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Monday, 29 July 2013

Sseko sandals

If you haven't heard of this great company yet, you're missing out.  Get yourself over to their website and check our their amazing array of sandals and accessories.

This is what Sseko say about themselves:
Sseko Designs is a sandal company based in Uganda. We make beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways.
Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Sseko has graduated three classes of women. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree.
In addition to our university-bound team, Sseko also employs a full-time team of women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor, creativity and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
We believe that every woman has a dream. When she is given the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter and more just and beautiful world.

So, you get a great pair of sandals and you know that you're helping women strive to achieve their dreams - what could be better!

As this company ships from America, I thought it would be worth stocking up on a few straps.  See the selection of what I got below.

You can tie the straps in so many different ways (and there are videos on their site showing you how!) so you get tons of looks out of one pair of shoes!

And this is me rocking the gold shimmer straps with the round Josephine accessory.

I'm soooo in love with these sandals.  They comfy, gorgeous and people keep asking me where they can buy a pair.  Well, now you know!

Friday, 26 July 2013

More Origami.....

As promised, here is the my Dad's most recent origami creations.


Little mouse

Red Ant
Soldier Ant

Black Ant

Going with the Floe
Valentine Origami for my Mum

Can you guess what it is yet?
It's a 3D puzzle

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

It's a heat wave! Don't forget your rain coat....

Saw this sign outside a shop on Exmouth High Street and had to smile:

And speaking of which, there is nothing lovelier than the sight of a gorgeous garden in summer, best surveyed from a lounge chair, obviously!  Our garden is incredibly practical and we don't have many flowers, mostly vegetables, so I went a bit snappy-happy when I was in my parents' garden!


Cute little sparrows perched on the fence


I have a bit of a soft spot for cabbage roses 'cos they look so different


Seagull perched on a chimney - my Dad hates it when they do that!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Surprise trip to Devon

I had last week off work and as my Mum's birthday was approaching, I made a trip down to Devon to surprise her.  She had no idea I was coming (and well done to my Dad who did a sterling job of keeping it a secret - it's not easy to keep things from my Mum, she's like Miss Marple!)  We'd arranged that Dad would take her to a restaurant for lunch and I would be waiting outside.  She was over the moon when she saw me (although it took her a few seconds to register as I was the last person she expected to see!)

Sadly, I could only stay a couple of days, but a lovely two days it was.  Me and Mum hit the charity shops on Tuesday morning and then spent the rest of the day at the beach - aah, bliss!

The seagulls feasting on fish guts - hmm, yum!

There's a little squirrel in the park near the beach, well known to locals, who has sadly lost its tail.  It doesn't seem to worry it though and it often gets hand fed by all the old dears - not a bad life!

I'm still practicing with my (quite) new camera and was chuffed to get a good photo of this ickle squizza with my fab zoom lens.  I also took some flower pics of my folks' garden and more of my Dad's origami, but more on that another time. 

A belated birthday greeting to my wonderful Mum for yesterday - it was great to spend a couple of days with you and Dad and I'm glad you liked all your pressies (she got a few handmade pieces of jewellery).

Enjoy the sunshine, y'all!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Crafting with ties

I've been seeing so many crafts with ties on Pinterest recently.  There are skirts, waistcoats and necklaces all made from these seemingly conservative accessories and fortunately ties can be found at a reasonable price from charity shops.

So, I picked up a few for my craft stash.  I started with something quick and easy - just a collar.  I'm afraid the picture's a bit naff but I am loving this accessory:

I really want to make a skirt out of ties next.  I mentioned this to my Mum and asked her to keep an eye out for some ties around her local charity shops - she can often be found in said shops looking for bargains, where do you think I get it from?!  She called me the other night to tell me she's collected about 30!  Bless her.  So, I think I'll definitely have enough for a skirt now.  Can't wait to pick them up the next time I see her; sadly my folks live about a 5 hour drive from us :-(

We've got HP's folks visiting this weekend, which will be lovely - even more so now that summer has deigned to make an appearance.  So, it's a lovely meal out tonight and tomorrow evening HP is going to fire up the barby.  Hope you all have a great weekend in the sunshine!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Spooky trees

I should probably save this one until Halloween, as it has a rather gothic theme...

There are some trees on Jesus Green in Cambridge which have been invested with ermine moth caterpillars and the effect is most dramatic.

If you don't believe me, you can check it out here:

And here are some pictures that I took of them:

 This doesn't do the trees any harm....
 ....although it's freaked out quite a few tourists

Cool, huh?!