I cannot remember how I found out about this delightful little idea but if you haven’t discovered NOTANOTHERBILL.com then you must have a look at the website. It is a genius & a lovely idea. I had a look at the website & thought I’d have a go. I paid £15 which is enough for a one month subscription. This meant that I would get one thing through the post that would brighten up my day & it wouldn’t be another stupid bill.
I wasn’t sure when it would arrive or what it would be but on Saturday I arrived home from the Woodstock Craft Fair to find a silver envelope on the door mat. I hadn’t told my OH who was instantly jealous that I’d got an exciting looking envelope through the post!
I received this lovely necklace from a designer called Julianna Cassandro & love it as it’s not something that I would ordinarily choose myself but I think it’s lovely. I also love the way it’s been packaged. It came wrapped around an old postcard, in some black tissue paper. I really am impressed by these little touches so will definitely be using this website again. Friends & family can also expect to receive something from here in the future too!
I love Twitter. One of the reasons is because it enables you make contact with local people. Sometimes these people make cupcakes. For example last week @oxfordcupcakes tweeted that she was going to be at the Woodstock Craft Fair. Brilliant, I thought, a great opportunity to eat some lovely looking cakes! So before the weather got too hot my OH & I headed off to Woodstock to buy some Oxford Cupcakes. We weren’t disappointed!
After a quick mooch round the fair, we were directed indoors & there were some of these beautiful cakes. We bought a box of four at £4.50 which I think is very reasonable. We couldn’t wait until we got home so managed to get a seat at the cafe, got some drinks & enjoyed a cake each there & then. These are what are left so far though I don’t expect them to survive the afternoon! They are really delicious. The cake is moist & the decorations are brill – these are some very lovely cupcakes. If you haven’t had the pleasure I’d hop on over to www.oxfordcupcakes.co.uk to get yourself some delivered. Lush!
The other pretty thing I bought there was this incredibly cute elephant made from reused fabric. Stupidly I didn’t pick up their business card, which I always do (bit of a card addict – weird eh?!) Anyway I know they were also at Oxfork so if anyone knows the name of the company then I’d love to include it here. They had a lovely stall, full of reused fabric that had been turned into elephants, owls, cushions, aprons… I could go on! I could spend hundreds of pounds on things like this. The quality of the sewing is brilliant & while I like to think I could make something like it, my sewing skills are nowhere near this standard! A lovely little present for myself at £10 I think it’s lush. Whoever you lovely ladies are, with your pretty stall, thank you!
You may have read in one of my previous posts, Petersham Nurseries, that my OH treated me to a day in Richmond, London. While there, as the weather was so lovely we had a bit of a walk around. Thanks to the power of Google we soon discovered that we were near Ham House. I love looking at old things. It’s the next best thing to buying old things!
Had it not been so expensive (over £10* each) we’d have spent ages mooching round the house. However, we opted for the garden only. It was a lovely day so were happy to do that. It was amazing. Even from the outside the house was beautiful. I always like to imagine what it would be like to live somewhere like this & am always convinced it would be super cool! There were some amazing little huts in the garden which made me instantly jealous & demand that we have one in our (tiny) garden! The main gardens were for vegetable planting. This is something I’ve never really done but am desperate to do once we regain some kind of control over the garden. They had some lovely blossoms on the trees & some gorgeous & unusual flowers in the borders too. It was worth the £7 to get in, have a sandwich and get some ideas for the garden. A lovely little place & well worth the visit if you’re in the area.
After Ham House, heading back to the car, we walked along the Thames. We spotted this cute little chap who was linked to the polo club near by. Naturally we stopped to say hello, pet his nose & offer up any minty treats (which we didn’t have!). He wasn’t interested in us at all. He was interested in eating my handbag, which after the encounter was covered in green horse saliva. Nice!
My reward for being brave & not freaking out about a horse trying to eat my bag was my first 99 ice cream of the summer. I loved it – Sat by the Thames, watching cute little dogs running around, eating ice cream with a flake after such a lovely day. A fantastic location with lots of lovely things to see, do & eat. Perfect!
*We’ve thought since that maybe a National Trust membership might be the better way to go about seeing places like Ham House, though I instantly remember my Grandad being a member & it makes me chuckle! Might add a membership to my birthday list tho.
As the weather gets warmer the need to ‘swap’ wardrobes gets more important. I realise this makes me sound like I have way more clothes than I actually do! I don’t have that many but I do have a really small wardrobe which means that I now have to pack away winter jumpers, scarves & gloves and get out thin blouses, tops & linen trousers.
I’ve also taken this opportunity to organise my wardrobe, have a good clear out & use some lovely storage bags to help keep things tidy. I received about five of the Cath Kidston Under Bed Storage Bags for my birthday last year.
I’ve finally got around to using them & I think they look great. They come with little cards to write on to catalogue the contents & a little plastic wallet on the outside to put it in. I think that this is genius as it saves you having to get it down, look in it to see if it contains what you’re looking for. They look like they will be easy to keep clean & are very generous. You should’ve seen my wardrobe before I got started. There were clothes all just piled up on the shelf, all a mess & no colour-coding insight! Now everything is organised, which is just how I like it!
I also took the opportunity to remove things that no longer fit or I know I’ll never wear again. This is quite painful as (like most women up & down the length of the country!) some things haven’t been worn & still have the label on ‘in the hope that I’ll lose a few pounds and fit into them next summer’! Oh well, there’s always next summer! These things I’ve kept but seeing that I had about 5 black cardigans I thought a proper clear out was necessary. 5 bags worth is what I’ve collected so far & this includes shoes & handbags.
I know that I’ll probably regret getting rid of some of these items in the future but for the moment it has to be done. I feel a lot better for it & know that someone will be grateful if I’ve donated something that they buy & love. Next on my list to clear out is my DVD & CD collections. Now that it seems lots of charities/schools can make money by recycling these I feel that I can get rid of them without increasing my carbon footprint & chucking them into landfill. There are a number of places who collect & make money from the recycling of these items. I know that some charity shops won’t take things like this because they can’t store many of them & they often can’t shift them so I’m glad that I can help make a difference & get rid of some embarrassing titles!