Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Inspire Mini Mini Album - Over View!!

Hey everyone so I’ve been working on a “inspire” mini mini album as a gift and a thank you present to a friend as part of a RAK I’m building up for her.  I’m super super excited about how it turned out and you can see the video and pictures below!! :)

Ok ok, so after my wonderful creative spree of around 12 hours over 2 days...  I was left with a "mess" now I'm not sure if I look at this and think "I created something wonderful" or "Oh shit I've got to clean that up!" ... lol however 12 hours worth of mess only took 15 minutes to clean up!!  Doing the math, I'd say it turns out that "I created something wonderful" is a much better outlook for the following images;

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As said, tidy time!!

Inspire Mini Mini Album

 Imogen xX

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Lovely Craft RAK from scrappyjak1 (Jackie)

Video by me and I am YouTube user missimoinsane

Please make sure you check out Jackie @ scrappyjak1

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Home Made Clip-It-Up (UK Edition) by me

Some people call this the “poor girls clip-it-up system”, however, I like to call it the “creative girls clip-it-up system”.   But under £25 is much better than over £125!!

Ok…  So I thought I’d take step by step pictures of this simply because a couple of my crafting girls asked me about it and I tried to explain and such but I decided a blog tutorial with pictures would be a much more sufficient way of explaining myself and perhaps even helping someone else.

------------------------------------- WHAT IS A CLIP-IT-UP? -------------------------------------
Before we get started; those of you who do not know what I am talking about when I say “clip-it-up” it’s essentially a rotating system of which you can hang various items upon.  Such as packets of embellishments or papers using clips to hang the item upon a rotating rack – simple.

However, these racks seem most common in America and for those who don’t know I live in the UK.  So first comes the excessive over expensive cost of a clip-it-up and then second (for me) comes the expenses of importing.  There for like some other girls out there I have decided to embark on making my own.

------------------------------------- YOU WILL NEED -------------------------------------
The basics of this are super simple and super easy and for this project you will need:

1.       A threaded rod found in most good DIY shops such as B&Q ~ A threaded rod is just as it describes.  It is imply a steel rod with thread running from top to bottom.  You can buy this in a variety of widths although the lengths seem so be standard.  I got mine in 10mm for £2.98

2.       For my base I used a circular wooden chopping board in a decent size. I got mine in The Range for £2.99

3.       Also at The Range I picked up a pack of 6 drawer nobs including screws for £2.49 ~ Although you can use anything apx one inch deep to create feet underneath the clip-it-up (yes you need to have feet unless you sink your hexnut into the wood but you’d need a thicker piece of wood and it’s just easier to buy feet!!)

4.       You will also need washers and hexnuts in the size of your threaded rod and the amount to secure the spindles. 
a.       I got 8 hexnuts (Pack of 10, 10mm hexnuts £1.90 B&Q)
b.      I got 3 large square washers, only needed if you have large spindle holes!! (Pack of 4 for £4.99 B&Q)
c.       I got 8 standard washers (Pack of 10, 10mm washers £2.80 B&Q)

5.       As for the spindles, charity shop or other 2nd hand shop where you can pick up some lampshades be them drum or paper or standard etc lampshades with metal rings.  You want to strip them back to the metal rings and use alcohol or nail varnish remover with acetone to remove any glue or imperfections on the rings.  ~ I was lucky because I just moved into a house with a bunch of lampshades I didn’t want.  But you can pick these up cheap enough.

6.       Some form of clips, in my case I am going to be using mini pegs and paper clips.  But alternatives would be drape clips (dragon snaps) or actual clip-it-up clips or bulldog clips or fathom your own method for this part.  I bought 100 black pegs on Ebay for just under £3 and a box of paper clips from Poundland (£1) for I think its 200 (not sure).

7.       Paint, Paper, Ribbon, Gems or any other decorating supplies to decorate the base.
-You will also need a drill. A drill bit the size of your threaded rod.  A drill bit to insert the feet (if like mine).  A ruler.  A pencil.  …and generally other construction tools you think you might need!!

------------------------------------- CONSTRUCTION -------------------------------------
So from here the construction is simple.  In truth it took me a lot longer to decorate it than the rest of it took to put together.
Using a ruler and pencil work out where the center of your base is and mark with a X.  Then work out where you wish the feet to sit and mark them with an X (note you can use 3+ feet for this I opted to use 4).

With a drill, the right bits and of course safety gear:  drill the appropriate holes.

Check to make sure the threaded rod fits the hole; it may need a little twist and push!  Then remove the rod and apply the feet, making sure they’re secure and sturdy so your top heavy stand won’t topple over and kill a small child!!

Now decorate the base.  I chose to paint the top (and sides) with black acrylic paint which I had in my craft stash but bought for £1 from Poundland.  I also used some of my left over wallpaper in my craft room and created an 8” circle for the center of my board and carefully poked the hole in the center once glued on to the base (using a craft knife).  I then added extra glue and homemade glimmer mist..

While that was drying I took the time to strip down the lampshades/lightshades to give me my spools.  I then de-glued them and made some modified cardboard circles due to the holes of the shades being too big for my threaded rod and then attached the cardboard circles to the spool frame and large square washers.

Once my base was done and dry I threaded the threaded rod through the base.  From the bottom up the threaded rod you want to create (for a 3 tier) A hexnut, the base, a washer, a hexnut.  Further up you want to add a hexnut, a washer, a spool, a washer, a hexnut (some people double up their hexnuts just for stability).  Repeat up the rod.  Then you should have a completed stand awaiting your choice of clips and what you’re going to hang from them.

So once you have constructed your clip-it-up you need to add clips or something to hang your things with.  I chose to use silver coloured paperclips and bend them out and clip them on.  I hope the following pictures can illustrate what I mean better than how I can describe!!

From here I took my box of assorted goodies and started to organise the long ones by colour on the top ring and the smaller ones by content {resin & plastic}, {stickers}, {holiday}, {foam}, {chipboard}, {3D}, {mixed} ... you get the idea.  Although you can organise how ever you wish.

If you are anything like me and have gained some unpackaged stuff then you can always use card bags or other similar baggies and hole punch a hole in the top of it.  

Imogen xX

Time to make apx 5-6hours inc drying time and organising and hanging up all the embellishments and such.   But you have a rough idea.  I had to use the stupidly large washers due to the size of the holes in the lampshades where they attach to the light fitment.

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Paper Flower Tutorial Video


So I also did a paper flower tutorial on how I make paper flowers like these...  infact the 3rd one is the one from the tutorial!!  Please scroll down to my video for my take on these flowers!!  I will also include the original insperation by the wonderful Tracy!!

Ok so here's my video on my take of these paper flowers and I am YouTube user  and here's my video tutorial :

Ok so as I mentioned in the video about Tracy's video I thought I'd link her YouTube user name here at the bottom of my blog entry along with the video by her that inspired me.  So the following video is by  :

Thank you for looking!! 

Also don't forget to check out my other YouTube videos along with Tracey's other YouTube videos and subscribe to us if you haven't already!! :D I also just want to thank Tracey for all her inspiration, she really is a treasure!! 

Imogen xX

2 Videos in Trimmer & Haul

So a series of videos I wanted to get up and done.  However I didn't do the craft room tour today but we've got plenty time!!


Video 1 by me and I am YouTube user ; this video is a haul of stuff I got over the past 2-3 days!!

Video 2 by me and I am YouTube user ; this video was meant to be a comparison review however it became more of a comedy show >_< so many fails on my part.  But enjoy all the same!!

I will upload more in another blog entry soon.

Thank you for watching
Imogen xX

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Dodgy Kitchen Electrics

18th August 2012

So had to have the kitchen reviewed for saftey reasons and the mess the builder made due to an electrical issues. Today we found that the builder has very hazzardus fitted the electrics in the kitchen. I can't even begin to tell you the upset nor think about what could of happened... My Grandad use to be an electrician before he retired and so he's done what he can in the kitchen including rewiring 80% of the kitchen as there was no earth wires and what earth wires there were were not attached correctly if at all. - What a mess. Took about 9 hours solid work for him with me and Joshua helping best we could!! *stress* ...  Also check out that wonderful tile work!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Made My Own Bo Bunny Gabrielle Papers!!

Hey so I've been on a mission to find papers that will match the bo bunny gabrielle paper line as I don't want to use the whole 6x6 pad in my project and have multiple repeated papers!!  So I decided to use photoshop and created some 12x12 papers of my own by fully creating my own or photo manipulating the bo bunny gabrielle papers.  These are not for sale and are only to be used by myself and there for I am not breaking any copyright law as I am also not claiming these designs to be 100% my own.

Here is a sample picture of the ones I have made thus far!! :D

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Using photoshop CS5, bo bunny gabrielle papers and some of my own designs and free digital stamps that I've had forever. 

Imogen xX

Monday, 13 August 2012

Personal Updates 13th Aug 2012

So thought I would do a blog based on that I haven’t for a number of days. 

Re things with my builder haven’t changed.  I’m really cross as everyone kept passing the book onto Trading Standards who have closed the book, told me it’s nothing to do with me now and that’s that no action taken.  Although a lady did ring me this morning but I missed the call {she was from Trading Standards} and I have spent the rest of my day reaching her answering machine.  – Not sure what that’s about.

Re I have also been sick, I am over the cupboard falling on my head concussion thing now…  like headaches and such have gone.  But I’ve been ill with a variety of different illness’s one minute is flue then a cold then an ear infection then a chest infection and a whole plater of other random illness’s which haven’t lasted more than a couple of hours each but that have been constant for maybe say 6 days?  Anyways today I’m feeling loads better and all this medical stuff has been put down to stress and upset – boo.  But I’m surviving.

So that’s pretty much me and pretty much IT.  For what’s going on with me.  Except for the best part which is on the 10th of this month {10th August 2012} myself and my wonderful partner celebrated 2 years of being together which was wonderful and aside from me being ill we had a wonderful day.  Super wonderful day actually. 

Anyway, hopefully get back to my life soon and get over the whole audial and get the kitchen fixed up and be more forward in the whole process of everything.  We’ll see.

Imogen xX

Update:  Just recieved this email from regarding the Bo Bunny Gabrielle 6x6 paper pad I bought like 3 weeks ago and they said they had to order it for me, I'm not happy:

Hiya, I’ve now had deliveries from both the UK and US distributors but unfortunately they have stopped supplying that pad.  But I have found that Bo Bunny are not out of stock thankfully and do still sell it (it’s just the distributor has ‘retired’ it.) so I’m just getting a big enough order together to allow me to do a trade order directly with Bo Bunny themselves, at least then we know we’ll get it!  So apologies for the delay but I’ll get it out to you as soon as I can.

In the meantime, happy crafting
- Janice

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Condensed Cowboy Builders Work July 9th - Aug 5th

Work carried out in July 2012 by Cowboy Builders.

Today is 4th December 2012.  I have decided that due to the upset with the cowboy builders that I would condense the 13+ blog entries into one long entry and instead of 200+ pictures I’d make them into a slideshow video.  The work I had done by the builders of who said they were a qualified team turned out to be nothing but two con men.  A number of people have been involved such as trading standards, the police and others however there’s a ‘catch’ in that builders can’t be done for the work they carry out unlike gas men, electricians or anyone with a specific job title other than “builder”. 

Here’s the copied blog content, video at the end.

Day 1: 9th July 2012
Builders arrived at just gone 9am and made a start on removing the bulk of the old kitchen revealing strange wall d├ęcor and uneven flooring however they worked through to 3.23pm and they left the property in a clean state.  Super happy how it’s all coming together so quick and the kitchen looks massive can’t wait for them to make a start on removing the chimney breast – Imogen (and Joshua).

Builders Day 2: 10th July 2012
Removing Chimney Breast: The Builders worked from 9am through to 2pm none stop. Then they went home saying they'll finish this tomorrow which was a little disappointing and between choking on dust and goodness knows what else I feel that the rest of the chimney should be out tomorrow and it’s all looking very good :D :D Us2 x

Builders Day 3: 11th July 2012
Builders worked 9 – 4 today which was good and they got a bit done if not the rest of the chimney like I had expected.  Builders are not coming tomorrow due to taking Thursdays off and the Gas pipe that needed to be resolved. The rest of the chimney is not yet out as a result of this but Eric has started plastering the wall and supported the ceiling with bracers.  I’m not too happy about the bracers as they look like they’re already buckling however I’m hoping this is a temporary fix until the RSJ is installed.  Also YEY our new kitchen has been delivered :D :D

Gas Man: 12th July 2012
The Gas man came today which was lucky as we had a gas leak we didn't know about. THANK YOU BRTITISH GAS! So that's fixed although our boiler is f'cked. So have to look into getting a combi ... - Kind of happy that the gasman only cost £40 however I thought it was included in the builders work *shrug* meh.  Anyways can sleep safe tonight with no heating or hot water - joy!!  Lol xoxox Us 2

Builders Day 4, 14th July 2012
Had that box on the wall removed and moved old pipes out. Took the wall back (removing plaster etc) to brick and inserted new pipes into the wall. Additional £120, but looks nicer in my opinion although wasn’t expecting the additional cost or probably wouldn’t have had it done lol.  Once their 100% sure there's no leaks or water issues with the pipes they'll plaster over, plastering them into the wall - hidden, forever! Makes the overall job flush and nicer. (This counts as an additional job). Then you can see the plaster from last week is all but dry in a few spots.  Then removed the rest of the chimney breast and plasterboard and plaster and the ceiling...  it's impressive what they've done over the space of 4 days (apx 25-26 hours’ work!?!)  Paid £700 for chimney breast removal but thus far I'm overly happy let’s see if he can get the rest done in the next 4-8 days like promised heh! :P

17th July 2012: Builders Day 5. 
Eric started installing the electrical stuff, plastering, concreting and such...  (on to development having finished 95% demolition) which is looking good even if he replaced my choice of black lights with flipping chrome.  But he reccons it’ll give a nicer finish lol so what do I know eh… lol.  Not quite sure where he’s got the electrics from but he assures me it’s ok.  *shrug* anyways they worked from 10 – 4 today and I’m excited as it’s starting to come together and very quickly hehe.

Builders Day 6. 19th July 2012.
Builders worked from 10.15 – 2.30 and have now gone. Not quite got as far as they expected today - however the plastering work they have done looks nice :) and they got the rest of the chimney breast out too which is a bonus and they offered to store our kitchen work surfaces in their van which was really nice of Eric to do.  Hopefully get more done tomorrow but really pleased with how it’s coming along and getting all excited about having our new kitchen hehe even if there’s masses of dust in our lovely living room – poo.  Imogen xX

Builders Day 7: 20th July 2012 
Plastering, Lights and some electrics.  They worked 11 – 3 today and they will be back Monday to finish the electrics and plastering and sweep out the room ready for installing the kitchen on Tuesday.  I’m excited about the kitchen on Tuesday however feel disappointed that they’ve not seem to have got THAT much further today!  Should be finished Thursday/Friday so that’s a bonus hehe hehe :D Imogen is a happy bunny!!

Builders Day 8 ~ 23rd July 2012
Start installing kitchen tomorrow!! (after a lil more clean up).  Anyways paid for the electrics £200 as I have his word it's all up working and such lol with the exception of that switch for the extractor fan that needs moving.  Apparently the electric board has to come approve the work once the kitchen is finished which to me seems a lil odd lol…  Also paid for the plastering to be finished £300 and utterly can't wait to start installing the kitchen :P super pleased with what they got done today.  More work and less play makes Imogen a very happy bunny indeed lol heh.  Anyways less of my rambles...  and no I haven't won the lotto lol :P :P

Builders day 9.  24th July 2012.
What a shitty horrible day, they have done nothing but speak to me like I'm an idiotic child who knows nothing.  Eric is so flaming rude!! They spent most of the day doing things their way only to re-do them my way and they didn't move the two switches which was the first task on the list...  Not impressed.  Not impressed at the cabinet under the sink and all the issues and upset with that.  Anyways they're on day off tomorrow and back Thursday so gives me a while to chill and calm down!!  To be honest I don't like it when you have to repeat yourself and/or threaten people just to get what you asked for!!  I spoke to them (ok so I shouted a lil) and told them exactly what they will do and if they have a problem with that then I'll get someone else in to do it. I think they learnt the hard way that you should never walk away from me when I'm talking or talk over me.  However they're going to charge me extra to cut this cabinet (under the sink/window) down so I've got Granddad to come over and do it tomorrow while they're on their day off. Bloody try to charge me for such a fricking simple job!! LOL! ~ I'm feeling a little happier, shocking what yelling at someone and then plotting behind their back can achieve. (Bolshie Cow :P lol) Josh feels bad because he doesn't know what to say because I've organised the kitchen and everything and so he is taking a back seat but standing by me for support. We make a wonderful team!! xX  Hope Thursday will be better than today :(

None Builders but yet constructive day!!  25th July 2012.
25th July 2012. Today the builders are not coming. However... I asked them to cut down the double unit under the sink of which they said it would be a 2 day job (with specialist equipment at their workshop) and it'd be the best part of £300 for them to do the work. So my Granddad came today and did a proper professional job (work bench, jigsaw and a drill) and spot on what I asked for in under 2 hours saving time and money!! ~ Thank you Granddad (happy days)

Builders Day 10:  26th July 2012.
Keep in mind they said they could do the whole job in 7-9 days and here we are on day 10 nowhere near where we wanted to be.  Anyways today we did not get off to the best start.  The first hour they were here they cut one corner off a work unit, had 2 drinks and about 20 fags and stood in the garden chatting to anyone over working, or at least that's how it seemed!  They arrived at 10.30 however it was going on 12 by the time they cracked on and actually did some work my main builder (Eric) called me down to explain to me we're missing a single base unit.  Which completely threw me, I was so happy that we'd resolved the issue without spending any money from yesterday/day before and now here we are.  When I realised what the issue was which caused me so much upset.  On the right they have built 3 single units together not the single and double like it was meant to be.  Which means I did originally order a single for in that corner but it was them putting the double there and cutting into it for the pipes which threw me and resulted in me getting my Grandparents in to cut down the unit which wasn't to be cut.  So now I need to buy yet another single unit anyway due to cutting up the double due to them being total fuck wits and not reading the plan of which I spent time drawing up.  Why do I bother?  So it cost me £44 out of my pocket to set right something that had I not been in so much pain would have realised 2 days ago saving my Grandparents time and money, us time and money and essentially generally just time and money.  To which when I realised this mistake had me in tears - but that has been resolved we bought an additional base unit at £44, lucky for us Wickes had 2 in stock (I was able to reserve one) and our builder drove Josh to go and collect ... and the show goes on. So today the builders have built up the rest of the base units.  Secured the right hand work surfaces.  Cut up the left hand work surfaces.  Oh and cut a diagonal cut out of the right work surface (as I asked). We are at due date yesterday!!  They still have all the cabinets on the left side to level out, still have to attach all the left units to the wall, still have to add the edging strips to all work surface edges, 2 double wall units to build and put up, 2 single wall unites to build and put up, wooden flooring to cut and put down, wash away all tell tail signs of plaster etc outside so they're not treading it into the grooves of the lino after laying down the lino flooring (which needs to be to cut and put down), plinth to cut (inc hole for plinth heater) and install, sink to install (inc hole cut for sink), replumbing (moving pipes) inc buying new plumbing pipes (something else I didn't know I need to buy!) in kitchen to do, moving 3 switches and rewiring electricals, securing work surfaces, tiling all the walls, put a silicone strip around the room, washing down units and windows etc, installing unit shelving and drawers etc, putting up a shelf, adding the new wood around the hatch door, putting new face plates on the kitchen light switches...  have I missed anything??  (Probably) And we've now extended the project to Saturday & Monday (maybe Tuesday) but then as of Wednesday they're off to do a big job in Manchester for a couple of months.  I also have to get my own gas man in to connect up the oven (yet more money).  I have to paint my own kitchen (which we knew but still).  He's decided he doesn't have time to do the door so we're going to have to pay someone else to come do the door on the kitchen and over all this week has been nothing but upset and problems!!  Stress much!??

Builders Day 11.  27th July 2012.
While still unimpressed with them I am impressed at what has actually been done today! 9-3.20 and…
- Units have been levelled out (with scrap wood, which is going to f'up my flooring as planned.
- All base units are now attached to the wall except those under the sink.
- All work surfaces have been attached except the one with the sink.
- The hole for the sink has been cut, the sink has been put in place and the taps have been connected.
- The oven has been put in place and connected (spite they're not gas registered, apparently "if there's a gas leak I'll smell it".)
- Two single wall units and 1of2 double wall units have been built.
- One Double and One single have been installed onto the wall.
- The extractor fan switch has finally been moved and rewired.
- The electric socket at the back of the sink has been removed.
- The electric socket at the side of the sink has been disconnected and the face plate has been put back on.
Still a hell of a lot to do and very little time to do it!!

Builder Day 12.  28th July 2012.
Builder finished at 6, I've spent the last 2 hours cleaning up masses of plaster, brick dust, wood, general dust, dirt etc etc... cleaned the window inside and outside of all units and work surfaces and glass cleaned windows etc etc...  Very impressed with what the builder (on his own) has done today, he did in fair-ness clean up about 60% of the mess and we've finished it off.  Super excited to have water (even if we still don't have hot water or heating at the moment lol) but wasn't expecting the £25 for the plumbing pipes though!!  But that's my choice...  meh.  Anyways really excited as Monday is cutting and laying the wood flooring base, tiling the kitchen and cutting and fitting the lino, oh and put the work surface trim on.  Then the builder is done.  After that it's down to us to paint the kitchen and put everything back in ... not to mention everything outside in the back garden!!  D:  ... but HAPPY TODAY!!

Builders Day 13.  30th July 2012.
Builder was here from 9-5.30 he'll be back tomorrow to do all the grouting of the tiles, cut the wood flooring and lay it, cut and fit the lino, cut and filt the plinth inc plinth cutting for the plinth heater, installing the heater too, cutting and installing the shelf, bringing in the Fridge Freezer, Tumble Dryer and Washing Maching and plumbing the washing machine.  He said on Saturday that he'd have all of this done today and that today would be the last day of project kitchen.  Not happy.  Not impressed.  Really not impressed with the tiles as not of them are flat nor straight and he’s made a real mess but Grandma says it’ll look better once grouted somehow I don’t feel she’s right on this one… and the cheeky bugger has also pissed off with one of my mugs with coffee in it.

Builders Day 14 aka Final Day. 31st July 2012.

To be honest now I feel we’ve just been messed about I’m not particularly happy with the tiles but I guess after a while I won’t see them.  Not too happy about the flooring either but Grandma said to get him paid and get him gone so I’ve done just that.  He says the receipt and warranty will be in the post in the next week.  I've paid the last £800 I'm about 70% happy truth be told as we do have a kitchen and it’s not aertex and yellow!! lol. We have just spent over 4 hours cleaning up excess grout and silicone which was all over the sides. Then cleaned all tiles and sides and mopped the floor. Painting starts soon!!? Doing the painting ourselves but soon as that’s all done we can put stuff back in. Notice how my shelf was forgotten so going to have to do that tomorrow ourselves... pfft. Lol... So long builders!!  Woooooo hello kitchen!  Imogen & Joshua

August 4th 2012.  So yesterday I had an accident as a direct result of the kitchen wall units not being installed properly. Unlucky for us this is not the only thing that wasn’t installed properly including dodgy electrics and who knows what else!
Hey,  So using tape and balancing skills I can kind of see through my scratched and broken glasses enough to write this.  I thought I'd write about what happened yesterday with the 'kitchen incident' and the results of which thus far.  Right there I was minding my own business, the kitchen was "finished" (to a none professional standard but one that 'would do' because it was better than the old one).  Anyway...  after a rest for a few days we decided it was the day for painting (that and we got paid so got some new rollers and brushes etc).  Anyway, I was laying sheeting down on the sides and a triple (single and double) just fell off the wall and smacked me on the head.  Thankfully it was me and not next doors kid; who comes in through our kitchen (at will) and/or that it wasn't full of glasses and crockery especially my new dinner set.  So it simply fell, I wasn't touching it I just happened to hear a noise and next thing I know my glasses are broken on the floor, the kitchen cabinets are smashed on the floor, my head seriously hurt, I felt paint, faint and dizzy and to be honest shacking with shock and felt sick.  To be honest I don't actually remember it happening nor do I remember the first maybe 5 minutes after everything just went dark and blurry.  I tried to calm down and collect myself together since I was home alone at the time as Josh had popped out to get the painting supplies.  So I started out by phoning my Grandparents and explaining what had happened (and they came over), I got a bag of sweet corn out the freezer and a cushion cover for my head and then rang the builder and explained (while shook up in shock etc) what had just happened and he said "I am in Manchester there is nothing I can do, I will phone you at 7 and come over late tonight."  Josh got in soon after and he insisted I went to hospital, which we did and was first to be seen as it was THAT serious.  The Doctor said I am seriously lucky not to have cracked my skull and lucky that I was wearing my glasses or I could have lost an eye not to mention coma, stroke, blood clots etc etc...   Anyway, I got home and rested my Grandparents stayed until 8pm and Joshua looked after me as he always does bless him.  They took it in turns to look after me and do bits around the house.  Joshua took some pictures of the mangled situation in the kitchen.  Anyway unsurprisingly Eric did not phone me at 7 when he said he would, and so from 7.20 I was calling him constantly for over an hour (with no answer)  and additionally that I have been calling you constantly for over an hour since 7.20 with no answer so at 8.42 I wrote him an email ...and threatened that the payment for the issues as mentioned above is to be made by Monday 6th August 2012 morning at 9am.  Also that if he fails to do this then he will be hearing from my solicitor and trading standards. On the grounds of dangerous work, neglect, actual bodily harm to a disabled person not to mention the above costs due to damage to property etc and compensation due to the trauma and harm I have experience.  Additionally today we decided to move the broken cupboards out of the kitchen since we have enough evidence via pictures and there's two wall brackets which just don't exist they're no where to be found in the kitchen they're not attached to the units they're just not in the house.  My Grandparents came back over and cleaned the whole of downstairs along with me and Josh and none of us found these two missing wall mounts and the single cupboard was glued to the double making me think that's why it fell too much weight and no support and the existing wall brackets are everything but straight and even!!

5th August 2012:  Adding insult to injury.
From:    BatleyBuilders (
Sent:    05 August 2012 20:16:46
To:     Imogen Cane (
Dear Imogen,
i don t understand your email and calls. It seems like you don t want to pay for my labour. I would say your grand parents give you money and you want to keep it for yourself. I just want to remind you that all the jobs been checked and the quality was to your satisfaction. Now you are saying you are disappointed. It seems like you had an accident when been doing painting.
Anyway as agreed I’m waiting for my money outstanding balance of £2000 till this Friday then will past to debit collection company.



4th December 2012.
This is where we leave this story after over a month (nearly 2) of trying citizens advice, trading standards, anyone and everyone including the police, watch dog, cowboy builders, my local MP.  Nothing was done.
We discovered not only were the eclectics Eric did dodgy but the whole house needed rewiring which wouldn’t have been such an emergancy if it wasn’t for Eric.
We found out that Eric has no paper work, insurance or generally any form of being ‘true’ to what he claimed to be.
Due to the work surfaces being put up on scrap wood it was too high for the oven which was also on scrap wood!  The gas board has shut off our gas until this is rectified.
As a result of our cowboy builder we’ve had to buy a total new kitchen as the other was too cut up, scratched and incorrectly fitted including parts missing and the screws were old rusty ones which I have no idea where they came from.
We had to get our whole house electrically rewired which meant the whole house replastered which meant all the lovely work on the living room and craft room was for nothing.  It’s now December 4th and we have finally got a working kitchen as of this time last week.  We have a plastered undecorated house which is an utter mess and dust everywhere.  We will work on decorating, unpacking and generally cosmetics of the house however here’s the work been done.
New electrics all through
New boiler, pipes, plumbing, gas fitments and radiators
New kitchen units and worksurfactes
All plaster (including kitchen ceiling and living room ceiling) had to be removed and replaced.

Imogen & Joshua
We cannot recover any cost that we have lost nor claim on any insurance.  Beware of Cowboy Builders and make sure you know your FACTS even if you have to pay more!  Cheaper isn’t always better!!