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

Monday, 1 September 2014

Yipppeeee its September

Good bye August, you were fun ... but yiiiiiiiiiipppppppppppppppppppppppppeeeeeeeeee its September.

I love this month, and this month is even better, as I celebrate my 23 years and 324 month birthday (don't bother reaching for the calculator, yes its my 50th) lol.  

So here is my round up of August

A lot of time spent with good friends, some baking, and some scrapping too, and of course time spent at the little house. Also, a visit to the dentist for me, a hospital appointment for Simon, and back on the de-cluttering band wagon, in a BIG way .. All in all, not a bad month.

But onwards and upwards, and all things September. Other than my birthday (ssooooooo excited), we're also having a little party to celebrate with friends. I also don't feel bad about starting my Christmas planning from now - but one of the most exciting things, is we're off on holiday.  Its been over 6 years since our last trip, and we can't wait.  So please excuse my lack of blog reading this week, but I'll be back on track soon.

Before I go, I want to share this little book I'm using this month to celebrate all the fun things; I can just keep it close by and jot down all the memories of this month. I think it will be a fun extra in my project life album.

Ok, back to packing .... I think I've got way too many dresses on the bed, ready to go in the suitcase ... better do a re-think. Or maybe just remove some of Simon's things.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Me on a Monday

Well actually, yesterday to be fair.

Today's photo of me wouldn't be a happy one for sure. I've just got back from the dentist ... so have a numb and lopsided face.  The problem is, I'm not good at the dentist (touch wood), I hardly ever have to have anything done, but when its done its a drama!  So the root work I'm having done at the moment has to be done in stages (again, only because I'm a total girl at the dentist and freak out).

Anyway, my photo is from yesterday, when I tried out the cooker at the little house for the first time with baking.  Going to take me a while I think, I'm not used to having a neff oven, and only one oven at that. Got to get my head around it either heating at the top, or the bottom, or something else it does, which is very fancy. Either way, I'm not complaining, I do love it, and I always feel like I'm in the Bake off, as its the oven they have on the show, where the door slides inside on itself .... so cool :)

Enjoy your week dear friends, and I think I'm going to make myself a coffee now, and go and sit up in my craft room for a little while.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Postcard Love

How does she do it? .... Tell me? How does the lovely Sian come up with such great ideas? (wouldn't you just like to get inside her head and borrow some of that creativity lol)

I was lucky to get into the latest brain wave of sending and receiving postcards. I know a few weren't so lucky and missed out, so I'm counting my blessings on this one.

Well here they are; my lovely postcards from the Its a Pile of Postcards Exchange (I giggle every time I see the hash tag on instagram)
I love them all, and yes, they're going into my project life album for sure ... with they're own spread. What fun it was to receive them, and even one sent from the lovely Ruth, while she was actually on holiday! 

Thank you again Sian, for such a fun idea. I'm hoping to try and find all those that sent them to me, and make sure I read their blogs, and thank them.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Goodbye July

What a busy month July was, one of real lows and happy highs, and when I look back it all seemed to happen so quickly.

It started with the 3 year anniversary of losing Mum, a lot of sewing was done this month ... from the little house being a building site, to us moving back in. Simon's Mum spent a weekend with us in Epsom, we also attended the Farnborough Air Show; lots of furniture up-cycling and our 26th wedding anniversary ... yup, July you were full speed ahead. Please August, be just a tad slower.

Have a great week friends.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Me on Monday

The last few Monday's have been a tad stressful, but that's all over now, and the workmen have left the building!

So here I am ... Me on this Monday :) in my GORGEOUS kitchen in the little house, which I love to bits, so its been sooooo worth it.
This week is all about sorting and organising, and unpacking of boxes ... and I love it.  It's also our 26th wedding Anniversary. Can't believe our party was a year ago already.

I will share more photos soon. Have a great