I’ve used Preloved a handful of times over the years for various bits and pieces, but since moving house, it’s been great.

We’ve always moved with furniture that we’ve bought over the years, but a lot of it flat-packed which only lasts a few times being taken down and put back up before it starts to get a little worn.

So our plan was to replace items over the next few years when we have spare (ha!) cash or see something we like.  Something that’s not flat-packed and is solid in design. I do love pine!

When we moved into our house, we realised we didn’t have a stand for the TV, so with the help of Preloved, we managed to find a solid pine unit which houses the many games consoles that Albert has, as well as is the perfect size for our TV. All for £30!

They had a coffee table too – which I could resist for £20.

But the reason for this post is the little gem I managed to pick up this morning from a Pre-loved seller.

IMG-20180218-WA0000IMG-20180218-WA0002How cute is this?!

I am literally in love and so giddy! It was £100 but definitely worth it! And that’s less than the listed price!

I even managed to make some pyjama bottoms out of an old duvet cover for the Mr! But that’s another post I think. I’ve already uploaded them onto Instagram if you want to take a peek!

Happy Sunday

Albert’s Girl x



Sew overwhelming

Yesterday was a bit of a write-off (get it 😉) as the night before had been filled with lots of delicious food and many drinks with my soon to be brother-in-law and his wife. 3am came and went, with dancing to 90 cheese and totes emosh conversations occurring. So you can imagine we weren’t in the best state to be productive the next day.

However, I had the urge to be crafty…..not in a sneaky way.

Instagram is great for inspiration and getting the sewing/making vibe, but at the same time, I’ve got so many things I want to make from my stash, and things I want to make for our new house (I’ve got blackout material pinned to our bedroom curtains so guests get some good sleep – that’s as far as I’ve got!) that I just don’t know where to start!!

Maybe I should have a planner/diary of stuff to make – but that almost feels like it’s getting in the way and I should just make something!!

The more I don’t make something because I’m tied about what to make, the more frustrated I get.

Vicious sewing spiral.

However, I did, in the end, make a cheeky little bag to keep my coloured pencils in to try out the Janome sewing machine I had acquired from my friend who has gone on a travelling adventure. Check out their blog to follow their antics PittTraveling.
It needs a zip, but that’s something i’m going to need to purchase another day. For now, this is enough to get me back into the swing of things!

Also – where’s the sewing emoji? Come on!!

Happy Sunday!!

Albert’s girl x

Sewing : A personal history

Sewing is my sanctuary. It’s my place to dive into, to not think about work and to free my creativity from it’s everyday suppressive box.

My Mum taught me to sew when i was younger. She had a small Singer sewing machine (which I think she still has) that had a wheeled handle at the side which allowed the machine to move at your own speed. This was great at getting used to feeding the material through and getting to understand how the whole sewing-thing worked.

She then moved me onto another attendant propelled machine but this time was one that was operated by a foot lever. The lever was then attached by a shoestring of leather to the machine. This still allowed me to keep my own pace, but got me used to operating a machine with my feet!

Years passed, I grew up and sewing became a childhood memory. Mum passed onto me her old electric Singer sewing machine when she was moving house as she preferred the treadle machine. 

It sat in the loft for a while until about 6 months ago. 

I was seeing more and more things that I thought “I could make that” or was finding myself trying to work out the pattern/workings of the item.

I saw lots of tote bags becoming popular – good old 5p bag charge! I decided that this would be my first make! 

I then decided that since I can do that, I could make the dog a new bed! 

But that is for another post! 

Goodnight wordpressers!

Albert’s Girl x

Albert, the pooch and I

So my visit to Canada came and went. We got engaged, and had the most amazing time. It rained constantly, but that had very little impact on how glorious I found Vancouver and everything about it.

Ever since we’ve returned I’ve been in life planning mode. Thinking about practical purchases, what to do financially, and very adult discussions including mortgages and house prices (I’m far too young in my head for all this!).

Albert feels it would be too expensive to move to Canada and have a life there. He’s right if we were thinking about moving to Vancouver (there is some pricey housing to say the least!) but we’re in agreement that we would regret it if we didn’t at least try.

So I’m hoping to be able to document all the stages and experiences that come with moving abroad in the years to come, so others can get an idea of the processes and requirements that are needed.  In other words, the worlds longest how-to guide!!

In the meantime, I’d like to keep posting into the ether, about my life with Albert, my passion for sewing (everyone seems to be so i’m jumping on the proverbial bandwagon!) and all other of life’s trials and tribulations.  At least this might allow you (the reader) to take time out of your own lives to know that – life’s shit sometimes, but you’re not alone!!

All the best wordpressers!

Albert’s Girl x