Hello cosy

I’ve decided to make more effort to decorate the house to reflect the seasons, well the dining room at least. It’s the perfect room as it’s a bit of a blank canvas and has a very relaxed, calm feel about it.

My first idea was to do something with the leaves I collected the other week, here’s my post about it. I wanted the leaves to stay their gorgeous colours for as long as possible so I decided to run them through the laminator and see what happened.


There, not too bad. They stayed like this for a couple of weeks until I decided what my plan was for them. Last week I decided I really must do something with them so I cut around each leaf.


The colours haven’t really changed much since laminating them so I guess it worked.

I went for a walk in the park the other day on the hunt for the perfect branch. The park was very pretty indeed.


It was good to get out of the house and see a bit of nature, we’d had a poorly house for quite a while and we hadn’t ventured out apart from to the shops. It was much needed to lift my spirits. Anyway, with perfect branch (covered in moss which was a bonus) in hand, I was finally able to finish my little project. I punched a hole in the leaves and threaded them onto some string tied to the branch. Ta-Dah!


I’m quite pleased with that. A little bit of outdoors brought indoors and some great Autumn colours too.

The area I wanted to focus on mainly was the fireplace as its the focal point of the room. I bought some artificial leaves from eBay and threaded them onto some yarn to make a garland. I then hung it together with my fairy lights which are a permanent fixture.

I got some lovely looking squashes, the young girl on the till in Aldi said to her colleague “how much are the funky looking pumpkins?” Ha ha!


And from our local wholesalers for all things lovely, I got some other autumnal bits for dressing the room. Some faux hay bales, leaves, acorns and berries.


I love how it’s all come together, it feels very homely and cosy. Along with our new comfy chairs so we can sit (and I can crochet) by the roaring fire.


I feel like we’re the old couple from the movie ‘Up’ with his and hers chairs!

I’d also planned on doing some crochet decorations but it just hasn’t happened.  I made about 5 little leaves which look rather pathetic on their own.  I might make a nice wreath ready for next autumn, who knows?

This year was my first ever time carving pumpkins, I can’t believe I’ve never done it till now. I got a bit carried away and got 6 but I think they look great all together. The kids helped with these and thoroughly enjoyed getting their craft on.


Although they look good outside, I am rather worried they might go walkies so indoors is where they’ll live.


Once the log fire and a few candles are lit, it’s super cosy. Add some gentle music, a mug of tea and some nibbles and there you have a perfect evening right before you.


It also fits in well with a concept I’m very interested in called Hygge. It’s a Danish word with no direct translation but it basically means, cosyness. I’ve asked for a book on Hygge for my upcoming birthday so I’ll maybe do a post all about it sometime. But for now, this is my Autumn set-up, and it shall stay this way until December when Christmas will come and sprinkle festive cheer around.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

Vicki xxx

No sew bunting 

Do you remember last year when I posted about our Pantry? Well the blind needed cutting down to size and the strip I cut off was too big to just chuck so I kept it with the intention of doing something with it. Waste not want not. Well I finally got round to it. It was the perfect size for a bit of bunting to cheer up the pantry.

I measured and marked out in 6 inch triangles then cut them with nans good old pinking shears.


I then punched holes in the top two corners and threaded through some bakers twine.


It’s great material to work with as it’s nice and thick and sturdy and doesn’t fray. I had to go out and buy some of those super sticky hooks to attach the bunting to the wall, but overall it’s been an extremely cost effective project. And it does what I wanted it to, just adds a little fun to the pantry.

National upcycling day

Hello! I bet you didn’t know that it’s the second ever National Upcycling Day coming up this Friday 24th June did you? Or that it even existed? I only came across it last year. It was started by Gumtree I believe, with the help of the upcycling king himself, Max McMurdo. If you haven’t heard of him, you may well know his face. He’s appeared on various TV programs including one of my fave’s, Kirsties Fill Your House For Free and George Clarkes amazing spaces. What this man can do with a load of old junk is just incredible. Up Cycling, reloving, repurposing, doing up old stuff, whatever you want to call it, it’s everywhere these days and I for one, love it. I think my first ever project was probably an old chunky pine chest of drawers that once belonged to my grandad. He used to use it for keeping all his tools in when I was a little girl, then it got passed to my mum who used it in the cellar for storage. Then I got hold of it and gave it some TLC. I lovingly sanded it and waxed it and used it in my bedroom. Over the years it ended up back with my mum and due to downsizing it’s sadly left the family. In more recent years, I’ve acquired lots of pieces which I’ve renovated. Here’s a few pics of previous projects. As it was pre-blog I didn’t take many photos, especially the before and during ones.

This was a standard lamp I bought at auction a few years ago. I painted the stand in a grey eggshell, then with my mums help, covered the old shade with new fabric, trimming and my favourite purple dangly beads. It’s not a great photo.

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This piano stool was another auction buy, I think I paid about £5 for it.

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I stripped the old paint off.

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Then repainted it and covered it in new fabric with more dangly beads!

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This chair was waiting to be loved for so many years. There were originally four chairs which me and my hubby bought from a market in Kent before we got married. They lived under the carport for a while then moved house with us 3 times until I finally got round to starting them. On closer inspection, three of them were just too badly eaten by woodworm and beyond repair which was a huge shame. I’d always hoped they’d end up around my dining table. Anyway, one survived, so I cleaned, sanded and repainted it. I gave it a couple of coats of wax, then got my father in law to cut a piece of mdf to size to fit the chair base.

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I bought some foam, covered it in wadding then covered it in fabric. Ta-dah!

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And here it lives in our bathroom. I’d always wanted a chair in the bathroom.

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This dresser used to live in a garden centre for displaying merchandise. When they were selling it off we snapped it up. It was a dark wood, and didn’t really go with the look I wanted for the dining room. It was a big job but I sanded, primed and painted it all up.

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The bottom cupboards were open and looked a bit messy so I made these little curtains and also the bunting for the top. Since then, I’ve lined the back of each of the top spaces with Cath Kidston wallpaper which looks lovely.

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This dressing table was about to be taken to the tip. I couldn’t let that happen now could I?

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Ever since I was a little girl I’d imagined brushing my hair and putting on my makeup sitting at a beautiful dressing table. Space had always been tight before but in this house we’re lucky to have a good sized room. It took many coats of Laura Ashley eggshell, but eventually it was finished. I especially like the big round mirror.


I love this picture of my friends little girl sitting up at it, so cute. 

This chair was just £3 at auction and was crying out for a makeover.
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I painted it pale blue.

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Then I decided to make it unique and deco patch the seat. I was really pleased with the result.

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I’ve done various other bits of furniture too but there’s no photos of those. 

The three elements that attract me to upcycling are

a) I love that it’s so unique, nobody else has one the same.

b) Knowing that you’ve given a perfectly good piece of furniture a new lease of life and saved it from landfill.

c) That it’s so cost effective, you know how much I love a bargain.

What makes it even better is all the paint I’ve used for all of these projects is also recycled. We have an amazing place locally called Recipro. It used to be called RePaint but joined forces a couple of years ago with Recipro to bring a whole collection of building materials and paint under one roof that have all been donated either by companies or individuals. Most of the paint has been used, so they’re marked up with how much paint is left, usually at least half a tin but it’s all perfectly good to use. They charge just £1.20 per litre, how good is that? There are all kinds of paint and all different brands. I’ve bought Farrow & Ball and Laura Ashley stuff many times. Obviously you can’t pick and choose your exact shades like you can in the diy stores but that’s the only downside. Also you have to make sure you have enough to finish the job otherwise you might not be able to get your hands on any more. 

My most recent project is these 2 cute chairs.


They were rescued by my father in law from an old school and used by my hubby and his brother when they were kids. They’ve been in their garage ever since and now they’re ours to love and care for. My hubby took the boards off the backs as we think they look better without them. As Jude’s room and his playhouse in the garden are both pale blue and I conveniently had a tin of pale blue eggshell, that’s what I did.


But I wasn’t content just leaving them plain.  I decided to grab some masking tape and some white paint and cover them in random stripes.


About 7 coats later (!!!) it was time to peel off the tape. Oops!


I must invest in some low tack tape! I carried on peeling off all the tape and though it wasn’t quite what I’d envisaged, I decided to touch up the very worst bits and embrace the whole distressed/shabby chic look.


After a good wax, here they are.

And in their respective homes..

I have had this chair on my to do list for about 3 years, if not more.


It lives on our landing and needs some attention. I’m not quite sure if my talents are at this level yet. I’d love to be able to do this myself and it needs to be a proper statement piece but I’ve not been inspired by anything yet. I’ll be sure to let you know when the time comes.

Now, if upcycling is your kinda thing, then why not use Friday #nationalupcyclingday as the perfect excuse to get creative and give something you already own a new reason for living?

The Big Spring Clean

  
I’ve been in spring cleaning mode for a good few weeks now. When the urge takes me I just have to go with it, it’s completely out of my control. It doesn’t have to be Spring either, it can hit anytime of the year. Although I usually despise the never ending task of housework, there’s something very satisfying about having everything in its proper place and glistening clean. I think almost every room in the house has had some kind of clear out or re-organise.

The white goods have been thoroughly gone over, filters cleaned etc. Grubby handprints washed off the walls, vacuum cleaner serviced. Even the car got a clean! I’ve had a good clear out of toys and am trying to sell what I can. The kids bedrooms are getting a much needed deep clean. I think there’s been about six black sacks so far, a car full to the charity shop and a trip to the tip. And there’s still much more to do yet. It’s going to look great by the time I’ve finished, I do hope they appreciate it.

The dogs haven’t escaped my spring cleaning fever either. They’ve been groomed to within an inch of their lives. I stopped just short of putting ribbons in their hair!

With this big Spring clean underway, I thought I’d share with you some helpful cleaning tips that I’ve found invaluable along the way. Just incase you get the urge too!

Clean the microwave

Microwave half a lemon on high for 2 minutes to loosen food splashes with citrusy steam. Wipe dirt away with a damp cloth. Wash the glass turntable in hot soapy water and wipe down inside too, not forgetting the ceiling of the microwave. Clean the outside with hot soapy water including the buttons and buff dry with a clean tea towel.

Make the sink shine

Fill the kettle and pop it on. Wipe around sides and base of sink with a wet sponge. Put half a cup of bicarb down the plughole, followed by half a cup of white vinegar to clear the drain. Sprinkle wet sink with Vim scouring powder and leave to work. Pop a teabag in a mug & pour on the boiling water. Use the remaining water to rinse off the Vim, making sure you sponge around the sides to remove any stubborn marks. Give the taps a good wipe too then buff it all to a shine with a clean tea towel. Replace dishcloths with clean ones then sit and drink your cuppa while admiring your lovely clean sink!

Freshen your carpets

Make your own carpet freshener by mixing bicarb of soda with a few drops of fragrance oil or essential oil of your choice. Leave it overnight to dry then sprinkle over your carpet about ten minutes before you vacuum to leave them smelling fresh and clean.

Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite..

Give your bed a thorough clean to enjoy a good nights sleep.  Strip all your sheets and mattress protector and machine wash at 40 degrees. Wash pillows and duvet too if they’re machine washable.  If not, get them dry cleaned. Your local launderette usually have larger machines if they don’t fit. Using the upholstery attachment on your hoover, give your mattress a really good vacuum, getting into all the indented areas where dusts collects. Flip the mattress to ensure it gets even wear then spray with a fabric freshener and leave to air for the rest of the day. Wipe all around the bed frame with a damp cloth.  Don’t forget to vacuum under the bed too as lots of dust gathers there. Put fresh sheets on before bedtime and have sweet dreams.

Cut down on your ironing

I’m very lucky to have the perfect room for doing laundry.  Most of my washing gets dried on the victorian airer. Where possible, I hang everything on coat hangers so that most of the creases fall out while they’re drying. This also works the same for the washing line outside.

Dust and cobwebs

Quite often I notice a load of cobwebs have appeared on the ceiling. Use the extension of the vacuum cleaner to get up in the corners and get rid. After that, use the brush attachment to go around the skirting boards and collect the dust.  Using a damp cloth and hot soapy water, wipe the skirting. If you have old, decorative skirting boards like me, you might need to use a brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Mirrors and glass

I’ve always found the shop-bought glass cleaners end up leaving smears. The best solution for this is to use a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle. I use either paper towels or a microfibre cloth to wipe clean. This is also great for giving bathroom tiles a really good clean and sparkle.

Don’t be a couch potato

Give your sofas a good clean regularly to keep them looking their best.  They do get a lot of use in our house. Remove all scatter cushions and any loose seat or back cushions.  Collect any money, toys, food or general yukiness. Using the upholstery attachment, vacuum thoroughly including the arms.  Do the seat cushions too. Ours is a leather sofa so I use a leather clean and feed spray with a soft cloth. If yours is a fabric one, spot clean any marks with a sponge and a fabric shampoo. Where possible, switch the cushions around so they get even use. Plump up the scatter cushions and put any washable covers in the washing machine for a freshen up. On fabric sofas, spritz with a fabric freshener.

My go to reference for household tips is this booklet. Some of the tips above are inspired from here but I’ve altered them to suit me.

   

 It came with my ideal home magazine a couple of years ago and it’s great for all kinds of practical advice for the home.

Well, I hope you’re inspired now to go forth and clean and get your homes spic & span and ship shape & Bristol fashion!

Don’t forget your pinnies & headscarves in true 1950’s style!

Bye for now… xxx

This and that

This last week has been made up of all sorts really, here are a few highlights…


Date night with the hubby. We went to see the very talented Postmodern Jukebox. If you’ve never heard of them, please do give a listen to some of their stuff. It’s amazing. They take a modern song and give it a retro/vintage/bluesy/jazzy twist. It was a fantastic show, full of energy.


Over the weekend, I was a bit poorly and craved comfort food. It all went a bit Mary Berry in my kitchen, I did her Parmesan crusted chicken for dinner which was delicious, followed by blueberry muffins.


These weren’t so good, sorry Mary but I won’t be trying these again. I will be giving her carrot cake a go though this week. Yum!

I treated myself to a bunch of the prettiest tulips I think I’ve ever seen. Don’t they look perfect on my dining room mantle? Especially sitting in their jar with a woolly jar hugger.


I’ve been doing a bit more painting with the chalk paint too.


These are to go with an order from a friend for these painted Kilner jars. I really enjoy doing these. I’m looking forward to trying out some new colours too.

The weather here has been a real treat, blue skies, sunshine and a mild enough temperature to get out in the garden. My hubby has been very busy out there getting it tidied up from the winter. My contribution in the garden is not much, but I am a bit of a perfectionist with a broom. It looks so much better when it’s had a ‘vicki’ sweep! It’s quite a workout too as we have Astro turf and when the chickens have been out trashing the joint, half the flower beds end up on the grass.


This is Baby J’s first proper year for playing out in the garden, and he loves it. Last year we built him this beach hut playhouse and I just know he’s going to get so much use out of it this year.


I have a feeling that these next few months are going to be filled with lots of fun, outdoor play and plenty of warm fresh air. I can’t wait!!

Painted Kilner jars

Some time ago while browsing through Pinterest, I stumbled upon a photo of mason jars painted in pretty colours. They looked so gorgeous. And of course my immediate thought was, ooh! I could do that! These ideas often take a while to come to fruition, but I finally got round to it. Helped by the fact my friend wanted me to do some for her new kitchen.

I did my research into chalk paints and found these gorgeous natural powder pigments that you mix at home to make up small quantities of chalk paint. 

After doing some sample tester jars and agreeing colours, I set to with the first of many coats.

  
After many, many coats and a bit of sanding in between, I ended up with these…

   
I do think they look lovely as they are but the plan was to slightly distress them.

 
As these are for a kitchen and will need wiping occasionally, they really needed to be sealed. I used some Annie Sloan wax to just protect them a bit.

  
So here’s the completed jars..

  
I’m really happy with the result and I showed my friend today who said she loves them too, hurrah! These ones are going to be used for tea, coffee & sugar but you could also use them for storing pasta or rice. Actually you could store anything in them, buttons, ribbons, colouring pencils, or it would also make a really pretty vase. Think I’m going to have to make some more soon for selling 😊

Thanks for stopping by xx

The Pantry

We are extremely lucky to have a really handy utility room on the end of our house.  We always call it The Pantry though as it’s where The Pamper Pantry used to call home. If you’ve just clicked on that link and found yourself reading my previous blog post called ‘Pamper Pantry Reminiscing’ then I’m a clever girl as I’ve been trying to work out how to do that for ages! If not, then it’s back to the drawing board for me.  I’m certainly not the most techno savvy of people and need all the help I can get.

It used to be painted Passion Pink which was a perfect palette for the Pamper Pantry.  But since I closed that down, I decided it should be a much calmer, pale blue. We decided some time ago that we really needed an extra loo in our house. One upstairs bathroom in a large four bedroom house with six people in really wasn’t enough. There were always queues for the loo and knocks on the door just as you’d settled into a nice warm bubble bath. The only place we could squeeze an extra loo in was the pantry.  It was do-able but not that easy.

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These pictures were taken while our kitchen was being done back in June so we’d been using this as a makeshift kitchen. It’s such a useful space as it houses our washing machine & tumble dryer.  Our rubbish bin is also in here as Amber our bullmastiff would eat the contents if it were in the kitchen! The boiler is in here too which makes it super warm and toastie.  But the best thing about this room is this…

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An old victorian clothes airer. It has one wooden rod missing which one day I hope to replace but it is THE best thing for drying laundry. It’s right above a boiling hot radiator so when the heating is on, the warm air rises right up to the airer. It’s in constant use as you can imagine with a family of six, I wish I had another of these, I’d be sorted then!

So, when the builders were here doing our kitchen, we got them to make a start on the new loo area.

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They boxed it all in, the plumber laid all new waste pipes and fitted the loo.  It has made a HUGE difference to us having this. So much more practical.  The builder was meant to be ordering some new worktop as the above was just a temporary solution. He said he’d be back early August.

We waited,                                                                                                                     And waited,                                                                                                                          And waited a bit more…..                                                                                                Then chased him up….                                                                                                     On about 3 separate occasions….

Eventually we gave up.  We finally managed to source some worktop ourselves and had to go begging cap in hand to my father-in-law to fit it for us. He did an absolutely amazing job. I don’t think it was the easiest of tasks at all but it’s really transformed the room. He also replaced a pane of glass with a frosted pane for privacy.

I touched up the walls with paint, my hubby put up a new light ( which has made it the lightest, brightest room in the house) and put up a new blind. I also made a little curtain with some matching fabric from IKEA to hide all the chicken and dog feed stored behind it. I was really happy with my little bit of sewing here, I actually did quite a decent job. So here’s the finished result.


  
  
  

I took this panoramic picture to try and give you an idea of the overall room. It’s not easy taking photos of little rooms!


There’s a lovely lot of worktop space for folding and sorting laundry. The handy cupboards store all our medicines, shoe cleaning kit, spare batteries and light bulbs. Also in the corner is our rubbish bin, recycling, vacuum cleaner and mop. All the things that are a pain to store. It’s so warm and toastie in there I find myself lingering in there longer than I need to. I think I’ve succeeded in making practical pretty. Although I have a couple of ideas to make it even prettier, but that’ll have to wait a while. There’s far too much else I must do first.

Thanks for stopping by to read me witter on, it means a lot 😊
 

 

 

Christmas crazy 

I love Christmas. No, I mean I REALLY love Christmas. Just call me Mrs. Christmas. It’s probably my favourite time of the year. I love the build-up to it anyway. I’m extremely predictable when it comes to how I feel about it. The month leading up to the big day is brilliant, the actual day is good, quite hard work and a bit of an anti climax if I’m honest, then by Boxing Day I’m so over Christmas and just want to start taking the decorations down, get the chocolates eaten and the house returned to normal. Every year I’ve been the same, without fail. I do tend to wait till New Year’s Day normally to take the tree down but not a day longer. It’s always such a good feeling getting the house straight again and having a good spring clean. It feels much bigger too doesn’t it?

This year though, my mind turned to thoughts of Christmas much earlier, before we went on holiday in fact. I really don’t know what’s come over me. It’s like one of Father Christmas’s elves sneaked down and spiked my drink with festive cheer ! I’m not complaining, I’m loving feeling all festive, but I think I’m alone in my thoughts. I don’t care though, I shall carry on spreading merriness wherever I go and everyone else can catch me up when they’re good and ready.

I’m almost done with the Christmas gift buying.  Just a few to go. I’ve sent big son up into the loft to dig out all the decorations. I’ve made a start on dressing the hall, I don’t usually do a great deal out there but I have big plans for it this year, watch this space….

  
There, a little hint of what I have in mind. That’s all you’re getting for now!

One thing about the lead up to the big day is movies. I just love Christmas movies, so much. We’re getting quite a collection now..

  
Now I believe Christmas movies have their own categories within. You’ve got your old classics like White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn. Your RomCom/Chick Flick ones such as Love Actually (probably my all time favourite), The Holiday. There’s the brilliant TV specials, Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family, The Vicar of Dibley & Only Fools. The kids magical ones, The Snowman, Polar Express and many more. Then there’s the likes of Elf, Santa Clause the Movie, Scrooge, The Grinch, all great movies even though they’re watched every year. You also have the ones that aren’t actually Christmas films, but you still associate them with it. The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Gremlins, Home Alone. There are of course far too many to mention. I’m making it my mission this year to get through them all. That’s never happened so far. I’m thinking if I plan well in advance it can be done. Now wether my family will be joining me in my festive mission is another matter. If not, it’ll be a one woman affair upstairs in my bedroom. With chocolate. And wine. And crochet. I have no problem with that. 

The Christmas cd’s are out of the cupboard, ready to be blasted out. Including the new Kylie Christmas cd my hubby insisted I have! We’re also planning a little party for a few of the neighbours and friends. It took me ages but I made a few invites for those not on social media.

   
    
 
It was nice to get my stamps out again, I’ll have to do more in the new year.

I think this weekend will be spent indoors as the weather is meant to be really bad. Our village has had to cancel its annual Christmas lights celebrations as the forecast is so bad. It’s a shame as I was really looking forward to it. Oh well, I shall immerse myself in Christmas magazines instead, not forgetting my trusty Kirstie’s Christmas Crafts bible.

 

And of course I’ll be continuing with my crochet project…

 
Have a fabulous festive weekend folks 

Vicki xxx 

Big boys bedroom 

We’ve made a few changes in Baby J’s bedroom, what with him officially becoming a toddler and everything. He has the littlest room in the house but it’s such a lovely, light room. It was always screaming out to be a gorgeous nursery. It has a nautical theme which I love (obviously as I chose it!) but I do hope he does too. 

  
The first thing we had to do was turn his cot into a toddler bed. I thought it would be really difficult coping with the change but he seems to be dealing with it very well. We put the bed guard on so he doesn’t roll out in his sleep. So far so good. 

  
This is his changing table/chest of drawers. It’s perfect for our needs especially with the handy shelf above to store all the essentials. The mirror was an auction buy a few years back, I think it looks rather like a porthole on a ship. The bunting I made before he was born. I still have some extra fabric left over, I must find something to make with it.

  
  
Here’s the mod podge project I did a blog post about a while back. I must do some more mod podging soon, it was great fun.

  
A few accessories to add that nautical feel!!

   
    
 
  
I had this idea a while ago of making a type of sail to hang across the ceiling. I imagined it with glow in the dark stars and moons shining through. When my mum visited last month, we were shopping for fabric and I finally found the perfect material for the sail. It needed to be really light, almost like parachute fabric. 

  
After cutting out and hemming, I had to thread cord along the two lengths.

  
Whatever you do, don’t lose it half way through..

  
I bought a load of glow in the dark stars, moons & planets from Amazon.

  
Once I finally got the sail up and the stars and moons sprinkled out, I must say, I was a little disappointed. You know how you get an image in your mind of how something will look, but it just doesn’t quite match up? It’s okay, just not exactly what I imagined it would be.

   
   
Overall, I love his little nautical room to bits. I hope it will do him for the next few years until he decides he wants something more grown up.

V xxx

Guilty crochet 

I don’t expect I’m alone in this. Please tell me it’s not just me. Does anyone else feel oh so guilty, taking a bit of precious time out during the day to crochet, craft or create? I do, lots, which means I hardly ever do it. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to craft for a living? That’s not easy these days. As my job is to stay home and look after the house and children, it really is 24/7. There is no 9 to 5, shift patterns or days off. I’m on duty permanently. There’s always plenty of jobs needing to be done, and once they’re done, it’s time to start all over again. On a normal day, I get roughly 2 hours while baby J naps, in which to do things I can’t do with him around. Things like ironing, cleaning the chickens out, doing dishes and general cleaning and tidying, which there is always heaps of with a big house full of 6 humans, 2 dogs & 11 chickens.

Today, I decided I really, really wanted to do some crochet. Everything else could just wait an hour. I set myself up in the dining room, put some classical music on and made a cup of green tea.

  
I’ve been excited to start this project, it’s been sitting on top of my bookcase in it’s pretty pink bag for about 6 weeks or more.

I was quite happy with the start I’d made in my little bit of stolen time.

   
 
I’m justifying today’s lack of housework as this project is sadly not for me. It’s going to be a present for my lovely nan for Christmas. 

Yes, I said the ‘C’ word.

Christmas.

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas!

Yes, I’ve started thinking about it already.

Only 3 pay days to go you know!!