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Blowing the Budget on Art Materials on Amazon!

Posted by charmainezoe on December 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn't resist visiting Amazon today and peeking at the Boxing Day Deals. When what should I behold but a complete set of the Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils for half price!




Now these are normally far too expensive for me to even consider but when I saw the complete set of 120 was available at a price that worked out at £1 each (plus £5 for the box!) I just couldn't resist them!

AND THEN I saw they also had the 72 set of Derwent Inktense Watercolour pencils priced at £20 less than normal - so of course that had to go in the basket as well.




Quickly followed by a (after all got to have something to carry them in!)




and a Waterbrush set




not to mention a




So I'm afraid I've pushed the boat out quite a lot. I justify it to myself that I would never normally be able to afford these sets so although they are still not cheap by any means at least I don't feel excessively guilty in treating myself to them (only a little bit and it helped most of my family and friends know they can't go wrong giving me Amazon vouchers for Christmas LOL!)

Can't wait until they arrive on Tuesday, and in the meantime I'm watching lots of coloured pencils tutorials on YouTube!


You might wonder what brought on this sudden interest? Well, it was a visit to the Cumberland Pencil Museum while we were in Cumbria, home of Derwent pencils - and seeing all those gorgeous boxes and sets for sale in the museum's shop. I did purchase 3 small sets of 12 each of the Inktense, Watercolour and Metallic pencils while I was there, but that merely whetted my enthusiasm :-) Sadly I've learn't that the Museum was affected in the recent horrendous flooding in Cumbria and is closed for refurbishment until at least March - how sad is that?

A Glorious Sunday

Posted by charmainezoe on May 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Had a great day, the weather has been glorious and Caitlin, my stepdaughter came over with Jonah for lunch and spent the afternoon with us. Jonah had a whale of a time in the paddling pool and playing with the water rocket, and when he got tired I got to cuddle him while he sat on my lap and we watched TinTin together. It also gave Caiti and Hubby plenty of time to have a lovely long chat about all kinds of things, which they've really never been able to do before.

After they had gone home we got on with clearing the patio and somehow managed to carry the greenhouse down to the end of the garden (you all should have been flies on the wall for that one - quite an operation, especially as we had to get it across the pond!!). I can't get over how huge the patio looks now, but at least it's all ready for tomorrow and our first viewing.

On the Move

Posted by charmainezoe on May 27, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Haven't posted anything for a while (now there's an understatement!) but as there is something exciting going on in my life now I thought I'd revive the old blog to keep track of it all.

When we moved up here from Poole to the West Midlands 7 years ago we bought a lovely 4 bedroom 1930's semi detached house  which we fell in love with the first time we went round it and have been very happy ever since. But it has always been a bit of an indulgance as there is just the two of us and the dogs (although we did have the teenage stepson stay with us for a while - what a joy that was!) and it has always been handy having spare bedrooms for visiting children and their offspring.