Monday, 17 May 2010

Jumping on the bus roll craze, a lottery win and moving closer to a new camera

Please forgive my photo quality - I now have to wack my camera against my hand to make it work!

I am now the proud owner of my very own bus roll - thanks to Mel of Mel's Rose Place

A while ago Mel had a giveaway for a tea towel in the style of an Australian bus roll.  She had one herself in her own home framed in a gorgeous ornate white frame and I just fell in love with it.

I particularly love the interesting place names.

Unfortunately I didn't win but Mel obviously sensed the desperation in my comment and e-mailed me to let me know where to buy one so I did. 

It's been sitting in my house for the last couple of months waiting for me to find the right frame but there aren't many junk shops in these parts so last night I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I (my husband) cut me four strips of wood trim all the same length which was just slightly wider than the tea towel.  I painted them black with acrylic paint and then used varnish to finish them off.  I ran a length of double sided tape along the inside of all four pieces then sandwiched the top and the bottom of the tea towel between two bits of wood (so that I would hang like old school maps do - with a piece of wood across the top and the bottom).

I have walked around the house with this in my hand trying to find the right place to put it.  I confess to making a few nail holes which now have to be filled!  At the moment it's in my study but it may well move.


On Friday I and 34 of my colleagues entered the Euro Millions lottery and were one number short of winning a share of £84 million!  I kid you not.  To win the jackpot you need 5 numbers and 2 stars and we got 4 numbers and 2 stars.  So, you're wondering, am I still a millionaire?!!  No, but I did win a 35th of just over £5,000 so next week will have around £150 to go towards a new camera!  Yay!  And not a moment too soon I hear you all say!! 


  1. Oh Man!!! What luck- hope you enjoy your new camera!!

    Love the bus roll~

  2. I like your style and sense of humor! :)

  3. I love bus rolls, I'm considering doing one myself using many of the interesting names of towns here in Manitoba. One that I like is Pinawa and Neepawa. I think they are Native names. Yours looks great done that way.

  4. Congratulations on your win. I can relate to the wacking the camera to get it to work system. I previously had to do the same, but got a new one for my bday.

    I love your bus roll. And I think you displayed it beautifully.

  5. Congratulations on your lottery win Sam! I was so excited to see what you did with your teatowel! I just bought one in NZ (will post about it soon) and I thought I would use wood like you did to hang it but I wasn't sure how! Thanks for sharing! xx

  6. How cool winning the lottery! It's lovely when it can go towards a new camera :)
    Your bus roll looks great!

  7. Congrats on your lotto win!! I really like the way you've hung your bus roll - looks great x

  8. Sam, I love your bus roll, it looks wonderful! And congrats on your lottery win, I can't wait to see the great new pictures you'll be taking with that new camera!

    Kat :)

  9. Fabulous lottery win, congratulations Sam!! Your bus roll is fabulous too:) Wishing you a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  10. Hi !!!! The bus roll looks great i was so happy to see what you did with it. What a shame about not winnign the big one but i'll take anything these days (reminds me i have a ticket to check - fingers crossed). A new camera is a great idea, Mel xxx

  11. Looks fab Samantha...I too was lucky to win one off Mel..and I still love staring at it each time I walk past it in my living room. Hubby did a great job x

  12. You have a beautiful blog!
    I LOVE your home.
    I am now a happy follower,


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I will read every one and will visit your blog too (be patient with me as I get carried away blog browsing. I appreciate every comment left x