Friday, 31 May 2013

may 2013

Thought I'd put together some of the pics from my blog from the last month. A bit of a monthly roundup sort of thing.
I plan to do it every month from now on. If I don't forget...

ps...the Lilla Rogers School logo STILL isn't's by Suzy Ultman...still

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

domestic goddess

With my mum in hospital and the mother-in-law away on the Costa Blanca I have been left in charge of my own children this half term. Imagine that!
So I'm afraid I'm not getting much done in the way of work. 
I have, however, managed to do a full supermarket shop. Despite the offspring being a complete pain.
I have also managed to get through the entire ironing mountain so we all have something to wear today. AND I rustled up some delish grub from the Jamie Oliver book. Might even do some baking later....

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

bank holiday weekend

Another fab weekend... 
Went to the Saltaire Arts Trail with the other half and the kids. It's where people open their houses to the general riffraff and turn their living rooms into pop up mini art galleries. I looked at the art. The other half looked at the oversized sofas and beige carpets. The kids looked for the jar of sweets the very kind hosts always seem to have to hand.
We went to visit my mum in hospital a couple of times. She's looking much better.
Me and the other half had our usual bank holiday hot date to the pub. Drank too much. For a change. Evidence all over Facebook. Thanks Gemma.
And yesterday we all went to Ilkley Moor. This is usually a quiet beauty spot with big rocks and trees. On a bank holiday it's a mad busy beauty spot with big rocks and trees. And yesterday it was a mad busy beauty spot with big rocks and trees and 4 fire engines, 2 ambulances, a police car, 3 mountain rescue land drovers and an air ambulance! Some chap had fallen and got his arm wedged down a crack in a big rock. We watched a real life mountain rescue. The little one was in his element. The chap was ok. Once he got airlifted to hospital...
So....when's the next bank holiday?

Saturday, 25 May 2013

be yourself

The big one has this written on her bedroom wall. No idea where she got it. But I've nicked it. And jazzed it up a bit. As you do.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

cold up north

We went to watch the open top bus parade of Bradford City players last night.
I am not kidding, it was flipping freezing!
The car on the way home said 2 degrees!
What's going on?
It's June next week!
I believe we may have entered a new Ice Age.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

mid life cardi

The other half and the little one went down to Wembley again on Saturday to watch Bradford City get promoted.
So I took the big one and the mother-in-law to the new Trinity shopping centre in Leeds. A mecca of newly refurbished retail environments just waiting to be explored!
But shopping with someone who hates shops and a moody tweenager was never gonna be conducive to a relaxing retail experience was it? 
Desperate not to return empty handed I grabbed myself a cardi whilst walking through H&M. A leopard print cardi! Not my usual thing. It's not plain black for a kick off. But it didn't need trying on and there was no queue at the till. And it was cheap enough not to matter if it looked a sod on me!
And actually it turns out that I quite like it! Leopard print! It's the new black don'tyaknow!
Think I might be having a mid-life-crisis!

Monday, 20 May 2013


We had to do the little one's homework tonight. A report on an endangered animal. We chose the panda. Did lots of research. Wrote lots of interesting facts.
Sorry... Did I say we? Clearly I did not mean we!
I meant I.
I did the homework on pandas. The little one just moaned a lot and got in my way.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

new york

To everyone heading to New York for Surtex this weekend....have a fab time! I wish I was coming with you...but I'm going to my friend's party...and taking the big one shopping...and walking the dog...and the bathroom needs cleaning...and everything...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


So...I was shopping with the kids a while ago when I saw something that looked familiar. 
So I took a photo. 
And forgot about it. 
Found it on my phone today.... 

Delved about in my archives and realised that sure enough it was one of my designs. Well kind of. They've changed it. A lot. But still... It's mine. You can just tell. 
No idea where I took the photo now though? Could be George at Asda? 
Put your hand up if you know and I'll put their name on!

My original design...with wheels...

Monday, 13 May 2013

courtesy car

My car has gone in for repairs caused by the dog incident.
A man came today and took it away.
He swapped my sporty little motor for a tin can on wheels. 
I mean I know I shouldn't moan. I know I'm really lucky to have a car at all. And especially lucky that I was so clever as to purchase insurance that provided any sort of vehicle should I require one. I could be on the bus couldn't I? Or the little one's bike. Or cadging a lift everywhere I go. I should count my blessings. 
But honestly. It's rubbish! It's cheap. And it smells of smoke. And it doesn't do 0-60 in 2 seconds like my speedy motor.
I'm not planning on going far till I get it back.
Which I hope will be soon...

Saturday, 11 May 2013


The other half is away tonight. Watching some old band from the 80's in Sheffield. So I have filled my house with children. What an excellent idea. They can keep me awake till 2am. Then I'll go in and shout a lot. Then they'll think I'm really grumpy and won't want to come ever again.
Happy WideAwakeOver!

Friday, 10 May 2013

builder boy

I ordered new stools for the breakfast bar. 
They arrived in two big boxes.
The little one loves a cardboard box.
He wanted them as soon as he set eyes on them.
I said he could have them if he built the bar stools.
So he did!
Nice one!
Then he put the flipping boxes on his bed and slept in them. What's that all about?

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


My work will be going to New York next week. Sadly, I will not.
In my previous life I used to visit NYC a couple of times a year to look round the shops. I haven't been since the big one was born. And she's 12 now! I am sooo due a visit!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

bank holiday weekend

My weekend was:
A bus + train trip to Ilkley with the sis and the kids.
A picnic in the park freezing our bits off.
A night in the pub with an old friend who moved to New Zealand but came back to visit cos he misses the weather.
Several visits to see my mum.
Afternoon drinks in the sun in Leeds.
Followed by the Vaccines.
Followed by the pub.
A trip to the opticians to get the other half new spex cos he came home from the pub with one eye in and one eye NOT IN?!
A bbq. (Yay the sun came out)
And 3 trips to McDonalds.

And it's only three weeks till the next bank holiday :-)

Friday, 3 May 2013


My stuff in Sainsbury's again....yay!

 My originals...

Thursday, 2 May 2013

back to school

I've signed up for the Lilla Rogers e-course Make Art That Sells.
It starts on June 3rd.
It's a treat to myself cos I spend all my time drawing pictures for everyone else. 
And this means I can draw pictures for me
And colour them in. Yay!
ps...should probs mention that the LillaRogersStudioSchool house isn't as if you didn't already know...but just in's by Suzy Ultman x