Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Sixteen years

Today my husband and I have been married for 16 years.

We met when we were 18 and began going out when we were 19.

We've been together over 24 years and are still really happy (although the blokes I work with think he deserves a medal of the highest honour for putting up with me for so long!).

We exchanged cards tonight.

We went to different shops in different towns on different days ... and gave each other the same card!
What are the chances of that?
We are so meant for each other :)


Monday, 25 October 2010

Too busy to blog

Every year about this time I get that 'wading through treacle' feeling.
I've got five fairs and sales booked and am busy every spare second making stuff to sell.  I've also done quite a few wholesale orders for shops and a website wanting to sell my stuff.  I'm mentally and physically washed out!  For the last month I've crafted both Saturday and Sunday and then back to work on Monday wishing I had a few more days off to relax (knowing that really if I did have a few days off I wouldn't relax!).

My housework has built up and until my mother came up and did all my ironing last week you couldn't see my spare bed.  I'm in such a mess that I've been spending a lot of time procrastinating as I have so much to do I literally do not know where to start.


It's getting dark here around 5.30pm and when the nights start drawing in it makes me want to nest more and make my home more comfy and cosy.

On top of making stuff to sell I have a few jobs around the house that I've been meaning to tackle for ages.  In my spare/guest bedroom I didn't have any curtains as such - what I did have was a pair of really long Ikea tab top curtains that my sister lent me which I folded over and hung over the pole then tied with ribbon towards the bottom!

Yesterday I made some simple unlined white curtain panels with some cotton my brother sent me from Egypt months ago.  I like the window in this room as it's low and wide and from one side overlooks the forest so simple curtains were all I wanted.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out and even more pleased that one job is off my 'to do' list.


Another job I've made a start on is painting our bedroom furniture at last.  So far I've only done one bedside cabinet and will hopefully finish the other this week as I've got a couple of days off to get ready for our street Halloween party.

The photo above is the before and the one below is the after.

The thing that spurred me on to paint these cabinets was that I bought some new bedding at Home Sense and I didn't want to use it until I was happy with how my bedroom looks.

The bedding is the same as in the two photo's below and I can't wait to use it.  Am I the only one who gets really excited to have new bedding but don't actually want to use as I don't want to mess it up?!

I'm always up til gone midnight and I'm sure that if I had a beautiful bedroom I would want to spend more time in there.  The bedrooms below are all so utterly gorgeous that I think I would find it hard to leave the room!

Perfectly gorgeous beachy colours - Jane Coslick 

Perfect room - stunning bed, rich floors and love the panelling - Rare and Beautiful Treaures blog.


The Pottery Barn shelf on the wall above this bed is high on my list of wants - if Pottery Barn were willing to ship to the UK I would pay anything for this.  Sadly they won't so I intend to try and make a few based on this style in various sizes.

more panelling.

Gorgeous warm and welcoming colours - this room looks so comfy and welcoming - Sarah Richardson.

What a beautiful colour on the walls plus I love the fact that such soft and feminine colours have been used with the big black iron bed - we have a similar bed and I'd love to change it but seeing this room makes me in less of a hurry to change it!

I can't remember where a lot of these photos came from - if I've used one of yours please let me know and I'll add a photo credit straight away.


I'm a bit more up to date and ready for the sales now so am looking forward to catching up on reading everyones blogs. 

 Thanks for all your comments - I'll be catching up with you all over the next few days.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Autumn/Halloween Mantel

Tonight I decided to take everything off my mantel piece and dress it more for Autumn and ready for Halloween.

I made a blackboard for my kitchen a while ago and wrote Autumnal and Halloweeny sayings on it then propped it up against the mirror.

I framed a little picture which was created by Shelley from House of Smith's.  I e-mailed her about it after I saw it on her blog and she was kind enough to send me the image so I could print it off and use it myself.  This is sitting next to a black glittered skull.

Some big old pine cones which I have had for years and a leaf which I found on holiday in Canada a few years ago and kept in a magazine.  And finally some French yoghurt pots I picked up on holiday in France this year  - the yoghurt was disgusting but I liked the jars!

I plan on doing a bit more - making a burlap banner to hang underneath the mantel, a skull on the fireplace, some pumpkins and a crow or two if I can find any!

I've got shelves to do in the dining room and the kitchen too!

This is going to be so much fun!


Linking this up to Crazy Cute at betweenuandme
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Monday, 4 October 2010

How many things can you do with a witch?

Last year my sister and I went to buy some pumpkins and they were being sold in really cool cardboard boxes with a picture of a witch and bats on the side.  I asked if I could have one of the boxes when it was empty but the staff member emptied the box and gave it to me there and then. 

If you look closely you can just make out my mother-in-law peeping from the side of the box (only kidding - don't shout at me!).

I opened up a sheet of laminate plastic so that the inside bit lay flat on top of the witch (tip: the inside is a bit textured so is really good to make a stencil from as it doesn't slip around) and traced around the witch.  I then cut my stencil.

I then used textured card and printed out the words "I'll get you my pretty..." using Blackadder font and then positioned the stencil on top and painted through (another good reason for using laminate sheets is that they are seethrough and you can see where you are painting).

I had had some frames made to fit something else and had a few left so painted them black and then distressed them with some dark wax.

I made one for me and one for my etsy shop.

I also made some burlap Halloween pillows yesterday and Witchypoo was put to good use again.
These are also available to buy from my etsy shop.

In the UK we decorate for Halloween on October 31st and take it down the next day.  It seems such a waste.  I've been so inspired by so many of you who decorate for Halloween the minute October comes around that I'm going to risk being ridiculed by my fellow Brits and am going to start decorating my house this week.  Obviously some things like the skeleton who sits on our downstairs look will have to wait until the 31st but I'm going to make a start!