Monday, 27 June 2011

Lily's Mummy is a Gleek!

This weekend Lily and I went to London to see the Glee cast live on tour at the huge O2 arena.

The show was on Sunday so we spent the entire day on Saturday in the Natural History Museum.  Whenever we've been there before the children were much younger so it was basically a look at the dinosaurs and then they had had enough.  Lily is now 9 and hungry for information so we went into every gallery and had a great day.  I think I must have walked about 10 miles inside the museum!

We went to Planet Hollywood for dinner but it's moved to a different location since I last went and I didn't like the new place.  Shame because it used to be in Piccadilly Square and was great inside.

Sunday was really hot and sunny.

Lily was really excited to see Glee.  I obviously censor the programme first - there are many she hasn't see or where I've glossed over things they've said but we both love the songs and the cast's voices are amazing. 

They were just as fantastic live and every song sounded as good as it does on the telly.
We were right by the stage but up in the sky (scarily high) so I had to zoom in to get some good photos.

The whole cast all looked like they were really enjoying themselves.

While some others were singing 'Finn' was sitting down in the background and really dancing away in his chair - it was so cool to see them.

By the time we left we were worn out and ready for bed but our train was diverted so it took us an hour to get across London to Paddington and then another 4 hours to get back home. 

We bought the boys (my husband and my son) a box of a dozen Krispy Kreme donughts but by the time we got home three had mysteriously disappeared!

We got in at Midnight and poor Lily had to get up for Sport's Day at school today.

She came second in the endurance race (long distance) and would have come first in the egg and spoon race had her mother not screamed out "come on Lily" and distracted her so she dropped the egg!  Oops!  I think she was too tired to care.

Today I am shattered and feeling my age!  But yesterday I screamed and sang and danced like a little girl so a little exhaustion and aching feet is a small price to pay.

Hope you all had as much fun and sun this weekend.


Friday, 24 June 2011

Future Laundry Room

For a long time now I have been dreaming of putting a small extension on the back of our house just off the kitchen.

This little extension needs to be mud room, laundry room, bathroom and dog bedroom.

I want it to have a barn door and beadboard panelling just like this.  I even have a chunkier version of the same dog!

I want my husband to make me some of these Ballard Designs drying racks.

A lovely window overlooking the garden, plenty of shelving and counter space plus of course a loo!

And somewhere for the shoes, boots and coats that seem to take over my house.

This dream is a long way off but I've been buying some little bits ready for it..

A Laundry Soap vinyl decal from Shelley at the House of Smiths

an antique french zinc flower pot from this shop on Etsy which I'm using as a laundry soap scoop

And a sign which I used to sell in my shop and would sell out really quickly every time.

In the UK we use the word trousers for pants and for us pants are underwear so the older ladies who used to come in the shop always giggled at this sign.

Although in our house we don't really need this sign as my kids (and my husband) drop their pants wherever they are!


I'm off to London in the morning for the weekend.

I'm taking Lily and one of her friends to see Glee on tour so we are all really excited.

We're going to go to the Natural History Museum tomorrow which I love going to and for tea we are going to Planet Hollywood and then on Sunday we'll be seeing the show.

I'm  sure I'll have lost my voice by the time I get home.

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Map confetti

When I went to London last month I fished out my old A-Z's (which we used to use when we lived in London many years ago) and realised just how out of date they were. 

I have a bit of a thing for maps and didn't want to throw them away so decided to make a ton of heart and dove shaped confetti out of them.

First I cut out four big heart shapes of two different roads we lived on in London, the road where we got married and the road where the hotel we had our wedding reception is.  I've put these aside to put into a frame when I find the right one.

I cut out a load of heart shapes using a heart shaped punch.

I then bought a Martha Stewart dove punch off ebay and waited patiently for it to arrive from America and made a load of these. 

They would look great scattered on a table cloth and I've put a few into some of my Etsy parcels.  I haven't finished yet as it's pretty time consuming as I'm only doing one page at a time otherwise they stick together and you have to pull them apart.

I'm storing them in some lovely jars I bought in France last year and they are sitting on my table in my craft room.  I love them and they were such a simple thing to do.  I may make some out of old music sheets next as they would look great scattered aroung at Christmas.

It seemed a shame to throw the maps away and now I have some free pretty scatters instead!


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Vintage items now in my Etsy shop

When my sister and I were antiquing a while back I picked up a few vintage pieces which I thought would be great to add to my Etsy shop.

I found these chippy white hooks which I love but which don't really have a place in my home - trust me, I've carried them from room to room and they don't really belong anywhere.  I'd love to keep them but the laundry room I've been dreaming of is a long way off (as in years) and that's probably the only place I'd use them.  They are actually gun hooks, which to be honest, initially put me off them a little bit but they could obviously be used to hang many other things from. 

I've listed them for sale in my Etsy shop and will be adding a few more vintage pieces over the next few days.

I've been looking up Flea Markets and Brocantes for me to visit when we go to France in just over 4 weeks so I'm hoping to bring a few vintage French pieces back - some for me and some to sell.

Hope you're all having a great week.


Monday, 6 June 2011

Fantastic Dreamy Whites Giveaway

You have to head over to Dreamy Whites as Maria
is giving away a $250 store credit to buy anything
from her online shop Dreamy Whites Online

This is such an amazing and generous giveaway.

You could choose from lots of beautiful thing such as this antique French flowers crock

or one of her beautiful antique grain sack table runners

There are plenty of other gorgeous things to choose from.

Go check out her shop and enter her giveaway.
Someone has to win - it could be you!

Good luck x

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Salvaged plant pot

A few weeks ago I had to go somewhere which is a 2 hour drive from where I live and passed an antiques centre so naturally stopped to have a mooch.
There were tons of cool things there including loads of antique metal street signs and advertising but the thing that caught my eye was outside. 

It was a big, heavy old off white pot which originally had two 'handles' on the side but one had broken off.  That didn't really bother me as the pot was such a lovely colour and shape.

I bought it for £2 as I thought it would look lovely filled with hydrangeas and the broken side could be turned away or obscured by the flowers.  It looks great in a corner of my dining room on the little round table I gave a makeover to recently.

The sun is shining here in Wales and it looks like we're going to have a glorious weekend.

Hope you have a great weekend wherever you are!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Wooden wall letter

A few months ago I came across a big wooden letter S on Etsy and loved the distressed paint effect.

my inspiration

I e-mailed the seller for shipping costs and they got back to me and by the next day when I went to order it their store had closed down on Etsy so I couldn't order one. 

I managed to find a 30cm letter in the same style on ebay so decided to have a go at replicating this paint effect.
I used to sell painted wooden letters in my shop but the distressing I did was much more basic.
I would paint the letters and then sand back random areas around the edge and apply a dark oak wax to the exposed areas and rub it in all over the letter to seal it and age the paint a little.
The paint effect on this letter is a much more heavily distressed look.
It took a few attempts  for me to get it right.

I also wanted it with a little more white paint showing than in my inspiration photo.
Firstly I stained the letter in a dark wood stain but it came out quite orange and I didn't like the look. 
I then painted the letter in a dark umber acrylic paint and gave it a light sanding with a sponge.
On top of that I painted white acrylic paint but left some areas unpainted.

I gave it a sanding but it was too smooth and I was looking for a more lumpy/blobby 'left outside in the rain for the paint to peel off' look so I just kept blobbing dollops of white paint until I felt it looked right.
I was really sorry that I missed out on the one I fancied but I ended up with the same thing for a fraction of the cost.
Where there's a will there's a way!


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I've been finding it so frustrating not being able to leave comments that I've been googling it and so many others are having the same problem.  For me every time I write a comment it makes me sign in and then sends me back to the comment but makes me sign in again - non stop!
Someone suggested that when you sign in untick the 'leave me signed in' box and I've just done that and it worked for me so if you're having problems try this.
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