Sunday, 30 July 2017

photo challenge :: view

Have you taken any view photos of where you live??
This is mine ... its about a mile from our home ...

... it is very 'hilly' where we live here in Wales!

I would love to see any that you have taken, so please link up in the comments below if you have blogged it or use the hashtag on instagram #whereIlivephotochallenge and tag me @mariainthewood :)

Next months photo is MY HOME and to be shared on 27th August.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

summer sale

I am holding a BIG clearance sale this Summer!
Its on Facebook ...

There will be handmade silver jewellery, fun fashon jewellery, home decorations and gifts, greetings cards and other stationary goodies!
Just comment on the post if you want the item.
Most items will be half price. UK P&P will be displayed on each listing (if you would like a quote for anywhere else, just ask) Combined postage is available.
EASY PEASY ... please share and invite your friends who you think will be interested :)

Thank you

Friday, 28 July 2017

presteigne carnival

The other weekend Billy and I went to the carnival ... and we even went in a float!! I was dressed as a flower and Billy was a mouse ... we were having a tea party with the mad hatter!!

It was the best day and we had so much fun ........... oh and our float came 2nd!!!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

goodbye dora

Just after we got married, Steve bought me an old vintage caravan to convert into a work room. This caravan was christened Dora and she was FILTHY ... so disgusting it made you feel sick, but we cleaned her out and made her nice enough to become a bit of store room. Unfortunately I never got round to making her into the lovely work space I planned. She started leaking over the last winter and so this spring I had to decide if she was worth spending the money on and the time to make her how I wanted her.

Well I decided that poor Dora had to go ... and Sunday was the day ... I have been wanting to work on our side yard this year. Make a lovely space at the side of our home for Billy to play .... and maybe something else!! ;) It has been ignored for the last 3 years ... so just ignore the mess in the photo ;)

So Steve towed her down the drive and loaded her on the trailer (she wasn't road worthy)

... and off she went ...

goodbye Dora, I am sorry I never got to make you wonderful!

Monday, 10 July 2017


I like things ... especially pretty stationary ... there are always bits of paper floating about! Also being a crafty person and someone who goes whole-hog into a craft (Im not a half hearted person!!) I seem to have lots of stuff!

Most of the house is mostly tidy most of the time, but there is always that room, that dumping ground, where half done projects get put, where things that have no home get put, where half sorted things get dumped and I am sick of it!!!

I have no problem getting rid of things, I am in no way a hoarder, but having had a business making things, I seem to have a lots of 'stuff' and where I am in my life at the moment, with a little one, not much time and concentrating on my oils business, I really need to be ruthless!

A whole storage box of card making papers has been given away and the paper recycling bin has been very full the last few weeks (mostly old catalogues!)

But I really want a more simple life ... I want to not be drowning in stuff ... so the serious clear-out-sort-out-declutter is beginning!!

Here are some quotes that are keeping me going x

Do you have any motivational quotes that help you?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

work in progress :: scrap granny

I like greens and pinks/maroons ... most of what I crochet and knit are these colours! So I end up with lots of little balls of wool that all look lovely together but not big enough to make into something ... unless I put them all together!

So I have been crocheting them into squares for a granny blanket with a soft green edging ... this is what I have done so far ....

What have you got on the go at the moment?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

chemical free cleaning

Have you ever thought about all the chemicals there are in your home?
Take a look, check out your cupboards, the cleaning products you use, your toothpaste and shampoo ... your make up! Its all full of them!

They are all going on and in your body and your families bodies ... whats it doing to them??

I am no expert but I know though these chemicals can poison us and become toxins in our bodies and make us pretty ill.

I am on a journey to try and live a more chemical free life and for the last year I have been using Young Living's Thieves Household cleaner .... it is really amazing!

One bottle does all your cleaning jobs! Windows, counter tops, taps, sinks, toilets, showers, floors!

Just alter the strength of the spray bottle that you make up depending on the dirtyness of the job! I LOVE IT!!

I have a spray bottle made up in the kitchen and the bathroom.

Thieves is an essential oil blend created based on research about four thieves in France who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This blend was university tested and found to be highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

From this blend, Young Living have made a great range of products including the household cleaner. It is a natural all-purpose concentrate that can be used in every room in your home, without the harsh chemicals. Dilute in a spray bottle or bucket, or use straight for extra strength. It costs less than £1.00 a spray bottle to make up. For most cleaning jobs you need a cap full diluted in a 500ml spray bottle with water. You can't even get something that cheap in the organic section at the grocery shop! It replaces a multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet and floor cleaner ... every cleaner you have! The organic versions of these can be about £5 a bottle!

I really love this stuff and would love you to try it, so if you are interested in trying some Thieves Household cleaner, drop me a line in the comments below or message me and I will send you a sample! ... and it smells pretty wonderful too!
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