Saturday, 30 September 2017

Easy Peasy eBay and a Christmas Clearout.

Every year, just about this time, as the nights begin to draw in and people start sharing Countdown to Christmas calendars on social media, I look around the house at the detritus accumulated and despair.

And then I turn to eBay where your trash can be someone else's treasure and the cathartic process of decluttering soothes any qualms I might have about starting Christmas shopping in September. The extra cash comes in handy too.

Since the last time I embarked on this annual ritual, eBay have been hard at working speeding up and simplifying the listing process and the new eBay phone app is just as simple to use. All you have to do is:

SNAP IT - Take photos of your item, you can upload 12 per listing so take them from all angles and  in a good light.

WRITE IT - Add a title, description and details, eBay auto suggests suitable categories for your item even as you type.

PRICE IT - Choose auction or buy it now, eBay suggests how much to charge based on previous sales of similar listings.

POST IT - Choose whether buyers collect or you post, eBay even calculates what the postage should be.

Then sit back and watch the cash roll in.

Selling on eBay with Mumsnet

eBay - where the excitement rises as the bids start coming.

So the great pre-Christmas clearout has begun. I've listed a couple of items already and although one didn't sell first time round, eBay automatically relisted it so I didn't have to do anything at all.

So if anyone wants a nice, furry coat ... know where I am

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Why I'm Voting Labour

Well, why would I not vote for this Labour party?

According to the Labour manifesto, the majority of Labour's policies are policies that I believe in. Their election promises, ones that I want to be kept. I want a political party that works 'For the Many, Not the Few.'

I want to see an end to Tory austerity; to the selling off of the NHS, to the shutting down of local services, the erosion of worker's rights, and what amounts to little more than the persecution of the sick, the poor and the needy in our society.

I don't want 80 ill people dying each week because they've been declared fit for work. I don't want our nurses having to feed their families from food banks. I don't want fracking, and I don't want fox hunting. Then again who would? 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: JW Anderson Curates Disobedient Bodies at The Hepworth, Wakefield.

Disobedient Bodies exhibition The Hepworth Wakefield
An iconic 1980's Jean Paul Gaultier cone dress with, in the background, Henry Moore's Reclining Figure (1936) 

It's taken a while for me to get to The Hepworth's latest exhibition, a collaboration with fashion designer Jonathan Anderson that has been running since March, but finally last week the planets aligned just long enough to give me a free afternoon so I went and spent it looking at 'Disobedient Bodies.'

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Where I Lead, Beyonce Follows

When Beyonce announced she was pregnant with twins last month, she all but broke the internet with an Instagram post posing in her floral, pregnant glory.

She followed the Instagram post up with the results of an entire photo shoot of her pregnant self; in lingerie, underwater, tastefully naked, or with daughter Blue Ivy (the results of which you can see in Time). And that too was glorious.

It made me feel deeply sad that when I was pregnant with my own twins way back in 1995, pregnancy photoshoots weren't a thing like they seem to be now. Unless of course you were Demi Moore, who'd gone naked on the front cover of Vanity Fair 4 years earlier. And that wasn't something that was ever going to be emulated in the depths of West Yorkshire in 1995.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Love Where You Live: Wakefield, A Walk to the City Centre via Instagram

If you love Instagram, and who doesn't, you tend to take a lot of what you hope to be Instagram worthy shots going about your everyday life. Or at least I do, I also take photos of things I would never have considered taking before I discovered Instagram. Hence I have over years managed to amass enough random shots that I can virtually recreate the walk from home to the centre of Wakefield, via the medium of Instagram. And not just down the one route, but down both roads that run parallel with each other and lead to the city centre from home.

Obviously, it would be extraordinarily remiss of me not to share such a journey particularly as it's taken a good three days just to find the photos on my hard drive and so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you my walk into Wakefield, you can hover over photos for a description

All photographs were taken on different times, different days, different seasons, different years, in different weathers, from different directions, and with different angles.

Do not use as a map.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Hepworth Sculpture Prize, A Child's Eye View


The Hepworth, Wakefield, is just a hop, skip, and a ride on the free city bus away from home and it is, and has been since it opened, The Boy and I's go to place if we're at a loose end and want to spend some time together.

The gallery is currently running the first Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, the exhibition is the biggest and most ambitious that  has been mounted in it's five year history and is part of The Hepworth's anniversary celebrations,

Monday, 23 January 2017

Tattoo You: Once More, With Feeling

A couple of years ago my now 21 year old twin daughters got their first tattoos, of the recently deceased family cat (you can read about that here) as it happens.

They were, are, nice tattoos, despite breaking Rule 5 of the Tattoo Rules I drew up when they decided to get them done .....

The Tattoo Rules

Rule 1: No tattoos anywhere that can be seen by other people in everyday, normal life.
Rule 2: No tattoos behind the ears, top of the neck, inner wrist , ring finger, or foot.

Rule 3: No names.

Rule 4: In fact no words at all because spelling.. grammar... bad handwriting. ... SO many things that can go wrong.

Rule 5: No all black tattoos.

Rule 6: Nothing designed by a friend.
Rule 6: Think very, very carefully about what you are choosing to have tattooed into your epidermis for the rest of your life. 

But one tattoo is never enough, apparently. Daughter 1 recently took herself to be inked for a third time and managed to break at least four of the rules all in one go.

Once More, With Feeling Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tattoo

This tattoo can be seen, it's on her ankle, it's black, it's words, and it's in handwriting.

I can't be too dismayed though, because having asked me to write the words down, she took them away and came back with my handwriting forever tattooed in her skin. I think I love it almost as much as I love her.....

....Even if it the words are taken from a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and not the collected works of Shakespeare. *Sighs*

Maybe next time.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Favourite Photos of 2016

My annual photographs seem to come up with much the same subject matter year after year. There'll be shots of the family, but they get increasingly less and less as the children grow older and don't so much pose anymore as run away screaming.

There's usually photos of Whitby, and photos of steam engines, and photos of steam engines in Whitby. There is, very probably, photos of sheep, for no other reason than on days out in the Yorkshire countryside, the least unwelcoming being you'll meet is probably a sheep.*

Nevertheless do not be deterred, here are my favourite photographs of 2016...

Whitby Abbey picture postcard

Monday, 2 January 2017

Saal Digital Photo Book ... A Review

I'm one of those people who take photographs all the time. Of everything and anything, and mostly of other people who shout: 'Oh, mum. Don't.' at me shortly after. I'm also one of those people who never, ever gets their photos printed out, thousands languish on my hard drive unseen for years

Until, that is, Saal Digital came to the rescue with the opportunity to create one of their photo books. Saal Digital is a German company specialising in printing services and they offer a range of photo books in a number of sizes and formats: Landscape or portrait, with soft covers, hardcovers, or luxurious leather bindings. 

There's a choice of glossy or matt pages, lots of colour options for both the cover and pages, you can add your own text, and there's loads of page templates to help you design your photo book. You can even freestyle it your own way using the software's page grids and resizing tools. Either way you can truly individualise each page cherry picking from the templates or not, depending on how you choose each double page spread to look.

The front cover of my Saal Design photo book

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