Monday, 24 October 2016

Bargin Bedside Tables

I've been searching for a pair of bedside tables or cabinets but to no avail, I've found nothing. It hasn't helped with my exact specifications of sort of french style, small, Queen Anne legs and something  complimentary to my dressing table.

 As usual, living my jet set lifestyle, I  fancied going for a glamours shopping spree to Byker, so basically a thrifting raid. I find Byker's great for charity shop finds and certainly the last few times, I've got some killer finds for pennies, well not pennies more for a few quid. 

My favourite charity shops are  St. Oswald's Hospice. I'm more than happy to donate my money here; its a local charity, sells great stuff,  always decently priced and plus, I always get fantastic finds. I walked passed one of their furniture stores and spotted a small table sitting outside, I literally grabbed the table like some a crazy person, dashed in, searching for a volunteer, ready to pay immediately, waving my debit card. Questioning in a whooping manner asking, " Can  I pay with this ?" 

The manger came over, I thought he was ready to ask me to leave. My fears were unfounded.The manger told me about the other matching table in the shop with it glass top intact and he offered me the pair for £8. Originally, I only wanted the one but with hindsight, I'm pleased purchasing the the pair. 

I lightly sanded the table to remove the top layer of varnish, using a coarser sand paper, I'm not sure the type I used.

After sanding, I wiped all the tables down with wet wipe before priming. For priming, I used Wilko's Furniture Primer,  which usually comes in white. After first using it on my dressing table, the white primer doesn't work well with dark paint. I later added black acrylic paint to the primer turning into fifty shade of grey it looked much better than white.  I applied.

After one coat of primer. 

I used the left over from the Rustoleum Gloss furniture Paint in Liquorice (simply black gloss.).   

This is what the table looked like after the first coat, I applied the  first coat with roller. I to dry over night. 

I lightly applied a second coat this time using a form on stick brush. On my first table,I painted,   I made the mistake of painting the top first. After the first coat dried, I painted the underside.  

After a third coat. I painted a light third coat, I might do a a forth coat, as I've noticed a few bits look slighty patchy. 

After experiencing black gloss paint is a nightmare for getting marks, so to protect the tops add some interest. I placed some vinyl, I've had. I traced the glass top, cut out the pieces and placed onto the tables. 

Unfortunately, in places the paint is bumpy and uneven, still once in my bedroom it'll be hard to see the imperfections. In time, I  plan to find a piece of glass for the other table.  

Either way, I'm  happy about the tables and love them.  I have two new beside tables for £8, woo. 



Thursday, 20 October 2016

This Months Outfits

This month has been odd, as it's a transitional season, which I both love and hate, especially with the UK.  Often, I can look forward several seasons in the course of a few hours. One of the things I look forward to is being able to wear boots again, I love my boots.  Another thing I adore is being able to air  the cob webs  from wardrobe  and finally don  my   my long skirts again ( I apologise for some of the crappy photos.).

As I state previously, I source most of my wardrobe from a charity shop, occasionally high street shops I mainly  shop at  TK Maxx or Primark. Sometimes eBay, I've stopped shopping there as often the postage costs more than the item. Sometimes, I have purchased cheap top that have been reasonable quality from the Chinese sellers. Depending on my mood I sew my clothing. I often hate internet shopping, since I can't feel or try items on.  My hometown has no alternative shop anymore, it's a shame but that a sign of times. Also, I feel dissuaded from buying alternative clothing as often the items are poor quality for the price of them. My personal style tends to be quite sombre, and I tend to wear things that look quite similar.  

I love  this top, it was a charity shop find for a pound. My favourite part is the velvet flock rose motif. I  like the leggings, I wish they were thicker as, I didn't realise how much they highlighted my cellulite until it was too late.  I will only  be wearing them with my tunics  or  dresses in future. I wore with  nu goth boots style boots. I'm trying to wear heels retrain myself to wear heels, again.

This was my bowling alley outfit, I wore wearing a tunic top from Boyes yonkers ago, wet look leggings Primark, cardigan thrift find and favourite PVC boots from Primark. 

I wore this few weeks ago for my first sewing class. I found the blouse in a charity shop and love the ruffled detail, I'm still debating whether it's too tight I wore with one of my long skirts I made. I think I need to reconsider how I wear this blouse in future as I think  looks unflattering in reflexion.

This outfit, I wore a couple of  weeks ago to my first blogger event. The jumper is covered with black gemstones is thrift find, and the skirt  looks like embossed leatherette but it's more of a heavy lycra.

I was wearing a fluffy jumper and a kind of bouncy skirt with my DM boots. 

This my favourite outfit from the month, I love the top it looked quite flattering for my body shape. The skirt one of my favourite lolita's style skirt for a couple of pounds. I also like the various layer of trim and ribbon, it's so easy to slip on. I love these boots,they are  versatile to wear for all weathers and comfy. I purchase from Asda (owned by Walmart) for £40 and made from level, still going after four years of  wear. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Halloween Shopping

I can't believe where nearly at the holiest and spookiest months with Halloween approaching. I was hoping to be settled with all my spooky decor up, donning the house but work has meant the date of moving in has been put forward so many times I've stopped making   deadlines. 

I started as early as possible for the UK was late August we're not as enthusiastic about   Halloween  in comparison to our American counterparts. This year, I was so ecstatic, particularly since I now have somewhere to put it. I've been incredibly disappointed as there aren't as many shops stocking Halloween items and lack of  a variety. Personally, I can't understand the reason why as I thought Halloween was becoming popular. 

Despite my grumblings, I still managed to find a few things. The first place to have the Halloween decor  was John Lewis. Where I finally purchase the Vampire and Witch Candle holder, I had my eye on this last year I had limited room.  Still, I'm so stoked but unsure where to put it.  

I bought these zombie ice lollies back in the summer, they made think of  my beloved Halloween. They're so fun.  

Tk Maxx's home range had  Halloween things in from the beginning of September. They stocked thing in drips and drabs and each shop had different a stock. Again, in comparison to last year  the range, in my opinion, was far better. I still found a small selection of goodies. I love witches and I found this on to join my ever growing coven. I've got a sparkly a crow; I've always  wanted a taxidermist crow that'll do for now. I  like the Halloween bowl not sure what I plan for it. A witches sign I'll hang on my walls.  


The one thing I've been extremely happy about the is the  Home Sense extensive range of Halloween dish clothes and hand  towels. Last year, I don't remember seeing hardly anything, so  if I stocked up on a  few.  I think my favourites are the Halloween kitties. 

I  love my black kitties hand towel, I'm looking to forward to using them in my bathroom.   Along with the ones, Sharon aka Goth Gardner sent me.

Recently, I've been so disappointed about the stock from Poundland, and  they finally got in their amazing goodies in. My favourites are the sparkly candles.

A later find is a wooden black sparkly glitter pumpkin, I love it and I can't wait to put it in the kitchen. 

Since first seeing these really cute glass jars with straws   I've wanted some but found very few that appealed to  me.  I've been waiting for the Halloween season. Low and behold there is a great selection I got this on from B&M bargains I love it. Apart from their jar glasses, I'm really disappointed by their range.  

I got these from Poundworld, my usually not keen on skulls. I do love the glass skull cups, and I couldn't resist the luminous pink. 

I got these from a bargain shop but they seem to stock the same stuff as Poundland. I got these spider candles, liquorice smelling candle, they smell divine. I purchased a small  a faux candle with skeletons  dancing in the cemetery  made me think of  Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns with death summoning his the dead to dance while he plays his violin till dawn. 

Even  Primark  had a couple of Halloween goodies, I bought a pair of kiddies hair clips, for £1.50, a  black floral headband,  I've been debating to purchase but didn't want to pay the price and since it was on sale it finally persuaded me. Fluffy black socks since it's getting colder, makeup organiser and a blender sponge and holder. It looks like a prop from Fifty's Shades of Grey. Also, I've been watching various youtube makeup tutorials, and the YouTubers have recommended the blender sponge. So, I wanted to see what all the hype is about and it's black, sparkly it attracted the magpie in me.      

I even found a couple of Halloween goodies in the thrift shops, normally the stuff  I've seen has  been in  either more costume or  just  tacky things.  I bought a bowl, Omen  spiderweb top and pumpkin  hairs clips.  

My favourite finds are the  Nightmare Before Christmas mugs  that, I can add to my ever growing spooky collection of mugs. That will  look amazing in my new kitchen.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Rockin 'n' Bowlin'

Last Tuesday, I discovered both a new event and concept of Rockin 'n' Bowlin' which is ten pin bowling to rock music. A concept I've never thought I would see in Newcastle. 

1.It's a small city and the event I would associate with larger cities. 

2.The general demise of the alternative scene the last few years. However,  the rock scene on the way up  Trillians reopening and Grind House now in its second year, woo congratulations. 

 What's even better is the event held at  MAF Bowling Alley located at the top of Westgate Road. which means less than a few minutes walk from where I live, so even better so no need  for waiting for buses. I love living in Arthur's Hill.

 The event takes place on the first Tuesday of  every month starting at 7pm and finishes at 11pm, so not too bad even for a work night. The Rock and Bowl night only started in July, so it's slowly gaining popularity. The event plays a variety of range of classic rock and heavy metal.


The boyfriend suggested the event after seeing it advertised, he's got a nose like a bloodhound for any kind of rock events occurring. I've been begging him to take me bowling, after telling me he often goes with work his colleagues. He tried to dissuade me, and it hasn't worked. So, I guess it's a good compromise I get to go bowling and he listens to rock music. 

There were two options for playing we could pay £2 per a person per a game or pay £10 for a lane per a person for unlimited games til closing. We weren't sure how many games we wanted to play and opted for the first option. We arrived the place had few people already playing more people arrived during the night but it didn't get too busy, which was good. 

I had my reservations until I could hear Iron Maiden blasting definitely putting me in the mood to do some bowling. I originally thought the rock music  would have been more of a combination of  Indie music and mundane modern rock music. Nope, it was classic rock and heavy metal everything from Black Sabbath, Journey, Meatloaf ACDC, Disturbed and other great music. I felt like  more of a Saturday night at rock club rather than a bowling alley. In between games the music had me lightly heading band, doing air guitar and wriggling my bottom. The DJ seemed more than happy to take requests from patrons so it explained the eclectic range being played. My only criticism was bloody Du Hast was played by Rammstein played please play any other Rammstein songs anything but Du Hast. Apart from that, I felt beaming from having such an amazing time.   

After playing the first game we could hear our stomach's  growling and decided to get food. The venue had a cafe and a pub. I was really surprised to find the pub. As our area has an ancient law which forbids any pubs being built with the area of Arthur's Hill, I don't exactly know the reason but I think in part of the building work was associated with people who were involved with the Temperance movement. The temperance belief abstained from alcohol consumption and  wanted this principle to be instigated in the area.  The bar stocked a good choice of generic beers, cider, lagers and soft drinks at cheap prices. The boyfriend was happy with the quality of the Guinness.

We ordered burgers and a portion of chips for £8. The burgers and chips were reasonably priced, especially for a bowling alley.   The food was decent for the price and defiantly filled the tummy. The portions were a good size, everything was cooked to order  and also wide choice of condiments. The cook was really friendly and more than helpful, he even offered to bring the food to bowling lane; but we opted for the quiet of the cafe. The cook even had a quick chat with us and asked how we like the food. The menu, on the whole, had an extensive selection of food from panni's, hotdogs, burgers and even a healthy option of jacket potatoes, again good prices. 

After food,  we went back to play a couple of more games. One of the issues I kept encountering was the scoring computer, seemed unresponsive and took multiple attempts before they responded. Also, there wasn't much info provided on how to use the computers, which was irritating.  

Another issue, I will admit was the venue felt a little run down and really could benefit from a bit of spruce up. Apart from that, the place was clean and reasonably tidy. Still,  for the price, we paid it was a bargain if you want somewhere a bit more glamorous  you could try  Lane 7 but you'll be paying a lot more than we did.  Then again,  the place made feel nostalgic and reminded of my bowling experience as a teenager.   

During the night the boyfriend was on amazing form he's constantly told me how awful he was at the game. Yeah, right, he got loads of strikes and won every game. On each turn,  he seemed throw the ball so fast it felt like it was over in a second. No wonder why he won. Then again, I've alway been a crap at bowling. 

 I did manage to get my first ever strike, so I was so elated I jumped up and down clapping. I got caught in the excitement of great music and a lively atmosphere.  

I also wanted a couple of photos to remember the night but most of them crap . I attempted to put on a glamorous pose with the bowling ball, I've got my eyes closed, great pose.  

During the game, I became way too excited and wound up by the boyfriend winning. While trying to focus so hard, I dropped the bowling which rolled across the lane so I had to quickly chase it. I got a few laugh from the spectators, fortunately, no one was harmed, which was my concern. So I  destroyed my illusion of gothic mystic, yeah right, that never existed when I'm  a total klutz. I did feel embarrassed but the boyfriend and I joked about it.We played until 10 and returned home. 

For me, it was great doing something different rather than sitting at home vegetating in front of the T.V.  Also to find something that's a rock based activity that doesn't include being in rock bar . You can actually do bowling  rock music is great also since the venue offers an option of food and alcohol is added bonus. Ok, the place does feel a little bit shabby but then again your paying student prices, so there always going to be something. Hey, I prefer more student places than more trendy or glamorous places. I think the student places have more character and usually fewer people. Either way, I had a great night, I doubt we'll be doing it every month but I would like to attend on regular basis.  

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Dressing Table Makeover Part Three Handles and The Reveal

I loved the original handles but I damaged one of the back pieces while removing them from the drawers. So, I've searched every where to find something I liked, it's felt worse than finding a needle in a hay stack as very little caught my eye. Also with the curve of the drawers it's limited my choice further.

I bought a huge bag of handles from a junk shop in Gateshead for tenner, There a varity of quirky and interesting shapes. I finally settled for the ones below.


I sprayed the handles satin black from Wilkos brand spray paint.


The boyfriend suggested about using paint to highlight some of the details of the handles rather than having them plain black. I  purchase gun metal glittery silver to pick out the detail of the flowers on the handles. The paint Sparkle Medium Gunmetal.

 removed any excess paint using a dry paint brush.

The Reveal