Cleanliness is next to impossible.


My Henry and my daughters Little Henry! Partners in grime…dust bunnies beware!

So…inspired by this picture of our Henrys I thought I’d post a couple interesting Henry stories!

1) According to Manchester Evening News:

A dwarf  accidentally glued his penis to a vacuum cleaner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As part of his stage act Daniel Blackner pulls his Henry vacuum across the stage, attached to his private parts. Sadly he had to repair a broken attachment and didn’t wait long enough for the glue to set hard.

2) I posted about this story from The Sun last year.

A HOSPITAL builder has been sacked after being caught having sex with a Henry the hoover.

The Polish contractor – who was supposed to be locking up the site – was found naked and on his knees with the smiling cleaner in the staff canteen.A horrified security guard at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital told him to “clean himself and the hoover” before kicking him out.

The shameless builder later told bosses he was vacuuming his underwear – “a common practice in Poland”.

Childhood toys

Tonight whilst stumbling I came across this website that has brought back so many childhood memories.

I love my Fisher Price ‘Little People” and played with them often. They were solid well constructed toys designed to last. Once my brother and I had outgrown them they were passed onto my younger brother and sister. I don’t believe that Fisher Price make these any more.

I know that I had set 663, 875, 725 and 761. The toilet in the ‘725’ set caused much amusement to ‘little me’! It was hilarious to put the dog (the black figure in set ‘663’) on the toilet or to have it driving a car (the dog….not the toilet)!

FPcamperI also had this camper van which I considered simply brilliant – it was my favourite addition to my Fisher Price Little People collection. It had so many removeable parts. The boat came off the roof and it had little seats to fit the people in. I seem to remember the boat did float and was often used in our bath.

There was a space for a sink and toilet at the back of the camper van. The van unit lifted off leaving you with just a truck. I believe the truck made a clicking noise as it drove along….or was this just a fault with our one? I know that the arms on some of the chairs did get broken…possibly stood on when left in an inappropriate place. OOPS!

FPhospitalThe hospital was quite a substantial and muched loved addition to my set. It came with lots of accessories including a set of weighing scales…and the dial even moved when you place the figure on them , an xray machine and as you stood the figure on it the display changed to an xray image. The ambulance had a stretcher that fitted in the back and you’d have to strap in your patient using the velcro strap! The stretcher would often become a make shift car. Downstairs in the hospital there was a ‘theatre’ including an operating table (this was used as all sorts of other weird things by me). The best bit about the hospital was the lift. You turn the handle and up (or down) goes the lift. I believe there may well have been a bell that pinged when the lift reached its destination too! This was the height of toy technology!
I used to have ‘gatherings’ on the roof of the hospital too. The spacing on the roof (around the convenient carrying handle) was just enough to stand the figures in. I also vaguely remember (selective memories!!) that sometimes, ‘Little People’ “accidentally fell off” the roof..Sometimes there would be nasty accidents involving the lift and squashed little people…but at least they didn’t have far to go to hospital!

Roller skate memories and madness!

I can remember my first pair of ‘proper’ roller skates with great fondness although I can’t quite remember how old I was, probably about 8? My dad was a lorry driver at the time and he knew a place to buy some cheap in Leeds (iirc). So the next time he had do a drop there (bearing in mind we lived in Somerset) I travelled along with him. My pocket money was burning a hole in my pocket. All my friends had roller skates. I was so desperate to own my very own pair of roller skates it felt like it was eating away at my innards!! I was well past the “Fisher Price” extendable skates by now! The first place I got to try out these newly acquired skates was in the back of my dads lorry, parked up in a car park in Leeds!!

I loved those skates and I like to think I got pretty good on them. My friends and I used to build little ramps and skate like demons down our hill and jump off the kerb at the end. HOW COOL DID I FEEL! During my early teens my brother and I used to attend the local roller disco at the guildhall. That was so much fun and a good chance to hone my “skillz”! During my mid teens I migrated from roller skates to roller blades and then onto a skateboard. I have also tried my hand at ice skating with a good level of success too.

Fast forward to today (some 15+ years later) and I am on the look out for a pair of roller skates again! I must be mad…I’m hardly that adept, agile and fearless 8 year old any more! Can I really come out of the other side of this ‘urge’ without any broken bones (and damaged pride)? Well time will tell. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to hitch a ride to Leeds in my dads lorry so I have been trawling the internet to see what delights are on offer in the modern world of roller skating!

Here are some of my more interesting discoveries!

Apparently these Landrollers will “get your mojo on”….

According to their website these skates “allow enhanced performance over inline and quad roller skates, providing skaters of all skill levels with an entirely new and improved experience.”

I think that they look like you’ve had a nasty accident involving a passing child’s stablisers!!

How about these for a bit of “Line Dance” roller skating?

Sadly, I don’t have any more information on stockists for these little beauties (!!) but I am sure that LeAnn Rimes will own a pair (perhaps drop her agent a line?)!

Alas, these are not for me.

Next ‘in line’ (!! ha! see what I’ve done there…!!) is a rather sexy pair of boots – unlike any other. Who would wear them and more importantly how they’d use them I do not know but I do know that you aren’t going to get much more blinged up than these:

Bling Bling roller skates!

Bling Bling roller skates!

Rather disappointly – since I broke my foot I have been unable to wear heels so I’m going to pass on these.  I’d love to see some video footage of these in action though!

Moving swiftly on we have a pair of “Booster blades

Booster-Blades really do Boost, but what are the advantages of Boosting over a regular Inline or Rollerskate?

GREATER PROPULSION; With the aid of the unique chain mechansim, one is able to generate greater self propulsion
BETTER BRAKING; With the brake pad design, one is able to brake quicker
FLEXIBILITY; With Booster Blades the user has more control over acceleration and brakingetcetcetc

Hmmm actually I really just want a simple pair of roller skates!

On to my next discovery….

…No you are not looking at an off road dune buggy. These are actually designer skates I’ll have you know! This is a wonderful offering from Emporio Armani. If Victoria Beckham was on the look out for a pair of skates, this is where she’d go!

Now I don’t know about you but these just completely remind me of the Fisher Price skates that we had as Toddlers? I can’t ever remember a time that ‘strap on’ roller skates have been cool. You always tend to look a bit sub standard with a pair of ‘strap on’ skates on. Anyway, these have all sold out so my quest for the perfect skate continues….

Holy Moly, even a pair of skates designed for Jesus….and of course if you owned these bad boys you’d *have* to wear them with socks.

The company behind these is called Aircoast and they seem to offer a variety of unfashionable footwear that is modified to skates. Has anyone told them, that adding a set of four wheels to a shoe does not then make it cool?!

Devon is a rural place. Lots of hill, fields and other similar landscapes, so perhaps what I need is a pair of all-terrain skates. Fortunately these can be found at SuperDairyBoy

The TrailSkate™ all-terrain skate is an evolutionary leap in the advancement of human powered sports. They are easy to ride…and a whole lot of fun.

I’d kind of only really like to stick to flat even surfaces for now!

Hmm decisions, decisions.. there’s just so many skates to choose from. What’s a girl to do??!!

Virtual Window Shopping!

I’ve just stumbled upon this fun ‘time-waster’ site called Polyvore. You can create your own style boards. You can scroll through pages of fashion items and drag the ones you like onto your style board. Add fancy backgrounds and text to liven it all up.

Here’s what I have come up with for my ‘Virtual May09 Wardrobe’!

As much as I love the items I’ve chosen, I can’t possibly afford to buy any of these! …But if Primark or Boohoo has anything similar I’ll be sure to grab them!

Shabby chic delight!

Over the past couple of months I have been busy creating a stock of shabby chic styled wall art.

Inspired by my daughters love of all things shabby chic and the wallpaper canvas art I created last year (see here) I decided to set about making some canvases using pretty shabby chic fabric.

Over the past few months I have built up a stock of pretty fabrics, ribbons and embellishments. Some I have bought new but I love hunting out interesting pieces in charity shops.

As I work full time it has been quite slow going. Although it doesn’t take too long for me to create each piece, I rarely have spare time to dedicate to doing crafty things! This bank holiday weekend has been a blessing and I have worked hard to get the items finished and ready for sale.

I have managed to create six pieces so far and today I decided to list them for sale on ebay. I’m very nervous as I’ve not tried to sell anything like this before. I normally just make pieces for myself. The feedback I have received from friends/family/colleagues has been really positive (but would they dare say anything different?!!)

Shabby Chic art

Shabby Chic art

Shabby Chic art

My favourite!

These can be bought via my ebay listings [click here]

I have also created a magnetic memo board in a similar style. I only finished it this morning so it wasn’t quite ready to be photographed/listed today. I’ll be adding it soon. Photos to follow……