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 😊
 

 

 

Baby it’s cold outside

Hello! How are you all? Well I don’t know about you but the weather here today has just been dull, wet and freezing cold.

  
Actually it’s pretty much been this way for some time and I hate it. The only thing I like about it is feeling all snug and warm indoors.

These beauties are making me smile though everytime I walk past and get a whiff. I do love hyacinths, they make me believe spring is just around the corner.

  
I’ve been having urges to cook lately too, from scratch. I got a Mary Berry cookbook in the January sales and keep browsing through. The recipes aren’t too fancy, just good, wholesome family meals. I made this tandoori chicken the other night, it was lovely. I even made a little chutney to go with it which I’m definitely doing again. I was rather pleased with myself and the hubby said he enjoyed it too.

  
As for crafty goings on, my friend Jan the sewing machine has been let out of the basement for a bit of air.

  
I had a few repairs to do….

  
One of the cushions I made last year had come apart. I must have sewn it a wee bit close to the edge. It was a 60 second job. Sewing is all about quick results, not like crochet. But I still have my reservations, I think I’m very much daunted by it. My mum’s an expert on the sewing machine, but I’ve never had any confidence with it. I hope to change that this year. I’m leaving the machine out as I have a couple of other jobs that need doing. Watch this space! 

I had a bit of a sort out of my cottons and it turns out I have a little collection of high quality reels. Get me!

  
All hand me downs from my mum! Well, all except the blue on the left. I bought that myself for a particular project..

  
Only trouble is its quite a few shades out.. Think I might be better off using the cream or pink for this one.

  
I’ve also discovered a new place to take the little man on a Monday. A very unique place near us called Port Sunlight (google it, it has tons of history) has a museum and art gallery called Lady Levers. They have a free session for under 5’s every week with loads of toys and crafts, it’s great. I think this will become a regular Monday morning thing. 

  
This afternoon, I decided to light a fire as I was so cold, even with the heating on. It makes things so cosy. And, my baking urges crept in. With the lack of much butter, I found a quick and easy recipe using sunflower oil instead and made some muffins. I have to say they are rather good!

  
Nice and light and fluffy, and a perfect accompaniment to a mug of hot tea.

  
Well that’s about it for now peeps, I have been quite busy crocheting, here’s a little teaser of just one thing I’m working on…

  

but will save that for another day. 

Keep warm, V xxx