Friday 30 July 2010

Guest Post: Glorious Tat.

Ooooh, so please welcome my first guest-poster to help me through the difficult internet-separation period (I MISS THE INTERNET), hayles from hayles is probably the only person ever who tweets as much as I do, and as we share a liking for things that are rubbish yet awesome, the subject of this post came rather naturally!

My name is Hayley, and I love JML tat. You might think that this isn't really a very normal thing to do, but what sane person doesn't get just a little bit excited by this website?

Oh yeah. You know JML, they're in most shops these days with a video player on their display showing random infomercials.

My love of shopping channels began when I was about 7 I think. Mum was doing some decorating at her friends house, who was super rich. I could tell she was rich because she had more than 4 TV channels (plus S4C that none of us really understood) and somehow I ended up watching a lady on QVC try and sell me a plastic microwave bacon crisper.

I've always been a bit weird about that sort of thing though. I would read the Betterware catelogue cover to cover when it popped through the door, and follow my mum about the house pointing out the REALLY SUPER UBER USEFUL THINGS that it sold. I'm still a bit like that with the
Lakeland website. I mean, who doesn't need a banana bag to stop your 'nanas going mouldy?

I was at my best friends house one day, and was flicking through the channels (as you do) and ended up on A WHOLE CHANNEL DEDICATED TO JML.

OK, breathe.

But look at this:

The Halogen Oven is basically one of those Eazy Bake ovens they talk about on Friends quite a bit, but we never got in this country. (My A-La-Carte Kitchen was good, but could it make cake?)

The "Perfect Brownie" maker makes individual brownie portions for you so each slice is crispy on all sides

The EZ, I'm sorry, I can't think of a use for this.

With JML products, you get the impression that they're seeing what tat people will buy.

This gym bag will apparently help to combat those bad smells from your PE kit. (Mine never smelled, but thats because it spent most time in the washing basket where I couldn't see it.

written previously on my blog about my hatred for Snuggies and Slankets. Basically, someone went to Ikea (the wonderful land of hot dogs and mini Daim bars), bought a cheap blanket and sewed some sleeves into

I don't even understand how these glasses work. They don't fall off because they have magnets in them? If thats right, these magnets have to be strong enough to attract through your temples, and that's something I don't think I want near my head.

I think I had one of these as a kid. Oh dear.

[Sarah: OMG I've met that blonde model during a photoshoot at work! She was a master at smiling cheesily. JUST LIKE THAT.]

Ah! The reason for this post. I've been looking at these on the JML stand in Asda for a while, but couldn't think why I would want to pay £10 for bits of plastic. Sarah then pointed me towards eBay where I got some for £2.50 delivered. I'm still waiting for them, but OOH EXCITED.

I've tried to sum up the amazingness of JML in this post, but sadly it can't be done. Just go watch the TV channel and try to resist going "ooh, thats handy" at one thing.

- Hayles @

Tuesday 27 July 2010

I'll cry if I want to.

I’ve flown into my parents’ house for a little bit to totally steal the crap out of their wi-fi so I can post this blog (I'm also hogging the kitchen and baking up a storm).

Sorry I’ve been so absent – but as it turns out I was totally right about having no time to blog. I haven’t even had time to write posts, let alone find a connection to send them! Moving is HARD. We’re getting there though, slowly but surely. And the next thing on our list is signing up with Sky or Virgin. Internet and Telly! My two favourite things.

Thank GOD for my iPhone, though. I am clinging to the Twitter app for dear life at the moment. Ugh, I have an addiction.

Anyway, it’s my birthday on Thursday and I thought I’d belatedly put together a list of things that I want! Because hey, if I don’t get them, I can always buy them with birthday money. *is very much hoping for birthday money*

OPI Parlez Vous OPI?
This is my favourite nail polish shade ever. I’m wearing it right now. But my bottle is halfway gone, and I NEED SOME MORE. I love it so much I’m tempted to buy like ten bottles so I never run out. It’s a lush dark lilac shade… I believe I once read it described as ‘mushroomy’. And it sort of is! It’s different, classy, and very cool.

Cath Kidston iPhone Case.

New duvet cover!
I only have one! (oh my god, though, my bed is amazing, it’s HUGE and so comfy, I literally never want to leave it.)

Graphics tablet
Because I am a NERD. And I am desperate to get properly drawing again. I really miss it! I want to redesign my blog and website and etsy and all sorts.

Baking things!
I totally forget that whenever I bake I steal my mother’s equipment! I need an electric whisk and scales and a mixing bowl and cute cookie-cutters and a new piping set and… you know what, I really want cake now.

Geeky DVDS
Honestly, Buffy s5, s6 and s7 have been on my Amazon wishlist forevs. I need them in my life. I love how it’s sort of cool to admit that you’re a Buffy fan now. But I’ve always been a total Buffy fangirl. LOVE.

Fuji Instax Camera
It’s kind of like a Polaroid!

Diana Camera
Because I see a bandwagon, and I want in.

I am bemused to note that no clothes or shoes have made the list. This both shocks and appalls me. But I did do obscene amounts of shopping when I was away visiting my friends (three dresses, two jackets and a whole bunch of jewellery) so that’s probably why.

Oh, but I can think of one fashiony item!

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Saturday 17 July 2010

Enter this deserted house... but please walk softly as you do.

I'm away visiting friends this weekend, but while I'm off gallivanting round the country, I thought I'd share with you the photos I took last time I was up the Derbyshire way.

My friend Ali and I visited Haddon Hall. It was a scorching day, so we did the gardens slowly but surely, jumping from shade to shade (I've got sunburnt about five times this year already. Curse my paleness). And taking many, many photos.

A novel way to stop people sitting on the chairs, hee.

I was also excited to learn that one of the previous families to occupy Haddon Hall was the Vernon family, who came over with William the Conqueror. Vernon being my surname, and my uncle's geneology experiments showing that WE came over with William the Conqueror (according to my sister, this is why we both enjoy winning so much. I win!) sooo... yeah, this is my house. I want it back, okay.

That's reasonable, right?

In other news...

I think I'm going to struggle to blog regularly over the next few weeks - work is at its busiest in the summer, and we don't have internet at the new house yet. So, would anyone fancy writing some guest-posts?

So many of you are genius bloggers and I'd love for you to add your stamp to my blog - if you're interested, email me or leave a comment with your post ideas and I'll get back to you!

Hopefully regular service will be resumed soon! I miss you guys. :(

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