Sunday, 25 January 2015


Well it seems January has been a bit of a blogging holiday! Sometimes blogging is like that, there will be times I feel like I could blog everyday, there are times when I don't blog for weeks, I don't like to worry about it too much, just go with the flow and see what happens. The jobs on the January to do list are getting done which I'm happy about, jobs still to do are have two new lights fitted in our living room and clean the car. One thing I did get ticked off was to repaint our shower room. It's been 5 years since we decorated, the tiles were originally peach, we used a tile paint but over the years it had become chipped, time for a wee freshen up. Amazing what a lick of fresh white paint and a couple of bulbs (only one was working before!) can do to brighten up a room!
The floor had a paint job too and I put the window blind (actually a tablecloth) to the roof, it lets more light in and makes the ceiling feel taller. I swapped wicker drawers for a gold tea trolley to house the bathroom bits and bobs and an ever growing plant collection. Happy with the result and to have another job ticked off the list! 
Hope you're all having a good year so far!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Little changes

This year instead of New Years resolutions I've got a monthly to do list! This months list includes get a haircut, clean the car, bring healthy snacks to work, amongst others, all very do-able! Number ten on the list was to make some changes to our living room. A while back I'd used some apple crates in our living room as storage, the changes saw them go, now being used under the stairs as shoe storage and in the space they left behind a reshuffle of the lovely retro ladies art to make space for a new picture. I bought this picture about 2 years ago, from a charity shop, where else?! And it's been under the bed in the spare room ever since! Not good! I've also rehomed the deer collection from the glass cabinet to make space for the big lads ever growing library. So just some little changes, I like to keep things fresh and I'm happy to have finally hung the picture!

What are you changing this year? 
Have a great weekend everyone x

Friday, 2 January 2015

Drab to Fab

Happy new year to you all! I'm hoping 2015 will be a healthy and happy year! With some crafty and home projects thrown in!
2014 finished off with one final sewing project using a beautiful piece of vintage floral fabric my sister had given me for Christmas. We have recently bought a new bed from Ikea, the plain headboard wasn't doing it for me. Then came the lightbulb moment! I'll make a headboard cover from the fab floral fabric. As usual I rushed into the project and completely forgot the measure twice cut once rule. I sewed the cover a little on the tight side but after a strength giving bowl of hot porridge and Nutella (try it! Honestly best breakfast ever!) I managed to squeeze the cover onto the headboard, here's how it's looking now, and how it'll be until I have to cut it off! In 2015 I must learn to slow down!
The bed before
The fabulous floral fabric
In my book you can never have too many floral patterns, this gorgeous Marks and Spencer's bedspread was a charity shop find. 
Happy 2015! 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Merry kitschmas

I hope you're all having a lovely Christmas!
 Every year I collect more decorations for our tree, mostly I pick them up in charity shops. Here are a few of my favourites.
This year I've also made a kitsch Nativity scene, using a nectarine crate, tinsel and a few favourite kitsch creatures as Mary and Joseph, the three wise men and a shell baby Jesus. 
I had to make a few changes after the big lad suggested Joseph was too girly and that I'd forgotten the Three Wise Men. 
All lit up by the light of tea lights and the glow from the new lava lamp, a gift to the big lad after having broken his about 13 years ago. 
Hope you're all having a great Christmas x

Thursday, 25 December 2014

I'm dreaming of a colourful Christmas

Just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Whatever you're up to I hope it's filled with fun! 

Love Linda x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

All strung up

Merry Christmas everyone!! This weekend to boost the Christmas spirit levels we're looking forward to seeing It's A Wonderful Life, going to a Christmas party and singing our hearts out at a carol service by candlelight. 
As far as Christmas decorations have gone this year, we've put up our tree and I've made a wreath for the front door, but you know me, I can't resist a vintage decoration or two. I'll rummage through the Christmas decorations in the charity shops giant plastic tubs full of baubles to find the treasures! I also bought a lucky bag of decorations I potentially thought looked like it could have a few hidden treasures, I was right to take the gamble for three quid, there was lots of goodies inside.
So with all these decorations and with an already full tree, I decided to string them up for a stairway garland.
I have a lot of Santa decorations I'd like to make a Santa garland, they're all on the tree this year so maybe next year!
How have you guys decorated this year? 
Have a great weekend xxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas at my door

One of my favourite things to make at Christmas is a wreath for the front door. I've been using the same method for a few years and it works so if ain't broke and all that. To make the circle shape I use rolled up newspaper then wrap it with parcel tape to make it waterproof, I wrap garden wire around the circle so that I can tuck in the greenery. Our Christmas tree this year is very full so I was able to cut some branches off and I bought some holly from my florist friend, the baubles, pine cones and robins are from the Christmas tree stash which seems to grow each year. To make my wreath I start in a clock wise direction threading in greenery under the wire, when I can't see the circle underneath I'll start adding the decorative bits. There was lots left over this year so I made one for my sisters door too! Warning wreath making can be additive!
Hope you're all well x