Still on that boat…

Strawberry blonde in a dizzy world!

A Laurence Llewelyn Bowen wannabe?


It’s been another tough week. I’ve come off some more medication, not only has this worsened the vertigo, my head has felt like it’s about to explode off of my shoulders. I’ve been using every remedy under the sun to help (my lovely Aunt bought half of Boots!), making my expressionless forehead a little more interesting.


I’m starting some new medication and I’ve got to hope this is the one that fixes things – how many times have I been here before?

I have been having fun trying to find furniture for my new pad as I should get the keys next week. I have found a great charity shop where I have picked up some real finds from the ‘bargain corner’ and up cycled them. Here is a pretty grim chest which I sanded down:


I then painted it:


I put wax on the places that would naturally have more wear and tear and then repainted it cream. I then sanded down the waxed areas exposing the colour beneath:


I found some old draw liners in the same charity shop and pasted them down to give it some much needed girlyness and added some nice new brass knobs and voila:


I’m very pleased. It may be more shabby than chic but I’m happy – the money went to a local hospice, I recycled so I’m saving the planet (every little helps!) and I had a fun project to keep me busy. It doesn’t cost a lot if you get creative with your tools 😉


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6 Comments to

“A Laurence Llewelyn Bowen wannabe?”

  1. Avatar February 4th, 2014 at 11:38 pm Emma Says:

    That looks impressive Sues, some people make a fortune doing that. Perhaps a new business venture? Xx

  2. Avatar February 5th, 2014 at 4:43 am Alice Says:

    Love it! Very impressed 🙂

  3. Avatar February 5th, 2014 at 7:31 am Snowy Says:

    I’m impressed – I can see your furniture weekly magazine coming in very useful here?!

  4. Avatar February 5th, 2014 at 7:46 am Marcus Says:

    Love the chest of drawers Sues! I did that to a stand alone mirror last year and although it took an age (it had lots if fiddly bits to paint) it looks in great and very fashionable darling. New business venture to pay for the new pad?

  5. Avatar February 5th, 2014 at 2:25 pm Jo Says:

    Why don’t you try selling them! I really like this! Jo x

  6. Avatar February 6th, 2014 at 1:26 pm Susan Cartwright Says:

    Cheers for all the encouragement guys! I really enjoyed doing it so maybe that could be an option for me…I may even invest in a paintbrush 😉

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Was – independent, intelligent (with plenty of dizzy moments), successful, busy, funny (depending on how much Prosecco I and the people around me had!), quite stressed out but overall happy, without even realising how lucky I was.

Now  – ? just a mess really! I was diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV) eight years ago when my life changed dramatically. It’s a variant of migraine that means I feel dizzy and tired nearly all of the time. If I try and do anything ‘normal’ this sparks of vertigo which gradually gets worse and worse until I pass out unless I lie down for hours, sometimes days. What this means is I spend 90% of my time in bed in a quiet dark room. Normal activities like shopping, walking, going anywhere bright or busy, the cinema even visiting friends who have patterned wallpaper or a gravel drive is a nightmare!

I’m continually trying new medications, all of them with quite nasty side effects (worsening of vertigo, weight loss, hair loss and sense of humour loss to name but a few) to try and find the magic one that will work for me. Fingers crossed the one I’m on now will work, time will tell.

A good friend set up this website so I could become a ginger whinger. No I’m kidding, so people can understand what I’m going through and maybe it would help me to have a bit of a rant. I have quite a dark sense of humour, I think that’s the only reason I haven’t gone completely bonkers! I clearly don’t have the most exciting of lives but I live in a small village with some entertaining characters and I’m always having blond moments (I blame the meds but I’ve always been a bit dappy!). Who knows I may even get better, and I can assure you life will be filled with amazing adventures then!

Scrap that! After zillions of Consultants all saying that they know what’s wrong with me and that they can get me better. Endless drugs and procedures I was finally Diagnosed with Chronic Lyme which was great – until I find out that nobody in the UK has a clue how to treat it. That complicates things some what 😉