Easy like a Saturday morning

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I love the slow and easy feeling of a Saturday morning. A bit of a lie-in, just a bit mind with a 14 month old! A yummy bowl of warm porridge and the sun streaming through the windows at the front of the house making pretty patterns on the wall.

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A little happy playtime. He actually played with these bricks for the first time, built them rather than destroy them. It was a lovely moment.

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I did a spot of baking yesterday, something for the family for when they come home from school & work. I love any excuse to pop my Cath Kidston apron on!

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I adapted the recipe I have for the lemon drizzle cake. This one’s a chocolate chip cake, the recipe is quite simple.

125g butter
175g caster sugar
2 eggs
175g self raising flour
4 tbsp milk
1 bag milk choc chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter & sugar until fluffy, gradually beat in eggs. Mix in sieved flour then add milk & vanilla extract. Mixture should be soft enough to drop off the spoon. Line a loaf tin, bake at 180* for 40-45 minutes until risen, golden & firm on top. Leave in tin until cooled completely. You should get something that looks a bit like this…

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Needless to say it didn’t last long with my bunch, the little man polished off the last slice this afternoon. I’m so happy he likes my cooking ūüėä

Not enough time on my hands

I have a poorly house here at the moment. Two big kids upstairs & the little man currently napping. Guess it’s just that time of year. I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get stuff done. I REALLY NEED a few more hours in the day, a 27 hour day would be ideal. Wonder if that can be arranged? The never ending daily chores just keep on coming. Dishes, washing, ironing, vacuuming, tidying up after a messy family. Then there’s mopping, polishing, cleaning the bathroom, shopping, cooking, cleaning out the ashes from the fire. And cleaning the oven, urgh I’m dreading that one after a little mishap with a chocolate cake some time ago. All this while doing school runs and looking after a little whirlwind of a 14 month old. We’ve been stuck in the house for a couple of weeks too with him having germs for a while now. No baby bounce & rhyme at the library or tots group for us.
With limited crafting time, crochet is still managing to feature, just a granny square a day if I can. I’ll show you where I’m up to soon with that. Speaking of crochet, I had a parcel in the post this morning….

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New bamboo crochet hooks! Yay! Can’t wait to give these a go. They were of course a bargain, I only do bargains. I also came across these bad boys…

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Pom Pom makers! I haven’t made a Pom-Pom since I was about 8. I know these cool contraptions have been about a few years now but really excited about trying them out. Have a feeling I may get a bit of a Pom-Pom addiction, oh dear.
Right, must crack on with the above mentioned chores. Think I’ll set myself a little challenge to see how many I can get done before the little fella awakes. I’ll leave you with a picture of our lazy dogs snoozing. They do this most of the day, lazy pups!

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A little slice of heaven

This weekend consisted of…..

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A bit of baking, lemon drizzle cake. The family demolished it in less time than it took to make it!

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Presents! My husband brought this gorgeous set of coloured twine home for me. He knows me & my tastes extremely well which makes him an excellent gift giver.

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Of course there was a little bit of hooky happening. It even made it into the bathroom with me while I was bathing the little man.

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Spa day with my lovely friend. This was a Christmas pressie from our husbands. Ooh it was bliss! A few hours of being thoroughly pampered, actually reading a magazine uninterrupted for more than 5 minutes and quite a bit of general nothingness. It was just what was needed. We’re now relaxed & recharged, ready to go again.

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A bit of nail art and stamping too

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All in all it was a really enjoyable weekend. Thanks for stopping by xxx

Hyacinth happiness

I love this time of year when hyacinths are in bloom and filling the air with their heady scent.

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My gorgeous white basket of them has finished now and my potted ones from last year are not quite ready so I thought I’d cheer the place up with a bunch of cut ones. They’re just beautiful aren’t they? I love buying them when they’re still in tight bud and watching them bloom day by day.

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They make me feel happy every time I look at them. Shame they don’t stay around for very long. Oh well, it’ll soon be time for daffodils, then that means spring is not far away!

Happy weekend everyone ūüėÄ xx

Marvel-lous Upcycling

Yesterday afternoon, completely on a whim, I decided to pay a visit to a local furniture recycling centre. I’ve had some absolute bargains from them in the past, you have to be quick though to get the good stuff. I was on the hunt for an ugly bedside cabinet. Sure enough, I found this.

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Not pretty is it? Perfect though for what I wanted and at just ¬£5 you can’t complain.
This is going into one of the kids bedrooms. The one who’s a huge marvel fan. I marvelised these drawers just a few weeks ago.

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I’m giving this sorry, sad cabinet the same treatment. It’s such a simple, cost effective project but such a transformation. The paper was ¬£1.00 I think from Primark and the deco patch glue I already had (as any true crafter should!) I think it’s about ¬£8.00 for this size bottle but lasts for ages.

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After giving all the surfaces a good clean with soapy water, I started cutting the paper to size. I was then set to start sticking. Just apply a layer of the glue to one of the surfaces. You have to be quite careful when putting the paper on as it’s not easy to move once touching the glue so go slow! Fold any overlaps neatly on the corners and glue them down. Repeat until every surface is done, then apply a good coat of the glue over the whole surface. Once dry this gives it a more durable finish and seals it.

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I left this to dry properly overnight. It needs at least a few hours before you can start using it.

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Once my nice, blue glass knobs arrive from eBay to match the other drawers, this will be complete! I love projects that just happen, completely unplanned and really quick results too.

Progress so far….

Progress with crochet is slow but I’m getting there slowly.

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The above is a culmination of a few weeks worth of attempts at it. I am getting there and now the ‘moment of understanding ‘ seems to have struck ( with the granny square anyway) I must keep going.
There is a rather important footy match going on in the other room so I’ve taken refuge in my lovely relaxing dining room with a glass of red, the Apple Mac and some yarn. Of course I have one eye out the window for the impending white stuff…. xxx

Beatlemania

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Last night was date night for my hubby and I. We were lucky enough to go and see The Merseybeatles who are, in our opinion, the best Beatles tribute band around.

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It was all the more special for us as they played at our wedding five years ago.

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As they’re a local band too, we get to see them play fairly regularly. They do a show every January in a gorgeous local theatre called The Gladstone in Port Sunlight. It’s a really lovely venue, perfect for intimate gigs like this one. It’s been preserved beautifully and feels like you’re stepping back in time when you cross through their chunky wooden doors. Even the box office is a quirky little hatch on a huge brick wall with a little bell to ring for attention!

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We’re hoping to see them again soon at The Cavern Club. They are the resident band there, I bet the atmosphere is fab!

Library

We’ve been for our weekly visit to the local library this morning. Baby bounce & rhyme is fab! You even get a free cuppa & biscuit afterwards. I got myself a few books out, I’m determined to learn to crochet, in fact it was the very first thing on my list of resolutions.

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I’m fully armed with information, wool, hook & green tea. The baby’s having his nap, so no excuses! It’s very peaceful sitting here at my table and I get to enjoy the last of my beautiful hyacinths, love love love the smell of these!

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Mini paper bunting

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I’m really just working out how to do this blog thing & upload photos. If you see a photo above then I’m doing it right! If you see a load of gobbledegook then it’s back to the drawing board!

I made this bunting at the weekend, a little project I’ve been wanting to try for ages. Now I’ve done it and love it, I think I’m gonna have to make more and attach it to other picture frames, shelves, mirrors…. Oh the options are endless!!

My first blog post!!

Hello & welcome to my blog! I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite some time now. This new year I made some resolutions & I’m determined to fulfill the majority of them, this blog being one of them.  You’ll soon come to know that I love crafting in many ways, shapes & forms & I’m always starting new projects.  Some don’t make it past the starting point, but most become my new favourite thing! There’s nothing like having a finished article in front of you that you made all by yourself. It fills me with great pride & leaves me eager to go create something else.

I also love up-cycling / re-loving / doing-up old furniture, my house has quite a few pieces now.  It’s great knowing you’ve saved something from landfill and have given it a new lease of life.  It’s also generally cheaper, better quality than the mass produced, modern stuff & is certainly unique.  You’re not going to find anyone else with one like it are you?

I’ll be sharing a few snippets of family life with you too.  My family is such a busy one, there’s 6 of us, all with different interests.  Then there’s 2 dogs, 8 chickens, a guinea pig & a few fish too. Told you it was a busy one!

Right, well I think I’ll leave it there for now.  I’ve just finished my daily mug of green tea (another resolution!) It doesn’t taste that great but I just have to keep thinking of the many benefits of taking it. Need to go do some housework while the baby sleeps peacefully.

Be back soon…x