The sun is shining and I’m feeling happy…


GypsyI'm having a moment of exquisite happiness, isn't that just a deliciously warm feeling deep within. The reason for this moment of perfect joy is ta da – Gypsy!

I actually woke up feeling lousy. I seem to run on full steam and ask too much from myself, perhaps, possibly, ok definitely on a few, ok most days! So, I had a word with myself, quite a stern one in fact and said "NOTHING must be done today".

I actually said to myself "BED" once I had completed the school run. Funnily enough that did not happen but, Nurofen took the edge off and I have whiled away my day in the most pleasurable way in Gypsy (check out the pictures below). I AM SO HAAAAAPPY, and boy that's nice to say!

But back to the start of the day – a mad 30 mins (foolish, but true! ) to evacuate the house with fed, clean, and Ultrasunned children, off we set to school. 

Dan is away kayaking, each to there own. So I deposited Joe and Maddie with my lovely neighbour and set off on my 20 mile round trip to take Tom to school. Yesterday that trip happened three times… so 60 miles.

It's a killer with petrol, let alone the three hours it takes, but as yesterday was a review meeting about Tom and his progress it was a necessary extra! And do you know to hear that they are so enjoying him, he has loads of friends, everyone loves him and yes, he is absorbing so much was perhaps another reason for the happiness I feel today.

I dressed in my new Ingenue maxi skirt and a little black vest , pearls from Honora with the happy backs (oh how apt!) and I realised I couldn't live without QVC as just this morning I had…

Cleansed me with my Elemis Milk Math, my face with Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm (to be featured in Julia's Customer Favourites show on Saturday at 10pm) applied Ultrasun, then moisturised with StriVectin. I've been so impressed with this ,it's the one with the pink writing on.

The launch of Sarah McNamara's new skin transformer I was testing prior to the launch has enabled those 30 minutes of rushing a smidge easier, technically one doesn't need to moisturise but I did and then a quick application followed by New CID lip gloss, a swish and a swipe of shimmer brick and Smashbox mascara and Daltons bronzer, tangle teezed and clipped up my Elasticized hair and finished with a squish of Liz Earle 100…now breathe some more!

PeonyThe kitchen clean up next, plus dog, cat and chickens breakfast to do. I then had a need to polish my Peony orchid's leaves…as you do! I shall be with Julie on Saturday at 4pm and Sunday too. I never thought I would be a lover of faux, but Peony are superb.

As its drama, swimming and cubs later a speedy tea is needed and to be transported to swimming – don't you just love the chaos of activities.

I've been trying out and really loving the TSV for Friday 14th, a brilliant lightweight soft, collapsible picnic box with an inside that keeps all food chilled, plus it comes with two bags which I've found brilliant for transporting Tom's ingredients for his culinary delights produced weekly at school. 

He's good; obviously has his fathers genes! I've used it loads and we've barely started our summer so a perfect time to buy and let's face it easier storage than the big solid beast I caught my mummy filling up with tasty treats last week!!!
Sachi picnic hamper Mummy filling up her old cool box

Gus has become a one year old big boy this week. I love our walks and I particularly love how he boings through the longer grass, sometimes ssssh in the crop bit, ooooh no we'll be in SUCH trouble. Still when whistled he is back like a shot, shame not quite so obedient still about the sofa and our new outside day bed….caught!!
Gus Gus and Joe lounging on the day bed

Plate rackBut back to Gypsy, I have washed my vintage plates as I finally I have a place to showcase them, in my very own beautifully handcrafted bespoke plate racks.

Mummy's new man is not only responsible for making her super happy and sparkly, adored by Tom, Joe and Maddie (and me! ) he just so happens to be super skilled and he made them for me as a present for my birthday in March.

They are totally beautiful and I have really loved recharging my happy battery and playing in my little extra home! I have been writing this to you on her steps, that was until the iPad decided it was too hot and shut off to cool down! Spoil sport!

As I waited for it to cool down though I had a wander around the garden and thought I would share these few pics with you – a few moments from my day, my 'happy' day!

I really hope you've had a happy day, do share.

With Lots of love
Claire xx

More pictures…
Twinkle enjoying the sun Plate rack Alliums

Sunken trampoline


  1. Gwen Tugwell June 7, 2013 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    So lovely to hear from you, it seems ages and I did write to you
    yesterday asking where you were and then hey presto a blog appears. Gypsy looks wonderful, what a magical way to spend a warm summers day. It is good to know that Tom is doing so well that really is a reason to be happy isn’t it? you must all be thrilled, and I am so pleased that your Mummy is sparkly too.
    Very best wishes to you and your lovely family, thanks for the update and take care.

  2. Joanna Downey June 7, 2013 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Morning Claire, The sun’s shining here too and I’m also feeling happy because it’s Friday and I don’t work on Fridays – my favourite day of the week. Your blog was a goody bag of lovely things and Gypsy’s gorgeous, as I knew she would be when you first told us about her. I’m so very pleased that Tom’s doing well and that he is appreciated by all at his school, it was obviously the right place for him and you must be delighted with his progress. Your “list” of QVC products did make me smile because I’ve said the same thing many times over the last 20 years..! As for the wonderful Ralph’s happy backs I just love them , I wore my luscious black pearls yesterday along with a black and latte shrug from Marble which is my new favourite item from the Q, I have three and they fabulous. It’s a visit to the hairdresser and then a day in the garden for me – blue skies and sunshine at last. Love from Jo x

  3. Mrs V June 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Always look forward to your blogs. So pleased Tom is doing well in his school. Love to you and your family.

  4. Steven June 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire Happy Friday to you. I was off today too and even in Scotland the sun was shining! Great to see a sight of ‘gypsy’ too. Sending all my Love!! Take care and thanks for “blogging” Lovely to see a new blog on your page xxxxxxxxx

  5. karen larter June 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, loved the cobalt blue jeans you were wearing today are they available through QVC?

  6. Leanne Applegate June 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi claire the gypsy van is fab post more photos of it when u have time ur looking great as always love leanne

  7. PAULA JOY WILLIAMS June 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    hi Claire
    Hope you are well seems like every woman doing too much you need time out for yourself to recharge your batteries. Tom’s great and is growing up well hope Joe & Maddie are okay. Jonathan’s being made redundant from Hoover as they’re re~locating to Italy. I’m battling the benefits system which is a nightmare I’ve been turned down for Carers Allowance as Jonathan is only on middle DLA. We’re waiting to see what the new PIP is like.
    We have to keep fighting for disabled rights and improve the next generations lives.Keep up the good work.

  8. June 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Gwen, my apologies for the slowness of my fresh blog. Tom’s birthday, half term, illness…..excuses excuses. Forgive me, but I am soooo grateful you still bother to look, so I will be back super fast in future. With lots of my love to you, Claire xx

  9. June 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jo, hope the hairdressers was an enjoyable Friday. I lolled around in and out Friday too, think I’ve turned a shade of golden! Marble I think I’ve seen Kathy in recently, looks super I haven’t yet presented it. There’s many new lovely things for us all to enjoy isn’t there?
    Just got Dan home…how people manage alone I don’t know, it was tough going solo but he loved his trip…Birthday boy!!!…Have a super week, lots of love xxx

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  11. June 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Wow Steven…sun in Scotland, how lovely..we must appreciate it mustn’t we! Sorry I’m such a slow blogger…i’ll try harder I promise….!!!! actually I did have a knuckle wrap, luckily I was typing away when the email came through, just about saved! Phew..
    Much love C xx

  12. Jo B June 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Claire, it sounds like you had a well deserved day off. It’s so hard when you have a day at home not to do any ‘jobs’ and just relax isn’t it? You always look so lovely and glamorous on screen. I wish there was a blog which listed where you bought you clothes, each time you were on air! I’m always left thinking, ‘I wonder where Claire bought that from?’. Could I please ask where your green silk top was from, which you wore on Saturday? With much love Jo x

  13. martin forbes June 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    how are you aclair ehope you and your family are well.iam now on a 2weeks lazy holiday from work having anice doing nothing holiday

  14. June 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen,
    Thanks, they’re actually Whistles, though maybe Diane Gilman has a blue pair in her coloured jeans range. Go for a smaller size if u do.
    Lots of love ,

  15. June 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Jo, that’s so nice of you to say, thank you. The top on sat( green silk) was from @rositalollipop ( if your on twitter?) If not shout me back as I have her number. I loved it, in fact have put someone else in touch about it too! £30 and it’s SOOO nice to wear. They had coral, pink, turquoise too and she was heading to get more tomorrow.
    Lots of love c x

  16. June 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin,
    I so hope you’re enjoying your relaxing holiday. Good for you I say! With love
    Claire x

  17. June 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Leanne, I’m so glad you liked her!! I need my camera as all other pics I took were too dark on my phone. I’ll enjoy taking more to share ,
    Have a lovely day,
    C x

  18. June 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Paula Joy, that’s too hard. It is such an outrage that the battles have to be fought at all I think. Poor Jonathon with the Hoover move. I hope you conquer and come out victorious my lovely. As u say “keep fighting” … (Tiring though isn’t it?) x

  19. Jo B June 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, thanks so much for your reply regarding Rosita Lollipop. I think I’ve found it on line, so will phone tomorrow. With love x

  20. lasiguanas June 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    please Claire what is that gourgeous green varnish you have been sporting recently???????? stunning!xx

  21. Claire Sutton June 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    HI , it’s one of nails incs new shades..queen victoria st…stunning, loaded with pigment, momentarily was shrek when I took it off, but fine after a second work with remover! Today I’m Nottingham hill gate, fab neon pink x

  22. Sarah Cox June 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Love, love, love your blogs Claire! I’m exhausted just reading about your busy schedule. Lots more pictures of Gypsy please, you’ve decorated her so beautifully! Try to get some rest! Sarah xxx

  23. Claire Sutton June 17, 2013 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Sarah, thank you! I shall deliver more…oh and I had a super chill out Sunday all the family, with loads of friends…21 kiddies altogether!! So a huge Thank you to Vic and Lewe our lovely hosts!! Best day,
    I’ve penned my next blog , so check back soon won’t you,
    lots of love, Claire xx

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