Firefly jar

I saw something like this in the supermarket a few weeks ago and thought “I’m sure I can do that prettier and cheaper”, so one jar and one set of fairy lights later here it is!


I realised the only way to get the power supply into a small jar was upright, leaving the batteries visible through the case. So I wrapped the battery case in foil. The silver reflects and is hardly visible with the lights on.


I stuffed the lights in either side of the batteries. It’s not as easy as a lamp having to take the lid on and off but it looks good 🙂


Swaps- socks and postcards

I was really excited about the sock swap, I spent ages finding nice quality pretty socks but I’ve had a mixed lot back…

Here’s what I sent out – 2 sets of: 2 pairs of socks, a notebook and a pen. One profile (right) was a little more conservative and fond of pure fabrics so I’m hoping she’ll like my little parcel. The other profile (left) had very little information, so I sent just sent things I liked and it was well received.


Here’s what I received:

First up a fluffy and pretty selection from a swapper I received a Christmas swap from before (and yes that is me already wearing a pair!). I love warm socks and red kites 🙂


The second parcel to arrive wasn’t quite so great…maybe the ripped up envelope was some sort of omen!


I found this parcel part disappointing, part disturbing… Is it bad I know the socks came from Poundland? And one set is kid size, which was probably an oversight but surely you check? And have I ever mentioned my fairly severe needle phobia? OK, requires medicating to even approach needles level of phobia, that pen didn’t stay in sight very long. I didn’t think it was something I needed to mention on my Swap-bot profile but it’s on there now. But the notebook is cute, and has coloured pages which is always fun.

Maybe I expect too much from swaps with complete strangers, but as an eternal optimist I don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon!

I’ve also sent out a couple of swap postcards recently (mainly to show off the stamps I bought recently) –


And in local news:

  • The building across the road got raided for cannabis (again)
  • Someone got stabbed at the end of the street
  • There was even a car chase in Derby recently, when did I move to a big violent city?

Let it snow!

…well, a little bit. Hardly the all day heavy snowfall that was forecast, and by the amount of dripping I can hear it won’t last long – but it’s properly winter now! Soon I’ll even have to venture out in the lovely 2 degree weather, the things I do for a social life…




Received post – Christmas and beautiful views

I went home for 10 days over Christmas and arrived home to 14 cards, plus a few letters!


So from the top left:

Postcard diary December card #1 from Russia of a happy festive squirrel

Winter scene from a postcard pal card from Japan

The second postcard diary card from December, a beautiful time-lapse photo of the stars

A card from Taiwan that appears to be the front of a Christmas card from someone I swapped with last year. Not sure if she’s expecting a reply…

A Finnish Postcrossing Christmas card

A pretty Christmas Postcrossing card from Taiwan, designed by school students

A card from a postcard pal in Russia
A lovely scene of Thai rice fields from a Postcrosser in France

A beautiful mountain sunset from a Postcrosser in Russia

A German Christmas card from a swap, that’s probably what Santa does after Christmas!

A Christmas card from a pal in USA
Seagulls for my birds theme from Germany through Postcrossing

A Postcrossing year of the monkey card from South Korea, complete with monkey stamp 🙂

And not pictured, another German Postcrossing card of a peacock that’s went straight onto the bird card display on my wardrobe

…and breathe…

My Postcrossing received cards is now slightly frustratingly 6 higher than my sent, with my current travelling cards all slowly heading to Russia. So maybe I’ll send a few faster travellers too sometime…

Outgoing post – flowers and experiments

A part of me feels like at the start of a new year I should do some sort of review or make some resolutions… I don’t keep track of things well enough to properly display my achievements at the end if the year, that’s sort of what this blog is for recording anyway. And I’m already feeling so overwhelmed by 2016 (20 hours in) that I doubt I’ll remember resolutions let alone keep them. One thing at a time, I realistically can’t go to the far side of the planet and look for a house at the same time. So I’ll just keep going as I am and keep improving on that. And if I stay generally happy, fairly well travelled, and delivered of nice mail I think I’ll be doing well.

So here’s my first outgoing post of the New Year:


The Mark Twain quote is off to Japan to a postcard pal. York with blossom is headed to another pal in Russia. And the Darley Abbey cottage is going to Czech Republic as the first card of this month’s postcard diary.

I’ve also set in motion a postal experiment. I saw somewhere a while ago a post by someone who’d sent coasters through the post so I thought I’d try it.


It’s off to my Mum because she was there when I bought them. It should arrive, it’s like a small postcard and I glued everything down for extra security. It would be fun to send them further too, anyone fancy a trade?!