Monday, 20 October 2014

Little House Makeover

Happy Monday friends.

We spent a lovely weekend at the little house, making it more of our home, and we're certainly getting there.

I thought it might be nice if I start showing you some of the project we've been working on, and the first ... which I'm really proud of is, the old piano.

As some of you know, the house used to belong to Simon's Nan, and when we bought it a few years ago, a lot of the family took what they wanted from it and left what they didn't. Well, the piano was one of those that no body wanted.  To be honest, I was over the moon, as I had plans for it anyway.

So here it is, in all its glory.  I actually painted it before the house renovations started and before it went into storage - that way I didn't have to move it too much (its sooo heavy) and it didn't matter what mess I made with the paint around it.

Its funny, it was one of those projects that I really panicked over. As, although nobody wanted it, it had always been in the family and well, you know what people are like over change. But I'm happy to say, everyone that comes into our home, falls in love with it.  I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and yes, I still have the stool to do and make a new seat cover, but oh I love chalk paint.  I haven't waxed it, as I think over time, I'll need to do more painting over it, and ... uummm, I still may make a few tweaks to it.

I've been upcycling lots of furniture and knick knacks and I will show them all with you. Saying all that, I still have lots to do, but I'm really loving it.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Crop Day

Now, as many of you know, I'm not the most productive at crops! ... well, there is a Starbucks not 3 minutes walk away. So what do you expect from me lol.

But this past Saturday at the crop, well I was a woman on a mission.  I sat next to the lovely Jo, who normally (and yes, she'll moan about this) chats just as much as me. But this Saturday, she had her head down and was working on catching up on her Project Life.  I was also sitting a bit further away from Emma, who normally ALWAYS distracts me lol.  So what's a girl to do (once she's got her Caramel Macchiato) Well, she scraps, that's what.

So here are the 2 layouts I actually completed at the crop. Now, I know to some of you that go to crops and do 5 or 6 a day, it doesn't seem a lot, but for someone that has in the past been known just to paint her nails at a crop, this is a big achievement.

And then, to top it off ... I was feeling super creative. I actually came home and started work on another layout.  Just a few finishing touches to put to that, and I'll share that later.

This first layout came about, when my friend Susan found a photo of us at her 21st, and its about how good a friend she is to me, and then us at her 50th.

This second layout is something I've been meaning to do for ages. I see lots of these grid type layouts on Pinterest, and all using frames. So I printed out our day at a Vintage Car Boot fair at South Bank in small photos and came up with this. 

After all this, I was feeling super creative, so I actually came home and started work on another layout.  Just a few finishing touches to put to that, and I'll share that later.

So, there you have it! .... I do actually scrapbook.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Me on a Monday

I'm joining Sian again, this dull Monday morning, for "Me on a Monday" post.

I've realised that most of my Monday posts are photos of me taken over the weekend, so just while that thought popped into my head, I decided to change that today, and quickly sat back, and took a photo of me in the mirror.  I was actually doing a spot of "Pinterest" viewing on the computer in Simons home office.

This weekend really started the change of weather into Autumn, and shopping in Kingston on Saturday we got rather wet! ...Still, I'm really don't mind the change in season, if it means sitting all cozy in front of the fire. I also got to see my cousins this weekend; took out my winter clothes to start sorting through;  clearing my craft room (again) and a spot of stash sorting for my Daily December album. Well, it is only 80 days till Christmas. :)

So there you have it .... me on a Monday.  Hope everyone has a fun week, I'm off to meet Emma for coffee now.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Goodbye September ... Hello October

Its hard to believe its the 1st of October today, as its beautifully mild here. In fact, as I'm typing this the back door is wide open and its nice and sunny.

But its time to say hello to another month, and goodbye to a fun packed September

It was a month of enjoying the Italian weather, saying hello to a big birthday, partying with friends, joining slimming world, hospital visits and operations, upcycling projects, a burst watermain at the little house, and getting dressed up to party with the Lord Mayor.  So all in all, a busy month.

I wonder what October holds. I'm sure the weather will change soon, but if I'm honest, I do so love the colder weather too .... it means I can get my boots out! and shop for a new pair .... well, you have to, don't you?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Me on a Monday

This Monday is all about getting back into the swing of things again.

Last week Simon had to have some biopsies done, so was a home resting. Which I absolutely love having him at home, but oh I do like it when I can get back into my normal routine too.

So lets see, this weekend was a mixture; Dinner at Mansion House on Friday night. Browsing at lovely vintage wears on Saturday and grass cutting and enjoying the garden, in warm temperatures for this time of the year, on Sunday.

Have a fun week all, and as always, thank you Sian for the lovely idea of Me on a Monday. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


I believe the word everyone is using these days is upcycling, or the other term I've heard is Reloved.

I'm not 100% sure of either, I just know I have a lot of furniture that used to belong to my parents, and I'm giving them a lick of paint for the little house.  With that in mind, here is an old cabinet that used to sit in my parents hall, which was filled with trophies from their days playing sports.

So here is the before shot.  It had seen better days, and sadly the fabric at the back had lots of tears in it.  Also, Mum had lost the keys to the locks many years ago.

And here is the after shots. Sorry the light was not great when I photographed it.  I used the Grand Illusions Vintage Paint, in Earl Grey, and then a wax over the top.  The back has been wallpapered with the paper left over from our bedroom. And of course new keys. 

I'm really pleased with it. I had a moment of panic when I started painting it, but I'm sure Mum and Dad would love it. I'm filling it with glasses and putting it under the stairs at the little house.

I have so many of these upcycling projects on the go ... and I'll share more with you.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Another year older

But I'm not sure I'm the wiser!

I'm back from our travels to Italy, and my BIG birthday celebrations.  The recycling box with all the empty bottles was picked up yesterday from after the party and the weekend, (thank goodness, as I was embarrassed by it lol)  and I'm settling back into the everyday things.

I feel like this could be a post for the month in numbers really .... as I picked up my iPad today and looked for the first time at Feedly. Yup, I've 18 days worth of blog reading to catch up on, so that's my evening and next few days sorted.

I have hundreds and hundreds of photos to sort through from Italy and the party, and I'm determined to send them off to be printed.

The fact that I'm only on week 22 of project life tells me that, I need to venture back into my craft room, which has sadly been neglected of late.

But I'm feeling very happy and positive.  So for now, I'll leave you with a hello from me, and its nice to be back getting into the swing of things. I'll share with you for now, a couple photo from my birthday celebrations - the first was our hotel room on the morning I woke up on my birthday.  Simon had decorated it with banners and balloons, while I slept. (He even organised flowers for me).  He said he was worried I'd wake up while he was doing all this :) ... The other is from the party, just before everyone arrived.

I will share some more holiday and party ones with you at a later date ... but this was just a quick hello post ....  I'm back :) xxxx