The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

The world of pretty apps.

I have discovered a whole new world and I'm probably the last one to do it!

Since my new free phone a few things have come together and I have found that my phone can be much prettier, much more useful, much more "Bluebirds" and I'm so thrilled with it!

Years ago I had a cute little flip phone I adored. It was kind of like a cute little robot. It had personality.  I loved that phone.  We have no landline not seeing the point of paying for another phone. So my iphone is it for me. Having a brand new one you get to choose a new cover etc as they cunningly make each phone a different size. You have rows of ugly covers to choose from. Last time eventually I found a nice cover in Forever New. 

The very next day my favourite Blog Brocantehome was about phones. I had a sudden lesson I really needed! Very timely.

The phone itself is good. Good camera, love that , it's so much better. But really they are functional and ugly. And with us all the time and our link to everyone!

In my revolution I discovered apps. Yes I knew about them but they seemed functional and also ugly so I never really went any further. Oh dear. This was a mistake! 

I have always adored the way Laine classed the modern things that help us and work for us like our crock pot, bread maker, washing machine, dishwasher etc as our handmaidens. She said to get up and get all your handmaidens working! I just loved that. It is true and helped me so much. Well I just took on a whole heap of new handmaidens. This is what it amounts to.

First of all getting a new cover. Shops like Forever New have actual pretty covers. Etsy has an amazing selection, you need to know the specific type of phone. I chose this one...

as my first preference.  Or this one....

There are so many to choose form you need to narrow it down. So search your model and type and add pink, flowers or whatever you would like and narrow it to a few hundred! 

NOW.... there are apps so your screen is not ugly either. My excitement just went through the roof. And even I could do it. I really am not much good at these things but it was easy. So now my icons on the front and screen look like this...

Don't laugh... I chose this pink and little cakes. This is an app called Pink Home Screen Designer. But there are a million to choose from. Whatever it is you would like you can have.

THEN texts do't have to be ugly either. Who knew this? Why didn't anyone tell me?!
They can look like this...

Or this...

Or this...

Plus several dozen others that include ones for guys, birthday, thank you, Christmas etc. and they are all gorgeous. It is called Cartolina and it is $3.50. You just go to the app store icon on your phone and search Cartolina purchase and you're done. It is so easy to use. I sent one straight to Helen. She replied in a minute and said "How did you do this!??" as she loved it!

Another frontier revolutionised!

Next I started on things that are both cute and useful So I have a pink calculator which was free. Much nicer!

Tomorrow I will go into apps I am loving. I have tested out a few. I am adoring the one that sends you to sleep. I have trouble sleeping sometimes and it truly works and is another free one. I LOVE it. There are glorious to do lists, challenges, motivational, organisational and inspirational ones! 

I cannot believe I have been missing out on all this. It really is a whole new and lovely world of handmaidens and happiness. Whatever area you would like help in there is an app for you. I am amazed. 

We had a huge amount of rain last night. Things re truly soaked. This is so good, the garden was so dry. 

Lucy has had a day surgery and I was so worried. One of my not sleeping moments. She is out of it and has gone well. I am very thankful. That is enough for me


  1. My sweetie bought me an iPhone cover that is clear plastic. Yeah, I can do whatever I want to it, and of course you know Mod Podge will be involved!


    P.S. Share the links of the blogs you highlight in your posts. Would love to share your joy! :o)

    1. Hi Kelley I am thinking custom made and personalised phone covers a fabulous idea. I hope you post the results. mmm now I'm thinking of all the possibilities! The lovely blog is Brocante Home which is I just love her. From her I found out about Cartolina which has revolutionised my texts into the world of pretty! xxx

  2. Hi Annabel.......thanks for adding 'name' to the profile list so I can reply :)

    I think I am the last person on earth to still have a basic, cheap old Nokia that just rings people and sends texts. Now I'm lusting for a 'posh' one so I can pretty it up. Sigh. Will my frugal ways stop me doing it??

    1. Hello Mary! I am so glad to see you!
      I am wondering if you are on a plan with your phone? If so they will give you a totally free new phone after 2 years, usually. Plus there is no effort to it, they transfer your contact list etc for you. So if you can do it for free then go for it! The second way to do it for free is if you have young family/relatives/friends.... (by young I mean teens and twenties...) you can bet they update their phones often. They have pretty new phones they have upgraded and "old" ones are discarded often. Seriously this can be a way to get a fab new phone and it is how my daughters got their phones. My Mum upgrades every two years and one of my daughters gets the two year old "new" phone. They love it! Hope this helps! xxx

  3. Thank you for the great ideas! I will be checking out the things you have mentioned.
    Getting your blog is like getting a gift in the inbox...blessings on you and your home.

    xoxo Marybeth

    1. Thank you Marybeth! I like my phone so much now. Every time I look at it, it's so pretty!Thank you for your lovely comment. xxx


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