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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Pink fairy house, fairy door and windows in the OOAK Butterfly Lullaby Garden

I just found a picture I took of the OOAK pink fairy house I decorated a few years ago. All you need is a bird house and a bit of dazzle, sparkle and imagination. Just paint the old bird house and add anything you can get your hands on which will make it stand out "as you need to attract those fairies." This is really ideal for indoors so the fairies can take shelter on a rainy night.

The other picture I found is one I took of a fairy door and two fairy windows, which used to be advertised in my Butterfly Lullaby shop. I still have a fairy door and window in this style, which looks amazing on the apple tree. I adore this picture as little mushrooms appeared from nowhere which added that special bit of fairy magic. I even handmade the little fairy ladder out of clothes pegs.

Here is a video I created a while ago on how to make a fairy flower spoon. Cheaper than Fimo. All you need is a salt dough mix and food colouring.

I hope to be able to use the bottom of the wild garden next year and create our very own fairy garden. It has been full of blackberry bushes and Japanese Knotweed, which apparently you can eat? The apple tree was full of blossom and I did take a beautiful picture of the wooden tree swing underneath, but who knows what happened to it.

Butterfly Lullaby fairies I see, Butterfly Lullaby dreams come to me! I think after 11 years of bad luck it is time for a change!

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Friday, 6 May 2011

Mouse found in a bin bag field mouse or just a mouse?

This morning I went to put out the rubbish and found a little tiny mouse poking his little head out of the black sack with his tiny little ears and whiskers twitching. So cute! But boy has he been busy making a big huge mess. I keep all the rubbish in a wooden container in the garden away from cats.

As you can see in the video I had to grab the camcorder and film the little mouse escaping from the black rubbish sack. He jumped from the table like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and headed towards the house. I managed to zoom in really close to the little mouse, first I thought he was a field mouse but my friend thinks he is just a mouse. Either way he is one cute little fellow. But I don't fancy him coming into the house and making a mess so we will have to be careful and make sure he is not breeding in my little wooden container. All the time I thought we had a big huge frog in the flower borders it was a mouse. So glad it was not a rat!

Feeling quite happy today as I feel I have made the right decision voting no for the AV (alternative vote) because we don't want the Country getting in more financial debt, as debt is not part of life and is not normal! I really hope that the Government try and help small businesses like mine with some free IT help so Mum's like me can earn a living from  home to fit in with our kids. The Internet is after all meant to be a place for everyone so lets get rid of the bullies.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

AV alternative vote yes or no? Cindy Woo is not impressed she just eat the leaflet!

Yes or no to the AV (Alternative vote?) I have to admit I think 250 Million is a total waste of money!

This is what Cindy Woo our pet bunny rabbit thinks of politics as she nibbles through the Say No to AV leaflet:

The question is have any politicians kept their promise. The thing I liked about Labour was that they got rid of smoking in public places, which is a big thing for our family who suffer from Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. My memories of the Conservative Party back date to Margaret Thatcher, I always remember my Mum saying how could this women take milk away from school children! Then lots of people lost their houses because the Conservatives tripling the interest rates on Mortgages in the 80's. The students have already had a big run in with the Conservative Party, which I find very sad as they are our future and we should be supporting them. I may be wrong but I have always seen the Conservative Party as a party for rich people and not for hard working class people on low salaries. Lib Dems, I quite like their policies, but same old problem whoever gets in will they have family values and look after people who work hard and achieve nothing in life because they are paid such a rubbish salary? Wales would like more control over their Government, which is understandable. The thing I love about England is it is multicultural.

Here is a painting I did in my 20's and a poem called Trapped in the City. It is about how most of us struggle on a low salary and pay high taxes. Life is not a lot of fun for the working class person in the UK that's for sure. You are lucky if you can pay your bills, it is a very stressful existence with nothing to show at the end of it. But at least we have free health care! Anyone that works should be entitled to a decent way of life and be able to look forward to retirement like rich people do.

To explain the Alternative Vote, here it is:

What would you like from our Government?

Here are a few things I would like changed:

Family values

When I had a child it really woke me up to how some men view women. My child made me pinky swear that I would stay with her Daddy forever because a lot of her friends come from broken families and she wants a real family. As a Mum I would like to see some serious changes in the UK. A little respect for women and children would go a long way, but this means change:

a) No to magazines that are not family friendly being sold on the top shelf in shops in view to everyone! No one wants their child to see that rubbish.

b) No to Sky Channels etc that offer chat and other channels that are not family friendly. This should be by subscription only!

c) I would like to see changes on the Internet. Children and families should be able to surf the net in a totally safe area. All the non child friendly material should be in one place well away from us. And if these people cause problems they should be fined a large amount of money.

d) The music channel should be about music. Children love music too, stop excluding them by making it impossible for parents to put the music channel on as these videos are not family friendly!

c) Proms are for a 16 year old not a 10 year old. We need to put a stop to making children grow up too quickly. The clothes in the shops, everything needs to change - back to basics. Childhood is very short they need to enjoy it rather than being made to feel they have to grow up.

Help small businesses with IT
Currently small businesses are losing billions each year in the UK. What we need is free IT help. We should not be having to keep paying because bad people surf the net.

Change the law re Court procedures when someone is convicted of a small crime
I know of two Mum's who were wrongly accused of steeling and then acquitted. The damage that has done to their reputation and the way they have ended up on depression tablets is no joke. No Mother should be taken away in front of her children and thrown in jail with no evidence. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Too many people are too quick to judge without listening to the full facts. And papers have no rights to wreck someones life by printing here say about someone when they have not had a chance to prove their innocence.

Audit rights for non payments by big businesses
There are so many people self publishing these days and if you read my "don't self publish blog."  You will see some evidence that will show you that there are a lot of very unhappy people that are selling their books, but not getting paid.

Borders are still going on the Internet even though they went Bankrupt. There Swansea Branch had 40 books off me in total. I got paid for 10, but was told they sold 27 books back in December 2007. They owe me for 30 books. When I saw my books being sold all over the Internet for big money I assumed that these were books from Borders, but thinking about it now if they sold 27 books in December 2007 I doubt they had many left when they went bankrupt in 2009. I should by law be entitled to a record of sales from Borders with regards to my books and also a record of sales from websites selling my books on the Internet as they are not getting the books from me! I have proof that I have paid money to Cystic Fibrosis over the years from book sales so I find this whole thing immoral!

The sad thing is if a poor person was accused of steeling something from a shop they would be thrown in jail. But the law seems to be on the side of people with money so they are allowed to go Bankrupt and still trade with the same name without paying people they owe money to. Great ah!

Well let me know your views. Personally I am sick of hearing rich people moan about paying for poor people to have health care and then boast about their £1000 bottle of wine in the other breath. Everyone is entitled to a decent, stress free living with hope at the end of the rainbow, no matter what job they do.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Art of Kopparberg Pear Cider - their is only one! The wooden hand

My friend introduced me to Kopparberg Pear Cider a few years ago and I have to say for me this is the best Pear Cider on the market! It is sweet, fizzy, refreshing and the ideal garden drink for those lovely summer days and nights. Especially if you are like me and really object to housework on a sunny day! I could not take any old picture of the Pear Cider, it had to have that arty feel so here it is one can of pear cider being held by a wooden hand:

My friend Lyndsey popped round to see me yesterday afternoon and with her she brought her little drinky and I happened to have a couple of Pear Ciders in the fridge, so we sat outside for a few hours and relaxed. I have to say after doing the boring old washing, cleaning and other hum drum chores I was so relieved that she came round to see me as it gave me an excuse to stop and relax. We talked about how lucky we were to have such wonderful weather for April and May and what a difference it makes to spend time out in the sun.

She wants to emigrate to France, and I so wish I could go with her. The idea of outside living and just a walk away from the beach takes me back to my childhood. But that dream was shattered when I realized there is no way on this earth my child would want to change schools. And the most important thing for me is to put her first and that means having to sacrifice staying put. Don't get me wrong Wales is a beautiful place and I have many wonderful friends, but I will miss my dear friend Lyndsey as she always has time for me. And I just feel I have had nothing but bad luck living here. The only good thing that has come out of moving from England is that I have a child that adores me, and really I should just be grateful for that. But I want more out of life and need to know when I am no longer here my child will grow up with a less stressful life than me. Lets face it being working class really is no fun at all. It is boring, stressful, just thank goodness for small mercies and Kopparberg Pear Cider.

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

View of the sea - I used to swim in Murrays Bay "how I miss New Zealand!"

Last night I dug out some old pictures of Murrays Bay New Zealand. The house and view of the sea is something I have always dreamed of, but I threw it all away!

As I look at my photographs of Murrays Bay I can visualise myself swimming in the open sea and breathing in the beautiful surroundings, like I used to all those years ago. Waking up in the beautiful cliff top house and walking through the gardens onto the footpath with the sea breeze whispering "come swim with me."

I have led quite a colourful life and feel very lucky that I got the chance to travel before becoming a Mummy. Yesterday I sat in the garden and talked to my very dear friend who has just got back from holiday. She really wanted me to go with her so the kids could laugh and play in the sun. But the reality is I made a choice when I became a Mummy and that was to put my child first and not to let money get in the way, only problem with that is that we both have to go without certain luxury's such as a holiday in the sun as earning a living from home has been made impossible. It's a blessing that the Welsh beaches resemble the beauty of the New Zealand coastline. If only we lived in walking distance of Caswell Bay, the beach that reminds me so much of Murrays Bay in NZ.

Looking back on my life I could have had it all. The cliff top house behind the one in the picture with balconies surrounding the whole house overlooking Rangitoto Island. I remember sitting in the finished house which my boyfriends parents had built behind theirs and looking out at the beautiful sea. Imagining my art room with the desk by the window and smelling the sea breeze, with the blissful crickets singing in the background. There is only one world to describe that feeling "Heaven, with a capital H."

My boyfriend and I had a lovely flat in Wimbledon. The picture of me below in pale lime green dress is one I picked up from one of the boutique's in Wimbledon Village, the same shop where I purchased my red dress the one I wore to my book launch years later. There I am standing in front of my boyfriends parents amazing house all set to go to my friends New Zealand wedding. The story of how I met my boyfriend and how it ended is quite an interesting one! Like the shark in my previous blog I let him go back into the water to find his real true love. I was merely his best friend, his pal, his best mate. But he respected me as a human being and treated me as equal.

The moral to this story is, yes I miss New Zealand and the dream of a happy life with no stress or worries. But I would never have achieved all I have if my life if it was not so stressful. It has made me work harder and made me realise that I am the only one that can change my life and I can never give up. And to be a success you need to stand on your own two feet and fight and ignore the bullies. I am just going to focus on the happy comments from well wishers. And I need to keep reminding myself of just how much I have achieved on my own. And how I manage to fluke things and make them reality. The biggest thing I have achieved in my life is the fact that I love myself for who I am now, not what people want me to be. So what if I have a fat belly, at least I don't spend my whole day moaning about my weight and wanting to be something I'm not. And it is bigger now after having a child, ha ha.

For all those people struggling in the world, keep dreaming! Don't give up. Ignore the bullies. I am told all the time you have to spend money to earn money. Lets see if I can prove them wrong! I hope to give a ray of light for all the working class people in this world that work so hard through their whole life and having nothing to show for it. Everyone that works deserves a decent, happy, stress free life. This lifestyle should not be just for the rich!

Well it is Sunday, which is meant to be family day, so I must leave my blog and spend the day with my wonderful child. The one that healed my broken heart, the one that made me realise love is the most important thing and how very lucky I am to be a Mummy and to have a child that adores me!

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3ft shark - I just said I want to catch myself a shark and I did!

In my 20's I had no fear, I remember everyone fishing for snapper and I wanted to catch myself a shark. In less than 10 minutes of throwing the rod into the water, I felt a big huge tug. I knew then this was no snapper and my hopes came to reality when my boyfriend helped me reel in the 3ft shark. Ok I was hoping for a bigger shark, but when that shark fell onto the deck and tried to bite my toes I was quite relieved when the baby shark was helped overboard. But this begs the question is the mind more powerful than we give it credit for or was this just a fluke? I was so determined to catch a shark and I just had this feeling that I knew I would if I just focused. Can I achieve my goals without help and money? The answer is I did not re-mortgage my hard earned cash for nothing, my child deserves a bright and happy future. And why should we suffer, it is time the sharks paid up!

Looking through old photographs I really miss New Zealand. The beaches are very much like Welsh beaches, beautiful and unspoilt. The New Zealand outdoor lifestyle is just a dream. I used to wake up early and walk down to the beach and go for a swim in the sea. I would only go up to my belly in water as I did not fancy swimming with the sharks! I can still visualise looking over the water onto Rangitoto Island and watching the sun come up. The peacefulness and beauty that surrounded me is something I will treasure and hopefully one day share with my child.

I am typing this blog in the garden and listening to the birds singing their tuneful song. I am trying to listen for the crickets but our crickets do not make the sound they do in New Zealand. They out sing the birds. My last holiday abroad was about 12 years ago when I went to my friends New Zealand wedding, she happened to be my boyfriend's sister. Long story! My one regret is that I was too young to appreciate the beauty of this amazing Country. Instead of looking for the next pub I wished I had photographed more of the beautiful landscape.

This morning someone left me the most amazing comment, I feel quite chocked just reading it again. It is something I would like to share with you, because the person that left me this message has saved me from the sharks. I need to focus on the good things and this is one of them:

Quote from a reader:
Lots of excellent reading here, many thanks! I had been researching on yahoo when I identified your submit, I’m going to add your feed to Google Reader, I look forward to far more from you.

To all the kind people that have left me positive comments on my Butterfly Lullaby blog I thank you with all my heart! Thanks to you I will keep dreaming and keep blogging!

I listened to the song below "I love your smile" when I lived rough in a New Zealand painting pots and selling them in the local market to just pay my rent. I am sure my boyfriends parents would have had a fit if they knew I was sleeping in an empty warehouse on my own with just a radio, sleeping bag and pots to paint. But when you are in your 20's that sort of thing just does not bother you! And hey I got to live the high life too and that holiday romance lasted all of eight years. He was the fish I threw back in the water, but I have many happy memories of our wonderful friendship and a man that respected me as a human being, an equal and I was not just as a women I was his best friend!

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