Monday, September 15, 2008

Shop open!

Hello! Another re-direction, come and see my new blog here. Merulapie (pronounced meh-roola-pie) is our new online shop - come and visit the shop here.

After lots of preparation the merulapie shop is open and ready for business, take a peek here to find lots of goodies. We stock contemporary homewares, gifts and art - all created by independent designers.

We’re delighted you popped by, so feel free to comment or get in touch at Please come back soon to the new blog for more creative goodness, we’ll be happy to see you!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Moving blog!

After continued problems with uploading photos, dodgy layouts and general annoyance, I have decided to move my blog to Wordpress. I will continue to blog in my usual style - but with wordpress I can even have different pages (whoops with excitement!). It can be found here. If you are wondering why the address is - well, merulapie is my new online shop. It will be opening very soon.....The web address for merulapie is Check out my wordpress blog for updates on the shop progress. Remember to update your rss feeds. I hope to see you on wordpress!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What's in MY Bag?

Well would you like to know? This was started by Alice and followed on by Marceline. I couldn't resist doing this too. I loved all the teen mags that did photoshoots of 'what's in your bag?'. I longed for Evian mist spray and a diary full of important events.....

Here's my bag.
Handbag - from H&M.
Book - won't fit in, but carrying it about. Doing a review on it asap.
Purse - handmade by my husband.
Card wallet - Hello Kitty in a candystyle theme. Carries all my loyalty cards.
4-colour pen - I love this pen. My favourite type of pen.
Halls Soothers - to soothe my sweet voice. (Ha!)
Parma Violet lip balm- comes in a lovely tin and is so yummy.
Dentist appointments - printed out and ready to get these wisdom teeth checked over.
Mobile phone - I heart my phone.
Showpony purse - delightful present from Tracey for my Christmas, a purse made by Emma of Showpony. Beautiful! This holds the following - mini hairbrush, red lipstick, extra chewing gum, hair band, hankies from Marceline's Japan trip.

There you have it - my handbag! Was there any surprises?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Boxing Day (or proof that Whiskers the Cat is truly evil.)

After much cyber-bullying from my fellow bloggers I must apologise and post my Boxing Day blog. I am still considering switching to Wordpress as I find Blogger infuriating. I cannot get the photos to sit properly. I hope to make this transfer soon, but would love some advice on styling etc. Now, onto Boxing Day.....

Wake up early with Lady Pains. Moan and fall back asleep.
11am Force myself to get up and pack up some clothes for taking back to Fife.
Noon Take more painkillers and get on with the day. Shout at Lee to hurry up. Both of us organise all of the presents to take, Lee's fishing gear, guitar and clothes.
1pm Squash all of the above into the Mini.
1.30pm Obsessively switch off electrical items, put heating on timer and hide my laptop. Leave for Fife!
3pm Pick up Lee's little brother Greg from Lochgelly. He is clearly wearing his new Christmas aftershave. He smells good. Squeeze him into the car.
3.15pm Arrive at Lee's parent's house. Feel welcome and happy to get into the warmth. It's good to see everyone; in particular Lee's gran who makes me smile.
3.30pm Dive into present swapping. Get lots of lovely things!
4.30pm Get started on the buffet laid out by Lee's mum. She makes us feel like royalty when we visit and she treated us to lots of yummy food.
5pm. Proof that Whiskers the cat is truly evil. See above photo. I hate this cat so much. He barks miooooowwww and I swear he's going to try and kill me someday.
5pm-onwards....relax with Lee's family, have a couple of pear ciders, pose for photos, eat more food, drink a black Russian (mmmmmmm) and sing a couple of songs on the karaoke. This is ended by Ashley who gets out of bed to complain about our screeching. Boo. I did manage some Stevie Wonder, Elvis and Grease mega-mix before we got booted off.

11.30pm Get taxi back to my parent's house where I feel a bit tipsy but have no-one to talk to -as they are in bed. Boo again.
Overall a lovely day!

I'll be back soon with Saturday's blog......

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wednesday 7th November....A day in the life

Hello. Once again I'm back on the blogging. I must apologise for the delay; I promise married life has not resulted in my being chained to the kitchen sink. Yes, the wedding was amazing and the day was perfect! I won't update you on the last six months just yet, as Claire has requested a 'day in the life' blog to kick-start us lame bloggers back into action. So expect an update on my life in a couple of days time. I promise it will be full of wedding gossip. Now onto the main event - Wednesday 7th November in all it's glory.......

9.10am Wake up to Lee kissing me goodbye. With his usual charm he tells me I am smelly and breezes out the door whistling. I am completely confused and don't know where I am. Still tired from the exciting events of yesterday I force myself to get up and make a cup of cherry tea. (still have 2 boxes of the limited edition nectar left!)

In case you are wondering what exciting events happened the day before, well, my sister gave birth to Josh Alexander in rather dramatic circumstances. Time for a flashback methinks, in the style of Lost.....

Monday 5th November

9.10pm Suzanne phones to tell me she's been feeling strange all day. She thinks her waters are starting to break slowly and feels like 'something is going to happen'. I decide to pack a bag and be ready for a call anytime onwards to go and babysit Eva.

9.30pm Mum phones rather excitedly to discuss said possibilities of childbirth through the night.

10pm I go to the kitchen and bake rather yummy ginger parkin. I am too nervous to watch tv, read or surf the internet. In a crisis - let's bake. How Martha Stewart.

11pm Speak to Lee who is in Brighton for Flash on the Beach conference. He's in bed ready to sleep.

12am Go to bed and start reading the second Harry Potter book.

12.30am Decide to put light out and start pondering potential baby names for Suzanne's baby.

12.50am Ian phones - 'Come quickly, things are happening fast.'

1.10am I arrive at my sister's house to find her at the top of the stairs, bent over and moaning. The contractions are very close. I find myself very distressed but hide it and rub her back. I keep reminding her to breathe.

1.25am Suzanne and Ian leave for hospital, but take 5 minutes to get into car. She has to stop three times going down stairs to have contractions. I can hear her cries echoing up the street. I pace the bedroom and put my jammies on. I go to bed and try to sleep.

2am The phone rings. I think - oh no, they are sending her home! It's Ian, happily telling me Suzanne gave birth to a baby boy at 1.50am. In the disabled toilet in the foyer of the maternity wing! She couldn't make it to triage. Luckily nurses and midwives make it along as just before she gives birth and have towels and blankets to hand. I cry down the phone and feel so relieved.

2.10am Phone Lee -he screams 'It's a boy! It's a boy!' And is confused but happy.

2.15am Phone parents - delighted, relieved and proud to have a wee grandson.

3am After trying to fall asleep, my niece Eva wanders into the room. 'I am lone. Where's my mummy?' She gets into bed and cuddles in tight behind me, promptly falling asleep and making snottery snores in my ear. Needless to say, I barely sleep at all.


Wednesday 9.30am Can't believe I am still tired from the other night. It always takes me a few days to catch up on sleep.

9.45am In bed, watching Notes on a Scandal on my laptop. Watch the first half and find it rather chilling and nasty. Judy Dench is just fantastic. Get up and have a shower.

12.15pm Rush into car and head down to the post office depot to collect a parcel. Am delighted it has arrived and decide to open it later on in the day. I like to savour parcels. Plus I have lots to do.

12.45pm Put on my Cyndi Lauper 'Night to Remember' CD and tidy the house. I aim to get the house ship-shape by the time the CD is finished. Nothing like a power-ballad album to get the chores done.

1pm Find myself singing along and air grabbing to a dramatic song. God, I love that album. No-one has heard of it. It's just fantastic.

1.30pm Make up egg mayonnaise and cress rolls. Eat as fast as I can. Check emails. Feel so tired and decide I need to rest. Otherwise I will be no use to man or beast. Watch the second half of Notes on a Scandal. It was very enjoyable, not half as good as the book. The book is one of the best I've ever read, fantastic character description and such critical observations from the narrator - it chills your heart.

3pm Open parcel. It's art prints I've ordered from USA - I am delighted with them. Update my stock lists. (will explain all this in future blogs)

4pm Find myself falling asleep on the sofa. Potter about the house for a while.....Fiona phones afer work and we discuss the merits of Notes on a Scandal, both the novel and the film.

5pm Go to lie down and sleep as I can't stay awake.

5.45pm Wake up to my alarm confused and don't know who I am or where I am. It takes me a minute to remember my name, or my location.

6pm Finally rouse myself and make dinner. A yummy mince and tomato with some curry powder for a wee kick.

6.15pm Lee arrives home and falls asleep on sofa.

6.45pm I wolf down dinner and watch Lee catch flies. Lucky for him it was yet another free curry day - so all the more food for my dinner.

7pm Rush out the door with a huffy face as Lee has moaned at my lack of speed. I am even more huffy at having to go into the Spar to buy him fags. Bah humbug.

7.20pm Arrive at the hospital for my second visit, and Lee's first, to see baby Josh. He's feeding away quite happily. My sister is glowing and rather happy. We chat, fuss over Josh - at 10lbs he's a big'un, and have a cuddle with him. He's warm and super soft. I love his chubby cheeks and arms. I adore that serious look that newborn babies have. So cute.

8.30pm Leave to go to the pub and watch the second half of the Ranger's game. Go to two pubs before we find one showing it. It is rough and there is only one other woman there. She looks like a diehard football fan. I am unimpressed. I sit and catch up on texts. Feel the urge to shout 'c'mon the Celtic' as we leave the pub, but know that would result in hospitilisation. Must have experienced a mild Tourette's syndrome moment.

9.30pm Go home. Try not to fall asleep on sofa. Watch crap tv, finish knitting a glove and surf the internet. Lee shows me an amazing photographer and tries to explain theories he learnt at Flash on the Beach. Frankly, I am more into watching the latenight repeat of Ugly Betty, but try and remain in his design world. Feel guilty for having done very little work. Remind myself I am tired and I will work tomorrow. Go to bed.

Day ends.

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Monday, May 14, 2007


It feels like a very productive time here at Nivlack towers. We are busily preparing ourselves for the Big Day and I think we have nearly finished all the preparation. I am now very excited. For some reason flicking through bridal magazines makes me feel exhilarated and smug as I compare my dress and accessories to the Perfect Brides in print. My sister-in-law to be Audrey likes to give me regular time updates - 12 weeks, 8 weeks and today - 11 days! Oh my, no longer a Niven, no longer a Nivlack (my newest nickname, thank you Claire!) but a Mrs Black. I cannot wait!

So after a day of errands Lee helped me to prepare my latest goodies. Two prints from one of my favourite artists, The Black Apple put into new frames. I decorated the frames with buttons I received from Alice in the Matchbox Swap organised by Marceline. I am now hanging my favourite jewellery from the buttons. I think they look fab on my Disco wallpaper. (I cannot tell you how much I love my bedroom wallpaper.) Here's the lovely little box that arrived in the post. How cute! It was the BEST post day ever. I took ages just opening each letter/parcel. I had the little matchbox, a parcel from The Black Apple and my allergy test results. I am now cutting out wheat, rye, dairy (including eggs), barley and almonds. And cola nut. Not that I drink cola anyway. It's hard going but my stomach problems have improved dramatically, so long may it last! I am off to begin my latest creative project and will update very soon......

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Monday, April 30, 2007

My hero

I had a visitor last week- my dog Cari was over to stay for the week again. She lives with my parents (and loves their garden to lounge around in) and comes here for her holidays. I think she finds it rather irritating that she can't lie out in my garden. It's not safe enough for her; she has a tendency to roam or run off if a garden is not enclosed. If she wants to enjoy the sunshine she has to be tied to the clothes pole. Not much fun when she gets tangled up in a circle!

Lee and I went to see Gruff Rhys at the Tramway. It's a fantastic venue with beautiful outdoor area - The Hidden Gardens. Here's Lee trying to escape the camera.
We had a wander round outside before the gig started. Of course, I bought some merchandise. My Candylion mug and t-shirt are too nice to wear/drink from. It often takes me days before I wear new clothes; as if I'm in awe of their nice-ness. I don't like to spoil their perfection and yummy new smell. I spent ages trying to decide what t-shirt to buy, thankfully the girl at the stall (I think it was Lisa from 9Bach) was very patient. They even had little Candylion baby-gros! I nearly bought everything in sight.

After the first band Boom Bip played, I really needed a seat. Lo and behold, we turned around to notice a balcony area behind - with comfy seats! So up we headed for some rest and a great view of the other bands. I enjoy being in the throng of the crowd, but I must be practical. I get so tired standing for long periods that it makes sense to perch somewhere. In the end, Gruff was fantastic and he remains my favourite artist of all time. (blushes) A great set and good banter ensured a memorable gig.

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