets for his 30th Birthday, but the date fell on our anniversary - how perfect! They played our song last and it was brilliant!

So that’s it for now. I have lots of random bits to post throughout the weekend but if you follow me on twitter (changed my handle so I’m now @LauraDarby27) then you may have seen some of them already.

I can honestly say Ive missed this :)

Thanks for reading x


Lifes Big Canvas

Lifes Big Canvas

Good evening everyone. 

Just a quick one from me tonight. I’ve been working really hard on my jewellery and I’m nearly at the stage where I want to pick a few people to road test my creations. Once I’ve finished doing a few bits and the timing is right, all shall be revealed.

Works been pretty slow so I can’t blame that for being busy but I still had to actually GO to work so that does take up most of my time!

I have spent a lot of time reading recently instead of watching TV and have re-discovered my passion for it. I have gone through about 20 books in the last month or so and I am still banging them out. Ive read a few in just one night! It’s been lovely to reconnect with something I love so much. I just wish It didnt distract me from all the other work (and sleep) that I should be doing.

Enough of the catch up. Here are a few sneaky pics of an outfit I wore last week. All seen on here before but I’m getting stuck in a rut at the moment of having to recycle outfits :(

So the dress and cardigans you’ve seen before (Cardys - Very, Dress - Crazy Clearance) but the main focus of this outfit was the necklace. This was one of the fabulous creations I picked up from Chloe’s stall at Plus North. I love it. Its so creative and anything handmade is a winner in my books. I’m a fan of anything made with buttons and I love the bow cameo type pendant. I have worn it a few times now, once I matched it with my hair clip with the giant button on it, just to accessorise.

Its delicate enough not to dominate the outfit yet its a great statement item. I get a lot of comments when I wear it and do adore it.

Chloe’s website is I strongly recommend you have a look and grab some awesome handmade pieces. 

I have also got a another item from Chloe’s range but I have yet to wear it so I will blog about that on a different day.

So I’m done for tonight. I need to go and chase the damn mosquito around my room before it gets me. 

Laters :)


Lile driving into the 2012 film! (Taken with Instagram)

Lile driving into the 2012 film! (Taken with Instagram)

My present :D i love it x  (Taken with Instagram)

My present :D i love it x (Taken with Instagram)

The treasures you find hidden under the bed. Forgot how awesome these were.  (Taken with Instagram)

The treasures you find hidden under the bed. Forgot how awesome these were. (Taken with Instagram)

Drum Roll Please….

So a couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had some news that was big but couldn’t share yet. I also made a point of saying that it wasn’t me being pregnant! Which is true. Its not me…

The time has come for me to be able to share this with you. 

I am to be a (semi) aunt again as my best friend is pregnant. 

She’s had her first scan and is due in Feb 2013. I know this isn’t mega news for anyone else but she’s wanted a baby for a while now and this is definitely wanted and exciting news.

I’m super excited and plan to be with her every step of the way. 

I just wanted to share this with y’all - I know the whole “someones having a baby!” news with me recently isn’t exactly rare.

Positive thoughts. A good example of how good things come to those who wait and deserve it.

Love Loz