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100 Faces

Were it not for the weather it would have been a perfect day. Two girls, demon free, being beautified and getting to pose and laugh in a real studio! It was a fabulous experience and one I would love to repeat!

The fantastic lady who took our photos is Jo Belfield, she’s everywhere; on twitterflickrblogger and at her very sexy website. She has also taken it upon herself to set up the 100faces project which will involve 100 people with various mental illnesses and aims to promote mental health awareness. Hopefully it will be on show next year so you can all go and visit and see how gorgeous Samm and I look in it!

Getting to Macclesfield to Jo’s studio wasn’t exactly smooth sailing but it was smoother than getting back! After some wandering around Macclesfield we phoned Jo who directed us to her new studio where we warmed up and got the tour of her new studio! It must be said that Jo is hilarious and had us rolling around in laughter within minutes, she also makes an excellent cuppa! We arrived just before our incredible make-up artist; Dora. The woman is a miracle worker, I swear to you she is gifted. Should you wish to be made stunningly beautiful by a gorgeous lady with very gentle hands, give her a call on 07507560929 or email her at makeupbydora@googlemail.com I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Once our make-up was all sorted we got our chance in front of the camera! There was much hair swishing from Samm who took to it like a duck to water, and markedly less from me! Jo was great, telling us what we needed to do and showing us the photos occasionally so we got an idea of what we were doing wrong! Despite the fits of giggles she managed to get some good photos and hopefully they are what she was looking for! She’s really good at boosting your confidence and getting across what she’s aiming for, we both felt at ease with her.

It was a great day out and I would definitely recommend her to anyone from models to groups of friends to family shots or couples. She really knows what she’s doing and Dora is, as I said before, a miracle worker! I could not recommend them highly enough, and in a couple of weeks we will be going to see the finished products, and if I’ve got any monies I shall be buying one to prove to everyone how pretty I am for all time!

Photo Credit: Jo Belfield Photography (the same one I’ve been raving about for the whole post!)

Samm’s review of the day can be found here on her fab blog which has also been featured on Breaking the Silence

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This week’s Gallery prompt from Tara at Sticky Fingers was “outside my front door” so without further ado, welcome to Heaven’s Waiting Room:

It took me a grand total of 40 mintues to walk into, around the whole town, and back home again! That gives you an idea on size!

In the 16th century there was a Great Fire in my town which almost totally destroyed it. However Queen Elizabeth I donated £2000 and organised a countrywide appeal which raised £30,000 to rebuild.

We host an international cheese show, Folk festival, Food festival and Jazz and Blues festival every year, all of which draw a fair few tourists.

There is a rumour about our town having the most pubs per square mile, however it appears to be just a rumour, but when many of the alley ways are cobbled it’s a pain rumour or not!

Our local church has an octagonal tower.

We only have one night club, most locals claim to hate it, I love it and I’m not ashamed!

Last year (2009) the winner of Big Brother came from our fair town!

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меня

My post for Tara’s Gallery from Sticky Fingers!

I thought long and hard about this week’s post and what I wanted to do fell though! So here is my back up plan, I give you…Me!

I am the places I have been, both physical and metaphorical, and the people I have been there with

I am the things I have done; the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am the mistakes I have made, and the successes I’ve had.

I am the people who I have loved and lost along the way

I am all my family and friends, those still in my life and those who have left it.

I am all the things I have been through, and all that is yet to come.

I am the person walking along side me and the future we will share.

But most importantly I am, and always will be, someone’s little miracle

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Raindrops on Roses

The wonderful Josie over at Sleep is for the Weak has tagged me in the Happiness Meme that is doing the rounds at the moment, as did Hayley at Single Motherhood Challenges, and boy did it come at a good time! I definitely need to start focusing on the good stuff, so thank you both of you and I hope you enjoy my cheery post! 🙂

1) Cups of tea


I’m not kidding. A cup of tea works wonders, guaranteed to fix all manner of woes and cheer me up! Though I shamefully gave up the tea pot in favour of a quick cuppa in the mug, mainly due to laziness time constraints and the amount of tea I drink, I still very much enjoy my cups of tea. I also gave up caffeine which meant having to quit Yorkshire Tea and Twinings Breakfast Tea, my favourites, in favour of Red Bush, but hey, my body is a temple and all that!

2) My friends

Yea, so I’m generic, what of it?! But it’s true, my friends do make me happy. I love that each of them is fantastic for totally different reasons; some make me laugh, some are a shoulder to cry on, some tell me to put my big girl pants on and get a grip! They are all truly fantastic, both real life friends and those on twitter, and you always make me smile. Thank you.

3) Kids

There is something about children that brings a huge smile to my face. When I see them in their buggies in the street, or charging around a shop or spend time with young relatives I can’t help but feel happy and fulfilled. It’s like chicken soup for the soul!

4) Shoes


oooooooooooh yea! Shoes are gooooood! I am a shoe person, always have been and even though I am developing an appreciation for handbags they will never replace shoes! I adore them, specifically ones with sky scraper heels and platforms (stripper shoes), but I also like ballet pumps and sandals and boots, you get the idea! I love to look at them, and touch them and wear them, they’re so beautiful, they’re all like little works of art. These are my two favourite pairs!

5) My baby girl


This would be my Guinea Pig, Henrietta. As you may know, we lost Heidi at the start of February so we’ve been having lots of cuddles and kisses and I’m still hoping to get her a friend to give her someone to talk to. She’s my little baby and I  spoil her rotten, but she deserves it because, even though she eats me out of house and home, she makes me smile with all her little quirks!

6) My Blog

Yep, generic and selfish all in one post! My blog does make me happy though; it gives me somewhere to vent, and somewhere to share my good news and has opened up a whole world of fun and expression. I’m loving taking part in Josie’s Writing Workshop and reading everyone else’s incredible posts, even though they put me to shame, and Tara’s Gallery which is allowing me to explore my photo obsession, and is going to result in me having to buy a very expensive camera! I’m thinking of hosting my own blog or something so that I can edit it a bit more and make it more personal but I’m not sure if I’ve got the techy know-how to do it, especially after Chrissie at Mediocre Mum’s experience! Any advice would be greatly appreciated *awaits helpful comments from fellow geeks*. And while I’m asking for advice: How on earth do I put things on the side of my blog (i.e. Writing Workshop/Gallery/Secret Post Club badges)? Can I do it with just a basic wordpress blog? :s

7) Planning/Organising

I love it. I get great pleasure out of knowing what I’m doing every day for the next 3 years! I’m a bit of a control freak and I freak out if plans get changed, or something is sprung upon me but when everything goes to my super organised plan, I am the happiest little bunny ever! I have my entire wedding planned and it’s not until 2012, in fact I had it all planned last year! I love folders and files, post its, in fact I love…

8 ) Stationary

Oh yes, stationary is fabulous! I wander into Smith’s and am immediately drawn to the pretty pens, shiny note books, beautiful papers and the cute little rubbers. And then…last year, two of my friends introduced me to the heaven that is…PAPERCHASE! Where have I been all these years? Such a perfect store full of all my favourite things, it was love at first sight!

9) My Kink

Some people get all smiley after “being naughty”, I get all smiley after a good power exchange! I wont go into details so no need to avert your eyes!

10) My Religion


Does that make me sound like a religious nut?! Ah well, it’s true. I find great peace and happiness with a pentacle around my neck or meditating in front of my alter. Just wandering around my garden too, looking at how beautiful everything is. There is something comforting about being surrounded by nature and knowing that you are part of it.

And I am going to tag

Louise at Wee Wifie’s World who is developing a love for all things bloggy in her 3 week holiday

Samm at No One Else mainly to give her something to blog about 😛

Debs at Dopey Dee’s Blog because I know what irritates her from all her fab rants, so now I want to know what makes her smile

My OH at Herr Flik’s Webway because, even though he doesn’t blog, I think making a list of 10 things that make him happy will cheer him up!

Sami at Wishes, Fishes and all that’s inbetween (and here too when the other one is broken!) because she’s trying to start blogging and smiles at EVERYTHING so this should be easy for her!

Tell me what makes you happy folks!

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The Gallery: Colours

I’m cheating a little this week (mainly because the weekend seems to have shot by and I didn’t realise it was Tuesday) and using a photo my step-dad took (he’s where I get my obsessive photo taking from!) however, I have edited it in Picasa myself, and I have also walked past that house many times when I’ve been in France!

Ok, enough with the excuses! I promise to get my ass into gear for next week! But back to the photo; I adore the rainbow in the background and love autumny colours, they’re so warm and yummy.

This was a post for The Gallery by Tara at Sticky Fingers, this weeks theme was colour.

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Thank you so much to NikkiH at Clinically Fed Up for giving me this award for this photo, which I also love, thank you! Having not been blogging properly for long I am very proud, but ashamed to say I have only just discovered her blog, which is fantastic, which I will now be reading every time it is updated! Thank you google reader! The down side of this is that it would appear there are rules, and they are as follows:

  1. Copy the award to my blog
  2. Insert a link to the person who nominated me
  3. Tell you seven things about myself that I haven’t told you before
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers for the award
  5. Link to their blogs
  6. Tell the nominees about their award

Ok, so number one: check. Number two: check. Number three…oh dear!

1) When I was younger I wanted to be entirely superficial and shallow when I grew up. I’m not kidding, I would have given anything to live in a world where I was judged entirely on my looks, my biggest decision was whether to wear this shade of eye shadow or that and my idea of an intelligent discussion was opinions on the latest fashion. Fortunately that was never meant to be!

2) I want a big family, and by big I mean huge! I always tell people I want four kids; two boys and two girls. I know, I’m generic! However, this is an ever growing number, at the moment it has reached six; two boys and two girls all of similar age, one younger girl and one adopted child (from the UK, I am not Ange!). Basically I want as many kids as we can financially support, hundreds maybe! Lottery win, anyone?!

3) I am too empathic to be fun. Honestly, I watch films, ones that are supposed to be funny, where people are getting killed by sunbeds (yea I like Final Destination films) and I am horrified by it. I can’t help but think how terrified they must be and how heartbroken their families will be and generally how awful it is.

4) I cry at everything. Now this never used to be true, I used to be hardcore, then I fell in love. Big mistake folks! Now I bawl like a baby at the most pathetic things!

5) I have always had pets. Ever since I was born there have always been pets in the house, we had Callie, an Irish Wolfhound, who looked after me from when I was born. Followed by a little Bischon Frise called Rosie, then a Tortoiseshell Tabby cat called Kitty, original naming courtesy of me! After that there was another Irish Wolfhound called Arabella, a hamster called Jesus (pronounced Hey-soos, also the name of a waiter I fancied in Lanzarote!), a horse called Genesis, another Bischon Frise called Stewart who was a rescue dog, two guinea pigs; Heidi and Henrietta and finally yet another Bischon Frise called Rupert. Phew! I think that’s all of them, although in a very mixed up order I think!

6) I am a published poet! I kid you not! I was very young (I want to say 9) and was in hospital with stomach problems, I’d been there a week so was attending the school type thing they have and I wrote a poem with a friend and it was published! I believe the book was called “Over the Moon” and I do have a copy somewhere! 😛

7) I have 2 half sisters, 2 step sisters and 1 adopted brother, none of whom I have ever lived with, all of whom are old enough to be my parents!

And I nominate:

Tara at Sticky Fingers for starting The Gallery

Mari’s World for her fantastic guide to accessorising

Chrissie, aka Mediocre Mum for her hilarious Friday Fun posts!

Josie at Sleep is for the Weak for the Writing Workshop

Suey at The Making Room who makes the most beautiful cards

Heather at Notes from Lapland for pretty much everything she does! Especially her Just Vlog It challenge.

Kelly at A Place of my Own for the beautiful photos she took on her walk

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I’m making my own shorts!

Today I was going through my bin bag of clothes to go to the charity shop and I saw some jeans that I used to love, they still fit but the inside of the thigh is either very thin or totally torn and I got to thinking: I don’t own any shorts! And so began my attempt at converting them!

It may be worth noting that I’m not the worlds best sewer, nor am I in anyway artistic so this is no small feat for me! I had no idea where to start but so far so good!

Initially I chopped the legs off and then folded under the raggedy edges and pinned them in place, then off I went with my needle and thread sewing it up. They’re not quite finished yet, I ran out of thread, but it’s got me wanting to customise all sorts now! I know it’s not a big deal and that people do it all the time, but I am so proud of myself! I’ve never been good at crafty things, I’m more on the academic side, but I’ve always wanted to be able to do things like this! Once again, I’m very proud! Yay me!

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