Wednesday, 27 October 2010


10st 8lbs - never changing!

I don't feel like I've had a minute to spare this week. As it's half term, I've been spending my days with the children and have been catching up with work later in the day and the evening. It's only about this time (11.30pm) that I start to relax - well almost anyway!

I said I'd go to Slimming World yesterday with my friend but I kinda forgot as we were out with the children - went bowling and for something to eat. She didn't text, I'd forgotten so between us we didn't go. There's always next week....

Will try and post more extensively tomorrow....

Monday, 25 October 2010

Virginia Sterrett

When I last blogged I mentioned that sometimes I come across artists whose pictures blow my socks off and Virginia Sterrett is another of these.

Virginia was an American artist born in 1900 who died of TB just 31 years later.

Because of failing health she illustrated just a few books, Arabian Nights perhaps being the most famous.

This picture is from Tanglewood Tales (1921):-

As is this one:-

This one is from Old French Fairy Tales (1920):-

So much talent, such a short life. Hope I can leave such a lasting memory when I go!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jennie Harbour

It's Thursday again and absolutely freezing outside. Weight? Dum di dum .....di dum di dum! Well I did have 5 nights out on the trot and was invited out on the 6th night too but graciously declined. Too much to mention but I did say I'd go with my friend to Slimming World next week - we'll see!

Occasionally I come across book illustrators that blow my socks off and Jennie Harbour was one of these.

It doesn't seem like much is known about her so I have no dates for her except for knowing that she was perhaps active in the 1920s/30s and produced fabulous illustrations. These are from 'My Favourite Book of Fairy Tales' by Edric Vredenberg:-

Jennie illustrated books and some of her pictures were also produced as postcards such as this one:-

Fabulous illustrations aren't they. Just wish I could find out a little more about her....

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Anniversaries and Love

Tonight is our last night out in a run of 5 - I'm 2lbs fatter (10st 9lb) and am starting to feel quite exhausted. Bed early tomorrow (maybe!)

Tonight's outing is for a meal to celebrate Andy's brother and sister-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary. They are back from China especially!

With this in mind I had a look for some love-related pics to show for the occasion.

This picture is by Jessie Willcox-Smith (one of my favourites) from a book called The Seven Ages of Childhood (lovely pictures in this book).

The book follows a girl from babyhood to young adulthood, this image being the last in the book - the 'falling in love' picture which seems quite appropriate!

These pics are from a book called the Lover's Mother Goose:-

True love

Frosty moment!

Sneaky kiss:-

Congratulations Les and Debbie, have a great night tonight!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ready for Winter

I've had a manic few days - you know how sometimes there's nothing going on and then other times you have several days booked up? Well this weekend was one of those times. Out 5 nights in a row, Tuesday being our last day of the 5.

It would be much too scary to weigh myself at the moment although I've tried to pick the healthy stuff off the menus from the last few days.

It's been hard to fit in work and pleasure but we have managed to get out Christmas Recipe set live today, hope you like it. The recipes have been really popular in the past - great for school and craft fairs.

We have a few more Christmas sets in the pipelines yet which are great, but I can't wait to get back to some of the everyday stuff. I've some lovely fashion and ladies sets waiting to happen, all containing great vintage images.

These pictures are from the Eaton's Fall and Winter Catalogue for 1920 - 1921:-

I love these stylish ladies. It's almost a shame that catalogues are full of photos these days rather than beautifully drawn illustrations such as these. And isn't it funny how the fashions go round - these lovely coats wouldn't look out of place today!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Back to Bridget

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: with kitten purring in face
Walk to work: Yes, and I walked home as well
Gym-type exercise: 45 mins on the treadmill (450 calories burned)
Alcohol consumed: glass of red wine
Chocolate consumed: Yes, I have to admit I had a bar today
Other bad stuff: apart from the wine and the chocolate, pretty good!

I don't think I've done the weight thing for about a week now - forgot to weigh for a few days, mind full of other things in the mornings. Did it this morning though - no change for a week but I'm determined to get back to my just before last Christmas weight - 9st 12lb. I don't know what's happened since Christmas really, was skinny for 2 years but life got in the way and it started creeping back up again.

It will be a bit of a challenge for the next few days to stay good as we have meals out/drinks arranged for the next 5 days or so! Out for a friend's birthday tomorrow, out with friends Saturday (Chinese), Andy's brother's back from China Sunday and it's their wedding anniversary (25 years) so we'll have to go to the pub to celebrate, then we're all going out for a meal Tuesday. By Wednesday it will be back to normal and hopefully the blubber will start to slide away again!

Must be able to get back into my skinny dresses at Christmas so there's my incentive.

This picture is totally unrelated to anything I've talked about or working on at the moment but it made me laugh earlier!

This book, Horse Laughs, is from 1891 and I rather think that humour has changed some since it was written as the rest of the book isn't particularly funny!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Mrs. Beeton

It's funny how some people end up making a mark on history for a seemingly trivial thing. The name Mrs. Beeton has become synonymous with cookery although she died over 150 years ago at the tender age of 28.

Mrs. Beeton, born Isabella Mary Mayson, was born in 1836 and must be the most famous cookery writer in British history.

On a visit to London, she was introduced to Samuel Orchard Beeton, a publisher of books and popular magazines, whom she married on 10 July 1856 at the age of 20.

She began to write articles on cooking and household management for her husband's publications.

In 1859–1861, she wrote a monthly supplement to The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine.

The supplements were published as a single volume, The Book of Household Management comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady’s-Maid, Maid-of-all-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly Wet and Sick Nurses, etc. etc.

After giving birth to her fourth child in January 1865, Isabella contracted puerperal fever and died a week later, aged 28.

Her books were republished many times and there are many original copies still around today and luckily I have two of them from which these pictures are taken.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Lovely cakes

You don't often regret the things you do in life, just the things you don't. I heard this years ago and how true it was this weekend. It seems that I not only recycle lovely old pictures but also lovely old friends!

A chance meeting with a blast from the past on Friday led to reunion Sunday that I'd known nothing about as no-one had been able to find me. I'd not seen any of them for 25 years (since I was 19 in case you're wondering!) and there they all were. I'd been in two minds whether to go or not but I did and it was amazing.

But I digress as usual. I haven't weighed myself for days so no update there. Will try to remember in the morning and do the whole Bridget Jones thing tomorrow.

I've been working on recipes for a Christmas set and have found lots of great foody pictures, mostly nothing to do with Christmas may I add. This one's probably my favourite:-

This luscious-looking choccy cake comes from a 1908 recipe book that I'm lucky enough to own. Here's another from the same book:-

I wouldn't have imagined that a book that's over 100 years old would have gorgeous goodies like this in it. It also has instructions on how to cook doughnuts, waffles, chicken croquettes and chips. Nothing much changes, does it!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Teddy Bear Tales

I've just completed my next Printable Heaven Set, Mono Christmas, which Andy is just putting the finishing touches on. Sigh of relief! Will start the next one Monday but that gives me the weekend to go looking around for pleasing images, which I love doing.

I just found some lovely teddy images from a book called Mother Goose's Teddy Bears from 1907.

All of the pics in the book have a little poem that goes with them:-

She went to the ale-house
to get him some beer
but when she came back
Ted sat in a chair

She went to the barbers
to buy him a wig
but when she came back
he was dancing a jig

She went to the cobblers
to buy him some shoes
but when she came back
he was reading the news

Rain rain go away
Come again another day
Little teddy wants to play!

And love this one:-

Multiplication is vexation
2 x 2 = ?
Division is as bad
6 / 2 = ?
The rule of three perplexes me
3 x 3 = ?
And practice drives me mad

This last one would be great for a teacher's card on the last day of school or at Christmas. Must do that one....

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Pension cock-up!

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: sweltering hot
Walk to work: no, raining (well, that's my excuse!)
Gym-type exercise: none
Alcohol consumed: 2 glasses of red wine (1 now and 1 earlier at school 'do')
Chocolate consumed: Yay, I had a bar of chocolate today!
Other bad stuff: apart from the wine and the chocolate, nothing!

Yes, I had chocolate today. I wasn't salivating for it, just thought it might be nice - and it was! Can't do it tomorrow though.

My step-father died in February and I (with my sister) was executor of his will. My sister found an old pension policy that hadn't been claimed on so we sent it all off.

They sent back a claim form that seemed to bear no resemblance to what we were claiming for that required that the claimant (myself?) fill in the form with their national insurance number. I thought they had probably sent the wrong form but nonetheless I filled it in with my national insurance number but explained in the letter that I thought they had sent me the wrong form.

A letter came back that said the claim was approved. We're not talking mega-bucks here, just £55.00, but as executor I thought if the money was there, we should have it.

Then another letter came that enclosed a P45 for myself with my step-father's death date as the end of my employment at the Pearl Insurance company.

I have no idea what this is all about but phoned them and tried to explain they had made a big mess-up. Someone would phone me back they said. Still waiting.....

I don't know now if any official body has me down as dead having previously worked for the Pearl Insurance Company.

Don't believe the obits - they're not true!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Last day of warehouse work

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 7lb
Woke up: with backache as usual
Drugs consumed: didn't even think of them today
Walk to work: no, raining too much (again)
Gym-type exercise: 31 mins on the treadmill (to burn 300 calories)
Alcohol consumed: none
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: nothing much to speak of

Today was, or should be, my last day of warehouse work. Tomorrow I am hopefully back to normal and my brain will, again hopefully, slip back into Printable Heaven work and searching for nice pictures, etc etc.

I've just started working on my next PH set but I don't feel very enthused at the moment. Tomorrow I'll be less exhausted and full of inspiration.


Monday, 4 October 2010

A woman's relationship with chocolate

Height 5'7"
Weight: 10st 6lb doing nothing must help!
Woke up: with backache as usual
Drugs consumed: battled on through today
Walk to work: no, raining too much
Gym-type exercise: none
Alcohol consumed: none
Chocolate consumed: none (still!)
Other bad stuff: what was left of my daughter's chocolate cake desert at Nandos

It seems a miracle but I've done no real exercise for days and weigh less. I don't advocate doing nothing at all but sometimes perhaps it helps! Or perhaps all the calories burned have been from lifting and dragging boxes around at work and being on my feet all day - probably. Whatever the reason, it's good and my jeans don't feel as tight as they did a couple of weeks ago.

And what's more, I think my relationship with chocolate has come to an end. What a habit that is. I was probably having chocolate nearly every day at work. We have a chocolate machine, terrible thing, it was left from when we briefly had a shop. I thought we'd get it taken away after the shop closed but the staff had fallen in love with it by then and it stayed. Unfortunately it's about 20 feet from where I sit.

I'd gotten into the habit of eating lunch, then having a bar of chocolate. Only took a few days and now I eat my lunch and don't start salivating at the thought of that delicious devil-food.

Bad habit. I'm sure many of us have got habits like this - you think you're hungry because you're used to having something at a certain time. Turns out you're not hungry at all, it's just you're brain telling you that you usually have something at that time and therefore it expects it. Don't fall for it, you don't need it!

I just had a look round for some chocolate-related pics and came up with this one:-

This is a poster for the Federal Music Project presentation of "The Chocolate Soldier" at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California. Pretty colours!

Sunday, 3 October 2010


Height 5'7"
Weight: Don't know, not weighed
Gym-type exercise: Treadmill today but first time for 3 days (30 mins)
Alcohol consumed: Bottle of strawberry cider
Chocolate consumed: none - today anyway
Other bad stuff: nothing to speak of - again today anyway

I haven't posted for three days and in that time I've eaten bad stuff, drunk alcohol, haven't walked to work and haven't been on the treadmill. I think guilt kept me away from here.

I've worked too hard on MAC stuff in the warehouse and have left myself the evenings to catch up on my proper job, both for MAC and Printable Heaven. Knackered.

The scales will be well, interesting tomorrow - might be difficult to admit!

This week should be back to a more normal routine again and I will post here more, eat better and do more exercise - that's the theory anyway!