Monday, June 29, 2009

My Holibobs - with thanks to MISI!

The weekend finally came around for myself and Twisty to pop down to Worthing to meet a very special mummy of 2 - Madam Salami - from MISI!


We set off from Reading, about 11.30am, on Saturday morning, and started our 2 hour travel down to the south coast!
All we had was google maps on the iPhone to direct us down there!

Please, no one ever use this! It's rubbish! Stick to a standard map made out of paper, bound neatly, that you leave in the back pocket sleeve of your passenger seat!

After getting a little lost in Guilford, we finally managed to find our way to the hotel. The battery on the phone died just before we got to the sea front, so that was lucky!

We checked in, found the hotel room, the went to meet Madam Salami, her OH, R, and her two little ones Ninja, and Baby D.

We met them just outside the hotel on the green, where there was an Army weekend going on.

We headed out onto the Worthing Pier, to breathe in the sea air, and get a little windswept! One way to blow out all those cobwebs!

That's R there on the left with a yummy ice cream, Ninja in the middle, and my fat arm on the right!

Walking up the pier it seemed to be a hot spot for all those budding fishermen. Although this guy seems to have given up!

He must have been sweltering in that jacket!

Ninja was asking if we were going into the arcades, Madam Salami said 'Yes, we are, on the way back down' before Ninja asking me the classic question of 'What money you have in your country!'
Madam Salami was quick to respond that we do in fact have the same currency, as we all live in the same country!

We popped into the penny arcades on the way back down. Ninja zooming off as fast as lightening hits to get in there!
I love penny arcades, they should be called 2 penny arcades now... where have all the 1p machines gone!

As we went inside this is what greeted me!

It's the most scariest group of monkeys ever!

Here's me spending my 2pence pennies!

I was after that pink rattle!
And yes!
I did get it!!

After we spent all our pennies trying win strange bits of plastic, and Ninja finally getting his poker token prize, we all headed back from the pier.

On Friday, Ninja had bought himself a Harmonica. And was blowing little masterpieces out of it on the way back down!
Here he is trying his hand at some busking!

R, Baby D, who had just previously woken up, along with Ninja headed back to their car, while myself, Madam Salami and Twisty, headed towards our car to unload the small quantity of alcohol and disposable BBQ's, and walk back to their house. We didn't want to take the car, alcohol and cars don't mix too well.

After walking back, which seemed to be about 900 miles, we arrived!
We ordered Chinese which arrived in about 3 seconds! All sat down to eat, while being entertained by Baby D eating a prawn cracker the size of his head!

After dinner, we headed back into the living room to watch an episode of Futurama. Seems like Ninja has good taste in cartoons already!

Food had digested, so we grabbed the drinks, and BBQ, and headed across the road to the beach to indulge on toasted marshmallows dipped in chocolate! Mmmmmm

Mmmmm, marshmallows!

Me and Twisty!

Twisty, Ninja, and R

And of course Madam Salami and Baby D!

The main topic of conversation seemed to be Baby D, and his amusing antics! Twisty was holding his marshmallow stick in his mouth, and Baby D picked up on this as a handy holding tool!

Lovely Austin Powers look there!
Also notice the marshmallow stuck to his trousers!
He must have sat down on one of his many marshmallows his was ripping apart! This got us all in fits of laughter!

But doesn't seem to be amused!

Here's Ninja opening an empty bottle of R's beer.
He wanted me to take this picture of him.

And a lovely picture of Madam Salami, indulging on the wine!!

The day ended with us going back to their abode. Baby D was getting very tired, so R put him to bed, while Ninja showed us his collection of Crazy Bones that he is collecting.

Twisty and I headed back to our hotel about 11:30pm. Everyone was absolutely shattered. We popped in to the takeaway for burgers to revive our energy for the rest of the journey!


We got about about 8:30, washed, dressed and packed everything up. Well, throwing everything into Tesco bags!

We headed down to the hotels dinning area for our complimentary breakfast of Continental grub! But where was the sausage!
We had poached eggs, beans, button mushroom, that I now love, and bacon. With a round of toast.

By this time it was just gone 10, so we headed out again. Me and Twisty walked along the pebble beach, where it was still misty over looking the sea and Pier.

We headed towards the pier again, as I wanted another play on the 2p machines! This time coming away with a stress ball, a pink car, and also winning Winnie the Pooh on those grabber machines!! I was well chuffed.

I text Madam Salami just after, to see when she wanted to meet up for the day. So for the next couple of hours we had spare, we had a little wonder around the town, going into M&S for a drink and cake!

We met up at 12:30, where we had a spot of lunch in Pizza Hut!
Good Choice!
They gave us a better tour of the town. We had missed most of it! I thought it was just one street, but it appears there was a whole lot more around the back!

By which time it was almost going home time. We sat in the gardens, where the Army vehicles were, and said our goodbyes until next time.
We left just gone 3pm, for our 2 hour journey back, where it was in fact a 4 hour journey, as we were stuck in a queue on the motorway heading towards Berkshire for an hour!

The motorway was shut! Due to an overturned lorry shedding its load of chicken feed!

Everyone was cramming into one lane at the turn off to Slough! Why o why did it have to be Slough! We had no idea where we were going, so the not so trusting google maps made its appearance once again, as we found our way back to Reading!

We made it! Only having to stop at a pub car park in Slough, nipping to the loo in the pub and making a swift exit! It was a rather scary area!

So that was my weekend! :D
I had a lovely time there. Madam Salami and R were very welcoming hosts to our mini holiday.
And Ninja and Baby D are two both very wonderful, beautiful, well behaved children.

Monday, June 22, 2009


New Glass Beaded Hair Bobbles have made their way onto MISI and Sprinkles Sparkles Online! today.

They are only £1.60 each,
and are hand sewn onto the black hair band so they wont spin around the bobble!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's all Jingly Jangle & Delicious!

to all you daddys out there!

It's been very busy this week in the Sprinks world completing 3 custom orders!

First off I was asked to make a glass necklace chain, delicate, in the colours dark brown and black. I used glass seed beads to make it, and it seem to go down an absolutely treat. She loved it
Then week I received an email from a lady wanting to know if I could help her out with some beaded hair bobbles and hair pins for her bridesmaids.
Ta da!

And then there was Looby Crafts order!
I had asked Lou to make me a custom order Anniversary Card for my parents, while doing so she asked me to make her a jingly jangle bracelet.

Here is the card she made me - my parents absolutely loved it by the way Lou!

And here is the jingly jangle bracelet I made her!

The delicious part of the title of my blog?

Yup! It really was THAT big!
  • 2 HUGE blobs of chocolate icecream
  • A very generous amount of chocolate sauce
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Teeny tiny marshmallows
  • Maltesers
  • Cream
  • More chocolate sauce
  • 2 wafers
  • Chocolate twist tube wafer
  • Half a chocolate flake
  • And yes, that is an ENTIRE cadburys Curly Whirly!
I don't think I have ever eaten anything so delicious! And I ate the entire thing. I was quite proud! When the ice cream lady put the Curly Whirly in I thought I wouldn't get past that part, let alone start on the ice cream!
Mmmmmm, I could eat another one right now!

Hope you all have a great day!
Blog later!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fancy winning some freebies?

Well you can!
Go and pop over to Mollimoo for her June giveaway!

You have a chance of winning some scrummy strawberry fabric buttons, and a mix of vintage and modern buttons from her stash!

Strawberry Button!

What do I have to do? I hear you all shout!
Firstly, read her blog! Then post a comment on Mollimoos blog, telling her what you most love about the month of June!

What do I love about June? Here is what I put...
I love June because all our winter clothes & shoes are slowly being shoved to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced by all the summery bargains we got our hands on end of last summer! And we finally get a chance to wear them!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I've been tagged!

Yay! I have been tagged by the lovely Cathryn from Magpie Moments. I found out that I had been tagged from The Crystal Lady through Twitter! I hadn't gotton around to my evening blog reading yet to nosey into everyone elses lives!

The rules are:
1. respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own (don't feel obliged as it's quite long already!)
2. Tag eight other people

so here goes…………

What is your current obsession?
My outside trade stand!
I'm totally over obsessed with making it really pretty and girly for my up and coming trade show at the beginning of July at Heddington & Stockley.
My parents surprised me with a gazebo a couple of months ago, so since then I've gone crazy mad with accessories, another tent to sit in, just in case it rains, or even it gets too hot!

What is your greatest achievement?
Starting my jewellery business. We can all say that we played shops when we were little, getting the tins out of the cupboard, sticky labelling them, getting the till out with the plastic money and handmade notes. (my till didn't come with notes!), but i never lost the love for playing shops even now! Just now I get to play with real money, and real stock and real customers!

Coffee or Tea?
Easy Peasy! TEA! Coffee makes me smell funny!

What’s for dinner?
I call dinner at 12pm. But I guess we mean evening meal, which is tea for me!
We have the remainder of the frozen Quorn Chicken, with salsa and seasoning, all wrapped snugly in a warm tortilla wraps. Mmmmmm

What have you just made?
I have just been finishing off a custom wedding order of beaded hair bobbles for a lovely lady for her bridesmaids.
I'm very happy with them, and she likes them too. I'm never sure whether people will like my bespoke designs. Something you like, someone else will dislike. It's always a tricky one.
I'm half way though making 16 wire wrapped hair pins too, little like these, but in a crystal ab instead.What are you listening to right now?
I'm watching the TV at the moment!
Re-runs of the IT Crowd! All 3 series to get through :D But on my iPod I'm listening to Green Days new album over and over and over and over again. I'm in love with it... and Billie Joe *phaw*

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mmm, this one is tricky! Can I have 2 favourites? When I have a Teddy Bears Picnic I get to choose two flavours so I'm going to stick with that! Them being coffee and chocolate!

What do you think of the person who tagged you?
I haven't known Cathryn for very long, and was pleasantly surprised when I was tagged to do this blog! Her jewellery is stunning, and very different! The idea of making necklaces without a clasp is soo different! Check this one out!

The description reads:

This is a beautiful lariat style necklace, such a versatile necklace.

Can be worn in so many ways tied in a various knots, twisted into a choker, twisted into a bracelet, three necklaces can be plaited together to achieve various looks.

This necklace is made with beautiful yet simple with pretty silver lined purple seed beads and finished with two gorgeous round beads, offering weight and decoration to the strand.

Lariat measures 36 inches, long enough to suit your style in whichever way you chose to wear it.

You can find it here at MISI

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
I would go visit Dr. Who, get in his Police Box and go time travelling. But seriously, I have no idea. I like to be spontaneous, and just go wherever it takes me.

Which language do you want to learn?
My own! English!
I'm a lazy talker, adding too many 'R's into everything! That's Somerset for you!

What’s your favorite quote (for now)?
From the IT Crowd (of course!)
Roy: We don't need no education.
Moss: Yes you do. You've just used a double negative.

What is your favorite colour?
That was easy!

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
Probably my new baggy jeans I bought 3 weeks ago!

What is your dream job?
Having the money to open my own bead store. There are hundreds online, but not enough on the high street! I'd love to be able to supply bead lovers with their own local shop where they can come in, chat, browse, pick up, touch and design their own jewellery, and even make it when they are there while they have everything they need around them.

What is your worst habit?
Being such a stress head! If anything goes wrong that's it... wham. It causes me a lot of health issues, but I guess it will get better over time.

Describe your personal style?
Totally different than my jewellery's style! I'm very into the grunge 'style' baggy jeans, black tops, hoodies (not like the groupies we see hanging outside the local Spar, I'm too old and tired to stand outside at 10pm!)

What are you going to do after this?
Probably rest my fingers, and eat the rest of my spicy space invaders!

What is your favorite fruit?
I don't do fruit. The only one I like are Bananas, so I guess they are my favourite fruit!

What inspires you?
Women that take the plunge and go for it in business. It takes a lot of guts to do it, and I love all of them for it.

Your favorite book?
EEK! I don't read very much at all. Hated it due to the fact we were also forced to read at school. The most recent book I read, that I thoroughly enjoyed and found it very interesting was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Do you collect something?
Beads? But then that's my job. I love collecting Fairies though. I often find them at trade fairs at stalls at really good prices.

What is your favorite smell?
Mmm, lynx Africa, and now lynx Aloe Vera shower gel! It smells of parma violet sweeties! It just gets those memories flooding back!

What are you most proud of?
I'm proud of my business. It's taken time to get off the ground. I was holding myself back a lot last year, but since April this year I really have taken the plunge into getting my business out there and it's starting to pay off.

How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up?
Never! I don't need to. I get up when I wake up :D

What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
Before I found the world of hair dye!
My natural hair colour is manky brown.

Complete the following:

Love is… misunderstood

What would you like to make next?
I'm hoping the next thing I make is a custom order from Looby Crafts.
But I'm still waiting for the beads to arrive after almost a week! Sorry Lou :(

What the best piece of advice you have been given?
"Just don't listen to them, they are just jealous of what you have"

Phaw! And there we go!
I have chosen my eight people! Are you there?

Madam Salami
Talking Beads
Looby Crafts
Pearls and Whirls
Designs by Isis
Lej Jewellery
Little Scruffs

Have fun, fun, fun!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Ahoy! My name is Iron Thomas Brightblade!!

Well, the Nautical Bracelet has been listed on MISI for £12.00! 

As listed: 

A smashing summery nautical bracelet, mixing antique copper with antique silver!

Turquoise Opaque Rebel czech glass beads and Pink/Gold czech glass beads with gold inlay, with added nautical charms.

This bracelet uses:

♥ Turquoise Opaque Rebel czech glass beads
♥ Pink/Gold czech glass beads with gold inlay
♥ Antique Silver Butterfly charm - nickel free
♥ Silver 'Hand Made' charm- nickel free
♥ Antique Silver & Antique Copper Padlock Heart charm - nickel free
♥ Antique Copper Birdcage charm - nickel free
♥ Antique Silver & Antique Copper Small Key - nickel free
♥ Antique Copper Light Weight Ring - nickel free 
♥ Antique Silver & Antique Copper Nautical Wheel - nickel free 
♥ Antique Silver Clasp 

I'd like to say thank you to all of whom have already left your lovely comments!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

New Creations!

Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen!
What a miserable day :(

I have had a lovely quiet week, relaxing from my busy weekend last week. I get tired extremely quickly.

During the week I made 4 pairs of earrings out of the last beads I had lurking around in my stash! 
They are available on MISI, at £2.00 a pair!

Yesterday I plodded into town, and nipped into the bead shop. Came out with practically the entire store!

So... here is what I came up with!

This necklace is made up from acrylic diamond shape beads, czech glass beads, and freshwater pearls.

Next up! This chain and glass bead necklace. It's made up from czech glass beads and silver chain.

And last but not least!
This nautical bracelet. It's made up of antique silver and copper charms, and czech glass beads.

Both necklaces and the bracelet will be on MISI for sale on Monday, or might be sooner!!.... I'll let you know :D

Ciao for now!